I myself, am not a part of any of these such communities, but I have friend who are. The friends who are, are a part of World Of Warcraft and groups like that. These friends, to most, would be considered nerds. Most would be considered socially awkward and loners. I think their motives are the same as what motivates most people to do, well just about anything: Connections to other humans. WOW provides something they enjoy (intrinsic motivation) and a connection to others who enjoy the same things.
I agree with the Author that cyberspace and the real world no distinctly separated. Now days, people depend on cyberspace to get them through the real world. People use dating sites, gps apps, restaurant review apps and just about any other app you can think of that helps people get through their day. I feel like the net, cyberspace or whatever you may want to call it has become fully integrated into our daily lives. You can wear you technology, hold it in your hand, and connect it to your car.
The similar difference in the web and the printing press is that both made sharing something with the public easier than it was prior to the advent of either. The difference is, it’s much easier to access and publish on the web today than it was to publish on the printing press back then.
When there is an abundance of things, the quality may not be as good or the object may not be as coveted. When something is in short supply, it is rare, and highly coveted.
I think the web has become a great source of news. Good or bad. I didn’t read the newspaper much until there was an online version. I didn’t have the time. But now, i can read it in the Dr. office, waiting in line at McDonalds, or even at a stop light (bad idea). I am more informed than i was prior to the media being as easily accessible as it is now.
TV and my household have a love/hate relationship. In the Winter months, we love it, can’t get enough of it, during the summer, we don’t pay it as much attention. Because we, as Fairbanksans, are confined to the warm comforts of inside for the majority of winter, I find it difficult to not watch TV. We all need an escape at some point, and when it’s dark and -50, our good friend the TV provides that escape. I feel it is getting increasingly more difficult to enjoy good family viewing anymore due to nudity, sex and language, but that is another subject entirely. Yes, there is ALWAYS something you can be doing other than veggin’ out in front of the tube, but lets’s face it, sometimes it’s mentally relaxing to just sit there and not have to really think and just view. To laugh at what’s right there in front of you. People find time to do the things the want to do. Sometimes that means putting off homework until the last minute to enjoy a favorite TV show.
I think what he means when saying “more is different” is: when there is less, it’s easier to anticipate, or predict. As more happens, the variables change. Things are less predictable.
I think LOLCATZ are at the very least accessing a creative side in people. It’s provoking a thought process that is followed by an action. In my opinion, an action, as small as it may seem, is better than inactivity that others may view as watching TV. 🙂
Other than a Wiki at work, I use the same sites (FB, Twitter) that were presented in this class.