Surfing becomes zapping

A friend told me he uses Reddit much as he used his television (before he got rid of it): as a remote control, zapping from story to story as from channel to channel. When you think of it, as the media and the audience/users become more and more web-centric, it is inevitable that our previous habits migrate to the web, but mutate in the process (this must be old news for those spending a lot of time at video sites, but still). Reddit zapping is also a way to reinvent the serendipity of newspapers. And it works! Look what I just found! Another indicator of the web becoming more entertaining as well as analytic and serious is examples like this one from the indispensable Freakonomics blog, about The economics of gold-digging. The comments are half the fun (as at Wonkette’s.)

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