Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Can we survive the I-bomb?
It's wonderful to have search engines that provide instant information (the Sanctuary would be even more plodding and ponderous without it) but we think Mellencamp has it right. Now he was talking about the destruction of the music industry, but why stop there? The problem with the Internet is that it has great value but absolutely no value system.
Here's a sampling of entertainment headlines pulled one afternoon from just one "news" Website. Far worse than the actual story topics are the inane and often nasty and destructive user comments that follow. Here you go:
Michael Cera Wears Pen On His Face For London Premiere (PHOTO)
Courtney Love FREAKS, Has Twitter Meltdown Over Daughter
WATCH: Jennifer Aniston Says 'Retard' On Morning TV
PHOTOS: Pop Singer Smiles Throughout HIV Spreading Trial
WATCH: Jerry O'Connell Talks About His 3D Full Frontal Nude Scene
PHOTO: Montana Fishburne Nearly Nude On Magazine Cover
Brittany Murphy's Mom, Husband Shared Bed
Alexander Skarsgard: No Sock For Nude 'True Blood' Scenes
This apparently is what it takes to generate web traffic. Scary, isn't it? We're happy to count the footprints you leave as you pass through our little sandbox here, but we can't say we aren't worried about the bigger picture.