I am reminded of Henry Drummond's lines in Inherit The Wind:
Gentlemen, progress has never been a bargain. You have to pay for it. Sometimes I think there's a man who sits behind a counter and says, "Alright, you can have a telephone, but you lose privacy and the charm of distance. Madam, you may vote, but at a price. You lose the right to retreat behind the powder-puff or your petticoat. Mister, you may conquer the air, but the birds will lose their wonder and the clouds will smell of gasoline."
What does this have to do with our fraternity?
Obviously, the exponential growth in information and speed affects virtually everything in society. Likewise, it affects Freemasonry. An ever-increasing number of men are knocking on our lodge doors after learning about us from the Internet. Individual Masons have been quick to adopt the web for masonic education and communications, but few Grand Lodges have embraced it. In fact, many Grand Lodges regard the Internet with suspicion, or treat it as insignificant. And more than one Grand Master has seen the Internet as a threat to his unquestioned authority — suspensions and expulsions over e-mail and forum postings rises every year, most recently in West Virginia. So what should Freemasonry be doing to embrace the technology, beyond posting instructional videos on YouTube?