It’s time for another Who Won the Week prompt. The idea behind Who Won the Week is for you to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.
I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.
This week I’m going to designate Zoom as The Who Won the Week recipient.Zoom is a videoconferencing service that was originally created for corporate webinars and meetings. But since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, it has grown into something more. It has become a must-have for nearly every kind of social function, including happy hours, yoga sessions, school classes, funeral services, as well as Easter and Passover rituals.
I first learned of Zoom last month when our son invited my wife and me to a virtual baby shower for his very pregnant wife. I got an email invitation that had a Zoom link embedded in it. I immediately texted him.
Me: What is Zoom?
My son: It’s a video conferencing utility that allows multiple people to get on a video chat call.
Me: Oh, like Webex?
My son: OK Boomer.
I put my son’s ageist insult aside and downloaded Zoom to my laptop and iPhone, and have since participated in at least a dozen Zoom meetings: the aforementioned baby shower, two birthday celebrations, and weekly Zoom video calls with our kids. We’ve even figured out a way to use Zoom coupled with some multiplayer games we’ve all downloaded to our smartphones to have some friendly and competitive six-player online game playing.
So hats off to the internet, web technologies, and Zoom for making our stay-at-home lockdowns a bit more tolerable by bringing us together, at least virtually.
And now it’s your turn, folks. Who (or what) do you think won the week?