While wasting valuable time browsing the web last night, I saw an article headline that deeply struck my annoyance nerve. I began wasting time thinking about how the web has created so-called “memes” that repeat themselves, vanish for a while, then return, as though it was the first time they appeared. Including the word “meme.”
I wasted even more time compiling a short list, to which I invite my reader to add additional items:
- The Internet or the web are “dead”. Recently dragged up again by Wired, a normally-sensible publication. Of course, they differentiate between the “web” and the “Internet” (there is a difference). We keep hearing about the death of one or the other, as though we’re all eventually going to have telepathic chips embedded in our brains, mitigating the need for computers, smart phones, iPads, etc. Yuk.
- This is the year of the Linux Desktop! Any long-time open source or Linux advocate will tell you they’ve heard this one a billion times. Here’s a trick: enter the words “year of the linux desktop” into a Google search. You’ll get about 6 million results. Most will tell you how this is the year, finally, that Linux breaks through on the desktop (whatever that’s supposed to mean), while a significant chunk of them will tell you why it won’t happen this year or why it won’t happen at all, while not really mattering anyway.
- Articles on entertainment or gossip websites that refer to Kim Kardashian as a “starlet”. I happened to see her described with that word in a web headline yesterday. Can someone please explain to me what, other than a reality show, has Ms. Kardashian or any of her bimbo clan actually starred in? Appearing on TV in a program that documents the shallowness of your privileged lifestyle doesn’t make you a “starlet.” Having no body hair doesn’t count, either.
- How Americans have a “problem” with one thing or another. This week, it’s Muslims. Objecting to a mosque two blocks from where radical Muslims (practicing their religious beliefs) murdered nearly 3000 people indicates we have a “problem.” The list of apparent “problems” we Americans have can be pretty long. I don’t know about the rest of you, but not liking something doesn’t indicate the presence of a “problem.” I don’t like car accidents; this doesn’t mean I have a “problem” with cars.
- Blog articles that gripe about or praise something in order to start a “meme”. You know, like this one. Wasted enough time yet?