Internet controllers

Posted: October 26, 2011 in New Media

Hey there! How did you find my video documentary? I hope it was up to your par and it delivered valuable information that was useful to you. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, don’t hesitate to ask!

Today, I want to talk about the meaning behind this question: Who really controls the Internet content?

Think about that for a minute…

For me, after much careful thought, I have concluded that it’s the users (the ordinary citizens) who control the Internet content. My reasons behind this bold statement is that because without us, without the users of the Internet, there wouldn’t be anything on the Internet. I am not talking about the corporate powers or governments. What I am talking about when saying ‘the users’ are the average Joes of modern society, or anyone who can type on a computer. People everywhere around the world disseminate a little bit of something to share with anyone. My strongest example of this is Wikipedia. Wikipedia allows anyone (and literally anyone) without prejudice or discrimination of whether the user has a Masters or a PhD or not to create or edit something on it’s site. It’s an online encyclopedia that contains over 20 million articles and about 90,000 active contributors. Many have been critical about the validity of Wikipedia’s content, however, it’s remarkable that we are able to share our knowledge as global citizens.

It should be acknowledged that the corporate powers can control the content too, however, their dominance and governance can’t even compete against the abilities of the netizens (a user of the Internet, esp. a habitual or avid one) to put something up on the web as quickly and influential. Think back to the infamous Miley Cyrus incident. This was when this once popular teenage star was at the highlight of her career. Then suddenly, scandalous videos of her smoking and showing her cleavage in a promiscuous way surfaced online. The Disney corporation (Cyrus’ agency) tried their best to pull those videos off the web  to stop the further damaging of the megastar’s image. However, when those videos surfaced online, it spread like wildfire across the information highway. Many who were of Cyrus fans began to leave hateful comments about her while others put pictures of them on Facebook (which exacerbated the incident) or YouTube.

The capabilities of the Internet allow the netizens to use their powers to either destroy or praise the image of a celebrity, corporation or/and governments. And no matter how desperate or fast the victims of this attack try to stop this, it’s inevitable that the information will reach around the globe. There are certain Internet laws that can stop or hinder the flow of information or content that it declares harmful or infringes on the rights of an individual, groups, companies, or nations. However, once it’s on the web, there will always be ways for anyone to access the private or scandalous content prohibited for widespread use.

The best way for celebrities, corporations, governments or nations to cope with the fire they are under is to come up with an explanation for their actions instead of denying that the content on the Internet was manipulated or wrong. Because the Internet is real and legitimate and it will force you to spit the truth out.

 

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