PIMP my ASCII Comics – Gansta Grill Admiral Ackbar It’s a trap Oh Sh1t!

Pimp my ASCII Comic’s in plain txt: It’s a trap meme edition

This Pimp my ASCII edition ‘ascii comic pimping’ we look at the infamous Admiral Ackbar It’s a trap meme in plain text:

From the ever played meme Admiral Ackbar It’s a trap!

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Gansta Grill Admiral Ackbar ASCII It’s a trap, Oh Sh1t!

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. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ./ It’s a trap!
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A bit more about Admiral Ackbar’s It’s a trap history and cyber-culture:

Admiral Ackbar

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

AckbarStanding.jpgAdmiral Ackbar on Home One Position: Supreme Commander of the Rebel Alliance Fleet Homeworld: Mon Calamari Species: Mon Calamari Gender: Male Affiliation: Rebel Alliance, New Republic Portrayed by: Timothy M. Rose

Admiral Ackbar (played by Timothy M. Rose) is a character in the Star Wars fictional universe. He first appears in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi and later is a supporting character in the Star Wars Expanded Universe of novels, video games, and comic books.

Pop Culture:

Its_a_Trap_Admiral_Ackbar Magic_Card_Admiral_Ackbar The line for which Admiral Ackbar is most known, "It’s a trap!", is often parodied, such as by the animated show Robot Chicken in their Star Wars special episode. In an episode of The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon imitates Ackbar, repeating the line, "it’s a trap!". "It’s a trap!" and "It’s a tarp!", a modified version of the line, both of which are internet memes. On the popular television show, 30 Rock, self proclaimed Star Wars nerd, Liz Lemon, compares herself to Admiral Ackbar during a webchat with her long distance boyfriend, Floyd. Ackbar is also a playable character in LucasArtsLego Star Wars games and in Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron. His ship, Home One, is playable in Star Wars: Empire at War In a third season episode of the TV show The Whitest Kids U’ Know a newscaster yells "Admiral Ackbar" as he crashes his helicopter into a cheating spouse. This is a reference to the Arabic expression Allahu Akbar.

Depiction:

As described in the Expanded Universe series, Admiral Ackbar became a representative to his planet Mon Calamari‘s ruling council shortly after he finished school. After the Empire invaded Mon Calamari, Ackbar was captured and became a slave, for a time serving Grand Moff Tarkin. After being freed, Ackbar helped design the B-Wing starfighter and leads the Rebels’ space forces at the Battle of Endor. He is part of the New Republic’s provisional government in Timothy Zahn‘s Thrawn trilogy. He retires at some point before the beginning of The New Jedi Order series, but comes out of retirement to help fight the Yuuzhan Vong. Ackbar dies of natural causes shortly before the war ends.

Meme Origin

“It’s a trap!!” is a quote from the film Return of the Jedi from that most fishy of rebel leaders, Admiral Ackbar. The phase has become a common internets catchphrase, but has specific usage in practice of tranny baiting on imageboards: someone posts a thread with a thumbnail that looks like a hot chick… but it’s a trap!!!11 This is a “bait-n-switch” practice similar to Rickrolling PROTIP: purposeful typos’ like 1’s and “one’s” instead of exclamation points are often added for emphasis, e.g. “it’s a trap!!!11one” via: It’s a trap! | Know Your Meme http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/its-a-trap

This I hope sums it up enough for everyone to now know what is up with Admiral Ackbar and his trap. New Media Concept Tags: ackbar ascii cyberculture meme pimp

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New Media Breakfast Recipe Video: How To Make French Toast

How To Make French Toast: New Media Breakfast Recipe and Video

Velvety on the inside, crisp on the outside, great French toast is like the delicious love child of bread and custard. Here’s how to make it yourself.

French Toast Recipe and Instructions

Ingredients

  • 1 egg per slice of bread
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • Cinnamon
  • Maple syrup [or any other of your preference]

Steps

  1. Crack the eggs into the bowl, add milk, vanilla, and cinnamon and beat them with a fork or whisk.
  2. Set your stove to high heat and place your pan over the burner. Add a non-stick spray so that the bread will not stick to the pan.
  3. Coat a slice of the bread with the mixture on both sides, and then place the slice onto the pan.
  4. Turn the heat down to medium-low once the pan is heated sufficiently.
  5. Cook the toast until browned on both sides and serve

