That’s a lie, I am not waiting for my internet to connect, it’s 2012, my internet is continuously connected via a broadband connection. Have you ever had a Skype call drop out, I know from experience that this makes me feel frustrated and even angry. I also experience these feelings when the call buffers or skips. Another instance which conjures up these feelings is when Facebook is loading and it takes longer than a few seconds.
At 23, i’ve almost completely forgotten about the days when I had to drag Mum off the phone, so I could use the dial-up internet, to then log on to MSN and chat with my friends. It is possible that some people in my class probably are too young to even have exerienced that. For them I say, may you be thankful! That noise, full of beeps and squeals indicating that it was connecting to the internet, which took about a minute or two, was so frustrating. Although at the time, I was not concerned with how long pages took to load as I did not know any different. Now I have experienced dial-up, broadband, 3G and GPRS, amidst a multitude of different ways to access the internet, I know what is good and what is not. Although I hear in Japan the internet is even faster!
How important is it that we receive information in real time? That is one of the biggest jumps for connectivity around the world is that we can send and receive packets of data in a second. Do we take this for granted? I sure do, as Illustrated above. Stalder (2005) mentions in the article ‘Open cultures and the nature if networks,’ how networks are shaped by this idea of being time-boundless. “In an environment where information flows very quickly…” information in real time can be vitally important and it can not matter at all. Ted used the example of Google Finance. The information is about 15 minutes delayed so for someone who relys on this information to be up to date by the minute, then it is useless. Although for a journalist who needs to write an overview then it is useful. Another example of this is the value of the Australian dollar, when online shopping with overseas currency, you don’t want yesterdays value otherwise you don’t know go much you are actually paying.
In June this year, Melbourne was struck by an earthquake, I found it astonishing that I could read about it seconds after it occurred. Twitter was abuzz with people tweeting about the earthquake, instantaneously people all around the world read about it. Just another real time part of the Internet to think about.
Stalder, F. (2005) ‘Information Ecology’. In Open Cultures and the Nature of Networks pp. 62-66 [URL: http://felix.openflows.com/pdf/Notebook_eng.pdf%5D¥