The hidden risks of bringing the Internet home

To these in the morning I sent the captain, who was to enter into a parley with them; in a word, to try them, and tell me whether he thought they might be trusted or not to go on board and surprise the ship. In this journey my dog surprised a young kid, and seized upon it; and I, running in to take hold of it, caught it, and saved it alive from the dog. I had a great mind to bring it home if I could, for I had often been musing whether it might not be possible to get a kid or two, and so raise a breed of tame goats, which might supply me when my powder and shot should be all spent. I made a collar for this little creature, and with a string, which I made of some rope-yam, which I always carried about me, I led him along, though with some difficulty, till I came to my bower, and there I enclosed him and left him, for I was very impatient to be at home, from whence I had been absent above a month.

I mentioned before that I had a great mind to see the whole island, and that I had travelled up the brook, and so on to where I built my bower, and where I had an opening quite to the sea, on the other side of the island. I now resolved to travel quite across to the sea-shore on that side; so, taking my gun, a hatchet, and my dog, and a larger quantity of powder and shot than usual, with two biscuit-cakes and a great bunch of raisins in my pouch for my store, I began my journey. When I had passed the vale where my bower stood, as above, I came within view of the sea to the west, and it being a very clear day, I fairly descried land – whether an island or a continent I could not tell; but it lay very high, extending from the W. to the W.S.W. at a very great distance; by my guess it could not be less than fifteen or twenty leagues off.

Comments (5)
  • Stewart Stattham

    The debate about blog commenting is really interesting. Let’s think, what value do you get from simply reading one side’s message, one side’s argument?

  • Bryan Fills

    It is really smug and self-righteous just to post the content without giving people an ability to showcase their opinion. It will looks like “my content is so good, that your opinion doesn’t matter to me”. That is a rough mistakes of bloggers-beginners.

  • Paul Danson

    First of all, let’s discuss a social proof aspect of commenting. It is just like how you see a ridiculously long line at the store. Does it attract your attention? Surely! The same works with blogs – a relatively large amount of comments sparks curiosity and grabs people’s attention.

    • Amanda Turney

      There exist countless situations on any type of blog, that we find the reader’s comments even more informative and interesting, than the post itself. However, there are not just the benefits for the readers. Allowing comments on the blog also provides huge benefits for the blog author.

  • Paul Danson

    They say “Once a customer, always a customer”. The same works with blogging – “Once an action taker, always an action taker”.

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