New Media Tagged: breakfast recipe toast video french-toast

Many thanks to @SieanaDe from the Fairy Pixie Princess Blog @Sieana.com

Turn On Tune In Dropout Becomes Turn Off Tune Out Get In

Turn On Tune In Dropout Becomes Turn Off Tune Out Get In

So what has changed? Were they right in the wrong moment or wrong with good timing? Timothy Leary is the face behind the chemical catalyst to a movement that’s remains are now ‘the man’ themselves. So where did the passion for change go? The old idea was to roll inside and trip on drugs, that in the end was a global FAIL we still battle today. Yet the ethics and morals the hippy culture resented before the drug war games began still hold a truth we all crave. A new ‘awareness revolution’ has come into play that already bridged the gap the 60’s movements never reached. Clear ideas and group actions. We have seen wars stopped before they could earnestly begin anew. Dictators and fierce militias brought to a grinding halt with voices of peace and global knowledge of the death that sparked a new revolution. It has been said information is the new cocaine, I would go one further. Social action is the new LSD, by ‘Turing Off’ to the idea of ‘the man’ controlling everything, we turned on the reality of people over power. When we ‘Tune Out’ what we are told to do and tune in once again to what we know to do. Then we return to the point once needing you to dropout, oddly now the point at which your option is to ‘get in’ now. As once the point was to leave the people now it is to join the ‘real people’ as one. The ‘real’ being the actual peoples and honest voices of all, so much better a format than a handful making the rules for all, is it not?

Timothy Leary – Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out

Timothy Leary – Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out

In the smallest things now do we hold our species as a whole down, the vast majority of all humans can agree on at least some basic concepts. Things as simple as ‘should you take things from others without there permission’ do not need a ‘rule’ everyone can agree stealing is normally not a proper action. On a grander scale, no person on earth would say raping eight year olds then using them for lead collection in the place of body armor as you raid torture and kill a village of women and children is a nice thing to do. Even in the absolute knowing of the greater good and now conscious we can use. Why do we still let the little things stop it. Does it hurt your life so much your neighbor prays on a day you do not that it is ok to let the greater atrocity continue until they stop? Just because the you government says so does it mean they are always making the best choice for the people? Will the world stop because your neighbor is dark skinned and you are not? This is the reason we can not be a better planet, really? Not being able to predict the future I wanted to look back to the past, they said it helps you do better after all. Lets see what those who did tune in turn on and drop out achieved, then perhaps we can find what to do next. Otherwise we continue to do nothing until that is all we will have left…

Leary on Evolution

Timothy Leary waxes on the future of the human species…

Infamous Timothy Leary Interview (2/2)

Timothy Francis Leary (October 22, 1920 May 31, 1996) was an American writer, psychologist, futurist, and advocate of psychedelic drug research and use, and one of the first people whose remains have been sent into space. An icon of 1960s counterculture, Leary is most famous as a proponent of the therapeutic and spiritual benefits of LSD. He coined and popularized the catch phrase "Turn on, tune in, drop out."

Infamous Timothy Leary Interview (2/2)

A psychedelic experience is a journey to new realms of consciousness. The scope and content of the experience is limitless, but its characteristic features are the transcendence of verbal concepts, of space-time dimensions, and of the ego or identity. Such experiences of enlarged consciousness can occur in a variety of ways: sensory deprivation, yoga exercises, disciplined meditation, religious or aesthetic ecstasies, or spontaneously. Most recently they have become available to anyone through the ingestion of psychedelic drugs such as LSD, psilocybin, mescaline, DMT, etc. Of course, the drug does not produce the transcendent experience. It merely acts as a chemical key—it opens the mind, frees the nervous system of its ordinary patterns and structures.

AMAZING TIMOTHY LEARY INTERVIEW

Tim gets sand bagged by a talk show host. The host then surprises Leary with a phone call from Art Linkletter.

Timothy Leary’s Last Trip

Timothy Leary’s Last Trip – Documentary & Interview

Timothy Leary may be a mad scientist of a chemical an psychological persuasion yet he at the care made great sense. Will we begin again in a technical aspect, can a digital mad scientist breach that next step? What if for just 1one day, one single passing of the sun, all the people in the world just said no to the wrongs. When everyone on earth can reach an internet connected device… what will the possibly 10,000,000,000 people of the world say to the few thousand we let rule it? Could you imagine what anyone or group could say to argue with the human race as a whole? Just an idea by a random human, 1 in many billions, yet I may be on to something, depending on you…

Many thanks to the Drill Down Podcast Crew Andrew (@MrBabyMan) Sorcini, Muhammad (@Msaleem) Saleem, Lidja (@MadLid) Davis & Reg (@Zaibatsu) Saddler for having me on their show & oddly sparking the idea inside the concepts.

