Henry Rollins: What's your latest obsession?- Californication - Season 1 - Episode LOL
Hank: Just the fact that people seem to be getting dumber and dumber. You know, I mean we have all this amazing technology and yet computers have turned into basically four figure wank machines. The internet was supposed to set us free, democratize us, but all it's really given us is Howard Dean's aborted candidacy and 24 hour a day access to kiddie porn. People...they don't write anymore - they blog. Instead of talking, they text, no punctuation, no grammar: LOL this and LMFAO that. You know, it just seems to me it's just a bunch of stupid people pseudo-communicating with a bunch of other stupid people at a proto-language that resembles more what cavemen used to speak than the King's English.
Henry Rollins: Yet you're part of the problem, I mean you're out there blogging with the best of them.
Hank: Hence my self-loathing.
Is this really the state of the internet? Is it just a big mess of spaghetti that contributes to the degradation of society as a whole.
Does the power of computers drive the commonality of idiocy. Can we for once consider Nerds as being dumber than the average joe?
I mean, other than eBay, which Internet company has always been on top. Possibly Skype (oops eBay), Yahoo is questionable at best, Google is there now, but wasn't around back in the day, what Internet company will be here tomorrow? And what do these huge corporations really contribute to my life other than killing time (their ads fund the videos i watch)?
It appears more and more everyday that the internet is merely becoming a big private channel. You have a channel to buy stuff, you have a channel to sell stuff, you have a channel to participate in another channel, you have a news channel and all of this useful stuff comes from huge private or public corporations all over the world.
So where does Tim Berners-Lee vision in creating the World Wide Web as one big publishing platform fit in anymore? Oh right sorry, that's blogging.
I'm patiently waiting Web 2.0 trends to transcend the non-sensical, non-monetizable, fun time killer space, to the Enterprise. I really do have to say, I think there is value specifically in Enterprise blogging. Especially Enterprise blogging and anonymous comments. And by that I mean, employee blogs, sitting right there on the Intranet as your default work homepage. Try to keep your corporate ladders vertical while you think about that one.
And by the way, if you're a guy, pick up Californication Season 1. You will not regret it!
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