Sometimes you read things that make you pause, take a step back and wonder if you’re doing things wrong.
I was fairly pleased that last month I had more hits on my blog than any other month, except for the one where I was frontpaged on wordpress and got a torrent of driveby viewers. Then I read this. Click the text to move through the stages.
I don’t completely agree (and it’s not long to read, so do it now!). Yes, the amount of dross online is staggering, and I’ve contributed to some of it. But as a medium, the internet is still awe inspiring to me in terms of what can be done. Sure, we don’t need it in our lives. But any hobby or activity can be unfulfilling if it’s not done properly. In our real lives, we hang around people we share interests with, and I try to approach the internet in a similar way. I look at sites made or recommended by people whose work I enjoy or respect.
Not kittens playing in a box, or ants fighting.
Unfortunately, the most viewed thing I’ve put on the internet is a short clip of surf rage filmed at Kirra. It’s picked up well over 100,000 youtube hits, and it’s a meaningless bit of violence. When I reflect on that, I can agree with the sense of frustration the author feels at the link: so much of the internet is shit, and while it has amazing power if approached correctly, it’s like walking a tightrope over the world’s largest quagmire.
It relates back to an older post of mine, EPIC. On the ‘net, we control what we see, and what we look at controls what people will put up. Let’s use that power to reward the creative, the brave, the smart and the funny. Let’s not reward meaningless crap, because if we do, one day we’ll look for something good and it just won’t be there!