Banned on Digg for no Reason and Stonewalled for Asking Why

I was a digger, now I am banned. Why you may wonder… that is what I wonder as well. The support staff at Digg.com has provided no specific incident or infraction against the http://digg.com/tou they have quoted as a vague and generic reason for the ban. I have been a digg user openly as myself, not an assumed identity, not a false identity, just me, Mich De L’Orme, with the username MichDe. I was a member of the digg community for just over three months. I emailed the digg support staff through their contact form and after several hours sent a second email directly. Sent via http://digg.com/contact :

Hello, I woke up today I can’t log in, it says my account is inactive. Can you please explain what has happened and what I need to do to fix it. Thank you very much. Mich D.

Send direct to support@digg.com :

Hello, I can’t log in and my account is showing inactive. Can you please tell me what has happened? I went to sleep diggin’ and woke up diggless. I tried to use the contact form but have not heard back yet. Please let me know what’s going on and why this has happened. Thanks for you time,
peace,
Mich D

On the next day I was sent this as a response:

Thank you for contacting us at Digg.com. Your account was removed for violating the Digg Terms of Use (http://digg.com/tou) that you agreed to when registering for Digg.com. From Digg Terms Of Use (http://digg.com/tou): 5. USER CONDUCT As a condition of use, you promise not to use the Services for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these Terms of Use, or any other purpose not reasonably intended by Digg. By way of example, and not as a limitation, you agree not to use the Services: 9. with the intention of artificially inflating or altering the ‘digg count’, comments, or any other Digg service, including by way of creating separate user accounts for the purpose of artificially altering Digg’s services; giving or receiving money or other remuneration in exchange for votes; or participating in any other organized effort that in any way artificially alters the results of Digg’s services; Due to the nature and severity of abuse, your account will not be re-instated.  This decision is final and irreversible. Thank you, -The Digg Support Team.

Being this tells me absolutely no information as to what I have been accused of, I responded with this:

Hello Digg Support Team, Thank you for you response to my prior contact and account issues. I now know I am ‘banned’ but I am baffled by the reasoning as it is unclear as to what you mean. Can you please explain this to me? I do not have multiple accounts and I am not paid to digg stories or submit them. The vast majority of my submissions were from top notch websites and the remainder interesting things from blogs and humor sites. I do not even submit my own content or websites. I have never compensated anyone for digging or submitting stories for me either. To the best of my knowledge I have never broken the law as part of the digg community. I do not have a system for artificially inflating or altering digg votes or comments. Your reply has me at a total loss as to what I could have possibly done. All I ask is to be informed on what I am being specifically accused of, as I take great pride in my ability to find worthy submissions for your site and have no knowledge of any actions the types you have implied. Thank you for your time, I look forward to your reply. Peace,
Mich De L’Orme

After more than twenty four hours I have yet to receive any reply from the digg staff, digg support or digg community administrators. During the past forty eight hours there have been many users from the active digg community attempting to contact the @digg_community and @digg twitter accounts, they have also tried to use both the digg contact form support email and digg comments from stories related to the overall incident leading to what is assumed to have been the reason behind it… I wrote a blog post. Digg Twitter Accounts and Examples of the Digg community asking for help. Digg.com’s Community Manager Jen: Jen Burton (justjen) on TwitterOfficial Digg.com Community Twitter account: Digg Community (digg_community) on TwitterDigg comment on: 3 Ways Digg Can Stop the Bury Brigade Dead in it’s TracksDigg comment on: 3 Ways Digg Can Stop the Bury Brigade Dead in it’s TracksDigg comment on: 3 Ways Digg Can Stop the Bury Brigade Dead in it’s TracksTwitter / QuentinsOnTheWayTwitter / Amy VernonTwitter / Joyce CarpenterTwitter / Donna ChaffinsTwitter / Andrew BurnettTwitter / Gerri L ElderTwitter / Angel WardriverTwitter / Lyle HawkinsTwitter / MattTwitter / Social GunTwitter / Lauren ElderTwitter / The ZonerTwitter / EMFKTwitter / gorgeous sandTwitter / pingpantsTwitter / BaddBrainzTwitter / Erin RyanTwitter / JD RuckerTwitter / ShawnThis is a small sample of no less than 30 ignored community questions and pleas to the digg community and digg community manager by active upstanding self motivated diggers in the last 24hrs. As you can see by looking at either the digg_community or community managers twitter profiles, they have both been active and responded to other persons. Why for two days straight the actual digg users who make up the digg community have not been answered is for digg to define. Perhaps it is not worth their time or an individual user does not deserve and answer. Who am I to ask for fair treatment from a ‘democratic’ social site. I only ask to know what I am being accused of doing. Not a undecipherable undefined list of possible reasons from an automated system. A simple example of what exactly I have done wrong. At this point no proof has been presented, no situations or accounts mentioned. Nor have I been told any point of misconduct I may have actually done. For now I will leave off and hope I hear something from them soon. There has to be some mistake or evidence after all. Because digg is a democratic fair social community that respects its users and cares about the community.

