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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

2006 Websurfing Big Brother's new thoughtcrime

As someone who's grown up with the internet, its ever-evolving technology both amazes and amuses me to say the least. I can remember a time, long before the dotcom boom of the late 90s when a webpage was no more than a bunch of analog text on a darkened screen. Back then the web was a free source of informaiton but by the mid 90s it had become much more. it had become a new open marketplace, a digital mall in which businesses fed millions of dollars hoping to create a corporation. By the late 90s most of these businesses had failed. Some companies lost interest in the web. Others are still trying to figure out how to make it profitable. Well, two companies have done just that. With NewsCorp's aquisition of Myspace last year and now with Google Inc's Youtube many people are speculating a new kind of dotcom boom. Economics reporter Steve Schifferes believes that if in fact there is a new web boom on the horizon it will be differ from the old one in several ways. In an article written yesterday Schifferes writes:
"The main change is that the companies being acquired today are real businesses, with lots of customers or viewers.

YouTube has 100 million video downloads a day, and 73 million viewers a month, and by acquiring it Google has increased the amount of video streams it controls by a factor of 10.

MySpace has 14 million viewers a month - mainly young people, a group that the traditional media is finding hard to reach."

He goes on to write that another reason the new boom would be better than the first because:
"The second key difference with the late 1990s is that companies now have a model of how to make money from the internet - and that model is based on advertising." short the concentration of the web and interest based sites are doing the marketing for huge corporations. Fox and Google are sure to make tons of money and people who frequent their sites are sure to be unindated with tons ads specified for them. To quote George Orwell's 1984. Thoughtcrime, or in this case websurfing is "not a thing that could be concealed forever. You might dodge successfully for a while, even for years, but sooner or later they were bound to get you."

Monday, September 11, 2006

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