Bulletin Board System

Bulletin Board System (BBS), was a computer system running software. People could connect and log in to the system using a terminal program and exchanging messages with other users through email or direct chatting. Users could also upload and download software and data, reading news and compete in online games. This was a new technology that allowed people to interact with each other and towards the early 1990s, the BBS industry became very popular worldwide. It affected the way people communicated with each other.

With the Bulletin Board System, people could access information online and chat with other users instead of using their phone. It has therefore increased group activity by bringing people with similar interest together, not only physically and geographically, but online worldwide. However, the growth of BBS technology has also increased problems in determining system operators’ responsibility for what happens on their boards. Issues online such as, privacy, identity and personalization will slowly increase, and as we can see today, this is being one of our main topics for discussion.

Bulletin Board System reached its peak usage around 1996 and rapidly declined in popularity when the World Wide Web suddenly became mainstream during the same year. Some of the larger commercial BBSes, such as MaxMegabyte, evolved into Internet service providers.

Reference:

Connect: A Look At Bulletin Board Systems [Video] (2007). Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESaTREAAzww

Schlachter, E. (1993). Computer Bulletin Board Technology: Sysop control and Liability in a Decenralized Information Economy. Retrieved from http://www.ericgoldman.org/Articles/decentralizedinfoecon.pdf

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Mind controll

The acceleration of digital technologies and the using of the internet, have a major impact on the human mind and how we think. With the development of smartphones, netbooks, and social networking services and how this multimedia is increasing the intensity of the interruptions that attack us, (Ford 2010). The human brain will get more and more disturb as the internet is getting more involved in our social life, work life and education. The question is should we be worried?

As Nicolas Carr stated in an interview by Matt Ford, CNN Tech, about mind control: the internet impacted Carr’s ability to pay deep attention to one thing over a long period of time. When he sat down to read a book, for instance, he was only able to sustain his concentration for a page or two. “My mind would begin to crave stimulation and distraction — it wanted to click on links, jump from page to page, check email, do some Googling” (Ford 2010, p.1). I think this is the part we need to worry about as children need to learn to read from printed books and to pay attention. If they get distracted all day from the net, they will never learn how to think deeply.

Our life has become much easier with the computer and the internet. We do shopping online, dating online, socialise with friends, get information about cafes and restaurants and so forth. The internet influences the way people are thinking and their opinions. For example, through social media I can easily find out the latest trends in music, fashion or which restaurants  are popular. What happens on Facebook or other social media sites influence friends and other people’s opinions and their decision making. When I’ve seen my friends’ status about a new restaurant or their photos on food from Instagram, I rather go there then try an unknown restaurant. The use of the internet has in one way made our world smaller even though it has given us unlimited access to information world wide.

Reference:

Ford, M 2010, Mind control: Is the internet changing how we think?, viewed 16 August 2012, http://articles.cnn.com/2010-09-16/tech/internet.brain.carr_1_climate-change-internet-digital-technologies?_s=PM:TECH