Wednesday, January 28, 2015

No More "Publishing"

For years now, I've called it "hanging," as in "hanging a picture," I would "hang a page." Others have called it "publishing" for years now and it is soon to no longer be applicable to any great measure.

While Eric Schmidt was making headlines discussing the realities of living in a world that is at least part-digital, one of the first things that will change will be the nomenclature surrounding these endeavors and resources. People no longer "tunnel-in" or "ferret-through," for example (both of which are related to FTP and Gopher, of which only FTP is still in use), on the "Internet Superhighway." One of the first things that begins to change during such a shift is the language used to describe it.

Some people are many years ahead of us, technologically-speaking - they have smart homes and smart cars - but we experienced a technological explosion over the last several years to which we are just now beginning adapt. Years ago, everyone wondered how it would be handled and now we are learning first-hand, as it brings us immediate pictures of martyrs for greater causes and whatever your online "friend" is eating.

We are now in that age that will determine how this technology is used and what it is used for as well as how we adapt to these changes, as many have concerns for their rights and privacy both online and in a digital world - valid concerns that should be addressed now that we know at least some of the limitations of both our own technology, the cost to humanity, and the apparent trade-off of privacy for convenience with security.

The Internet hasn't been about publishing anything since the halcyon days of blogging in the mid-2000s; it has steadily, and rapidly, been moving to A/V sites like Funny or Die and YouTube. Short videos "go viral" as they are shared and promoted throughout social networks and IM apps like Skype allow them to share them quickly - all of which is going to fade into the background - all of these things will still be there, the mechanics behind what makes them work just won't be so omnipresent.

In the possibly near-future, the Internet will be so intertwined with our everyday life that we won't even call it that anymore; it will just be a fabric beneath us, something we interact with everydya in small ways that we don't even notice.


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