Recently, I was watching a Netflix special from one of my favorite comedians, Tom Segura, and in this special, he addresses just how crazy the internet has become. It was that funny because it’s true type of stand up. Direct quote? Sure. You can just watch the special, but I’ll make it easy on you for the purpose of the story:
“Do you ever really process that you don’t have to leave your home to buy anything? You’re like, ‘Yeah, I order some things online,’ No, no, no. You can sit on your couch, pull up your phone, and just be like, ‘I want bananas, and I want hammers, and… I want an eagle’s beak.’ Then Amazon’s like, ‘BOOM! It’s on your doorstep, how about that?”
A little exaggerated, but still you get his point, you’re nodding. At one time, you couldn’t access the internet through anything other than a 50-pound computer and what you could access was unbelievably limited. In 2018, we can connect with loved ones, do our grocery shopping, study for finals, shop for vehicles and homes, and create movies all with devices that fit in the palms of our hands. People can change their lives, for both better OR worse, with a single post. If that doesn’t amaze you, I don’t know what will. And while the internet is easy to abuse, if used correctly, it’s an incredible tool.
Exhibit A: Twitter. I can’t even begin to count how many new bands and movies that my favorite social media platform has introduced me to that I probably would’ve never known about otherwise. Also, how else would I be able to keep up with whatever is going on with Kylie Jenner?
Exhibit B: Netflix. As much as I wish they’d update their content more- *cough* PLEASE *cough* I can’t lie and say that I don’t hop on there and dedicate at LEAST an hour a day to a show I’ve seen a million times, a movie I’ve probably never heard of, etc. The BEST date nights in my book involve pajamas, Chinese takeout -ordered online- and the absolute worst horror movies in my queue.
Anyway, all virtue-signaling aside, the internet is an awesome place and I’m thankful to be going into 2018, doing an internet-based job and learning as much about it as possible, that I love. Shoutout to the man Robert Kahn for creating the World Wide Web.
We move so fast now we forget the power we have. Stop for a minute. Think about what you love, and share it. Think about who you can help with a single click, and make it happen. I was moved to take a minute to remind you by one of my heros, Seth Godin. As fast as we move, he reminds us we have a responsibility. What are you (or in many cases your brand) going to do with it?
Read his thoughts here: