Thought on our Class, Digital America

Great class. Hands down. I can honestly say I learned a great deal about my digital world and how it is affecting me.  I had some idea that the digital world has become unimaginably vast, but the awareness I possess now, as a result of the class, has greatly increased my knowledge and understanding of that.  I’ve had so many mind-blowing moments in this class because I can relate to so many topics discussed in class.  But I’m sure it’s not just me, but everyone in class who had their moments one way or another.  I just hope our future isn’t ruined but only enhanced by this dive into the digital realm.
I can already see how the digital world has digitized me.  Meanings and values in my lifestyles have become digitized, and I don’t even realize it.  I can see how I have become dependent to this digitization but I do not acknowledge it.  Its a scary thought, but that’s how life is nowadays.
I was born during this transition from analog to digital.  I can say that my generation is the last generation to know what its like in the analog world, the last generation who remembers what life was like before the “submarine,” or even what’s outside the “submarine.”  So what is my generation to do? I hope those answers come to me sooner than later.
But one thing is for sure, we must stay aware.

..because that’s the thing about the digital world.. it goes on n’ on

21 posts. done. I’m outro.

Thoughts on Submarine Festival

Wow. I have have to agree that the final project, dubbed Submarine Festival, was a fun project to do.  The idea of everyone building just a component of the festival makes this a real class teamwork kind of experiment.  I especially love the fact that it was held at Manifest, which happens to be one of my spots when I go downtown.  Having a a few beers before my presentation really took the edge off things.
Anyways, I digress..
Listening to the other groups, really seemed to put the festival together, yet there were still things that didn’t quite follow with each other.  But it was alright, I still saw the motif of Submarine Festival that kept the groups connected and seen as just parts of a whole.  I can observe how our project can reflect the digital world by looking at what we tried to do to address our issues.  We attempted to address our issues in a way where our festival attendees will clearly receive and comprehend the issues, and hopefully, take part in supporting the cause.  The secret was to address our issues using its discrete values.  This was a tricky part because we were basically trying to teach using new words and new ways of knowledge (discussed in one of our classes).  And this new way of knowledge was something I was conscious of.
Things our class needed to build on was teamwork and communication.  If the class kept communicating ideas instead of remaining behind the walls of their own group, the entire project would blossom and the audience will clearly see it.  I think only those in my class understood what the festival was all about and what each of our groups represent.
and with that, I will post of this.  One of the few festivals I’ve been to and also the BEST, but unfortunately, I will miss it this year.

E-Dealing

Drugs are easily accessible in our everyday lives, that is if you know who to go to.  The internet has made it even easier.  The police even think they are powerless when it comes to stopping drug distribution via internet.
What can they do? These are a few reason why bills, like SOPA or PIPA, are trying to get passed in order to put a stop to this.  But does that mean we have to give up .our freedom on the internet? No. Drug-dealing is against the law but there are has to be other ways to stop it other than controlling the internet.  I’m sure there are ways to track IP addresses back to the source but there are also ways to scramble that.
So is controlling the internet the only way to stop things like this?
I hope not.  Drug cartels are even killing people because of slanderous comments on Facebook.
The world has come to this. A whole new level of gang wars has been created.
Should we shutdown the internet? Maybe.  But what will it cost us?
We should shutdown the internet for about a year and see what happens in that year.
But, is there even a way to stop the internet? I don’t know.
So let the E-dealing continue.  I want to see the system pop…

…just digitally rambling on my digital thoughts.

Pornography and the Internet

I feel as though pornography has played a major role in the growth of the internet.  If it wasn’t for pornography, online payment methods wouldn’t have been invented until later.  Online pornography can be seen as the first major internet industry that has paved the road for monetizing the internet.  Pornography has also dramatically increased the number of internet users and activity.
So where am I going with this? If it wasn’t for pornography, then the internet wouldn’t be where its at today.
This article from Forbes.com explains how much of the internet is used for porn.  And its a big number.
This one too, but from Straightdope.com.
Internet pornography has also created a multi-million dollar generating empire that is increasingly growing.  And there is no sign of it slowing down.
It has already shaped the way people use the internet.  And  for some people, the main reason they use the internet is for pornography.
Is pornography keeping us in the digital world?  Is it taking us away from reality?
Here’s an article that explains that porn is taking us away from the real thing.
So is internet pornography digitizing sex? I hope not, but it seem so.

