Internet

the Internet is not yet a mature technology

I watched the South Park episode "Over-Logging (On)" recently, in which the characters find that the Internet has suddenly disappeared. Pandemonium ensues. No-one, not even the TV news anchors, remembers how to get news, and some of the characters journey to California in a Great Depression era migration spoof to try and find some Internet there.
However, if for some reason the internet really did disappear (maybe due to some flesh-and-fiber optic cable-eating bacteria?), what would happen? Could our society easily go back to normal?

the future of news

Recently I've gotten really into reading my news online. I click on the little newspaper icon on Firefox, and I get links all of the important news stories, as judged by Google. They come from various media outlets, such as the Washington Post, the New York Times, or less widespread papers such as the San Jose Mercury News. Usually when I'm in college I don't have the time or effort to pick up and read a newspaper, so these online news sources are keeping me much more informed than I would be.

Chuck

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NBC has this newish show called Chuck in which a regular, rather nerdy and socially awkward, guy has top secret government information stored in his brain. He absorbed this information by viewing it from a disk on his computer. Basically he becomes the computer, a protected piece of government software. The information is not readily available to him or swimming around in his normal thoughts. Instead it's triggered by visual cues, people, tools, signs etc.

Internet Fundraising

I have been amazed at the amount of money candidates for president, particularly the democrats, have been able to raise over the internet. Dean first started the revolution in 2004, bringing in millions instantly over the web, but Barack Obama and Hillary have upped his game and are taking substantial amounts if not most of their money from internet donors. This is a great article over at the St. Louis Dispatch on the subject. The money quote...

Vannevar Bush's Unfounded Optimism

To me the most interesting part of Vannevar Bush's piece is the optimism about the progress of technology and society that practically seeps through the pages. He writes not just about the great need for easy access for information, but also about how it would benefit society. We would learn from our mistakes and be better people because of it. Now we have access to an almost unlimited amount of information, in a form that Bush could only have imagined, but it seems to me that human society hasn't changed.

The Goods and Bads of the Internet

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The best part of the internet is the fact that all information is out in the open and accessable. The question is, is it ever too much information? It's possible to find your childhood best friend on facebook by simply searching there name. Thankfully, facebook users have to accept the request of the other's friendship. As INTENSE as this blog is getting, we will discuss more about this later..BYE!

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