The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. One new media analyst we spoke with in the course of assessing the Canadian Culture Online Program's new vision plan was blunt - and right - in describing a proposed cultural gateway as the product of outmoded thinking. Distribution funding in Telefilm's Canada New Media Fund has gone untapped and it surprises us that the officials in charge of that program haven't drawn lessons from that experience. Including last year and this, the Department of Canadian Heritage will have pumped well over $13 million into a proposed portal that many believe will be a bust, and are justifiably upset that the money won't be spent on the actual creation of new technologies and new stories. Our thinking about the Internet, and about the world wide web, has changed since 1998. The interface between us and the content has evolved drastically. Love 'em or hate 'em, Microsoft and Apple have created Internet browsers and operating systems that anyone can use to easily surf, download, install applications that broaden their use of the Internet beyond web pages into chat and file-sharing and countless other special applications, and that make it easy to integrate content stored outside the home or office with that created within. Google has put that content at users' fingertips instantly, and the need for portals to help users find what they're looking for has all but vanished. Old media have become enthusiastic supporters of the new, and books, film, television and newspapers are all now enthusiastic promoters of what's available online. We live in a world in which we're being pushed constantly to the Internet - not only to buy, but to learn and to interact. New search technologies using visual aids and artificial intelligence will soon make even the current Google obsolete. Finding information is the least of our worries. To pump millions into a portal - no matter how many studies purporting to show a navigation problem are written - is short-sighted. Some of the brightest minds in the world are working to make the Internet an even easier thing to use. The question is whether, when the day arrives that finding information is absolutely effortless, there will be any content from this country to surf.