From the corner of my eye, while surfing the net in the usual course of my work, i’ve been noticing small things. Ones that lead me to write this post, the time for the internet to grow up has come.
Just over 10 years ago, I was first introduced to the world wide web visually and I was hooked. Over the years, I’ve seen it grow and evolve into its current complex shape and size and sheer immensity of content. I’ve also struggled over the years with trying to stay in control of my internet experience. By that I mean being able to find what I need to find, whether images or text, in this vast repository of data, news, information and analysis.
To add the complexity, the internet also evolved for me as a community, a place, a virtual playground of the mind to hang out in. For example, Craigslist forums, Core77 community boards, metafilter, and this blog too, are all places where we convivially converge for conversations. Yes, I know, I have a debilitating weakness for alliterations.
So what’s my point?
Well, as a science fiction fan, my mind is racing around ideas as far out as declaring independence from the ‘real world’ or the ‘meatspace’, particularly enticing for those of us who conduct our business online, almost wholly and completely. I mean this day had to come.
Or we could simply just begin talking to each other, like we already do, and realize that there are millions of us across the world, all of whom are talking to each other already. Em isn’t it time we realized we’re all interconnected on this internet world and have created a life here already. Second Life is a redundant joke. I’m sorry, I truly appreciate the effort into creating it, but is it not just a mirror within a mirror version of the world wide web?
Here is my cafe, damien, and nibby bring the vodka.