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3/10/07 12:36 am - a thing im doing. it would be appreciated for anyone to respond

The American society's understanding of experiencing and sharing others' opinions, entertainment and information had previously been established through and dictated by broadcast radio and television.
With the birth of the internet, a new forum exists through which, ultimately, any media "online" may recieve attention. With this new forum, a new era of entertainment, information and discussion had been born. The internet has evolved as well, seen in the recent popularity of blogging, "social networking" sites, youtube and wikipedia. What has been called "Web 2.0" allows anyone with internet access to define (or redefine) their thoughts, their image, their entertainment, and finally reality or "truth." Where these definitions had previously been handed to us by a forum out of the consumer's direct control, today, these definitions are subject to a democratic popularity system. As seen in the structure of wikipedia, much of our culture has become subject to consensus reality, rather than apparent reality. For the first time, people are listening to eachother.

With that said, I'm writing a paper about this topic. Im looking for different perspectives about what the internet evolved from, how the internet changed, and what were the facets of cultural expectations and repercussions throughout it's evolution.

Without too much effort, if you could answer some or all of these questions in a short paragraph or two, (more if youre ambitious, interested, or informed!), it would be incredibly appreciated on my end, as well as great research for my paper.

who - your age / demographic (exposure to the internet/where/why)
what - do you use the internet for today? has that changed from your original use?
-are your interpretations and understanding of the internet and its use or purpose then and now?
when - did you first learn about the internet? do you feel your introduction at this time has shaped your participation in and understanding of its use and purpose?
where - do you visit online? for fun? for work? for research?
why - do you use the internet? why did you originally?
whats next - what do you think the future will or could be? what would you like to see it become? (practicality aside) will corporations pay more attention to internet trends?

other notes / questions, more for me thoughCollapse )

2/3/07 09:47 pm

guh. did a project for my mom all afternoon

its cheesy, but its what she wanted

2/3/07 04:11 am

In the student center today there was a banner drawn by tots. It said 'We are the class of 2023.' This is the first time I have seen 2023 referred to in a legitimate manner, and especially the first time I've seen it out of the science fiction setting context. I expected George Jettson to come whipping around the corner and robots to roll up the stairs after seeing this poster.

Tonight was the first night it has felt like winter. I felt my heart break when I saw the plow pushing away the snow. It was mildly symbolic, watching big trucks shovel away the only proof that we havent melted our planet completely.
Al Gore was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. I still picture his representation on SNL every time I think about him. (Which is way more often than I'd like because he is constantly brought up)

I showed my dad A Scanner Darkly. I'm always happy when he likes a drug movie. Its like im winning an unspoken argument. Its not that we have opposing sides so much that i believe he is still on the same side as me... but just cant admit it to himself.

this is such useless writing. but i need to write more, and better. at one time i could write amazing descriptive essays that i loved to pieces, but i feel verbally inadequate after not being in school for a semester from time to time. I need to write more to work on a few things. so i apologize for being overly tone-y, but that is also just how i write.

maybe ill keep this up every night. maybe if i just write the lingering symbols from the day. the things that stuck with me, important or not. that will be an interesting collective, unimportant but powerful symbols from a boring daily life. maybe id read it. (i mean, if i didnt write it)

1/6/07 10:58 pm

made these tonight. i like them.

1/5/07 04:48 pm

i got a job as a campus manager at FSC for EF tours (like the one we went on in high school, but for college kids)

made these flyers. aprettycool.

12/13/06 08:01 pm

12/10/06 05:16 pm

Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) has been the right wing media's poster child for the so-called "loony left." Granted, her slandering jews hasn't exactly helped the situation, or the time when she punched a police officer who wouldn't let her into the capitol building (which was idiotic, considering she was a congressional representative at the time.) All of which is unfortunate, because during her tenure in congress she was one of the few representatives of either party willing to consistently call out Bush on his many failures, but especially on hurricane Katrina.

McKinney is leaving Congress (again) after losing a runoff democratic primary election to Hank Johnson, who went on to win the seat. But before she leaves, she's sending Bush a love note that may at least remind him of the sort of thin ice he's standing on.

In what was likely her final legislative act in Congress, outgoing Georgia Rep. Cynthia McKinney announced a bill Friday to impeach President Bush.

The legislation has no chance of passing and serves as a symbolic parting shot not only at Bush but also at Democratic leaders. Incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, has made clear that she will not entertain proposals to sanction Bush and has warned the liberal wing of her party against making political hay of impeachment.

McKinney, a Democrat who drew national headlines in March when she struck a Capitol police officer, has long said that Bush was never legitimately elected. In introducing her legislation in the final hours of the current Congress, she said Bush had violated his oath of office to defend the Constitution and the nation's laws.

In the bill, she accused Bush of misleading Congress on the war in Iraq and violating privacy laws with his domestic spying program.

As the source says, the bill will absolutely never pass, nor is it likely to get any sponsors. In order to impeach a sitting president the constitution demands he be impeached and convicted for "high crimes and misdemeanors", which means an article of impeachment needs to be passed by the house, then the senate needs to vote to convict by a two thirds majority. Good luck.

The problem with impeachment is that the Clinton proceedings made a mockery of the entire process. Impeaching Clinton for virtually nothing (officially perjury during the idiotic, endless investigation conducted by the independent counsel) lowered the standard to such a point where it became a joke, and could be done to just about any sitting president. This was not a good thing - impeaching a president, aside from declaring war, is probably the most grave of all of the duties of the legislature, and should not be undertaken lightly. Which is partially why actions that could certainly be construed as impeachable in the past (Andrew Jackson's forced removal of the Cherokee, Abraham Lincoln's suspension of habeas corpus, Franklin Roosevelt's Japanese internment camps, Ronald Reagan's Iran-Contra affair) were never brought to a head. Perhaps they should have been, but the gravity of the procedure was such that congress was not willing to bring it to bear on the presidency.

George W. Bush has been a complete and utter failure of a president on many levels. However, being a stupid jerk is, unfortunately, not really enough to impeach a president, or at least it shouldn't be. And while the multitude of scandals in which he has been involved would be more than enough to surpass the low standard of impeachment set during Clinton's trial, the real question should be whether historically speaking Bush's privacy abuses, foreign invasions and suspensions of domestic liberties meets the high standard the framers had in mind when they wrote the intentionally vague "high crimes and misdemeanors." And more importantly, will the house and senate have the foresight to be able to see where George W. Bush fits into the historical record in this context, and have the guts to vote for impeachment if they believe he does? While the former issue may be up for debate, the latter is a foregone conclusion, and a resounding "no."


11/28/06 08:13 pm

ignore the last entry.

i got paid $15 to write that though, which is cool.

yay craigslist.

11/28/06 08:13 pm - i got paid $15 to write this. awesome.

I signed up today for a Spokeo Account, it combines all your networking and media sites onto one page. I really like the idea of the site, but I think that the sites' organization has a ways to go. I liked how all of my pictures showed up on one page, but the images were distorted because of incorrect proportions. I did really like how all of my friends were added for me, but it was a dissappointment not to see my individual friends' groups or user icons. Overall, the site needs a little work, but I really like the idea of it.
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