Monday, April 6, 2015

"At its core function, the Internet is a tool for the communication of information, whether factual or fictional. It has allowed us access to knowledge we would have otherwise never known, at a rate that we could have never achieved with printed materials. Each tool that we have developed to spread information has exponentially increased the speed at which it travels, leading to bursts of creativity and collaboration that have accelerated human development and accomplishment. The wired Internetat broadband speeds allows us to consume content so fast that any delay causes us to balk and whine. Wireless Internet made this information network portable and extended our range of knowledge beyond the boundaries of offices and libraries and into the world. Mobile devices have completely transformed our consumption of information, putting tiny computers in our pockets and letting us petition the wishing well of the infoverse."

The website,, brings up a lot of feelings for me. Specifically, the eagerness to explore the internet and "get" what it is is something I resonate with and find myself struggling with often. The entire passage I posted above is really striking and confusing for a few reasons. I agree that we are interacting with a "lifeless machine" in order to get things done, but that does not define what we do on the internet. The internet is used to communicate with multiple people from all over the world for multiple reasons, so I think degrading a computer into a lifeless machine is not conducive to understanding it or appreciating how powerful it is. The internet is special and helpful for many reasons and I think that it's very easy for people to look over it as just interacting with a machine, but the interaction with a machine leads to meaningful interactions with other people.

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