The whole idea of an "online space" is abstract and difficult to pinpoint. When we refer to a space, we're usually talking about some sort of physical setting. An actual location where actual physical things can be located. And though the term may often be used in more open-ended ways (such as the idea of … Continue reading The Changing Fabric of Online Space
When was the last time you actually saw the Facebook log-in page? Other than those few times you might be accessing the social network on another computer, there's a good chance that you don't really see this page all that often. I know that for me, between mobile apps and just staying logged in on … Continue reading Social Media Log-in Pages
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 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."