Reasons The Internet Has Become A Little Lame Lately

Is it just me or is the Internet becoming a little lame? I mean, without the Internet we all wouldn’t have been able to watch that amazing jump from the edge of space today. We wouldn’t be able to stay as connected as we do with our friends and family. And we wouldn’t be able to read fabulous blogs such as mine (bahahah … I’m fairly certain you all read my blog regularly out of pity, more than anything else).

But there are some things awry with the Internet lately.

#1 Everyone’s bitching about politics, or bitching about bitching about politics

I know, I’m one of the worst with the bitching about bitching about politics. I’m just so sick and damn tired of reading people’s little political tirades about this candidate doing this, and that guy they think is a Nazi. I’m also up to my ears in upsettedness about how disrespectful people are about the President. I know he is a Democrat and is a candidate in the race like any other, and not everyone will agree with his positions, but he’s also the President of the United States. That – in and of itself – deserves a very basic level of respect.

And the people that post these political tirades on Twitter and Facebook and shit just go on and on and on. It’s like paragraph after paragraph, with the need to click “continue reading” at least twice if you actually have some morbid curiosity in how the rant ends.

The thing that really sucks about this, though, is that now there are two camps of people: (a) the people that are bitching about politics, or bitching about bitching about politics; and (b) the people that have basically turned off the Internet until after the election.

#2 Bloggers just posting about how they blog

Do you follow a blog that does nothing but host list serves, blog about what blog followers are talking about about their blog, and post week recaps of posts and comments?

There is nothing wrong with hosting blog hop-style lists. I participate in quite a few.

There is nothing wrong with mentioning in a post what people have been talking about in the comments or the Facebook page of your blog. I do it often.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with posting a recap. I don’t do it, but I also don’t find anything wrong with it.

But if these things are all a blogger blogs about … it begs the question: where is the good blog content? It’s as if they don’t actually have anything to write about and are just doing the lists and the blogs about their blog to cover that up.

#3 Facebook’s acting like a dick

I just cannot get over the fact that Facebook openly admits that they will only allow about 10 – 15% of your Facebook fans (of fanpages) to see what you share on your page. It’s outright extortion – the only way to actually have your followers see what you post is to pay.

So I log on to my B(itch)Log fanpage Facebook profile, and I want to see what is going on with the other blogs I normally network with. But because I’m only part of that small 10-15% of the ones I follow, my feed is made up of not much I want to see, combined with a scramble of posts from weeks ago.

It makes me not even want to waste my time logging onto that Facebook page anymore.

I’m not sure what it is, what is happening. Maybe it’s because of political season. Maybe the Internet is finally really jumping the shark. So is the Internet being lame for you too?


  1. rich

    FB is a business. they have to find ways of making money through something that is offered for free. so their ways are limited and will get even stupider.

  2. Connie

    My problem with politics, this season more than any other, is that people are either voting by race, or voting by party. Nobody is really paying attention to what the hell is going on, nobody is really getting themselves educated on what the candidates believe in, what they have voted for, what their stance is on particular issues. I remind my friends and family constantly: color of skin, religion, and party affiliation really have nothing to do with anything! I’m just about ready to shut off my internet all together until the election is over. I’ve been shutting out news and Facebook political ads for the last couple months now at least. And yes, Facebook is being a bitch.

  3. Tiffany

    What makes me most annoyed about the political posts is that it seems like many of the people (at least my friends) don’t even know what the candidates positions are on issues. They post suport for a candidate, due to their party affiliation, but don’t even know what they are backing. Drives me nuts.

  4. Runner Dad

    While I agree, I think the larger problem is the lack of true creativity and innovation in Technology these past few years. When was there last a really “WOW” idea in tech? Ebay redesigned? whoo hoo…looks like pinterest. New iPhone? Oooo…bigger screen and tech other phones have had for years. BORING!

  5. jimcolv

    Newsflash…. The Internet has always been rather lame, it’s just that now people are really starting to see it for what it is, which is honestly a failed experiment in human interaction. I do believe the Internet could be used for a much greater purpose but sadly it won’t reach that point. There just isn’t enough creativity to this thing anymore, sort of like Hollywood and their constant rehashing of titles of yesteryear.

    If there were more interesting content out there then that’d be one thing, but every other site I go to now a days mentions bullshit like what is this celebrity doing, who’s showing cleavage, who’s showing beaver, who has a new sex tape out. It also mentions the things that you spoke of pertaining to politics, which in and of itself is enough to back the hell away from a computer.

    I don’t know what the hell I’m saying right now. I’m tired from teaching all day. Hopefully you all are able to deduce something from my little rambling here.

  6. Peaches

    If more people are jumping ship like you, that would explain why my stats have suddenly plummeted. I don’t think my content took such a *sudden* dive for the worse. But it seems to be happening all around. Many of the bloggers I follow seem to have less interaction going down on their pages.

  7. S. Trevor Swenson

    Nice read. Lame Lately? I’m inclined ot think the world on the whole has become more than a little lame lately. It’s a sad state of affairs. Ugly qualities have become virtues of sorts. Many strive to find the lowest common denominator, and that bar has to be lowered more and more. On the plus side, we have more and more ridiculous things to observe, shake our heads at an laugh about. Looking forward to more of your writing.
    Keep On Keeping On

  8. Mrs D

    Yes! Yes! Yes! Even over here in little ole Australia it happens. – I tend to take the tact of doing what my mother taught me: don’t discuss politics or religion in polite company – mainly because most people are idiots & won’t listen anyway 😉 on the FB thing – that explains why.hardly any blogs come up on my newsfeed – arsehat Facebook

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