Monday 23rd December, 2013

by Joshua Gaskell

As well as conformity, it occurs to me that – in the pursuit of originality – the internet probably does encourage idiosyncrasy. Because unless you’re really left field, someone else will probably have got there first. The Nelson Mandela joke, for example, which I typed up in this journal the other day; if I looked that up on the worldwide weblogosphere, it’s likely that a hundred other people would have thought of it too. The whole internet is one big Plagiarists’ Corner. Maybe the best way to write a blog would be to use an algorithm to generate a random code, and then work backwards from that.

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