All I want is to know why. I love Digging and being a Digger. Please help if you can, Peace.

New Media Concepts the Digg Bury Brigade & How to Fight it

New Media Concepts the Digg Bury Brigade and How to Fight it. 9 references and 1 idea.

Digg.com has the bury function for a real and good reason SPAM! Really, we all know it is a problem with any website in one form or another. Yet with Digg the bury feature has fast become a weapon instead of a defense. The Digg bury brigade does exist, the Digg bury brigade is real. Now that we have the simple fact out of the way that the bury brigades are real, let’s make some sense of it shall we?
Digg works based on an algorithm and this system rates more than just a user and a story at a time. Each action cause a chain of reactions and tweaks to virtually every other user and story at once. So how do you fight against a bury mob or bury brigade as a user? Oddly this is rather simple just because of the algo itself, you Digg. Digg unlike Reddit does not have a visible karma system, but Digg does have one in effect. Your over Digg stats plus your comment stats weigh against your bury stats. This give you an algorithmic number equal to a quality score and makes you rank-able vs.. user & stories. Every bury you cast against a user has a diminishing return after a certain point and begins to negatively affect your own acct. The simple solution for a user to beat a bury attack is therefore rather simple. Digg and submit as much as you can handle.
Flooding is effective for many reasons. As the other users repeatedly bury you each bury begins to have less effect on your submissions. Each bury beyond a certain point will also decrease the attacking users ability to be successful on Digg. Wonderfully each submission you make will also dilute the entire balance on Digg and again force your problems diggers and pet troll to need even grater numbers to be successful in their own submission. So Digg hard, Digg heavy and sub like your a giant black & white bears with a big yellow sign. Because the more your a great digger the more your enemies will hurt themselves.

  • This has been an ongoing issue for some time and in all likelihood will continue. Here are nine fine examples.

Was I just censored by Digg? | The Social Web | ZDNet.com

Was I just censored by Digg?

Posted by Steve O’Hear @ 11:57 am
After the recent discussion about companies offering bribes to Diggers, I thought it would be interesting to run a poll asking if it’s time for the top users to be paid by the social news site itself. I was interested to hear the views of the wider Digg community so I ‘dugg’ the post too. Predictably the story quickly gathered momentum (Digg’s users enjoy stories about Digg), and after approximately 90 Diggs and 40 comments it had hit the front page.
Then seconds later it vanished!
Digg
(The odd thing is it still shows up in my profile as the only story I’ve submitted that has ever made it to the homepage.)
Now I know I’ve previously described Digg as a broken democracy, but I’ve never thought of it as a dictatorship. So what had just happened?

Hunting Down Digg’s Bury Brigade Wired.com

Hunting Down Digg’s Bury Brigade

David Cohn Email 03.01.07
(Editor’s note: This piece originally appeared in a different form on NewAssignment.Net, where David Cohn is the blog editor. He is also a Netscape Navigator.)
All is not well in Digg town.

Finding the Bury Brigade — The Hunt is the Most Intriguing Part | NewAssignment.Net

Finding the Bury Brigade — The Hunt is the Most Intriguing Part

by David Cohn on February 28, 2007 – 10:40am.
Not all is well in Digg-town this morning. Yesterday a bug gave one smart Digger the ability to peer into the system and extrapolate the inner workings of the community. Namely, David LeMieux found a way to highlight what users were burying and why.
In about two hours LeMieux got the data on 1,708 buries, fueling growing concern about the benefit of the bury tool in the first place. The “Bury Brigade,” where anonymous groups of users bury Digg stories they find ideologically unappealing, has become common nomenclature.
With all the secrecy around buries, LeMieux’s hacking could provide insight on what is happening inside the community. But it seems even discussions about the bury effect have been closed off.

