I discovered ‘John Henry’, the pseudonymous author of this blog, after finding and sharing another post from him earlier this week. He makes a good point in this one about building a home online.
Digitally, I am living in a hotel. Rented space. I can’t change the furniture, the furnishing are not mine, if I drink the water it costs me $6.00 per bottle.
It is peaceful in a sterilized, ephemeral way. The next day, I will be gone, and the cleaners will wipe any trace of my existence.
It’s hard to disagree with his metaphor of our life online feeling about as cosy as Eeyore’s house:
In 2002, a site called Myspace was launched, promising you your own space. It was a lie, and it failed. This was the Eeyore Era of home-building, and we haven’t progressed much since then.
Source: Clutch of the Dead Hand