March 18, 2014

"There are three things keeping society from tearing itself apart: religion, organized sports, and the Internet."

From Cracked, 5 Ways the Internet Steals Your Soul

#5. The Internet Makes You … Only Smart Enough for Apathy

Instead of using the Net as a tool to cut more deeply into data, most of us have become part of a culture interested in knowing just enough. Indeed, most people use the Internet to find out what they don't need to know.

#4. The Internet Makes You … Only Strong in the Dark

People like to be terrible, and the Net makes it easier to be terrible. It lets them put their cruelty out into the world without the burden of being tethered to it. They are released, and they sprint happily across the World Wide Web dropping little nuggets of awful without consequence.

#3. The Internet Makes You … Only Calm Enough to Do Nothing

But online, you can always find your own quiet corner where people are talking about nothing. And it's easy to stay there because look how many millions are also doing nothing with you. A…... A place where you can pretend to do things, whether it's tweeting the weather, tagging some photos, or building a collage. It's work. The kind that leaves you with a slower pulse, but no other tangible reward, and one more day lost.

#2. The Internet Makes You … Only Kind When It's Easy

A study from the University of British Columbia's Sauder School of Business found that the more public the primary show of social-media endorsement, the less likely people were to provide meaningful support later. Conversely, if they supported a cause in a more confidential way, they were more likely to give money later. Essentially, the appearance of charity becomes its own reward, instead of a desire to make a difference or cause a personal effect in the world.

#1. The Internet Makes You … Only Content Enough to Keep from Rebelling

I fully believe there are three things keeping society from tearing itself apart: religion, organized sports, and the Internet.

Like sports, the Internet can be a huge distraction, helping you ignore the 50 hours a week you spend in a cubicle for increasingly awful health insurance and diminishing prospects of sending your children to college….

As long as you've got enough money for some Wi-Fi, you can enjoy the Internet in the same way as the power elite. In a weird way, the Net makes you feel rich. …We have comforts just like the ruling class. So, for all its power, for all its possibility, the Net succeeds most in promoting apathy. In fostering stagnation. That's not the Internet's fault. It's ours.
Posted by Jill Fallon at March 18, 2014 2:26 PM | Permalink