Listening to CBC radio program describing the railway as the maker and breaker of country villages. We are driving through Washago, one of those towns. Once a small but important stop at the hub of train tracks, water and road traffic – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washago_railway_station.
The train still goes through here. No longer prominently.
Can you choose to be part of a networked system or does connect to you when it needs you?