Monday, August 25, 2008

VPT Show blog comments

Living in a rural state, Vermonters have a strong sense of place and a tradition of civic discourse. As we move toward becoming an e-State, how will we master emerging technologies to unite and strengthen our communities?

written by Technologyisgood, August 19, 2008

As Vermonters we should embrace technology! It offers endless options for us to communicate with our friends, neighbors, and legislators. You can send an email to a friend, use an online forum to check out what's happening on your block, or express your concerns to your elected officials.

written by Left Behind, August 19, 2008

One of the challenges facing Vermont is a lack of connected-ness among certain demographic groups such as the elderly and those from lower income families. The Internet is becoming a primary resource of information, news, resources etc... Where does this leave the segment of the population that is not connected?

written by Mr. Mischief, August 19, 2008

We are such a small state. To me it's unbelievable that it is taking so long to provide across-the-state access for all Vermonters. The regional disparity results in an unfair "connection-gap" that hurts rural Vermonters.

written by Michael Wood-Lewis, August 19, 2008

While many folks rightly focus on the issue of getting more Vermonters connected in "a connected age," the broader question on the table is "how do we enhance the sense of community within the State of Vermont while the landscape is changing with the growth of the internet, cell phone usage, cable tv, etc.?"

Some argue that all of this technology is stealing our attention away from our local communities and focusing it on entertainment, issues away from our hometowns, etc.

Some great panelists appeared at the conference. Here's a link to my presentation...

Thanks to all who are helping stimulate this larger discussion. I'm looking forward to the VPT show and discussion. -Michael

Michael Wood-Lewis
Front Porch Forum

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