Internets: Serious Business!
These last few months have seen an increase in the attacks on the participatory culture of the web. The mainstream establishments, both political and corporate, have been looking with a cautious eye towards this new developing place.
So far we've established that blogs can get you fired
, keep you from getting a job
, give pedophiles a place to ruminate on snatching your children,
threaten journalistic integrity *snicker*, endanger the marketing
, product planning
, and product life cycles
for automobile manufacturers, can infect your computer with virii
, and have all sorts of negative consequences
. The internets (both of them) can cause your children to be charmed, seduced, and addicted by readily available porn,
and can also provide access to extremist radical and fundamentalist groups, prompting Congress to discuss more restrictive legislation
), but only for the porn. It has even been claimed that the web has given "Al Qaeda wings"
. P2P is blamed as causing record loses by the music industry, despite their investments in
local station marketing
payola. The FEC has held public hearings attended by both hemispheres of the blogosphere
(amazingly in near-agreement) discussing the regulation of political speech online
. The figureheads of a certain political party fear that their affiliated slice of the blogosphere may be too far-left.
Newspapers and TV are leading the charge, with the internet standing in for pharmaceutical scares, yo-yo diets, and missing white women.
The question is, how will the libertarian-minded digerati respond to this very real attack on the essence of web culture?
posted by rzklkng
on Jul 29, 2005 -
lets you play music (not MIDI) collaboratively with random people in real-time offset by one measure
posted by Tlogmer
on Jul 15, 2005 -
Can't Find On Google . Com
While many people seem to think that Google can find anything (and knows everything), experienced web surfers know the results are often a bit lacking. So this site allows you to post what you are really looking for and what you punched in to the "Big G" to try to find it. The owner claims to know someone who works at Google that is "always interested in what people can't find on Google" - doubtful IMHO if they will really change anything based on this site. But semi-interesting stuff that highlights the inadaquacy of search engine technology.
posted by RonZ
on Jul 10, 2005 -
- aims to reduce Climate Change by empowering individuals to erase their CO2 footprint by purchasing carbon credits. The site enables users to subscribe based on the greenhouse gas usage in their country, with the subscription buying carbon credits in a forestry scheme in Australia. Would you consider subscribing?
posted by gusset
on Jul 3, 2005 -
is a super simple, extremely clean route to having, what you always wanted (admit it), your very own wiki
. Just enter your username and email address, and wait for the password to be sent to you, and you're off and running. No need for your own web space, no messing around with CGI, PHP or Python, and if you're worried that the site will vanish and take your stuff with it, you can even download your entire wiki in a ZIP file. It's not the first
free wiki farm
out there, but it's just about as simple and clean as one can get.
But what do you do with it once you have one? I've been using a personal wiki for keeping track of ideas, places and characters for a (rather sprawling) novel project; the simplified page markup of a wiki combined with easy hyperlinking make them great for brainstorming. You could also start up a game of Lexicon
, which is well-suited for play on a wiki
, and as previously seen
in these parts. Or, you know, you could just start your own Everything
. (Originally found on bOINGbOING
posted by JHarris
on Jun 4, 2005 -
"we're interested in representations. In naming. In indicating. In schematics. In the labelling and taxonomy of things. In poems that masquerade as stories; in stories that disguise themselves as indices or obituaries." (via
posted by dhruva
on Apr 27, 2005 -
registered a few weeks ago by our very own rcade
. He hedged his bets by registering six domains in all, and now is being called out for popesquatting.
posted by riffola
on Apr 19, 2005 -
is "the search engine puppy that retrieves EXACTLY what you are searching for (and absolutely nothing else!)" ;-)
This is a simple yet rather humorous search engine parody - are there any other good ones out there?
posted by Metauser
on Feb 28, 2005 -
Dave Winer slams the new Google Toolbar Autolink feature
as "poorly thought out" adware that unilaterally raises "serious integrity issues" for the Web. Southern Rants
adds this pointed critique: "The most important point Winer makes is that it's not about technology. It's about making a HUGE change on the Web, our new social nexus, without discussion. See, he and I are old enough to remember when no one would do such a thing without taking it to ISOC or some such org. It needs discussion. It needs consideration. That's what Google doesn't understand." [via Ed Cone]
posted by mediareport
on Feb 24, 2005 -
. This gentleman offers to scrape any website (at his discretion) to provide you the custom feed you want. For instance, I wanted a simple black box on my site with the real-time number of coalition casualties in Iraq. I pointed him to this site
. He scraped the one number and provided this feed
posted by stupidsexyFlanders
on Feb 18, 2005 -
Weenie Juke Radio
: "...and that was Sleepy John Estes singing Drop Down (I Don't Feel Welcome Here)
and Bo Carter, North Canton Quartet are coming up."
Automated yet they take requests. For your favorite Yazoo, Document, Biograph or Arhoolie country blues and string band recording artists, here's your Juke
posted by y2karl
on Jan 2, 2005 -
Recently we've all been thinking
about flat (or better, faceted
web apps that organize email
, and general knowledge
. The common threads are metadata
(tags, categories, labels) that enrich relationships within and hence searchability
of large collections. But besides marketroid hype
, snark) and a computer that plays Twenty Questions
can we do and study using faceted data structures: searchable culture references
in The Simpsons, library science
, computer filesystems
development, models for human memory and cognition
posted by fatllama
on Dec 5, 2004 -
“Ten Years, Ten Trends”
Highlights of the major findings in Year Four of the Digital Future Project’s study of the impact of the Internet on Americans.
posted by gwint
on Oct 15, 2004 -