I read Hugh MacLeod’s (gapingvoid’s) post “10 things I hate about web 2.0”. This post got 35 comments, generally to the tune of “right on, Hugh”. Now I like Hugh, and that’s why I’m writing this sound piece of advice.
IF YOU DON’T LIKE INTERNET CELEBRITIES, STOP PAYING ATTENTION TO THEM.
Seriously, do you know how many people are in this world who actually have interesting things to say? Do you know how many of them are not on Twitter, don’t blog, and will never Plurk? Do you know how much good work you can do if you just say in the words of the infamous “Dude” by saying, “Eh, fuck it” and just move on to something constructive?
I’m not knocking every internet celebrity. Some actually use it to offer interesting insights. Honestly though, do I need to see every moment of your life? Do I have to rush to follow your dogs on Twitter or , and if I actually did, would you have even an ounce of respect for me? Geez. To me, this is like following Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, or whatever other skin and bones the gossip rags decide to throw at us. It’s a total waste of energy.
Here’s the test: if these people ceased to be famous, how would history remember them? What does the their work contribute to other people?