Once, to make a point which I no longer remember, I asked a class to envisage the world after the internet. The world is forever in a state of change, technology is always being replaced and renewed, so what thing or things would we be using to do what we do today on the internet? I've set the same question to other groups since then, and now I'm asking you.
And I realize that it's an unanswerable question, insofar as anyone tackling this issue has first to come up with a specific and workable definition of what the internet actually is. My own thoughts would be that because the internet does seem to be remarkably fluid entity, it will be changing, and is changing, while still being seen as the same by those who use it. But at some point, there could well be something really, totally, obviously different that comes along and takes over, at which point, my powers of prognosis melt down. But what do you envision?
On a related note, the above photo comes from here, and asks a somewhat related question, namely could there be an internet-free day, where no one on the planet used the internet. On a general level, then it could all become quite complicated, and once again would require a good amount of defining terms first...would it include intranets, to give just one obvious example? On an individual level, I think that to some extent it could work, but only to the extent that, for example, there can be (and is) a regularly occurring music-free day. Which is to say, that it's a nice idea, but just because it exists doesn't mean that everyone knows about it, or that all who know about it would follow it. I'd certainly consider turning off my number one addiction for a day, as much as it's feasible and possible to do so...though probably not until after finishing Blog365! Would you consider such a radical act? Could you survive an internet-free day?