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The Good ‘Ole Days

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

I confess– before class on Tuesday, I had no idea what the difference between the Web and the Net actually was. Matter of a fact, going back to my last post, you will see that I used them interchangeably.

That is going to be harder and harder to do as the days pass, apparently. And I will look back to my post on 9-7-10 (on my iPhone, of course), sip some lemonade (while driving my car, of course) and then probably tweet from my pocket (or possible directly from my mind?) about the good ‘ole days when the net didn’t cost me anything and the web was a promising frontier. When moguls weren’t “finding choke points” by which to get rich. I’ll reminisce about the days of the world-”wide-open”-web and bitterly discuss the world of capitalism with my grandchildren. I’ll look back to 9-9-10 as the day of warning– the day I learned the real difference between the web and the internet and finally knew why to foresee a time when more stuff would supposedly make life more convenient and come at a higher price to me, when I’m happy to sit in front of my computer screen and browse to my hearts desire.

But.

Oh, there’s a but. I also actively participate in facilitating the future of an app-led existence. Before I knew I really wanted an iPhone, my family had a plan and baby, I had one. Which comes in handy for speedy texting and, yes, twittering, and navigating my directionally challenged self across the country from Arkansas. The internet is, in this sense, still integral to my daily existence. But so is, for that matter, the web.

And so, these are the good ‘ole days. When I could have both. Today is a day that I can take my big, bulky computer to class to take notes and facebook even as I show my “implicit acceptance of a nonweb standard” by using ever-more-convenient apps. (As an aside, we used a coin-flipping app in a class trivia game the other day instead of a real coin. I find this telling).

While this is coming at a price to my Dad, who chose to gift me with the latest and greatest in technology, I’m happy to have my cake and eat it too. But once I’m buying? Well, let’s just say I’ll miss the web.

Then again, I already miss the days when I wasn’t “locked in” to facebook simply to keep up with the times. I find it as stressful as Jim Groom describes it. So why am I still in? Because it wouldn’t be the “good ‘ole days” without it.

I’m sorry if this post is long and boring. I’m merely trying to soak up my time with the generative web while it will have me. Bigger and better is on its way, I guess. But I have to say, I’ll miss this.

RIP Web

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

One of the first things I thought of when I read “If we’re moving away from the open Web, it’s at least in part because of the rising dominance of businesspeople more inclined to think in the all-or-nothing terms of traditional media than in the come-one-come-all collectivist utopianism of the Web.” in today’s assignment The Web is Dead the first thing that I thought of was the television show The Office. Originally I was looking for clips from Season 4 of The Office when they were launching their website “Dunder Mifflin Infinity”. Actually I believe that the first site had a bunch of issues so they were launching the 2.0 version, which included a social network feature. The specific clip that I was looking for had one of the characters asking why a paper company needed a website let alone one that had a social network feature. But alas. I could not find that clip on youtube. However. I did find this one, which is pretty awesome as well.

I thought this was hysterical. Also. I apologize for the spanish subtitles. It was the only clip I could find that had Kelly talking in the beginning about skyping and tweeting and video chatting and all those other apps that play right into this idea of the dying web that we read about for today. Then there’s ‘Woof’ which is also a wonderful commentary on the way we view the purpose of these apps.  One app that could reach you on your cell, landline, fax, and multiple ways on your computer is a great example of  how we are moving away from the open web. Especially when you have to pay $12.99/month for that app as part of the “dog package”.

Is the Web “dead”?

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Responding to our latest prompt, “Is the Web dead?” has been quite challenging for me, which is why I’ve waited so late to blog.  To help answer this question, I tallied some arguments for and against the death of the Web from The Web is Dead. Long Live the Internet.

Some reasons that the Web is dead (or dying):

1) As Anderson says, “Fast beats flexible” when it comes to using the Net v. Web.  In general, I think this statement is true, but it also depends on how much time users are willing to put into their Internet experience.  While “fast” is nice, it don’t think it necessarily equates to “better”.  Regardless, I agree that the convenience of applications definitely threatens the Web’s future.

