Posted by Daniel on May 22, 2007, 8:24 am
Message modified by board administrator May 22, 2007, 9:41 am
Up until about three weeks ago I got most of my news from going to the BBC International version home page and about four other sources. I learned that I could highlight a word I did not know, right click it and automatically look that word up with Google. Most of the time the first result came from Wikipedia.- http://en.wikipedia.org |
Wikipedia is laid out in a format where about every other word is a link to more information on that subject. There would be times it would take me a day just to get through one page; one link led to another and another and another. When you reached the end of your interest on that word or subject you would return to the original article you were reading and try to get through another sentence or two! Fascinating to say the least. Between emails the message board and news my Internet playtime was cutting into my work time. I experienced Internet poverty.
I found a video called "What the bleep do we know" from an email sent by a friend (seems like years ago now). I found the information to be interesting, liberating and seeming to have the potential to change not only my world but also THE world. In my excitement I posted a link to the movie on a local message board, wanting to share this "good news" with everyone. As I searched the Internet for more information I came upon pages which questioned what I had originally taken to be either the "truth" or having a high content of "truth". It was my first real experience of learning to really question information and proved to be a bit humbling, as I had to append the message board with links to more information. I experienced Internet blushing.
What I had also discovered was the power and fun of video sites like You Tube. I spent some time playing around with all of the information one can find just on that one site alone (I now have links to almost 20 similar sites). I was impressed with the ability of anyone to see a video from start to finish at any time they wanted (they must have a lot of movies playing all at once ) I experienced Internet amazement.
I also went through a stage of feeling that this wonderful Internet was really vulnerable in that photos, audiotapes even videos could be manipulated to show something other than the truth. I experienced Internet insecurity.
Then I discovered a site called Digg which is basically a collection of links with short explanations sent in by different people. I found many of the stories on Digg to be of interest to me and in no time at all my "news" time tripled. In the past I was impressed with the power of the Internet in its ability to give me information on whatever subject came to mind and I had a few subjects which I primarily focused on. With Digg my areas of interest expanded tremendously with one link leading to another. When you find something interesting it seems like a normal desire to save it to the computer for future reference, to start my own storehouse of information. Just storing all of the links and data can become a job in itself! I discovered Internet work!
Recently one of the links on Digg was about this guy who reads http://fourhourworkweek.com.nyud.net:8080/2007/05/16/how-scoble-reads-622-rss-feeds-each-morning/622 RSS feeds a day! I had never read an RSS feed (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSS_(file_format)) so I went to Google and signed up for their free reader and jumped into a new world of even more information. Within day's I had subscribed to the feeds from over 15 websites, had marked 192 articles with a star (which meant I wanted to read them at a later time) and I had added 137 links to my www.google.com/reader/shared/05878187588065470821 - share page! I experienced Internet insanity.
More or less unknown to me my work time became less and less as I gravitated toward the good feeling and fascination of learning. I became seriously addicted to both the news itself and the learning curve using RSS readers and other programs require to use them proficiently. Every opportunity was spent going to the reader to see what stories popped up next. I experienced Internet overload.
A couple of day's ago I linked to video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8172271955308136871&q=911Mysteries - video about 911 which raised questions about the official version. Personally I have never been much of a conspiracy kind of guy and the information I saw peaked my interest but that was about it. Over the next few day's I researched it a bit more and found information supporting both sides, lots of information. One video in particular was so convincing that I once again posted it to the message board but this time suggesting to those who found the story interesting to do more research on their own. There is so much information on this subject from both sides of the fence that one kind of feels helpless in the amount of time it would take to really have the information one needs to come to an educated position. I experienced Internet worthlessness.
Yesterday I linked to a video of an interview with Congressman Ron Paul on The Korelin Economics Report. In this interview Ron Paul lays out some mind blowing information about the federal reserve and the precarious nature of the US economy. It's hard to believe this is a Congressman of the United States saying these things! I experienced Internet fear.
He points out that the way that the USA is about the only country in the world which has the freedom which allows people to talk about the subject that he and the interviewers are talking about. Ron Paul (near the end of part 3) also speaks about the power and the freedom of the Internet. I experienced Internet hope.
This is a whole new world we are living in, it is changing and growing at a rate which is literally mind blowing and as long as the connection last it will continue to be something most of us will learn to use eventually. Wow!
Onward through the fog.
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