It seems that nearly every day, I hear another story about how people are making connections using the Internet. it doesn’t matter whether people are 10 or 10,000 miles apart, the miles make no difference anymore. With a computer and a fast connection – say, at your public library – the world is your oyster. Here’s a story recently told by Ethan Zuckerman of Global Voices and blogged by Brian Herzog:

If you were a rock star in the 1980s, your life was really good 20 years ago – and now you’re hoping something will take you back to that. But if your band doesn’t have it’s lead singer anymore, what do you do? You watch videos on YouTube, looking for a really good cover band. When you find one, contact the person that posted the video and then get in touch with the singer.
This happened with Journey, after a Journey song was used in the final episode of The Sopranos. The lead guitarist wanted to go back on tour, and the singer he found was in the Philippines (but try telling this story to the government officials who issue visas to come to the US – he had to actually sing to prove it was true). Journey is now out on tour with this Filipino lead singer.

It’s all part of the global conversation, and the global jam session, and the global dance.
Let’s celebrate this lovely fragile planet we all share.

The Internet Connects Us All
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2 thoughts on “The Internet Connects Us All

  • November 20, 2008 at 11:24 am

    Jay; what great adventurers of cyberspace space we are becoming! My story is about the progression of child rearing, and the benevolence I experience due to cell phone advances…She can send me a fabulous picture of herself to add to my “first day of school collection” as she enters her Freshman year of college..I can read text messages any time of day or night, and I have given thanks for this on many occasions…I don’t think I’d have survived this past fall without such wonderful albeit frustrating technology!
    I have had a long and fruitful relationship with the computer…and I can say after 10 years of growing and learning along with my PC… I love this Wizardry!

  • November 20, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    You are so wonderful, Jay. Thanks for this.

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