For most of the past 12 years, I’ve been on a mailing list called Online-News. It started as a nifty clearinghouse for practical and philosophical ideas for new media. Today, it’s often a semi-public square in which we don hairshirts and wail about our inability to grasp the possibilities of tools that have been around since 1995. Or 1999. Or 2002. Or … wait … here’s a dispatch from Silicon Valley …
I kid because I care, I care because I think I’m happy that we have such high standards for what we should be able to do. That’s great. We should be pushing the envelope. (And, given financial realities, we need to do so.)
Now consider the medical profession. Specifically, the common cold. Even those with scientifically and theologically dubious beliefs on the origins of life would concede that the common cold has been around for a few thousand years.
The cold, surely, has been cured. Right?
Not only has the cold not been cured, but this week, medical science actually took a step backward. Those over-the-counter medicines we’ve used to make our kids feel better? They don’t.
The kids may beg to differ, but what do they know? They’re kids.
So if your kids have colds? Ah, just run your hot water for 15 minutes at a time to get a bathroom all steamy, then sit in there with ’em. That’ll provide slight relief.
I believe the journalism equivalent would be blogging with a typewriter and mail delivered by horse-drawn buggy.
We’re in the 21st century now, doc. Care to join us?