Spencer Madsen is the ‘seems bleak kid’. Long ago there used to be ‘Billy the kid’ but Billy was born before the recession. The recession changed everything. So there’s Spencer. He’s busy bleaking it up. He lives the bleak life. In his spare time he smiles. Spencer Madsen has roughly 5 to 6 minutes a week where he practices smiling. But most of the time he is horribly, cripplingly depressed. Being sad is more than a persona it is a way of life. Millions of Americans live like Spencer Madsen: in a living room somewhere looking at Netflix. Things just got a whole lot bleaker for Spencer. His domain shrank a little recently. ‘SpencerMadsen’ is no longer there for Spencer. Or maybe Spencer wasn’t there for it.
Go Daddy states for the low price of $69.99 per period one can buy Spencer’s domain name. Technically this is allowed. This is off limits however. Buying someone else’s domain name is like violating the internet’s ‘bro’ code (via the number of bros on the internet). It is simply frowned upon in this society. That domain had Spencer’s massively depressed heart exposed for the world to see. As Go Daddy’s windswept hair suggests this is a wild website known for fun and good times. Could Spencer Madsen’s abandonment of his beloved website be due to his inability to have fun with it? Or is Tumblr the new Go Daddy? If people manage Tumblr well enough it can become better than any silly website.
What will Spencer do now? All he has left are pieces strewn across the internet, a world-class Twitter, Tumblr, and a Muumuu House presence. In case the internet is not enough there is his award-ass winning book ‘A Million Bears’. Perhaps this will cheer Spencer as he loses the website he held dear. If he held it dearer he may still have it. Yet there it is gone forever to a digital wind. The website is debris, an empty lot in the midst of so many online presences. Many others have let go of their online presences to disappear into the shadows forever.
Yes Spencer Madsen exists online. A new book from him is forthcoming. His Facebook picture stares into an uncertain future. What will he spend the additional $69.99 per year on? Will it go to Netflix? Will it help him purchase food? There are so many questions. Let this blog post serve as the tombstone his website never had. No one ever rues the death of a website.