The Henry Rollins Show

Season 3 Episode 2

Ben Stiller, Ryan Adams

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Aired Unknown Apr 20, 2007 on IFC
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      • Henry Rollins: (Teeing Off) We are alone. We are small and insignificant. Tiny little dots of anonymous incandescence in a sea of darkness. We go to work and come back to our humble dwellings. We breed and consume and hope for less traffic and good credit terms. What can lift us from this mortal rut, this grinding tedium? Our own digital domain. Become your name dot com. It's the new "Hi, my name is ______" sticker on the front of your shirt at the world party, your very own exit off the information highway. Your most mundane thoughts and opinions take on a whole new importance when you start a "blog" and let the world know just what you're going through. All over the Mid West, housewives are two fingering away on their keyboards and posting their inner most feelings. Students are taking time away from alcohol fueled orgies and other burdens of academia to post photos of themselves frolicking at alcohol fueled orgies. All of a sudden people all over the world have something to say and display.

        Back in my day we started bands or wars to get noticed but now anyone anywhere can re-invent themselves online. The very normal gal who has been working at the same office for years is online at this moment as "Sexgoddess69XXX" on Myspace checking in with all her "friends" who she will hopefully never meet, with whom she can exchange typo-ridden, hyper-enthusiastic, rapid fire exchanges! The humanity! The bandwidth! But, it's the same loneliness, the same desire to make a connection with someone out there but now we are able to send out our soulful cries at high-speed through the air or rubber coated wire. The world isn't such a big lonely place after all! I think for the most part it's a great thing. All this access recalls a line from Nietzsche, "When you look into the Abyss, the Abyss looks into you." Our dot com presence has turned us into the peeper and the peepee. Have you ever turned that mega lens on yourself and put your name into the browser to see what the world has on you? Be careful. But, no matter how bad it gets, you can always go to your dot com and blog on and on until the break of dawn but just remember that you can also go outside and get a breath of fresh air.

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