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"Words are a sawed-off shotgun."
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Posted on May 02, 2006 11:09 PM in Computers
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The other day I was contemplating what I would do if I had to get rid of either my television or my computer(s). At the time, it seemed like a difficult decision, mostly because I took into consideration the fact that I would still have access to a computer at work. However, after thinking about it for a while, I realized that it is a no-brainer. Even though I have a wide range of channels to choose from on television, they're certainly not completely of my choosing. They're kind of like election day, when you're faced with a list of candidates to choose from. You try your best to choose the ones that you think will best represent you.

The computer (or more specifically, the Internet), on the other hand, is not limited to any particular set of information chosen by any particular provider. The reaches of the Internet are nearly boundless, and I can go wherever I please to find information and viewpoints that run the gamut. Whereas I might not have ever heard about Colbert's balls on television, I've gotten the information on the Internet and have been able to distribute it to the people I know would be interested.

It's unfortunate that there are so many people out there who still rely on the television to know what's going on in the world. When the media makes a big non-issue out of something that might make some a little uncomfortable, it just shows that Big Brother really is looking out for your their interests.

Granted, there are plenty of people out there who prefer their medicine with a spoonful of sugar, I'm sure, but there are those of us who prefer the cold, hard truth, too. With a little discretion, some common sense, and some dependable sources, we can get as much as we need on the Internet.


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