Rules and regulations, rules and regulations, Parks and Recreations.
Our essentially preposterous need to categorize into lists every single act of human behavior is getting a little old. In this particular case, let me spare World Records and other such characters, we’re here to discuss everything that exists within and because of the Internet.
Once removed and twice proven that you’re somehow on top and more successful, smarter or richer (maybe not in monetary terms) there is little else we can do. There is no greater egotistical overindulgence than to see your name on a list. Namely any. You could be appointed the third most evil man to ever walk this Earth and be proud of it (you probably worked your ass off to get there, so kudos to you, brutal unnamed African dictator).
Long live mechanization and the scientific method, we’re now able to put almost anything into an ordered list.
1. Does anyone else,
2. Get the feeling,
3. That this is getting a little ridiculous?*
I can’t even begin to convey the true nature of what drives this behavior, mainly because it escapes me. I haven’t been able to pinpoint why we rate by number or order in groups as if that was needed to make ourselves understood.
The internet, more like the contemporary phenomenon dubbed “social media” (arguable, as all media is social by now) has brought upon the dawn of an evolutionary leap for this previously isolated social idiosyncrasy. We’re now in a leveled playing field, we finally have something to look for when comparing one another.
Hello High School. Successfully turning the internet into a popularity contest has spawned a slew of services, moderators (dictators of popular will, sorry) and countless, pointless, joyless methodical calculation. Formulas for popularity.
Count your numbers people, you are now worth 54. Fifty four what, I don’t know exactly.
Before I let you go, let’s take a look into the word popular shall we?
Popular as conceived today:
liked, admired, or enjoyed by many people or by a particular person or group
Popular in its true form in the digital age:
intended for or suited to the taste, understanding, or means of the general public rather than specialists or intellectuals
Similar, yet not the same. Welcome to the age of fabricated intent for popularity’s sake.
*Have a nice day kind reader, you’re my number one.