I'm not sure when exactly it happened, but somewhere around 2005 the Internet quit being a tool for research or social networking, and started being just like the rest of life. I spend all my time on the Internet, attempting to straddle the line between too little Internet — being out of touch with friends, news, and all-important hot gossip items — and too much Internet — pulling my laptop into bed first thing every morning and spending hours at a time letting my wandering mind roam free with Wikipedia articles about Roseanne (I really needed to know what her 20s were like!), eBay bids on back issues of SPY magazine, and stupid, stupid videos of cats on drugs.
I'm pretty sure I'm not alone.
But what, exactly, do other people do on the Internet? There's this enormous chunk of time that we all spend in virtual reality, but we do it almost completely in solitude from each other. It's this huge part of life, but it's got this clandestine quality to it. I'm really curious to know what other people do with all their time online. So I've started this column.
In these posts, interesting people will dish on what their top five favorite sites are — the five sites they check every day — and what it is about them that draws them in. We'll look high and low for the most interesting people we can find — local artists, writers, politicians, etc. — and we'll also rely on the expertise of our staff writers from time to time. We'll begin with our favorite pop-culture correspondent Ashley Spurgeon. Check back with us this time tomorrow to read her top five.