My friends, you might already know this, but let me tell you anyway: the Internet is truly revolutionary.
While in Seattle I met a former Peace Corps volunteer who served in Africa over 20 years ago. To keep in touch with his family he wrote letters and would wait months to receive a response. To make calls back home he was able to go in to the capital city twice a year. His only other method of knowing what was occurring in the States was via Newsweek, which would arrive a month late.