The Real Reason Behind Digg’s Bury Brigade | bLaugh.com

The Real Reason Behind Digg’s Bury Brigade

    The Real Reason Behind Digg's Bury Brigade
    Source: Digg Caught Red-Handed
    Author: Cartoon Clipart

    Watching Digg’s ‘bury brigade’ | Technology | guardian.co.uk

    Watching Digg’s ‘bury brigade’

    Conclusive proof that certain people are gaming Digg’s front page?
    Now, I’m a fan of Digg, the social news site, and last week met up with co-founder Kevin Rose.
    Digg’s done very interesting things, and it’s style is being copied by plenty of other groups at the moment.
    But the site isn’t without its problems. One of the major ones is the ability of a small number of users to "bury" stories without accountability. Burying news is meant to help separate spam and inaccurate stories from the general morass of ordinary, viable stuff. But there’s long been the suspicion that plenty of users use it to get rid of stories about things they don’t like

    Digg’s Kevin Rose Fails To Stop The Bury Brigade SearchEngineLand.com

    Digg’s Kevin Rose Fails To Stop The Bury Brigade

    Mar 2, 2007 at 8:36am ET by Danny Sullivan
    Include Buried Stories Option At DiggAfter a week of questions about Digg’s "Bury Brigade," Digg founder Kevin Rose has come in with some public comments about the system and the "alleged" brigade. Unfortunately, they’re just comments — not solutions to protect Digg from the actual brigade I myself can see. More about that in the article below, plus how buries work and can be misused.

    Digg Bury Brigade: 28 negative McCain stories buried in 30 days | Web Scout | LATimes.com

    Digg Bury Brigade: 28 negative McCain stories buried in 30 days

    09:23 AM PT, Aug 11 2008 Mccaindigg_3 A close look at campaign-oriented stories on Digg shows that, in the last 30 days, at least 28 stories critical of GOP Sen. John McCain have been mysteriously "buried" — meaning enough Digg users have voted against a story that the submission may no longer appear on the site’s high-traffic front page. 
    [In our follow up to this post, Digg CEO Jay Adelson responds to the issue.]
    Only about five Barack Obama-related stories (positive and negative) were buried in the same period.
    According to Digg’s search results, 10 of the 28 McCain stories were zapped after they had already graduated to the front page, including several that had received more than 700 diggs. 
    The other 18 (all of which had a minimum of 180 diggs by the time I counted them) stalled out in the site’s "Upcoming" section, where stories gain momentum, with the most popular entries eventually graduating to the front. 

    The Bury Brigade Exists, and Here’s My Proof pronetadvertising.com

    The Bury Brigade Exists, and Here’s My Proof

    We’ve heard about a purported ‘Bury Brigade’ on Digg time and again, with sketchy pieces of evidence here and there but no concrete proof. Until now.
    The Digg.com FAQ describes the ‘Bury Story’ feature as,
    Stories can also be removed by users with the ‘Bury Story’ feature within digg. Once a story receives enough ‘buries’ it is automatically removed from the digg Upcoming or Popular sections. The number of reports required to bury is based on a sliding scale that takes several factors into consideration (such as number of diggs, reports, time of day, topic submitted to, etc.).
    While that system is supposed to be used to remove superfluous or irrelevant content from Digg, the mechanism is often abused to remove useful and insightful content by malicious users for self-serving and vindictive reasons. My observations are based on data collected by David using a mechanism that he tried to explain to me via email. You can get this data by using the Digg Spy JSON Array:
    The Digg Spy Array (set max items to any number)
    http://www.digg.com/spy_update?timestamp=11600000
    &showtop=2
    &showitems=1
    &showdiggs=1
    &showburies=1
    &showcomments=1
    &showtop=2
    &maxitems=25

    ZDNet Not Immune To The “Bury Brigade” | Deep Jive Interests deepjiveinterests.com

    ZDNet Not Immune To The “Bury Brigade”

    Steve O’Hear, whose blog you should read over at ZDnet on the Social Web, innocently picked up on my post yesterday, and innocently tried to run a poll about whether or not Top Diggers should be paid. Mr. O’Hear catalogued his adventures with interest, because after he set it up, he submitted it (he uses the word “dugg”, but “dugg” is more commonly used to describe “voting” … at least, that’s how I describe it). He goes on to describe what happened next:

