I’m thinking how much the Internet has changed the world.
Back before the Internet, it was difficult, time-consuming and sometimes expensive just to get information. Whether it was refinishing a piece of furniture, learning how to play the guitar, or wiring a light fixture, there were often no instructions. Finding what you needed involved finding a knowledgeable person, going to the library or the bookstore, sending off for a catalog.
Now, the difficulty is filtering the massive amount of good, dubious and bad information on the net. I have read several short books (generally badly written) on how to publish. I have three conflicting sources on page layout. It’s almost as time-consuming as it was before the Internet.
On the other hand, I’ve found a cover designer whose work I have been able to inspect in detail. She lives in Nigeria. Her contact page tells one a lot about the reach and capabilities of the Internet. As I write this at 2:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time in the States, Danny is on line at 7:00 pm in Nigeria. She made a delivery 3 minutes ago and 346 people have liked her enough to rate her. That’s a long, long way from the local Yellow Pages I grew up with.
New world. Full of challenges and opportunities.