In the mid-nineties my cousin coerced me into signing up for the World Wide Web, aka the Internet. I had Windows 3.0 on my computer and I remember being thrilled about the possibilities. I kept a couple of magazines by the monitor because sites took minutes—minutes— to download.
Now my privacy is constantly in threat of invasion, nefarious groups influence elections, vile rumors are spread, and it all only takes seconds to download.
I love it anyway. And may I present a few of my favourite cartoons related to today’s casual prompt, “Internet”?
A family wedding took me away for a week, and now I come back to find I have to make a fresh impression– memories are short. They really are, in this world of Internet and social media, where instant gratification matters, longform is too demanding, and relationships are fleeting. Or so they say. Who actually knows how people use the resources of the Internet?
The assumption is that our fellow humans (not us, of course) are shallow and easily distracted, susceptible to click-bait, gullible, and undiscerning. Just because much of the content we find online is less than ethical, inane, “fake”, and, well, stupid, doesn’t mean that we the people are less than ethical, inane, “fake” and stupid. We learn. We are capable of perspective. We don’t have to be stupid.
This being Wednesday, may I present a few of my favourite cartoons? The first is tenuously linked to the word prompt, “impression”, by way of Impressionism; then we wander through wine pairings and end up with cupholders.
Happy Wednesday (and every other day of the week)!