I'm applying for a scholarship through Direct TV that requests I write a blog post about my favorite type of technology. And let met tell you guys, the internet is it. But Hayley! I can hear you protesting. That's not really a type of technology! Surely they didn't mean the internet. Well, lovelies, I'm taking my stance. The Internet is by far my favorite type of technology. If I was writing on a piece of papyrus with my own blood and it was still going into the internet and I could see other things coming out of the internet, I would be happy.
I love connecting with others. I love meeting friends around the world through what we have in common. I've been making friends through the internet since probably seventh grade. I had a few pets on Neopets. I had a fanfiction account on fanfction.net. I had a Myspace page before most others at my school had heard of Myspace. My parents have always been concerned about the amount of time I spend on the internet, but as I'm now an adult on my own, I still spend way too much time on the internet.
I love the internet because I can learn things. Just today, I learned about the process picture book artists go through in creating their works. I can learn how people of different backgrounds experience life. I mean, the internet is a lot like books in that way. Books are knowledge embodied--the internet is knowledge freely available. Or at least as free as an internet connection. With thanks to places like public libraries and schools can often be completely free.
The internet is my sanctuary. When I've had a bad day, I know I can get online and explore the world. I can find out what's happening in Europe and Asia and Africa and South America. I can delve into things I'm passionate about: tv shows, books and art. I can listen to music and write words which I know others will read. The internet helps people feel less alone--myself included.
I'm excited to continue using the internet in my adventures in Graduate School! One of the major ways I'll be using the internet is through this blog. As an avid consumer of young adult literature, I made this blog for my own reasons, but since I'll be pursuing young adult literature in academia as well, this blog will be have dual purposes. I'm intrigued to see if I look at books in the same way while I'm in graduate school as I do now. I'm grateful that I'll have this log of my thoughts and feelings to refer back to. I'm glad that the internet will give me a pseudo-diary to reflect with.
The internet may be a broad kind of technology to choose, but I stand by my opinion. It may be a technology we're becoming more accustomed to in society--it's accessible through nearly every bit of stand alone tech: phones, computers, kindles and tablets. However, what would these technologies be without the power of the internet?