Some questions have no answers, and until they do we wonder about them. Why do cats purr? How do magnets work? Why is yawning contagious?

Then there are the questions that we used to wonder about, to search out answers for, that we now have answers to at the press of a button. For example, you’re sitting around with your friends. Someone wonders what album a song they really liked came out on, and in what year. Because of the internet, because of easy storage of music files in devices, all you have to do is pick up your phone and the answer is yours. Years ago, people would have gotten up of their couch and gone through their record collection, or called up their friend who had all this stuff stored away in their head, or maybe even called a record store. The answers would have come from physical things in the real world.

Obviously, I’m no luddite. I think it’s awesome that we have so much information about so many topics so readily available. But I miss this sense that I had, as a young person, of seeking things out, looking for answers in the world around me, and talking to people about questions I had. I feel like that’s something that’s being lost.


About thebaffledkingcomposing

Pamela DiFrancesco is a writer with a community college degree in journalism, a fancy art school degree in fiction and a penchant for community organizing. A native of Pennsylvania coal country, Pamela lives in Astoria, Queens, writes, and does whatever else it takes to pay the bills. In the past, Pamela has worked for newspapers and taught children journalism in an after-school program. Pamela's fiction can be found on the web at Cezanne's Carrot and Monkeybicycle, in print in The Carolina Quarterly (who nominated "The Chuck Berry Tape Massacre" for the Best American Mystery Writing anthology) and forthcoming in The New Ohio Review. When not writing, Pamela practices acts of love and kindness in hopes of a radically different world, and is preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse through acts of badassery.
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