Last Updated 7/10/2003 by dickdiamond.com
The Law of Digital Mortality
If you have an online presenceweb site, blog, frequent usenet postingand you don't
post anything for a year, and in fact if nothing from the current year comes up in a google search on you, people
will assume you're dead. There's a lot of dead wood out there. This is a necessary function of the age of the
Internet. It used to be true, up until fairly recently I think, that, due to centuries of exponential population
expansion, most of the people who had ever lived on the Earth were still alive, but of course
that couldn't go on forever. Death always wins. And the same is now true for Internet content: more is dead,
stale, rotting, rusting than is still up-to-date, fresh, alive. You can see this effect in domain names. In the
heyday '90s, you could type in almost-any-string-of-characters.com and get a live, functioning web site. Now
you'll get a generic placeholder page, a 404 or an offer to sell you the domain for even very common words, phrases and acronyms.
Entropy's gonna get ya.
Reality or Just Reallycrappy TV?
I am disturbed that a few cents from my cable bill each month goes (or will go)
to this and
other crappy networks.
Remember the good old '80s when we used to boycott things out of real principle (refusing to invest
in countries that perpetrated segregation, slavery and genocide, instead of countries that make brie)?
Shouldn't there be a way to push for a la carte cable pricing on moral grounds? For example, I'm
offended if any of my money goes toward Fox News. I don't use the channel and I don't agree with their
politics. But I'm stuck with them in my lineup because right now there is no market force
to drive this crap out of the system. Even if they track ratings for channels like the reality channel
and the shopping channels (admittedly a special case because of broadcast "must carry" rules), they're
so miniscule as to be swallowed up by error margins. At the very
least, I think we should know how much of our cable bill is going to these leaches. I mean if it's
really zero or less, if they're paying the cable companies for the privilege of cluttering up the
dial, I can live with thatit's like commercials: I'll find a way around it. But my fear is that
every single one of these useless cable channels takes another bite, causes another rate increase,
and takes away money, bandwidth, and attention from legitimate channels. There are probably 10 channels I
use on a regular basis, and maybe 20 that I probably should keep "just in case," but I have to buy 200+
channels for the privilege.