The Future of The Internet

Pew Internet & American Life have released a 62-page study entitled The Future of the Internet

This lengthy report discusses the impact the internet will have on various aspects of society, as well as how it will change in the next ten years. Below are some interesting excerpts:

On Family Life

“The context for family interactions has already changed dramatically. The ease with which children and grandparents can communicate; the ability to message instantly will change the nature of our interfamily relations – and thereby change the dynamics of our personal lives.”

On Information Quality

“The dissemination of information will increasingly become the dissemination of drivel. As more and more ‘data’ is posted on the internet, there will be increasingly less ‘information’…This will affect everything from politics, to science/pseudoscience, to education. The only vestige of hope may be in the development of integrity, whether mandated by law, developed by private labels, or in the most unlikely of scenarios, the nascence of personal integrity.”

“The internet won’t change most institutions and human endeavors too much, because it’s increasingly a cesspool of spam, porn, phishing, and other distracting and annoying commodities, discouraging more intensive and productive use.”

On Privacy

Prediction: As computing devices become embedded in everything from clothes to appliances to cars to phones, these networked devices will allow greater surveillance by governments and businesses. By 2014, there will be increasing numbers of arrests based on this kind of surveillance by democratic governments as well as by authoritarian regimes.

On Entertainment

Prediction: By 2014, all media, including audio, video, print, and voice, will stream in and out of the home or office via the internet. Computers that coordinate and control video games, audio, and video will become the centerpiece of the living room and will link to networked devices around the household, replacing the television’s central place in the home.

Possible Names for this Blog

I am still dinking around with possible names of this blog. As I think that this blog will contain mostly library and job-related stuff, I am thinking of calling the blog Library Voice or My Library Voice. I am leaning towards My Library Voice, I think simply because of the emphasis on My. My wife occasionally tells me to use my library voice because I often have a tendency to talk too loud (particularly in overly sensitive situations). This blog could be my way of exploring and writing about some of the issues in the library world, while trying to discover my library voice.

Another thing to consider is that Library Voice seems that it might be a little too close in name to Library Stuff, Librarian.net, or LibraryPlanet.com. All are great sites that I read daily in my aggregator, but I don’t know if I want the name of my site being so similar. There are even more blogs out there that start with libr*, so perhaps My Library Voice is the best bet.

First IM Reference Interaction

Today I had my first reference interaction using AOL IM. My library has been doing chat reference for quite some time, and we are available for about ten hours on most weekdays. Our business is good, and we are able to help quite a few students with library research. We have about twelve people who staff our chat queue. Personally, I am only on chat once or twice a day and these times are irregular. As a result, this makes it difficult for would-be chatters to contact me directly.

Last summer I created both Yahoo! IM and AIM accounts and posted them on my library contact information page. By doing this, I wanted to enable business students to be able to contact me directly. In each class I showed students my contact information, and talked about being available through IM. Day after day I would start up my IM client, only to shut it down eight hours later. It was all quiet on the chat front —–until now.

The question was fairly basic. The patron wanted to know the update frequency of the Value Line Investment Survey. I answered him, and also referred him to another similar resource. Again, pretty basic, but very effective act extending my reach and going where the users are. Will there be more? Only time will tell.

Sore Fingers

Due to all of the packages, luggage, and the piles of baby supplies, I had to leave my guitar at home during our twelve-day holiday trip. When I returned, my guitar was there for me, still in its case, and miraculously, still very much in tune. I have been dinking around on it a little since coming home, although time has limited any real practice.

I had my lesson yesterday, and then played for another hour after that. It felt great, although it was difficult to make my fingers some of the chords, or pick some of the patterns. I have to admit, I got a little frustrated and would not let myself be defeated by a simple fingerstyle pattern. I played to the point that I had to stop, as continuing on would have made me like Brian Adams in Summer of ’69. Now it seems that my fingers hurt so bad that I can barely type. I really missed being able to play, and now I am anxious to get back into practice. I have begun working through a couple of fingerstyle books with my instructor.

IE Not Working Right

This was an interesting exchange on the Web4LIb list.

The problem with IE:

Is there anybody experience delay at IE searching? Our library got some complains on Internet Explore delay or even hung after patron entered a wrong url. For example, user enter ccc.ddd at address line, IE would stuck at original page and doesn’t do anything. He can’t back or stop. Sometimes librarian will come to reboot the PC.

The answer:

I believe you can download a patch for this bug at
http://getfirefox.com/

🙂

Clever answer. Yes, Firefox seems to be the answer to alot of what’s wrong with the web.