As I was reading the assignments for this week I realized that it’s easy to date articles when it comes to the world of computers or the Internet. In talking about multimedia Cohen & Rosenzweig do not mention Youtube, Google videos, Veoh, or the any number of other sites that allow you to post videos for free, which saves having to find and pay a provider that will allow you enough storage space to store your videos, and also eliminates having to decide what multimedia viewer to use on your desktop (RealPlayer, Windows Media, Quicktime, PowerDVD, etc. Although you would still want at least one of these viewers anyway for other times.). Youtube started in Feburary 2005 but took a while to catch fire. Digital History was copyrighted 2006, but I am assuming that it was written a while before it was published (as most books take a while to get from idea to print), and before Youtube and Google, etc. became Internet staples. That aside, I thought the book was a really good basic and easy to understand introduction to the history of the  Internet and the WWW. Truth be, prior to the WWW and very different from it was the BBS which my sons caught on to as soon as they got their first Atari. Wikipedia gives a good summary of what a BBS was. A long way from the WWW.


2 Responses to “Readings”

  1. Mike Harding Says:

    I thinkall of us have commented upon the seemingly transient nature of New Media and the WWW. I also saw that in our readings, and I suspect that those “dated” will things jump out at us continually. If I stand back, I can see that our entire culture has become one of continual, and quickening, change. The only permanent thing we have is the impermanence of the culture we live in. When I left the USN in 1983, I went to work at Sperry. People stayed in their jobs for years and years. If one’s resume had a lot of jobs on it, that reflected poorly. Sperry was gobbled up by Burroughs and become Unisys, then the defense part was swallowed by Loral, which was then digested by Lockeed-Martin. When I left there for the commercial world, people were amazed that I had been at one place for 12 years. But by 1997 (when I left) change was now the by-word. Now, when I interview candidates, I rarely consider the fact that a resume may contain many entries. In 2003 alone I worked for 4 different companies. In 1983 that would have been a resume-killer. Today I hear, “That was a busy yeear…”.

    I work hard not to become wedded too tightly to any single technology or even mode of thought. To do so could hinder me. If I want to keep up, I need to travel light. 🙂


  2. Gayle Says:

    Totally agree with you Mike. That’s another reason I don’t understand why companies will hire twenty-somethings fresh out of college over 40-somethings with years of experience behind them (not taking into consideration that they can get the twenty-somethings for less pay, but in the long run the company ends up paying more) when you just know that the twenty-something is building his/her resume and will probably move on in a year ot two whereas the 40-something is most likely looking for a long-term stay.

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