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My Perception of the Internet

// Posted by on 05/15/2015 (11:17 PM)

As a photographer, at least a quarter of my time is spent on the internet. I tend to find the internet scary but I have not always thought that. Since becoming a photographer, I have witnessed many incidents where images of fully dressed children have been taken from a photographer’s page and posted onto child pornography websites. Since I have begun reading the books, I have changed my beliefs as to what exactly I think the internet is. It also is still very hard to believe that we only have access to 25% of the internet. I know a lot of people think of the internet as a physical place but I do not. When I think of the internet, I think about outer space and shooting stars. Overall, it’s a lot easier for me to think about what the internet is to me than it is to try and describe it.

Like a few others have said, I would love if the posting time was just a bit later. I really hate the discussion board through Blackboard so since we couldn’t come up with an agreement last Monday, I am game for anything except for Blackboard’s discussion board. ¬†Would prefer to either use the blog or Facebook and not Google Docs as I think it would just be too confusing to keep up with.


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Rosatelli said...

I wonder why you think of the internet as being almost cosmic. I’m sure that you were joking, to a certain extent, but I don’t think you are alone in your thinking that the internet is “out there” and not “here”. Andrew Blum asks that same question in Tubes–if the internet is not “here” then where is it? And can the internet be scary, or are child pornographers scary? Suddenly, you just feel closer to them than you ever thought possible. I would love to explore that idea as we move through the next five weeks–are we scared of the internet because it brings us closer to people and ideas that ever before? You can login to Reddit’s AMAs and talk to Bill Gates or Bill Clinton, and you can also stumble on 4Chan and see things you just can’t unsee–it’s all a click away. One of the big topics we will discuss over the next five weeks is access– who has it? What does it get you?

// 05/16/2015 at 10:35 pm

David said...

I was also struck by the fact that we are only using a small fraction of the Internet. When I think about all of the things I can do with internet access and all of the instant gratification the internet can provide, it just seems endless. It certainly doesn’t seem as if I’m only using a tiny portion of something.

// 05/17/2015 at 1:22 pm

Kaitlyn said...

Caitlin I think thar thinking of the Internet as an outer space is a great way to think about it rather than a physical place. This is because you can not physically go to the Internet and pick something up. You can go to a webite to get information but unless you print that information you will never physically have it in your possession.
I have never really used Google docs so I don’t have a lot of insight as to whether it would be confusing or hard to keep up with. I am with you I like the idea of Facebook but like we said in class as long as everyone is comfortable with using social media.

// 05/17/2015 at 4:42 pm