// Posted by Ginger on 05/23/2015 (8:27 PM)
I think anytime we can get together and discuss ideas and share knowledge it is a good thing. I think about all of the sites that are availabe to us now that we can use to help us do things such as change the color of our kitchens! Pinterest sends me updates with decorating tips, Weather.Com sends me updates regarding potential weather issues, Food Lion sends me the sale items for the week, Target sends me Cartwheel updates, NBC 12 alerts me to news bulletins, and the list goes on. It is hard to imagine a world without all of this community. It is hard to imagine because we have gotten used to it, but it wasn’t that long ago that we had to wait until Walter Cronkite came on to let us know what happened that day. Not that long ago at all. For those of you that were not alive when he was on the news, it was like having your grandfather tell you about what went on in the world that day! There are some that say the world was better off then, I don’t know if that is true, but I do know it is different.
Community used to be the commune for the members and then it morphed into the WELL. Same people just a different medium. Ideas and thoughts were still shared just differently and to a wider audience. I really liked how Reve Basch described the WELL in this week’s reading when speaking of contacting experts, “I can contact any of them directly, through email, or post a plea for information in a public conference and more often than not, be deluged with insights and informed opinions” (154). I think this is really nice and the way that things should be, but it is not.
True Story! Yesterday I went to the quarry in Ruckersville to get samples of soil. I decided to eat lunch in a restaurant in Orange that a friend of mine owns. It is called the Dairy Corner. They serve hamburgers, fries, and of course ice cream. When I got there I noticed a sign on the door that they were going out of business and their last day was May 31. I went in and ordered my food and while I was waiting I did what I do when I am alone eating I got out my phone and went to Facebook. I looked up my friend’s page and found the note that she had posted about the Dairy Corner’s closing. I read the posts that others had made expressing their sorrow and then I read one that was so mean I could not believe it. I felt so sorry for my friend because I know she had to have seen it and then I felt sorry for the person that wrote it. I doubt very seriously that she would come up to my friend and say it to her so why did she think it was okay to post it for everyone to see? Why do we do that?