Power of the web

Posted: August 8, 2010 in Uncategorized

My reading log continues with an insight of the development of the web.

The first reading clearly present the generation of the Web. A comparison of the Internet in the past and the present. In the 1980s, the Internet was funded for research, not commerce. The reading also mentions the new role of online audiences in creating media contents. The writer gives an interesting example of two ways communication on BitTorrent, where web users can both download and upload files. Another interesting point in the article lies in the writer’s consideration of online culture as ‘’the culture’. Amish web site is another precise example of how the Internet is applied as a powerful tool for the farmers to run their family business. However, the question here is that there’s some parts of the world people do not have access to the Internet.

An experience on online reading in ‘The Evolution from Linear Thought to Networked Thought’ is impressed to me. Although, there has been a striking increase in the numbers of online books, articles, etc., people prefer to read in printed version. Here, Scott not just only talks about the Internet but also new media devices such as Kindle. It is interesting when the writer talks about his experience in doing research through Google. I found it sounds like me cause sometimes when I follow all the links appear on the web I almost get lost and have no idea what I have started so I have to do it all again. Obviously, the Internet changes the way we read and the way we observe the information.

Reading Scott Karp contends that journalists need to make use of the Internet as a strategic tool to publish information. In other words, they should understand the Web as a pool of online devices that can make their work more interesting and powerful.


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