Aaaaahhh the Internet, time to start writing again. Got plenty of time to do that as I censor and block traffic in the corporate world. That is the interesting thing about the Internet these days. Something that started as a realm to share ideas and knowledge freely can be something easily controlled.
Back in the 90s at the whopping fast speed of 14k dial-up, Windows 3.x, and AOL being the shiznit. Those were the days when a Pentium 133 MHz PC was the best system not only on the block, but probably the district. The best part of it all was having a dial-up modem with a local dial-up access number.
The entire joy of the Internet during those days was the wealth of information available. No longer the highly dulled down and bland garbage from school. Everything accessible from whatever terminal you could get to. The whole world was out there.
The Internet was touted as the future for everything. The reason was the accessibility of everything for the every day person. If you wanted to buy something you just needed to look it up. If you wanted to get in touch with somebody, you just send them an email. If you wanted to learn about something, you just search for it on AOL, Yahoo, or Lycos. Of course you will have to read most of the stuff from a poorly designed site on a free hosting company like geocities, fortunecity, homestead, tripod, or angelfire.
Technology has changed as well as the habits. The behemoth that was touted as the wave of the future, a symbol of advancement and greatness; can find new uses and be adopted to fit the intended purposes. Just like any thing, it can be fenced off and restricted to protect the parts considered valuable. These areas can also be fenced off to protect us from it. Whatever this "it" is, is not for us to decide. It is for somebody else to decide for us.
The fence is brand new and regularly sees maintenance, the stuff on the other side of that wall never do. What's behind it? We all have a general idea what it represents because what people tell us is there. Perception is the key part in determining it all and making sense of the entire thing.
Some people see greatness and advancement. A truth of how great and quickly moving a state can be. It is a time to show wealth, power, knowledge, and a look in to how great one place is to the world. No longer is it a symbol without boundaries and peace, but it is something meant as show.
Others see something entirely different. Not the barricade itself, but what is behind the well maintained barricade. A decrepit item left neglected. It has served its purpose and is merely wasting away. Being weathered away by age. Forgotten by those passing by it.
Overgrown and shaped into something else as the walls and foundation crumble. After all, the barricade is the important part. Protecting not what's behind it, but what's in front of it. Eventually those in front of the barricade forget why it is even there. As the years go by, just as what is behind the barricade falls and withers away to time and neglect, so will the barricade.
Here I find myself maintaining a wall. An assortment of electronic blocks to cut and restrict access. Do not read about destroying the security and by passing the restrictions. All of these are documented and reports filed against all infractions and attempts to destroy the barricade. Each case is given a number. Behind each number is an IP. Behind each IP is an electronic MAC Address. At each MAC Address sits a person. What sits behind the person is something more than I can answer. I will never see the person, just an empty cubicle. I will never forget that part.
The power of technology, touting it as the wave of the future and humanity.