Every time I go online, it’s not long before I’m lured away from whatever I’m looking for by the siren call of the the Internet’s more frenetic side. You know the sites. Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Pinterest — the usual suspects. They rear their heads anytime you’re trying to actually get things done.
In the frantic race to be the first to re-post, tweet or share the meme du jour, the troubling subtext to the Kony 2012 campaign seemed lost in a misguided cloud of excitement. While the intentions of the nearly countless people who leaped at the opportunity to support Invisible Children’s mission are noble, good intentions
Do you love music? Well, do you love music enough to pay for it? Or even sit down and listen to an album for 30 minutes? In 2012, not many people can answer these questions affirmatively. Thanks to our digital gizmos, we hardly ever sit down and listen to full albums anymore. The inattention of our
For years I’ve held a strong belief that, given two products, the older one is probably cooler, more authentic and better made. So I cling to the past whenever I can. Being fed up with this my brother told me, “Mike, you can’t pretend you’re living in the ’60s.” — which is precisely what I
The web’s hyperlink structure works kind of like the synapses in your brain, or the blood vessels in your circulatory system. Everything is interconnected, designed to pass information back and forth, sometimes in multiple directions simultaneously. It can be mind-bogglingly complex but it works because there are relatively few blockages. People can traverse the web
In the past five years, the dramatic shift in social media vessels (read: the Internet) has created a new world of communication. Also drastically changed in the past five years: my own religious beliefs. Thanks to the Internet, the world was no longer limited to wherever my feet could take me, parents could drive me or
Just as the prominence of the World Wide Web has changed drastically, so too has its "raison d’être" — it has gone from a database to a hub of real-time communication and social networks. It spreads ideas, news coverage and multimedia across geographical boundaries instantly, and researchers are constantly trying to make it even more