The History of the internet: a social media obsessed society.

What I find most interesting about this article is the emphasis on the evolution of social media. The growth and development of the internet has been a key milestone in creating a connected society. It is consistently used as a form of networking, in both social and business terms. However, as social media has become such a huge part of our lives, alongside it has come many risks. Though it has given us huge benefits, such as individuals being more updates on global issues, as information is shared and spread across the world rapidly; a negative effect is that as a society, inn my opinion we have become obsessive. Not only as we constantly checking, Facebook, twitter, Instagram etc, particularly my generation has almost developed another life through. We post pictures, and thoughts for the world to see, but no one really shows the truth. We present a distorted version, of what we think people want to see. We crave our friends and followers to be jealous of lives, when actually all we are doing is setting unrealistic standard for more naive individuals and younger generations. I personally see this issue mainly amongst teens and young adults, that still hold that hope of a care free life. However, following on from this, many do not think of the consequences of sharing pictures etc may effect your future. As limited privacy comes hand in hand with social media, and now business and future employers can easily access your profiles. Therefore leading to them being less likely to employee someone that presents an undesirable social media account. However, though many argue, that once you’ve posted something on the internet it is there for the world to see. Yet why should others be able to see and judge your online social life without your permission? Though the internet is a public source, I believe there should be as certain extent of privacy in an individuals hands.

Below are links to recent articles, which present similar issues in social media. I found this one specifically interesting, as ironically it is from one of the biggest social media’s there is, Linkedin: Social Media and Narcissism: Rise of A Self-Obsessed Society

The other is on a former ‘Instagram famous model’ whom recently came out describing the social media as a “contrived perfection made to get attention.” Presenting, in my opinion how society has begun to realise the unrealistic standard we have brought upon ourselves with social media:Essena O’Neill quits Instagram claiming social media ‘is not real life’

What is the Purpose of the Internet?

Created in 1969, the ARPANET is recognized as the earliest form of the advanced computer network we know today. Simultaneously with the rising tensions between the US and the Soviet Union due to the Cold War, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) was set up to carry out military research.  The US military also contributed by providing financial funding for the computer scientist’s research. The ARPA network ran on packet switching technology. The “goal was to link different computers together, both to increase overall computer power and to decentralize information storage (Strickland, 2007).”

In contrast, today I recognize the internet as a digital channel which can be accessed by individuals all over the globe. It can be utilized for: information, entertainment and communication purposes. It has become so integrated into our everyday lives that many of our face-to-face interactions have now been digitized; we now have online banking, online shopping, even hot food can be delivered to our door via the web. The rise of social media offers a platform where we can share our views publicly. Everything about the internet is public. It is for the above reasons that finding out the internet’s roots were in the military shocked me so much.

 

Bibliography

 

Chapman, C. (2009). The History of the Internet in a Nutshell. Six Revisions. Available from http://sixrevisions.com/resources/the-history-of-the-internet-in-a-nutshell/ [Accessed 3 February 2016].

Strickland, J. (2007). How ARPANET Works. How Stuff Works. Available from http://computer.howstuffworks.com/arpanet.htm [Accessed 3 February 2016].

 

 

Free World Wide Web – a blessing or a curse?

Sending an e-mail – an action we take for granted nowadays, was something that people have not even imagined by the time when the computer was a vast machine occupying an entire room and requiring the attendance of a white-coated priesthood. Today the list of the things we can do on the Internet is much bigger. We can claim that all the activities in the routine of a contemporary man are related to it – talking to friends, shopping or listening to music. All of these are mediated over the Internet but we access them through the World Wide Web… for free?!

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Tim Berners-Lee, pioneer of the World Wide Web, c 1990s.

I think that the second most wondrous thing in the history of the Internet (after the invention of Internet) is that Tim Berners-Lee decided not to make money out of the creation of the World Wide Web and opened up access to a public good. He offered the community a free “storehouse of knowledge”. But is gaining knowledge what the majority of people are using the WWW service for? I highly doubt it and I doubt what Tim Berners-Lee meant by “bringing people into communion with each other” was users wasting their time on Facebook, being obsessed with posting photos of their food on Instagram or being redirected to Donald Trump’s Wikipedia page when they type http://www.loser.com in the browser.

