Memes, Websites and Inspiration

I admit that most of the time I devote to the internet is often spent on scrolling through endless trails of memes and sending them to friends. My friends and I like to talk about how the past 2 years have become the “renaissance period” for memes. Because of the sheer amount of content being spawned every month, as well as how increasingly funny and vague they’ve become. The older generation may think it’s stupid, but whatever. I’d like to think that this collective appreciation for memes stem from our need to laugh our troubles away, considering the current state of the country and of the world in general. It’s great, because it’s funny. We like to laugh a lot, so it’s all good. At the end of the day, we all have obligations to tend to.

Memes aside, I also like to spend my time on the internet scrolling through different websites dedicated to things that I am genuinely interested or invested in (as one does). The internet’s a big place, overflowing with information. For video content, I go on YouTube, Vimeo and Netflix. For music, I go on Spotify. I barely watch television, nor turn the radio on (with the exception of car rides) anymore, because we’ve been presented with the exact same thing over the past years. It’s started to get draggy, though I still do enjoy some cartoons shown on television. The internet has given the freedom to choose back to the people once again. But at the same time, I sometimes feel that I visit the same websites or use the same apps every day. There’s so much freedom, so where exactly do I start?

Every now and again, I would stumble upon some interesting content through random things that get sent by friends, or through recommendations by various content creators. Eventually, I discover that I enjoy the content so much that I end up visiting certain websites just for inspiration when ever and where ever. These websites are all in the spirit of telling stories. It makes me stay curious and determined to create stuff the way I want to. The following three are some of those websites that I frequently visit:

LensCulture

“Discover and share the best in contemporary photography.” LensCulture is an online magazine that curates and features photographic bodies of work or projects by photographers from different parts of the world.

The only time I view the site is at the end of my day, on my laptop, with the photographs in full view. are enough photographs being published on the internet for all to see every day. We are being bombarded by images everywhere, from social media to billboards that we pass on the street. The world is oversaturated with photographs, but there aren’t enough good photographs. There aren’t enough works that matter and tell stories that need to be told. The site reminds me of why I appreciate the process of taking photographs, and why I continue to strive in creating work that matters.

Vice

There’s something about Vice that just seems appealing to me. I’m never really sure whether to identify them under the pursuit of journalism, but the stories they present are unlike any other I see on television or on the newspapers. Their approach of telling stories then becomes more engaging and relevant, because we are able to see through a different lens. It’s often the weird and the underground that’s being talked about in Vice, which is something that you would normally see in traditional media.

There is a certain feeling of comfort that comes with knowing that content like this exists. That people are a bit odd, and that’s alright. I also find the different channels under Vice to be particularly interesting. I enjoy the YouTube channels for Noisey (the music channel), Munchies (the food channel), and Creators (a channel about all sorts of creators). I’m able to watch the videos on both a smartphone and a laptop at all times.

Kottke

Kottke is basically just an archive of all things under the sun. I was first introduced to the site by a friend of mine. He showed me a series of pictures involving David Bowie, alongside a picture of sea mollusks. Bowie, known for his flashy stage personas, was being compared to the equally vibrant colors that sea mollusks have. His outfits would match the colors and patterns that of the mollusk’s. It was cool, given that all similarities were probably mere coincidences. By the end of the thread, I just felt happy to be able to see that. He told me to go on the site, and to explore more of it. I was sold.

I go on this site daily, simply because there’s always something that captures my interest, no matter what they post about on a particular day. It’s just a good way to waste your time on. That’s basically the only reason why I visit the site. I think it captures the essence of the internet in a way. Just a collection of many, many things that curate our human experiences.

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