Sunday, January 15, 2017
It's both a blessing and a curse, and I don't feel I need to drone on about the good, the bad, and the ugly of the internet. It has certainly made life easier and also introduced dangerous and/or antisocial and/or just plain annoying behaviors.
Then there's shopping. Shopping was a big deal when I was younger. Growing up in a small town, we didn't have many fancy stores, and nothing even resembling a mall. About once a month, my family would load up the car and we'd make a day trip for shopping. As a teenaged girl with disposable income, I relished those trips.
Now, I don't much enjoy shopping. I'm thankful I can just surf online for what I need, shop around for the best price, read user reviews, and have the thing arrive at my doorstep in a couple of days. All this while watching several brick-and-mortar stores go out of business.
But I wonder about our kids. Meego decides he needs/wants something, looks for it online, asks me if he can order it, places the order. He has it a couple of days later. Does he appreciate it as much as I appreciated the things I thought about for a month or so before buying? It often prompts me to launch into one of my "Back when I was your age..." soliloquys.
This week's prompt at Illustration Friday is "internet". I don't have an actual shopping cart key on my keyboard... not literally. But figuratively, oh yeah. So I drew this the old fashioned way - with a pencil and paper. While doing so, I streamed a movie online. Then uploaded the sketch. Onto the internet.