Internet Society: Content sharing of internet sensations/memes

With the world wide web making its way into the publics home in 1991 by creator Tim Berners Lee, users have developed and created the way the internet is today in terms of the content online. The Internet today is a wide spread of information that is accessible to anyone who uses it.

With this sharing of information, came a sharing of activities, concepts, catchphrases or a piece of media, also known in the form of internet memes, often mimicking from person to person upon sharing. The traditional name behind meme is a ‘idea, behaviour, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture’. However, this style has evolved into an internet meme which can be in the form of an Image, video, hyperlink, website, gif or hashtag. The movements of this content tends to spread to other users via social media, direct messages or even news media sources. In 2013 Dawkins ‘characterized an Internet meme as being a meme deliberately altered by human creativity’.  A internet phenomenon named the harlem shake was established in an upload on January 30, 2013 through YouTube user Filthy Frank. It was then replicated by many other users and parodied in different forms. The video usually lasted around 30 seconds and features the song “Harlem Shake” by producer Baauer. The video would show an individual dancing in a normal and calm environment. When the beat drops, the video jump cuts to a crowd of crazy convulsive dancing.

The most commonly known memes that are shared are in the form of pictures with words annotating what they believe the image is saying.

Fads and sensations grow rapidly on the internet and they make an impact for a short amount of time until the next sensation makes its way onto the world wide web. What will be the next internet sensation/meme ?

 

The Making of Memes.

You may be surprised to find out that Internet memes existed way before Tumblr.

Richard Dawkins, came up with the term ‘meme’ in 1976, when he published a book named ‘The Selfish Gene’, in an attempt to explain the way cultural information spreads. I could go on to describe what was covered in Dawkin’s book, but let’s be honest…

Google also defines a meme as “an idea, behaviour, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture”.

Judging by the memes that made an appearance in 2015, it’s clear that they have become a growing internet craze that everybody wants to be a part of. What surprises me most is how they are rapidly taking over the internet. Memes can be displayed as still-images, GIFs or a videos and can be found in every nook and cranny of the internet. In other words, they are inescapable. This leads me to my next point; are they becoming uncontrollable? Nowadays, it seems you only have to open Facebook before you’re forced to watch the latest trending memes.

Drake’s single, ‘Hotline Bling’ led to thousands of memes being created. It took weeks for the hype to die down. This, (in the most annoying way possible) shows us just how powerful this online movement is. As much as we hate them clogging up the internet, there’s no denying that they’re fun, creative and interactive, and they’ll probably be staying with us for the foreseeable future.

This Is The Internet

 

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Over the past 20 years the internet has advanced, but over the past 10 years the internet has exploded.

the world can connect with each other with a single click of a button. this advancement has been helped by many companies which have contributed to this,even the gaming industry is now a thriving place where players from around the world can compete online with massive money prizes. But the biggest thing which has probably stood out the most is the way that social media has impacted how people on the internet connect with each other.

social media has also impacted nearly every medium from Television to journalism etc. also from the technological point of view the dynamic of browsing the internet has been flipped on its head as 10 years ago people would have only been able to browse the internet from laptops and desktops, however in this current age we are able to browse anywhere (providing theres good connection), but this “quantum leap” in internet advancement has also begun to change the culture of its consumers, as now there is no “need” to leave your house as you can manage everything through your device and having it delivered to your house, from groceries, clothes, electronics and so on.

Google’s Dominance

Google was launched in 1998 and is the world’s first and largest search engine. It has revolutionized the way in which we search for information online today.

Google dominates over other search engines like Bing or Ask Jeeves as it was the original search engine created. From the very start Google understood that we the people wanted to gain knowledge as fast and accurately as possible.

To remain relevant various forms of communication formats have been created for example Gmail in 2004, Google Maps/Earth in 2005 and Google Drive in 2012, which allows us to ‘share’ information across different file formats like documents, spreadsheets and power-points much quicker and more easily. This introduced the cloud a storage system used by Google which holds its information on the internet, this encourages more people to use this system as it took away the idea of us having to carry around hard drives and memory cards which can easily be lost stolen or damaged and introduced fast/easy access in every location the Internet and Google has reached to date.

Today we can access all of Google services and applications through our smartphones or i Pads, increasing its popularity and ensuring that it remains up to date with each new piece of technology created.

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