MAC 143 Lecture 6: Lecture 4 Internet Anxieties MAC143 Part 3

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Lecture 4 Internet Anxieties MAC143 Part 3
A. Confounding aspects of the Internet/digital communication
1. features/affordances that can be good and problematic at the same time
2. The Internet lets more people access and produce information.
a) War Games (1983)
(1) Translates kinds of cultural anxieties the world had as the
Internet emerged
(2) Historical context
(a) Reagan, Cold War anxieties
(b) Home computer and Internet were becoming
household items
(3) Film’s narrative shows the main character can tap into the
computer and cause war
(a) Shows extreme possibilities/cases
(4) Emerging awareness of the Internet
(a) Shift of how the organization of information is
controlled
b) Blogs
(1) Allows anyone to share their views/opinions
(2) Can be a good thing so information is not controlled
(3) People can post lies and fake news
(4) Allows for vast democratization of news
(a) Can be good or bad
c) Andrew Keen, Cult of the Amateur
(1) Dystopian discourse of internet
(2) Cultural conservative view of internet
(a) He and other elites are the best ones to decide
what is good culture
(b) Anyone who posts on internet is “bad” and
spreading low culture
(3) Difficult for artists to make a living because people on the
internet are stealing
(4) Believed people on the internet were stealing culture not
spreading it
(a) Argues internet destroys gatekeepers
(5) Tension between democratization and quality and control
of content is unresolvable
3. Digitized media can be manipulated in new ways.
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