An Ironic Take on the Internet

26 Feb

For months now, I have been mentally crafting an entry on my complex relationship with the internet. Because my job doesn’t require it, I’m enjoying freedom from every-day email, blog checking and facebook updates. Meanwhile, I’m avoiding anything else online as well — which makes it hard to blog! But here I am, finally.

The internet is a time suck. Most of the time I spend on it is utterly unproductive. For every minute I spend emailing someone I haven’t talked to in a while or looking for jobs online, I spend at least 5 deleting unimportant emails and looking at blogs, or twitter, or webcomics.

But I’m writing a blog entry about it. Because, like everyone else in the world who uses the internet, I appreciate much of it. Don’t get me wrong — the internet is extremely valuable in some ways. Online banking, for example, I’m sure has saved me a lot of late fees. Skyping with my grandparents, renewing library books, applying for jobs, keeping up with the news…and writing blog entries.

Blogs. How beneficial are they in spreading information and sparking conversation? I place more value in any in-person communication than those online. But blogs and the internet are more globally acccessible than any other form of commuication. How much do you get more out of writing a blog entry on a subject matter that really interests you, if you don’t talk about it with the people around you? I think it might be better to sit in a coffeeshop than to blog, talk to whoever is around you, and see where the conversation leads.

But blogs and coffeeshop conversation are not mutually exclusive, and can play off one another very organically. More questionable would be the comparison of blogs and zines. Does the rise of the internet hurt the production of zines? And how valuable in terms of sharing information were zines, anyway? I live in the internet age — I don’t even know. If we lived twenty years ago, would we be gathering together, pasting pictures and words on paper? By writing a blog instead of a zine, are we missing out on meaningful, personal interactions, or are we creating a platform for equally important virtual relationships and conversations?

What do you think?


2 Responses to “An Ironic Take on the Internet”

  1. thoroughly modern milli vanilli February 27, 2012 at 9:10 pm #

    I don’t think ‘zines and blogs have to ever be mutually exclusive! Though the reality is that they highlight informal information access for different generations, both can continue to flourish and even work in tandem if we let them. I’m old-school, and will always value the feeling of storytelling paper in my hands.

    Nice to see you on here, RayRay!

  2. thoroughly modern milli vanilli February 28, 2012 at 4:48 pm #

    I agree with you — and hope to see more blog-zine collaboration! It’s good to be back here!

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