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iSurvived September 26, 2008

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I was on my way toward addiction at age 12. 

I didn’t even use that much in the beginning, though. Those were definitely slower times; I would maybe use for an hour straight at most. 

My life was pretty much—if not completely—dependent on it. I used it everday—at home, school and work. It didn’t matter where I was because it was so readily available. Using was as easy as the click of a button. 

But it’s a much more different world nowadays. 

Hi. My name is Jamie, and I’m an Internet addict.

I’ve had to make a lot of changes in my daily life ever since the collapse of the Internet. But besides the extreme cases of discomgoogolation, life without the Internet is manageable. 

What worries me most is not my own withdrawals but those of this entire nation. Everyone is forced into the same exhile. We’re all taking the same e-vacation and we don’t know what to do with ourselves. Nearly every industry has been impacted, and it’s hard to imagine that we once lived without it. I mean, is there anything we can do after our lives have been so digitally involved?

You’d be surprised. 

This is a time to get back in touch with reality and face to face communication. Let’s go back to physical newspapers, address books, paper bank statements, library cards and compact discs. 

Sure, these things seem dated because of the technology that we’ve had to replace them with.

But guess what? Life goes on. 

Once upon a time, there was no World Wide Web, no Internet or social media. 

It’s that time again.

And the best part is, we’re already survivors.


It Depends on the Issue September 18, 2008

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When I feel sick, the person who I contact first is not a nurse, doctor or pharmacist.

It is my mother.

And I call her because she is an expert when it comes to who I am. In my eyes, she is a professional and I value her opinion greatly.

In fact, if my mom had a blog and claimed herself as an expert in raising children, I would include the blog in my RSS feed and consider her a good source for parenting know-how’s. Never mind the fact that she doesn’t hold a degree in anything child-related. She has over 20 years of experience. She is qualified enough for me.

But I understand that most people wouldn’t subscribe to her every word of citizen journalism; they don’t share the long established relationship that I have with her.

To others, she may be just another blogger, another person claiming to be an expert with no professional degree to justify her statements.

And their point is valid.

Heck, even I would never trust her with a serious health concern (i.e. surgery). That is when a doctor—a licensed professional—should be visited.

If we knew when it was appropriate to seek information from life experts and licensed experts, the war between bloggers versus journalistsWeinberger versus Keen—would end.

There is no threat in educating ourselves with information found in blogs and other open-sourced Internet sites. We just need to keep in mind that there are more unbiased and credible sources out there, whether these are on or offline.

Life After College September 12, 2008

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I’m a paranoid individual.

And I have Web 2.0 to thank for it.

Social media has turned everything into an open party. Posting pictures on MySpace; sending bumper stickers on Facebook; constantly updating your status on Twitter—it’s all really fun. Not to mention really addicting.

After all, what’s not fun about being the host of your own party and inviting all of your friends and family to celebrate?

Well. When nobody wants to leave. Or better yet, when you suddenly see a few co-workers walk-in through the back door.

Who invited them? Technically, you did.

Friends and family aren’t the only people with an Internet access.

Every social media user needs to take extra precautions, especially the members of Generation Y searching for jobs out in the “real world.” Not only can Web 2.0 make it so you don’t get a job you’re interviewing for, but it can get you fired from whatever job you already have.

Sitting behind a computer screen is no longer considered a hiding place. Your identity won’t stay anonymous for very long, especially when an employer is running a Google search of your name.

We all need to protect out privacy and calculate whether our current (online) actions can possibly equate to future consequences. You can never be too careful these days.

Sure, social media sites can be fun and friendly. But things can start getting ugly, very quickly.