I think both.
The internet is wonderful. Maybe it's because I'm an old lady:) but for the last few months I've been in awe of the internet and how it's changed everything. I'm not really old, I just feel that way sometimes, especially after talking with my little sister.
When I said "isn't it amazing. isn't the internet just amazing?" she replied rather blankly with " I guess so." I felt like i was commenting on the amazing invention of the telephone or going on about electricity. (both of which I am extremely impressed with and really don't understand at all. But that's not the point) It struck me that there is a huge divide between us. Not in years necessarily but in our life experiences. She doesn't know a time without the internet and cell phones and instant messaging. Or a world with less abbreviations, LOL. She will probably never use a typewriter and will be able to count on one hand the times she's dialed a pay phone in her life. I wonder if she even remembers that annoying dial up sound everyone used to hear when we got online. And she will probably never know a time when people were isolated. Not isolated in a bad way exactly. Just the normal way we were all isolated in our own communities and lives before being connected on the internet.
I've been thinking about this tonight after spending a few moments (alright I'll be honest) almost an hour, looking at some great design pages and blogs. People are really doing some amazing work, writing some wonderful blogs, taking stunning pictures and there's even a fun game of tag being played. I normally feel inspired and invigorated after seeing what other people are doing. The colors. The prints. The patterns. But every once and a while it all seems a bit intimidating. I'm left thinking "Is my head so filled with other peoples creations that there's no room for my own?" And sometimes, just a few times, I get that feeling. That creeping feeling of being the new girl. The plain girl. Standing at the edge of the playground looking at all of the cool kids having fun. Outside, looking in and wondering if one day, some day, I may get invited to play tag too.