Anyway, to all those people who maintain that the internet is instantaneous, I give them my email, at yahoo.com. I use this new, even-more-instantaneous service that they made me sign up to about a year ago. It's all right at home, but when I compose an email on a work computer (I do it at lunch break, okay?) things are different. Let's say I start my email with seven words or so: I type the words in, and five minutes later, they'll appear on the screen. By that time, I'll have been able to:
- consider my spelling
- reconsider whatever I'm talking about, or arguing
- walk around the office and perform an old-fashioned, non-instantaneous (though faster) form of communication, such as talking
- make some coffee
- decide to delete the whole email and write something completely different.
Chances are, by the time I've finally typed up the email (some 20 words later) and sent it off, I'll have used up my whole lunch break.
The internet is so instantaneous! It's almost as instantaneous as tectonic plate shift!