@fremson took this photo of the Grewink #Glacier, near the fishing and tourism town of Homer, Alaska. In recent years, vast physical distances have become less limiting, bringing conveniences. But what does that mean for the state’s identity? Senator Lisa Murkowski’s recent votes against repeal of the Affordable Care Act reinforced the perception that people in #Alaska are go-it-alone independent thinkers, shaped by their far remove from the more settled, politically divided lower 48. But many longtime residents, writers and business people in Alaska said that the sense of “only in Alaska” exceptionalism is fading. High-speed internet is reaching tiny villages, opening communities to greater connection with the outside world. Dan Fischer, an artist in Homer, has long depended on tourists for a living in selling art. Amazon upended all that, he said, by connecting him and other artists with new supply lines and buyers around world. About 70% of Mr. Fischer’s art lamps, made from local beach stones, now ship out through Amazon, he said — up from 0 less than 2 years ago. Homer as an art colony, he said, is not the same. “We gained access, but lost some of our uniqueness,” he said. Visit the link in our profile to read more.