Ode to the Web
Without the Web, I would not be able to perform on the job as resourcefully and efficiently as I currently can. As a journalist, Web-assisted reporting is an integral part of my every day tasks—whether it is finding the latest statistics on how many professionals earned Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certifications last year, the number of people in the United States working in IT jobs, information on the latest software release from Microsoft, etc. The list could literally go on and on. However, without search engines like Google, Yahoo and Ask Jeeves, much of my research would probably take just as long as conducting research in the library. (Well, that may be stretching it a bit.)
Communicating via e-mail rather than always through phone calls makes my job easier as well. E-mailing interview requests for potential articles is often easier for media relations professionals because they can simply forward such requests to the potential interviewees, like a chief information officer of a Fortune 500 company. E-mail also eliminates unrelenting note taking during voicemails. (Thank goodness!)
From a personal perspective, the Web is also extremely helpful. I don’t know about you, but when working approximately 50 hours per week, it can be difficult to stay in contact with your friends, acquaintances and family members. Whether it is through e-mailing, instant messaging, blogging or forums, like MySpace, Friendster, Yahoo 360, etc., staying connected with people is as easy as a click of the mouse and a quick flutter of your fingers on the keyboard. Also, with the Web you never know who you may reconnect with or meet.
Although my appreciations for the Web are pretty obvious observations, I felt it was time to voice my gratitude once and for all: Thanks for making my life easier. Life and work without the Web would be not only difficult but also a lot less entertaining.