They promised us more

And promptly, or not so promptly, gave us less:

I don’t know where I’m going with this but sometimes it feels like this future that was promised us with all these great connections and ability to, I don’t know, virtually tour the great museums of the world, and instead we wind up with “Ad-blocker make Mongo SAD. Turn off your ad blocker or else no content” and then you do and get sludged up with a ton of malware, or the site has so darn many blinky autoplay videos on it you can’t even pay attention to what you went to see … and the “new friend” you thought you made might be a creeper and … sometimes I feel like this isn’t my beautiful future, this isn’t what I hoped for back in 1985…

It’s just another medium: it’s not rare, and it’s definitely not well done. Were Sir Thomas Gresham still around, he’d have said that he told you so.

3 comments »

  1. McGehee »

    15 July 2019 · 4:13 pm

    Technology does not make people better, any more than ideology does. There’s a reason it’s called “earth” and not “heaven.”

  2. Brian J. »

    15 July 2019 · 4:24 pm

    Two words: JavaScript disabled.

  3. CGHill »

    15 July 2019 · 5:28 pm

    Usually the two words that come to mind are, um, others.

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