I have been writing about things that make me feel like myself, things that help remind me of what is important, in order to help me feel more focused. I am doing this by listing 25 things that "I am".
Today's "I am" is that I am [F]rom the internet.
This statement is slang.
|Via Urban Dictionary|
However, it is really hard to actually explain. The colloquial definition is that someone who is "from the internet" is someone who interacts in exclusively online social networks that do not have a real world equivalent.
Online dating does not mean you are from the internet. Using Facebook does not really mean you are from the internet, though things "from the internet" are often passed around on Facebook. But interacting on sites like Reddit (do not visit if you don't know what it is...it will ruin your life and sleep schedule. This is why I didn't link), knowing the meanings behind rage faces (this one is safe) without needing the desertions and commonly using acronyms like NSFW (safe) or TL:DR (safe) are marks of things that exist exclusively online. LOL Cats is another more common example.
This is an interesting anthropological phenomenon. I don't pretend to be a trained cultural expert, but it is very interesting to me that the internet has created an interconnected social culture that bridges time zones and war zones, continents and hemispheres but has a cohesive culture that is not replicated within those timezones and continents in real life.
That all being said, I am from the internet. I have no idea how to explain what memes are or what it means to troll because they are part of internet culture, which is based more on multimedia presentations than simply words. I know what they are because I have been enculturated.
The norwal bacons at midnight.
What cultural experiences have you had that can not be replicated in real life?