What Makes the Internet the Internet

[Update coming later today, I just wanted to get a little glimpse of how it looks to have a month with a link for everyday. Also, this is my 100th entry.]

What makes the Internet what it is? This! No, not my website. The concept of a hyperlink. What defines the internet and makes it different from any other medium is the hyperlink. With a book, you can look at the Further Reading list in the back, but you still got to go out, find, and buy or borrow the books. Meanwhile on the internet, you just clicky the little blue underlined thing (or any other color or text decoration it happens to have). Relatively instantly, it can take you anywhere, relevant or irrelevant.

People can write a little diary, and even show it to people. But with a weblog, you truly have the power to share. Sharing doesn’t mean sharing your stuff with others, but others sharing their things with you. It’s also you sharing other people’s work, and them in turn sharing yours with other people. And even me sharing myself, and you sharing yourself.

It’s that amazing little concept of the hyperlink that lets you create something with multiple pages, that you can view in any order. Hyperlinks create a non-linear environment.Take away almost anything else and the internet still works. Take away e-mail. Take away instant messenger. Heck, even take away search engines. The internet still works. But take away the hyperlink, and there’s no more internet. All you have is a bunch of unconnected works.

It’s all about being connected. You connected to me. Me connected to you. Everyone connected to everyone. And once we’ve gone forward, we can’t go back. We’re stuck being connected to each other, whether we like it or not.

That being said, I should make it a goal to link more often. This is the internet. I should embrace what defines the internet. I should embrace sharing and being connected. If I expect others to (eventually) read what I write, I should expect myself to read what they write. And the only way they know that I’ve read, is to respond when I see fit.

[Oh and why not start now! Coming soon…]

Religion, etc.

Been browsing links on Lloyd’s weblog, and looking over those kids’ entries reminds me of when I went through similar stages. Glad I didn’t have a weblog then. Now, I’m comfortable with my atheism. I don’t need to go out to prove anything because my atheism derives from the fact that there is no proof for any religion. No proof for religion, so I don’t follow any religion. That simple, as I said a while back.

Even though I understand their angle, it still makes me cringe. Since I go to a Catholic school, I probably know more about Christianity than a lot of Christians. And next year, I’m taking a World Religions course.

Look at this entry by Dianne, who I’ll assume is from Lloyd’s AIC class. The most important thing to Jesus was love. (Look at which commandment he said was the greatest of them all.) Now, that doesn’t mean you have to be nice to everyone, but it means you should be constructive. There’s one story in there when they bring in a lady who committed adultery and ask Jesus what they should do with her. He says something like, let he who is without sin cast the first stone. Think of how different this would have turned out if Jesus simply said, “Fuck all you all.”

Hey Stevie, a lack of belief in god is still atheism. But you say you could be wrong, so that could make you agnostic. Some people think an agnostic is an atheist without guts. That’s what I was when I was agnostic. I know you’re not into religion, but this is just a general shout-out. It’s okay to take a position, as long as you know you’re comfortable with it. And, it’s okay to be wrong. If new facts come along, then take them into consideration and change your viewpoint.

Oh, and here’s one of my fun adventures with a proselytizer, for anyone that’s interested.

I really don’t have that much against proselytizers. Everyone has their own views. Everyone thinks that they’re right. So, naturally, other people are wrong, and something must be done to rectify this. It’s human nature. It’s just that people should know themselves just what they’re trying to convince people to do or believe. A lot of times with religion, they don’t, so that’s why it seems so annoying a lot of times, at least to me.