The world wide web is an open platform where anybody can create a page using the standard hypertext markup language and users are free to move across locations on the web and visit any other site without restrictions. Openness and equality, which guided the early web, was lost in its later years to walled gardens which eventually fell. Now openness is being sacrificed again, not to the extent of the early walled gardens but to their successors, the social networks who have erected their own walls directing users to see only selected and ranked content.Read More
Politics is a game and like all games there are winners and there are losers in every campaign and political fight. Although the existence of the victor and the defeated has been a part of politics since since the earliest contest, the rise of games, and a larger culture surrounding games has lead to the gamification of politics. The language of politics, words like “veepstakes” and online primaries allow anybody to participate in the game and play politics.Read More
In publishing and media, nothing is truly new, every innovation builds upon those that came before, and even if unknowingly, uses the same tactics and methods employed by earlier mediums. In all cases, the same elements are necessary for taking a basic set of information and reaching an audience. Early printers, twentieth century publishers and twenty-first century bloggers all need to select their content and choose a way to distribute it.
Online publishing is not a virtual newspaper anymore than the radio is the newspaper being read aloud. Although the mediums are not the same the contributors share many characteristics that bind colonial authors with modern bloggers. Letter writers in the 1700s advanced, and at times created, a national conversation in the same way that twenty-first century bloggers spread national discourse and culture today.Read More