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COMMUNET  December 1993, Week 2

COMMUNET December 1993, Week 2

Subject:

Recap RE: Internet Impact on Business

From:

P R Teachout <[log in to unmask]>

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Date:

Sat, 11 Dec 1993 20:43:34 CST

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There does not appear to be much in the way of hard data describing the
impact of the InterNet on the business community.  Certainly, hightech
businesses (software distributors, hardware manufacturers) are making good
use of the InterNet.  Publishers, both magazine and book, are increasingly
seen on line.  Producers of electronic journals and magazines are becoming
common.  Some of these organizations (or individuals) also produce
hardcopy, but many just issue electronic versions of their product.
 
Non-hightech businesses like hardware chains, grocery stores, and the
corner barbershop are not much in evidence.  It's not like they couldn't
be - well, perhaps not the corner barbershop!  Wouldn't it be nice to be
able to pull down some 'do it yourself' files from a hardware company, or
get newsletters about food availability and grocery price forecasts?  How
about a Miracle-Gro Gopher with information about gardening, fertilizers,
and pesticides??  Wouldn't such information servers impact local
businesses - even if the local businesses weren't themselves on the
InterNet - and even if the local business didn't carry the particular
product??
 
I am not advocating rampant commercial advertising on the InterNet.  I
detest getting a mailbox full of junk mail as much as anyone else.  But I
*have* been known to go to a trade fair and collect stacks of information
brochures on subjects I have an interest in.  If the information servers
were there, and there was some reasonably simple way to locate them (a
national electronic yellow pages database), would that be so bad??
National non-profit organizations are also missing.  American Heart Assoc,
Cancer Society, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, BSA, etc.
 
Richard Bryant stated he attempted "... to find hard data on this issue of
community networks actually promoting economic development and found
virtually no hard data. One of the reasons for this is that community
networks are very new." I'm not sure I agree with this reason.  It seems
to me that all the 'Free-Nets' and 'Public Access Computer Systems' I
visit have avoidance of any sort of commercial contamination built into
their charters.  This is in part, I suspect, because of the source of
their funds.  But don't these same funding sources promote interaction
with the local business communities?
 
My thanks to the following for their invaluable input.
 
(COMMUNET) Richard W. Bryant, Vice President, La Plaza de Taos
TeleCommunity - and I agree, the subject would make a great Masters or Ph.
D. thesis.
 
(CARR-L) Ken Laws, author of Computists' Communique
 
(RITIM-L) Daniel Dern ([log in to unmask]) author of The Internet Guide
For New Users, McGraw-Hill, 1993, 608 pages
 
(COMMUNET) Dick Peck, [log in to unmask], Electronic Information Design:
Product and Market Development, San Francisco, CA
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
--
P. R. "Fleet" Teachout              [log in to unmask]
"I surf the InterNet!"        [log in to unmask]
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