The internet changed my life. Actually, the internet changed everyone’s life.
Instead of watching television, now-a-days people often choose to “watch people.” In many ways this practice is easier than ever before, via the information super highway. This is one way that the internet is reshaping society. In fact, through this transition many social evolution’s have also occurred. This has recently spilled over into the economy, whereby in today’s job market, people today are often submitting their work with the click of a mouse.
Do you remember the first time you had a conversation online? Didn’t it feel more than a little bit awkward when bringing up that same conversation, later on, in real life?
Social media has seen historic rises in consumption over the last decade. Furthermore, many companies today, now schedule everything online. This is true for everything from appointments to job interviews themselves. In this way, many business’ now greatly rely on the internet to connect directly with consumers.
This phenomenon known as, “the internet startup,” is perhaps the most intriguing evolution of them all.
With a little bit of tech savvy someone can build a website today, generate traffic and create a small business right at home! Never before in human history, was the pursuit of happiness so straight forward!
However, “the internet startup,” has also created a cautionary tale, both in America and abroad. This in many ways will influence how people will use the internet moving forward.
In the early 1900’s, signs began to flood Times Square. Signs for hotels, manicures, drinks, cola’s, legal services, farming and all sorts of commercial goods and services began springing up. In a dog eat dog economy, soon these signs became “the new American marketing platform.” Shortly after 1900, these signs became billboards and those billboards began to cover every spec of ground that was visible to the human eye. This is very much the same phenomena we are seeing online today.
The Internet Startup
So, how does the internet, namely; Google, Bing, Yahoo, Facebook, and Twitter, decide who to recommend it’s viewers too?
As more and more business’ take to the information super highway, it becomes increasingly difficult to garner the audience needed to create profitability…….
The world can be a very scary place. Imagine if Google decided only to give all of their web traffic to corporate clients and not small business’…cough… imagine if……
Furthermore, imagine if Google, or other search engines, unfairly diverted web traffic to only a select few internet business’ today…… This could potentially create a great deal of future inequality or political corruption…….
What if Facebook or Google, only sent traffic to corporate clients? This is a very scary proposition….. This potentially dystopian future, could have a wide range of negative implications, both for Civilians News and other small business’ around the world.
For this reason; recently a fight in the Supreme Court took place, regarding internet provider’s ability to adjust speed of service, in favor of corporate clientele. This case fell on deaf ears for many Americans, but represented a very historic turning point for internet business’. Furthermore, this type of legislation is in many ways allegorical, of a turning point for the future of information as we know it.
The Future Of News
This paradigm is especially interesting when it comes to, “the future of news.” Ultimately parameters were put in place to allow for a “fairer” internet, with the intention of keeping the internet free of monopoly. This was the outcome of the previously mentioned Supreme Court decisions….. However, this event marked a critical turning point for the development of the internet itself. Imagine what could happen if those companies controlling the bulk of web traffic became more concerned with profit than Americans themselves?
In conclusion, what’s most important to remember during this evolution, is how the internet develops for consumers moving forward…….. How internet businesses evolve to help clienteles in the future, may very well shape the future world economy…. Furthermore, many of these decisions have yet to be made. Not only that, many of these decisions will depend on our voices to determine the new era of information and communication. THIS IS NOT FAKE NEWS!
For this reason, established in 2011, Civilians News has come into fruition. Civilians News was born on April 5th, 2011, with the goal of providing “news for all views.” Civilians News was established free of corporate bias, with the goal to counteract the daily news cycle, as well as overly partisan mainstream media. In this light, Civilians News began bringing American’s unbiased and unfiltered news coverage, directly from grass roots Americans. Hopefully our readership grows over time and our readers *(YOU!) can help us develop this online platform, dedicated to free speech moving forward.
Thank you for reading. Civilians News! NEWS FOR ALL VIEWS!
William Larsen – Founder of CiviliansNews.com!