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The internet has wrought huge changes on our lives – both positive and negative – in the fifteen years since its use became widespread.

By Matthew Moore
Published: 7:00AM BST 04 Sep 2009

The web is changing the way we work, play and think Photo: REUTTERS

Tasks that once took days can be completed in seconds, while traditions and skills that emerged over centuries have been made all but redundant.

The internet is no respecter of reputations: innocent people have seen their lives ruined by viral clips distributed on the same World Wide Web used by activists to highlight injustices and bring down oppressive regimes

Below we have compiled – in no particular order – 50 things that are in the process of being killed off by the web, from products and business models to life experiences and habits. We’ve also thrown in a few things that have suffered the hands of other modern networking gadgets, specifically mobile phones and GPS systems.

Do you agree with our selections? What other examples can you think of? Please post your comments on the bottom of the story – we hope include the best suggestions in a fuller list.

1) The art of polite disagreement
While the inane spats of YouTube commencers may not be representative, the internet has certainly sharpened the tone of debate. The most raucous sections of the blogworld seem incapable of accepting sincerely held differences of opinion; all opponents must have “agendas”.

i am pretty sure that was the same way even before the internet. most people have always been too dumb to hold proper discussions. problem with the internet is only that you can’t control who is reading and commenting, hence attending the discussion. without the internet you would have more control of whom you want to discuss a certain matter with. but people are the same way inappropriate of having good discussions as they always were.

2) Fear that you are the only person unmoved by a celebrity’s death
Twitter has become a clearing-house for jokes about dead famous people.
Tasteless, but an antidote to the “fans in mourning” mawkishness
that otherwise predominates.

see above, there is no real difference to that.

3) Listening to an album all the way through
The single is one of the unlikely beneficiaries of the internet – a
development which can be looked at in two ways. There’s no longer any need
to endure eight tracks of filler for a couple of decent tunes, but will “album
albums” like Radiohead’s Amnesiac get the widespread hearing they

that must have slipped my attention. at least in my case the internet has led to quite the opposite thing: i
ONLY hear full albums, in the correct order. because i can so easily
get my hands on full albums. i really don’t understand this point,
doesn’t make much sense to me.

4) Sarah Palin
Her train wreck interviews with NBC’s Katie Couric were watched and
re-watched millions of times on the internet, cementing the Republican
vice-presidential candidate’s reputation as a politician out of her depth.
Palin’s uncomfortable relationship with the web continues; she has
threatened to sue bloggers who republish rumours about the state of her

yeah lol right. take that, bitch. welcome to the 21st century!

5) Punctuality
Before mobile phones, people actually had to keep their appointments and turn
up to the pub on time. Texting friends to warn them of your tardiness five
minutes before you are due to meet has become one of throwaway rudenessess
of the connected age.

me nothing has changed, but on the other hand i AM a very punctual
person in any sense of matter. can’t say anything about other people.

6) Ceefax/Teletext
All sports fans of a certain age can tell you their favourite Ceefax pages
(p341 for Test match scores, p312 for football transfer gossip), but the
service’s clunking graphics and four-paragraph articles have dated badly.
ITV announced earlier this year that it was planning to pull Teletext, its

good. thank god.

7) Adolescent nerves at first porn purchase
The ubiquity of free, hard-core pornography on the web has put an end to one
of the most dreaded rights of passage for teenage boys – buying dirty
magazines. Why tremble in the WHSmiths queue when you can download mountains
of filth for free in your bedroom? The trend also threatens the future of “porn
in the woods” – the grotty pages of Razzle and Penthouse that scatter
the fringes of provincial towns and villages.

yeah, this certainly has a quite emotional aspect for itself that may some of us miss in some way. but heyh, free porn!

8) Telephone directories
You can find Fly
Fishing by J R Hartley on Amazon

there’re still there. on the internet. so you mean the printing
telephone books? they’re only digital now, so no real change. i mean
those were only indexes. like a dictionary. not a novel or something,
so they haven’t any good reason of being printed in the first place

9) The myth of cat intelligence
The proudest household pets are now the illiterate butts of caption-based
jokes. Icanhasreputashunback?

lololol >:3

10) Watches
Scrabbling around in your pocket to dig out a phone may not be as elegant as
glancing at a watch, but it saves splashing out on two gadgets.

em well, yeah. that’s actually well right. not that relevant, but yeah, right.

