It’s no secret that David Byrne doesn’t like the Internet. In an opinion piece for The Guardian published last fall, for instance, Mr. Byrne argued that digital streaming services like Spotify are destroying the livelihood of artists. “The Internet,” he said, “will suck all creative content out of the world.”
And so last night at Bookforum magazine’s annual pre-Valentine’s Day literary reading in the New Museum’s Sky Room, Mr. Byrne, the former frontman of the Talking Heads, wondered this question aloud: What if we broke up with the web?
During a recent morning rush on the subway, something new happened.
At about quarter to nine on a jam-packed D train, as the doors opened at Rockefeller Center, my cell phone rang.
I was mortified.
First, I didn’t even know it was possible for phones to ring in the subway. Second, it seemed like the height of bad manners to be getting a call in such a crowded space.
You’re going to want to stab another few pins into your Time Warner voodoo doll after hearing this one. For years, the cable conglomerate has been offering discounted (or even free) service to buildings’ supers in exchange for easier access to its repair technicians.
You know who isn’t the biggest fan of the World Wide Web? Website owner, Aol host and app developer Gwyneth Paltrow.
The Duchess of Goop told E! News that the Internet is a cause of concern at her house because of all the weird things daughter Apple can see on it. It’s a freighting place, she said, like sitting through a viewing of View from the Top scary. Anyway, she sung the praises of her “super-smart” daughter for constant inquiries about normal childlike things, such as the sun, devil and renewable energy.
They See Me Trollin'
There’s a lot of things MTA dangles in front of our wary eyes to prevent us from going crazy, but we’ve might have just heard the craziest proposition yet: cellphone and Wi-Fi on moving trains so that we’re never disconnected from the outside world again.
Internet Is the International Language
“First off, I am not talking about those silly wild haired dolls with jewels in their belly buttons,” begins the most recent installment of the regular Ask a Cop column, published to Utah’s KSL News website. This week’s topic of conversation isn’t the anniversary of Occupy Wall Street or how to circumvent marijuana laws: it’s a long, angsty missive about the scourge of online trolling.
If you had to guess how many people were disconnected from the Internet, you would probably think it’s fewer than five percent. But according to the New York Times, the figure is staggering: around 20 percent of Americans aren’t connected to the Internet and don’t access it at work, home, school or even on a mobile device.
Despite a $7 billion effort from the Obama administration to beef up Internet access in underdeveloped parts of the country, 60 million people are still disconnected, prompting fears that they will be isolated from accessing vital information (like online education) or not even be eligible for jobs.
Rule number one of trolls: don’t feed them.
Weeds star Mary Louise Parker seems to have missed that memo. In an interview with News Corps Australia, the actress said that the Internet’s penchant for “bitchiness” and “meanness” has made her want to quit acting. All of those nasty comments, all of those self-loathing anons attacking her character: it’s simply too much for her.
The Future is Here
Last year, the inaugural Internet Cat Video Festival was held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, wherever that is. While Minneapolis’s handful of residents primped their whiskers in satisfaction, the legions of devoted feline fanatics in ManCattan and Brooklyn were left feeling more dejected than Grumpy Cat.
Thank heavens this year’s festival will be taking place where it Read More
Harper’s Magazine officially relaunched their website yesterday, despite publisher Rick MacArthur’s earlier public misgivings on the whole Internet thing.
“This redesign is overdue, we realize—a delay not in keeping with what was once a fairly distinguished digital reputation,” associate editor Jeremy Keehn wrote in a blog post last week. “Harper’s was one of the first magazines to build a website, way back in 1996.”
The new website will be more searchable and have more blog-like content. This is all part of a strategy to build up the venerable magazine’s online presence. Looks like the Internet is not the fad that publisher Mr. MacArthur predicted. As recently as last spring, Mr. MacArthur compared the threat of the Internet to the Xerox machine.