The internet is a repository of (useful!!?) information that resides on centrally located computers around the world and can be accessed by anyone with a computer and a connection to said internet via phone line, satellite, wireless or mobile phone. Once you are connected to this ‘world wide web’ of information you can visit any one one of mumbomillions (lots!) of pages with information on absolutely anything on the great lord’s (good ole Jim Morrison’s) planet and plenty of stuff external to the planet too!
You do this either by visiting a specific address which may have been given to you by a friend or which you may have seen advertised in print or on TV and which usually takes the form of http://www.blahblahblah.com. The address of my page here for example is http://www.reverbstudios.ie and typing this into your yoke for viewing internet pages (Internet Browser? no way!) will result in you landing on my fine site.
Another way of accessing these pages is to search for them and you do this by first visiting a special internet search engine page on which you type in key words related to what you are looking for information on. For example if you want to find out if the moon is in fact made of cheese or not you would visit a search engine such as Google (one of the smallest ones, you may not have heard of it!) and type in something like “is the moon made of cheese” and you will receive a ton of results in the form of links to other informational sites which will no doubt contain confirmation from eminent astronomers that it is in fact definitely NOT made of cheese.
This basic function of the internet is one of the most remarkable things known to mankind (not womankind as evidently women have no time for computers “I’ll be up soon dear!). The fact that such a wealth of information is available at the touch of a button has obvious positive implications for us all. Here are some examples of its use:
- Diagnose your own health symptoms
- Get the latest news from around the world
- Find out what the moon is made of!
- Research your own interests and hobbies
- Help the kids with their homework
- Become an instant know it all and expert like me!
- Start your own IT company with no experience or qualifications!
- and more, much, much more..
These days the internet can not only be used for informational purposes but also to achieve goals or communicate with people. For example you can Buy things online at certain sites without having to trudge through a crowded city centre and get them cheaper in the process. You can chat with people on the other side of the planet in real time as if they were sat next to you. You can sell your household junk to some poor fool in Kuala Lumpur or listen to your favorite music all without moving!
Basically, the internet is good and those who think otherwise are either afraid to learn and communicate or just plain bitter. Go out (stay in actually!) and experience it.