11) Music stores
In a world where people don’t want to pay anything for music, charging them
£16.99 for 12 songs in a flimsy plastic case is no business model.

bad. if the music industries would have gone with the times and lowered
the prices for music, the stores would still bloom.

12) Letter writing/pen pals
Email is quicker, cheaper and more convenient; receiving a handwritten letter
from a friend has become a rare, even nostalgic, pleasure. As a result,
formal valedictions like “Yours faithfully” are being replaced by “Best”
and “Thanks”.

that’s good immo

13) Memory
When almost any fact, no matter how obscure, can be dug up within seconds
through Google and Wikipedia, there is less value attached to the “mere”
storage and retrieval of knowledge. What becomes important is how you use it
– the internet age rewards creativity.

that case you can see the internet as one big collective rememberance
collection. like we all have the same knowledge, but instead of
thinking about it you just look it up. time will have to show if this
is a good or a bad thing, but for now nobody can really say it. as for
me: cry, little baby! internet knowledge rulez. i love having every
knowledge of the world just a few clicks away. it’s so easy to gain
knowledge these days, i think that is quite an archievment that will
have great benefit for the world in long terms. but we will see how
this turns out.

14) Dead time
When was the last time you spent an hour mulling the world out a window, or
rereading a favourite book? The internet’s draw on our attention is
relentless and increasingly difficult to resist.

speak for others, but with me this hasn’t changed much. i still look
out the window for quite some time and read books and shit. wasting
time on the internet or somewhere else doesn’t seem that much of a
difference for me at all, so what.

15) Photo albums and slide shows
Facebook, Flickr and printing sites like Snapfish are how we share our
photos. Earlier this year Kodak announced that it was discontinuing its
Kodachrome slide film because of lack of demand.

again, thank god for that.

16) Hoaxes and conspiracy theories
The internet is often dismissed as awash with cranks, but it has proved far
more potent at debunking conspiracy theories than perpetuating them. The
excellent Snopes.com continues
to deliver the final, sober, word on urban legends.

but i also does a great job in revealing what of those are wrong and
pure bullshit. if you fall for conspiricies and hoaxes, that’s you own
fault, dumbass! you surf on the wrong sites. there are actually quite
more sites about why all those stuff is bull, just search e.g. for
“9/11” and you will see what i mean.

17) Watching television together
On-demand television, from the iPlayer in Britain to Hulu in the US, allows
relatives and colleagues to watch the same programmes at different times,
undermining what had been one of the medium’s most attractive cultural
appeals – the shared experience. Appointment-to-view television, if it
exists at all, seems confined to sport and live reality shows.

i actually miss that one, too. i already spent some value time with
friends watching the same thing while being in a skype conference, or
by streaming what i watch so that my friends can watch with me – but
it’s really not the same. today people are even too lazy to just visit
a friend and watch they both favorite tv series…

18) Authoritative reference works
We still crave reliable information, but generally aren’t willing to pay for

lol yeah. information for free! that’s evolution, baby!

19) The Innovations catalogue
Preposterous as its household gadgets may have been, the Innovations
catalogue was always a diverting read. The magazine ceased printing in 2003,
and its web
is depressingly bland.

no idea what you are talking about. never heard of this, sry.

20) Order forms in the back pages of books
Amazon’s “Customers who bought this item also bought…” service
seems the closest web equivalent.

eh, i always hated those things.

21) Delayed knowledge of sporting results
When was the last time you bought a newspaper to find out who won the match,
rather than for comment and analysis? There’s no need to fall silent for
James Alexander Gordon on the way home from the game when everyone in the
car has an iPhone.

again, thank god for that. even if i don’t really care about sports anyways.

22) Enforceable copyright
The record companies, film studios and news agencies are fighting back, but
can the floodgates ever be closed?


23) Reading telegrams at weddings
Quoting from a wad of email printouts doesn’t have the same magic.


