Going Offline

This column was published on UPI’s Religion and Spirituality Forum on June 25, 2007.
In the middle of the night, on the Thursday before Holy Week this year, my internet service provider went out of business, quietly and without warning. I checked my email before going to bed, and when I got up the next morning, my computer wouldn’t connect to the internet. At work later that morning I discovered no website at the old url; a phone call connected me to a simple message: “your internet service provider is out of business. Have a nice day.”

Here is a shocking question for someone accustomed to seamless connectivity: what do you do when you lose your ability to surf the web, to send and receive emails, to participate in the electronic age? Continue reading