Violin-Hop Prodigy: Thank You Web

I was going to write about how Wired Magazine made an interesting point about how the use of the Web is dwindling due to the popularization of mobile apps, which is of course a direct result of our information hunter-gatherer culture where keyboards and ethernet chords have been eschewed for the pocket-friendly, 4G mini tablets that we used to call phones. However, the Web, being the cruel bitch that she is, discouraged me from contributing my weekly minutia to the sphere of blogs because apparently everyone else has brought their two cents to the bank and are collecting interest.

Fuck you Web for beating me to the punch with your smug all-powerful intelligence and the ability to be in any and all places without anyone being the wiser!

But guess what? This is where Wired’s argument has a gaping hole. Hence, the title of today’s post. Wait for it……..

 

Jason Yang

Jason Yang!

There! One case who represents the silent majority of Web content that can only be discovered by farting around the Internet without any real goal in mind. I’m not saying to Hell with mobile apps, but unpredictability still exists online. And if you believe that a Violinist who drops a killer track on the Internet with no one around to hear it can’t possibly make a sound (without sufficient old media coverage – like with Antoine Dodson) then I say to you non-believers to shut the hell up and give a listen, because the Web may be dead to those goal-oriented prudes, but to Web scavengers, the clinically bored, and those with a penchant for clicking hyperlinks, prepare to be entertained in a way that you could have never preconceived.

Welcome back to the Web fools!

3 Comments

  1. Hahaha, I read the same article a few weeks back and I had a similar impression, though I am currently working on a paper that discusses this perspective in light of displacement effects theory. Not sure what my results will show, but it should be interesting!

    • I’m glad you came away with the same impression I came away with. I just don’t think “The Web Is Dead”. Sure, we can move from place to place with the same information and entertainment (only modded for other devices) with ease, but it’s not stopping the creative masses. Consumers may be choosing with their wallets to indulge in “killing the web” by using other devices that utilize the Internet, but the creators (like Jason Yang) are still very much involved in the Web’s social characteristics because they’re struggling to have their voices heard and creating media is very much an aspect of using the Web and not simply viewing it.

      On another note. Displacement Effects Theory Sounds interesting. I’m going to have to look into that.

      • Absolutely! I think you’re right that there is an important distinction between the creative masses and consumers. Consumers have a very superficial, almost parasitic relationship with the Internet whereas the content creators are much more involved.

        I also think that this issue would benefit from a cultural perspective. It’s quite possible that the authors of “The Web Is Dead” were very specifically thinking of American consumers when they made that claim. But what about other societies? There are certainly other countries and cultures that do not have access to the same types of new media technologies and devices that we have here in the states. Could be an interesting approach.


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