Internet: The Good The Bad The Ugly

They ask us to not use our phones, but they don’t understand, they are the generation who produced them. It’s almost as funny as asking us not smoke but still they have enormous factories manufacturing them. In a world full of puns, banters and ironies we submerge ourselves in fantasies hoping to catch someone’s attention and re-branding our image, a person being pretentious online is scream to make them feel better offline, who can blame them? Social media is a second chance to life, {and maybe more with different usernames}.

90's kid

Not long ago, our generation shifted from “the 90’s kids” are cool, who would use plastic cups to talk across the room, Fashion inspired by the Spice girls, who remembered the single chewing gum flavour that apparently each kid from every corner of the world used to chew to being any other regular generation, (no offence to the 20’s kids) . We ourselves talk about the “fake-ism” online. But are we really unsullied? The ‘internet’ was a revolution, and still in process. We stray from real life conversations to get home, home to our rut, a rut where we watch movies online or stare at the computer screen for hours see what is trending, not news, but clothes and celebrities. I say this because I am a part of this routine. But that doesn’t mean I don’t have dinner’s or go to parties or have a real academic conversation with other people. It is all a matter of priorities, in the 50’s they used the birds to send messages, we use the phone. Unfortunately, phones stay with us 24/7 but birds don’t. In all seriousness: Can we balance our social media life vs real life? How long can you go without using any electronic devices?

 

 

Online Connection

It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of   mutuality, tired into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one destiny, affects all indirectly   – Martin Luther King Jr.

Agreed, we are not alone in this universe. But that’s the beauty of it. In this century we are succumbed to the internet mutiny, everyone is on the internet today, there are over a billion people on Facebook, 100 million Instagram users, and hundreds of such platforms online that we use. We connect and meet thousands of people from a 1000 miles away to continents away and maybe even 2 miles away (if its a match!), probably the connection we share with everyone today is bonded over these platforms. I use twitter to inform news to my friends in 140 character, Facebook to tell them how I am feeling, Instagram to show them my “fun times”, 4 Square to check in on a new location, Pintrest to show my interests, Snapchat to make them meet my new friends, Tumblr to show my real self and the list goes on and on. I’m registered to a lot of websites online, but one place I am traumatized to find myself is on Google. Apparently they know everything about me, and the people who don’t ‘know me’, ‘know me’.

 

“Dumbledore’s Army”

In dreams, we enter a world that’s entirely our own.- Albus Dumbledore

 

Imagine you find a place, veritably, a community where you can explore and go beyond your imagination and splurge out those inner most ‘fanfic obsessions’, with people you don’t know and who don’t care what you wear, that would be magical, wouldn’t it? A nicotine rush perhaps (in a very healthy way of course).

In this blog, I’m going to talk about a community which fills that obsession for millions, a very accomplished closed net alliance, the HPA, Harry Potter Alliance, a community where fans come together to open up and connect with each other. HPA isn’t just any fan faction website it also commits to educational purposes; it uses parallels from these fictional content worlds as an incentive for civic action. It musters young people across with issues of global literacy, equality, and human rights, and are in supports of charitable causes.

 

hpa-campaigns

 

It builds bridges between cultural and political participation in a manner of speaking it exemplifies the principles of connected learning. The community was established by an activist Andrew Slack, and is run by a non profit organisation in California.They have a good record of community collaboration. For e.g. the HPA holds a campaign annually called “Accio book drive”, where members till date have donated over 87,000 books to local and international communities, and more so. Another successful collaboration was when the HPA raised over $123,000 for Partners in Health in Haiti in just two weeks for ‘Helping Haiti heal’ campaign. Feel free to share your opinion, or a similar project that you may have heard of. You can also visit the potter alliance website here:

http://www.thehpalliance.org 

Urban Dictionary

For this week’s task, i have chosen an ambiguous website, but one that certainly piques the youth’s interest.

Isn’t it weird that sometimes you have to search more meanings of certain words that are in someone else’s social media status? Can’t they speak in normal English? Or maybe they are and I am behind on new terminology. Honestly, have you gone days without listening to words like “Amazeballs” “Beleiber” “Bromance” “Yolo” ? An over complicated jagron, without any probable explanation. Now-a-days, one’s vocabulary is expected to be “on fleek”. These are one of those times where I log onto Urban Dictionary to get my “411”.

