Recently while having a get together with
some friends we were relating some experiences that seem quite pertinent
to the subject of how communication is or will change. David the son of
my friend Jackie was at a loss when told to call home. It seems our young
guest had never had to use a rotary telephone. Confronted with this icon
of past technology, David went away with a new experience to tell his friend

Another guest, upon hearing of David\'s
story told of a similar experience she\'d had. It seems that Loretta had
given her son a watch for Christmas. This wristwatch, complete with hands
and a face was foreign to her son Tommy who has had the time electronically
flashed at him in numeric form for all of his life without the need to
know how to tell time conventionally.

So it seems in this day and age, that
the old continues to be replaced by the newer and faster technology. We
in turn have a need to learn newer and faster ways of dealing with these
new technologies. Technology grows and the more it grows the faster it
grows. Yet with this technology we can learn how to decrease our work time
while increasing our productivity.

We have definitely come a long way from
the pony express and telegraph.

With current technological advancements
it is now possible to communicate across the planet instantaneously, thanks
to things like fiber optics, e-mail, and satellites all of which make this
possible. With the invention of the printing press and the first book in
print came the birth of the information age. Accompanying the birth of
the information age was an explosion of new technological advances designed
to improve how we communicate. With the birth of the twentieth century
we\'ve seen a drastic growth in the way we communicate with each other.

With cellular telephones, personal computers, palm pilots, and online shopping.

These advancements have all been designed
to save us time, and help us communicate with one another.

These are the tools of the "wired world",
which in turn encourages our interaction and participation. And in fact
make our lives much easier. While the next generation will without a doubt,
find themselves lost without these technological wonders, we at the other
end find it a little unsettling. What will happen if they have to ever
live without the Internet?

The Internet is capable of linking so many
people together all over the world. No matter how hard your search you\'ll
find something about it on the Internet because it is so vast. So even
though Technology is the way our future is going my question is that shouldn\'t
we also make sure that we don\'t become to dependent on our keyboards?

If we don\'t we might become a society
that\'s ruled by the Technology instead of us ruling the Technology.