Thursday, July 19, 2007

Where The Neon Signs Are Pretty

The internet is the new downtown.

Neon LightPetula Clark sang about the place where you could go at anytime to find some entertainment or meet new friends. Her downtown still exists of course, but as with a number of things that once could only be done in the real world, people are finding it easier to stay at home and use the internet to forget all their troubles, forget all their cares.

“Don't hang around and let your problems surround you
There are movie shows - downtown
Maybe you know some little places to go to
Where they never close - downtown
Just listen to the rhythm of a gentle bossa nova
You'll be dancing with him too before the night is over
Happy again”
Movies, video clips, music - all available from your computer at any hour, day or night. And if you want to share it with someone, the digital world is full of social networking sites where you can meet any kind of person you want to.
“And you may find somebody kind to help and understand you
Someone who is just like you and needs a gentle hand to
Guide them along
So maybe I'll see you there
We can forget all our troubles, forget all our cares
So go downtown, things'll be great when you're
Downtown - don't wait a minute for
Downtown - everything's waiting for you”
As enticing and fun as the internet may be, it can't really replace the noise, the hurry, the music of the traffic in the city. This weekend, turn off the computer, put your Petula Clark CD in the car player and take a chance on a adventure in your downtown. I hope you find that you're going to be alright - now.

photo "Neon light" by Max Williams some rights reserved