A Small World

It’s simply amazing how small the internet makes this world. I’m in Poland for the next two weeks. To say the least I was not looking forward to this trip, but so far, all of my fears have gone unfounded and things have been going very smoothly.

Purdue was playing Notre Dame the day I arrived, at 2am local time on a Sunday. I happened to be up, so I scanned the TV channels here at the hotel and didn’t see the game. I then picked up my phone and headed over to Twitter, and there it was: commentary from the same people, all around the US, that I talk Purdue football with every weekend. An ocean, 4000 miles, 7 time zones, and a different language and I was still able to experience the Purdue game as it happened.

The internet has also made it incredibly easy and cheap to call home. Using my Google Voice number, a 30 minute call only cost $0.60. Not only that, but the call was crystal clear, and had no lag at all. This is something that 50 years ago would have cost several dollars per minute, required an operator to complete the call, and would require waiting for an open phone line across the Atlantic. 150 years ago it was absolutely impossible. You would have to write a letter, send it off, and wait for a response to come back in no less than a month.

The pace at which technology advances on the internet is astonishing. Being on the leading edge of that wave is a lot of fun, but you don’t realize just how incredible it is until you see just how small it can make the world feel when you’re in an unfamiliar place and it still allows you to connect with friends and family just as easily as if you were there.

Posted on September 26, 2009 at 4:00 pm by Matt Walsh · Permalink
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