Webs of Significance

The Internet is something woven impeccably into civilization. Years and years of careful seamwork, teamwork, society’s work. Tout, jab, push the needle and pull the string through; a progressive evolution of what media we view to be valuable, and which methods of obtaining media we prefer over the other. We’re left with a product who’s stitching is nearly impossible to trace. Notably, the common factor among all of this week’s readings is that they exemplified the ever-growing complexities associated with the Internet. Possibly the most alerting is that this evolution has shifted communication most pressingly. Net Smart by Howard Rheingold circulated themes of permanent vs. lasting interactions. This spurred a series of thoughts. For one, wouldn’t a digital interaction—such as a message or a like on Facebook/Instagram, that don’t vanish instantly, be more transcending than a verbal one that only exists for the moment/in memory.

While these concepts, notions, ideas are all powerful on their own—my debrief from it all is that these readings refer to modern web culture as if it’s already outdated. It reminded me of an article by Mi.lk regarding how nostalgic culture is outdated. Its ridiculous think that our icons of interactive media, discussed in Chris Anderson and Michael Wolff’s “The Web is Dead: Long Live the Internet”, will one day only be pertinent or significant in this romanticized sense of nostalgia. To even further this applied understanding of ideal interactive media, the news is buzzing about the newest social media app—Peach, which is basically a collaboration of photo & text sharing with highly interactive features. The question now is no longer “what’s next?”, rather “when does this vicious cycle end?”



(Photo from Mi.lk)

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