Monday, October 8, 2012

Let it burn...


Sometimes I think to myself, wondering, what it would be like if there was a switch that could be flipped that would end the internet.  A switch that could be flipped that would shut off sites like Facebook, Twitter, and the rest of it.  A switch that would obliterate cell phone internet connectivity.  Wouldn't it be nice to wake up and go to log onto the internet and see a blank screen saying that it was all over?

Of course, there are some good things about the internet.  E-mail is nice.  Also, selling and buying on the internet is sometimes wonderful.  I used to live in a very rural area and could not easily get some items that I searched for, many of which were Japanese made or obscure.  Now, living in a large city it's a lot easier to find things, however it's still nice to compare prices on the internet and save money. 

However, I wonder if the good outweighs the bad, or if it's the other way around.  We live in a world where people are oblivious to "the real world."  We live in a world where people look down at their cell phones as they walk, as if they are missing an all-important Tweet.  We live in a world where self esteem rises and falls like the stock market.  Where one judges their popularity on the number of likes their posts on Facebook get.  A world where people's mood is decided by their morning Twitter feed.  A world where people think that they are doing something for the world if they share that they are against animal cruelty or breast cancer aware (and otherwise do nothing about it). 

I can't help but feel that it would be great if I woke up and saw the masses perplexed that their internet was gone.  I would feel perplexed for a moment, but then the gladness would set in.  I would jump for joy at the thought of Facebook being gone.  At people having to once again having to form real friendships.  At the thought of people not thinking they can say horrible things to others and hide behind their computer monitors.  Wouldn't it be great?  A world where all the garbage that the internet has created would be gone?  Garbage that started with the first chat rooms and internet forums that caused "trolls" to rise up.  And then continued with the advent Myspace, Friendster, Facebook and Twitter, the (a)social media sites that consumed people's lives.  Let it burn! 

Imagine opening a newspaper and not having to read about Facebook or (a)social media?  Imagine not having to worry about a loved one being killed or killing someone due to checking these sites while driving?  Checking a website in itself is not evil, but being consumed with it to the point of having to compulsively check it, and putting your life and others in danger is.  And what is the point of checking these sites constantly?  Why can't they wait?  Why do people feel the need to compulsively check (a)social networking websites?  Is their self-esteem truly tied that much into it?

Yes.  The idea of the internet going down and the world reverting to a simpler time really appeals to me.  I don't hate technology.  But, I loathe the world of (a)social networking.  I loathe how people think that (a)social networking is all-important.  I don't understand how people can be so consumed by it.  I know that I am not alone in this way of thinking.  Yet, (a)social networking is out there, so loud, consuming the entire world.  Oh, how I would love to watch it all burn.  How I would like to see the websites all fail.  One by one.  A world without (a)social networking.  If there is a day where the Twitter feeds all fail, where Facebook flickers to nothing, and where nothing new rises in their places, oh if there is such a great and wonderful day, I hope that I am alive for it.  I will run into the streets and sing.  I would love to live in a world where people can celebrate personal relationships -- where people can be thoughtful without having to share it with the rest of the world.  Where one can feel good about themselves without having the things they did receive a like. 

Will the world ever be like that?

6 comments:

  1. These social network sites provide nothing for mankind. I would not be opposed to seeing them die off.

    Many of my family and friends are, too, addicted to these filthy sites. I categorize them with porn, because that's how addicted people get over this filth.

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  2. Glad to see your back. This is one of the most valuable sites on the internet today. Far better than failbook.

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  3. Apart from (a)social networks, the other nasty things I want to see disappear are cellular phones. Everybody has to have one, and carry it everywhere, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. People are damn addicted to them!
    It would be wonderful if all the social life reverts back to 1998 when those things did not existed and thus the people did not considered them so important and vital.

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    1. I agree. I don't carry a cellular phone usually, and do not like having to. I would LOVE if cellular phones disappeared.

      It's always amazing to see people using a cellular phone in places where the invention has absolutely no place. Places like in a college classroom during a lecture. People are glued to them as if they are life support. It's vile.

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  4. I totally agree.There are many times when I wish the world wasn't so hooked into computers.I think you're right about 1998 too, I often trace back time and realize that year was the last time things actually felt "calm", more real.I resisted joining Facebook for many years.It was the beginning of 2010 that my brother finally talked me into hopping aboard there.At first, I'll admit, I had a great time, but as time passed I felt as if it was eating up every bit of "quality" in my life and leaving me feeling frazzled.I'd end up thinking over my time on FB every night as I drifted off to sleep, hoping I didn't say the wrong thing, or do any other dumb things on there.I quit the first time in Sept. 2011, but I could only stay away 2 months.The second time I've quit was in June this year & I do not miss it one single bit.

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    1. It's fun at first. I imagine a lot of people are going to say that about the new MySpace as well. However, as time passes, sites like Facebook lose their luster. Some people will continue to live their lives through it because they forgot that there is an outside world that is far better than Facebook could ever be. Many people on Facebook seem miserable, fighting with others, trying to appear better than everyone else, and bragging about the mundane. They don't realize that their lives could be far better if they would just invest that time in bettering their short existence on this planet.

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