Originally posted by randomname
a book, a pencil, paper, your brain and human contact used to and still does accomplish the same thing without pop up ads, spam, trojan horses
i remember when google actually showed you what you were searching for instead of directing you to amazon or ebay.
for example, i once looked up napolean and brandy with free shipping popped up.
edit on 1-12-2012 by randomname because: (no reason given)
The difference between a pad of writing paper or a good book ( something I personally enjoy very much ) is the dynamics.
The Internet - especially as proven-out during the Arab Spring uprisings - is a paradigm shifting creation. It was not too long ago in human history
that news might take weeks, or even months to move from one population center to another - and even then was usually fraught with inconsistencies and
Bebe... did you hear. Apparently there were riots in New York a few weeks ago. The Editor discussed it in this weeks paper. Those violent Yanks and
This inefficient means of information dissemination worked in favor of Governments and the powerful. It was easy for them to dictate what words got
put into history books. Or at least easier
Now? If a Government orders its soldiers to fire on a crowd of unarmed protesters to make a point
to the people? It's on Youtube, Twitter, and
FB within minutes - for the world to see. To see, judge, more importantly, to react to. Radio and TV lacked this Interactivity to a large part. An
indicator - media, well into to the nineties often included dialogue like "Boss, that story was a hit - the phones area all lighting up!" That was
the level of our empowerment, to a large degree. Get angry? Write a letter to the editor or call the local network.
Now if a tragedy or travesty occurs we can interact in real time. We can see the brutal reality of a situation, mobilize opinion, and act as a
population in nearly real time.
THIS is what the war for the Internet is about. And what we are trying to protect. THIS is the paradigm shift that the people in power were unprepared
for, failed to understand adequately, and are now trying so desperately to control. This instant flow of unfiltered reality.
In 1963, by a very random chance of fate, we got a Zapruder film. ONE film. If Kennedy were shot today? There's be a thousand videos of it, from
every possible angle - all available to the general public within hours. No FBI seizures, censorship, etc.
Quite the problem for those who want to misbehave.
As for Google ( or any search engine ) giving commercial results first? I can accept that. They provide a service that I utilize daily - so tolerating
ads is fine by me. But, then again, the free market is to blame on two levels for those searches. First, by Google putting those who pay at the very
top ( they are moral about this - they do list the advertisers separately ) but also because one of the booming industries right now is based in
search engine optimization. Pay a ton of money and a company will use a handful of tricks to make sure YOUR site is on that first Google page of any
IMO the Google issue is organic and part of the evolution of the free Internet. But the UN and US government are both currently trying to hijack that
organic growth and make it so all future growth and innovation is by design.