I blog, therefore I am: the Internet has become the place where "citizen journalists" broadcast their thoughts to all. This haven of free speech is treasured by thousands of online writers, each ready to leap onto their virtual soapbox and broadcast to the world.
Speculating on how we're going to be living in 2020 is best left to the futurists and to science fiction; instead, TIME's "What's Next?" feature offers a sneak peak at the technologies that are just around the corner, and at the trends, events and people that will matter in 2006. And it explores how some of America's finest minds contemplate and plan for the immediate future.
Stashed away in the rolling hills north of San Francisco, the town of Sebastopol, California, used to be remarkable for two things: Gravenstein apples (it was once the world's largest producer) and the Russian River appellation (excellent zinfandels).