In the past our economy was based around production or services, but today the majority of our jobs are based primarily in the manipulation of information. If you don't have access to info you don't get the good job and you don't get the bread on the table. The internet is nothing but a huge information resource. If you can find any information you need, you can get anywhere.
Also, computer skills are the most important to finding a job today. I have a college degree and minimal computer skills and had a bitch of a time finding a job, but my friend who dropped out of school to play computer games gets paid more in a better environment using the computer skills he has.
The typewriter can go to hell, i'll take the computer!