Life after the Information Age

Throughout human history, different ages of man and society have come and gone.  Even for a brief time or a long time, there have been some kind of invention or idea that changed society in a drastic way.  We seen the Iron Age back in ancient times.  We have seen the Industrial Age when we invented the steam engine.  We have seen the Atomic Age that occurred during the Cold War.  We even seen the Space Age, when we sent men on the Moon.  It is said that we are now in the Information Age, where information is changing our lifestyle.  The invention of computers, telecommunications, and networks are the framework and foundation of the Information Age.  But, are we leaving that age? what age are we entering now?
This blog does a good job in explaining the evidence that we may be leaving the Information Age, as well as speculating on where we are heading to now.
There are theories that we are now entering the Connection Age, or Connected Age.  This blog here does a good job in comparing and contrasting different aspects of Information Age and the Connected Age, as well as, observing where we at now.
The Connection Age refers to the networks we created through the digital world.  We are able to send, share, and find all kinds of information instantaneously.  Its the access to overflowing information and advertisement that we are exposed to that has led us to enter this transition into the Connection Age.
So what does this mean?
This blog explains that very well.

Cyber Warfare

The digital world also involves digital warfare, or cyber warfare as they are calling it today.  According to Wikipedia, cyber-warfare is “politically motivated hacking to conduct sabotage and espionage.”  The US have been targeted by a increasingly number of cyber attacks.  China, North Korea, and Russia are among the countries that are accused as being the sources of these attacks.  In 2010, the United States appointed their first cyber warfare general.  This completely changes how we conduct war.
What does this possibly mean for our future?
Cyber-warfare allows wars to be conducted without the public knowing.  The battlefield will be unknown to the public.  And wars can start and end much faster than traditional warfare.  Just like the movie, Summer Wars, attacks in the digital world can cause devastation in the natural world.  For example, hackers can break into a nuclear power plant systems and have access to coolant control and cause a nuclear meltdown.  Scary huh?
This article here explains the impact of cyber-warfare.
If you want to follow some cyber-warfare-esque news and updates, Wired.com puts out two great blogs on the topic. Here and Here.

Social Connectivity

So last week, I found my cousin that I haven’t heard from or seen in about 15 years.  But that was not the first family member I found online.  I found 4 cousins through Facebook and each of them I haven’t seen or heard from in over 10 years.  And it’s not only family members, but childhood friends and past sweethearts.  It is quite amazing.  I’m sure millions of other people experienced this connectivity through Facebook but I am still thoroughly impressed.
Thats the thing about social networks.  People enjoy that sense of connectivity with each other.  Before social networks, it was difficult for people to keep in touch that instantly.  For example, staying in touch with old high or college friends and old acquaintances from jobs and communities.  Also, it takes so much less effort to make a connection via social network than via old ways.  In other words, made it easier because it made it lazier.  Its one of the biggest aspects of social networks that has attracted millions of users.  So is this making our society lazier? Maybe.
Social networks has a allowed people to access all kinds of information from one area.  For example, people will post news articles, videos, and blogs that we are able to be linked to.  In a way, social networking is making web browsing lazier too.  I don’t know about you but I love surfing the web.  So what is this doing to our society? It may be an attempt for control.  Keeping people connected and keeping them in one place.
But on the other hand, the connectivity of social networking has allowed people to stay united for a cause.  Take the governmental collapse of Egypt for example.  Facebook has helped mobilize and organize the socio-political movement that occurred there.  Social networks are a good example of giving the people power, but at the same time be controlled by “someone” or “something” (Oh snap!).  So what can the advantages of social networks be?
Bottom-line. Keep people connected.