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Tuesday, July 13, 2004



Internet - not so global.

If you live in Amerika (by which I generally mean USA + Canada) you'd think that internet is now a huge widespread phenomenon, about as widespread as telephone and television.

But this is far from true for the rest of the world - even for Western Europe, which is supposed to be on par with Amerika in terms of standards of living etc. The curious thing about W.Europe is that internet connectivity there is still too expensive for the mass of the population - due to expensiveness of phone access in general. Everywhere in Europe phone access is charged in minutes and even seconds - just like cell-phone access here. I have to wonder how net access would have progressed in Amerika if it were similarly charged here. Amerika is a wealthy place - but widespread internet penetration is due to a whole mass of far-from-wealthy people still having access to the network and to personal computers, because of their relative cheapness.

In Russia, which is thoroughly industrialized and urbanized and has a population of roughly 100-million (declining rapidly though) but is rather poor, access to the net at this date is at about 10% of the population, most of it in Moscow and a couple of other big urban centers - but for the whole country with so many cities only about %2 of an urban population has any access to the net. What do you think it is in Brazil? And it's no use mentioning the Third World etc.

In Amerika it's really very different. And people who live and work here develop strange ideas due to their particular environment. Like this (from a tech-wiz weblog):
Phil believes (as do I) that we are at the end of an evolutionary phase. The connected computer is fast approaching ubiquity.
Ubiquity? Evolutionary phase? On a small scale.





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