Thanks, Internet

If you browse the Internet enough, you’re bound to utter the phrase at some point.

“Thanks, Internet.”

Sometimes it comes out sarcastically, like when you do some quick online shopping for a new shower squeegee, and it turns into a 1-hour pursuit through the drudgery of Amazon reviews about the best and worst features of each one out there (and apparently there are many) because (also apparently) there are real people out there who spend lengthy parts of their day writing such things for people like me who derail parts of their waking life reading them.

Thanks, Internet.

But I’m more interested in the times it actually does something amazing.

Like this:


That’s Jupiter. More specifically, it’s a whole bunch of images that were magically stitched together into a seamless clip after NASA sent a $1-billion probe to the planet to take the photos and uploaded them to the Internet a few days ago. Photos like this:

Jupiter -- Source: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Kevin Gill

Jupiter — Source: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Kevin Gill

Again, that turned into this:


I know there are a gazillion other examples out there — where someone adds something to the Internet, and suddenly it takes on a life of its own and turns into a whole bunch of other things — but I just stumbled upon this one, and without even thinking about it, verbally thanked the internet, which got me thinking about the immense reputation the Internet has gathered, so immense that we even feel compelled to thank it at times.

In this particular case, it only took a few hours before someone spliced the shots together (I’m guessing at least — I’ll leave it to the Internet to fact check this one for me), and that’s awesome.

But why does “the Internet” get all the credit, when it’s really just a bunch of creative, talented people around the planet doing the hard work?

Simple. How else would something like this be made so quickly? It’s not just the people, but also the hyperconnectivity between all the humans that made it happen.

And according to my calculations, hyperconnectivity = the Internet (my calculus is strong today).

Anyways, that’s all the further my little inner dialogue has gotten so far, and I decided to strip the filter and share.

So, thank you Internet, for giving me the space to revel in your magical ways.

To everyone else, check out these incredible new photos of Jupiter, and be sure to thank all humans and Internets involved in bringing them to your screen.


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