Twenty years ago I called a girl 225 miles away and talked for 12 minutes. It cost my parents $3.42 (that’s $5.71 today after adjusting for inflation). That was the cost of connecting with someone beyond shouting distance. And my desire to interact caused me to willingly accept the charges.

Now I could video conference with her via iChat or Skype for free.

Fifteen years ago I submitted my demo reel to 30+ post-production houses in the Midwest. It cost me more than $200 (roughly $285 today) in duplication charges, VHS tapes and postage. That was the cost of distributing unique content to a targeted audience. And my desire to promote my talents caused me to willingly accept the charges.

Now I could post it to YouTube or Vimeo for free.

Ten years ago I purchased a 40GB external firewire hard drive to back up my PowerMac G4. It cost me $329 (roughly $417 today). That was the cost of protecting my digital property. And my desire to insure against potential data loss caused me to willingly accept the charges.

Now I could archive those files to ADrive.com for free.

Establish a connection to the Internet and you are empowered to connect, share, publish, distribute, promote, archive and collaborate with millions of others at no additional charge. This is breaking news to no one…yet I continue to be amazed by it.