Saturday, June 20, 2009

The Internet Never Ceases to Amaze Me

You know, I can still remember when an Internet specialist came to my place of work in the '90s, and was explaining the benefits of the Internet and how it was going to change how we live and work. Back then there wasn't much on the Internet except how to build a bomb, or some other really renegade stuff. Now I use the World Wide Web blithely to shop or look up anything I want. Wikipedia is especially helpful to me on a daily basis.

When blogging first came on the scene I mocked its necessity, and didn't see the value. Now it has revolutionized journalism, and I am joyous over some of the positive changes, but of course there is always drawbacks to everything. Like how much misinformation does get out there as well.

Another shocker has been social networking. I thought of it as even more vanity press, but this morning I had a revelation. It seems that people will often write some of their deepest thoughts and share them openly on a social network where you could talk to them for hours, and never get quite a depth of conversation.

Just like blogging that is now an important part of our website, Facebook is now an element in our corporate fabric. It is not only a great way to stay updated with the activities of our artists as well. I am awed this morning at the diverse and complicated mixture of "friends" I now have. There is Lorraine Benini, who is not only a great supporter of her husband's art, but a wonderful promoter of all artists. I just found out she knows movie great James Earl Jones

There is Alex Koll, an up and coming comic. He will be part of the Montreal Comedy Fest this summer and is also soon to headline at the famed Purple Onion in San Francisco. We're pulling for him to defend his title as Mr. Air Guitar of San Franciso as well.

There is a young woman I know, who shared her gratitude for her children and wonderful husband. And there is a whole generation of nieces and nephews who are staying in touch, across the width of the nation, and I get to be a part of that.

While there are issues to contend with, we can use the Internet for good. And I hope you too are enjoying the benefits of such a widespread form of communication. We hope you are participating in Creative Consumerism™ and we'd like to assist you in any way we can.--Ruth Mitchell

Above: "Extreme Flowers" - Digital Painting by Pavel Rehurek

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