I recently stumbled a remarkable Salon article titled, “The Internet Blew My Mind.” The author, Michael Santos, spent twenty five years in prison on drug trafficking charges. But while he was in jail, he began writing and eventually published two books about prison life, Inside: Life Behind Bars in America and Earning Freedom: Conquering a 45-year Prison Term.
He also became a blogger – without ever having access to the internet.
In the article, he says “As a prisoner, I could not access the Web directly. Staff members oversaw policies that placed enormous barriers between the people inside boundaries and society. In the prisons where I served my sentence, prisoners were even prohibited from accessing electronic typewriters.”
He goes on to describe his first use of an iPhone and how he fell in love with the web.
Pretty amazing. Enjoy a video of Mr. Santos below; he’s come full circle with the web in just a few short months and has been a TED speaker and is now an inspirational speaker and life coach. Because of course, right?