“Freedom”

What has always been a very fascinating part of the Internet history for me was that after the creation of Facebook, Twitter and other social platforms people became more active and more involved in social issue. At least, that’s what the majority of us like to think. We believe we are able to criticize other people’s behavior, by tracking every step they make. However, we are doing this from the privacy of our own little homes, hidden behind the screen of the laptop, tablet, iPhone, etc. We believe that by clicking the Like, Share or Tweet button we would make a difference. We became part of a reality called ‘clicktivism’. As much as we like to believe that Social Platforms provide us with a freedom of expression, I would say they just make us ‘all talk, no action’. However, the worst part of this process is that we don’t realize that social media issues are the television of the 20th century – professionally managed manipulations over the masses. So, how wouldn’t I be amazed of the influence social platforms had on us, they created the illusion of freedom, while tying our hands to our electronic devises.

The online world

Are we living in a society of surveillance due to the internet?

The internet was first used by scientists and the military, the main source for the military was surveillance. When the internet became mainstream, was it in fact just another way for society to be controlled and observed?

Growing up around the time of the social media phenomen I found myself giving private information to the internet. Facebook is a huge example for this.Facebook is a platform for connection all over the world. I first got Facebook when I was 12 years old, being a foolish youth I gave away all the sources I could be contacted by, e.g my email, my phone number, what school i went to, what town i live in etc. Therefore if anyone was to search my name on the internet they would gather all my information instantly.

We cannot delete anything that we post and therefore it can have negative effects on ourselves and our future. Even private messages on social networking are not private. (Check video link below).

Is there no privacy now because of the online world?

If we upload our lives does this mean self advertisement or invasion. Not only does the internet hold a huge amount of data of us as individuals but things like CCTV enable this invasion of our everyday lives. Is being so open helping our security or is it not allowing society to be independent and separate from this online world.

North Korea is a great example to battle this idea of an online world, Facebook has been banned and their internet is made up of around 30 websites. Ironically they have the smallest internet access in the world but they could be considered the most watched population.

As the internet progresses is privacy and surveillance a positive use or is it just a format to control the population?

Where did the internet come from?

I was fascinated that the internet developed through Arpanet. An  early packet switching network that used the protocol suite TCP/IP, became the foundation for the world wide web. It provided the technical foundations for how the internet is set up today. The aim was solely to share scientific knowledge, through sending information as ‘packages’. It was created by the U.S. Advanced Research Projects Agency, who merely wanted to connect 4 University computers.

The launch of the first weblogs was as early as 1997, just after the first email services (Hotmail) became available. Blogs were created through an online forum software, that came from running conversation threads. The developments in web publishing, allowed ordinary users who weren’t experts at using HTML and FTP to create a blog nontheless. WordPress was first launched in 2003, becoming much more user friendly than previous sites for weblogs. This is one of the main reasons for its popularity, hosting more than 14 billion blogs today. We no longer need great technical skills, which used to be the main factor that limited people from using it. Today anyone who has access to the internet, can set up a blog easily within a few minutes.

I think it’s incredible how such a small network was able to expand for everyone to access the internet, within a few years. What if it had stayed a communication method, only for the sharing of scientific knowledge? Was it inevitable that the internet would become the largest network for sharing information and communication?

ARPANET

The history of the internet in a nutshell

Development of weblogs

 

What is the internet without a good browser?

The evolution of the internet and its uses I find most interesting, as I feel the overall concept and  its original use was from a political standpoint and the idea of its possibilities were not thought of. However over time its evolved to what it is today, none of that would of been made possible and so easily accessible if it wasn’t for browsing which is often overlooked.

The internet is literally the definition of evolve. Firefox browser is a prime example of that as it is opened sourced meaning that its open for improvements by budding IT developers as modifications and customisation is encouraged, Not only just to help the company but for its consumers like me and you.

That shows the internet can, will and should always be in motion of change. Throughout history its uses and purpose was for the government, then to make as much money money out of society and now firefox gives IT savvy individuals the opportunity to create apps and develop their skills while still forever changing to allow it to be better.

To me firefox has a good idea if you want something to be changed, change it yourself!

Below are just two YouTube videos briefly explaining and giving an insight into the history of the internet and the history of firefox.

