Digitalized || How to view the internet

In my last post I talked about the internet, social media, new media, everything-media. But what exactly does all of this actually have to do with everything? The answer: I honestly don’t know. Why in the world would anyone be interested about someone else’s baby pictures or the fact that they’ve just come out of a horrible relationship with a guy that beat her to a pulp every weekend? Why would you want to share a video of yourself getting hurt and post it on Youtube and then posting it on Digg? So many questions that honestly have no clear answer. Man is by nature a social creature and feels he has a constant need to be sought, watched and praised for his actions. I don’t know if it’s in our genes or if it’s just a childhood phase that somehow never got out of our system but by god it’s there. But then again I’m rambling. The point here I guess is that for the children of the 21st century (yes, myself included) don’t so much use the internet as they themselves fuel it.

This is how I see the internet: Imagine having a puppy. Now this puppy can’t clean, change or feed itself without your help, much like the internet doesn’t function if it doesn’t have so many people who would actually use it, update their content or add new photos of themselves in front of the bathroom mirror. But you keep the puppy around because you need the attention and affection it gives you in the cold nights on the streets (yes Timmy, you’re homeless!). Every time you give Spot cookies he gets just a bit fatter and a lot more cavities and why? Because while the internet feels so right it can hate you. It can hate you so much at times. Much like when the police tell you “anything you say can and will be held against you in the court of law” the internet (here we speak of the community of trolls out there) get another way to play with your private stuff because let’s face it, they have no life and live in their mom’s basement.

Now don’t get me wrong. Spot’s not a bad puppy, he’s just not very well-bred. But that’s exactly what makes him so special. And at the same time Spot can also teach us so much, like drinking sewer water is poisonous, or that your socks smell. The same way the internet has blogs, video tutorials, sites like Lynda.com and eHow, websites of your favorite bands tour dates…….Chat Roulette. Just putting it out there…

So at the end of the day I guess we really don’t have a choice in the matter. The internet as dangerous and filthy and perverted as it might be we’re all in it. And if we’re not we should be cause all our friends are in it. We have so much to offer it and it has even more to offer back. It’s our own personal frenemy. That….and it has TONES of porn.

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