Etiquette in E-Mail and Social Networking

July 27th, 2013

Internet usage today is different than it was less than ten years ago. Wi-fi is available nearly everywhere and anywhere. At home, school, work, coffee houses and even trains now offer free wireless services. With this technology at our fingertips we are able to communicate with people from all over the world. We can do this through instant chat, video chat, and even online forums. Online forums are a huge draw on the web, people who share interests in a topic or news story can simply go online and fill out a profile. You don’t even have to use your real name, it’s easy to make up a screen name. Yet there is a downside to such anonymity. After all, if no one knows who you really are, the temptation to embellish certain aspects of your life can be too great to withstand. Perhaps an even more serious consequence is the ever growing lack of decorum found online. By hiding behind screen names and logos, it seems that we forget that there are real people on the receiving end of our comments and criticisms. Before you type anything that is crude, more here, mean or degrading, ask yourself if you would say those words to the face of a friend. If the answer is no, then odds are it is inappropriate for use in a forum as well.

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Etiquette in Message Boards and Instant Messenger

May 31st, 2013

Just like when you talk to someone in real life, there are certain etiquette rules that must be followed when talking to someone online. In fact, one should pay more attention to what they say and how they say it when online because it is a lot easier to misinterpret what someone is saying in an online environment. If you want to learn how to properly talk to people online in forums, through email and through IM, Read the rest of this entry »

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Identities in Facebook: Making use of Social Networking

April 4th, 2013

These days, it seems as though just about everybody has a Facebook account; most use this social networking website as a way of staying in touch with friends. However, what many people do not realize is how valuable Facebook can be when it comes to creating an online identity to compliment your existing professional identity. This can help you in the long run when it comes to finding a job, networking with people in your field, and entering into meaningful conversations regarding your profession.

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Children of the Digital Age – The Impact

October 25th, 2012

The massive proliferation of internet technology and services has really changed childhood – at least as far as what childhood was like back in the day. Now children can watch hundreds of television channels on flat screen TVs or play advanced video games against other players halfway across the globe and further still. Kids can connect to the internet using their smartphones and there are even internet services and sites like CLEAR internet Amarillo that can transform entire cities into giant Wi-Fi hotspots.

The internet and digital technologies are inextricably woven into the childhood, but what kind of impact can that have?

Sure, there are the negatives like problems in the emotional, social and cognitive development of a growing child. However, at the same time, there are plenty of positive attributes as well.

Children introduced to interactive media at a young age have shown improved social skills and awareness when it comes to stuff like social networks and media. And children who play computer games have demonstrated marked improvement in the realm of visual intelligence.

However, all of this technology and all of this access can turn into a developmental crutch for any growing mind. How can you call a person from any phone other than your own if you don’t take the time to memorize a number? How do you find a book in an actual physical library when the only place you ever did your research was Wikipedia?

That isn’t to say that internet tech is a bad thing for your child – just that it should be enjoyed in moderation.

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Electronic Money and Economics in the Digital Age

July 24th, 2012

Times are changing for sure, and this is a fact not just a statement. One of the largest changes to come along since the dawn of the computer age is the change in how the human race thinks about money. Digital money, while once a dream is now a reality.

People get paid by their employer, and it goes into a bank account that they are able to check on their computer or even more recently their smart phone. While dollars come into Read the rest of this entry »

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Presidential Elections and the Internet

July 11th, 2012

As politicians have started to use other means to reach potential voters, one of the things that are very popular is the Internet. This can be either be good or bad for those who are trying to decide who to vote for.
There are some people who post videos and slogans online that are honest and speak to everyone in a neutral way. They allow the person to make up their own mind instead of trying to force Read the rest of this entry »

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Online Cryptography: For Better or Worse

June 26th, 2012

Online cryptography is a sensitive issue for those concerned about privacy as well as anyone who deals with threats to the sanctity or security of online information. With such a wealth of sensitive and crucial personal and financial data that can be found online, being able to ensure that it remains secure is very important. With the rise of more widely available and powerful computational devices cryptography has been able to offer a solution to privacy and security concerns alike.

With cheap access to devices powerful enough to make use of the most sophisticated cryptography another issue becomes cause for Read the rest of this entry »

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The Rise of Digital Anarchists and Authoritarians

June 13th, 2012

As security and control of information access has tightened, a vocal minority on the internet have stepped up to express their resentment; they are digital anarchists.

Digital anarchy is any act that is viewed to undermine the goals of bigger entities, such as governments. It’s a branch philosophy of anarchism, which teaches that government involvement in people’s lives is counter intuitive, and by extension the laws they attempt to put on people.

Digital anarchy is often committed when big groups attempt to control information in the name of “security.” For example, countries like China limit Read the rest of this entry »

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Anonymous Racism: How the Internet Frees Speech

May 31st, 2012

The internet offers people anonymity when making comments or remarks on news stories and blogs. Many people have been startled at the levels of blatant racism that are expressed in the comment sections of many blogs and news websites. While some are disturbed by these comments, others see them as examples of free speech in action. The writers of these comments feel free to express their truest thoughts when they do not have to worry about experiencing the social stigma that comes with being labeled a racist.

Of course, there are many factions that wish to censor the Read the rest of this entry »

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How to Speak Internet: Language and Manners

May 28th, 2012

It used to be that English was a simple language. We could say one thing and everyone would know what we were talking about. That’s not always the case anymore. Now, someone can say one thing and mean something totally different. This is often true on the internet.

Don’t Take Words at Face Value

Avoid taking words on the internet at face value. This doesn’t mean that you always have to be searching for deeper meaning, but do reread Read the rest of this entry »

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