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« on: January 18, 2010, 10:54:22 AM »

Remember when the internet was poised to become sort of hive-mind where everyone shared everything they knew, great truths emerged, and we all achieved a higher level of consciousness and mankind entered into an age of unimaginable understanding, compassion, and beauty?

Yeah, I remember that party too.  Man, that was some good leaf...

But it didn't turn out exactly that way.  My theory is that it's because people would rather share a good joke than a good fact, and, quite frankly, most of us enjoy a belly laugh more than things that make us scratch our heads and wonder whether we should have paid more attention to the professor during An introduction to applied metaphysics and practical koans than we did to that stacked blonde freshman who always sat in the front row.  And thus, in addition to boring old wikipedia, we have wonderful repositories of lore like http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page and http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=limecat as well as niches such as the, for lack of a better word, indescribable http://elothtes.pbworks.com/.

And then there's stuff like this: http://thisisphotobomb.com/.

And, of course, everything whatsoever on youtube, aka conclusive proof that when people can't find something funny to say, they'll just post movies of themselves or their kids taking pratfalls: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lB49cL6qsU.

So, what's your favorite site where people are permitted to post whatever they like, and do?
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I am concerned.

« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2010, 04:57:03 AM »


Life is bowel of cherries.
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« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2010, 06:52:46 PM »

I think LOLCATS is about as out there/outlaw as I get.  Although I spend 8-14 hours a day on computer, most of that is spent either working or waiting for client turn-arounds--in the often futile belief that one good iteration deserves another.

Let's just say I'm OWED.  Big time.

You've got to kick at the darkness till it bleeds daylight.  --Bruce Cockburn
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« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2010, 06:25:51 AM »

I don't visit too many sites (maybe 5 total) that aren't job or business related.  Roll Eyes  I only go to youtube if someone posts a link on FB etc.  Live Journal is as close as I get to seeing people post whatever they want. 
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