Thursday, 19 June 2008
So the whole "Internet Traditions" meme has really taken off. Even though it's pretty much entirely based around slapping down an idiot, I actually think some sort of grouping together of the various idiosyncrasies of the net is an interesting idea. It doesn't really seem to far-fetched to me (and I acknowledge that I'm way out of my depth on this one) that the internet community is developing some kind of culture just like any group of people forced to interact with each other. We already have a relatively advanced idea of net etiquette (to the point where we have a name for it) but perhaps more general ideas are arising, too. How long before we give birth to holidays, and religions (I'm pretty sure one way or another we've already fought more than a few "wars"; and we certainly have our own dialect)? Just take a look at mightygodking's contribution to all this, which in itself references what may (or may not) legitimately be considered an internet tradition. I'm wondering what other examples we might be able to dredge up.