The Internet, Dangerous and Free

Reaffirming the Internet's amazing powers of communication and social networking, and their implications, is the rise of the controversial new household issue of profile regulation. Parents are afraid of what their child's profile might look like and who might see it, and children are afraid that their parents might see their profile and make them change it. A child's appearance and actions in virtual reality seem to be under even more scrutiny than his actions in the real world.

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Recently I've heard that a student from one of the 5C's was caught to be downloading stuff. Whatever the stuff may be, I heard it was music, but could be other things included in that as well. Anyhow, first, I really want to know if a $3000 fine was necessary. Also, how do the colleges find these people anyways?! Do they monitor inflow and outflow of activity from different IP adresses?

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As the Internet continues evolving and expanding, we see a shift from older to newer forms of entertainment, specifically from television to video-sharing sites such as YouTube. It has become a popular form of entertainment among teenagers. With younger generations spending more time on the computer, online network sites have developed ways to attract them to their sites. YouTube allows anyone to post up videos, enabling unknown individuals to share their stories with the World Wide Web audience.


I generally do not think too much about online privacy concerns, and am often dismissive of most threats. Count me as one of the few and proud mac owners, who gleefully downloads whatever email attachment and visits whatever site with the knowledge my computer wont be infected. But after reading last weeks articles on privacy, and looking over my facebook security settings, I see my worry free attitude toward internet security has crossed over into the protection of my personal information.

Let the innocent teenager have a myspace profile?

An issue that used to be important to my friends and I, although it doesn't affect me much anymore, is the regulation and prohibition of online networking sites like MySpace. As we all know, many parents prohibit their teens from using these sites, or try to control how they use them. Boyd writes at length about this these regulations, and they become a significant dispute for many families. At the risk of sounding like a teenager who wants to complain about his or her family rules (they're like the most unfair ever!), I want to champion a more relaxed method of oversight.



Is it just me or has anyone gotten tired of people blogging into their webcams and then posting them on youtube. I mean i guess if if found them interesting i wouldn't have a big problem with it, but because i don't and i think they are boring and repetitive, maybe they should a new form of expressing their emotions...... like diary.

is the internet really that private

in this weeks readings boyd and lange both talk about internet networking sites and the amount of privacy we have on them. sure the internet has its basic privacy settings and what not but do we as users actually have all of the privacy that we actually think we have.

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I was especially interested in Boyd's essay. Now we can use social network service very easily, without special knowledge or technique. However, now we are required more complicated social skill besides the skill face to face because almost all of us are using those as a communication tools with friends for granted.


I was very surprised to know that there are 700,000 people who hate the new feeds on facebook. I've always enjoyed the new feeds because I get to see what my friends are doing. I can understand why people dislike it because it can be an invasion of privacy, but there's a feature on facebook that is being undermined. There's a small 'x' next to the box of the event and when clicked on, you can choose to 'hide the story.' When you click that, it no long appears on the news feed. It's understandable if there are things that should be hidden.

Internet Fame and its relation to the public world

As Patricia Lange discusses throughly, the use of the internet has and continues to redefine the meaning public and private space. She says that, " public and private are relative terms and shift according to individual perspectives." Be that as it may I assume that most people would describe their homes as more private than say the grocery store or movie theater. Still through videos and social networking sites we invite people into an identifiable personal part of our lives.

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