Today, information is available at the touch of a button. Internet on our phones, portable iPads and 24-hour internet cafés has given us little reason to be ignorant of certain trending events or big news stories. Yet ignorance is one of the most prevailing things out there on the Internet, and trolls, people who are on the internet to spread hate, are everywhere.
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In my twenty-three years I have developed a shock-proof shield. Very few things penetrate it, until a month ago in October. I discovered someone was posting on twitter and thejournal.ie using my picture. A different name, but same picture: identity theft. We all know a picture tells a thousand words; well this was screaming at me.
Anyone who’s merely glanced at Facebook over the past week will have noticed the sudden explosion of college “meme pages”. Users can upload pictures with funny captions and wait with bated breath as the likes start rolling in. But where did this all come from exactly? And what the hell is a meme?! A meme is simply a concept that gains traction on the Internet. Many memes begin on message boards such as 4chan (I wouldn’t advise anyone who is easily offended to visit 4chan though.) The creation of memes [...]
Leading social media site Facebook has entered into a gritty licensing war with its competitor (and occasional collaborator) Yahoo! after they were faced with legal action by the site over patent infringement. Yesterday (April 3rd), Facebook launched a counter-attack on the site by entering a counter-claim in a San Fransisco court, implicating Yahoo! for ten alternate patent infringements. Facebook recently purchased 750 patents from IBM in order to pad out its defenses in the patent war, making its total patent count 806 to date. While having collaborated in the past [...]
Okay…. deep breath. My name is Nick and I am a like-whore. I love the feel of a good status. To quote the Foo Fighters, it is “My sweet Virginia”. The delicious feeling as it pops into your head, the nervous “will I, won’t I”, before posting…the tweaking and adjusting of each sentence, and finally the stomach-churning excitement when the likes begin to roll in. It’s disgusting, I know. It is the lowest form of approval-seeking, the exhibition of some random or funny thought you had, completely useless in the [...]
The Deep Web is a subject that many people are still unaware of. The notion that there is a secret part of the Internet, that is over 500 times larger than the surface web may seem ludicrous to some, but as many investigations have shown, this hidden world is all too real. Even the mainstream media haven’t figured out the true extent of the deep web, and at times seem totally ignorant in believing they do. Users are often critical of others talking openly about their mysterious playground, in fear [...]
I did it. I finally did it. I deleted my Facebook account – or rather, I deactivated it. Facebook, in a brazen attempt at retaining its impressive 800 million user base disallows full-blown deletions. But deactivation is the next best thing – and this, together with a little tinkering at the backend of my machine means I can no longer even access the Facebook welcome page from my laptop. Like most addicts I couldn’t say for sure when my Facebook addiction started, but I know exactly when it began to [...]
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