What a Tangled Web we Hike·..
The world wide web is like exploring a hiking trail Iâve never hiked before.
As I hike, I find interesting, unexpected discoveries along the way ÷
a flowering plant with vibrant colors along the trail
or a link into animated greetings along the trail of weblinks.
Sometimes, the unexpected discoveries cause me to
change the route I was planning to take, and
I can either find a dead end,
or a real surprise like a little waterfall.
I can similarly deviate from my expected trail of weblinks, and
may find either a similar dead end,
or a wonderfully colorful,
exciting cascade of weblinks
that I may never have found had I stayed
to my original plan.
Sometimes, when I hike alone, I relish being alone ÷
I enjoy exploring by myself, feeling one with the beauty of nature.
Other times, I run into other people on the hiking trail,
people Iâve never met before,
but with whom I can strike up conversations and perhaps create new friendships.
Similarly, I sometimes enjoy exploring the web by myself,
becoming one with the vast library of knowledge and
interesting sounds and images I run into.
Other times, I can surf over to a chat room,
and meet people Iâve never met before,
striking up typed conversations
and perhaps make a "virtual friend".