2) Considering the statement, “Users are always looking for something new,” also argues in favour of the Web’s death.  While the novelty of the web helped initially popularize it, by 2010, it’s somewhat passé, so users are naturally looking for more exciting mediums through which they can experience the Internet.  In this sense, there seems to be a digital life cycle, and the Web’s death is just a consequence of following this natural path.

3)  “Megalomaniacs” are trying their hardest to dominate Google, which essentially requires them to create “an alternative to the Web,” because “it was impossible for anyone else doing business in the traditional Web to be bigger or even competitive with Google.”  Depending on the success of entrepreneurs like Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs (who appear to be quite successful, in my opinion), I agree that competition for Internet power could contribute to the Web’s death.  Google, like Rome, cannot remain invincible forever.

And a few reasons why the Web is not dead (or dying):

1) “The Web is, after all, just one of the many applications that exist on the Internet.”  If the Web is an application, perhaps it, too, will be adapted to more efficient devices (i.e. not laptops) as other applications have been (granted, my phone doesn’t even text, let alone access the Internet, so this could be already true and I wouldn’t even know the difference.)

2)  Anderson states, “the great virtue of today’s Web is that so much of it is noncommercial.  The wide-open Web of peer production, the so-called generative Web where everyone is free to create what they want, continues to thrive, driven by the nonmonetary incentives of expression, attention, reputation, and the like.” For the same reasons that I personally disagree with “Fast beats flexible,” I think this statement is very true. While Facebook and Skype are convenient, I don’t like that they are pre-streamlined for me. I want some say in my Internet experience, and the Web is definitely more conducive to fulfilling this need. The fact that DS106 has already taught me how to create my own digital space makes me favour blogging to the predefined nature of Facebook.

After thinking about the “blame us” versus “blame them” arguments for the apparent death of the Web, my initial reaction to The Web is Dead was that this dilemma is essentially a matter of money and Internet control.  So, yes, the Web is dead if the “megalomaniacs” get their way, fueled simply by the fact that Web “would never bring in the bucks.”  But, considering the influence of the “long tail” and Anderson’s final remarks about the Web’s ability to incite “nonmonetary” creativity, I think it will be difficult for larger Internet corporations to metaphorically kill the Web entirely.  Perhaps younger Internet users who haven’t grown up with the Web will be more easily swayed, but when I think about the generations that did grow up using Web 2.0, it’ll be a harder sell.

Assignment #4 The Web is Dead. Long Live the Internet

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

After reading Chris Anderson and Michael Wolff”s article entitled “The Web is dead. Long live the Internet” on Wired.com I really started to think about the truth to the “Blame Us” side of the discussion. As the number one consumers of the Internet and web we are to blame for the slow disappearance of the web. I too just recently learned that there is a big difference between the web and the Internet and I must admit that I, as most of us, have been neglecting the usefulness of the web for the convenience of the Internet. If you honestly take the time to think about it how often do you use an app for something that could be accessed from the web in full length with a little work. I feel in order to keep the web from becoming another commodity.

This particular statement jumped out at me while I was reading…”Sure, we’ll always have Web pages. We still have postcards and telegrams, don’t we? But the center of interactive media — increasingly, the center of gravity of all media — is moving to a post-HTML environment.” There is a lot of truth in this one simple statement and we will be to blame when the web fades into the background of our daily fast-paced lives. I feel that it is our responsiblity to keep the web in circulation so it won’t just fade away.

You can find the article ” The Web is dead. Long live the Internet” here. These are just my thoughts on the issue but I would love to hear what you think on the matter.

Assignment 4: The Web is Dead.

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Today I read Wired‘s article entitled, “The Web Is Dead. Long Live the Internet”. After reading, I was intrigued. I hadn’t really ever given much thought about how little I use the “web,” which I have recently learned is different from the internet! After thinking about it, I realized that nearly everything I do on my browser is essentially an application, these include: Facebook, Gmail, iTunes, Weather.com, Netflix, and occasionally Youtube.

