Yes, I am an old fart, and I do want you off my lawn. But the state of the web makes me sad. Plus, I work online, and I’ve been here longer than you, first logging into Usenet in 1992. So I have nerd cred (in fact, my first post was to a DnD newsgroup – that’s serious nerd cred.)
Here are my ten reasons:
1) There’s no content anymore. None. Instead, there are lists. And videos. And lists of videos. And videos of lists. (and no, you really won’t believe #6!)
2) The reason there are lists and videos is because there are no writers. I went to CNN’s site recently, and in the main line of links – you know, the day’s really big news – was a 175 word piece written by a 19 y/o “i-correspondent”. And it was laughably bad… just like it was written by an uneducated 19 year old. And I’m about as interested in what “Tiffany from Baltimore” has to say as I am Joe the Plumber. Which is to say, not at all.
3) Speaking of Joe the Plumber, he has a website, and people actually listen to the guy. Isn’t that one of the biblical signs of Armageddon?
4) If I wanted to play the video, I know how to hit the little play arrow to do such.
5) The fact that, even without trying, I know which Game of Thrones character you are. For 48 years, I survived without this information. Now it seems everyone feels their day is not complete unless I know this. Thanks. I think.
6) Gullible, impatient web surfers.
7) Obama haters telling Bush and Reagan blaming morons to wake up while tea partiers star-spangle themselves into a flag waving frenzy only to be chastised by kool aid drinking leftists who want to take away all guns (all of them?) from the crazies who think the next liberal agenda is mandatory gay marriage for everyone. Did I leave anybody out?
8) Motivational jpegs. Like this one:
9) The fact that someone got offended at #7.
10) And last but not least, that Google and Amazon know most people better than their own mothers do.