An idea about the internet
December 22, 2008 Leave a comment
The internet is to the city as the city is to the small town, and the small town to the countryside.
In functionality: It’s larger, faster, more anonymous, more specialized, more complex. Some new things become possible, some old things difficult.
In scariness: Isolation, predators, freaks, Angry Internet People. Uncaring and lawless. Too large, too fast.
In attitude: A mixture of arrogance and nostalgia towards the simpler life. In response, resentment and envy. “How quaint and charming!” vs “Who do they think they are?”
A city person goes out in the country to relax, and dream of leaving it all behind for a more authentic and natural life. An internet person finds the same quiet in the city when their gadgets are turned off. They dream of leaving them off forever, to live the authentic urban life.
Attempts to live these dreams will probably lead to boredom, possibly to happiness.