Cameroon cashing in?

I don't know if this has ever happened to you, but sometimes I'll be typing in a URL and I'll type .cm instead of .com. If that's ever happened to you, you should remember that it takes you to this site. I'd always wondered what .cm was a country code for, any why did all of its sites seem to lead to this Agoga thing. Well, thanks to Wikipedia, I've found the answer. .cm is used for the African nation of Cameroon. Check out this little article on the subject. So basically, Cameroon is using the similarity between .com and .cm to make a ton of money.

Who Was More Preppy?

Chris
38% (3 votes)
Erin
63% (5 votes)
Total votes: 8

Online Presidential Debates

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Just one more example of how politics are utilizing and embracing new media. The first online presidential debates are coming our way, which take advantage of the available technology to allow candidates to be in different parts of the country for debate. I have nothing wrong with this -- it shouldn't take anything away from the format, which is already so stiff and unspontaneous that the real-life interaction in traditional debates may as well not exist. As I recall, the 2004 Democratic Party primary debate of about 9 candidates included one or two who were participating by video conference, and if that didn't cause any problems, I don't know why this would.

the high throne of porn might fall...

Let me start off by saying I just posted, and I quote, "the high throne of porn...", I don't know, I thought that was pretty impressive.

Anywho, Porn is now LESS and LESS popular on the Internet. The Economist article goes on to say that social networking sites, i.e. myspace and facebook, are now getting the bulk of the hits from internet users. While the Avenue Q song The Internet is Made For Porn may have had it right, web 2.0 is made for high school and college students.

Just as a side note, it is slightly interesting that none of the articles we have read this year deal with porn in any way shape or form.

PC - 'personal' computers

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Just to bring us back to the events at VT earlier this week...
We've discussed how those involved have and could have utilized new media to alert others and keep up with what was going on...
On another note, I read on the news about how the police are now trawling the shooter's past online activity to try to understand his motivations. They've gone through his google searches and looked at his profiles on Myspace and Facebook.
I think this brings us back to how much of ourselves is tied to technology. When someone passes away, their personal computer is just as personal and revealing as the room they lived in.

Random thought

If I signed on under someone else's alias and posted something, would I be that person?

Just wondering. I was reading the "text message alert" post and it kind of dawned on me when I saw three other people on the site with me. If no one knows your a dog, how do you know its not me on as you???

Future of New Media Studies

I'm assuming we all agree that new media has potential to be an extremely large field of study in academia. At this point in our lives, of course, with our class as evidence, computer and internet theory is already being studied from both a humanities and social science perspective.

I just so happened to be looking through the Media Studies section of the Pomona course catalog and was overwhelmed with courses on film, with topics ranging from "Anthropology and Film" to "Modern Cuban Literature and Film," among many other courses that study film through various perspectives. As Professor Fitzpatrick has mentioned in class, there are events that bring together people from all aspects of academia to discuss new media.

Reliance

The recent Blackberry outages are all over the news. The basic point isn't surprising upon reflection, but is certainly too-often forgotten: we RELY on our technology. When I have a paper due in 10 minutes and the school's printer in our dorm isn't working (which is about 50% of the time), what can I do? Someone might answer, "learn from your mistake," but that's far to much to ask of college students. We WILL put off our work, and things WILL go wrong. Computers crash. Files corrupt. Printers spaz out. We are as reliant on the Internet as we are on electricity.

Facebook Lingo

So after our class on Monday, I started thinking about all the ways that my online "persona" and my offline one connected. I have a few stories. For me, Myspace is where you meet new people on the internet (i.e. the creepos and the guys that always try to hook up), whereas Facebook is where you friend people you have met in person. When someone I don't know friends me on facebook, I get suspicious and immediately reject them because that is something I would expect on Myspace (and also because I do have quite a bit of private info on my Facebook).

I also realized that when I tell people about things that happen on Facebook, I usually use Facebook as a verb. (As do a number of my friends). Instead of saying "he sent me a friend request" I say "he facebook'ed me" or "he friended me". Does anyone else do that. And God forbid someone sends you a message on facebook asking you to lunch or something. Because everyone knows that the Wall is informal, friendly, but the message is "I WANT TO DATE YOU".

Postsecret

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A blog I can't believe I have never mentioned is Postsecret. It is not only one of the most entertaining blog sites I have visited (due to the brutal honesty), but it is shocking and even disturbing at times. More to the point, Postsecret is a prime example of many of the internet/media concepts we have described, all put together. It is the opportunity for people to embrace anonymity to take the chance to express themselves in ways they are unable to normally/in person. It gives them the chance to reveal secrets and get them off their chest in a way that is both safe (to their identities) and therapeutic.

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