Wednesday, April 2, 2008

INTERNET - An analogy

More and more people today are aware and interested in Internet. But in spite of its popularity, surprisingly, there are still people who do not know a single bit about Internet.

Have you ever been approached by a friend or colleague (who are not "IT literate" ?) asking "what the hell" Internet is all about ? How do you explain what Internet is to this kind of people ?

For this special group of people who are still in a haze as to what an Internet is, you can try to enlighten them with an analogy. Ask them to :

Imagine that they are visiting a very large, vibrant city. From the hotel room they are staying, they see buildings, streets, avenues, districts, rivers; stretching as far as their eye can see.

Imagine leaving the building and entering the heart of the city. They will find an array of shops, stores, museums, libraries, schools, houses, businesses of all kinds, restaurants, karaokes, and many more !

They can take any kind of transport to get around town. They can hire a taxi, take the bus, ride a bicycle, or even walk. The people there are diverse as well. Some of them they would like to meet; others, not. The things they can do here are many and varied.

With time and energy, they can see a lot in one day. From morning till night, 24x7 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week), there is always something to do, something to see. And they'll probably never see all of it, no matter how long they're here, because it is always changing !

Now imagine that the only way to get to that virtual ‘city’ is through your computer. Imagine a ‘place’ where people meet and interact, where information passes back and forth, where all kinds of activities - business, intellectual, sports, and just plain fun - take place.

Imagine being able to sit at your computer, seeing this virtual metropolis through your computer screen, moving back and forth, just by telling your computer where and what exactly that you want to go or do. There is nowhere you cannot go in this vast, virtual place, and yet you never have to leave your own room or office !

Well, that is what we called the Internet !

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