[ExI] Is the old internet dying?

Mike Dougherty msd001 at gmail.com
Mon Jul 20 12:27:36 UTC 2015

On Jul 20, 2015 5:15 AM, "BillK" <pharos at gmail.com> wrote:

> One point that resonated with me was his comparison of the new
> internet to advert-swamped television.
> Smartphones and tablets are designed for passive consumers.
> Tap, swipe, read 140 characters, watch video clip, tap, Like, tap,
> Share, tap, LOL, tap,...........
> The new web is for gossip, celeb trivia, pop music, video clips and
> Perhaps it will all change again in a few years time. But the concern
> is that a generation that has grown up in this stream of trivia has
> had their mindset permanently changed. Seeking novelty has replaced
> thinking.

Thinking has always been expensive,  we're wired to minimize that
expenditure.  That's human, not "kids today"

Lamenting the loss of usenet or bbs or whatever reads to me like lamenting
the loss of newspaper and how the good old days had 3 channels of TV and
everyone shared a cultural norm because of it.

Is evolution just something to talk about in historical terms or is a
phenomenon of the present?  More change happens Now than has ever happened

If we don't like the immediate-satisfaction culture shouldn't we be trying
to produce something more engaging?
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