I found this to be mildly regrettable because I know there are so many neat things on the Web! It’s finding them that’s the trick. Luckily, a year or so back a friend introduced me to StumbleUpon. StumbleUpon is technically an application, but it is one that allows me to see cool things hiding within the Web’s infinite depths. After first installing the program/toolbar on my browser (sadly there isn’t one out for Chrome yet) I take a quick survey about what interests me, and then I’m ready to stumble. By just hitting the “Stumble” button on my newly installed toolbar, I am taken to web sites that are unusually nifty. One can find anything from a picture, to an article, to a button that shouts “Hiyoooo!” every time it is clicked. StumbleUpon is renewing the Web’s value in my eyes.

The article spoke about how iTunes has turned many of us to softies. It conveyed the idea that we are too willing to go for convenience and simplicity at whatever price, and that if we really wanted, we could probably get what we needed for free if we put in a little effort. Well I’ll just paste the quote:

Blame human nature. As much as we intellectually appreciate openness, at the end of the day we favor the easiest path. We’ll pay for convenience and reliability, which is why iTunes can sell songs for 99 cents despite the fact that they are out there, somewhere, in some form, for free. When you are young, you have more time than money, and LimeWire is worth the hassle. As you get older, you have more money than time. The iTunes toll is a small price to pay for the simplicity of just getting what you want. The more Facebook becomes part of your life, the more locked in you become. Artificial scarcity is the natural goal of the profit-seeking.

Now to me that seemed a little like the article is encouraging me to participate in less than reputable practices, but maybe that was just me. This was probably my favorite part of the article because I could see the point so vividly through my parents, but only in regards to computers. They become so easily frustrated at the computer when it is really themselves causing the problem which is frustrating them. My brother and I have become the I.T’s in our home. Now my dad however is quite quick to condemn downloading via p2p sharing, or at least the idea of it. But when it actually comes down to pay say $50 for a Mavis Beacon learn to type program, his tune starts to change.

Is the web dead? I don’t think so. I think as technology continues to evolve, the web will follow suit in some way or another. Google certainly is NOT going away anytime soon which the article may have implied. In fact many web pages have developed pages strictly for mobile devices, so that way they’re not alienating anyone. Will the web totally ever die…it might change shape, look, or feel but ultimately in one form or another it will always be around, even if it’s totally unrecognizable from the web we know today.

Assignment #4

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

I thought this article was really interesting. I never quite thought about how the things that I use online are actually applications, and not the web. I’ve been using facebook and skype for years thinking that I was using the internet- therefore I was on the web. But I guess this isn’t the case.

In class we had talked about the differences between the web and the internet, and to some extent I’m still confused about it. I looked up what “world wide web” meant on the internet and laughed to see “not to be confused with the internet” in the description. I think after reading the article I hope that I have a better understanding of the differences between the web and the internet, but I shouldn’t get my hopes up :P

I found it interesting that the article starts with who to point our fingers at for relying less on the web. Does it really matter all that much who’s “fault” it is? I put “fault” in quotations because I don’t believe that there is anyone to blame, because can’t readily see what’s wrong with it. I do believe that we rely more on the internet than the web, but I don’t think we should start blaming industries (monopolies) for what’s happening. I feel like this relates to the Environmental Movement in that we blame corporations for expanding and using up resources, but in the end it’s the consumers (we, as internet users) that play just as big of a factor in this system.

Assignment 4

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

If I had to pick one side of this article to agree with and give the blame, I would put the blame on us. We as consumers love anything that will go on the internet and bring information from the web to us in a simplified version. It gives us Facebook with just a single click, no need to open up a browser and type in the address. Whether it is an iPad, iTouch, or iPhone it is a lot more convenient than taking out your laptop and waiting for it to load up. I myself am guilty of wanting an iPad and/or iTouch for its quickness and convenience. The developers of the web definitely knew that something “bigger and better” would come along. As the article says in bold letters “This was all inevitable“. The world today is always looking for more convenient and faster ways of getting what they want and need. In truth, convenience sells.

