Jeffrey B. Dalin, DDS
As we approach the new millennium, we have something at our disposal that makes the whole world accessible to us: the Internet. I hope that everyone is now online and exploring the multitude of information that is out there waiting for you. If you are not yet connected, do not wait ... sign on with an Internet Provider and enter this world of knowledge.
A common use for the Internet is access to the media. Just about every media source has a presence in cyberspace. You will find that almost all of your favorite television stations and shows, radio stations, newspapers, or magazines, have Web sites up and running. Most search engines and most starting-point home pages have up-to-date news, weather, sports, and financial headlines at a glance.
Below, I will try to give you some ideas of places to visit and that you can put to good use. You can now be up-to-date on everything that is going on in the world.
Y CNN - (www.cnn.com) Here you will find news, sports, business, politics, weather, science and nature, computing, health, books, entertainment, travel, style, views, and discussion sections. A very thorough and enjoyable place to begin.
Y USA Today - (www.usatoday. com) This is a Web site from the daily national newspaper. It has many subsections, including national news, world news, financial news, sports, books, careers, travel, "hot" sites, web technology, and photography. This is another very thorough and well-organized site.
Y Washington Post (www.wash ingtonpost.com) and New York Times (www.nytimes.com) - These are two of the more well-known metropolitan newspapers. Most of the larger newspapers in the country have Web sites as well. Most have very good archive sections to retrieve articles and information from past issues of their publications.
Y Pathfinder (www.pathfinder. com) - Many of the more well-known magazines can be accessed from this site. You will find links to Time, Money, Fortune, Entertain-ment, Ask Dr. Weil, Parenttime, plus others.
Y Scour Net (www.scour.net) - This site bills itself as the "Internet Media Guide." You will be able to locate sites dealing with business, education, film and television, news, sports, radio stations, and television stations from it.
Y Weather Channel (www. weather.com) - This will give you access to weather forecasts from your city to the other areas of the country, as well as anywhere in the world.
Y Time Cast (www.timecast.com) - This site gives you access to real video stories from around the world. If you want to see something instead of reading about it, then you may want to start here.
Y News of the Weird (www.nine. org/notw/notw.html) - This site is a collection of bizarre news stories from more than 200 newspapers around the world.
Y National Enquirer (www. nationalenquirer.com) - For those with the more inquiring minds, you can find headlines from the current issue, as well as links to a section that contains an archive of old articles.
Y Microsoft Home Page (home. microsoft.com) - This site shows you an example of a headline home page. What this means is that you can design a page to come up whenever you log onto your browser program (Internet Explorer or Netscape). You can bring up news headlines, weather, financial information, common links, sports headlines, horoscope, etc. There are many of these "home" pages out there to sign on with.
As usual, I am only giving you some examples of sites to visit. There are countless examples of sites similar to those listed above that will give you the same type of information. The Internet can be very useful in delivering all of the news, weather, sports, financial, health, and travel knowledge you may desire. Stay up on all that is going on in our great world!
Jeffrey B. Dalin, DDS, FACD, FAGD, practices general dentistry in St. Louis. He also is the editor of St. Louis Dentistry Magazine and spokesperson and critical-issue-response-team chairperson for the Greater St. Louis Dental Society. He can be reached at email@example.com or by phone, (314) 567-5612; or fax: (314) 567-9047. His Web site is www.dfdasmiles.com.