I honestly believed this, and everything else Ray Bradbury talked about (and I read Farenheit 451 over and over) were all going to happen.
But thanks to one thing Bradbury totally didn't foresee, the internet, I kind of think its going to not be one thing that drives us all mad. It's going to be a million little pinpricks as we're all able to put ourselves out there and we can't avoid the endless chatter.
So what sort of stuff am I talking about? Let us ponder The Calvin & Hobbes Comment Section.
I make jokes about comment sections on comic websites, mostly because I think they really, really deserve it. But that's just a heavy mix of partisanship in comics and a lot of nerd grandstanding.
But in that vein... Like many, I enjoy the Bill Watterson strip "Calvin and Hobbes". As I enjoy a little diversion in my day, I've also book marked the strip online. Yes, the page design is ridiculous, messy and ad-filled, but that's not the issue.
I cannot NOT read the comment section. Which feels as if its written by the lobotomized and insane.
Every day its like that. Every. Single. Day. There's some weird internet hobo community that seems to live on the comment section of the Calvin & Hobbes comic strip, just making nonsense noise at one another. And I cannot look away.
Here is a small, small sample:
Ivy0730Lcsq said, about 20 hours ago
Sussie’s so sick of Clavin’s creepy lunch and stuff…lol
Calvin and Hobbes’ club G.R.O.S.S. (Get Rid Of Slimy girlS) would be countered by Susie’s club G.L.O.B.S. (Get Lost Onery BoyS).
grazer said, about 20 hours ago
Don’t be such a spoil sport, Susie—a squished toad can’t hurt anybody.
phfear said, about 19 hours ago
every time i read this strip, i always wonder what was in his hands, well that can be the 7th wonder of the world, or the 8th, whichever comes next
jelzap said, about 15 hours ago
no one in their right mind would guess…..but i guess i would…. c’mon susie whyy you ruining Calvins discovery
I have no idea why this drives me mad. It simply does.
Other Examples of That Which Will Surely Drive us Mad Include:
YouTube comment sections
This blog (some guy I never met sent this to me. It is his.)
MySpace pages with elaborate background themes
People who actually blog on MySpace
poorly thought out articles about how articles about how "universities are doomed in the internet age"*
comic nerds going ballistic over a single, context-free image from a superhero movie and declaring the movie a failure
So what is going to eventually drive you insane from the internet?
*post topic for this weekend