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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

I Love-hate The Internet

I was just reading an article about the author's love-hate feelings about the internet. I share her ambivalence.
I love that the internet has connected me to so many wonderful people all over the world especially bloggy pallies and fellow cookiers. Without it, our paths would never have crossed! Used to be, "friends" were people we actually knew and saw  face-to-face and people, had, at most, a few dozen.
While I love my online friends, I kinda miss my 'real' friends who have morphed into virtual buddies. The internet has turned them into recluses.

Back in my days, "news" was something you found out about the day after it had happened, in a newspaper. When I wanted to check a fact, I had to hop into a library and hopefully find a book that might have the answer. If I wanted to research a country I was visiting, I had to buy a guidebook. If I wanted the lyrics to a song, I had to rewind the tape and play the song over and over again. Remember the song "Love in the first degree" by Bananarama? I  used to think the words were "guilty, guilty as a bumble bee" when the actual lyrics are "guilty as a girl could be"! LOL!

Like everything else in life, the internet has a dark side. I hate that it has turned people into voyeurs, exhibitionists and narcissists. It has unleashed unlimited freedom and power for haters, trolls, bullies, bigots, extremists ...  who delight in spewing evil, venom and hate as these cowards find it easier to say things like that behind the anonymity of a computer.

Had it not been for youtube and cookie forums, I could NEVER, EVER have been able to make these cookies.

11 comments:

betty said...

Those cookies are adorable! The Internet is a good thing and a bad thing like you mentioned in your post. It is wonderful what it can do but has opened up so many other things that it shouldn't do, like we need to get out and interact with people in our community not just through a computer screen (which is great but we do need that face to face interaction too I think)

betty

Marina said...

I can't agree more.. But yes, every coin has two sides, that is a fact..

Lin said...

It's got its good...and its bad. It's a love/hate thing for me too. I've been taking more time off during the week lately--I just get tired of being on the computer all the time.

BUT....it is also where I met you, my friend! :)

mail4rosey said...

I have the same love/hate relationship going on with the Internet. It enables me to do things I couldn't without it, and I love it for that... but it sometimes change how we form/have relationships.

Rosemary Nickerson said...

I get the most out of the web (blogging) when I'm at home with a strong wifi signal. Youtube has saved my bacon on numerous occasions, showing, teaching me how yo do things that I'd never have been able to do without it. There seems to be something online for every single occasion in the universe. Other than spam and hackers, I've had few problems (so far).

Jas said...

Giggling at 'bumble bee':)
World was also full of those sick personalities before the internet, it's just that they were not as exposed as now.
Those cookies are seriously amazing. You put much time, love and patience into them and it paid off! We are so happy you linked up with us at Thursday Favorite Things.

Agy Lee said...

Lol, loved the Bananarama girls! It is addictive but I have met great blogging friends and even met up with them in reality! It is also a lovely platform to gather a community together. The down side is the exhibitionism, and trying to discern what is fact and fiction,

Hena Tayeb said...

those cookies are so cute!
as with almost everything there just as much bad to it and there is good..

The Cookie Puzzle said...

I totally agree with everything you wrote! The internet, sometimes I feel like I can not live without it, other days, it is my lifeline! I have met my best friend via the internet, never have we met in person, but I love her like a sister. Much like you, I would not be able to do the cookies I do, if it were not for the internet, and your cookies are AMAZING! Thank you so much for such an honest post. We would love for you share with us at Party in Your PJs, our weekly link party.
http://www.thecookiepuzzle.com/2015/04/party-in-your-pjs-52.html

Fern said...

I so agree! I hardly see anyone now a days but talk to plenty of people on line. mainly through blogs and twitter.
your cookies are so amazing ! I am totally in awe of your skills!
Smile :)
fern @ MySlightlyCrazyLife.wordpress.com

Kimberly Lewis said...

This looks so incredible! I'm always so amazed by your talent. Pinned and tweeted. Please join us on Monday at 7 pm and party with us! It is so super fun to see what you have been working on! Lou Lou Girls

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