The Internet signifies a break of continuity, a symbol of infinity. It is technically and conceptually the center of our global information age. Regardless of your materials and medium, an artist today can not be contemporary without being digitally literate, which is to say without a meaningful understanding of “the relationships and interactions between people and the online environment.” ...
( as xplained by a brittish robot )
“the relationships and interactions between people and the online environment.”
Paul McFedries defining “The Internet Ecology”
"...Ideology is 'modeled' in software" — Alexander Galloway
“All media work us over completely. They are so persuasive in their personal, political, economic, aesthetic, psychological, moral, ethical, and social consequences that they leave no part of us untouched, unaffected, unaltered. The medium is the massage. Any understanding of social and cultural change is impossible without a knowledge of the way media work as environments. All media are extensions of some human faculty – psychic or physical.” — Marshall McLuhan
"there are so many ideas to care about, and with ideas comes the politics of ideas. There are thousands of computer ideas, and so there are thousands of computer religions, that is ideas people care very much about. [...] So who gets to decide? Who gets to decide what methods will be used, what ideas will be followed in creating software? Ahhhh, that's the politics of the computer world." — Ted Nelson
... Without a fundamental understanding of these histories, tools and languages it is impossible to take any agency as netizens much less comment on our condition as artists.
in your terminal, type: nslookup somewebsite.com
to find the IP address of the server a site is "hosted" on
looks like pitchfork is hosted in an Amazon datacenter in Ashburn, VA... which seems like a strange city, but Ashburn is very important to the Internet
in your terminal, type: traceroute somewebsite.com
to follow the path that file took to get from here to there
it takes less than a second ( only milliseconds ) to "hop" through dozens of computers
for homework read 9 design ideas that shaped the web
( from the book 100 ideas that changed the web ).
out of the 9, pick the one u think was most imporant && xplain why ( 300 - 500 words ).
write ur response in TextEdit ( make sure it is in "plain text" mode )
save ur response as a .html file by simply adding '.html' after u name the file ( name ur file yourname_9ideas.html where "yourname" is replaced with ur actual name, make sure u have no spaces in the file name )