Watching People Watching People: Notes On Reading The Internet

PHASE 3: I Don’t Know What I’m Doing With Myself Today etc…

This consists of all the websites I like to go to but not necessarily on a routine basis, more like once a week, or twice a month, or in some cases thirty to forty times a day.

Wallstreetjournal: If I’m really feeling the news bug or if some gargantuan event took place I’ll go to the wsj.com because, really, that’s the best newspaper, right?

Youtube: I can either youtube all day or I can go weeks without thinking about it. My favorite website. Recently, I went on a Frank Sinatra jag that included the Sinatra orchestrated mid-seventies Dean Martin-Jerry Lewis reunion, live from Jerry’s telethon, (probably one of the great TV moments and a clip that I’d love to write about), and a 1976 appearance on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show performing “I Am Music.” In the post-song interview, Sinatra comes across a little like Marlon Brando in Apocolypse Now – a slightly insane demi-God who might have everyone in the room killed for no reason.

Facebook: Already mentioned them. It’s not that I’m not crazy about Facebook (it’s great if you want to turn your friends and acquaintances into consumers of You), I just never liked social networking sites, in general. Friendster. Myspace. Facebook. I feel the same way about all of them. Hey Facebook, thanks for turning adults everywhere into drooling seventh-graders desperate for peer attention! In addition to a near-crisis recession, historic unemployment, and a plunging real estate market…we totally needed that!

Amazon: I order books from them and think about ordering books from them, and create shopping bags filled with books even if I don’t buy them just because it feels good.

LLbean: Same thing. Also, I’m secretly in love with the L.L. Bean female models. So matronly yet so hot.

Gamespy: Great videogame website.

Wikipedia: Looked up Guillotine the other day. That column’s coming soon.

Parisreview: All of a sudden (thanks to new editor Lorin Stein) this is one of, if not the best, literary websites. They’ve got a great blog and the entire back catalogue of author interviews has been digitized and made free to the internetting public. Enjoy.

Charlierose: Ah, to be unemployed, trolling around Charlierose.com. Does it get any better?

Which leads me to…

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  • http://twitter.com/_justvibing @_justvibing

    damn

    pretty long but insightful nonetheless

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=555371269 Bill A Pomerans

    Don’t you want to know what other people are doing on the internet? What sites do they go to? In what order? How long they spend on each one?

    no

  • http://twitter.com/rislynsey christopher lynsey

    Great.

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