Many of us, upon graduating from college, treat the act of graduating, and the pretty diploma that comes with it, as almost shamanic talismans. We value the diploma as a not-so-minor miracle cure and throw out, with the trash, the real, lasting value of a college education: that huge alumni network, with all of its inherent professional opportunities.
With one exception, all of my friends use computers. They also own smartphones. Most have an iPad, an iPod, a GPS, a Kindle or a Nook. They frequently shop on the Internet and use MapQuest. They have a Facebook page and get their news from the Web. Some play Words With Friends. The exception is Larry.