While there is a bevvy of always new and original material available on the internet still, I have noticed several patterns emerging that at least anecdotally spell out the demise of the internet as a haven of creative outlets. I will focus on one of the most easily traceable venues of internet creativity: stupid, silly pictures.
Thats right. The death of the internet is not because of the consolidation of social planning though behemoth sites like facebook, or the ever expanding app market which pulls users away from a browser to a proprietary app. No- it begins with the lolcats.
I spend a solid eight hours a day in front of a computer daily, if not more, as part of my future profession and for my own personal entertainment. Between coding and compiling, bug checking and more coding I drift over such sites as ICHC, TheChive, CollegeHumor, digg, reddit and a hundred other similar sites which make me quietly chuckle I notice more and more carryover between these sites. For example this ten stone Chinese kid I saw originally on Digg I have now seen on at least seven other similar sites:
If you haven’t seen this photo or others of this massive kid I am throughly surprised. This trend continues on thought a site controlled by ICHC(lolcats) called There I fixed it, where I have yet to find a kludge that wasn’t immediately then posted on TheChive the next day. There are countless more examples I frankly have no interest in actually finding and bringing to your attention not out of laziness but because you have most probably already come across this redundancy(okay I’m just lazy). Do some light surfing and you’ll see what I mean.
There is this sort of redundancy all across the tubes. Bloggers are ever more prevalent and there are fewer and fewer niches available for new users to be original. The internet was once a haven for flourishing ideas and a few sites who touted the adorability of kittehs and their lols, and now we are inundated with wordpress blogs without any useful information, or new more hilarious kittehs. It is truly a shame. I am a product of this redundancy, this blog is of course powered by wordpress like most others and I have no real new ideas or inspirations to share with you. Feel free to prove me fallible, I would love to be wrong. Maybe you could create the next more hilarious version of the internet meme or lolcat. Or maybe the designer of something more creative?