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The Internet Was Built for Me

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That’s me, second from the right.

As a kid, I heard a lot of things cast my way (even from my folks) about being a “Smart Aleck” cause I had a snappy, saracastic answer to anything They never defined it, there was no google, so I just had to infer what they meant. But it was pretty clear.

Now that I have the intertubes, I know the origins of the term, yet am not sure how I connect back to Alec Hoag. But sure enough, the description at wordwizard feels appropo

An American term for an impudent or obnoxiously self-assertive or conceited individual who thinks they know everything and are not shy about saying so; a pompous no-it-all; a haughty, self-important fool; a wise guy.

Yep, and with the internet and self publishing and navel gazing blogging and what I ate for lunch twittering and facebook walling in all the above spaces, can there be a more suitable place for us modern day Alec Hoags?

So even if all of the tubes come crashing down or it is all vacuumed clean by some moral panic, I shall relish these past years where the internet has provided the perfect place to be the son of Jack and Wise.

Thanks for all the fish.

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An early 90s builder of the web and blogging Alan Levine barks at on web storytelling (#ds106 #4life), photography, bending WordPress, and serendipity in the infinite internet river. He thinks it's weird to write about himself in the third person.


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