Saturday, May 7, 2016

Stupid Things On The Internet.

The internet is annoying me today. And not because of politics, for once.

This is a weird old-man thing, but I'm endlessly annoyed at how...well, I have no idea how to describe this. The way in which "fun" information is displayed on the internet? Like how Tumblr likes to link a series of animated gifs together to tell a joke (or "show" a "joke" since it's often from a TV show they didn't write and is often not very funny). Or a display of still shots that go on long past the punch line with the reaction just in case we thought no one was laughing. These aren't memes...I don't know what they are, but they're stupid and I hate them. They could be done right and people just make them stupid.

Also, as a freebie, those stupid things where it says "WOULD YOU EAT 40 CHEESEBURGERS FOR 50 MILLION DOLLARS"? What kind of stupid question is that? When you do "would you rather" style questions, there has to be at least some sort of parity on each side of the question. "WOULD YOU SLEEP IN THIS CREEPY ROOM FOR A BAJILLIONTY DOLLARS?" Yeah, assholes, I would, and absolutely everyone else in the world would, too.

You know what I don't want to see? Pictures of abused kids and dogs. Anyone who is pro-abuse isn't gonna suddenly say, "Oh, THAT'S what happens? Aw geez, crackers and juice, I s'pose I shouldn't do it anymore." So knock it off.

The internet is an amazing thing, but it has a lot of awful stuff in it, too. We have all the information literally at our fingertips, and yet our ill-informed opinions are reinforced rather than exposed. A strange thing, that, and I suspect will have consequences far beyond simply watching too many cat videos.

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