For the first ever themed issue of TBG, we got all teched-out, maybe with no place to go. We decided to look out ahead of the digital curve. What we saw was a dazzling and sometimes frightening view of our speed-of-light lifestyles.
As an online medium, our publication sprung from the rapid movement of new technology that pervades our culture – we are a part of it in fact. But as a magazine, we also examine the implications of living in such a cyber-centric universe.
[1]How is life different as a young twenty-somethings in the 00s than it was 10, 20 or 30 years ago? Could we have imagined as children that literally our intimate conversations, academic ventures, work, and access to the arts would all be transmitted through space as tiny digital particles? Probably not. And as the last generation to remember life before Google, where are we headed? Are we fumbling toward progress or falling in a virtual line of conformity?
Decide for yourself. But first take a look at this month\’s stories focused on staying with the digital curve in this issue. In State Side, check out Jessica Sipperley\’s \”Need Some \’Netiquette\’?\” to find out if you\’re pissing your profs off with a cavalier emailing style. Steve Patterson in Global View delves into the emerging music genre, Alternativa, and how the Internet is changing the way we experience the arts. In Arts & Culture, read Megan Merrit\’s article about texting (truly a new word for a new world) and Erik Adams\’ uncovering of the little-known realm of local access television. In Sex & Health, read about how our teched-out lifestyles can affect our most intimate relationships in Meredith Questel\’s \”Love in the Time of Blackberries.\”
Slow down from your lightning-speed life to take a breath and just read. We hope you like what you see.

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