About the only thing that has changed over the 35 or so years of my involvement in this pastime is the internet….an extemely valuable learning tool, and a very good method of communication. Something that should have pushed metal detecting into the limelight, and something that should have helped promote it’s values. As of now only the latter is lacking…
The internet has produced websites, blogs, forums and it has also helped create a divide amongst our ranks. It’s been a vehicle for anyone and everyone to share their opinions, their views, their biases, their off-the-wall comments, all without much fear of reprisal. Easy to say things there, and not have to suffer any consequences, and yes I am guilty of this as well.
What amazes me is that the internet, and all of it’s parts has not helped us to form a more perfect union. If anything it has hindered that effort. In the 80’s, while trying to get the FMDAC going, I had to rely on the United States Postal Service. All my communications were type written, sometimes copied, but always mailed. Just the way it was….
Amazingly, the responses I received were always enthusiastic, contagious and it was easy to bring everyone into the fold. Today, you would think it would be even easier, but apparently it is not. In fact it seems to be much harder. No matter what you post on the internet, someone is out there to shoot it down (and yes I sometimes do that). Seems the more we advance, the more we shoot ourselves in the foot.
I will continue to preach the values of uniting, and I am quite aware that the internet has negatively affected that goal. As long as we have this type of back and forth, no one will ever have to stand before the court of common sense or offer practical ideas and solutions.
Maybe we need to backtrack and do it the old fashioned way, sitting at a table, face to face, eye to eye. Not sure what the answer is but for all the great tools we have at our disposal, we seem to be all over the place, with no direction, and no definitive plan. Correct me if I am wrong….
JOHN HOWLAND ON HUNTING STONE WALLS
John Howland is a member of the South Jersey Metal Detecting Club, despite living in the UK, and often offers up an article or two for their newsletter. In the most recent issue is the one he shared here in September of 2010, and I thought it was worthy of a repeat. To read his take on stone walls click on the Malamute Saloon link above and scroll down to today’s date.
OOPS! In the process of putting up this article, quite a few of his earlier articles became scramled. Be patient I am working hard on correcting this…
Suddenly getting a lot of visitors from Australia? Not sure why, but if you happen to be one of them, I hope you will find time to contribute a response or comment sometime. Appreciate your visits….
WHAT BETTER TIME TO POP THE QUESTION?
Thanks again to Eddy Current for sharing the following article. Love it…. My kind of way to do things….