Thursday, December 29, 2005

Blah blah internet blah blah

I figure I could probably start a blog where each day I list something annoying by people overstating the importance of technology or are in some other way irritating in internet-specific ways, but that would probably get boring really quick.

So I'll try to keep that sort of complaining at a minimum, but here's a few to start with:

1. This guy ranks the top ten ways technology has supposedly transformed us in 2005. Don't a lot of his entries overlap? How many of these are really transforming our lives in meaningful ways? Couldn't someone have made something very close to the same list each of the past few years? A related group of irritants are the people arguing that the rise of blogging is the most important thing in the world to happen this year.

2. These people who think seeing "Goatse" in a public place is the pinnacle of wit. What is it about the internet that turns items of mild amusement into cultural totems? C.f. Flying Spaghetti Monster, etc. I'll bet a lot of these same people complain about Saturday Night Live repeating lame jokes in its weekly struggle for laughs. (And no, I'm not going to link to a Goatse picture for you.)


At Saturday, December 31, 2005 at 6:37:00 PM PST, Anonymous clynne said...

I think the Spaghetti Monster is sorta funny. It's a different kind of humor than Goatse, because, um, because ... because the guy who did it has something that he cares about and it actually matters and he backed it up with some real-world effort to make his point. It's not a pinnacle of humor, but it's slightly better than shouting "I FARTED" at a formal party, which is what the Goatse and Tubgirl stuff smacks of.

At Sunday, January 1, 2006 at 1:15:00 AM PST, Blogger Adam Villani said...

Yeah, the initial impulse to create FSM was pretty smart, but did you see Boingboing today, which folks getting all atwitter over finding the word "pasta" in a public park? You're right, though, it's still better than goatse.

At Sunday, January 1, 2006 at 12:20:00 PM PST, Anonymous clynne said...

Life already annoys me enough that I don't bother reading BoingBoing. *grin*

At Sunday, January 1, 2006 at 12:56:00 PM PST, Blogger Adam Villani said...

How annoying is BoingBoing? Let me count the ways....

OK, let's not.

But still if you pick through it enough, there are a handful of interesting links there every day. These days, though, the split seems to be about 15% interesting, 35% uninteresting but unannoying, and about 50% annoying.

At Wednesday, January 4, 2006 at 5:17:00 PM PST, Blogger Ryan said...

I'm not being ironic when I say, as a blogger commenting on a blog, that blogging is perhaps the most overrated trend of our times.

At Friday, January 6, 2006 at 8:52:00 AM PST, Blogger Adam Villani said...

Really, in essence it's just a more convenient format for the classic "personal web page" that first started popping up around 1994. And for all the bloggers complaining about the "mainstream media," 90% of blogging "news" content is really just commentary on something they wouldn't know about if not for the mainstream media.


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