Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder
You remember that I warned you that it would depress…
Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2002 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.
You remember that I warned you that it would depress thee to hit the "random user" link on LiveJournal? Well, just as bad but more entertaining in its "this is what our civilization has wrought?" effects:
Think of some failed, awful, twenty-episode sitcom that UPN or Fox or NBC produced for use on weekday afternoons or Saturday mornings. "California Dreamin'" or "Breaker High" will do. Google for the title of that sitcom (example). Look at some of the more awful-looking results. Say aloud to yourself, "Four thousand results?! There's a role-playing game? The lyrics to the theme song include 'and hope is a thing that we can all have today / Na na na na na hey hey / Carry me away'?" Laugh or weep, as is your preference.