Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 14, No. 706.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
Date: Thu, 01 Mar 2001 16:40:34 +0000
From: aimeefreak <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: net == AOL Time Warner?
yesterday's internet law news digest delivered this little tidbit to me:
OLD MEDIA IS NEW MEDIA?
"For all the talk of the limitless possibilities of the Web,
a report today suggests that AOL Time Warner web sites
accounted for one-third of all time spent online in January
in the United States.
it strikes me that there is an ever-widening split between the *rhetoric*
of how the internet/the web functions, and the cold-hard-capitalist-facts
of the same. so, as much as we might all discursively relive the halcyon
days of a purely academic and cooperative net, or bask in the remembrance
of the mid-90s, where pet-rat pages outnumbered corporate sites, it would
seem that although the countless bazillions of net documents are still
primarily private and self-published in the much-trumpeted democratic
manner, **nobody is really looking at these**.
if my academic (anarchic, ungovernable, democratic, self-published, and
free-speeching) web site falls in the forest, and no one is there to hit
it, does it make a sound? :-)
i wonder, for example, what's to be gained by continuing to call the
internet anarchic, ungovernable, unknowable, when it seems that a really
high percentage of users are employing it in much the same way as
so: if **one-third** of all surfers never leave the AOL-enframed space,
what does that mean for computing humanists? especially those who do work
on the web, etc? does this shed any new light on how we should be teaching
the net (research, writing, surfing, etc)? is the net shifting from a
library to a tv station? or is it both? how to tell?
that the number was this high shocked me. i'm not sure what it means, but
i thought it might interest you.
in other news: marni jackson, writing in the books section of the _globe
and mail_ (national canadian newspaper), made glowing reference to the
blake archive a couple of weekends ago. another columnist also recently
wrote about project gutenberg. holy crossover, batman! :-)
Aimee Morrison "I love deadlines. I like the
PhD Program, Dept. of English whooshing sound they make as
University of Alberta they fly by."
-- Douglas Adams
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