The thing that I’ve been thinking about specifically is how much time people now spend on the internet. Some people are on YouTube for like 8 hours daily (I can’t stand watching the videos they show me… Like the Annoying Orange UGH!). There are also those who like to shop online and can literally spend an entire afternoon scrolling through pages of clothes that could possibly become a part of their wardrobe. And others, such as myself, are on blog websites like Tumblr and WordPress for hours, just reading posts written by others.
You could probably spend an entire lifetime reading the entirety of Wikipedia… and become very knowledgeable indeed! ;)
The internet gives us the ability to experience and learn about things that we’ve never seen and may NEVER see. It’s really cool to think about… But then again, nothing really replaces the actual experience of BEING THERE.
Okay, I won’t ALWAYS blog about Tumblr, but in this case, bringing it up fits. On there, you see pages and pages of pictures (and if you have the infinite dashboard scrolling turned on, one GIGANTIC page of pictures…). I’ve seen so many pictures on there that I’ve always wanted to see like the pyramids, tropical rain forests, distant galaxies… It’s awesome. I’ve also seen photographs of things I’ve NEVER wanted to see :/ but the internet is an eye-opening place and Tumblr is pretty much NSFW anyway! I have learned a lot on that website though… “experienced” a lot of things.
I mean, where else are you going to randomly come across information and pictures of the Pistol Shrimp? hahaha
The Pistol Shimp is really cool by the way… You should like click that link! ;)
There are also more accessible examples; more accessible because they have to do with something that we all owe our attention to: Humanity. The videos of police aggression that have been uploaded by members and observers of the Occupy Wall Street movement are absolutely heartbreaking. While I don’t agree fully with the movement, for many reasons, the biggest being that when I went up to protesters and asked them what it was all about, they couldn’t give me a unified answer, there’s no denying that what the videos show us is tragic. You can debate on and on forever about the efficacy of their protests or if they are even justified in doing so, but please… don’t do that in my comments unless you’re going to share this post with all your friends and family! ;) We’ve all seen the photos and video, but there’s NOTHING like actually being there. Many of us will probably never know what it feels like to get pepper sprayed or get detained by fully-suited police officers. I have not experienced either of those scenarios yet, but I hope to someday. I just know that it’s going to be for a cause that I truly support… one where the protesters are unified and not just in it to play out their anarcho-fantasies in real life.
But, let’s steer away from my opinion for a moment and show you something REAL… If you have not seen any of the videos of police violence toward the protesters in the Occupy Wall Street movement, please educate yourself by clicking play on the following video. It’s one of the most brutal ones I’ve seen. I actually have a really HIGH tolerance for violence, but this shit makes me feel something that I can’t really explain… It’s terrible. This was happening in Oakland, CA just weeks ago… No matter how much of a Chargers fan I am (Oakland’s team is our BIGGEST RIVAL), I’d NEVER wish this on anyone from Oakland or on ANY city on this planet. We didn’t have anything nearly as bad here in San Diego… Most people here are too laid back to care about the injustices that we as a people face or the growing income gap:
It seriously looks like something out of Transformers. The difference is that instead of seeing Decepticons come through the smoke, you see police officers brandishing their nightsticks and beating the crap out of the protesters. Personally, I’d much rather it be Decepticons because then I wouldn’t have to feel so disgusted by what humans are doing to each other out there. I’m surprised the cops aren’t joining in on the protests! They don’t even get paid that well… I guess that from my viewpoint, all the people in this video are the “99%”. We should be united against Wall Street and the unfairness that has begun to really emerge in our system.
Okay, so I have just gone from talking about how amazing the internet is to how terrible the police violence at the Occupy Wall Street protests has been to some really deep stuff about how Capitalism has been corrupted in America! You might just about be ready to ask me, “WHERE THE HELL ARE YOU GOING WITH THIS? GET TO THE POINT!” First off, I’d like to say that this is MY blog and I will ramble on about whatever the hell I want, however the hell I want :) Secondly, I’d like to say, I WAS GETTING THERE UNTIL YOU INTERRUPTED ME, man… RUDE!
My point is that people have gotten used to experiencing things through the internet. They live vicariously through something that DOES NOT LIVE, but has expanded to every corner of the world with the fiercest intensity… except for North Korea… However, real life IS NOT like living in North Korea! It can be beautiful and epic and awesome and all that good stuff… It can also be terrible, but we’ve got to do more to experience things with our own skin… I’ve recently started to believe that’s what the world needs to come closer to creating a peaceful human race. There’s DEFINITELY a need for more compassion… but also a need for empathy. We need to truly understand what others are going through. We need to BE HUMAN. As a self-proclaimed artist, I’ve come to believe the the eternal goal of humanity is achieve true expression. We’re just trying to find out what it all means to us and tell each other.
Let’s put down the keyboards more often and try to actually LIVE our lives :)