Deep Web for Journalists Nugget

“In an age where journalism – like everything else in modern life – is dominated by the Internet, online safety is emerging as a new front. In this new war, repressive regimes now keep a prying eye on what journalists say, write and film. They want to monitor contacts and they want to suppress information. For journalists, this has become a dangerous game of cat and mouse. Journalists are on notice – “everything you say and write will be taken down and used to track you and your contacts down.” This merciless pursuit for control of online communications has considerably raised the stakes in the current safety crisis facing journalists and the media. We are living at a time of unprecedented levels of violence against the Press.”

A very popular use of the deep web and it’s inherent anonymity is for journalists. Media has become more controversial, and risky as time has progressed. I knew that the deep web could be used to bypass internet limitations in a place like North Korea, etc. for insiders to gain information about the real world around them. However, I never really stopped to think about how dangerous that could be. This could quite literally spell death for any individual who has attained information on someone or something with power.

Finalizing My Dream

For my search topic I have chosen to write about the future of the Dark Web (a more shaded area of the internet where people are anonymous) and what it really is and how it may be affected by internet surveillance in the near future. I plan on using multiple articles relating to the current growth of the dark web since 2013, when Snowden’s NSA leak happened, how people have reacted to these events, and possible public responses to these issues or surveillance and monitoring of the general public.

Mapping my Dreamers

Three readings:

  1. As We May think
  2. Augmenting Human Intellect
  3. Man-computer Symbiosis

Five conceptual similarities:

  • The manipulation of information. For both storage and it’s use as a tool: Archives of history, invention, models, and procedures, etc.
  • Focus on the enhancement of human ability through technology: Physical technology- weaponry, Information technology- memex, data storage and accessibility, Social technology- communications.
  • The enhancement of human comprehension. We will require a wealth of information to arrive at solutions for our current crisis’. We will utilize sophisticated methods and “high-powered electronic aids”.
  • Technology and humanity co-exist with one another and will evolve alongside one another: technological complexity and power – human ability and comprehension.
  • For a while man will be asking of technology. We have modeled technology to serve our needs. We will hypothesis, we will ask questions, we will develop the procedures and models.

In Man-computer Symbiosis technology given the status of a individual organism, saying technology is more than just a tool of society. Technology is a tool to free man of menial tasks.

In As We May Think, Vannevar Bush talks about wartime and peacetime developments. Concern is shown towards science and the paths technology seems be following. Vannevar Bush talks about understanding and most importantly and archive or “memex” of data storage for humanity.

In Augmenting Human Intellect, Doug discusses the commutative properties of technology as it would frame his later developments of email, word processing etc and eventually lead to the internet.

They say / I say

“If scientific reasoning were limited to the logical processes of arithmetic, we should not get far in our understanding of the physical world. One might as well attempt to grasp the game of poker entirely by the use of the mathematics of probability.”

From: “As We May Think”

I appreciate Vannevar Bush’s use of metaphors to emphasize his meaning. This is something I attempt to do quite often when writing. Vannevar Bush’s ideology when discussing how people try to grasp the world is also refreshing. It’s nice to hear that, while important, arithmetic is not the only viable way to gather understanding.

Furthering my Dream

Vice, being a somewhat pop-culture Youtube channel, I feel will expand. They are predominantly an internet news outlet, based off Youtube. However, in the next few decades they may move towards TV. HBO has already signed Vice on for numerous documentaries and news related material in the past, this will only gain them popularity. It’s also fair to say Vice my stick on the internet for the convenience of the viewer, with no selected time period to view their contents.

A view from my discipline would be that Vice offers unbiased views at conflicts, for the most part. There is also real emotion and grip captured by Vice’s reporters and camera crews who literally get in the trenches with these stories. If I were to make a political statement through my art, with the possibility thousands will see it, I would like to be well informed and not appear ignorant. Thus, entities like Vice can help me keep my head above the water when swinging my opinion around.


I suppose for my research question I would like to see how internet news, being more available will affect future global awareness. Most of my generation is composed of skeptics, myself included, this has been partially spurred by our current major news outlets: Fox, CNN, etc. with extreme bias. Maybe if there was a more readily available, visually appealing news channel with moderate stances, or where stories are approached in a completely different way things may change. Perhaps we will have less ignorant masses, perhaps people may be able to comprise their own views without having them advocated by someone else, maybe generations will become less skeptical.

Nugget 5

In Ted Nelson’s book Computer Lib / Dream Machines he stresses that people need a greater understanding of computers, but at the same time says that those who understand computers point those who don’t in the wrong direction. When he says “down with cybercrud” he refers to large computer companies and those who misdirect others on their search for understanding. If this is entirely necessary or a just rallying cry i’m unsure, it doesn’t seem beneficial to keep people from understanding a vital technology.

Blog changes

I stumbled my way through the interface of rampages, eventually changing my background to a charcoal piece I had made for my previous portfolio. The image being of a ram’s skull and what not I thought it would be appropriate. I had change the tones to be something more “loungey” feeling but couldn’t find where to change the text color, oh well. I changed the title to something a bit more stark and dry humored, as I like my humor. My goal I suppose was to make it resemble myself in a minimalist way.

Texting my Dream

When I was about to start my primary text about a bland, scientific research topic I realized our subject matter was supposed to be digital. Instead of writing and researching about nuclear fusion reactors, blah, blah.. I decided to look into the Youtube channel I’ve been watching religiously over the past few months, Vice.. more specifically Vice News.

Vice is a very popular global media outlet, but they are much more than just that. World news, documentaries, interviews, short stories and  investigations are all included on their channel. These videos are all done by a crop of unique reporters who, for the most part, are in field, whether it be an active war zone or hitchhiking across China.

Vice is important because it gives news a new approach with more detailed, and a more “up close and personal” vibe as you view the reporters follow their stories.


Engelbart nugget

An excerpt from Engelbart’s “Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework” talks about how there is now too much information in the air to be absorbed.

“So much for the manipulation of ideas and their insertion into the record. Thus far we seem to be worse off than before–for we can enormously extend the record; yet even in its present bulk we can hardly consult it. This is a much larger matter than merely the extraction of data for the purposes of scientific research; it involves the entire process by which man profits by his inheritance of acquired knowledge The prime action of use is selection, and here we are halting indeed.”

This peaked my interest because it’s ironic how the availability of knowledge is working against the idea of a “renaissance man” or someone who can be masterfully knowledgeable in many subjects. As our record of information grows, the average human understanding of any subject shrinks in proportion to what is known.



Reflection post

Thus far I can tell there is a theme going along with the readings we’ve had. That theme goes along the lines of: predicted technological advancement and it’s growing role in our lives may be detrimental to our ability to function alone, but also advance our capabilities with reliance on technology. Obviously it is also reasoned that these are good and bad things, as is shown in many student posts: