As I've written previously, the distinction between "internet" and "web" has grown increasingly blurred in recent years. In our contemporary discourse, and in day-to-day interaction, the two terms have become largely conflated. However, as the World Wide Web was first exploding in popularity the difference between the two terms was still more meaningful. Part of … Continue reading The Web in 2019
In a 1994 clip, the hosts of NBC's Today Show talk about what exactly the Internet actually is. Although computer networking technology had been developed and was in fact widely available for decades prior, it was during the 1990s that browsing the World Wide Web and using Email became popularized, and common activities throughout most households. … Continue reading But what is internet?
President Trump is planning to address the nation from the oval office tonight, a speech which will be aired live during prime-time by all of the major broadcast networks. Even amidst his constant barrage against news media as "fake news" and "enemies of the people," Trump is relying on the major networks to provide a … Continue reading Complicity in Amplificaiton
In early December, the micro-blogging website and popular social media platform Tumblr announced that it was making a significant change to its website content policies. In a blog post titled "A better, more positive Tumblr" the company explained that effective December 17, posts containing adult content would no longer be allowed on the Tumblr platform. … Continue reading The Tumblr Porn Ban
Nobody understands how the internet works. And that's a pretty serious problem. Back in 2006, Senator Ted Stevens (R-AL) famously gave us a description of what the internet is, and how it works. It's a series of tubes. And if you don't understand, those tubes can be filled and if they are filled, when you … Continue reading Nobody Understands How the Internet Works
"We don't use the expression 'IRL.' We say 'AFK.' But that's another issue. We think that the internet is for real."
In the last several years, it has become increasingly apparent that social media and the rapid proliferation of online communication has had a significant influence on the U.S. political process. Despite the ongoing tendency to refer to the Internet as a "virtual world" that somehow exists wholly separately from the so-called "real world" the fact … Continue reading Facebook – The World’s Largest Communication Lab?