Why This Decade Sucked, Reason #10: Social Media Ruined the Internet

10for10.jpg

We will, in the closing days of this wretched decade, list the Top Ten reasons why it sucked, starting from the bottom.

blogger.jpg
Remember back in the 90s, when you loved the internet? When you saw it through a child's eyes, and clapped with delight at dancing hamsters, cruddy Flash animations, and Suck.com? Everything was shiny and new, and every innovation was a revelation that made you eager to see what the wizards would come up with next.

Now look at the damn thing. It's TV with an endless number of stations -- except the flipper gives you carpal tunnel. It's an endless time-suck, a global addiction, and a drag.

You say it's brought many wonders into your life? No doubt. You can shop for cars, books, jobs, etc. You can join communities you never even knew you wanted to join. Porn is free as the wind blows, free as the grass grows. The internet has everything and gives it to you fast. You can't imagine life without it.

Which is part of why it sucks: it has become depressingly indispensable, like a car or a microwave. It has evolved to the point where it can't do much more for you. Which is to say, it isn't going to get any better: it will add features, but will basically remain the same tool: a super TV that you can talk back to.

Ah, talking back -- now, there was an innovation: Social Media, the last significant piece in the internet evolution, and beginning of the end of the dream.

In this decade that is winding down, an enormous number of people came to believe that the internet was going to become a conduit of people power that would change life as we know it, as surely as the Internet Bubble was going to make us all millionaires and Urban Fetch was going to be everyone's butler.

reynolds.jpg
Remember when the big thing was blogs? When people were calling the first social media tool "people's media," "we-dia," and other such self-bestowed honorifics? When Megan McArdle said blogs would turn the internet into "a very advanced, processing brain," a self-correcting mechanism that would perfect journalism and advance human thought into a golden age?

We should have known from blogging's early successes what was really going to become of it. Those successes were not about enlightenment -- elucidating issues, or spurring debate -- but about taking down public figures obnoxious to bloggers.

My Voice Nation Help
4 comments
kjh86xr
kjh86xr

You're crude Liberal shrill tactics aren't going to work!  You're only making a jackass of yourself as you continue to rant like a 9 year old when their parents say NO to having dessert before supper! :p 


I know you are a CIA paid Liberal shrill and it ain't gonna fool me or others who are awakened to The Matrix system in the government!

kjh86xr
kjh86xr

I started to respect you until you went on a 9 year old crazy rant against anybody who disagrees with Obama's policies.


Sorry but I figured out the CIA shrill you really are!  It ain't fooling me!

the_strange_remain
the_strange_remain

Blogs ruined the internet too. Or I suppose you think submitting your shitpost to stumbleupon for the purposes of garnering adserver dollars isn't a problem?

It's gotten tot he point where voiceless, visionless asshats, such as yourself, almost outnumber porn sites. You've ruined every media aggregate site in the world, literally every single one and made programs like adsense which actually were good ideas pretty much valueless because companies are now aware that your ilk cannot garner meaningful audiences with good turn over rates on their ads because you post junk data.

Hint hint moron: Quality of content is DIRECTLY RELATED to successful turn over.

Arianna
Arianna

I have no interested in debate..!!

Now Trending

New York Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

Loading...