Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Can Internet Give You New Old Friends?
My latest column is out. I have still have this cold that will not die so if you listen to the audio you might be able to pick up that I am trying to speak through a stuffy nose.
I'm really upset that I can't seem to get healthy because it disqualifies me from being able to go to Flu Camp. I'm missing out on three meals a day and PlayStation, damn it!
The main drawback to this cold is that I find that I can't really be arsed to put any real effort into things, so I read the column in one take, flubbed a few words and sounded choppy but didn't go back and try again. Ah well. It is frustrating that I seem incapable of reading things that I've written. But it gives you a clue as to why I abandoned any dreams of an acting career. I was a stage actor for a short period in my life, but if I can't give life to my own words, imagine how badly I mangled Shakespeare.
I noticed in looking at the finished version of my column that the proof readers at my former benevolent employer changed "internet" to "Internet." I have never understood that. The concept of the internet -- this shapeless thing that is everywhere -- is to me similar to the concept of the sky or the ocean, both of which are written in lowercase. They are common nouns. Why should "Internet" be a proper noun? It doesn't make sense.
I once spent the whole of my yearly review arguing with a manager to change the style, but to no avail.