Posted on June 20, 2008
Filed Under Web 2.0 Kool Aid |
Through Profy, I came across an interesting post that adds a dash of perspective to the blogosphere and the world of “first adopters” at large.
WinExtra is a blog written by Steve Hodson, a self-described “cranky old fart wandering the internet causing mayhem as he goes.”
In his post “There’s Web 2.0 and then there’s Reality,” that there is a divide between those who can afford to invest in all the latest technology and the rest of the universe.
One thing is more than apparent when you look in on Web 2.0 and the constant chatter about all the cool hardware, software and ideas. The majority involved in this space have no idea of what being on the other side of the technological divide is like or how it is limiting the adoption of the things they believe in. They talk about dropping a couple of grand on a new laptop in the same way they I would order breakfast or they line up to fork over a couple of hundred for a new cell phone without even blinking an eye. For them the connection is forever flowing whether through never ending broadband connectivity or wireless goodness. On the other side of the fence though real life has a habit of slapping you back to reality and your position in it.
Like so many Americans struggling to get by and who increasingly “have to figure out which bills don’t get paid this month,” Hodson may find himself without Internet access.
Facing “an empty PayPal and bank account” and a disconnection notice from his ISP, Hodson reminds us that the Internet itself is a luxury for most.
When times get tough, keeping the lights on, the gas running and the food on the table comes before paying for broadband Internet access.
While Michael Arrington complains that “political agendas have begun to encroach on the technological freedoms we take for granted” and laments the fact that the United States “is falling behind in broadband penetration and data speeds,” the truth is that in Reality 1.0, people have more important things to worry about.
Millions of American homeowners are at risk of foreclosure - over a million have already gone into foreclosure and nearly three million are at least one payment behind. And thanks to creative mortgage products like the , the worst may be yet to come.
Clearly, when you are facing the loss of your home (or ), the loss of Internet access is probably little more than an afterthought.
Inconvenient truths like this, of course, will not stop the blogosphere’s breed of technocrats from continuing to pretend that their Reality 2.0 has supplanted Reality 1.0, but the funny thing about Reality 1.0 is that it always catches up to everyone.