They think it’s all over. It is now…

7 06 2007

…Thank goodness.

Whew.  That exam wasn’t too bad, I didn’t get to write down everything I had to say, my essay was a little short, but at least it’s over now.

This is probably the last time I’ll post anything on this blog.

In the words of the great Martin Luther King, “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

Well, for three days.  Then it’s back to school for A2… *collapses with exhaustion on keyboard* gklwt6iop345;[sd


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6 06 2007


Well, the history exam was dreadful, so I thought I’d do something a little more lighthearted, and at the same time cover an area of new media I haven’t really looked at on this blog before: Internet culture.

 You see, the Internet has its own culture.  I’ll admit that I haven’t escaped its dreaded influence – for example, I know what “lol” means.  Still, at least I’ve never played World of Warcraft, and I have never used exclamations like “w00t” or “pwned” in actual conversation, unlike certain nerds I could mention…

Internet culture involves the spreading of ideas, so that some things become famous online simply through word-of-mouth.  A good example would be the way songs posted on the Internet become massively popular despite being virtually unknown offline, such as the hilarious “The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny” by Lemon Demon and the awesome “Canon Rock” by JerryC.  Also demonstrative of the power of Internet culture is the massive hype that surrounded Snakes on a Plane.

Another common element of Internet culture is “webspeak” or “MSNspeak” – dialects constructed from text messaging, “leet” hacker slang, computer codes such as binary and hex, fake html tags (such as <irony></irony>), adoptions from foreign languages, and quotes from cult video games (“Where’s that DAMN fourth Chaos Emerald?”).  Then of course there are smilies 🙂 and other emoticons ^_^ and ASCII art.  Some of it can be quite hard to understand, too.  Out of curiosity, I Googled for “dictionary internet slang”, and found that there are actually websites that exist purely to help parents figure out what exactly their kids are saying to one another online.

Heck, there’s even a “Hacker” (leet) version of Google.  Well, that’s all I’ve got to say about computer culture.  Crazy, huh?  The Internet really is one weird creature, that’s for sure.

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Censorship considered harmful

6 06 2007

I’m getting nervous now.  History exam this afternoon, no idea what I’m going to write, and media first thing tomorrow.

Anyway, latest from BBC news, Amnesty International have spoken out against Internet censorship.  They claim that the Internet “could change beyond all recognition” if something is not done about the increasing censorship, which they consider companies like Google, Microsoft and Yahoo are allowing to continue.  They warn that more and more countries are imitating China, banning websites and arresting bloggers.  For example, Egyptian blogger Abdul Kareem Nabeel Suleiman recieved 4 years imprisonment for insulting the president and Islam.

Amnesty are holding a conference, “Some People Think the Internet is a Bad Thing: The Struggle for Freedom of Expression in Cyberspace.”  Various people will speak, including Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikimedia, who was involved in devising a “bloggers’ code of conduct” earlier this year.

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BlackBerry picking

5 06 2007

The BlackBerry is a PDA type device.  It can send and recieve emails, telephone, fax, text and browse the Internet, as well as run certain software.  As Shawn Baldwin of Capital Management Group puts it, “it allows me to be out of the office but still have the office with me.”

This to my mind sounds like a mixed blessing.  When you leave the office, surely you don’t want to carry on working?  With the BlackBerry there’s no excuse for laziness.  That doesn’t stop various successful enterprisers from making videos about why they love their BlackBerrysAdam Lowry, of Method Products inc. says “It helps me manage my own sanity.”  O-K…  Good for you, Mr. Lowry.  Moving swiftly on, Nina Garcia of Elle magazine explains “BlackBerry, for me, is freedom.”  Being at the mercy of my clients’ and colleagues’ emails all day isn’t my idea of freedom but there you go.  Actually, I’m a little scared by some of the videos.  For example, New York choreographer Danielle Flora exclaims “It absolutely changed my life!  Completely.  I’m serious, it really has.”  Actually, I’ve never heard of Flora before, but her video’s wonderful – she actually does claim to “love” her BlackBerry and describes it as “awesome” and “huge” (by which she means it’s good) and like Garcia talks of the “freedom” it gives her.  You begin to wonder about these people, but they’re all successful business men and women, so they must have a point.

And then, of course, there’s Mo Rocca

But the BlackBerry isn’t just for work.  Oh no.  The BlackBerry is “for life”.  I’m not yet sure if that’s as opposed to “just for Christmas.”  It can be used for social purposes too.  It can even play the odd game (although I bet it doesn’t do Tetris).

 Edit: I removed the link to Baldwin’s “why I love my BlackBerry” because that video doesn’t seem to exist any more.  They must have taken it down.  Does this mean he doesn’t love his BlackBerry anymore?  Has he dumped it?  Is it heartbroken?  I’m crying into my keyboard just thinking about it.

Adam’s “last-minute” update

5 06 2007

Adam’s latest update includes a faulty link.  You can access the page it refers to by clicking on this page or entering that into the bar at the top of the screen.  Worth doing, there’s actually some useful stuff there.

Edit: He’s fixed it now.  Good ol’ Adam.

Internet stats (proper)

5 06 2007

Sorry about the last post.  So, these stats.  Basically, comScore have revealed that the average European accesses the net 16.5 days in a month, and spends 24 hours viewing 2,662 web pages.  The country with the “highest net penetration” is Norway, with 83% of the population online, whilst the country with the lowest is Russia (11% online).  Germany have the largest online population at 32.5m 15 year olds and above, whilst the UK has the most active Internet users with 21m people online everyday.

However, the managing director of comScore Europe, Bob Ivins, says that given convergence people watch TV online as well, so it’s tricky to give accurate statistics.  He also indicates the way UK Internet usage increased after the introduction of Broadband.

Must… type… blog… (Internet stats)

4 06 2007

Groan… short post here, been trying (not necessarily successfully) to revise all day… sooo tired…

So, BBC article on internet user stats is here, and says stuff about how us lot in uk are teh most activw internet users and it also mentions sweden somewhere i think… ugh i’ll read it in the morning… too tired to blog zzzzzzzz