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The rise of everyday computing and the demise of online communitiesPosted under Miscellaneous on Saturday, January 24, 2015 @ 10:28:33 PM
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I'm a member of several Facebook groups and this evening I thought about how Facebook and the age of everyone having access to the Internet has ruined the Internet. Maybe it's that I'm getting older and don't have patience for "kids" and their foolishness, but it seems like Facebook and the Internet in general have become cesspools of monetized "promoted" posts and other useless stuff I don't care about.
Back in the days of 9600 baud you had to work a lot harder to share something so it was generally worth sharing. Also, joining a community wasn't as simple as downloading an app on your smartphone and that complexity had the fortunate side effect of keeping the "old Internet" relatively innocuous and worthwhile since for the most part only intelligent people lived there.
Multitasking and always on / highspeed Internet also seem like they've taken a toll on the Internet's collective IQ, or perhaps those things are unrelated and just happened to occur around the same time. Whatever the reason, I really miss the Internet experience 20 years ago. The technology today is great, but the greed of corporations feeling the need to monetize every single thing I do online coupled with the massive influx of imbeciles makes the experience one that I'm just about ready to live without.
It's not even just the Internet that's screwed up anymore. Companies hire folks, put them in charge of systems and give them titles like Director or Engineering or Systems Engineer and these folks think they deserve these titles because they can create a file share or set folder permissions, but these guys would crumble if you asked them to describe anything technical in detail. The Fred inside my head is screaming "are you f'in kidding me?!" You can keep your job title and false self worth, but what I take issue with is when you try to present yourself as knowing what you're talking about when you don't. I see this a lot with support personnel and local vendors that assume that since they've risen the ranks and are the senior engineering guy for their particular company that they must be the most knowledgeable person on the subject. I am a technical person and live for the details. I know how things are supposed to work, but I also know how I can safely make them work differently, so don't tell me something is wrong just because you haven't seen the exact use case in a textbook and don't understand it. If I have an opinion about something but don't know the facts behind it, I'll let you know. If others would have the courtesy to do the same the world would be easier to live in.
I started writing about one thing, but then went somewhere completely random. Not really sure why my brain is going in different directions tonight. I'm out.