Internet Wormholes

An Internet wormhole is a search into a topic that continues and continues and continues because you never reach the end or find a definitive answer.

They are easy to do and hard to stop… It’s like going down a circular ladder that never ends…

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From Guff.com (a very fun place to start your wormhole…)

Going down an Internet wormhole is utterly addictive. While you’re falling through it, you know you really shouldn’t be going so deep. You know you should just stop. And you can actually make yourself stop. Really all you have to do is stand up and walk away from your computer. But you can’t stop. And you won’t stop. That freefalling into the abyss that is known as the Internet is too intoxicating. So you plunge further, not knowing where you’ll end up and, frankly, not giving a damn.

I’m prone to falling into Internet wormholes, especially at night while ‘watching’ television. Really I’m just listening to TV while I surf.

Ever get caught in a wiki-wormhole?

wiki-wormhole

When an insignificant curiosity starts on Wikipedia and becomes an involved series of following links within wiki pages to other pages, until you can no longer remember where you even began. Hence, the wiki-wormhole effect. From Urban Dictionary

The "Wikipedia" logo is seen on a tablet screen on December 4, 2012 in Paris. AFP PHOTO / LIONEL BONAVENTURE (Photo credit should read LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images)

Basically, an Internet surfer goes to look something up and click on the Wikipedia link to learn more. Then from within that wiki, the surfer continues clicking in a never ending search for additional information…
I’ve done that too many times to count.
fascismLast night I got into a wormhole about fascism.
At the risk of starting a political discussion, I wondered why I was seeing the word fascist tied so often with Donald Trump.
I learned a lot while sinking deeper and deeper into the wormhole, but I’m still not sure why I’m seeing fascism tied to Trump.
Sometimes, I’ll get into a wormhole on the same site.
My favorite topic to look at is Christmas cards.
Here’s a recent one of an actual Nevada assemblywoman’s family Christmas card.
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Just look at that happy, happy family!

 

4 thoughts on “Internet Wormholes”

  1. What a frightening card! I hope they weren’t loaded or at least had the safety on securely…

    I have gone done that internet wormhole, and not just on Wikipedia…

    According to Merriam-Webster:

    Full Definition of FASCISM
    1
    often capitalized : a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition
    2
    : a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control

    As it applies to “The Donald”, I found an interesting article in the NY Times that explores that issue. I do not agree with all of it, but it is interesting:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/03/opinion/campaign-stops/is-donald-trump-a-fascist.html?_r=0

  2. It was an interesting read, Joanne.

    On a lighter note, Richie talked about going down an Internet wormhole a while back when exploring some Truthers’ claims that Stevie Wonder isn’t really blind.

    1. Wow! What isn’t a conspiracy… I guess they think he is is like Eddie Murphy’s character in “Trading Places”…

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