Posts tagged Internet
In addition to a petition asking the US to deport a former suspect in an unsolved poisoning case, Chinese netizens have submitted petitions to the White House website asking to officially define the taste of bean curd stew, to improve the meal subsidies of media company Sina’s staff, and to cancel university exams.
So interesting - the massive scale of Chinese networking sites brought to bear on U.S.-based sites like We The People. What happens to U.S. open gov stuff when other areas of the world (that have less apathy in political participation) show up?
“ In [Tricia] Wang’s theory, a network like Facebook, which enforces real name registration and consists of a person’s friends and family from time immemorial, encourages bounded use. It’s like the small town you never left, the grammar school class you couldn’t pass out of, the first dead-end job. It’s a network mired in past and present, and by its nature it enforces a limited sense of identity and expression.”
By contrast, something like Tumblr encourages unbounded use. It allows you to experiment and play. It’s the big city, and each new tumblelog you create is like a new bar or neighborhood where you can try on a new self and see how it fits. In one instant you can be a pug lover, reblogging the best animated GIFs of the flat-faced dogs. In the next, you can dive deep into the Go Pro snowboarding community and post snaps from your latest run.
Hence Wang’s notion of the elastic self. Like rubber bands, when we step into Tumblr we can stretch and reshape ourselves into different configurations. Each new hat we try on stretches the rubber band just a little bit further, and over time it might evolve into a new configuration. This allows for remarkable opportunities to explore different potentials of self and self-expression.
I’m really big into talking about identity creation and the internet. This will be rumbling around my head for a while.
I love Tricia. My friends are so smart. This is spot on.
Good stuff from my friend T (who keeps a couple dozen Tumblrs as I do).
“ The internet is not a medium. This is the fundamental issue at the heart of the artworld’s grappling with digital / net art, it’s the issue at the heart of our conceptual problems with ebooks, it’s the fundamental basis for thinking about the New Aesthetic. The post-internet crowd know this: this is what post-internet means. Because we’ve been treating the internet as a medium like photography or sculpture or painting. The internet is not a medium: it is a context.”
James’ shot across the brow of Internet theory orthodoxy.
Yup, we just like talking at each other on here right now, but we’ll go talk to each other in other places, in old places, and in “new” ways when we get too tired of it here.
Inspired by a pillar of antiquity, the Library of Alexandria, Brewster Kahle has a grand vision for the Internet Archive, the giant aggregator and digitizer of data, which he founded and leads. “We want to collect all the books, music and video that has ever been produced by humans,” Mr. Kahle said. As of Tuesday, the archive’s online collection will include every morsel of news produced in the last three years by 20 different channels, encompassing more than 1,000 news series that have generated more than 350,000 separate programs devoted to news. The latest ambitious effort by the archive, which has already digitized millions of books and tried to collect everything published on every Web page for the last 15 years (that adds up to more than 150 billion Web pages), is intended not only for researchers, Mr. Kahle said, but also for average citizens who make up some of the site’s estimated two million visitors each day. “The focus is to help the American voter to better be able to examine candidates and issues,” Mr. Kahle said. “If you want to know exactly what Mitt Romney said about health care in 2009, you’ll be able to find it.”
-All the TV News Since 2009, on One Web Site
You can watch Kahle demo the Internet Archive at PaleyNext in Los Angeles on 10/16, streaming live here.
Brewster Kahle’s “Universal Access to All Human Knowledge” talk at the Long Now Foundation was a huge influence on me. It gave me the inspiration for “narrow comprehensiveness,” namely that the web favors sites that are “everything about something.”
Like “narrow comprehensiveness.” Depth > breadth in this case?
Stop the law that will censor the internet, in a small picture it will force my friends, other great music bloggers and myself from sharing great works of art with you. Big picture “it is a bill to protect a few special interests (ie Hollywood) and will sacrifice what the Internet stands for, namely an open place that is decentralized in its soul.” - Bijan Sabet
This Costa Rican video is a take-off of the popular Nyan Cat Internet meme. In this new incarnation, a cat with a tamale body wearing a folk hat leaves behind a Costa Rican flag trail while jumping over an overcast city inhabited by miniskirt-wearing overweight women…
The description on the video makes reference to the lack of security felt by citizens and residents: “Run rat before they stab you”.
Dear GVer friends..
I just wanted to note that tomorrow is a big day in Cairo, and the government is already getting reading..
Twitter, Facebook, and SMSing services .. already all blocked..
There is strong rumors that tomorrow the Internet and Blackberry services will be down..
Also by kidnapping journalists, and media people, I believe they most probably planning to isolate the country from the world..
Currently, I am trying to check updates through proxies, but internet is TERRIBLY slow!
This is a heads up to you, if anything happened, which is most expectedly will be the case.. Please please make our voices heard.. Egyptians are fighting a brutal dictatorship, and they need every form of solidarity till victory prevails!