What killed the Internet?
Today difficult to imagine life without the technological advances of the last decade. But around the world, shrouded in a unified communication network, there are traditions, values, and a form of life that people have become less and less stick. Here is a list of "victims" of the Internet and mobile communications.
video rental stores. Twenty-five years ago there was a network of kiosks video "Blockbuster" in the United States, which enveloped the whole country. The company had its stores in more than 3000 locations. But here this September they announced their bankruptcy, like many other companies and frequently persons who lived on the same business.
Who is to blame in such massive devastation? Firms that offer order CDs rental on the internet? Or the abundance of websites where one can legally or illegally, to watch a movie online or download it to your computer? Even those companies that used to sell CDs on the Internet, tend to provide services and on-line viewing.
Concentration of attention. Have you ever tried to write a school essay open in a browser window, "VKontakte" and "Classmates"? Many today accused the Internet is that it distracts youth from many things, crowding, such as reading books constant checking their messages on the social network. Such creators as a writer Jonathan Franzen, also felt the effect of distracting the Internet. Now Jonathan disables the connection to your computer, when sits down to write his fantastic work. But not everyone agrees that to be distracted by the world's information - this is bad.
Sorokapyatichasovaya workweek. It is hard to imagine how many chiefs respected mode of "5 days 9 hours", has not yet been invented smartphones. But we can safely say that their number has decreased since then, it became possible to send e-mail requests in the night, early morning messages, documents on the weekends to address their subordinates. Leave work at work? Not in the Internet era. (In the photo: Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in the cult American film 80 "Five days of nine hours").
Politeness. Of all the possibilities of the Internet, one attracts many especially - it is anonymous. And from this option, the Internet will never give up. Active Internet users from ordinary users who leave dirty comments under news to bloggers who post on their pages are not entirely successful celebrity photos, and then make fun about it, forget about what is called "the art of polite disagreement." Yes, kids, once people were able to communicate and so.
CD-disks. First it was the MP3, which can be written a lot of songs, making them convenient for storage on the hard drive of your computer. Then, the network appeared and torrents where you can easily share any audio or video recordings with other users, often illegally. And recently it appeared and iPod-s, which quickly came into use and permanently sent to the garages and attics of CD-drives, which are already stored kerosene lamps ... and, uh, tape. Babin, Rest in peace.
Telephone directories. Remember the time when the delivery room to find pizza on the house, I had to flip through the yellow reference to the letter "P"? If you grew up in a generation "zaguglit" or "ask Yandex", the answer is likely "no." Today, we can easily get quick access to information that was once kept these thick books. But, if you are still tormented by nostalgia for the old days, for you there "Yellow Pages online."
The letters by hand. Today's lovers, which separates the distance, there is a wide arsenal of ways to stay in touch, but it is unlikely they will write letters to each other by the hand. And the high officials of the States no longer conduct such correspondence as kings and presidents of past eras. So many wise sayings of political leaders of the current generation will be lost forever for posterity. Today on the Internet you can discuss almost all the way up to the part solution. Today, you can even just leave changing its status to "Classmates" and "OpenID". "I am free," oh, well, okay, "OK."
Vacation. Now, when you can go to the Internet from virtually anywhere in the world if you can really call holiday "holiday"? Hard to say, but we can say that in those days, when there were no e-mail, there was a lot easier without compunction to leave the workplace and lie on the beach, where "reading" meant to keep in the hands of a book, rather than the BlackBerry.
Privacy. One journalist Jessica Bennett asked firms providing on-line services for the protection of privacy, to find everything that they can about it. After half an hour, Jessica said even number of her health insurance. If you've ever published their data in social networks, forget about privacy. And the worst thing: half of the facts of Bennett's life who were able to establish the company, proved to be false.
Facts. Internet provides all cheap, if not free forums. This is not necessarily bad, but keep in mind that anyone can run in the false information network. The spectrum of corrupted data is great, from the non-existent "dead list" in order to push the adoption of health care reform, to the dissemination of the myths that the US president - a Muslim. In our days the policy experts, lobbyists and bloggers publish so much false information, that this year around the world in research centers and universities was launched more than twenty new programs which aim to develop the operation to establish the truth of the published data.
Polaroids and other types of surveys. Now we know that dark room for all photographers superseded Photoshop and bulky cameras - small digital camera that can easily fit in your pocket. But without the Internet technology is unlikely to be a digital photo would have had similar success. After all, the Internet, new photos to all comers, you can quickly show. Next time, when you consider the Internet of cute kittens or funny babies, do not forget to say thank you to the World Wide Web.
Textbooks. Heaviest books proudly recline on library shelves, long out of fashion. For now most of the information they contain can be found on the Internet. Of course, all printed literature desperately struggling to survive in the Internet age. Encyclopedia pass position before the less reliable, more accessible but competitors, such as Wikipedia. And why everywhere carry with them an atlas or a dictionary, if you have access to the internet and google?
Graduation album. The Internet is not eradicated the tradition of school records, but gave him a set of alternatives. In Western countries, the school has experienced a drop in sales volumes yearbook. Today, high school students can be found on-line catalogs of your friends with photo albums and personal comments. Also, there were also special websites that offer post graduation albums on the Internet, but some Western schools now sell these albums on digital media and also on the internet, but do not publish them, as before.
Sex cinemas. The Internet has provided an amazing opportunity to distribute photos and videos from across the world, what could not have done any other media that exist today. But now on each photographer, who published his documentary work, we have a dozen dubious fans that distribute their creations. Pornographic photos and videos are now available to almost everyone, and keep track of the user's age is not so simply because it is worth registering on the site that you already have 18 ?. Some annoying abundance of pornography on the Internet, but it definitely supplanted the cinemas, where broadcast porn.