On many levels, we have all become more interconnected than we used to be. We say this all the time, and for the most part, it is true.
But is it true when it comes to full extent of the physical, geographical communities in which we live? Do we feel a sense of being closer to neighbors or neighborhood businesses because they have websites, e-mail lists, etc?
I find myself putting more and more of those people and businesses into a pile labeled largely unresponsive.
Don't we have to go a step further on the interconnectedness front and figure out how we can follow more of the people aspect of all this? Do you know your neighbor's full "story"? Do you know the checkout clerks' stories at the supermarket? Can you communicate with them on that level, or is it limited to the mostly superficial hello?
Despite all this stuff flying about in the internet and over phone lines, we still have a huge amount of work to do.
Stay tuned. Or, better yet, stay connected!