I’m writing this post, not as a commentator, but as a 4chan user. Sad as it may be to say it, 4chan does and always will hold a special place in my heart. For all the good and bad the site has wrought I remain convinced that the existence of 4chan was a net positive for people and for the internet as a whole. But I also think that 4chan was a net positive for me.
At the risk of sounding like every member of a previous generation; I liked memes better the way they used to be.
Probably some of you will be wondering what on earth I’m talking about and that’s fine. Memes as we think of them today pretty much come in a singular format:
A simple Google Image Search for “Meme” ends up looking like a search for “Advice Animals”.
We might call this the “shit sandwich” approach to memes. Except the bread isn’t so great either. But this format hasn’t always been dominant.
I read a lot of comics. As such, I’m going to experiment with including comic reviews from time to time. If comics aren’t your thing; bare with me. I’m going to try to hand pick those that I hope will have a broader appeal.
I stumbled across The Private Eye whilst looking through a list of great comics from 2013. It was right there at the top and whilst I was intrigued I still ignored it for almost two weeks before finally grabbing a copy. Even then, it stayed on my PC for a week further still before I bothered to start reading. I am very happy that I finally did.
I was somewhat hesitant about “reviewing” this book given that it was edited by Professor David Wall, a colleague of one of my current supervisors. As such, the notion that I might read it and disagree was a present thought in the back of my mind. Luckily, I don’t need to worry about that as I would say this is definitely one of the better criminological texts covering the internet and the Web.
I will preface this review with the statement that I had already fallen in love with Vonnegut when I read The Sirens of Titan many years ago. Sirens inspired a favourite sort of story within a story (adapted into 2081) and contains a line that has continued to fascinate me as much as it perplexes me: “The worst thing that could possibly happen to anybody “ she said, “would be to not be used for anything by anybody”.
I wanted to put the above statements first before saying that I didn’t really like Slaughterhouse-Five.
For this first review I have picked a book I had attempted to read going on 15 times so far, as that seemed a good way to throw myself straight back in to reading. The book was “Leviathan Wakes: Book One of the Expanse Series”.