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b) ‘No Messages on This Server,’ and Other Lessons of Our Time
I do not own a BlackBerry or a pager. I don't chat or instant-message or text-message. My cellphone
could connect to the Web if I let it, but I don't. I don't gamble on the Internet nor do I game on it (or
on any other electronic device). And yet I'm starting to twitch.
I have three everyday telephone numbers, not counting Skype and a calling card, and two fax numbers.
I have six working e-mail addresses, as well as a few no longer in use. A couple of weeks ago I started
writing a blog for The Times. Part of my job, as a blogger, is to read and approve the publication of
readers' comments. That is the equivalent of another form of e-mail. There are probably half a dozen
Really Simple Syndication tools on my computer, and one or another of them is always unfurling the
latest ribbon of news in the background. It is astonishing how old the morning's headlines seem by
Back in the dial-up days, computer users made brief forays onto a bulletin board or some outpost of
the primitive Internet, all the while clocking connection time in order to keep costs down. Going online
was like driving a Stanley Steamer — better for scaring horses and wowing the youth than for long-
distance hauling. There was always a slightly neurotic edge to it. You could feel the seconds ticking
away while nothing happened. But nowadays turning on the computer is synonymous with being
online. Who turns the computer off? It's rarely worth severing that digital link. For some of us, the
computer has become less and less a place to work and more and more a place to await messages from
the ether, like hopeful spiritualists.
It is a truism of our time that we now have shorter attention spans than ever before. I don't think that
is true. What we have now are electronic media that can pulse at the actual rate of human thought. We
have the distinct discomfort of seeing our neural pace reflected in the electronic world around us.
From The New York Times (Editorial Observer by Verlyn Klinkenborg - January 29, 2006)
: Answer the following questions (the first 12 are related to text a., the last one to text b.)
1. Explain in a few words what a blog is. ________________________________________________
2. Is the number of blogs increasing or decreasing?________________________________________
3. Which is the most frequent: word: blog or weblog?______________________________________
4. Why are not all journalists at ease with blogs?___________________________________________
5. Which tone does a blog encourage?__________________________________________________
6. Which blog is at the top of the global hits?_____________________________________________
7. What do you think the expression “Internet zeitgest” mean? _______________________________
8. What are the most common issues dealt with in global blogs?_______________________________
9. How can we say that blogs are a globalised trend?________________________________________
10. What does the Guardian editor mean when he says that not to blog would be consigning themselves
11. In which way the facility of the blog allowed the Guardian journalist Jeffrey to give more
information than would have been possible in print? _______________________________________
12. List all the blogs named in the Guardian’s article _______________________________________
13. Write a short summary of the New York Times’ extract.
+1 anno fa
I contenuti di questa pagina costituiscono rielaborazioni personali del Publisher cecilialll di informazioni apprese con la frequenza delle lezioni di Diritto della comunicazione e dell'informazione e studio autonomo di eventuali libri di riferimento in preparazione dell'esame finale o della tesi. Non devono intendersi come materiale ufficiale dell'università Teramo - Unite o del prof Ruggiero Luca.
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