In 1868, an article appeared in a New York paper that informed the public:
A man has been arrested in New York for attempting to extort funds from ignorant and superstitious people by exhibiting a device which he says will convey the human voice any distance over metallic wires so that it will be heard by the listener at the other end. He calls the instrument a telephone. Well-informed people know that it is impossible to transmit the human voice over wires (Clemmer, n.d.).
Today this news item is almost comical as metallic telephone “land-lines” have given way to fiber optic cables and cellular towers. Incredible progress has been made in the field of telecommunications—with no signs of slowing down. One aspect of this field has been the tremendous growth of the Internet. Internet usage has increased exponentially in the last decade as more and more people take advantage of this new information medium.
We at A.P. are thankful to have played at least some small role in that growth. Many years ago we would never have dreamed that our Web site would be receiving thousands of hits every day, from countries all across the planet. But it is! In fact, 2005 was a banner year for “A.P. on the Web,” as we exceeded the three million page-hit mark! That is correct—we surpassed three million page hits last year! The Web site averaged 7,284 hits per day—which translates to five hits every minute! Like the telephone industry itself, we are making some serious progress—and we do not intend to slow our pace. Indeed, our goal is to shatter the 2005 record in 2006 by working even harder to provide the public with cutting edge commentary on the leading cultural, moral, scientific, and religious issues of our day.
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For many years we have endeavored to be a leading resource that people go to in the field of Christian apologetics. If our Web statistics are any indication, we have, indeed, begun to accomplish that goal. In 2005, we launched a Spanish version of our Web site (http://www.apologeticspress.org/espanol/) that has already begun to mushroom, as our materials are swiftly being translated for the growing Spanish speaking population. We are excited and encouraged by this tremendous growth. We look forward to making this year even better as we continue to offer valuable material to truth seekers all over the world. If you have not visited our site lately, we encourage you to “surf” on in. We think you will like what you find.
Clemmer, Jim (no date), “Practical Leadership,” [On-line], URL: http://www.clemmer.net/excerpts/tunnel_vision.shtml.
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