Links For August 9, 2015

2015 is the year the old internet finally died

Newspapers could suspect nobody was reading the city council report or the dance review; with the internet, we know nobody is. The internet has made it clear that the kinds of things that people want to read are sort of an endless collection of what’s cool. And that might be a longform story, or it might be the quick, clicky little things that repackage the best flotsam and jetsam out there in a more presentable fashion. And if longform takes time, then aggregation is its opposite, easier to throw together in a few minutes with huge potential upside (though, it should be said, with much bigger potential for disaster, since everything is moving so quickly).

The author’s “old” internet is the one from 2005, incidentally.

The Sound of the Internet

Stop for a moment: Have you ever heard the soft sigh your Facebook profile makes as you scroll through it? Have you never paused to wonder at the delicate hum that lurks behind the Google search box? When you type in your search query, it pays to listen more carefully: Behind the scenes, you can just about discern the soundtrack of the Googlebot, singing to itself in the darkness, a score written by robots and conducted by HAL.

The New Devil’s Dictionary

hitchBOT – a hitchhiking robot that lives and dies at the whims of drivers.

Learn to Fly - Foo Fighters Rockin1000 Official Video – 1000 musicians in Cesena, Italy perform a Foo Fighters song en masse to attract the band to their town.