Fanfare for the Common Man (on the Web)

I had an epiphany the other day about why Facebook, and before it MySpace, is so popular: creating and maintaining a web site is actually a fairly complex and intense task. Most people simply don’t have the time, talent, creativity or taste to create a decent web page or blog. The evidence is overwhelming; just visit anyone’s blog and see how people can take a perfectly innocent Blogger.com theme and add enough annoying plug-ins or widgets to make the thing a complete train wreck. And web sites? Check out the home page of the World’s Nest (click) and scroll down, then scroll down again and again and again. And again. Amazing.

It’s little wonder with all the terrible web sites and blogs out there in the Land of No Imagination that the simple banality of Facebook would end up at the top of Mount Mediocrity.

This is a "painting with light" experiment my photography students and I made in 2007; I included it because it represents an effort to create unusual content, and because I think it's really cool.
This is a "painting with light" experiment my photography students and I made in 2007; I included it because it represents an effort to create unusual content, and because I think it's really cool.
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3 Comments

  1. “is actually a fairly complex and intense task”

    But is it as complex and intense as having 11,000 friends on Facebook?

    In fact, this is exactly what puzzles me. The people who spend hours a day on Facebook (including time spent on their phones), are the same people who claim they don’t have time to keep up a website.

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  2. I was being generous and diplomatic. What I really meant was, “Most people simply don’t have the talent, creativity or taste to create a decent web page or blog.”

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