Monday, March 10, 2014

Wormfest!

In honor of Wormhole Week, Stephen Tremp, Alex J Cavanaugh, and L. Diane Wolf are hosting this blogfest:


Name one thing where science advances mankind, and one where technology with unforeseen consequences will go too far and set mankind back. (And they can be the same thing.) Example: De-Extinction, or bringing back extinction species through back breeding, genetic engineering, and cloning. With all the breakthrough discoveries mankind is on the cusp of, are we playing God? 


I'd have to say the Internet. Here's this amazing tool that brings people closer together and easier to converse with loved ones who are thousands of miles away, and yet we forget the people right beside us. Not to mention, the ease the Internet offers bullies, pedophiles, crooks of all kinds. Stranger Danger got a whole lot closer to our homes.

Don't get me wrong, I love the Internet, and fully believe in it. But as with every positive, there's a negative. Yin and Yang. 

It's Spring Break and I'll have limited Internet access this week, so bear with me as I play catch up with blog visits. 

How about you? How would you answer the above question? Is it spring where you're at? How are you celebrating?  

31 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I thought about that one and went with cell phones instead. (They annoy me more.)
Thanks for participating in the blogfest!

Old Kitty said...

By coincidence - the World Wide Web is 25 years old today and the guy who invented it (Sir Berners-Lee) really did so for academics and scientists to share information quickly and easily!

Totally agree about the ying and yang of things! Take care
x

Norma Beishir said...

What's best about the internet is also what's worst about it....

Pat Dilloway said...

Well if it weren't for the Internet I couldn't be typing this, so that's something.

BTW, Wormfest sounds like an event I would definitely not want to attend.

SC Author said...

I totally agree. I think my best days are the ones where I use the Internet as least as possible.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

All you say is so true. Technology doesn't change human nature. People always find ways to use things the wrong way.

shelly said...

My daughter gets nothing done except Facebook.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Definitely pros and cons with the Internet. And it does suck up time we could spend with people where we live. But there's so much good about it too.

Lucky you enjoying Spring. We have snow on the ground though it's in the 30's creeping to 40. Have a fun week.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I chose the Internet, too. I think it's isolated us more than ever and we are losing our ability to communicate with real people.

Elephant's Child said...

This is a wonderful blogfest. Opening our eyes to both the positive AND the negative potentials of technology has to be a win. And there are almost always both, snuggling side by side.

Janie Junebug said...

Science advances humankind with improved medical care. When my mom was a teenager, her dad was diagnosed with leukemia. He died two weeks later. Today, many people with leukemia go into remission and live for many years. However, now that we have improved medical care to help us live longer, what are we supposed to do when we're elderly and no longer able to care for ourselves? That problem has no good solution that I've seen.

Love,
Janie

Fanny Barnes Thornton said...

I'd hate to come across bullies on the internet. Sometimes I worry in case too much of my waking hours are spent in front of a screen instead of being with actual people who I could hug.

SA Larsenッ said...

I just commented on the same topic on another site. Like you said, as with all things there are pros and cons. As the internet connects us in many way with others, it also divides us physical with those nearest to us. Or should I say it can. The choice is up to us.

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William Kendall said...

I'd have to say cell phones.

Cynthia said...

Call me old fashioned, but I miss the good old days when people sent notes to each other on nice stationery. Email and Facebook are economical and environmentally friendly, but sometimes I miss the thrill of opening a cream-colored envelope when I know there's a friendly note inside. I suppose what e-communication has taken away from us is the formality of communication, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. But still...

Barbara Watson said...

Good comes with bad attached; you're so right on there.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I suppose evil finds its way into every part of our lives. Enjoy your spring break!

T. Drecker said...

*hehehe* This is the exact discussion I've been having with my brother the last weeks.
Hope you enjoy your spring break. We just found out that this area had too many snow days (22!) and has cancelled all vacation days until the end of school. My kids are hating the move right now because of that.

D.G. Hudson said...

I answered some of Stephen's questions on my blog.

I believe in wormholes, why not? One concerning factor: any fluke of energy like that would be very unpredictable. Like running the gauntlet, not space quietly folded, as I imagine.

LD Masterson said...

I think cell phones are both the best and the worst. I can think of many times in my life BCP(before cell phones) when having one would have been a Godsend. But I look at my grandkids with their phones and I fear they're losing the ability to communicate face to face.

Romance Reader said...

What is best always have some bad aspect to it as well.

Nas

Lexa Cain said...

I completely agree with you about the yin and yang of things. Everything has good points and bad - and that includes wormholes! lol

Jennifer Ruth Jackson said...

Interesting post.
Cyber-bullying is one of the worst things to come out of the internet because the victim can be hounded all hours of the day and attacks can be spread to a much wider audience.

JJ said...

I can easily do without the Net. Imagine reading and writing instead!

garrisonjames said...

The Internet is a real genii-out-of-the-bottle sort of thing. It is morphing into a force that both enables and erodes tyranny and oppression, and will play a vital role in the revolutions and renaissances ahead of us...

Toinette Thomas said...

Hope I'm better late than never here...
As a writer I don't need the Internet, but it does make like easier. We all gathered here through this Internet connection talking about the pros and cons of the Internet. It's a game changer whether we like it or not.
Great post!

cleemckenzie said...

Stranger Danger is perfect! Here's to catching up. I doubt that I'll ever do it. :-)

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Beth said...

Stem cell research. I paid $2000 to store my daughter's umbilical cord. If she ever gets some horrifying disease we should be able to rectify it. But what about people who don't have $2000? (And I really didn't). And that same research can be used for parents to create an "Almost Human" society.

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