Googling and the world wide web

World Wide Web. Three simple words. What do they mean in general? And more importantly what do they mean to you in particular?

Computer network consisting of a collection of internet sites that offer text and graphics and sound and animation resources through the hypertext transfer protocol. Perfect dictionary definition.

My definition – Safe guarder of Sanity

Confined to my hotel room on the 9th floor oscillating between Kiran Desai’s novel and five English TV channels, the internet seems like a God-send. My gateway to the WWW and to put it simply my safe guarder of sanity.

In a city which speaks a foreign language, with nothing else to do but for window shopping in the umpteen malls it can get quite irksome to get by time. It’s during these times that we take cognizance of technology, which today, has become such an intrinsic part of our lives that we have taken it for granted – just like all other good things.

20 years back, the only way to get around a new city would be to ask people. Where will I find this? I want to buy so and so things, where can I go? Excuse me, which is the way to X Street?

But today, you just google it. Google – a household name, a search engine, a word which you can now look up in the dictionary.

Sitting at my desk in Jakarta thoughtfully rubbing my chin: Where can I find Indian restaurants in Jalan Suderman ? – Google it

Curled on the couch with an index finger on my forehead in Sydney: Which bus will take me from Hyde Park to Bondi Beach? – Google it

Standing in my room with an arm on my hip in Singapore: Is there a sub way outlet in Woodlands? – Google it

I can be sitting just about anywhere, I mean anywhere and I have the world at my fingertips. No asking anyone, no groping in the dark, no adventures. Googling is all it takes.

With the death of communication barriers I can see my lil niece who is in India, speak to my aunt who is in America and send pictures to a friend in Australia. I can watch videos, read articles, send emails, chat, voice chat, blog and before I know it it’s the end of a day.

Oscillation has now given way to juggling – novel, www, idiot box. No wonder someone once said ‘Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day; teach that person to use the Internet and they won’t bother you for weeks’

There are three kinds of death in this world. There’s heart death, there’s brain death, and there’s being off the network. ~Guy Almes

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