This text by Andrew Keen is as the title alludes to “Sex, lies and the Internet”. It is obvious that Andrew Keen, who wrote this in his book from 2007, is critical of the media the Internet, which, in this text’s example, abuses the opportunity people have to meet each other virtually. It is obvious why he is pointing out two really serious stories posted on two different Web sites, because they make his argumentation for clamming that the Internet Is only up to bad things even stronger. Basically it is about people making fun of virtual places to meat.
In this case a marketplace for one-night stands, and think it is a risk-free platform due to it is “an editorless medium where the only rules are that there are no rules”. He is here refereeing to the story with the Seattle “techie” named Jason Fortuny who clearly did not understand any kind of normal behaviour and did what is possible to do: make up a false identity on the basis of other peoples’ pictures and names, which gave him more or less than 178 responses to something that did not exist.
Andrew Keen writes that people who were involved in the case from September 2006 felt the consequences of having “private” information and pictures lying on the website which, at first, was put their to exploring sex without commitment etc. But later these non-committing profiles would turn into to be the destroyer of families, relationships and careers since people who had created these profiles naively trusted that no one could take their personally information and abuse them and spreading false histories. Like to much of what is on the Web today, his prank was both dishonest and harmful”.
Andrew Keen points out that a big part of the Internet is based on lies and gossip that no one really cares for or use in any constructively way, but instead sends it along and do not think about the consequences. He is also pointing out the story with the girl called Julie who “posted a horrific tale on the Web site dontdatehimgirl. com”. The story she made up and make a bunch of women read, 1. 00 times it had been read, is an example of a really heartless and stupid girl, having fun on the behalf of an innocent mans’ life.
The most tragically about this is that she clamed she would take her own life since she had gotten so depressed after the rape. As Andrew Keen points out, many of the readers were responding in a normal way, “this son of a bitch deserves to be in jail” an so on, but the worse is, that none of the things were true and that all the responses made on the post were written on something non existing rape done by a man named Guido.
The essence of this text is, that no proof are required so you can write whatever you like, without no one to judge, as Julie says herself when she “told The Miami New Times ‘There is nothing to stop (someone) from slandering a guy impunity… I would guess the vast majority of the ‘stories’ posted are completely full of shit. ’” This quotation completes Andrew Keen’s argument for claiming that the Internet is almost entirely filled with lies and vicious fun.
In contrast to fun on the behalf of other people, non-committing web sites and other usuriously things happening on the Internet that people get addicted to committing to, a paper named Technophobia has been written by Stuart Jeffs for The Guardian Website in 2008 to focus on how important people can stay off the Internet and still get into serious business such as being a partner of the famous E-mail site Yahoo without even have an E-mail oneself. It is a distraction, says the billionaire Carl Icahn.
The same story is repeated with the former presidential candidate John McCain did not even have a computer but are still high on the hierarchy. Here it is argued by Democrats that the 72-year-old John McCain should come up on the horse and start taking part in the “real” world, instead of being so old fashioned. “’My five-year-old niece can use the internet’ said one gloating Barack Obama strategist. Obama, by contrast, is regularly photographed in-flight hunched over his BlackBerry”.
This is smart thinking of Obama in the middle of a election campaign because he is aware that over 800 million people across the world is having a Facebook and see the updates all the time, so they easily can be in touched of what Obama is dying right in this second. “But is McCain’s admission really damaging? Like the Queen not carrying money, only really powerful people don’t do cyberspace. They sit at computer-free desks thinking outside the inbox (…)”
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