Thought for the day 4th of December

The choices we make and the experiences we have defined us.

After all a man is the sum of his memories.”

Thought for the day calm sea

Thought for the day 4th of November

“We all change.
When you think about it,
we’re all different people all through our lives,
and that’s okay that’s good,
you gotta keep moving,
so long as you remember all people that you used to be.”

The Doctor

Doctor Who Matt Smith change quote

Steven Moffat wrote the episode The Time of the Doctor, in which the Doctor (played by Matt Smith) spoke the above words.

Thought for the day - Philosophers bust

No Internet

On the evening of the Sunday before last, (5th September) I turned on my computer, and there was no Internet. My router physically would not talk to the world wide web. After a lot of fiddling with wires it  still didn’t work, so I had to do something else.

The next morning it was working again, now most people would probably just accept that, but it got me thinking… I felt rather let down by the world wide web, and in a weird sort of way alone.

I know its silly, but do you think that part of our lives now depends, or is even on the Internet? If you were never able to access the Internet again via computer, phone, games console or any other device, would you feel like a small part of you (i.e. your online reputation) had died?

That’s what I sort of felt like on Sunday night. I was 99% confident that the Internet would return with my online self within a short space of time, but it did sort of feel like a part of my profile (not just my Internet one) was sort of inaccessible.

Branding is everything in business is it not? Well in the physical world branding is to people as well. Say a celebrities name and many people will be able to tell you what they do for a living, what they look like etc. This is sort of like human branding. When X sleeps with Y and then the media finds out their reputation hits the floor and their ‘brand’ is weakened.

This is very similar on the Internet, you build yourself your own online brand which is associated with you. I have the Christopher Roberts brand, meaning wherever you find my name you can be assured that you will get quality and unbiased content. That brand stays with you when commenting on other sites and when social networking.

So what happens when the online you is still there, but not doing anything, and the offline you is there, but can’t access the online you? Okay, it sounds a little complicated, but have you ever really given it some real thought?

I can conclude with one thing that I know for sure, the Internet is big, massive, impossible big. Its beautiful, evil and a little bit strange. The picture seems to sum this up.

A map of the Internet

A map of the Internet

For good or for worse, the Internet effects out lives in a massive way.

Ask yourself this, are you better off because of it?