The Day the Internet lost its innocence

Ever wonder when the Internet went bad?  When ads started infiltrating every single aspect of your cruising experience?  Are you like I am and remember a day when the internet was still a bastion of eggheads that ruled the planet via 600 baud dialups?  Well, if you’re like me, you’re older than you think.  That image in this post header set me back a little longer than I expected.  What it is, you see, is the first documented banner ad.

Now, Hotwired still exists.  You can visit them and thank them for what they, along with AT&T, brought forth.  I’m not sure they ever contributed anything else to the Internet, but, that was probably more than enough.  Now, what Hotwired did not bring to the Internet, but the people crediting Hotwired with cursing us with banner ads in October 1994 did, was give us good reasons for hyperlinks.  Their address is:

http://thelongestlistofthelongeststuffatthelongestdomainnameatlonglast.com/

More bad memes: Where oceans meet

And yet another, banner day on Facebook:

That’s not “where two oceans meet but do not mix”.  That’s glacial runoff, which is a very pure water, meeting ocean water, which is very salty and dirty.  Very shortly the clear water will become darker as well.

Of course, since religion is invoked, MOST people resort to name calling and insults.  There is no real discussion over whether the meme itself is accurate or not.

Shout out to the original photographer who did appreciate what was really happening:

More Bad memes: Gilligan dies every year

Ran across this on Facebook.  Facebook is an amazing source of wrong information ( fake news? ).

Only problem is, Bob Denver died in 2005.

Usually the origins of these memes is impossible to pin down.  In this case, the moron owned up to it, with several explanations:

Had no idea the dude was dead, saw a news article (NBC) talking about his death….so i cooked up this meme, i would take it down but I’m getting a kick out of watching you all come unglued that the man was already dead

And:

Some of you are acting like I’m the Russians, and I hacked Gilligan’s death and dug up his grave and killed him again lol…it was an honest mistake on my part, and would have quietly removed it, but the way that some of you are pissing and moaning and getting bent out of shape is far more pathetic than my incorrect meme……and that entertains me.

In other words, the attention outweighs the concern or respect for the person the meme was supposed to be honoring in the first place.  So, this piece of knowingly incorrect information will remain on the internet, and Facebook, forever, for nothing more than the author’s amusement.  I’m going to bet most of these memes have the exact same justification for existence, attention outweighs accuracy.

In the bigger picture, just an example of the “no responsibility” generation.  Don’t blame him for being wrong, he heard it somewhere else first, which makes it fair game.