With the computer, we can manage ideas and thoughts in a non-linear way, and not necessarily in computer files. Our lives have been vastly changed, and it is a very speedy process. The medium has become the message. There is no one who does not feel that Meccano persons on the Internet are traveling rapidly down new roads.
One has become astonished at the manifold and differing expertise of Meccano persons. The Internet has influenced our Meccano society. Of the first importance is its influence on ourselves. We have to interface ourselves to the machine, to change our way of thinking. The web has become a mental extension of ourselves, and the PC an extension of our memory. Our functionality has improved.
Although we are solitary, yet we are not alone. The Meccano community has strengthened, and we have moved closer together sharing similar interests and activities.
With our march towards greater utilisation of the new technology has come discussion of WebSites, Email, Internet relay chat, desk top publishing, digital cameras, video, file compression and data storage, computer aided design, electronics and more. Subjects perhaps quite foreign to us a few short years ago. We are constantly having to learn new skills. These are for the benefit of a wider brotherhood, for model builders and collectors all. We have become surfers, and it is good to catch the right wave, and not to hold on. Ask yourself what you would feel like if your computer broke down.
Material which would have become lost is now shared freely. We can all enjoy our computers almost as much as Meccano itself. The medium has become the message.
There has been an explosion of Meccano internet sites, and we are now experience a Meccano world grown smaller as a result. We have been put in touch with each other as never before - so desirable when we are spread so thinly around the world and we can share and exchange knowledge. We truly live in a magical age.