posted on Aug, 28 2004 @ 07:21 PM
The internet, still rather new, has taken leaps and bounds in the past few years. Not only forming massive internet communities, but exploding into a
The internet has 3 general levels, I'll try to go into each as well as I can..
These users are the users that have just recently figured out how to run a computer and locate the internet. Most of these users are forced to put up
with services much like AOL, Prodigy, ect, due to the lack of knowledge that the internet is available without such services crammed down your face
the minute you purchase a computer.
These users are drawn in from the massive amounts of television ads that are brainwashed into their minds from Big Corporate. They begin to
wonder, 'what is this internet crap' and crawl from their tv's to the local outlet store to purchase one of these fanastic machines that link them
to the this 'internet thingy' they saw on TV.
The lowest of the low, the most annoying presence, the most outragous things, the everything you wish was not the internet. These users are the
one's that fall from the tv to the massive bottomless pit of porn. Or the users that have idlolized ebay.com and amazon.com into the most lazy form
of shopping this world has every witnessed. *click-send-deliver proceed to drool.*
Americans are getting fat?! Massive depression sweeping across the nation?! Why shop, walk, or breathe when the internet will deliver every bit of
imaginal item TO me! Everything from shampoo to that nifty digital internet camera to the toys we dont want to speak of can be delivered to your
doorstep, in complete anonymity. In today's society, the days of going to the mall and putting up with 'everyone' you cant stand to be around,
fighting your place in line, or the massive rush for the 'next best toy' are over. Sure you still have a few that still wrestle the social gene of
being in public, but these individuals are clearly not using the internet, or just havent realized its potential!
The outspread, massive corporate takeover of the internet has begun. For a long time the internet was just something linux nerds used, or those no
life online gamer nerds, or the endless rows of IRC chat channels. And of course, the occasional downloading of "thing's we're just trying out" a
la warez. Big Corporate sat down one day in a meeting and tried to figure out a way to not only force their store outlets down your throat via
television ads, but to bring the store to the consumer!
The first idea was magazine newspaper ads, where you could send in and have your item delivered to your house. All through mail. No one wanted to do
this. Why waste a stamp and the time to fill out this form, put it in an envolope, address it, stamp it and god forbid walk it to my mail box!
The newspaper approach was soon realized to be a complete bunk. Hardly anyone used it.
The next idea is working. And working way better then Big Corporate was aiming for. The dot-com era spawned this so called 'internet takeover'.
Everyone from their father to brother to cousins tried to get rich quick on this 'internet thingy'. Most obviously failing. They knew very little
about the internet and paid massive amounts of money for website creation and intergration into their businesses only to find out their product wasnt
selling because, well, no one wanted to buy it. The ones that got lucky are the ones that are now the internet super sites. And building their
ideas up for the next massive dot-com takeover.
- Amazon.dot formed a massive campaign to promote it links every outlet store in the nation to your computer, and the couch potatoes came running!
- Ebay.com launched a campaign showing how easy it can be to sell your junk, and the garage sale mom's came running!
- Microsoft with xbox campaigned their internet intergration and online gaming to the millions of kids that sat around playing first person shooters
on their playstations, by themselves, alone.. and the greasy 13year olds came running!
- Google and YaHoo! promote their massive search engines that will find ANYTHING you desire! And the slightly less skilled computer nerds came
running to learn how to use linux from the pro's!
The list goes on.
The dot-com era may be classified as 'over' in the words of media financial analysists, but its far from done. The era never ended, just a slight
setback in small business collapses due to poorly thought out approaches spun the economy into a turmoil. After people got back on their feets and
attacked the market again, they began to realize their mistakes. Most of the big internet sites run today are owners of dot-com failures. They had
an idea, and promoted it the wrong way. After realizing their mistake, they sat back and waited for everyone else to fail, shrug off the internet,
and get back to their mail orders. After the era, or shortly before it was deemed a 'failure', the Big Corporate tried again. This time not only
promoting their products and giving people a printable mailing form, they promoted their e-market. Why print that paper out, and mail it in when
you can click on the image you want, type in a credit card number, and wallah! instant transaction! .. and it worked.
Today consumers dont leave their house. Only if they have to buy food. Day-after-Thanksgiving marks a less eventful day at the mall, but a slightly
larger internet traffic use. (Being careful to not totally ruin your yearly massive money dump for christmas tradition by doing it on its traditional
Consumers in America, and throughout the world are getting worse then coach potatoes. They dont exercise, they dont shop, they just sit, click, and
Depression is soring not because of wars, or politics, or past childhood problems.. but because we all lack that certain something that was needed to
mingle with other people. We're lame now... Sheep, dull, and boring. Sit, click, eat.
Sit, click, and eat.
And then theres us.
We found an escape from Big Corporate. We searched the internet a little harder under it's promoted cover, and found a vast world of knowledge,
communities, and discussions forums.
Though more and more are finding the vast reaches of the internet on a daily basis, its only a matter of time that big corporate tries to hide,
censor, or completely incorporate this 'area' of the internet, as well. You see it now already, the next takeover is underway. The influx of
random popups, advertisments on every website(even this one), and shameless trojans and spyware.
What ever happened to running a website because of something you believed strongly in, and paying a little out of your pocket for fees? Long is that
day, even this page, makes several hundred dollars (or more) on popup ads to unregistered travelers then it needs to feild bandwidth bills. (Not an
attack on this website, just an example. This forum rocks. Also, feel free to correct me if I'm wrong about my financial assumption.)
Some say the internet is already at it's limits. That it couldnt get anymore integrated into our lives. I say, this is only the beginning. The
dot-com era scared alot of corporations away, but they're slowly realizing their mistakes of giving up and will rape what's left for everything they
can. Prepare to be bombarded even harder from big corporate in this nice secluded genre of the internet.. it's only just begun.
Sit, click, eat.. think.
And then theres 'them'
The deep secluded rather unheard of portion of the internet. The 'black market' or the 'hacker' communities. Also known as the Under Ground
internet. This is where most of us dont treck, even if we knew how to get their. These people are pissed. They were the linux nerds that sat around
playing with code and talking nerd-talk. They watched their precious internet literally explode and nearly ruin thier communities and land a few in
jail. They watched a few linux nerds land huge employment deals for Big Corporate.
These guys are Big Corporate's biggest threat. These guys are the ones working on totally "bringing down" the internet. Not so much because they
can, but because Big Corporate trecked on their land, and began making rules. Rules that wont be followed. ..
The internet is plugging everyone into the world to a vast library of knowledge. The governments around the world are losing touch of their citizens,
rumors, conspiracies, and even secrets are spreading wildly across the internet communities.. a PR's worst nightmare.
Social interaction is near its end, could this be what all the prophecies of doom and gloom or bible predictions be talking about?