Tuesday 30 October 2012

Internet, Pinocchio and cake

Sooo, why the hell are 'internet', 'pinocchio' and 'cake' in the same title? Excuse me for this emotional intermezzo, and the fact that there's already enough discussion going on about the internet. I'll probably say something cliché; the internet kind of makes me sad sometimes. Ever since I started using it, I've seen so many wonderful things like a door that opened to my small insignificant life. But the older I get, the more it seems like something I have to use to the fullest or something I get lost in. Here's the newest app, download it! You know you won't resist! And when you got it, you even want more and better apps. Because we're never satisfied. Or even better, the more sophisticated life gets, the more I want to be and have 'retro'. I spent an hour looking and surfing for the perfect retro bookshelf today without success. Earlier this week I found a beautiful free magazine and all I remember was being disappointed in the number of pages. What's up with being so unthankful?

Of course it's a good thing to always have something like a virtual resort. We probably all have the image in our minds of a dirty, weird person when we would talk about an internet addict. But I believe we all are these days. Because admit it, we would tweet about that guy to laugh with him. So I find the internet to be some sort of wonderland with a 'dangerous' side.

Remember this scene from Pinochio? He gets trapped into joining the bad guy to some wonderful island where he can have fun aaaallll day, and then transforms into a donkey. How Disney tries to tell us at a young age that life isn't possible if there's only fun. You can't be greedy — and even virtual greediness can make us forget the important things.

Also, I don't remember being as scared as a toddler as I am now when watching that scene. I mean, who had to come up with a script suitable for children and would then come up with a wooden boy slowly changing into a donkey? Disney is weird sometimes, makes me think the script writers took something. But I have to admit, without all of the weird shit it wouldn't reach its full effect.

We look for the biggest fish in order to get inspiration for our own lives. To get the cheapest and the best. At least I know I do. My constant search for inspiration and creativity, new things to make and do and share, is getting a bit tiresome. Seeing an amazing picture only makes me think "I wish I did that!" and a brilliant DIY project makes me feel stupid for not thinking of that myself.

Don't get me wrong though, I'm not that stupid to believe the internet makes people change into donkeys or anything. At least not literally. But when I see some people acting on Facebook (is it just me, or do people really act more like donkeys on Facebook than Twitter or anything else?) they just already might have that ears and tail. I mean, my Facebook cover is like a big deal and I really look for a good one sometimes. Please tell me I'm not the only one.

After a comparison with Pinocchio, I would also like to use cake as a metaphor. You get a cake as a present and it's superbe. But you know there will be an end to it later that day or maybe that week. It's fun but it's not endless. The internet is. No wonder I get tired of it.

Do you see internet like a wonderland too sometimes, instead of just another source of information? I would really like to know your opinions about this, or if I am the only one who feels like this. I would love to see your personal metaphors to the internet. To close this rant, I would like to end with the fact that in spite of my internet blues, I do think this blogpost was a good thing. And that's exactly what I should do — use the internet more to my own advantage.

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