The Internet Argumentative Essay

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The Internet

Where would we find ourselves without the Web today? It provides us with a vast amount of
information and communication. The world is accessible to us with a click of a button.
Maps, stocks, chat and news can all be found in a matter of seconds. Things have greatly
evolved from the home PC of the 1980's - Commodore 64's and IBM 8088's, and a life of
direct dialing into BBSs at all hours of the night. Every small town of the USA has
Internet access; the world is interconnected.


Upon dialing into your Internet service and launching your browser, you open up a gateway
to a variety of information resources. One resource available to you is the portal,
Yahoo!. Found at http://www.yahoo.com, this web site includes a plethora of selections,
including chat. There are different ways of communicating with this feature. You may
download Yahoo! Messenger, an application that works in conjunction with Yahoo! Chat web
page. In chat, you can enter rooms of topics of your interest, such as sports, music, or
business and speak with people all over the world. You don't need to download any web
browser plug-ins to access chat. You may still converse with people using the Yahoo!
Messenger program.


Yahoo! Messenger is one of many different instant-messaging programs out there. Similar
applications such as ICQ or EGN can be used, but they are independent of any web portal,
like Yahoo!. There are advantages and disadvantages to each program. No instant messaging
service can communicate with any other. You have to have an account with the same service,
as who you want to speak with. But incase you don't know someone on the service, you can
make friends by meeting people in chat rooms or random chat, set up by that particular
service. Random chat gives you the ability to meet people, by random, based on what their
interests are. Once you have acquired people on your contacts/friends lists, with multiple
services (i.e.: friends on AOL/IM and friends on ICQ), you may want to look into
downloading Universal Messenger. This program combines your lists of people, from the most
popular programs you may have. These include ICQ, AOL/IM, Yahoo!, PowWow, and MSN
Messenger. This saves on memory (RAM), so you don't have to run each individual program on
your home computer. You must know your logins and passwords for each service, when you
first set up Universal Messenger. Universal Messenger is not a service itself, just an
application that is capable of monitoring multiple instant messaging services.


Other than live chat, there are other special interest groups that you can participate in
online. Yahoo! Clubs, for example, gives you access to message boards, which pertain to
the topic of the club. Some examples of Yahoo! Clubs are the following:


The Coffee Shop - a place for teenage girls to meet and discuss issues.
Bible Code - where people from around the US meet and debate Biblical meanings.
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