Business Insider recently ran this article:
One of the weirdest things about commercial air travel is pretending that the people sitting in your seat row are invisible. I find it truly odd—maybe it’s just me—sitting next to someone for four, five, six, or twelve hours pretending that they’re not there.
This phenomenon exists in a different form on the internet:
“Let Me Google That For You.”
Nearly any internet-savvy person recognizes the quote above communicates three things:
- The answer to one’s question is easily found on the internet
- The answer-er is uninterested in the topic
- Condescension from the answer-er that one would have even asked the question at hand
There’s even a pretty catchy music video about this very concept:
The atomization of society in the wake of the collapse of social institutions is remarked on somewhat frequently in the orthosphere…
- Liberal Hegemony (Part 2) – Alt Right
- Democracy and the Occult Arts – Nick B. Steves
- The Rise Of The Renegade Alpha – Heartise
- How to Look at the World Like a Neoreactionary, Part 4 – Bryce Laliberte
- The Coming Suicide Epidemic – Thumotic
…and I’ll add my commentary here. “Let me Google that for you,” is in many ways another form of atomization. I grew up with the internet. I read random things on it all the time. I write a blog! I know that Google has the answer to just about everything.
Some time ago I realized this, and then deliberately began to ask people questions because I didn’t just want the answer, I was interested in their answer. At times, I only asked the question to prompt social interaction of any kind, for whatever reason. So the first time I that the “Let me Google that for you,” after asking a question because I wanted a particular person’s answer to an easily Google-able question, it kind of caught me off-guard. The attitude is sort of a community-killer. I guess human interaction can seem pointless, and doubly so when it is done just for its own sake (vice Google-ing something instead…), but isn’t that the point?