Monday, October 26, 2009

Does the Internet kill real communication?

It seems that the Internet is altering the way we communicate in both positive and negative ways. Email provides quick and easy service for many. While it may be increasing lines of communication, it may also be isolating us from more personal forms of communication.

What do you think? Do you agree with that? How many of you were sitting with your girl(boy-)friends or wives (husbands) in one room and had one laptop each? Maybe you even communicated like those two guys at the picture? Is not it a sign?

Monday, October 19, 2009

50 things that are being killed by the internet.

Lately, the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph has published the article “50 things that are being killed by the internet”. Everybody was shocked and commented this article very much. I’ve chosen 10 the most TOP for me. The article itself you can read here:

It is very interesting I think!

So, what we’ve lost because of the Internet:

1) Punctuality

Before mobile phones, people actually had to keep their appointments and turn up to the pub on time. Texting friends to warn them of your tardiness five minutes before you are due to meet has become one of throwaway rudenesses of the connected age.

2) Watches

Scrabbling around in your pocket to dig out a phone may not be as elegant as glancing at a watch, but it saves splashing out on two gadgets.

3) Memory

When almost any fact, no matter how obscure, can be dug up within seconds through Google and Wikipedia, there is less value attached to the "mere" storage and retrieval of knowledge. What becomes important is how you use it – the internet age rewards creativity.

4) Knowing telephone numbers off by heart

After typing the digits into your contacts book, you need never look at them again.

5) Viktor Yanukovych

The Orange Revolution in Ukraine was organised by a cabal of students and young activists who exploited the power of the web to mobilise resistance against the old regime, and sweep Viktor Yushchenko to power.

6) Geographical knowledge

With GPS systems spreading from cars to smartphones, knowing the way from A to B is a less prized skill. Just ask the London taxi drivers who spent years learning The Knowledge but are now undercut by minicabs.

7) Watching television together

On-demand television, from the iPlayer in Britain to Hulu in the US, allows relatives and colleagues to watch the same programmes at different times, undermining what had been one of the medium's most attractive cultural appeals – the shared experience. Appointment-to-view television, if it exists at all, seems confined to sport and live reality shows.

8) Letter writing/pen pals

Email is quicker, cheaper and more convenient; receiving a handwritten letter from a friend has become a rare, even nostalgic, pleasure. As a result, formal valedictions like "Yours faithfully" are being replaced by "Best" and "Thanks".

9) Respect for doctors and other professionals

The proliferation of health websites has undermined the status of GPs, whose diagnoses are now challenged by patients armed with printouts.

10) The mystery of foreign languages

Sites like Babelfish offer instant, good-enough translations of dozens of languages – but kill their beauty and rhythm.

Have you ever thought of it????

Monday, October 12, 2009

Internet vs Real Communication???

I will not believe you if you tell me you never tried to get acquainted with someone through the Internet! If you read this article you are a person who “lives” on the Internet for sure! So, it means that you come here not only to read some information or find a movie, music or buy something but also to meet some nice new and interesting people to communicate and share your opinion with. Am I right? So, the question is: how much disappointment did you have when decided to meet with your Internet friend in reality? I do not mean just appearance but also character, points of views, manner of speech and so one. Certainly, some examples can be found when people who met through the Internet stayed good friends or even built a family. But these examples are not mass.

So, are you ready to substitute real communication for the Internet one? Or you are still able to see the difference between them? Which one do you prefer?

Monday, October 5, 2009

The Internet advertising has overtaken the television one in Great Britain.

The first half of 2009 has shown us that the inputs to Internet advertising exceeded the inputs to television advertising for the first time.Reuters Agency reports about this fact. In general, 1.75 billion pounds (2.81 billion dollars) was spent to the online advertising in the first half of 2009. This represents 23,5% of all advertising costs and it is 4.6% more if compared to the same period of the last year. The part of television advertising was 21,9%. For comparison, the cost of advertising on the screens in the field of interactive media sales accounted for 18.5% of all advertising spending, but on the mailing list - 11,5%.
In early June 2009 it became known that the cost of advertising on television in the UK fell to its lowest level since 1980’s. The Billets research company announced that prices for television advertising will be reduced by 16% by year-end. Thus, the average cost basis, required to make a TV movie watched by 1000 adults, will be only 4.16 pounds sterling. At the same time, analysts advise not to invest in the Internet, because virtual projects are becoming less and less profitable. This was written in July by Wall Street Journal.

Which advertisement do you believe more? TV or Internet one?