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Like many personal blogs of its era, this blog is moribund, a casualty of what we might call "the Facebook effect." However, as of late 2015, two things are clear: (1) The Indie Web is a thing, and (2) the re-decentralization of the web is a thing. So who knows? 2016 2017 2018 (!) could be the year this blog rises from its own ashes. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, 08 July 2003
The Internet is shit. I do a lot of net.cheerleading, but this dude has a really good point, I must admit.
posted to /tech at 1:08pm :: 2 responses

Dave had this to say (07/08/2003 13:22:13):
Yes, this is something I am getting at when I took that cheap shot about "the Internet changes everything" being so 1998-WIRED.

I know that you, Matt, can tell the difference, but I get queasy anyway, because there is a fine line between "the internet changes everything" and the attitude this anonymous person complains of. I don't want you to be mistaken for a holder of that attitude.

Look at that chump who says Google & Wifi adds up to God. What a horribly misled person. God knows what a raspberry tastes like, because he invented it. Nobody will ever find out through Google and Wifi what a raspberry tastes like.

"3 And they said to one another, ‘Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.’ And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar. 4 Then they said, ‘Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves; otherwise we shall be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.’ 5 The LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which mortals had built. 6 And the LORD said, ‘Look, they are one people, and they have all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do; nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down, and confuse their language there, so that they will not understand one another’s speech.’ 8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city. 9 Therefore it was called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of all the earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth."

Genesis 11:3-9
Michael D. had this to say (07/15/2003 11:48:33):
The writer makes some valid points, but the formatting. . . Give me a break? Who's he writing for, the blind? And why the multiple links for a simple 13-paragraph essay? There is no way to justify 11 hyperlinks in a short relatively uncomplicated article. Such a profligate and meaninless use of links shows a lack of net-savvy that almost completely undercuts the validity of his points.

But on another level, he's absolutley right, hard copy, real experience, and real people beat the net by so many millions of miles that it almost goes without saying; except that a lot of net-heads still need to hear it. Leave your electronic toys behind and take a walk into the city, the country, your own or a foreign country. Chances are if you open up your senses you'll learn more in a half hour than you'd learn in a month of web surfing, and you won't be bombarded by pop-up ads at every turn.

Yours, basking-in-the-death-of-god,

Michael D.

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