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The Wann

TheWann formely known as the Airman in Iraq blog, since I am no longer in Iraq I decided to make this still for family and friends, with a wider stretch of thoughts for anyone else. 

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Monday, October 24, 2005

8:41 PM - Good weather, no computer

Well hello once again! Wow! The weather here lately has been awesome. Around the low 80s possibly high 70s for a high every now and again it gets into the low 90s again, but wow it feels great. Sometimes you actually need a jacket. The good thing is the weather feels great right now no more 120+ degree temps the bad news is the rain season is around the corner and I have seen pictures that just look horrible. As for the pic I know I am not in the Army but....hey its Alaska! So Holla to everyone at Fort Rich from Iraq!

Again the chaplain and I had some free time to talk about weird stuff. The topic the other day...? My generation and future generations and how we rely on computers/electronics and mainly the internet. How did this come about? Well the internet went down along with email meaning if you were logged off at the time it went down you couldn't log in either. The base was doing some major upgrades on the security of the servers and all that... of course I can't get into it ;-) Well I guess I was pacing around the tent and my chaplain just thought it was the funniest thing ever. With out the internet/computer what was I going to do? Funny...yet sad. It was true my life along with so many others totally relied on computers. I honestly doubt I could remember how to use one of those fileing cabinets that the libraries used in the day. Or how about the good 'ol journal or diary our parents wrote in? Now we have blogs and e-journals and so many other services to post our deep thoughts and have millions of other people access to them, Or even meeting people? We have E-harmony, chat rooms, MySpace, Tagged and so many other services to meet people. Forget trying to leave your house to get human interaction. Or how about spell check... the good 'ol dictionary. I remember getting all pissed off at my dad cause I would ask how to spell something and he would tell me to look it up in the dictionary. And how about books? go to amazon.com and look for some E-books, they are a lot cheaper than the good 'ol turn the page type. I actually bought some while here b/c I don't have to wait for them to get shipped here. Email has taken over the postal service. I chat all night with people over email. Soo...take all that away when you have been doing it for so long and what do you have? A generation lost and if forced outside to play probably walking around outside in a daze not knowing what to do. But off course I love it all and I may complain and wish for the "Good 'ol days" but I love my tech just funny...sad how much we rely on it. My chaplain made a crack and said now you know what its like to be in the military back in 1980. I laughed and said it must have been hard to look busy LOL. Well now I am off to be a hypocrite and see if I can find a PhotoBlogging service so I can upload more pics, I will let you know if I find one and I will link to it


Anonymous Jeremy said...

There are obviously numerous benefits that computers have brought us. However, I'd say there are at least three ways they've had a negative impact. 1. Email is fast and in our hectic world that is important. Email is also constantly monitored. Email has made Big Brother's job much easier. As if the government didn't have enough ways of keeping track of us, now we make it easy for them. 2. When I was in high school not everyone had a PC. For those that did, there wasn't a huge selection of games to choose from. (Playstation was the most advanced thing out at the time) So, if you wanted to play Risk, Axis and Alies, D&D, or Magic, you had to get a group of people together. You were actually forced to have human interaction! Now of course this isn't only unnecessary, it's uncommon, at least compared to the number of people playing computer games. I know one objection may be that games like Everquest bring people together, but it isn't the same. 3. This last point is pure conjecture on my part, but I imagine that staring at a computer screen hour after hour isn't good for your eyes. There are other negatives, such as being completely dependent on computers, identity theft, and easy access to porn (which some may view as good, but any addiction which drains your bank account and alienates you from reality is bad), but I won't go into all those things now. In conclusion, I think the computer has brought as many negatives as it has positives.  

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