Personal perspectives on information science, the evolving Internet, delivery of public services online, Web 2.0, the Web of Data, the Semantic Web, communities, folksonomies and more. With an emphasis upon convergence between some or all of the above, and a UK slant.
Internet companyAOLis running an interesting pair of television adverts here in the UK, one of which I saw for the first time last night.
They are inviting a discussion around whether the Internet is 'good' or 'bad', and asking viewers to visit their/discusssite to join the conversation.
Both the ads are there for viewing, along with discussion boards and a variety of thought pieces from (UK) media figures.
Whilst it's doubtless inevitable that they would attempt to polarise discussion of a tool that is, of itself, neither good nor bad, it's interesting that they take the step of - apparently - pandering to the fears of the more hysterical wing of the UK media by running the 'bad' ad on its own.
Orwell was right. The Net is full of porn. We are all watched, all the time. Our identity will be stolen. No one is safe.
Have they gone too far, can we see past the stark black and white, or was nobody other than me paying any attention?
And would ads like these be agoodplace to add, below the URL at the end, that those without access of their own could pop down to their local public library to benefit from hardware, software, and helpful people?