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Suppose you were writing an argument or an essay about the
NAME OF TECHNIQUE
and EXAMPLES using the internet as a focus
once found myself on-line playing
World of Warcraft until 4:30 in the morning. As my stale
pizza fossilized in its cardboard coffin, I realized how
experience could be to someone who. . . ."
is an endless sea of flashing lights. It is an endless
stream of bright
colors and iridescent advertisements that pop up or disappear
with the push of a button, all upon a flat monitor no larger
than a pizza box; one finds that . . ."
works through the wondrous flexibility of its programming
language, hypertext mark-up
language. If the right equipment is available, any person
can upload data via a technique known as "File Transfer
Protocol" (FTP) to a server, which in turn . . ."
growth of the internet came about through three factors--its
of use, the expansion of personal computers into the home,
and . . . "
encourages nearly everyone, regardless of writing ability,
In the long run, there are two possible effects. The first
effect is that there will be a lot of substandard drivel
churned out in such huge amounts that nobody will bother
to read online writing, thus stifling successful artistic
endeavor. The second effect is that large publishing houses
will lose their stranglehold on literature. Why should
the Bantam books and pay seven bucks for a Stephen King
novel when it is available from King's own website for
In the long run, a lot of publishers are going to wind
up dead broke unless they compete by offering on-line
services as well."
is a community picnic. Everyone who shows up at this online
picnic is free to take a piece
of this tasty pie here, or sample the neighbor's wonderful
split-pea casserole, but good manners require the newcomers
to bring something worthwhile to share with everyone else.
internet is like a spiderweb. While normal arachnids
web from fibers they excrete,
the builders of the internet create their virtual web out
of photons and electrons and miles and miles of cable.
the surface of the web, strings of zeros and ones representing
data scurry endlessly back and forth, either as short bursts
of electricity over copper atoms or as quick flashes of
light over optic cable.Programs such as netspiders, 'bots,
worms, and viruses are free to move from strand to strand
at any point two threads connect, just like spiders in
"Surfing the internet is
quite different from library research. There is no musty
smell of old paper, no tangible weight of a book within
one's hands, and no gray-haired librarian clearly visible
to ask questions to."
is a form of mass media, and as a whole it shares certain
traits in common
with other types of mass media such as television, radio,
and print. What uniquely separates the internet from other
forms of mass media is its ability to . . ." [Click
here for a chart of division/classification.]
"If we were to
divide the internet into its component parts (if it is
break down a 'virtual' object into parts besides ones and
zeros), we might divide it into communities. One part
the internet is the business community, which seeks to
use the computer as the ultimate marketing and selling
Another part is the research community, which. . . ." [Click
here for a chart of division/classification.]
According to Albion's netdictionary,
the internet is "A worldwide network of networks that all
use the TCP/IP communications protocol and share a common
address space. . . ."
"We can understand
the importance of community in the internet by the etymology
of the word
itself. The prefix inter comes from a Latin preposition
and adverb meaning "among" or "between." The suffix -net
comes from the word net itself, something that is
woven or braided together. Thus, the internet is something
that is woven or braided together between or among points."
is everywhere. If you have ever gone to weather.com rather
for the 6:00 news report to find out if snow is headed
your way, you have used the internet. Joining a MUD, playing
World of Warcraft online, typing greetings in a chat-room,
or engaging in cybersex with a faceless stranger in Alaska,
actions are all examples of the same phenomenon."
is a big collection of images, texts, and programs that
put on computers linked together so that people elsewhere
can access them."
of the internet is not athletic; one can surf the web
a chair or lying down. The experience is not linnear; the
users do not have to follow any particular order as
surf; the destination is not predictable; the surfers might
be reading the Washingon Post one second, and the next
find themselves in the 'XXX Hot Grrlz' chatroom by clicking
on the advertising banner."
could possibly become the primary form of publication because
online publication is
arguably cheaper than cutting down a tree and pulping the
wood to make old-fashioned paper. . . ."
internet will never be capable of replacing face-to-face
because humans are
biologically wired to. . . ."
"The internet began in 1969
as a military project called Arpanet. . . ."
"Amazingly, one can
even maintain an internet connection while driving in a
car, without being plugged into an ethernet connection.
The trick is to use the same technology cell phones use.
Information is sent wirelessly to a cell-phone tower, and
response is sent wirelessly as well. As long as the car
is within range, the two-way transmission is carried in
a straight line back and forth from the nearest cell-tower."
There's a story
about a child who asked a librarian 'Why do you need all
the books?' when
the child's parents took her to the local library. The
surprised librarian didn't know what to say initially.
The story raises another interesting
question for anyone using the internet as a . . . ."
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