    Digg Caught Red-Handed Censoring Ron Paul Stories PrisonPlanet.com


    Digg Caught Red-Handed Censoring Ron Paul Stories
    Self-proclaimed ‘digital democracy’ expunges articles after just a single bury
    Paul Joseph Watson
    Prison Planet
    Thursday, January 17, 2008

    UPDATE: After just one bury, this article too was deleted from Digg’s upcoming category.
    The self-proclaimed ‘digital democracy’ Digg.com has been caught red-handed artificially suppressing and censoring Ron Paul stories by expunging them from the website with just one bury, despite the fact that thousands of other Digg users are voting the stories up.

    Digg allows users to vote stories up (digg them) or vote them down (bury them). The content of Digg’s main page, which receives millions of readers a day, is decided upon this apparently democratic system.

    For months allegations have been flying around concerning how stories about Ron Paul, which routinely receive well over a thousand diggs, rarely make it to the main page on Digg as a "popular" item.

    New Media Tagged: digg bury brigade bury-brigade digg-bury-brigrade

    PIMP my ASCII – Homer Simpson Pimps a Big Money Grill

    PIMP my ASCII – Homer Simpson Pimps a Big Money Grill

    Episode #2 of the “PIMP my ASCII” show.

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    Watch for the next textisode of ‘PIMP my ASCII’ where next time..
    We Pimp the Digg Digger Dude and the Shovel!

    New Media Info:
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    New Media Description via Wikipedia.org

    New media – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
    “New media From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia”

    New media is a term meant to encompass the emergence of digital, computerized, or networked information and communication technologies in the later part of the 20th century.
    Most technologies described as “new media” are digital, often having characteristics of being manipulatable, networkable, dense, compressible, and impartial

    Until the 1980s media relied primarily upon print and art analog broadcast models, such as those of television and radio. The last twenty-five years have seen the rapid transformation into media which are predicated upon the use of digital computers, such as the Internet and computer games. However, these examples are only a small representation of new media. The use of digital computers has transformed the remaining ‘old’ media, as suggested by the advent of digital television and online publications. Even traditional media forms such as the printing press have been transformed through the application of technologies such as image manipulation software like Adobe Photoshop and desktop publishing tools.
    Andrew L. Shapiro (1999) argues that the “emergence of new, digital technologies signals “a potentially radical shift of who is in control of information, experience and resources” (Shapiro cited in Croteau and Hoynes 2003: 322). W. Russell Neuman (1991) suggests that whilst the “new media” have technical capabilities to pull in one direction, economic and social forces pull back in the opposite direction. According to Neuman, “We are witnessing the evolution of a universal interconnected network of audio, video, and electronic text communications that will blur the distinction between interpersonal and mass communication and between public and private communication” (Neuman cited in Croteau and Hoynes 2003: 322). Neuman argues that New Media:

    • Will alter the meaning of geographic distance.
    • Allow for a huge increase in the volume of communication.
    • Provide the possibility of increasing the speed of communication.
    • Provide opportunities for interactive communication.
    • Allow forms of communication that were previously separate to overlap and interconnect.

    Consequently it has been the contention of scholars such as Douglas Kellner and James Bohman that new media, and particularly the Internet, provides the potential for a democratic postmodern public sphere, in which citizens can participate in well informed, non-hierarchical debate pertaining to their social structures. Contradicting these positive appraisals of the potential social impacts of new media are scholars such as Ed Herman and Robert McChesney who have suggested that the transition to new media has seen a handful of powerful transnational telecommunications corporations who achieve a level of global influence which was hitherto unimaginable.
    Recent contributions to the field such as Lister et al. (2003) and Friedman (2005) have highlighted both the positive and negative potential and actual implications of new media technologies, suggesting that some of the early work into new media studies was guilty of technological determinism – whereby the effects of media were determined by the technology themselves, rather than through tracing the complex social networks which governed the development, funding, implementation and future development of any technology.

