I'm completely engrossed in paper writing right now. In the zone. But maybe you all can help me out. I'm writing a paper on how individuals interact with the Internet. Here's my first paragraph:
When an individual sits down in front of her Mac in the morning, presses the on button, and hears that cheerful warm-up chord, her experience after that will be entirely shaped by the political skills and experiences she brings to the computer table that morning. There are opportunities to learn about the war in Iraq, to sign a petition, or to sign up for a political newsletter. There are also opportunities to find out who is ahead in the American League pennant race, to read about Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, and to shop for new shoes. The individual’s personal pile of political experiences and interests will determine whether she spends an hour buying sling backs on Zappos.com or whether she sends a letter to her congressman.
And then I discuss how the Internet accellerates political skills among those who already have a lot of political skills. For everyone else, not so much.
Question of the Day: Are you more aware of political issues since you started reading blogs and having access to Wikipedia and all that? Are you more energized about your politics in general? Do you see any before and after transformations in yourself, because of all the time that you spend online?