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HUM/176: Week 3 Overview

The Significance of the Internet and the Digital Age
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Beth Bosley

on 17 April 2014

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Transcript of HUM/176: Week 3 Overview

Week 3
Internet Information
Students will explore the origins of the Internet and its ability to transmit information. We will discuss the difference between credible and non-credible information. Students will also explore the meaning of the terms
digital divide
and
net neutrality
.
Key Vocabulary
Internet
protocol
decentralization
distributed network
viral marketing
memes
Net Neutrality
The concept of Net Neutrality says that all users and companies should have equally protected access to the web.
A service provider cannot limit, throttle, slow, redirect or otherwise impair Internet traffic to competitor web sites
Prohibits ISPs from charging web companies both standard access fees and additional fees to "improve" the ability of customers to find the web page
All customers of a given ISP should pay the same rate for the same level of access
The Digital Divide
The
digital divide
is the difference between people who have access to and understand digital technology (media literates) and those who do not. There are many factors that contribute to the digital divide. Media experts are working to combat the digital divide on local, national, and global levels.
Bringing it Altogether
While we focused on the concepts of culture, mass communication, and media convergence in the first two weeks, this week we bring those concepts together in the form of the Internet.

As we have read, the Internet redefines both mass communication and media convergence. It redefines much of what we know about American culture - including music, television, and law.

Despite the many positives it brings, the Internet creates new problems: fraud, hacking, distribution of misinformation, and even the consolidation of media voices.
Net Neutrality in Jeopardy
The Significance of the Internet and the Digital Age
Figure 1
. The Internet, designed for the free distribution of information, has become one of the largest economic boons in history. (n.d.) Image source: Microsoft Office, 2014.
monopoly
oligopoly
media conglomerate
information economy
news aggregator
Figure 2
. Age, race, locale, and economic status are all contributing factors to the digital divide. Image source: Microsoft Office, 2014.
Net Neutrality is not law. It is a statement of intent regarding what the Internet should be. Regulations are proposed for and against Net Neutrality all of the time. SOPA and PIPA were defeated by the largest-ever Internet political campaign because of the threats they presented to Net Neutrality and personal liberty.

Verizon recently sued the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding the FCC's efforts to maintain Net Neutrality. The FCC lost the case in federal court. The current state of Net Neutrality is unclear.
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