Except then, shock and horror, the page goes jank. The ads are loading. Not to worry, after a few more seconds, the ads finish loading. You breathe a relieved sigh. Now it’s time for you to look at the page.
The next chunk of the page has loaded yet again, and you read that. So far you’d describe your experience as ‘tolerable’. With less shock than you expected, you realize that your fans have kicked on. The ads each change, shifting the page around. You breathe a tranquil sigh. Your machine glows from heat.
You eventually finish reading the article, and all things considered, you liked it well enough. It doesn’t occur to you that this is at all unusual, any of what just took place. You see a related article you might want to check out later, so you save the link somewhere for you to read later.
A day or so later you need to kill time. So you pull out your phone and open that article you see. You load it up and see a white screen. It was then that you remember how slow cell service can be (and usually is).
Needless to say, by the time you’ve read that article, you’ve achieved enlightenment. You now understand that you are the Buddha, everyone is, and always have been.
How the web went from something where you’ve fetch a document and then go away to this, though. Now that’s a mystery beyond even yourself.