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It might just be the next step in the evolution of the practical joke. First there was the joke itself. A person takes a quarter and glues it to the sidewalk. They then watch people walking by stop and see it. They reach down to pick it up and almost fall over because it is stuck. They quickly look around to see if anyone saw them and move on if nothing happened. This is funny, so let's share it. Video cameras are introduced and we show our friends. Television shows are created and we submit it. Social media is created and we upload to an open discussion format and let other people talk about it using real-time commentary. Pretty soon the little joke we did just for ourselves has been seen by a million people around the world. If we can get a million people to watch a video, what's to stop us from getting a million people to do the same thing at the same time? Thanks to interactive discussions and open forums, absolutely nothing.

The internet has certainly made the world smaller and more connected, and social media has allowed people with similar interests to connect with people they otherwise never would have known existed. Regardless of what your interest is, there is certainly going to be someone online right now who also likes it. This is true for people who like to have a little fun with the world and let people know that life should not always be taken so seriously. With all that is going on in the world politically and economically these days, a little time out to stop and laugh at ourselves might be a good thing. And if it is done right, it can be the first step in creating an online stir that takes on a life of its own.

It's obvious to anyone who has spent even a nominal amount of time online that far too many people use the internet as their own personal soapbox. They go on a rabble rousing mission to fire up the masses and get everyone all aflutter about whatever is grinding their gears this week. It is unfortunate that so many people seem to have so many unresolved anger issues and feel the need to take it out anonymously on people they have never met. Thankfully there are enough people out there who know that good is always better than bad, so they get online and start an interactive discussion that addresses how best to make the world smile. Before social media, getting a thousand people to suddenly start waltzing in the middle of Grand Central Station was impossible. Now you never know when a hundred people dressed as gorillas will invade your local fast food place, but you do know that even the thought of it is making you smile.

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Jack Terry is a freelance writer and blogger who frequents <a href="http://www.tawkers.com" target="_blank">real time commentary </a>and discussion sites such as <a href="http://www.tawkers.com" target="_blank">http://www.tawkers.com</a> but never says a word.


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