24) Dogging
Websites may have helped spread the word about dogging, but the internet
offers a myriad of more convenient ways to organise no-strings sex with
strangers. None of these involve spending the evening in lay-by near

again: ?

25) Aren’t they dead? Aren’t they gay?
Wikipedia allows us to confirm or disprove almost any celebrity rumour
instantly. Only at festivals with no Wi-Fi signals can the gullible be
tricked into believing that David Hasslehoff has passed away.

this bothers nearly everybody, doesn’t it? even if you’re not that into
stardom and shit, some day you will fall upon a certain death message
of some celebrety you like and you find yourself searching on wikipedia
and google if this was a hoax or the truth. and it most probably was a
hoax. it can be a very nerving aspect of the internet, but on the other
hand: aren’t you lucky when you finally find out your celeb is still
well alive? ^^

26) Holiday news ignorance
Glancing at the front pages after landing back at Heathrow used to be a
thrilling experience – had anyone died? Was the government still standing?
Now it takes a stern soul to resist the temptation to check the headlines at
least once while you’re away.

eh, nooooo? not for me and i really hope that this doesn’t count to most of the people using the internet on a daily basis.

27) Knowing telephone numbers off by heart
After typing the digits into your contacts book, you need never look at them

always tried not to be affected by this, just by trying to remember my
numbers and type them in manually. and you know what? it worked! i know
all the numbers of my friends and only look up them quite rarely. BUT
nowadays i doubt this was a good idea, because it’s really not that
much of importance and just storing them anywhere and dialing
automatically is a good way of saving time. it may approve your
rememberance, but really: there are better ways! like THNKING and
READING. and calculating once and then, but without using a calculator.

28) Respect for doctors and other professionals
The proliferation of health websites has undermined the status of GPs, whose
diagnoses are now challenged by patients armed with printouts.

that’s just pathetic. guess whose right: wikipedia – some random common
guy writting stuff that he may have made up by himself – or a real
doctor – who spent years and more years studying YOUR body! it’s a
question of probability. think about it, what’s most likely right. easy

29) The mystery of foreign languages
Sites like Babelfish offer instant, good-enough translations of dozens of
languages – but kill their beauty and rhythm.

other words: automatic translators are shit. word-only converters (aka
dictionaries) do a quite good job (just look at Leo!), but translation
tools like the Google Translator… well, i think everybody should know
by now WHY they SUCK that much. we should do more studies on that term
and enhance our translation tools. really.

30) Geographical knowledge
With GPS systems spreading from cars to smartphones, knowing the way from A
to B is a less prized skill. Just ask the London taxi drivers who spent
years learning The Knowledge but are now undercut by minicabs.

the fact that GPS and Google Maps and stuff should have improved our
capability of knowing the geography around us, i certainly think that
this is rarely the case. i know way too much people who can’t find
anything in their own town where they lived for 20 years or more. or
get lost in other cities. or don’t know the difference between north
and south america and the US.

31) Privacy
We may attack governments for the spread of surveillance culture, but users
of social media websites make more information about themselves available
than Big Brother could ever hoped to obtain by covert means.

is also a good thing, in my opinion. privacy and intimative things are
in the way of our evolution. sounds strange? but it’s the truth. it may
use quite some time and effort to describe what i mean by that, and i
won’t do that now because of that. but trust me, spend one hour
discussing with me about that topic and you will agree. or run home

32) Chuck Norris’s reputation
The absurdly heroic boasts on Chuck
Norris Facts
may be affectionate, but will anyone take him seriously

lol sure not. but why does that even matter? Chuck Norris facts are awesome! XD

33) Pencil cricket
An old-fashioned schoolboy diversion swept away by the Stick

wait what?

34) Mainstream media
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer and Rocky Mountain News in the US have already
folded, and the UK’s Observer may follow. Free news and the migration of
advertising to the web threaten the basic business models of almost all
media organisations.

yes, finally. was about time. die, mass media, die!