    Globalization and new media

    Flew (2002) stated that as a result of the evolution of new media technologies, globalisation occurs. Globalisation is generally stated as “more than expansion of activities beyond the boundaries of particular nation states”. Globalisation shortens the distance between people all over the world by the electronic communication (Carely 1992 in Flew 2002) and Cairncross (1998) expresses this great development as the “death of distance”. New media “radically break the connection between physical place and social place, making physical location much less significant for our social relationships” (Croteau and Hoynes 2003: 311).
    However, the changes in the new media environment create a series of tensions in the concept of “public sphere”. According to Ingrid Volkmer, “public sphere” is defined as a process through which public communication becomes restructured and partly disembedded from national political and cultural institutions. This trend of the globalized public sphere is not only as a geographical expansion form a nation to worldwide, but also changes the relationship between the public, the media and state (Volkmer, 1999:123).
    Virtual communities” are being established online and transcend geographical boundaries, eliminating social restrictions. Howard Rheingold (2000) describes these globalised societies as self-defined networks, which resemble what we do in real life. “People in virtual communities use words on screens to exchange pleasantries and argue, engage in intellectual discourse, conduct commerce, make plans, brainstorm, gossip, feud, fall in love, create a little high art and a lot of idle talk” (Rheingold cited in Slevin 2000: 91). For Sherry Turkle “making the computer into a second self, finding a soul in the machine, can substitute for human relationships” (Holmes 2005: 184). New media has the ability to connect like-minded others worldwide.
    While this perspective suggests that the technology drives – and therefore is a determining factor – in the process of globalisation, arguments involving technological determinism are generally frowned upon by mainstream media studies. [4][5][6] Instead academics focus on the multiplicity of processes by which technology is funded, researched and produced, forming a feedback loop when the technologies are used and often transformed by their users, which then feeds into the process of guiding their future development.
    While commentators such as Castells espouse a ‘soft determinism’ whereby they contend that ‘Technology does not determine society. Nor does society script the course of technological change, since many factors, including individual inventiveness and entrpreneurialism, intervene in the process of scientific discovery, technical innovation and social applications, so the final outcome depends on a complex pattern of interaction. Indeed the dilemma of technological determinism is probably a false problem, since technology is society and society cannot be understood without its technological tools.’ (Castells 1996:5) This however is still distinct from stating that societal changes are instigated by technological develoment, which recalls the theses of Marshall McLuhan
    Manovich and Castells have argued that whereas mass media ‘corresponded to the logic of industrial mass society, which values conformity over individuality,’ (Manovich 2001:41) new media follows the logic of the postindustrial or globalised society whereby ‘every citizen can construct her own custom lifestyle and select her ideology from a large number of choices. Rather than pushing the same objects to a mass audience, marketing now tries to target each individual separately.’ (Manovich 2001:42).

    New media as a tool for social change

    Social Movement Media has a rich and storied history that has changed at a rapid rate since New Media became widely used. The Zapatista Army of National Liberation of Chiapas, Mexico were the first major movement to make widely recognized and effective use of New Media for communiques and organizing in 1994. Since then, New Media has been used extensively by social movements to educate, organize, share cultural products of movements, communicate, coalition build, and more. The WTO Ministerial Conference of 1999 protest activity was another landmark in the use of New Media as a tool for social change. The WTO protests used media to organize the original action, communicate with and educate participants, and was used an alternative media source.[15] The Indymedia movement also developed out of this action, and has been a great tool in the democratization of information, which is another widely discussed aspect of new media movement. Some scholars even view this democratization as an indication of the creation of a “radical, socio-technical paradigm to challenge the dominant, neoliberal and technologically determinist model of information and communication technologies.” A less radical view along these same lines is that people are taking advantage of the internet to produce a grassroots globalization, one that is anti-neoliberal and centered on people rather than the flow of capital. Of course, some are also skeptical of the role of New Media in Social Movements. Many scholars point out unequal access to new media as a hindrance to broad-based movements, sometimes even oppressing some within a movement. Others are skeptical about how democratic or useful it really is for social movements, even for those with access. There are also many New Media components that activists cite as tools for change that have not been widely discussed as such by academics.
    New Media has also found a use with less radical social movements such as the Free Hugs Campaign. Using websites, blogs, and online videos to demonstrate the effectiveness of the movement itself. Along with this example the use of high volume blogs has allowed numerous views and practices to be more widespread and gain more public attention. Another example is the on-going Free Tibet Campaign, which has been seen on numerous websites as well as having a slight tie-in with the band Gorillaz in their Gorillaz Bitez clip featuring the lead singer 2D sitting with protesters at a Free Tibet protest. Another social change seen coming from New Media is trends in fashion and the emergence of subcultures such as Text Speak, Cyberpunk, and various others.

