Thursday, December 21, 2006

I Wish My Picture on the Cover of Time was Photoshopped a Little

In old news, me and you and my baby brother and my slacker cousin and my cross-eyed uncle were all named Time's Person of the Year. Well, people. And we are not alone. Everyone who uses the Internet, in fact, was named a Person of the Year, for contributing to what they call the "new digital democracy". This translates to rampant usage of MySpace and YouTube (also the invention of the year).

Here is some of the most flatulent rhetoric, courtest of CBC:

"It's about the many wresting power from the few," wrote Lev Grossman, Time's technology writer.

[The internet is] a tool for bringing together the small contributions of millions of people and making them matter.'-Lev Grossman

Grossman also pointed out that blogs are "often more immediate and authentic than traditional media."

Uh-huh. So by stealing and uploading copyrighted material, advertising your musical taste and sexual proclivities, and rambling about your vacation in Tunisia, you are suddenly part of a digital democracy that provides you with agency over the dominant powers that be and also allowing more authenticity to bloom on the Net?

In the words of Philip, I ain't drinkin that Kool-aid.

1 comment:

Hardy said...

Well, it's almost like a quasi-paradox, really. I mean on one hand, there is a rough-diamond quality to SOME of the rather opinionated and subjective articles and blogs on the internet.

At the same time, we find this sense of genuineness from being disenchanted over most of mainstream media, thanks to a lot of nudging from The-Powers-That-Be. We then find the internet as such a place that we THINK is free from influence of any higher power, and feels more secure in our own thoughts.

When in reality, the internet is more like the by-product of both the mainstream, independents, and outsiders blended into one thick melange of contents.

OK... I really don't want to end up writing another thesis on this.

Long story short, it's TIME magazine!!! The writers and editors live in their own little world, we live in ours and the rest of the world's.


And MySpace and Youtube are home to millions of attention whores who lack original thought (I shall even make the term Attention Whore Sheep).