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November 10th, 2002


The other day, I was watching a news report on television. The anchor said, “For more information, surfers can check out our website…” and, for some reason, it struck me as odd. It got me to wondering if people really “surf” the web anymore.

With the upsurge in usability and practicality, a good chunk of the web is becoming purposeful… which means that surfing or looking for things is, perhaps, becoming less of a necessity. But that means surfing could be a leisure activity, right? So why would I “surf” to a website on purpose?

Do you surf the web, or do you “get stuff done” on the web? Should we retire the surfing term?

Posted in Pop Culture

FROM: David Lauri [E-Mail]
DATE: Sunday November 10, 2002 -- 3:59:37 pm
I still surf. I like to search for random blogs, and I found your site from, neither of which I'd seen before today.

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Sunday November 10, 2002 -- 5:15:11 pm
I snort the web and surf the couch.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Sunday November 10, 2002 -- 9:00:16 pm
David -- Glad you enjoyed, it's the number one spot for people who hate things!

FROM: Matt
DATE: Monday November 11, 2002 -- 12:47:25 am
I visit about four sites regularly, and then check other sites when I find out about them from ads. I also surf for different interviews and information. I realize each day more and more that the internet is pretty lame.

FROM: Vince
DATE: Wednesday November 27, 2002 -- 1:25:19 pm
Pre-web, I used to read voraciously. Now I sit in front of a CRT absorbing radiation and risking carpal tunnel syndrome.

The Internet has revolutionized laziness.

FROM: Robben
DATE: Friday January 17, 2003 -- 9:11:42 am
Stoked for some gnarly reef breaks, i was wanting ta full on hang ten on my (key)board, amped for the ultimate wave... I dropped down the face, but i clucked, the intense popup ads - had ta bail!! - [a poser]

Surfing metaphors aside, it's a viable thing to do on the internet. It shouldn't be confused with 'Getting things done' though, like coding pages.

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