These days it feels easier to be happy with less. In my case, it only takes a few days away and celebrating another personal rotation around the sun.
Why less though? I’d surmise it’s because we can do so much now with a computer and internet. Another argument is that due to an accumulation of years of a reducing strength to afford things, its ingraining cheaper habits. Hard to tell. In any case, it was a great day.
Since I spent all freakin’ day surfing the internet, now is a good reason as any to make some comments about this crazy interwebs thing and some observations that can be made.
Ever go to a theme park as a child? I did, A LOT. The very first thing I would do is go over the list of rides and make a mental checklist of which rides I would do that day. When it came to roller coasters and sky rides, I did ALL of them.
Today, in the exact same theme park, there are so many rides that even with careful planning and running about like a maniac it is impossible to try them all on a single day. Fact is, the theme park grew past a point where time versus coverage became beyond the point of available time. Likewise, the internet and general online space has grown SO big that to even catch all the popular ‘virals and memes’ out there, it extends beyond natural exposure.
What do I mean by this? A simple example, would be the first time I visited a Reddit thread was only last year, and I have yet to start an account on Tumblr. Icanhascheezburger was around for years before I saw my first cat photo (and this was the king of cat photos).
And what is the byproduct of this phenomenon? The notion that it is harder for NEW concepts to go viral. This is because they are in direct competition pre-existing virals and the creators/distributors OF that content. Trending sites who are attempting to stay ahead of the curve start discussing content which might not reach 250,000 hits. (And although that IS a large number, it does not represent a global consciousness like a Gangnam Style video, it might not even be nationally known.)
Websites, in a similar notion, have become the ‘people’ of the internet. And like people, they are identified by previous bias rather than actual. A website can drastically change (from crappy user experience to amazing) but if people do not interact with that experience they remain in the dark. Likewise, people in REAL life change and evolve, yet people are unable to acknowledge the change unless they are actually interacting with the people themselves.
However, we are in a new age. For the first time EVER we are able to use social media to remotely view changes with other people. It isn’t aimed for this goal so its rather inefficient, and people aren’t exactly out to communicate their inner thoughts so this idea is still a ‘work in progress’. Nonetheless, the concept exists.
The best stories are those that inspire fans to create additional stories of their own. They fill in backstory, create spin offs, a whole series of additional theories that were never presented in the original content. What is fascinating is that many of these stories will never be shared or discussed or mentioned in a large setting. (Unless it’s Firefly)
To tie it all together, people are these kinds of stories that we dream about. And so websites, as the people of the internet, are also getting these fan made stories of what they are about.
All I know is that I wonder if I can alter the reference of how I’m viewed in my world. (maybe be a rock star)
But tonight, I’m going to visit Icanhascheezburger to look at pictures of dogs and horses.