YouTube is a treasure trove of music, movie and video clips rendering albums, cassettes, CDs and DVDs extraneous luxuries. Google Earth allows travel without the expense, inconvenience and embarrassment of airport security checks, visiting old neighborhoods and haunts with three-dimensional panoramic views. The Internet provides access to information from a wide range of varying quality resources. Today, photographs can be uploaded, downloaded, viewed and shared with relative ease and minimal storage compared to yesterday’s photo albums. And e-mail, although everyone curses it’s spam and rude casualness, is a wonderful way to communicate as it allows both sender and recipient the convenience of writing, reading and responding at their own pace.
I rarely use my cellphone as a phone as it is too small and difficult to hear, and I’ve never used it to take pictures. Overwhelmingly I utilize it to text, as that is the regular and reliable route of communicating with my sons, ages 21 and 16.