Information Studies

Technology World War I: Mainstream vs. Non-Mainstream and Public vs. Private

The internet is an arena of human aspirations.  From CEOs and government authorities to amateur journalists and hackers, people of all walks of life in try to achieve their own goals while encountering obstacles posed by others in cyberspace.  Two apparent battles, since the birth of the internet, highlight significant debates within our information society.… Continue reading Technology World War I: Mainstream vs. Non-Mainstream and Public vs. Private

Information Studies

Technological Multiplication: How Technology Halts Marginalization

Much of the world is aware that everyone is not computer literate.  In fact, since the spawn of high speed wireless internet, laptop ubiquity, and rising demand for software skills in the professional world, information technology has actually increased socioeconomic inequalities.  After all, not all computers can be utilized equally; individuals with more resources are… Continue reading Technological Multiplication: How Technology Halts Marginalization

Information Studies

The digital divide can be avoided

The digital divide: a phenomenon in which inequalities within socioeconomic regards grow due to the rising prominence of information systems.  Computers can divide the world, yet there are concrete mechanisms to alleviate the inequality problem.  Better yet, it is easier to solve the digital divide problem than it is to solve inequality in terms of… Continue reading The digital divide can be avoided

Information Studies

The hit/miss entertainment economy does not exist

Remember those times when record label companies, artists, and business executives made decisions based on what was mainstream in society?  Me neither.  Today, thanks to the capabilities of Amazon, Netflix, and iTunes, mainstream media is not the most sought after media by the world's market. Some facts and figures portray this phenomenon.  More than half… Continue reading The hit/miss entertainment economy does not exist

Information Studies

Social media’s inability to bring representative government to the Arab World

     Modern information technology made it possible for most of the world to witness events within the Arab Spring.  Social media allowed activists to organize instantaneously within protests in Arab cities.  The internet became a public forum to discuss economics and alternatives in the Arab World.  Overall, it seemed like information technology worked to… Continue reading Social media’s inability to bring representative government to the Arab World