Dispatches from Andyland "Your reality, sir, is lies and balderdash and I'm delighted to say that I have no grasp of it whatsoever!" — The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

February 21, 2006

The Internet vs. Other media

Filed under: Uncategorized — Andrew @ 4:38 pm

I was in the kitchen at my office talking with co-workers over lunch. One co-worker had a story about his daughter and something about the standard Emergency Broadcast System messages. I started to follow up with the studio audience comment from yesterday, and another co-worker suddenly said “Aww, I heard this story already!”

    This brings up two points

  • Its amazing how the internet is killing all other forms of communications media, including office gossip and bullshitting around the kitchen table.
  • If I’m expected not to repeat any of my stories, someone should have told me years ago.


  1. I still think the funniest part about that whole conversation in the kitchen is that I had temporarily zoned out into another world. I blame it on my cold, and all of a sudden I started paying attention again and I felt like I was in a rerun. I think I re-hear the same stories over and over again on a daily basis. My mother is notorious for that. It was just funny that I had just read it earlier in the day. You’re definately right about the internet killing other forms of communication. For a while when a couple of my friends were all gung ho about writing blog entries, if I wanted to hear about something, I would have to read it online instead of them having to repeat the story.

    Comment by Mike — February 21, 2006 @ 10:56 pm

  2. You’re definately right about the internet killing other forms of communication.

    For me, the downside to this is that I sometimes have trouble communicating with people who don’t spend so much time on teh interwob. For example, I have to (re)explain IMDB to my father at least three or four times a year. And the last time I saw him, it was Wikipedia and Flickr.

    Comment by Darren Chamberlain — February 22, 2006 @ 2:12 pm

  3. I do like how the web has “standards” like IMDB or wikipedia or to “google” something. The internet really has become a cultural anomaly. Just to point out a quick fact that something so abstract and ethereal can take such a concrete place in most of our lives. I think its hard for some people stuck in a tangible world to really understand that somethings that are as fleeting as the internet can be quite relevant.

    Comment by James — February 14, 2007 @ 2:37 pm

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