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Jay on the Internet and the Web

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

I have a few minutes between classes, so I thought I’d follow up my post about my 92 year old grandfather’s opinion on computers with more tidbits from our conversation yesterday.

As I mentioned yesterday, he’s never owned a computer. I’m pretty sure he’s never used the web firsthand before, either. He is fascinated by Google. Yesterday, when I explained again what Google is/does, he told me to “find him gold.” I did an image search for gold and showed him the results. “I can’t touch that!” he scoffed. “How do you get if off there?”

I told him about ebay and online shopping; he smirked and said I should buy him a pair of shoes.

“Tell me about the Internet,” I requested after our foray into Google, followed by “Tell me about the web.”

Jay on the Internet and the Web

I’m surprised at his explanation, because as someone who has no firsthand background with computers/the web/internet, his response still has some insights that apply to some of our earlier class discussions if you take his “spider” context as a metaphor for our technology-obsessed culture..

“Something that flies into that web is caught, and it stays there.”

“Once you get in that ‘net, you’re gone.”

Another Perspective: Video Form

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Did You Know 4.0

Professor Rao just showed this video in his COMM 206: Small Group Communication course and I think it goes along well with some of the articles we’ve been reading.

Assignment #4

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

I really wanted to title this post Assignment #4 No Quotes, or Assignment #4 Quotes are more exciting but since this is a class, I refrained. However, if I could have used a quote to title it, I would have called this post, “THE END OF ALL THINGS.” Still kidding–the doomsday prediction is how I […]

“The Web is Dead” Initial responses: More questions!

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

My biggest reservation with Chris Anderson’s and Michael Wolf’s “The Web is Dead: Long Live the Internet” is that provocative title statement: the web is dead.

Dead implies unresponsiveness, an incapability of use.

To start, I am hesitant to agree that the web is no longer functioning, that it has lost all productivity, and I wonder how I would feel had the authors used an adjective other than “dead” to describe the state of the web.

In our class discussion yesterday, Jim Groom explained the Internet is how users get online to access information; the web is only one particular way in which we’ve been able to do this. Another way, which according to the authors is becoming a more frequent way, is through applications. They write:

Over the past few years, one of the most important shifts in the digital world has been the move from the wide-open Web to semiclosed platforms that use the Internet for transport but not the browser for display…It’s the world that consumers are increasingly choosing, not because they’re rejecting the idea of the Web but because these dedicated platforms often just work better or fit better into their lives (the screen comes to them, they don’t have to go to the screen).

I am not against this shift. In my experience, applications are typically convenient, and that’s why I use them. Rather, what I keep getting hung up on is that “web is dead” declaration. I have not (yet?) abandoned the web as a means to obtain information. I’m fairly knowledgeable of its pros and cons, and I wonder if my development of that familiarity prepared me for my eventual shift to the use of certain applications. Sometimes you have to know what you don’t like to figure out what do you like, right? In yesterday’s class, I remembering developing countries being referenced, and I’m curious about how this applies to them. At this point in time, is it better for a “mastery” of the web to come before an exploration of apps? How do “we” approach these countries now with the Internet? Do we abandon the idea of the web completely or introduce it, followed by apps? In other words, I’m trying to wrap my mind around the potential ways technology and culture will be different if the web truly dies and we begin to exclusively integrate apps into our lives and teachings. Is this a good idea? I don’t know enough about technology to speculate on this.

On a similar note, if the web is dead, what happens to organizations/publications/industries who are just emerging on the web and beginning to build a presence on the web? If they are just reaching this stage now, are they even prepared to begin thinking about how to best deliver and display their content through apps?