The Information Highway can only support so
by Doug Chick
I did something I don't typically do; I e-mailed a website that offers ASP
scripts, (free for the taking) thanking them for the use of their site.
After all, I've gotten many a script from the site and thought this time I'd
say thanks. Of course this isn't really my style to do such a thing and
immediately I felt like a bit of a Nancy.
It was almost like e-mailing all the record companies to all the MP3's one
might have and saying, "Thanks for all the free music, Suckers!"
Even though I do have specific reservations about record companies, See my
Middlemen, it still made me think that the Information Highway can only
support so many hitchhikers before it closes down.
Computer people more than any,
are notorious for taking what they want on the net and complaining that it
didn't come fast enough or they had to suffer through a popup ad that helped
pay for this person's site. I hate ads, commercials, junk mail and
everything uninvited, but these days it may be advertising dollars that are
the only thing holding up the Internet. (I shiver in my geekedness to the
thought.) My wife once asked me after watching me throw my clothes on the
floor; "Whom do you think picks those up, washes them and hangs them
back in the closet?" I replied, "The laundry fairy?" That
statement cost me the next four years of doing my own laundry. If you ask
someone who finances the Internet I doubt that the answer will be the
Internet Fairy. Although, Iím sure that there are a few sites out there
that have made those contributions.
Many people may think that
their contribution to the Internet is the 19.99 a month unlimited ISP
connection they pay, or DSL or Cable modem. Your Internet connection may
grant you access to an all you eat buffet, but it certainly doesnít
support or help pay for it. So, Iím going to try to keep that in mind
during my late night looting of the Internets bounty of treasures. You know
what I mean.