Google a Philosophy and the Web’s Younger Brother

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

There was a part in the article explaining that Google’s success was a result of letting go of controI, I realize this was a really small portion of the article, and I am probably going to focus too much on it, but when I read it I really thought how enlightening the concept is and how it can be used in everyday life. The thought that when you try to gain control, you end up losing control; however when you finally let go that is when you finally gain control. It might just be me, but in regards to certain things I like to be in control of the situation, and when I am not I start to feel really anxious when I am trying to control an uncontrollable situation. However I find once I come to accept that this is the way it’s going to be, I become more relaxed and I find that I gain more from letting go. It is like when you go to the beach and you find yourself in a rip current what you’re supposed to do is NOT to fight it or else you will get tired out and won’t have the strength needed to get back to shore. What you are supposed to do is to ride it out and then after you let go you  then are able to gain control over the situation and get back to safety.

Okay, something more focused on the article I found it really interesting that the apps are taking control of the internet, despite this being a major focus in the article I don’t think the web is going to die. But just to become the “older brother” to the “younger brother” which would be the apps. What I am trying to get at is I don’t think it’s being replaced completely, but apps are a newer process so they are going to secure the peoples’ focus for now until it fully develops, but in the end we haven’t forgotten about the web, it has already matured to an extent so it isn’t as much fun to work with. I hope that makes sense, sometimes concepts like this make sense to me, but I have trouble verbalizing them.

The Web is shrinking and the Internet is growing?

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

I feel that saying the web is dead is a bit dramatic. Sure people are getting and using tons of apps on there phones, ipads, and whatever else but here I am sitting at a PC and blogging. And so are all of my classmates. The use of the Web is steadily decreasing but I think it will be many years until it is “dead”.
It’s also true that companies are doing all they can to help kill it. There are only a select number of phones you can but now-a-days that don’t require a data plan requiring you to pay monthly for the internet. I chose not to have the internet on my phone because I feel like it is completely unnecessary when you almost always have access to a computer. And yes Americans especially are notorious for being lazy and taking the easy way out, which is what this article attributes a lot of the dying Web to. You can think of it as laziness, but another way to think of it would be efficient. Having the internet at your fingertips at all times probably saves a lot of time, with such applications as mapquest, google and email. Even with all of the options applications offer, who wants to read everything off of a tiny screen all the time? I don’t. I realize that is not a point of concern for most people but that’s a big negative for me.
Anyways, I do not think the Web is dead is by any means I simply think it is shrinking a little while the internet is growing in its place.

The Web Is Dead Debate

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

The article The Web Is Dead. Long Live the Internet by Chris Anderson and Michael Wolff makes a valid point.  This article goes into the fact that people these days are not using the web like they used to.  Society has grown into the “apps” stage, where a lot of people are using their applications and softwares running through the internet, and not using the web browser at all.  Like we discussed in class, the internet and the web are NOT the same thing.  Anderson describes in his section how he believes that it is our fault and we should take the blame for the web dying.  Anderson gives an example of an average person using the internet on an ordinary day.  “You’ve spent the day on the Internet — but not on the Web. And you are not alone.” Then there is the “Blame Them” attitude by Michael Wolff.  His focusing point is companies.  With his section, I am not as clear as the theme to this one as the “Blame Us” section.  Wolff talks about companies and specific people in the film and music business and how they have developed software or programs through the internet, especially since they are pushing their way back into control.  Why?  Because that is where the money is.

Here’s a question:  What does Anderson mean by “front and back ends”?  Closed networks, browser usage, any of those make sense on which is a front or back end?  Help me out people.  But moving on, I know that they are really focusing on an app based web now.  People love this because it “…allows clients to be smaller and lighter…”  In O’Reily’s response to Anderson’s answer back,  he talks of open and closed networks having to keep battling for the spot.  Isn’t that as obvious of good vs evil will always exist?  Maybe not to others, but I feel as if that it is something that will always happen.  And I love that he made a reference to Lord of the Rings (huge fan people) about companies wanting to “rule the one ring.”  But when John Batelle joins the conversation, he disagrees that the “Web is or will be dead”.  He says that people have too much time on their hands to let the web die in the hands of an app based world.

On another note, I feel like Anderson is being impatient with the web.  What happened to the phrase Rome wasn’t built in a day?  He says that the web has had 20 years to build a viable business model, and has failed.  20 years is not that long for a new technology like itself, and look how far it has come since then.  I also love that Batelle threw in a last comment about Wired Magazine being overdramatic by stating the Web is dead.