Saturday, March 28, 2009

Being a Dick on the Internet is so 2003

The funny thing about the internet is I can see what you Twitter about me. I'm not sure what the deal is but people really don't realize that the internet isn't a private conversation. It's highly public. And there are these things called "search engines" and one of your friends might jokingly type your name into one and then, mortifyingly enough, all the sites that have mentioned your name will appear. It's soooo weird, you guys, you should try it. Case and point: Twitter Search. It's this cool little device and it'll show you who's talking about you! And like, who's talking about you might be some absolutely obnoxious girl from Texas whom you've never met or spoken to or even heard of in your entire life, but who has decided to post a tweet about you anyway because of something she read on a gossip site like, 8 months ago. LOLZ.

I'm really, really tired of this. I'm serious. For some reason this has gotten me way more angry this morning than any of the other shit ever written about me, potentially because this random girl was unfairly critiquing something I worked incredibly hard on and was very proud of, but also because it's just gotten so fucking old. The internet has been around for awhile now, folks. Can't we figure out how to use it for good instead of evil? Can't our moral backbones catch up with our technological necessity? I don't think I'll ever get the whole "I'm going to be mean on the internet just because I can" movement, and besides, how middle school/2003 is it anyway?

Why can't the internet just be a beautiful place where we send each other e-cards (someecards, even!) and tag pictures on Facebook of us drinking and having a lovely time, and post videos of giggling babies on YouTube*, and people can blog their little hearts out and if you don't have something nice to say, JUST LIKE IN REAL LIFE, you don't say anything at all? Because at this point, with adults spending 8 hours in front of a screen each day, the internet basically is real life, so maybe, just maybe, if you consider yourself a good person in real life, you should stop acting like a complete asshole on the internet. It's not that hard, people!

I've written about this before (also here, here, and here) and so have millions of other people so I really don't need to rehash it any further, but seriously, how much longer will it take for people to realize that it's not cool to shit all over other people via HTML???

-Jess

*Laughing babies:

2 comments:

LOLSAM said...

LOL who is that girl/how does she have an opinion on you?!

Jess and Josh said...

LOL. i don't know!!! like i seriously don't. the internet makes everyone think they're a goddamn expert. i mean, i'm the first person to admit i've made snap judgments about people based on their internet personas, but not to THAT extreme. besides i'm not even someone TO have an opinion on. i'm a dorky nyu student with a blog (umm 1 of like 890438290). it's just so retarded.