Archive for September, 2009

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Fahrenheit 2.0

September 18, 2009

In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury illustrates the life of Guy Montage, a fireman whose job it is to start fires. The lifestyles of the people in this world are over-stimulated with infinite television and radio programming and advertising. The people have grown hostile to printed materials because it is so overwhelming it leads to mood fluctuations that are not favorable.  They want knowledge that is simple and easy going. A war is going on but they are more concerned with watching their programs on their televisions, which are tailored specifically for them.

The book was written in 1953 more than fifty years before the web 2.0 era, the rise of Myspace and YouTube. But it provides a  perfect illustration of the people today within a different medium: The Internet.

Instead of firemen that burn the illegal books, we have spam filters and safe searches, moreover a Google algorithm that makes decisions for us. Instead of concerning over the wars in the world we are concerned for Taylor Swift.

In the book television programs are tailored to the viewer, on the internet our facebook pages administer only sites and information that would best suit ourselves.

The internet users neither care nor value knowledge, they only want what interests themselves: a fast connection and an awesome YouTube video.

The once mighty ethical newspapers will be gone, slain by the hands of Perez Hilton and his TMZ ilk.

In Bradbury’s book some resist and continue to read the printed materials only to become punished by the law or forced to become outcasts from society by running away from civilization. So too will people who neglect maintaining their facebook page.

I would much rather escape this mess than become entangled in the internet.

 “Don’t face a problem. Burn it.” – Guy Montage                    

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My phone found me a home

September 11, 2009
Challenging Chico

Challenging Chico

I recently transferred from San Diego to Chico for school. In preparation for the move my future roommates and I came to Chico during the summer with one goal: find an affordable place to live near the school. We had researched a few spots in advance on our home PC’s but none had satisfied all our needs or were unavailable. Later, with daylight running out we took a seat and began to stress. It felt as if we were not going to find any place to call home.

But then without a computer in sight, we hit the World Wide Web. All three of my roommates busted out their phones and began searching craigslist, chicohousing.com and anywhere else they could find results. It was the most beautifully orchestrated internet operations I have ever witnessed. It could not have been more than 10 minutes that passed but we were able to find a place to our specifications and call a landlord that was available to show us a model unit.

I had just witnessed something that was not possible a few years ago or even last year for that matter. The ability to search the internet wirelessly at blazing speeds with an electronic device the size of a wallet.

And that is the power that is available nowadays for those willing to pay for it, wireless freedom of the internet and all its content.

But with this comes a new problem for all industries, especially journalists. To create content specifically aimed at the new mobile web devices and smart phones that have emerged.

According to Mike Swift of the San Jose Mercury 65 million people connect to the social networking site Facebook via mobile devices. It is clear that if a publication could customize their reporting to reach this growing market they too can have great success just like Facebook.

I now have a nice apartment to live in thanks to a handheld device and wireless internet. I would welcome new media tools and even pay extra for certain information and services if it continues to make my life run smoothly.

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Hello world!

September 11, 2009

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