There's been much discussion about the freedom of speech, the internet and copyrights because of these PIPA/ACTA/whatnot acts being driven all around the western world. Once in effect, the could potentially close facebook, twitter, youtube, wikipedia... effectively the whole internet as we know it.
This made me think about how integral part these services (and the internet itself) already play in my life. These are no longer nice services I can log in once in a while to have fun. They are the cornerstones of my social life online. And why not in real life too.
Whenever I lose my internet connection (luckily I have 2 nowadays... a cable and 3G), the whole world feels so much smaller. I don't watch much TV anymore. Sports is practically the only thing I do still watch from TV (and would watch it online if it was more accessible). Also, much of my educational material is available exclusively in the internet. So the internet is truly the center of my education, social life and entertainment.
Also, I find it interesting how much cultural blending there has been thanks to the internet. I truly believe this is the best hope we have for a global peace. In real life the distances and national borders are too strong for having a common culture, but the internet transcends these restrictions. This made me think of this 16 years old text: A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace
Now all this random babbling aside, do you feel like the internet is part of your home? Do you feel comfortable in the internet? Do you believe that the internet could lift our culture from the brutal physical world we are in to an enlightened culture of the tomorrow?