Very interesting post on io9 linking to a cool video about how much of television and film still doesn't know how to portray texting and internet use in a captivating and aesthetically pleasing way.
My first thought when I read the headline was echoed immediately in the video - BBC's Sherlock does a masterful job of depicting text messages that I have yet to see the equal of elsewhere. The on-screen texts are elegantly designed, incorporate elements of mystery to keep the interest going, and allow us to keep an uninterrupted view of the action (and reactions) without panning away to a boring closeup of a phone. Korean and Japanese filmmakers also get a good shoutout.
As far as the internet goes, I agree that it is a challenge that hasn't quite been solved. The desktop video is a cool option, but not exactly visually riveting when it comes to design. On the other hand, simplicity is often the best option, if we can learn something from the 1995 movie Hackers. You might roll your eyes, but despite the cheesiness and clear fictionality of the computer graphics, I have to blushingly admit that I had a heck of a good time watching it. What can I say? Those people were hot, and I wanted to rollerblade around track of a edgy videogame/cafe/club hangout with some colorfully-dressed computer outlaws. What? Admit it, guys.
Do you all know some good examples of depicting texts and the internet in television or film?