My New Year’s Resolution was to be less pessimistic and negative. Fuck it.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not one of those backward-looking saps who swears that Everything Was So Much Better *Before* before, before whatever time period that was long enough ago that we can idealize it. I fully endorse Neal Stephenson’s metaphor of Human Civilization as a Shipwreck in Five Acts. (If you don’t know what this is, you should go read Quicksilver. And no, I won’t link to it, take some initiative.) Things really are better now than in the past. Even with the recession. It just doesn’t seem that way, and the reason for this is The Internet.
We’re just so much more aware of how stupid people can be. And not just the proles, but people who should, or at least give the appearance of, knowing better. It’s too late in the night for me to go into detail on this, so I’ll write a more detailed post later. But I’d like to introduce to you all my concept of The Antillectual. Not to be confused with the ignorant dipshits who make up most of the population. These people actually know something, or at least know how to look it up online. This is the person who complains about The Social Network not being accurate. Who has lots of simple solutions (that wouldn’t work) to difficult problems. They say things like “I support Google because they’re open.” They read the Huffington Post health and wellness section. They think college is a waste of time, but assume that with their half-baked idea, they can end up just like Zuckerberg (even though they won’t go see the Facebook Movie, because it’s not what really happened.)
The Antillectual, thanks to Wikipedia, stands on the shoulders of the combined intelligence of all of human civilization. All the knowledge of the world is at their fingertips. And none of the wisdom. 2010 was a big year for the Antillectual. Modern information technologies like twitter and smartphones have swelled their ranks like never before. But that was just the prelude. In 2011, they’re going to take over.