Friday, 21 December 2012

Just a thought....

This is a very loose & woolly suggestion, but is it reasonable to compare the rise of the internet with the rise of fast food?
Fast food chains opened up a whole new way of eating food. You could get a McDonalds cheaply & in loads of different locations. Satisfying hunger in quite a novel & entrepreneurial way. Then they became a hang out. At the drive through, movies, and sports grounds. Copy cat chains cropped up. KFC's, Burger King, supermarkets. They opened in Europe & the rest of the world. Have the meal that you love, for the same price, same style, anywhere that you happen to be. Quick, cheap, convenient, satisfying our basic need for salt, sugar & fat. Except now it's caused an obesity problem, and rich, powerful & bloated corporations, and there is a bit of a backlash against it. Some people are using local produce now, supporting farmers, eating healthily, being individualistic, and cooking themselves.

Is the same thing going to happen to the internet in years to come? Access your friends, social networks any time you want, anywhere you are, any way you like. Satisfying our basic need for social connections in quite a novel & entrepreneurial way. Then they became a hang out. At work, home, shops, cinema, everywhere. They opened in Asia, Africa & every corner of the world. Do anything you want online, anywhere you happen to be. Watch, share, and listen to anything you want. Get anyone's opinion on everything, not just now but from the huge archives as well. Except now it's causing a health problem. Poor posture, eyesight, and lack of awareness of the natural pace of life & things happening immediately in front of us. Loss of basic skills & crafts. Inequality between those who can access & those who can't

Will we see a backlash against the internet in the future? A return to using hand crafted tools, supporting local communities, living healthily & minimally, and saving our eyesight? 
What about TV & the radio? There was never a backlash against them. They just evolved. If it's a creative medium, and it's in the hands of people then it has to be good. Maybe the backlash is against the big corporations & the blind uniformity they impose?