35) Concentration
What with tabbing between Gmail, Twitter, Facebook and Google News, it’s a
wonder anyone gets their work done. A disturbing trend captured by the
wonderful XKCD webcomic

same here. as of those minute i should work, because i am at the office
and have stuff to do. instead i write about this nonsense that nobody
will ever read anyways.

36) Mr Alifi’s dignity
Twenty years ago, if you were a Sudanese man who was forced to marry a goat
after having sex with it, you’d take solace that news of your shame would be
unlikely to spread beyond the neighbouring villages. Unfortunately for Mr
Alifi, his indiscretion came in the digital age – and became one of the first
viral news stories


37) Personal reinvention
How can you turn forge a new identity at university when your Facebook is
plastered with photos of the “old” you?

yeah, i myself hate that fact. people aren’t capable of getting along
with other people changing… anything. anyways. the internet isn’t
helping that fact. i mean, come on guys, people DO CHANGE. get along
with it!!

38) Viktor Yanukovych
The Orange Revolution in Ukraine was organised by a cabal of students and
young activists who exploited the power of the web to mobilise resistance
against the old regime, and sweep Viktor Yushchenko to power.

ehm, never heard of that, but sounds awesome! vive la revolution!

39) The insurance ring-round
Their adverts may grate, but insurance comparison websites have killed one of
the most tedious annual chores

no comment, don’t know jack about insurances and stuff.

40) Undiscovered artists
Posting paintings to deviantART and Flickr – or poems to writebuzz – could
not be easier. So now the garret-dwellers have no excuses.

and the REAL artists suffer under the sheer mass of pseudo artists
uploading stupid scribbles of their favorite animé shows. disgusting,

41) The usefulness of reference pages at the front of diaries
If anyone still digs out their diaries to check what time zone Lisbon is in,
or how many litres there are to a gallon, we don’t know them.

no idea what you are talking about.

42) The nervous thrill of the reunion
You’ve spent the past five years tracking their weight-gain on Facebook, so
meeting up with your first love doesn’t pack the emotional punch it once

i can’t really agree with this one. my experiences say otherwise.

43) Solitaire
The original computer timewaster has been superseded by the more alluring
temptations of the web. Ditto Minesweeper.

i have the feeling that every game that Microsoft buys to build it in
their operation systems will instantly kinda die out. just imagine what
would happen if they integrate the game of Poker in the next Windows!!
unspeakable terror! hundreds of online Poker pages will have to shut

44) Trust in Nigerian businessmen and princes
Some gift horses should have their mouths very closely inspected.

yeah. i actually know one of them in person and guess what: he is not
what you expect him to be regarding from all those spam mails he sends

45) Prostitute calling cards/ kerb crawling
Sex can be marketed more cheaply, safely and efficiently on the web than the
street corner.

again, thank god for that XD

46) Staggered product/film releases
Companies are becoming increasingly draconian in their anti-piracy measure,
but are finally beginning to appreciate that forcing British consumers to
wait six months to hand over their money is not a smart business plan.

am very curious how this ‘evolvement’ turns out at the end. some
companies have already been aware of the current developments. but who
knows how the film market will look like in ten years when other
companies follow? this will stay very interessting indeed.

47) Footnotes
Made superfluous by the link, although Wikipedia is fighting a brave
rearguard action.

so what.

48) Grand National trips to the bookmaker
Having a little flutter is much more fun when you don’t have to wade though a
shop of drunks and ne’er-do-wells


49) Fanzines
Blogs and fansites offer greater freedom and community interaction than paper
fanzines, and can be read by many more people.

because it’s combining much more tools of comication. i have said it
once and i will say it quite more often: the internet is not the modern
equivalent to the book! you simply cannot compare this two, they have
nothing in common but the written word. but the book is ONLY consisting
of words, whereas in the web words are only one little aspects. so in
some way “Fanzines” are now a PART of fansites. they’re not dead or
replaced, they just simpley shifted the media tool.

50) Your lunchbreak
Did you leave your desk today? Or snaffle a sandwich while sending a few
personal emails and checking the price of a week in Istanbul?

right. i don’t have an official lunchbreak either. 8 hours work at a
stretch. i eat while pretending to work, like everybody else ;

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