Archive for November, 2009

The Internet is a place where the freedom of speech reigns free more than anywhere else. For example, many sites have a part where you can voice your opinion about the page or respond to someone else’s comment. YouTube is one such site, where you are allowed to comment, whether it be negatively or positively about someone’s video. MySpace is also another good example in the social atmosphere, as your comments can either be supporting or rude.

The most important aspect of the Internet is attaining anonymity. You may not realize, but people and information can be tracked over the net very easily. Criminals and thieves can use one’s IP address to find out about their online life and learn things about their real life as well. Your computer has an IP address attached up to it that acts as a virtual dog tag, and this is how Internet interlopers find and rob you. Why the IP address is completely public and so easy to find has baffled some privacy advocates.

There is a new controversy beginning on the Internet though, having to do with comments: being anonymous and leaving an opinion. While some believe it is unfair to not have your name known online, it is actually quite a security hazard to put so much information out there, and thusly, being anonymous is simply a safety precaution.
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Advertising is all around us. Every where you look in the public realm there is some sort of ad touting the usefulness of some product and some supposedly credible individual agreeing and backing it up. These pictures and images are usually paired with outrageous statements, that are often in the end completely improvable and not grounded in any truth at all. These companies and organizations hope that if you see their product enough times, and you hear all of the wonderful things it does enough, that you will begin to believe these often incredulous claims, and will in turn want to buy the product. A popular theory in psychology is called the mere exposure effect; if you see something enough and are told how great and wonderful it is, you will begin to like it and buy into (no pun intended) their lies and fabrications.

Who's watching you?

Who's watching you?

There are a great number of ways companies market their products and advertise. The most common is the hated interruptions in the middle of your favorite television show, where you are just about to see the ending of an entire season and get some closure about the dramatic plot, and all of a sudden you are learning why this car company is the best and beats out all others. Another is when you are actually in a car; the roadside billboards. These hulking monoliths can have huge depictions of some mundane product, but blown up to those epic proportions, this average new shaver is a force to be reckoned with. While these types of ads have been around since when roads and television were first invented, a new type of advisement has infiltrated yet another medium, and arguably the one used by the most people; the Internet.
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