Friday, February 6, 2009

Who Knew Spiderman Invented The Internet?

Overheard in the Office is a blog for anyone who works in a cubicle farm like me. Readers submit the crazy conversations that they overhear and it can be hours of pure reading entertainment. And after discovering this site it made me actually start to pay attention to the co-workers around me.

So today I thought I would share my own version of “Overheard in the Office” complete with the commentary that was running through my head the whole time.

I’m sitting at my desk earlier when I pick up a conversation coming from another cubicle. It would seem that one of my co-workers is on the phone, hopefully talking about selling a zillion dollar trip somewhere and single handily pulling us out of a crappy economy. I didn’t notice what she was talking about until I heard her use the word “web” as in “I think he’s on the web”.

I couldn’t figure out why she would be talking about Spider Man. It took me a few beats to realize that she was referring to the World Wide Web. It just seems like such an antiquated phrase. So 1998. Is it me or do people just not use that word anymore? I don’t think people use the word “net” either unless people are referencing that horrible Sandra Bullock movie.

I think the current lingo is “online”. As in “I’ll have to look it up online” or “Roger was fired for looking at porn online” or “Chris Hansen just busted some dude for chatting up a 12 year old online”.

Am I right, or is there a better, trendier word I should be using? I don’t want to sound like I am making a reference to a Super Hero (I do enough of that already).

~The Office Scribe


Holly said...

Web, Net, Online.
Facebook, My Space, Google.
Flickr, YouTube, LiveJournal.
Download, Upload, File Share.
Txt, l33t, Twitter and Blog.

There's potential for a poem, but it's getting late. I've been transfering files, chatting, sent a few emails and IMs. Social networked and watched a DVD.

We are a product of our environment. Does anyone remember radio and books?

Ora - Looking for Offramp said...

I'm no expert but online sounds good to me. That's the term I've heard (and used) the most.