Tag Archives: internet

The Internet With A Human Face

I don’t know if they did this in Germany, but in our elementary schools in America, if we did something particularly heinous, they had a special way of threatening you. They would say: "This is going on your permanent record".

It was pretty scary. I had never seen a permanent record, but I knew exactly what it must look like. It was bright red, thick, tied with twine. Full of official stamps.

The permanent record would follow you through life, and whenever you changed schools, or looked for a job or moved to a new house, people would see the shameful things you had done in fifth grade.

How wonderful it felt when I first realized the permanent record didn’t exist. They were bluffing! Nothing I did was going to matter! We were free!

And then when I grew up, I helped build it for real.

more on idlewords.com.

The brilliant Maciej Cegłowski on spying and the loss of online privacy, not necessarily to the government.

The Next Net

Do we ask George Soros for some money?

more on shareable.net.

Dissatisfied with surveillance, censorship and the looming loss of net neutrality, an idealist dreams about building a new network to replace the internet.

The World Wide Web is Moving to AOL!

Don’t worry, all of that hard work won’t be wasted. The World Wide Web will remain accessible for 30 days, which will give you plenty of time to update your readers and customers. Each of you will also receive a 30-day free trial for AOL. Look for your CD in the mail soon.

What if the the web had shut down in 1998 and moved to AOL?

Tech Confessional: The Googler Who Looked At The Worst Of The Internet

Sitting in the sun at a tech company cafeteria, this former Google worker described a year spent immersed in some of the darkest content available on the Internet. His role at the tech company mainly consisted of reviewing things like bestiality, necrophilia, body mutilations (gore, shock, beheadings, suicides), explicit fetishes (like diaper porn) and child pornography found across all Google products — an experience that he found “scarring.” The company refused to make him a full-time worker, keeping him on contract status without much of a support system.
more on buzzfeed.com

That sounds terrifying, yet the worst thing this person seem to complain about is that he wasn’t hired full time.

The Web We Lost

A decade ago, Technorati let you search most of the social web in real-time (though the search tended to be awful slow in presenting results), with tags that worked as hashtags do on Twitter today. You could find the sites that had linked to your content with a simple search, and find out who was talking about a topic regardless of what tools or platforms they were using to publish their thoughts.
more on dashes.com

A nostalgic view on the web that feels so distant now. Good read.

The Facebook Illusion

The German philosopher Josef Pieper wrote a book in 1952 entitled “Leisure: The Basis of Culture.” Pieper would no doubt be underwhelmed by the kind of culture that flourishes online, but leisure is clearly the basis of the Internet. From the lowbrow to the highbrow, LOLcats to Wikipedia, vast amounts of Internet content are created by people with no expectation of remuneration. The “new economy,” in this sense, isn’t always even a commercial economy at all. Instead, as Slate’s Matthew Yglesias has suggested, it’s a kind of hobbyist’s paradise, one that’s subsidized by surpluses from the old economy it was supposed to gradually replace.
more on nytimes.com

Finally somebody has the courage to say that in the internet economy the numbers fundamentally don’t add up. Apparently we need another dotcom bust to make it plain to everybody.