Sometimes this really seems to shock people. They appear genuinely upset when I say ‘this conversation is over’ or ‘I’m actually not interested in debating this with you.’ There’s an expectation that if you care about social justice and political issues, you’re always ‘on.’ You’re always ready to debate, you’re always ready to have theoretical discussions about your own lived experiences and the issues you care about, you’re always ready to defend yourself. That’s manifestly ridiculous and unjust, an expectation that’s simply not reasonable.

Imagine you hate the world you live in. You hate the people, you hate the economy, you hate the government. It’s all going to shit and you can see it, but you’re unable to do anything about any of it.

Now imagine you found a place where it’s just you and like-minded people. All of you in this place to escape the world around you, to get away from the petty squabbles over money and imaginary borders. A place where you freely share information and interact with each other as little or as much as you like, with no social pressure one way or the other.

Sound good?

Now imagine that after a decade or so of enjoying this place, it suddenly opens up to the public, and the very world you were trying to escape not only starts to seep into your special place, it actively takes it over. Every inch, every corner, every nook and crannie is now filled - at least partially - with everything you were so happy to get away from.

Got all that in your mind?
That’s what the internet is like for geeks born in the 80s. 

Do you understand why we’re all so cranky now?

Dan Howell + Greeting The Internet