08. I have more Power than Superman!


Continuing the previous post, more I was reading my books and I was searching in internet, more obvious was that internet gives tremendous power to every user and if they join together everything can be possible.

I am going to use an incident I found out recently as an example. Pilot Gabriele Adelman and photographer Kenneth Adelman decided to create a site with their photographs from the entire California coastline. Some of the photos the photos was picturing Barbara Streisand’s house. The singer insisted that the photos should be removed. The publicity that statement took caused people to copy the photos and pasted in sites all over the web. Looking at Google image you can easily found on “Barbara Streisand’s house”

Now the incident is known as Streisand effect. The term is used when someone is attempting to remove something from the internet and as a result of that cause spread instead.

This incident and many other similar like this one, made me question myself were all that power came up. How so many people can gather from the entire planet and create a strong chain of power. And most important what need caused that chain? Is everything possible or there are limits?

Most authors are explaining the web 2.0 phenomenon as the combination of three things. First one the need of people to depend on each other and drawn strength from each other and the need of rebelling against institutional power. Secondly is the everyday evolving technology, the creation software of interactive tools in the web. And the last force is simply online economics, traffic equals money.

But as positivist I want to focus on the major aspect, the people. The power people can have through the web was unknown till our times. The right use can ensure that many problems in our society can be solved. Major problems like the hunger of the third world, the climate change and many more.

As the power shift hands, it doesn’t belong anymore to the few. But is it like that?

Can the people cope with that kind of power? Can we use it for best?

Every coin has two aspects, so what’s the other aspect of the coin? Who is the major enemy of the internet? In my opinion is the internet itself.

Is the internet just a tool? What’s the future impact of the web in our society?

There are many questions need to be answered, and I don’t have any answer at all. I need you to help me here… After all, the web is all about sharing ideas…



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2 responses to “08. I have more Power than Superman!

  1. mpr4wireless

    Great to learn that virtual cascading negative publicity was called Streisand Effect. The Internet is not evil, is not good, what mankind make out of it will be either good or evil. One can build up or tear down, can add or take away, can enrich life or obliterate it. Isn’t it the same in all areas of our lives. The internet is so powerful because it brings us all together in a matter nano seconds. Let’s spread good then!

  2. The “Streisand Effect” is a very good example concerned with issues, not necessarily relating to the Internet alone, but cetainly raised and perplexed by its booming use, during the last decade. The use of mass media information has always been a struggling fight of rope pulling, depending on who has the power: until the advent of Internet, it was usually between the few and the many, the strong and the weak, the rich and the poor, the educated and the uneducated and so on.

    Shared information is conceived and transformed in many levels, from mere scientific data and newspaper ads, to weathercasts and political propaganda. And its power is proportionaly reinforced when shared in massive scale. After all, the largest military campaign of the decade, the war in Iraq, was based on the single piece of information concerning weapons of mass destruction. A piece of information still, questioned by many.

    Of course, the news is still read, or watched on the websites of newspapers and tv channels, but what has changed is the actual experience of consuming the information. Instead of merely being “exposed to”, you can now interact with the medium itself. Message boards, chat rooms, social websites, blogs and video hosting webspaces are the most popular venues of global interaction in our digital world. Places where you can communicate in different ways. You can learn, teach, agree, disagree, respond, ignore, make friends, allies, enemies, start a cause, or cause a riot. And in a similar way, the importance of your own piece of shared information depends on the width of its distribution and popularity. Only, on the Internet it can be achieved by a single user behind a personal computer, and not necessarily orchestrated by a multi million corporation, an institute, or a strong political party.

    Technological progress and its access by many might be taken for granted nowdays, but it’s not the truth. I believe we should embrace this new cosmos; to explore it and get familiar with it, along with its strengths, possibilities, dangers, pleasures and disappointments. The Internet World, in its begining, was viewed somewhat as a place of isolation for computer geeks and creepy anonymous strangers. I think we’re fastly moving to a more social webspace, where personal profiles are interlinked together and form groups.

    I’ll leave my thoughts here and recomend the movie “The Queen”. It’s not about Barbara Streisand 🙂 but it deals with “Diana’s death effect” and the power of mass media upon a well established monarchy.

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