I love the internet. I love that one can search and find the world’s knowledge instanteously. I love that people can stay in touch with each other no matter where they are. I love how the internet has democratized knowledge, communication, and innovation. And at the end of the day, I love how fucking convenient the internet is.
My e-mail provider (Hotmail, which is provided by Microsoft) has decided that, and I quote: “Your account has been closed”
(This is where I get more philosophical. The tea I’m drinking is helping)
Besides being an enormous inconvenience, it’s made me realize how dependent we are on our internet overlords. My credit card statements, my personal correspondence, and even the comments that are submitted on this site arrive through my e-mail account. I probably have two dozen user accounts spread across the web that are tied to my e-mail address.
“We may change the service or delete features at any time for any reason…We may cancel or suspend your service and your access to the Windows Live ID network at any time without notice and for any reason…”
When you think about it, we are experts at trading control for convenience. We eat processed foods instead of growing our own. We use credit cards instead of practicing home economics. We have “Facebook friends” instead of real ones. In short, we’ve traded so much of what is good and valuable and right in the world for “convenience.”
Thus I am stuck here, horribly “inconvenienced.” And I’m starting to realize that maybe everything I’ve traded for the sake of convenience wasn’t such a good trade after all…