SOPA/PIPA/ACTA matter as much as my “Real Life” problems, because things such as youtube, facebook, tumblr even…have created strong bridges of relevance and community where they had all been burned in this “Real Life” otherwise. Because the internet is more than entertainment. Becauseeeee fortunately, I have been reminded of all aspects of real life, good, bad, ugly, and amazing, while being rejuvenated by people, the knowledge of places, things, opportunities, all through this entity that is bigger than some flash video game I believed it to be 15 years ago.
Because i’ve been able to read many books and incubate my brain, through peer to peer sharing when I couldn’t afford to buy, because I made relevant social connections through blogosphere to translate easily into reality when I couldn’t afford to physically fly somewhere, because I have met my potential through freely seeing the full potential of those I admire in an uncensored fashion, because I got counsel from a good song, a good album, a good quote or groundbreaking movie, when I needed it but had no access, had no money, had nothing but a need and the awesome reality that someone decided to share something which could fulfill it, because I came to know myself by understanding others in the convenience of my room when it’s 3am and there’s no points of connection left to be made outside, because for fuck’s sake, energy is transferred and will always be, the internet is more than a flash video game I thought it to be.
“Then there are all these things saying how brilliant it is to be self-sufficient and not needing anything or anybody and getting all these tools so that you can do everything yourself. It’s like you’re a little warrior armed with your Walkman and your video and all this technology. Everything’s geared toward self-sufficiency. Fuck that. For me, the target is to learn how to communicate with other people, which is the hardest thing, after all. What you should be doing is learning how to live with other human beings.”—Björk, from a fantastic 1995 interview with The Quietus. (via mettray)