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One to Watch: Human Being 1.0

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Human Being 1.0

Twenty years ago, the world's first website made its appearance. No pictures, just text, and very plain text at that.

Here, based on a quick scan of the headlines (also done on the web) is how this wonderful tool and its spinoffs were used this week:

1. 'The guy on TV looks like you.'

'lol.'

-- Text exchange between Boston Marathon bombing suspect and his friend

2. 'Gag me with a spoon b -. You tripled the debt. HELLO.'

-- Tweet from Vancouver West-End Conservative candidate about B.C. Premier Christy Clark.

3. Martha Stewart joined Match.com and revealed to the world she wants a man with a graduate degree who earns $150,000 a year.

4. Online poker returned (legally) to the United States.

5. Warren Buffett joined Twitter and got 40,000 followers in 40 minutes. Strangely enough, the bazillionaire doesn't even have a computer in his office.

During the same week, a billion people accessed a porn site, a million photos of people's naughty bits were snapped and shared, and 100,000 people are ROTFL at this very instant. (All estimates, as a Google search did not return any verifiable numbers within .37 seconds and I became bored.)

So what's my point? I'm not sure. It just seems that while our technology has received update after update, we're still stuck with Human Being 1.0.

I know. The web is used for a lot of worthy things, too. So if you think my point is stupid and you just wasted two minutes of your time, you can log on and tell me so. Instantly.

-- David Connors

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 4, 2013 J12

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