Alternatively titled: Why this post doesn’t matter.
The internet is great! We get to connect with likeminded individuals, as well as those that challenge our beliefs and ideas. (Though the latter is much less common, due to the bubble effect, but more on that some other time.) That’s a good thing for everybody, since it makes for a slightly less separated world. But in a space where everyone can make themselves heard, is saying something still worth the effort?
The sheer amount of information on the internet, objective and subjective, makes it so that any individual piece of info is insignificant by default. Sure some things will reach more people, like articles on popular websites, but in the end those still end up big people’s enormous piles of “junk I read today”. That pile used to be way small back in the day, but now it’s gotten to the point that it’s really rare for something you read to stick with you for a longer period of time.
Yes, a partial solution would be for people with opinions they feel are important to write impeccable pieces of text that manage to strike a chord with some of their readers. But that is incredibly Hard and even then will only affect a small group of people. So maybe the problem is inherent to the “anyone can publish anything” mentality of the internet. Maybe we really do have too many people saying too many things, and we can only solve that by being less connected to the world, having fewer sources of opinions to listen to.
But that’s just moving backwards…