Perhaps I am encroaching on Tristan’s territory (see The Rest of the Internet); if so, I apologise, but this week I’m going to look at the role of the internet in the development of the story surrounding the Virginia Tech massacre (what has become known, to Americans, as 4/16 – I can’t help but feel that they have a predilection for branding events in overly-simplistic terms).
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Many of the debates that rage around the internet today have to do with anonymity. Most of the time, on the national news networks, you see people referring to it in relation to oppressive regimes that regulate internet use in an attempt to keep their people stupid, China and north Korea being the classic examples. People living under these regimes need to stay anonymous when they use the internet to express their opinions or they’re going to vanish forever, Stalin style.
Broadband, as we know it, is a service that provides fast internet access down either a cable or a telephone line, or in some rare cases, a satellite dish. Now, for most people, that’s all they need to know. As long as it works and someone can show them a page full of pictures loading in less then a couple of seconds, everything is fine and dandy. However, there is a growing problem with broadband. This problem is given the wonderfully under-defined term of “Web 2.0”. In this article, I aim to talk about what Web 2.0 actually is, how it affects your computer, and how it affects, or will affect, the world as a whole. First, we need a working definition. Web 2.0 is a huge umbrella term which covers, it seems, every internet application you can think of that doesn’t just supply text and pictures. Classic examples of this are ebay and youtube, but even the humble comments button at the bottom of this article still counts. As more and more people become connected to the internet, they are starting to realise that the internet has the potential to replace all other methods of moving data. As I frequently put it, “If it’s 2-Dimensional, you don’t have to pay for it!” The Internet need not be restricted to simply replacing all other media, however. It can offer even more on top. Most people already know how to get things like TV, Radio and newspapers off the internet, but the real pull of Web 2.0 is the original ideas, like flickr, facebook and myspace. These are things that, although they easily could have, simply didn’t exist before the internet. Most of these services have come under attack by thousands of half-baked lawsuits (the main purpose of which, it seems, is for the prosecution to make it painfully obvious they have no idea how the internet works.) Thanks to this, it is finally becoming clear to most individuals that for every predatory paedophile on myspace, there are several schools worth of children usually more capable of defending themselves online then their parents are, and that these services are important, not just frequented by stereotypical geeks. People always knew that the internet has vast untold potential, but now some of it is starting to show.
This week seems to have been divided into separate segments, mainly following the course of ‘If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler’ by Italo Calvino, the story of several novels which, amid confusion, become confused. Confused? So was I.
The Internet has a secret. A secret that makes no effort at all to hide itself, but by its very nature will always remain a secret. This secret is very powerful, so powerful that it crashed the American magazine Time, created a popular motion picture and has destroyed and created many celebrities; so powerful that it has more imitation sites then wikipedia, that it could be sued for £20,000 and shrug it off with sarcasm. It goes by many names: futaba channel, 2channel, 2 leaves, 2-chan, 2ch, but principally by it’s real name, 2ちゃんねる (Editor’s note: wordpress doesn’t like Japanese characters, so content yourself with the novelty of question marks.)