I’m all for expanding the areas in our world where we can access the internet. Sometimes I get jealous of bigger cities that get all the cool new wireless technology first. I’ve owned my HTC EVO for almost two years and have only ever been connected to 4G once. If you drive 15 minutes from my city’s center, you don’t have access to cable or DSL internet. I can totally relate to Calob’s post about technology in a small town. That being said, I do think there needs to be some places where there isn’t internet access, and a re-creation of biblical times in Israel is definitely one of those places.
A week ago, a biblical park in Israel began putting WiFi on the donkeys it uses to give tourists tours. The park tries to give visitors a taste of what it would have been like living in Old Testament times, complete with traditional garb and donkey rides. And now, while you are riding that donkey, you can snap a photo and instantly upload it to Facebook. The park manager says that it’s an attempt to connect the newer generation to the park. I think its just because people complained about not having internet access for a couple of hours.
One thing I have noticed is that as much as I love technology, and even rely on it to make a living, there are times that I need to just unplug. Last month, when my wife and I went to Kentucky, we were miles from the nearest internet connect, and were lucky to get a roaming signal on our cell phones. I loved it. I put my phone into airplane mode and just used it to play music. It was totally refreshing to be away from the internet. Now granted, I had emails in the triple digits when I finally reconnected to civilization, but it was worth it. I see too many people that are addicted to the internet, and don’t even realize it is possible.
Maybe I’m being over critical, but if I were to travel to Israel to take a tour of a biblical park, the last thing I would want to do would be stare at the screen of my tablet. There would be so much for my eyes to take in, I would either forget entirely about my camera (my wife is the picture taker, anyway), or I would use my phone to snap a couple of cool pictures. Either way, the last thing I would be thinking of doing would be posting to Facebook or Twitter that I was at this cool bible park. I would, you know, actually want to experience the park. I could post all the pictures of it when I got back to my hotel.
But maybe I’m just weird. Would you take advantage of WiFi on a donkey?[MSNBC]