Future Tense: The Internet Is Made Of Acid



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We can learn from historical example, such as David's inclusion of the Automobile, that interested holders of somewhat related resources, often combine to (help) create a societal demand for markets. (i.e. cars, fuel, highways, etc.) These then become "our way of life". I THINK we should each be trying to make the internet useful for how we would really want it in our future way of life.

Thanks, Mr. Gerrold. (But, I have to tell you, I saw the clip of Algore saying it--We'll each have to judge what he meant to convey, and why.)

Were you poking at libertarians? How come? Many of them just want pot legalized, but most of them are merely trying to find the real "Liberal" banner that vanished in place of the "progressive" one. (Yes, I need the joke explained to me.)


 Now, let's try the Spam Block ag-ain! (to the tune of "Time-Warp", it makes being refused more fun...)



 The internet is just at the beginning of the changes that it will incur. I cannot see what things will be like in 20 years, I just can't fathom it.

  In my life, I went from having an office to go to everyday for 15 years, to occasionally for 5 and then only at home for the last 5 years with the nearest office 600 miles away (then laid off). Did I ever imagine this when I started work? No way.

 GPS is still magic to me. I hiked and bicycled a lot when I was younger. I got seriously lost in the woods (bad weather mostly) more than once. GPS would have been a life saving genie, for $100 at eh nearest store.

  Real time news? TV was the first but now TV is for talking heads and better cameras.

  The huge waste of large buildings, large warships, large spaceships will be gone in 20 years.

 I just cannot imagine...




I just bought a bunch of classic reprints of old sci-fi at Value Village for peanuts: Sturgeon, Asimov, P.K. Dick, short story anthologies.  A lot of super sweet stuff is just floating out there because people are fixated on cruddy digital media delivery systems that force feed garbage to users. Itunes, realplayer, whoever it is shunt you to a front page with a bunch of gaga this and aguilera that and nicklecreed kornosaurus the other, up front so you can't avoid it.  Plus Kindle and 1984 was so bad it brought irony back.

For tunes I buy from places like Yep Roc Records, where you can pick up great stuff in several media formats at the same time.  Los Straitjackets on DVD with immediate digital download of the tracks?  Soundtrack of our Lives on vinyl with immediate digital download plus bonus tracks?  Yay! Why do the major labels try and Fuxor you by buying the dvd and the audio separately and cry when people rip the DVD tracks?  Pixies, hello?


scott tech

 Thanks a lot reading this post and thinking about the beginnings of the internet made me think about those early days. I remember the usernet etc. and now I feel old. lol but thanks it was an interesting read.




Never stop striving



  The internet is really a series of tubes!

  But I do understand the whole thing about how the internet caused technological innovations to increase exponentially and make it hard to predict or even follow them. Being young and in the IT field, I still find it hard keep up with a crap load anything that happens as far as advances in both software and hardware are concerned.


Alex Krislov

Good overview of the roller coaster ride we shared.  One item you didn't really touch on, though, was the speed of change.  Throughout the eighties, change seemed slow.  Those of us who were online already confidently predicted huge changes, universal usage, the permeation of the culture.  We did it in comfort and staid regularlity.  Sure, we knew our predictions would come true -- eventually.

 When the web was born, the process sped up exponentially.  It happened  fast.  All of us old farts suddenly discovered we were  old farts, not the young turks we still saw in our mirrors.    Yesterday's prognosticators were the new whiners.  "What about offline readers?"  "Aw, it's just an etch-a-sketch on amphetamines!"

 Tomorrow's changes are going to come faster than we thought.  Much faster.  I love books, but the Kindle and its brethren are going to take over sooner, rather than later.  Newspapers won't last out the next decade.  

I'm just hoping to stay along for the ride, rather than being run over by it.



You like to talk about yourself. It makes you look insecure.



Irony : Making a statement like We don't predict the future, we warn against it... badly... Then proceeding to warn against it, most likely badly.

Calling the internet the Blob is a bit of a misnomer, since the titular 'character' of that film was an insatiable beast that absorbed everything it could merely so it could grow larger. The internet, however, while indeed absorbing everything it can isn't keeping the wealth to itself. As markets adjust and adapt, a lot of potential money is being made from people who stopped buying paper books in favor of Kindle, who stopped buying CD's in favor of iTunes, and who are now looking to various services for their movies instead of the horrible format called DVD, which was the worst video format ever... except for all the others.

So can you really say that the internet is the blob? It's not absorbing anything. it's CHANGING *everything*.

I think I would prefer to liken it to the legendary Philosopher's Stone, the ultimate goal of Alchemists.

Of course, no Alchemist worth his saltpeter would ever leave the stone lying around for the entire world to use... so maybe the blob analogy has some value as well. heh 



 Did you just bring this all back to Full Metal Alchemist and then not explain your analogy? Could you please explain for the other kids in the class that don't know about FMA? Personally, I like the blob analogy better, I actually took it more as the Blob from Marvel; insatiable hunger and an ever growing size through the ages.



YES! This post made it through the Spam Filter!



Full Metal Alchemist?

Dude, you need to watch more than Anime. lol

The Philosopher's Stone is an old legend, it wasn't invented by JK Rowling or whoever wrote FMA. And the analogy is simply that, like alchemy, computers are about changing how we do things... and the internet is, so far, the ultimate expression of computers... much like the Philosopher's Stone is the ultimate expression of Alchemy.



...He may be right with the Blob analogy when you figure all of the lives and relationships that have been "devoured" by the Internet courtesy of endless hours of surfing and gaming. If more and more of our lives are "forced" to using the Internet for nearly everything we are interested in, be it entertainment or work, we are being absorbed so the Blob can grow larger.


Have you ever wondered why intelligence can normally be found in an individual, but runs screaming in terror from a group? Though, there are exceptions...



Yes and no. Actually I've seen the flip side of that equation just as much... more, actually, since I don't deal with hard core gamers much. Several marriages in my area began on the net, many people I know maintain their relationships through facebook, and so on. So, again, it's not so much devouring as *changing*. Those who refuse to adapt, well... they get devoured. As a race, however, I think we often underestimate not only how well we CAN adapt, but how well we already HAVE adapted.

We have a tendency to look at the big picture, take it all in, and then ignore it in favor of the tiny section of it that happens to be on fire... 



We have a tendency to look at the big picture, take it all in, and then
ignore it in favor of the tiny section of it that happens to be on

I love that comment!


Have you ever wondered why intelligence can normally be found in an individual, but runs screaming in terror from a group? Though, there are exceptions...

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