July 19, 2008
Last night, shortly after watching a comedy show spewing with brilliance, I stumbled into the reality that technology owns our lives.com.
Eddie had repeatedly mentioned the exalted iPhone, the godly Wikipedia, and the… well, Hulu – once, actually.
It came to my realization that technology, namely the Internet, had only recently became one of our classmates, one of our co-workers, one of our family members barely ten years ago. And in that span of ten years, we’ve developed an intimate, loving, clingy BFF relationship.
We are the Internet’s bitch. We shop with it, communicate with it, navigate with it, share secrets with it. The Internet has seen pictures of ourselves that we could never show our own mother. The Internet knows our credit card number, knows that we’re using a proxy, knows that we didn’t read through those terms and conditions before agreeing.
I make sandwiches for the Internet and fetch his slippers. And I would never bash the Internet, because I know he’s always listening.
July 8, 2008
PC World of Canada recently named Hulu as the number one product of 2008.
(Yeah, I know, right?)
Their list of the “100 Best Products of 2008” included a collection of various fanboy favorites, everything from the addicting sketchiness of Craigslist to the Guitar Hero semblance of Rockband. However, before I continue, let’s get this straight: Hulu (basically, an online television where you watch the SNL clips that were taken off of YouTube) outranked the iPhone, Facebook, Wikipedia, and the Nintendo Wii. Did I miss something?
It gets more confusing. Products like YouTube, Ubuntu Linux and Digg keep each other a miserable company at the bottom of the heap. Pardon my crude skepticism, but this leads me to believe that something has possibly gone awry here.
Dear Hulu fans, I care not to dismiss your alternative to television. But I do care to dismiss its rise to number one (in Canada). With its lack of content availability, unfriendly video player and its refusal to accept my Default Photo, I can’t afford to buy in to its free service. Is this the same guy responsible for putting UC Berkeley as the fourteenth hottest university in America?