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    "Online culture increasingly resembles a slum in disturbing ways. Slums have more advertising than wealthy neighborhoods, for instance. People are meaner in slums; mob rule and vigilantism are commonplace..."
    You are not a gadget, Jaron Lanier, ch5

    Ran across this quote while reading.
    What're your thoughts on this? If the internet=slums, does this mean Whitechapel is a more gentrified area, being as we have fewer advertisements and trolls? Is this true, or is it giving the characteristics of a "real life" place to one that isn't quite the same?
    • CommentAuthormunin218
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd 2010
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    I think it's an attempt to characterize it as a real life place, when its something different altogether. The problem with trying to apply traditional psychosocial thinking to a new phenomena is that it doesn't always quite fit. The Internet is a new frontier altogether, with its own rules. Certainly, paid areas of the internet, or ones sponsored by a corporation or company for its own aims (well, here, technically) contain less advertisements than completely free areas, but likening those areas to slums I think, isn't quite the same fit. Instead of financially motivated groupings (like in physical slums...you wouldn't live there if you could afford better), you usually see ones motivated instead by common topics, fandoms, or intellectual levels.