What would you do without the Internet?
Probably the most important question I’ve been asked in years. Posed to me by my mate Ben, I answered “I’d be a full time writer.” It was that simple. No explanation, no umming and ahhhing, just straight off the top. I can’t say I’m surprised either, I write at every spare moment when I’m commuting on the Underground, I think it’s the place where I put all my thoughts in order, that and the moment before rolling over to sleep. For me writing is probably the way I meditate, I get to slow everything down and allow my inner voice to straighten everything out whether in the form of allegory or in an open and inclusive manner.
The skills I have aren’t all internet dependent, I guess I love just how instant it is. I also admite how resourceful you can become if used in a way that propels you forward. If there was no internet I guess I’d have to find a way of publicising things to reach people who without it wouldn’t have been reached. I’m a strong advocate of face to face communication but I also find it endearing how the Internet allows people in places like Syria, Iraq and Vanuatu access your creativity. I’m not sure how they find me or the activity but I almost feel as if the Internet definitely makes it far more simple to connect and document your most personal ideas and observations.
What would you do if there was no internet?
If there were computers I’d write, record my words and create music. Without the potential distractive surf of Urban Outfitters, Topman, and Artical, I’d probably spend more time perfecting my craft rather than surfing through the sale section looking for bargains, adding them to baskets and wish lists before deliberating whether to make a purchase or not.
Does the absence of Internet mean that there is no YouTube because how will grab a quick trick to finding out how to route/map my traktor/ableton and keep up to date with all the technological tips, tricks and advancements, not to mention archived interviews and documentaries that having been forgotten by television executives manage to resurface from an obscure box of VHS’?
The absence of the Internet means no more Tumblr which is heartbreaking. I began Tumbling in 2009 and have kept going ever since. I’ve had my many phases of what my blog looked like but since I discovered the queue system I’m pretty much on auto pilot. There’s a Tumblr for everything these days which is a great thing, every tumblog is its own encyclopaedia which is intriguing to say the least. I could even say the same for Instagram, some of the knowledge and histragrams are phenomenal.
If there were no internet, there’d be no Soundcloud or mixcloud, so how would the mix I did sitting at desk or in some evening soirée become the soundtrack to someone’s commute to work somewhere in foreign lands. I look at my stats and I’m amazed that some of my mixes are being played in places such as Russia, Luxemborg and India. I’m always humbled and inspired to do so much more to bring my selection to the world.
I guess if there was no internet, there wouldn’t be a blog, I wouldn’t have Up In The Ear nor Whttvs but more importantly I’d still write and read, I’d still create music, I’d still DJ and I’d still record video.
Funnily enough, not much would change. I’d probably end up doing so much more which I intend to do after the jump…
How about you, what would you do?