WEIRDLAND: Internet is giving everybody a voice

Friday, July 16, 2010

Internet is giving everybody a voice

Lindsay Lohan, photoshoot by Scott Nathan (2008)

"Lindsay Lohan to shill for their products. Now she's warning her fans not to Google her or their computers could fall victim to viruses. The company issued a press release earlier which included a quote from LiLo about how clicking on links to strange websites boasting of info on Lohan could ultimately infect your computer with a virus. Here's what Norton—and LiLo—had to say:Lindsay Lohan in Markus Klinko Indrani photoshoot (2010)

"I know I am very newsworthy, especially with everything going on and I'd hate to see my current situation cause frustration or damage to my fans," says Lohan. "If my friends and fans want to know what's going on with me, they need to stick to reliable news media outlets and not click on just any link in a search result. Better yet, please follow my Twitter feed and get the news straight from me!"

"We positively had goosebumps over the first part of the trailer, which uses a rendition of Radiohead's "Creep" by the Belgian girl's choir Scala over a series of chats and status update screens on a Facebook page. The second half of the trailer finally puts faces to the dialogue we've been hearing in teaser spots, and wow, we're impressed. Jesse Eisenberg looks like he has the part nailed, we're loving the brown color palette Fincher is using in those early Harvard scenes and it looks like the cast is firing on all cylinders".

Microsoft this week announced the addition of Facebook and Windows Live to its social network plugin for Outlook. Once installed, it will include the social data available about the sender, visible to the recipient from her latest Facebook updates.

Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network (2010)

Bourdieusian concepts offer a means to explain daily uses of social tools (social networks/fields), animated by flows of information. They further provide an explanation for how micro-level processes relate to macro-level phenomena. It would appear that socialization is what makes the Internet so "addicting". A British psychologist, Mark Griffiths, is studying "Internet addiction" and he defines "technological addictions" as "non-chemical (behavioural) addictions which involve human-machine interactions".
"Talking on the Internet, people regress. It's that simple", says expert Normand Holland. We access to Internet via different technologies including dial-up, 3G, ADSL, WiMax, Wi-Fi, etc. The main benefits of broadband is that the connection is always on, so access to the Internet is a a lot faster than the old dial up connections.

The government’s plans for implanting broadband in UK promises access to 2Mbps speed by 2012. Many homes and small businesses in rural areas are struggling with slower connection speeds, and the super-fast broadband projects couldn't not reach rural areas if they are not backed by public funds. Rural markets (defined as having a population less than 10,000) in the U.S. experienced a 16-percentage point increase in broadband penetration from 2007 to 2009, the fastest growing geographic market segment.
Jake Gyllenhaal attending "Teach For America Week" - Dominguez High School, Compton on 29th October, 2002

Broadband penetration was a topic highlighted in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) signed by President Obama earlier this year. The Recovery Act provided a total of $7.2 billion to the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

You can
compare internet service by entering your address, clicking in your area, checking the cheapest high speed internet providers.

New York, the largest local market, reached 96 percent broadband penetration in Q1 2009. Communities in every U.S. state but Delaware have applied to become test markets for Google's planned high-speed broadband network.

Google announced plans to deliver 1 gigabit-per-second fiber connections to 50,000 to 500,000 people. End users will pay a "competitive price" for the access, Google says. The company plans to choose where to build the network by the end of this year.
This map displays where the responses were concentrated. Each small dot represents a government response, and each large dot represents locations where more than 1,000 residents submitted a nomination.

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