In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
Some time later came The Internet, the land in the far far web we are trying to conquer.
Then, one day, accidentally or not, a bushism became the beginning of a joke, and from this joke a new idea has born.
There we are, trying to understand what really are The Internets.
Are there two or more?
The first is this comfortable, old and boring place where people meet friends they don’t really have, where they live online main street life like banking, shopping, playing poker or… (what else?).
The second one is in an eternal “under construction” place. Is this the promised land of freedom where the content is free, where everyone is a prosumer and digital divide is the enemy to fight (but not the only one). That´s where collaborative work takes place; teachers and hackers, artists and nerds, are working together to create a better place to live. Where the original idea of the Web resists.
I work in a library and I work for the Internets.
Our focus on provide tools for well-informed citizens to exercise their democratic rights and to play an active role in lifein an information and knowledge-based society is now on the w3.
Libraries have to be on the border between the Internets. Libraries can be the solution to connect these two worlds. We can connect the main street with la Resistance and provide help to reThink a better place.
offtopic: if Internet is the answer, what was the question?