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Jamie Champlin
Artist | Hobbyist | Varied
Favourite genre of music: Rock and Roll
Operating System: Linux, Macintosh System 7, OS 8, OS 9
MP3 player of choice: Music on Console
Wallpaper of choice: Anything landscape or vector
Personal Quote: Does it work? Do it! :D
I seem to be truly a different type of person. While everyone on Earth has taken to "social" media like it's the ultimate thing ever, the whole thing still just mostly leaves me shrugging. It never, ever clicked with me. There's a lot of reasons for it, not the least of which is that as a whole, this crap just utterly annoys me. I've watched the usefulness of the internet as a forum to communicate and exchange ideas fall through the shitter over the last eight years or so since the Rich Guys decided that the webs were cool. Who needs forums where everybody communicates in-depth in relation to a shared interest or common topic? Fuck that shit, let's post 20-word blurbs about the chicken sandwich we ate at Bruiser's Expensive Bistro.

One thing that always has led me to apathy is how in operation, it's been a broken promise. "Stay in touch!" we're told. Use Facebook or whatever to keep in touch with people who matter to you. Only thing is, it's never worked that way. The people I want to keep in touch with put useless messages on the thing, and when I post something, I get "likes" at the best but usually it just gets ignored. People just seem to pass it by. Getting people to respond to messages is like pulling teeth, too. At one point, I tried setting up a meeting with someone I hadn't seen in years. After the initial exchange of blurbs (I can't call it a conversation, since apparently such things are no longer en vogue on the webs) the important information slowed to a halt. Phone numbers, where to meet, all of that. Sure we got it worked out, but Jesus... If this garbage is supposed to be "the future of the internet" I'd rather go back to Usenet.

Following is the annoyance of how the broken promise trashed what worked. We'd built perfectly operable systems without these "social media giants" but now it seems what we had now needs to go away since that's not the new shiny shit. Forums, bulletin boards, Usenet, standalone IM. All of these things existed before, and we used them to say more and share more than we do now. I learned more about people in a twenty-minute conversation on AOL IM in the late 90s than I'll ever learn about someone on fucking Facebook. Why? Because it's not about getting to know people, or about communication, it's about having a big friend list, and by friend I mean "vague acquaintance on the interwebs."

Used to be if I came into contact with someone from say... Poland, it would be at a forum about a topic we both know and enjoy, so we'd have common ground to start with and from there could come to know one another as we communicate, share ideas, share things about ourselves. We were brought closer together by this wonderful, egalitarian Internet. But in the 21st Century, on the interwebs and Facebook, we know that someone has walked their dog. That's the extent of information shared. Oh be still my heart, what an improvement! I was so sick of coming closer together with people from around the world, and I'll be excited when any work done by average persons to break down borders is undone because Facebook Europe put a pay-wall up to charge a Euro to send a message to a Facebook North America user.

That's the problem.

It's all about the money, boys! The Internet was egalitarian and altruistic when we controlled it. Now that money's involved, the pooch is screwed. We've lost, and there's no going back. Denizens of the Eighth Internet gladly traded their Liberty for cat videos, 140-character sound-bite friendly blurbs, Liking name brands, and shitty photo filters applied to bad photography of useless things.

Thanks a lot. I really appreciate it.
  • Mood: Contempt
  • Listening to: Peter Gabriel - So (20th Anniversary Edition)

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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
Thank you for the devwatch!
shelle-chii Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey! Thanks so much for watching my page, I really appreciate it :D

I release new sets every Saturday, so be sure to check back for more content!!

:facebook:You can like me on FB for even more content: [link] :facebook:
TheInnerJamie Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey! You're welcome! Good work you've got. Great costume work!!
YuuGray Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Student Photographer
Thank you so much for watching me! :3
TheInnerJamie Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!! :D
Sir-Bombers Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ah... The other half of La Violetta!

Thanks for the watch, bud! :nod:
TheInnerJamie Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Not a problem! So, how you liking these storms?
Sir-Bombers Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Heh... a bit random and spontaneous... But that's Texas for ya... :D
clara0107 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
:iconthankyouveryplz: for the watch!!!
KatharinaArt Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the faves :D
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