The internet unleashes the creativity of what Henry James used to call the great American public. What can the great American public do? It can—it turns out, we didn’t actually know this about Americans—insult you, mercilessly, daily, quite cleverly, doggedly. But you’d be blinkered to think that’s all the great American public can do. It can also compile exhaustive summaries of all the movies ever made, and their actors, and the lyrics of songs. It can take those movies, or songs, transfer them to digital, and post clips of them on YouTube, making them fully searchable and enjoyable to the rest of the American public (and the world). And finally it can send you cute photos—or even drawings—of its puppies.
Each of us must choose which fount of creativity we tap. Today I choose puppies. Look at this pretty drawing.
Tomorrow I go back to insult. This isn’t the puppy channel after all.