The Internet is The Real World
This is the third in a series of three linked posts.
The real world has good people and bad people, and a whole bunch of folks that fill out all of the spaces in between “good” and “bad.” The real world has philanthropy and horrible crime, and so does the Internet. Fortunes are made and lost, people go to work, people watch TV… all of this happens both in the real world and online. You can draw whatever parallels tickle you.
With the proliferation of smartphones, most of us spend a good chunk of our time straddling both worlds — real and online — without even realizing it. I would venture to go so far as to say that I spend more time in the online world, all told, than I do in the real world… and I don’t think I’m one of the few who does so.
As a man much wiser than me once said: “Das Leben ist wie ein Abflusskanal — Man kriegt daraus was Man hineintut.” (For those of you without access to my awesome high school German teacher: “Life is like a sewer — what you get out of it depends on what you put into it.”)
So is there a lesson here? A moral to this story? Not so much. I’m not Captain Has-His-Shit-Together. I’ve got no business giving anyone lessons, providing story morals to anyone. Personally, I come down on the side of thinking the Internet is a great thing, but any and all points of view on it are equally valid to me… just like they are in the real world.
There are no lessons here. No absolutes. Only points of view, and these last three posts have been my point of view.
So, tell me… what’s yours?
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