Friday, November 05, 2004

What is the point of the Internet

Gosh, even Madame Tytania has disappeared from the blogworld. What is the point of the Internet? Did Homer Simpson vote Republican in Arizona? Is November the darkest month? Am I rambling? How many fireworks does it take to make a Guy Fawkes night in London? When does the world actually change?

How many bloggers does it take to change a lightbulb?

Went to a local pub on Wednesday night. It is a straight pub, of course, and I had a delightful time. It was quiz night, the atmosphere was friendly, the beer was cheaper than in town, the people were eclectically varied. The quizmaster was a dead ringer for that Karl what's his name who used to star in Brushstrokes. I had a good time, the first in over a month.

Why blog, when you can go to a pub? Unfortunately it is much cheaper to drink at home, and money rules everyone's brains, so the pubs are fewer and much less busy. England used to be built around pub culture. Now I don't know what it is built on, but the Internet really doesn't matter, does it?

I mean, I was amazed to discover that someone found my blog through the following Google search:

prostitute zones in ilford in the daytime

I wish it weren't so late, I'd be off to the pub otherwise!


pogo said...

Good question! From where I'm sitting at the moment I'd say the internet exists primarily to spread bad vibes. The net seems like a tense sort of place these days. Weird. It was the same this time last year. Must be a seasonal thing.

loveandthecity said...

Ok, yes, of course the time of year and the weather affects it. For example, because August was disappointing weather in England, I witnessed appalling levels of quarrelling, attacking, and all-out fighting on certain websites.

But the Internet has been portrayed as an essential and useful way of connecting people, and making people connect.

Does it? Not marvellously, in my experience. Is it any more effective than a pub? It has different modes of socialisation, which may be suited to some people, but not to most. It is only effective to those it suits. These people will thrive, breed, and in two generations, perhaps we will see a quantifiable effect of the Internet on the human population.

For the rest of the existing population to whom it was not originally suited, is the Internet tolerated? For years there have been growing measures to try to bring it into line to fit in with the more common people. Consequently, it has become mostly commercial, dominated by monopolies, stunted by vigilantes, overgrown with rubbish, and the flowers of brilliance are now rare and impossible to find.

So the Internet has changing value, and as it changes, the medium will become pointless to different segments of its user population in succession. In the end, I expect it to serve as nothing more than a Borg-style/Matrix-style network attending to the administrative functions of the human collective.