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May 11, 2010

The Narcissistic Internet

The Internet used to be amazing. It was a vehicle fueled by imagination and curiosity that clocked its miles with people learning and communicating.

Now the Internet has morphed into a navel-gazing narcissist, bordering on nihilist; except instead of seeing nothing, the Internet sees everything (only nothing, or very little, is meaningful).

As a mirror, it reflects itself outward and its users reflect it back. It's like the Internet can't stop admiring itself, so it convinces its users to just repeat content over and over... (Or at least the popular websites out there may lead us to think.)

Or at least that's the sentiment I'm getting from a comic from The Oatmeal.

I think this is a sign: either something greater needs to happen or we're all going to reflect the Internet into oblivion.

Of course I think the Internet is useful in some contexts, but the comic on The Oatmeal really sums up what's wrong with the content on the web right now. So much of it is post and cross-post, tweet and retweet that it reminds me of the joke about Pete and Repeat on the boat when Pete jumps off and you're left with... well, you know how it goes.

I realize I could be seen as feeding into this frenzy by blogging a comic posted elsewhere, but what else do I have for a personal dais to resound my thoughts?

Posted by KarissaKilgore at May 11, 2010 8:46 PM


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