The Times Aren’t So Bad

I get a bit annoyed when I hear people say what a challenging time we live in. They cite the economy, and terror threats, and people doing bad things to each other. I have a news flash, about this. There are always going to be problems. Humans will always do bad things to each other (though I think they are more likely to do good). Every time period has its issues and everything will always seem on the brink of destruction. People look back on the 50’s as some type of utopia, but it surely was not a utopia for everybody. That’s not really my point here.

My point here is that we actually live in extraordinary times. Never before has so much information been at the fingertips of the common person. Without leaving our chairs we have history, and music, and images, and information. There has never been anything close to this in human history.

Consider yesterday. I came across a link via Boing Boing to a new website called Public Radio Exchange (prx.org), which is really a massive library of public radio content, all available for free. I listened to an awesome hour long program yesterday titled A Spin Down Abbey Road about the Beetle’s Abbey Road.

It was mentioned in the program that John Lennon was inspired by Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata while creating the song Because. Off to wikipedia I went. Not only is there an entry on wikipedia for the Moonlight Sonata, but they even have full recordings of it (I especially recommend the 3rd Movement).

You see what I’m getting at. It would have taken me days to gather all the information I gathered in that hour on the web, and probably cost me some money too. Maybe I could’ve gotten it all from the library, but maybe not. What exciting times we live in.

Sure there’s bad stuff on the Internet, and sure it is the bane of my writing life. As with anything in life, you take the good with the bad. It’s all how you look at it, really.

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14 thoughts on “The Times Aren’t So Bad

  1. It’s a challenging time to many people because it’s all that they have ever experienced — or know about. I believe that, for many, the sheer volume of what’s available 24/7 is overwhelming. It makes things seem more immediate and critical than they really are. I just spent three weeks for the most part away from all media, including the internet. When I came back, little had really changed.

  2. The 50s were a utopia only if you subscribe to the belief that ignorance is bliss. Or that being a second-class citizen is a rockin’ good time.
    The all-access pass we have these days can be rough on us short-on-attention types, but I wouldn’t want to live without it.

  3. I absolutely love falling into a virtual castle of information which leads to long hallways filled with suits of armor, secret doorways, revolving book cases and the like.

    I just embarked on such a venture today, which is chronicled at my pad. And the castle I was at had some wild wall sconces.

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