On the Internet

…And the collapse of the universe as we know it…

Okay, so like I said Friday, I spent the last 5 days basically without internet access. I had limited mobile access on a decrepit Ipod Touch, but no computer options. IT. WAS. M I S E R A B L E.

Which, of course, got me thinking. Older generations have this innate idea that younger generations – mine and a few of those surrounding mine – are “addicted” to the internet and to technology, and that its this great tragedy that is going to result in the stupification and ultimate downfall of mankind. Which always seemed absurd and was generally infuriating to me (let’s talk chronological snobbery, kids).

Nope, I was serious. I think chronological snobbery, more specifically  juvenoia, are concepts that come into play here. Chronological snobbery is a logical or rhetorical fallacy in which a user assumes a fact based on an age or other length of time. Juvenoia, though not necessarily a technical term, is a fear based on the effects of social change on youth. Clearly the combination of paranoia, and juvenile (Liberal Arts major. Shut up.). It seems logical then, to assume that the “juvenoia” for our time is this fear of the internet and it’s effects. But juvenoia on the whole is chronological snobbery. It’s an illogical and and pointless fear.

Because the Internet, like anything else on this earth, is a tool. It therefore cannot shape entire generations, and, frankly, a generation on its own cannot shape the world.  Foolish people will find ways to be foolish no matter what the era or tools at their disposal; intelligent people will use every available tool to better themselves, no matter what the era; and the downfall of mortal existence was bound to happen anyway so don’t get your panties in a twist.

The Internet is an amazing, collaborative, revolutionary thing, and without it, my career choice (and life/human existence goals) would not be possible. It was opened up entire worlds, and maybe that is a little scary, but it’s also astounding. I am not afraid of this unknown, because it gives me something new to explore in this old world. That thought thrills me, and maybe I am addicted to it. But you know what? Instead of looking down on people, for any reason, let’s look at how we can help people and how we can learn from them.

Weekly Goal: 5,000

Weekly Count: 431

Total Count: 3,633

XX. Shelby Jo

Friday Favorites 12/11/15

Welcome to Friday!! Huzzah for the weekend if you have a job, continue eating ice cream and chipping away at your life’s savings if you don’t have a job or a life or are basically otherwise me.

This post almost didn’t happen because, as if I was not already stir crazy, I CAN’T GET WIFI ON MY LAPTOP AND HAVEN’T BEEN AT HOME WHERE I CAN USE ETHERNET. Windows must have gone AWOL and be flailing its genitalia about and having a wild time somewhere because it ain’t doin’ diddly ’round here!

#1). This image set from Pinterest got me weak. I used to be on the Teen Titans GO hate train because it seemed like the thing for proper DC fans to do, but now that I have actually seen the show (Cartoon Network plays nonstop at SCAD) I understand the hatred.Teen Titans

#2). THE GAME OF THRONES SEASON 6 TEASER. LIKE HOLY MARKETING BATMAN. I recently watched all of Game of Thrones and the obsession is still very fresh and very real.

#3). There’s no image for this one, but just the fact that the The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe movie came out ten years ago, on December 8th, 2005. I have very vivid memories of my dad taking me and my brothers to see the movie, and in general it is very near and dear to my heart.

 

Have a lovely and safe weekend!

xx. Shelby Jo