Well, it's finally happened. I'm now being dragged kicking and screaming into the world of electronic media and the World Wide Web in general. It's a far cry from those halcyon days of my youth when neat old pickups were plentiful and cheap, good ol' rock 'n' roll wafted from a transistor radio on the workbench, and we had the choice of three channels (two VHF and one UHF) on our black-and-white TVs.
As time passed and necessity required, I grudgingly began to utilize this mystical (to me anyway) electronic technology. I soon found myself swapping my faithful old Selectric word processor (a glorified electric typewriter) to an early variant of the desktop computer that used 5½-inch floppy discs and a program called DOS (whatever that is). Technology began progressing swiftly from there – it wasn't long before computer operating systems, programs, and utilities advanced, and email and the Internet as we know it was born. Unfortunately my grasp (and interest) lagged far behind these technological advances, but being in the position I am, it was important for me to at least try to master some of the Web's most common components, lest I be the only member of the editorial staff slogging my way through the dark ages.
As I recall, my first accomplishment was mastering email and I quickly found that it beat the heck out of snail mail (a term used by geeks to disparage the USPS) since its immediacy satisfied my desire for instant gratification. From there I eventually progressed to surfing the Web. In the beginning I focused my surfing to our advertisers' websites and electronic catalogs, and I had to admit I was impressed – both by the wonders of the Web and the quality and quantity of all of their sites. As I became a bit more comfortable, I began using and enjoying popular search engines to peruse more than just magazine-connected websites, for instance, Wikipedia and my favorite news source, Fox News.
As I've become a bit more adept at surfing I've realized that one can find nearly any kind of information on the Web, some of it quite useful, some enlightening, and much totally frivolous. Here are a few nuggets of knowledge I've gleaned from the webosphere – I'll let you decide if they're useful, enlightening, or frivolous...
Did you know that turtles can breathe through their butt? That butterflies taste with their feet? That 70 percent of the red meat consumed worldwide is goat? Or finally, that the Obama administration touts that people with preexisting conditions and countless others can now get covered under Obama Care, but another group benefiting from the law is prison inmates? Yep, cash-strapped state and local prisons are increasingly using the Affordable Care Act (in other words, our tax dollars) to pay for their inmates' medical costs. Aah, it's a wonder what one can find on the Web.