Posts Tagged ‘World Wide Web’
- Happy 20th birthday, World Wide Web (benzinga.com)
- thenextweb: Today is a significant day in the history of the… (shortformblog.tumblr.com)
- 20 years of the Web (zdnet.com)
Ben Hammersley, at FT.com, gives this capsule description of the Internet profile today:
The internet has come a long way since Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web, turned on the first web server in Geneva on Christmas day 1990. Today, 2bn people are online; 800m of them are on Facebook. Every minute, 24 hours worth of video is uploaded to YouTube. Google, a company founded only 15 years ago, has a market capitalisation just short of $200bn and a mission statement that it intends “to organise the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful” – something no one thinks unlikely or even remarkable. We now bank, shop, communicate, work and date through the internet. The internet has come of age. It is as defining an achievement for humanity as the Enlightenment or the industrial revolution.
This article includes a review of three books that are longer reports on the state of the Internet, or SOI.
- The Semantic Web | MIT World (mitworld.mit.edu)
- Web Inventor Tim Berners-Lee Seeks Voice-Enabled Internet in Africa (fastcompany.com)
- Journalists of the future need data skills, says Berners-Lee (guardian.co.uk)
I do all kinds of things here. I copy in snippets of images, I quote other news items, I write about myself and what I have experienced, I tell the blogosphere about my computing issues and sometimes I record historical moments. And since this is a weblog, I can’t think of a better place to note that www came into common usage about 20 years ago. Here is a quote from that greatest of sources NY Times:
A 1992 paper by Berners-Lee and Cailliau pointed the way to future usage: “The W3 worldview is of documents referring to each other by links,” they wrote. “For its likeness to a spider’s construction, this world is called the Web.”That single spidery word, capitalized or uncapitalized, would bear countless offspring. The online edition of the Oxford English Dictionary catalogs some of the most common web compounds, like web address, web browser, webcam, webcast, web crawler, web developer, web design, webinar, weblog, webmaster, webmistress, web page, web publisher, web server, web site, web surfer and webzine. (The O.E.D. might have gone overboard by including a couple of iffy web-words: webliography, for a Web-based bibliography, and webmeister, a silly alternative to webmaster.)
But that’s not all: weblog, first used in 1997 on Jorn Barger’s “Robot Wisdom Weblog,” made lexical history two years later when Peter Merholz playfully shortened it to blog. Blog soon begat a whole new generation of techno-neologisms in the blogosphere, where bloggers compile blogrolls, celebrate blogiversaries and suffer from blogorrhea. The vowel of blog can mutate, as when law blogs are called blawgs or requests via blog posts are called blegs (combining blog and beg). The “b” in these words is all that remains from its ancestor, Berners-Lee’s Web, and even that slim vestige can be lost when blog blends with other words, as in vlog (a video blog) and splog (a spam blog).
So there it is much ado about Web this and that!
It’s possible this episode signals that publishers big and small are being put on notice that content theft is unacceptable and will henceforth be vigilantly policed by the eye of the crowds. The plague of small northeastern food magazines copying articles from websites might finally come to an end.
It’s more likely that this serves as a reminder that crowds are attracted to drama above all else: drama over principle, drama over consistency, drama over proportion. To revolt against small outrages wherever it’s expedient, to laugh at the failings of silly villains where they’re available. If this is the future of crowd justice, we’re all in a pickle.
And I suggest that blogging “justice” in China proves that drama is really what all this copyright stuff is about. Whenever I mention any article I give attribution and I spread the word. That’s what really happens on the Web, but IP and copyright fundamentalists don’t get it. We also serve who “copy and propagate”!
- Copyright scandal cooks up online frontier justice (theglobeandmail.com)
- The Cooks Source Case: Public Domain vs. Public Domain (plagiarismtoday.com)
WWW is such a rich and connected space. I subcribe to an emailing of news aggregated by the News Trust. I began this subscription because they offered to aggregate from a variety of sources including the blogosphere. And this morning they connected me to Nick Carr.
The first connection was whether our use of the web was a form of “addiction” or rather a simple dependency along with all the dependencies we have built up with all the technology we use every without thinking about it much until one day it doesn’t work.
Because I used to like to peruse Carr’s blog stuff, I peaked into his PoP Posts. or whatever he calls that list in this blog and found a post about “innocent fraud” which is a term coined by JK Galbraith, a giant in economics and writing about that and politics. JKG’s last written opus is titled “The Economics of Innocent Fraud”.
The simple example of innocent fraud is how MSM has accepted the term “The Market Economy” as a more palatable substitute for “Capitalism“. This substitution helps we consumers swallow the lie that the economy is influenced primarily by us, the consumers of the products of the Market Economy. Just an innocent fraud and not a black lie. Nick Carr goes on to comment about the blogosphere that he is a visible part of:
What we tell ourselves about the blogosphere – that it’s open and democratic and egalitarian, that it stands in contrast and in opposition to the controlled and controlling mass media – is an innocent fraud.
So I checked out the Amazon listing of Galbraith’s book. Thus the connected space of the blogosphere, for me this morning reading and blogging in Dalian, China, which is on the coast of the Yellow Sea!
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- James K. Galbraith: Why the ‘Experts’ Failed to See How Financial Fraud Collapsed the Economy (alternet.org)
- distorting info and encouraging fraud in the housing market (and the economy in general) (schansblog.blogspot.com)
- Books For Readers Who Don’t Read Anymore (andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com)
I’ve been looking at the image in this link to the Astronomy Picture of the Day.
Then when I got here to post Zemanta offered me the image on the right here.
Some would have us believe that evocative images are proof that God is the First Cause of Nature, or something like that. All I think of is that homo sapiens does some pretty startling things to get those images to us, just like that. Including delivering the Internet and WWW with all the words and images we can find there every day.
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- How to Harness the Power of the Twitter in 4 Easy Steps (winningtheweb.com)
- A reasoned response to Scala/Ruby at Twitter… (dehora.net)
He writes/blog posts thus:
It’s no surprise, then, that the vast majority of blogs have been abandoned. Technorati has identified 133 million blogs since it started indexing them in 2002. But at least 94 percent of them have gone dormant, the company reports in its most recent “state of the blogosphere” study. Only 7.4 million blogs had any postings in the last 120 days, and only 1.5 million had any postings in the last seven days.
For me, my blog is an lifo (last in, first out) diary of thoughts and images I find on the Web and in the blogosphere with my own thoughts appended to introduce and comment on those thoughts and images. It’s a collection of thoughts and images published on web sites and in blogs across the Internet’s cyberspace. Since I post about what I find stimulating and fun, my itty bitty part of the 1.5 million blogs that are active won’t die right away.