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How far does the internet go? April 17, 2007

Posted by Abby in innovation, Internet, Technology.
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It’s amazing what you can find on the internet. It’s only been 1 day since the Virginia Tech tragedy, and already there are all kinds of things that have been published about the student. His assignments for a Creative Writing class, and scripts have all been made public online. There is an audience for it too, everyone seems to be hungry to find out what his motivations were.

If we simply looked back, perhaps 5 years, none of this would be available. Online documents/readings/files of another student. The curiosity of the public, and how much they want to know is slowly affecting the design and abilities of the internet.

On a separate note, in my ‘Topics in Gender Studies’ class, we were discussing porn. Our professor mentioned that it is the porn industry and it’s technicians that are the driving force creating new technologies for the web. This is an example of how a market drives what technologies need to be created, and how technicians might be inspired and given new ideas.

Update (4/18)
Here is a little section from a reading that I have for this English class, relating to the internet and developing technologies:

“The Internet and all sex trade, tourism, trafficking and pornography are experiencing unprecedented growth. Donna Hughes claims that “the Internet as a communications medium would exist without the sex industry, but the Internet industry would not be growing and expanding at its present rate without the sex industry” (2000:36). In 1998, it was estimated that 69 percent of the total Internet content sales were related to adult content (Hughes 2000). Jonathon Coopersmith reminds us that what is driving the transformation of the sex industry technology has been “the great capitalist engines of innovation and the quest for profits” (28). Internet pornography has become the highest growth, highest profit market ever known (Hughes; Coopersmith). “

– ‘E-Brides: The Mail-Order Bride Industry and the Internet’ by Julie Pehar

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1. Brian Mulligan - April 18, 2007

Wow, the porn industry is driving new technologies for the web. It kinda makes sense that they would be the driving force because it is such a competitive and expansive industry. I mean there are literally millions of pornography websites out there and each is shuffling to see who can get the most exposure. As for the Virginia Tech case, I think that people want to get into his psyche and now that we have the technology people are very curious and interested in knowing as much as possible.

Also, the internet is a massive resource of knowledge and it seems that it’s moving towards trying to provide as much information as possible. The sky’s the limit because it’s not censored or really controlled by a governing body. It was also made for the public, so they should have a big affect on what paths it goes down.

2. Charley S - April 18, 2007

The internet does provide a huge resource for information to be dissiminated to the public. However, its vulnerabilities were also shown in the wake to the V Tech tradgedy. The V Tech website crashed as students were frantically trying to get information about what to do; and the emails that were being recieved from administration did not adequetly describe to students what was going on. I agree that the internet is useful but we can’t become overdependent on one source of information because it is probably the most vulnerable out of all communication we have.

3. Janine - April 19, 2007

The internet is a major source of information for all people. Without it, it is hard to imagine how many things would not get done. Yet, I agree with Charley in that overdependency is a major problem with our society. I find myself slowly becoming more overdependant with the passing of time.
Speaking of its vulnerabilities, I am reminded of a statement in the 9/11 book that I am reading for my Theorize This project. Using the information on the internet, the terrorists plotting the attacks on America to learn information about our govt, flight schools, etc. Here is a classic case of the innovation the internet represents slapping us in the face.

4. wilson7 - May 1, 2007

The internet is a great resource for information and I think people would know a lot less information if we did not have it. One of the drawbacks to this is that the government can track every website that you look at. In my Business, Government, & Society class we were discussing the Patriot Act and I found out a lot of interesting information. The government is linked up with AOL to look at your search engines, the search engines that they use to observe what you are looking at is porn search engines. Since so many people look at porn it gives them access to several different people computers. Even if you are not doing anything wrong if you look at porn someone is watching. How do you feel about that?

5. collage9 - May 3, 2007

I too, think that people are becoming a little overdependent on the internet. It has become such a major form of communication it’s amazing. It is also scary what information people can get on the interent these days. I myself wonder how much someone can actually find out about someone. I kind of feel like I don’t really want to know the answer to this question either.
On another note, I don’t think it’s any secret that the pornography industry is a major part of the internet, but the fact that it is the driving force behind a lot of internet technology is surprising to me. You would think a lot of other more useful things the internet is used for would be more important than porn. I guess when you think about it though, you come across porn on the internet even if you don’t try. It seems like you could type anything in a search and some way or another a porn site is included in your search results.

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