The recent loss, and recovery, of several computers reinforced the idea of the utility of the internet and computers in general. Without internet access it was difficult to maintain real time contact with the owner, especially when 80 guests were expected for a wedding and he was traveling. It was impossible to order computer parts needed to repair the broken computers and impossible to upload any information about the Painted Pony Resort or the area. Fortunately the problems were resolved, one by one, and the ability to communicate with the rest of the planet re-established. As a measure of the utility of the ability to communicate (and have an impact on the rest of the world) from the heart of the San Simon Valley, tallies of some of the materials created and published from a trailer were collected. To date, there were a total of 1,942,520 views of the material produced by a guy in a trailer sitting in the desert, demonstrating that even in an isolated place like the bubble it is possible to create and distribute material that interests other people. While in the grand scheme of things 2 million views may not be much, in the final analysis, the most important measure is the effect on local business. That is do other businesses see a tangible result as a result of these efforts? Six weddings at the Painted Pony Resort (with more scheduled) is consistent with the notion that by providing interesting information about the area does bring in more business. Who would have thought the San Simon valley could be a wedding destination?
The ability of an individual to create and then reach out and present the material to others on the planet is unique and only possible with a computer and internet access and as a result I believe the internet is most democratizing tool invented by our species. Everyone has a voice in the marketplace of ideas and everyone has a chance to be heard and make a difference.
Google Earth photographs - 1,260,214 views.
Blogging from the Boot Heel - 68,990 views
The Sky Gypsies - 50,302 views
The Painted Pony Resort - 72,778 views
Flickr photographs - not available
Hiking maps - 256,038 views
YouTube videos - 125,750 views
Photobucket - 108448 views