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The Young and the Digital

Craig Watkins talks about how in younger generations, life is shifting from face-to-face interactions to things like texting and Facebook. He says that while some people might say the teenager sitting in the corner at a family event is anti-social, she is actually very social. She is texting her friends, having multiple conversations at once, and associating herself with them. We’re becoming more interactive and less interactive at the same time. Technology is affecting more than the individual, its affecting our cultural identity. That’s not to say that it isn’t influenced by our existing culture.  For example, different social websites are used by different ethnic groups. Digital identity is more than the individual, its the world as a whole.

The Digital Condition

In his book, Rob Wilkie argues that because we are so connected and information is able to be shared so quickly, that the digital age is basically doing away with capitalism and class structure. He calls upon many people who support him, such as Mark Poster who says, “there is no need for a capitalist market in the are of digital cultural objects, and these objects need not become commodities….. indeed, digital cultural objects resist market mechanisms.” Another person he quotes is Ulrich Beck who states that, “the notion of a class society remains useful only as an image of the past.” A system of scarcity and consumption can not survive in a world of open sharing and limitless creation.

Humanizing the Digital Age

Humanizing the Digital Age is about the divide between G8 countries and third world countries. It talks about how the amount of internet users in G8 countries is equal to the amount of internet users in the rest of the world, but how it’s changing fast. It mentions how Africa is (as of 2007) averaging 60% of the new telephone lines installed globally each year, and how 75% of telephone users in Africa are mobile users. The world is divided in opportunity, but that gap is closing in leaps and bounds.

Social Media and Emerging Economies

In this book, you take a look at where social media and web 2.0 started, and how its affected users since its creation. It mentions how on sites such as Amazon, consumers will often look at consumer reviews and buy an item based off of those, trusting the word of complete strangers as opposed to trusting the advertiser. Looking to the future it brings up how we’re transitioning from an information society, to a network society, becoming more connected and informed.

National Strategy for Trusted Identities

The White House released a proposal in April 2011 that gave an outline on how to make a “Identity Ecosystem” where people could use one government issued name and password to be used for website accounts. The account would be completely optional, so they wouldn’t be going around issuing accounts to every newborn. The goals of the Identity Ecosystem are privacy protection, convenience, efficiency, ease-of-use, security, confidence, innovation, and choice. The Strategy has four principals: privacy, security, compatibility , and cost-effectiveness.

It would not interfere with browsing, or anything else really. You’d just have a really strong paypal account basically, that encompasses everything.

Where Wizards Stay Up Late

So I figured I might as well get this done all in one shot. Here we go! Where Wizards Stay Up Late is a great book if you’re interested in how the internet came to be. I found it to be kind of a long read, although that’s not to say that it’s boring. It is in fact very informative and pretty cool, especially if you’re a Comp Sci major like me. It just takes a little while to power through. I found an online pdf, so the pages are a bit different. Keeping this in mind, it took me roughly 7 hours to read the nearly 90 pages of the first 4 chapters. By the end of chapter 4 I found myself actually wanting to know what happened next, but sadly I had class. That’s college for ya. Anyway I’ll be back and tell you more about how good it is as soon as I finish. (It’s about 8 chapters so I figure might as well do it in halves)