Week One- My perceptions of the internet
// Posted by Shirley on 05/14/2015 (10:38 PM)
Call me old school but I have always been very leery of the internet. I apologize upfront for so many questions but I just had to get it all out! I very recently started to shop online and that was after someone in another class said “it doesn’t matter how careful you are, your information is not totally protected”. You may be online displaying your personal information to “grabbers” without even knowing it. Who are these grabbers and what are they doing with all the information they capture? Where is it store? Are people in third world countries checking the sites that I visit? Why is China afraid of Google?
Other than for my works “intranet” (we have our own very secure servers that were victims of a cyber-attack a few months ago), I would rarely log onto the internet for personal reasons. Like Kaitlyn, I use Google and occasionally MapQuest. I do not use Facebook or other social media regularly. I only created a Facebook account under pressure from friends but then they wanted to know why I didn’t post pictures and ‘like’ them. So I just ignore it. I used to get a lot of emails from my Facebook account alerting me when someone I knew added a post or new photos. I guess it got tired of me ignoring the emails and it stopped but how did they know I hadn’t been signing in? When I text, access Google or respond to email (ok, mostly delete email) who is responsible for capturing my movement and who gave them permission?
I think that the person(s) who has the most data has the most control! We are being dragged around like a drunken sailor by marketing ploys, pop-ups and suggestive emails but should we care? Do the benefits out way the negatives?
In class, the question was asked “is the internet a physical place?” It is a physical place and I don’t think the place is Silicon Valley. It is a real place where so much data is being captured, stored, analyzed and predicting our next move. It is a place where we communicate and where we can choose cannot be connected. It is creating historical data flows and timelines.
Rules of engagement- Please do not put multiple due dates for information as that can become a overwhelming and I am a slow reader. 100 to 300 words is a good word count. I like Discussion Board but Blog is also a good way to communicate.