Thursday, July 16, 2009
The Tao of Internet
"Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding a truth."
If the internet would have a counterpart in the physical world it would be undoubtedly Las Vegas.
Las Vegas is sold to the public at large on the idea of winning money and adult entertainment.
If you want to win or sin (or both) you ought to go to Las Vegas. - Right?
He, he, he!
Well the next time you go to Las Vegas take a good look at the luxurious casinos and all that glitter around you.
Then say out loud to yourself:
- All this has been built with the money of the people that have come to Las Vegas to win!
Las Vegas might be trumpeted as the win and sin capital of the world but, there is very little wining and sinning going on in Las Vegas (unless you own a casino) – trust me on that, been there done that :)
Las Vegas was built on the mechanics of losing.
Actually it exists only because losing is guaranteed – it is built into the system.
BTW – They do not keep it a secret and publicly admit to it – they are crooks but they are honest :)
So what about the Internet and the Las Vegas parallel?
Well, the internet is sold to the public at large on the idea of connecting people. - Right?
But if any of you are on the internet looking for human connection, true love or just old fashion sex, you might as well go to Las Vegas to win some money!
There is very little human connection on the internet :(
If you are on the internet right now (Well, you ought to be – you are reading my blog. Duh!)
Take a good look at the empty room and say out loud to yourself:
- There is nobody here except me!
(No I am not here at this moment – unless by a remote chance.)
Surfing the internet is one of the loneliest human activities, probably second only to masturbation – but not as lonely as surfing and masturbating at the same time – trust me on that, ahem… so I heard :)
The internet was built on the premise of people being apart.
If the people would get together like they used to do in the old days, the internet it wouldn’t be booming like it does.
Every day we rush home or to the office to get in “touch” with the other people rushing to their computers.
But are the face books and the blogs, the my spaces and tweeters actually increasing your human contact in the physical world?
Do you have more “real” friends since the internet revolution, or less?
Is the internet and the new technologies the bridge to human contact, or the wall that keeps us apart?
I don't know - you be the judge!