I love the smell of a brand new blog in the morning!
Taking a look back at all the different ways the Internet and I have been together over the years really puts a lot of things in perspective. It all started with a disc in the mail. 100 free hours!! How could a person even spend that much time on the Internet?! Apparently it was a lot easier than we all thought, as the web slowly took over every piece of our life that could be turned into an endless stream of ones and zeros.
There was a time when what my AIM away message said about me as person was the most important thing in my young Internet life. I was addicted, and thirsted for constant new information. The Internet and I grew up together, discovering new things everyday. Keywords became web addresses. AIM became Livejournal, became Deadjournal, became MySpace, became Facebook, became 140 characters to describe everything you are as an online entity, all tied back to just one person, real and tangible, who has yet to make a difference in this world.
The instant connection of our lives has become a normal custom, with the way we interact as human beings on a whole becoming faster and broader. I can’t help but feel like we’ve really forgotten our humble beginnings. And everything has a beginning, no? That’s not what today is about though. Today is about today, so lets bring this back to the future.
Redundancy, redundancy, redundancy.
I find it hard to believe that I’m the only one that’s noticed the unbearable amount of redundancy online. There’s an overload of content barraging you daily that you’ve already seen a hundred times. Its become a sport to find that needle of real information in a haystack of 1800 of the same article with different paraphrasing. The only time it feels interesting is when contradictions between them begin to update and copy each other, striving to be the most popular blue type you click on in the search for truth. Yet, it’s laughable and naive to believe a word until six months later, after the Internet has lost interest, to find out what really happened.
For example, remember the anthrax scare? Totally not terrorists.
Its not all bad though. The bludgeoning redundancy of “important” information has made a large group of people much more well informed than they would ever strive towards. It also showcases the vastly ignorant, rarely intelligent, trolling opinions of every other person who has just ingested this new information along with you. I find myself daily getting sucked into the comments of an issue.
“What did you see in this article about a cat in a wheelchair that made you so strongly want to kill the president?!!”
Am I missing something here? Or did everyone forget that thoughts live in your brain? Because as far as I knew, you don’t say things that don’t need to be heard. I know it’s hard to admit it to yourself, but really, nobody cares right now. This has nothing to do with that!
But it doesn’t matter where you go online, there will be at least one racist, one troll, one grammar nazi (guilty!), one prayer, one share or die in ten days, one weight loss secret, and one very just confused person for every single well thought out opinion or thought. Why can’t people see that just because they can go anywhere does not mean that they necessarily should. There is a place in this web tailored to you, I guarantee it. All this overload of opinions does is show off how very poor the intelligence of the majority is.
in all honesty though, I can’t bring myself to believe that’s really how things are. I hold out hope that the intelligent, honest, and good people are just holding their tongues. Maybe tact isn’t a lost art, but in full use, keeping itself politely hidden. Wisely waiting for that moment when it is the time to speak out. When things have boiled over to the point where a change of consciousness is the only option left. Then we will speak. Then we WILL change the world for the better.