 

 

Where do you think the Internet will take us next?

The history of the internet, we don’t often think about the Internet in all it’s modern glory as having a past. But it is interesting to find out where it all started. As we know 1969 where it all really began with the likes of Arpanet, and by the 1975 Microsoft had been established and was being sold. So why wasn’t the internet truly for everyone until the 1990’s? Obviously we understand the rate of technological development has a part in this – no point in releasing something that didn’t work – but it was also down to price, something that expensive meant there was often only one computer per street. Which considering we each have a mini computer in our pockets seems ridiculous now.
Technology has come so far in such a small space, it makes you wonder where it will go next. What will seem like a distant and ridiculous past in another 30 years? And what is being developed that we don’t even know about? I know I’m excited for whatever the world of the Internet is going to throw at us next, and simply can’t wait for it.

The Development of the “weblog” to the “blog”.

An interesting fact I found about the history of the Internet was the “weblog” created in 1997. In the reading The History of the Internet in a Nutshell, it states that “the first blogs had been around for a few years in one form or another” but 1997 was the year the term “weblog” was first used. The term “weblog” refers to a website manually updated by its user through articles posted in reverse chronological order. The blog transformed from many different stages throughout the years. In Blogging by Jill Walker Rettberg, she claims that the first “blogs” started off as Usenet, then developed to online bulletin boards and finally moved on to online diaries, the first being Justin Hall and his website Justin’s Links. Rettberg states that the “most early websites were imagined as finished products rather than constantly updated blogs and social media we are familiar with today” (7).

I found this history of the blogging world interesting because in today’s modern society, the blog has transformed into something much bigger than an online diary or online forum. A blog is now a business or even a career. Compared to the old “weblogs”, where the websites were run by one individual posting online diary entries, blogs now contain a team of workers, writers, and creators. For example, the famous blogger Chiara Ferragni (link attached below) started her blog The Blonde Salad as a place to share photos with her friends. On her blog, Chiara writes that she started TheBlondeSalad.com as a way to express herself and her love for fashion. However, today, she admits TheBlondeSalad.com is so much more than just a personal blog; it’s a business and career. Chiara Ferragni works with major fashion designers, appears in the world’s top fashion magazines, created her own popular shoe line and has been named by Business of Fashion as one of the most influential personalities of the international fashion world. She even had a case study done on her at Harvard business school because of her success in the fashion industry.

Looking at the history of the internet and the “weblog” and comparing it to the blogging world today proves how much the Internet has affected our modern era.  The “weblogs” of the Internet started off more personal and as a form of expression, like a diary. Now, because of the development of social media and the spread of the Internet across the world, blogs have transformed into a business. Chiara Ferragni has a network of people working for her blog. Her blog has become not just her hobby or passion, but also her job and living. Social media has also allowed blogs to transform into more of business by spreading news and information around the world. Anyone can access the blog and be updated on new content through social media handles, thus transforming a personal space into a public business. Because of social media and the development of the Internet in a capitalist society, blogs have become a job or business, allowing bloggers a career in writing and posting pictures online. Thus, the development of the blog proves that the Internet has transformed into more than a way to connect with people; it is also an economic media market.

 

Sources:

Blogging by Jill Walker Rettberg 2014.

The Blonde Salad – Chiara Ferragni

IS THE INTERNET A PLAYGROUND FOR THE NEW REVOLUTION?

A playground is where kids have the freedom to let go and just express themselves through the games they play, or the conversations they carry out amongst each other. It is  a place where they are able to develop their social skills. Also you could argue that the playground creates some form of community, as it brings the kids together. Does this not reflect to how the internet is in today’s society?

One thing that may seem surprising, is that  the first most known form of social media was in 1997 called Six Degrees, where people were able to upload a profile and make friends with other users. As time went on, the world of social media began to evolve and in the 20th century the high percentage of people across the world using social media began to be part of the new revolution.

This new system of communication has given individuals more power. As social media such as Facebook and twitter have given people the freedom to voice their opinion. It also creates a sense of community. Where with Facebook you can create groups that people are free to join, to support specific campaigns. This  leads to the question on whether new revolution has loss the control of society, due to the freedom the internet gives us?