is an image blog consisting mostly of anonymous snapshots and Polaroids from the 1970s through the 1990s presented at random without description or context that go on for ever and ever and ever. (Some images NSFW.)
posted by Hey Dean Yeager!
on Jun 10, 2011 -
Iran has a conflicting relationship with the internet. On one side, a large portion of the population are online
, and even President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had a well-publicized blog
in 2006 (though it now seems to be offline). Then there was Iran's internet revolution
in 2009, when there were country-wide internet censorship that was countered by use of web proxies
. Later that same year, a company affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps purchased a majority share in the nation's telecommunications monopoly
. The fact that IRGC was involved with a for-profit company was not news, as IRGC has long been involved in Iran's economy
, but their role in communications was more troubling. The latest news causing a stir is a "halal" internet
for Iran, "an internet that conforms to Islamic principles, to improve its communication and trade links with the world
," according to a quote from head of economic affairs with the Iranian presidency, Ali Aqamohammadi. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on May 31, 2011 -
"As recently as a year ago, there were many publishers, librarians, and scholars who thought that electronic publishing was just a passing fad."
In 1996, the number theorist Andrew Odlyzko
, a pioneer in the development of "experimental mathematics" via large-scale computation, wrote a article, prescient in many respects, about the effect the Internet would have on the economics of scholarly publication, and on commerce more generally.
posted by escabeche
on May 29, 2011 -
Wikipedia And The Death Of The Expert
- "McLuhan prefigured the Internet era in a number of surprising ways. As he said in a March 1969 Playboy interview
: 'The computer thus holds out the promise of a technologically engendered state of universal understanding and unity, a state of absorption in the Logos that could knit mankind into one family and create a perpetuity of harmony and peace' ... Wikipedia, along with other crowd-sourced resources, is wreaking a certain amount of McLuhanesque havoc on conventional notions of 'authority', 'authorship', and even 'knowledge' ... Knowledge is growing more broadly and immediately participatory and collaborative by the moment."
posted by kliuless
on May 29, 2011 -
The McKinsey Global Institute has published "Internet Matters: The Net's sweeping impact on growth, jobs, and prosperity
" [70 Page PDF or just the Summary
]. "On average, the Internet contributes 3.4 percent to GDP in the 13 countries covered by the research an amount the size of Spain or Canada in terms of GDP, and growing at a faster rate than that of Brazil... For governments, investments in infrastructure, human capital, financial capital and business environment conditions will help strengthen their Internet supply domestic ecosystems." Found on Marginal Revolution where Tyler Cowen
has a few interesting comments.
posted by Blake
on May 26, 2011 -
According to recent studies, arguing on the internet is now the second most popular leisure activity in the world, just below shopping and just above sex. But how many of those who spend half their lives debating God versus Atheism or Climate Change on a message board or blog really know how to
win those arguments? Now, for the first time, anonymous internet guru Noseybonk reveals the ploys, tactics and strategems of Blogmanship: the art of winning arguments on the internet without really knowing what you are talking about. Part 1
, Part 2
, Part 3
, Part 4
, Part 5
posted by shakespeherian
on May 20, 2011 -
PBS's excellent weekly news magazine, Need to Know
why European broadband speeds are racing ahead of the USA. Britain now has 400 broadband suppliers with service available for as little as $6/month. Bonus: Harvard's Berkman Center reports
on broadband supply trends around the world.
posted by anigbrowl
on May 13, 2011 -
Founded in 2004 as a place to catalog LiveJournal drama rejected from Wikipedia, Encyclopedia Dramatica
rapidly became the premier site on the web for all manner of lulz
. Intended "in the spirit of Ambrose Bierce's The Devil's Dictionary,"
ED grew into a sprawling crowdsourced compendium of memes, subcultures, communities, personalities, and the endless feuds and controversies spawned by 4chan
and other anonymous imageboards
. While comprehensive, the site developed a reputation for nastiness -- full of "ironic" (?) racism, gratuitous porn, organized attacks on other sites, and disturbingly thorough dossiers on perceived enemies, all dripping with vicious snark (just check out their entry on MetaFilter
). But now, after more than six years, it appears the troll has become the trolled. Founder Sherrod "Girlvinyl" DeGrippo, allegedly disillusioned
by the site's legal woes
and nihilistic trajectory
, has permanently shuttered the site
and replaced it with OhInternet
, a slicker, cleaner, Web 2.0 effort modeled after more respectable internet guides like Know Your Meme
(which recently sold to Cheezburger Networks
for a cool $N million
, discussed here
). Backups and mirrors abound
, but as for the source? Pool's closed... forever
posted by Rhaomi
on Apr 15, 2011 -
Here’s what we think the Editor Trends Study tells us: Between 2005 and 2007, newbies started having real trouble successfully joining the Wikimedia community. Before 2005 in the English Wikipedia, nearly 40% of new editors would still be active a year after their first edit. After 2007, only about 12-15% of new editors were still active a year after their first edit. Post-2007, lots of people were still trying to become Wikipedia editors. What had changed, though, is that they were increasingly failing to integrate into the Wikipedia community, and failing increasingly quickly. The Wikimedia community had become too hard to penetrate.
- The Wikimedia Strategy March 2011 Update
discusses wikipedia's declining ability to retain new editors. Meanwhile the case of the deletion (and restoration)
of the article on the remarkably notable Old Man Murray
highlights the bad decisions that can occur when insular admins and editors favor deletionist sentiment and bureaucratic rule-waving over the input of outsiders and a basic level of research.
posted by Artw
on Mar 11, 2011 -
A complete guide to digital security for advocates and human rights defenders (and for you too!). It includes all the info and tools you'll need for anything related to personal digital security.
: Tools and tactics for mobile advocacy.
: Everything you need to make and distribute your own media.
: Set up you NGO using free and open-source software. [more inside]
posted by lemuring
on Feb 28, 2011 -
"Unlike the link ... likes are arguably easier to create. Moreover, they are explicit endorsements rather than implicit ones. Therefore, they carry more weight once they are pulled through the lens of our friends. More so than links, this new network of signals allows content to find you, rather than you having to go find it. The rise of likes, just as links before it, will create all kinds of new businesses. And we're just getting started." Are likes poised to replace links as the Web's primary signal?
Then again, it just might be getting out of hand
posted by bayani
on Feb 22, 2011 -
Social news site Reddit
recently held their "Best of Reddit 2010" awards
honoring key players in the site over the last year, including the progenitor of the Rally to Restore Sanity
, the clever drive-by cartoonist Sure_Ill_Draw_That
, unofficial image host Imgur
, and feel-good story of the year "Today you, tomorrow me."
But perhaps most interesting was the winner for Best Big Community: FFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUU!
Originally inspired by 4chan's popular Rage Guy meme
, F7U12 (for short) is a clearinghouse for user-made web comics, slice-of-life affairs that tell a story
or share a common frustration
using a small collection
of crudely drawn yet highly evocative facial expressions. Several have become small memes in their own right -- the wily Trolldad
, the doormat Okay
, the prideful Fuck Yea
, the melodramatic Gasp
. And one comic
, inspired by the warped text randomly generated by reCAPTCHAs
), has given us Lord Inglip
of a dark religion
now rivaling FSM
whose cryptic commands
marshal loyal armies
, and... canary
into exploits both monstrous
). Obey him -- or else!
More fun with F7U12: rage face origins
, rage faces in real life
, Twitter feed
, search comics
, create your own
posted by Rhaomi
on Feb 8, 2011 -