I had 140 characters to say this in, and I said ‘If it’s worth writing about, write it in detail. Lists are stupid.
Then I decided to take my own advice. To do this, I had to sacrifice looking at 10 ways in which Jennifer Lawrence is better than sliced bread, 21 characteristics of a extroverted people who are really introverts and a cat video which would have changed my life in two minutes. But I decided to go ahead anyway.
What is it about this generation, our generation, which makes us so averse to consuming any content which will take us more than a minute to buffer?
Is it the fact that we are reared on a diet of character limitations and literally no encouragement for free thinking?
Is it the fact that the fluff content is much easier to churn out than in depth, actually thought through stuff?
Is it the fact that the shelf life of content is shrinking everyday, and evergreen content is more ubiquitous than useful ?
Is it the fact that we do not have the time to consume more than two-three minutes of content before we have to compulsorily move to another screen?
Or, is it the fact that we are just satisfied way more easily than a generation which has had our opportunities should be?
I’m trying not to be preachy, but it’s hard when I see people talking about Buzzfeed as a great model and news organizations have started Upworthying their headlines and the fourth estate has lost all credibility in the race for share of deafening voice.
It might have been funny if we were trying to make a list of the 10 most stupid things human kind has done for itself. This would have been right up there with discovering the atomic bomb and ignoring global warming.
But it’s not. Our generation has turned into one which does not want to read anything more than well framed sentence, preferably funny or watch anything more than two minutes long, preferably with cats included.
We have thrown peanutshells and collected a bunch of monkeys.
Spent millions of years, evolving towards a circle.