Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Boring, Boring Internetz

Seems to me that the Internet—the once-proud savior-to-be of all humanity—has fallen into a rut.

Used to be that you could count on something thrilling coming out of the Interwebby-thing almost every day: a fast-breaking story of government corruption and scandal, an hilarious video featuring a cat and a vacuum cleaner, a powerful database that allowed you to get the names and addresses of anyone who’s ever voted in a state election anywhere in the US during the last two decades. And, of course, Simpsonize Me!

Nowadays though, it’s pretty much the same old thing over and over: fashion news about washed-up celebrities, little Flash-based games that keep 10 year-olds from getting dressed and ready for school when they should, and more Youtube videos featuring cats and vacuum cleaners. And, of course, Craigslist.org.

Me, I visit that same half-dozen or so sites and that’s about it: check the New York Times, read three or four blogs by people I know, occasionally, if half-heartedly, look at some random bike parts on Ebay, and visit the .83 forum to read posts from a few folks while studiously avoiding those from others.

I remember thinking, a couple years ago, that it was only a matter of time before the Internet was nothing more than a great big huge J. Crew catalogue; it’s clear to me know that I underestimated the web’s awesome power somewhat, for it’s way more than just that: it’s also a great big Yellow Pages, a massive stack of old videotapes, and the game arcade of a divey bar circa 1983. And, of course, my diary.

One thing that’s become painfully obvious: even though the Internet may be a force for social change and expanded freedom in repressive totalitarian states around the world, here in the industrialized West, it’s mainly a distraction—on the order of People Magazine, WWF Wrestling, American Idol—from stuff that really matters.

And, of course, 327 Words.


Blogger Arnica Montana said...

Man, i am in the same boat. i think i am in a rut. i go to the same pages every day. My appetite for something new is too big for my current list of favorites.

there's always porn.

12:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

some daze I agree with you wholeheartedly. other days i find realize my surf habits are to blame. i'd be happy to send a couple links your way of things that might be of some interest. in other words, if you'll show me yours, I'll show you mine.

9:22 PM  

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