Ok, in simple words Urban Dictionary is a satirical collaborated online dictionary of slang words and phrases. I Admit it started off as a parody of dictionary.com by collage kids back in 1999. But since then UD has grown and profited several features including where new words can be added by visitors to contribute their knowledge. It gained popularity very fast amongst youngsters. People submitting thousands of words everyday, using slurs in their everyday life. By the beginning of 2014 UD featured over seven million definitions, and 2,000 words being contributed each day by frequent net users. However definitions submitted are automatically accepted or rejected by the volunteer editors. Feel free to comment about your opinion on this website.

Would we have died if convergence was never discovered?

In late 19th century, one had probably never heard the word convergence, let alone understand what it meant, and let alone heard of media convergence. We can create our own world permeated with convergence fantasies. For example The cybertarian notion about Cyborg’s arriving soon are always just over the horizon, some believe they already are here, drawing on ancestral superstitious beliefs. In the early 20th century “apparently” radio waves moved “in ether”, a mysterious subject that contacted the dead, and cured the cancer. The natural desire to connect human’s to media technology has remained a myth of convergence.

Much of the legend is a running travesty of the true history of the convergence, media has been more theorised now. Partnered with each other, one can create a whole another dimension of creation. Each good by itself, and better with other. Jumping to current situations, passing the media phases, radio, television, internet, social media, we witness daily collaborations of convergence, before joining the university I didn’t know what that term meant but now in everything I see, I witness media convergence, be it from film to Blackboard, an easily accessible portal, where one can’t survive their whole academic year without it as you may know is opt-able through the computer, the phone, the internet. What would we do if there was no blackboard?

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A brilliant website in Today’s life- TED TALK

 

Everything is easily accessible online today, on google, wikipedia etc. But an actual website that features inspirational speakers speaking to you

TED is a platform for ideas worth spreading. Started as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, TED today shares ideas from a broad spectrum from science to business to global issues — TED invites Motivational speakers from around the world to speak on current issues and ways to improve them. Brilliant speakers e.g, Stephen hawking, Bill clinton, J.J abhrams have spoken in these conferences and brought it to life.

I personally think this website is unquestionably useful for students touching topics which are further taught in the course ‘Campaigning, Social Movements and Activism’ accessing daily current issues, be it gender dilemma, to economic crises, social media, activists, country propaganda, the best part: these conferences are easily available on youtube.
One of my favourite speaker, Jean Killbourne has talked about the way advertisement’s depict women and male role’s, women are often shown as objects or just an entity to be seen as “beauty” but actually are downsized by men, portraying a particular role expected by the audience, this embedded a social farce creating years of misjudgment and misunderstanding. Jean goes into detail’s at the core of the issue.

Not only famous revolutionaries, but thinkers, doers, idea-generators get an opportunity to discuss and share their opinions.

History of the internet

“Nobody cared and they said it wouldn’t work,” “Even if it does work, we want nothing to do with it.” This was the mentality that Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee had to face, of-course the creator of World Wide Web (www).
Consummating a bittersweet victory in 1958, researchers and scientist sent out the first words on the Internet in front of an audience, gradually sending letters “L” (successful) “O” (successful) “G” (system crash), congrats the first word sent on the internet was LO.

The Internet has come a long way from then. Initially the purpose of this structure was to send messages from one person to another without being in the same room, that was Internet then. In 1991, gradually the concept had transformed into a hub (www) where everyone could collectively access information, it sure has been made easier for us now. We’ve noticed enormous amounts of change created by the Internet, we’ve got the good, we’ve experienced the best, and we’ve based our future around it. This was the beginning of something that would result in the evolution of society. Lets take a moment to look in the past and realise what started ‘internet’.

Was it the threat from soviet union, which was partially the reason as to why, we have the Internet today? Well it constituted as one of the many reasons that led to America’s victory in the cold war. However, was the discovery of internet really worth the war?

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