    National security

    Security concerns over new media have increased due to the growing number of cybercrimes. Adam Lockyer, an analyst for The Terrorism Intelligence Centre, states that ‘insurgent terrorist organizations use the media as a conduit for their political message to be heard by the target audience’ (Lockyer, Adam 2003). By now, nearly every federal agency within the U.S. government has some department or division responsible for computer security. National security experts reach out to computer hackers and train internal operatives in the field of computer security with the need to intercept and interpret digital communications. Some of these methods go against the intent of new media and contribute to the debate about net neutrality.

    Interactivity and new media

    Interactivity has become a key term for number of new media use options evolving from the rapid dissemination of Internet access point, the digitalization of the media, and media convergence. In 1984, Rice defined the new media as communication technologies that enable or facilitate user-to-user interactivity and interactivity between user and information. Such as Internet replaces the “one-to-many” model of traditional mass communication with the possibility of a “many-to-many” web of communication. Any individual with the appropriate technology can now produce his or her online media and include images, text, and sound about whatever he or she chooses. So the new media with technology convergence shifts the model of mass communication, and radically shapes the ways we interact and communicate with one another. Vin Crosbie described three communications media in “What is new media?”. He saw Interpersonal media as “one to one”, Mass media as “one to many” and, finally New Media as Individuation Media or “many to many”.
    When we think of interactivity and its meaning, we assume that it is only prominent in the conversational dynamics of individuals who are face-to-face. This restriction of opinion does not allow us to see its existence in mediated communication forums. Interactivity is present in some programming work, such as video games. It’s also viable in the operation of traditional media. Other settings of interactivity include radio and television talk shows, letters to the editor, listener participation in such programs, and computer and technological programming.
    Interactivity can be considered as a central concept in understanding new media, but different media forms possess different degree of interactivity, even some forms of digitized and converged media are not in fact interactive at all. Tony Feldman considers digital satellite television as an example of a new media technology that uses digital compression to dramatically increase the number of television channels that can be delivered, and which changes the nature of what can be offered through the service, but does not transform the experience of television from the user’s point of view, as it lacks a more fully interactive dimension. It remains the case that interactivity is not an inherent characteristic of all new media technologies, unlike digitization and convergence.
    Terry Flew (2005) argues that “the global interactive games industry is large and growing, and is at the forefront of many of the most significant innovations in new media” (Flew 2005: 101). Interactivity is prominent in these online computer games such as World of Warcraft and The Sims Online. These games, developments of “new media”, allow for users to establish relationships and experience a sense of belonging, despite temporal and spatial boundaries. These games can be used as an escape or to act out a desired life. Will Wright, creator of The Sims, “is fascinated by the way gamers have become so attached to his invention-with some even living their lives through it” [26]. New media have created virtual realities that are becoming mere extensions of the world we live in.
    New Media changes continuously due to the fact that it is constantly modified and redefined by the interaction between the creative use of the masses, emerging technology, cultural changes, etc.

    The industry

    The new media industry shares a close association with many market segments in areas such as software/video game design, television, radio, and particularly movies, advertising and marketing, which seeks to gain from the advantages of two-way dialogue with consumers primarily through the internet. The advertising industry has capitalized on the proliferation of new media with large agencies running multi-million dollar interactive advertising subsidiaries. Interactive websites and kiosks have become popular. In a number of cases advertising agencies have also set up new divisions to study new media. Public relations firms are taking advantage of the opportunities in new media through interactive PR practices.

    See also

    PIMP my ASCII – Pistol with Pimp Grips

    PIMP my ASCII – ascii pistol pimped grips

    Episode #1 of the “PIMP my ASCII” show.

    ASCII PISTOL BEFORE PIMPING

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            “{] http://blog.michde.com ()
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    ASCII PISTOL WITH PIMPED OUT GRIPS

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            “{] http://blog.michde.com [)
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    Watch for the next textisode of ‘PIMP my ASCII’ where next time..
    We Pimp Homer Simpson with an ASCII Grill!!!

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    Digg Dugg Pop Lock and Rhyme

    A sleepless dirty Digg rhyme?

    Once upon a late morn dreary
    I look out to the sky still dim
    My shovel dirty, the dirt pile high
    An evil mist drifting by
    The holes are empty
    The peaks are topped
    Why won’t this story POP!

    Signed a sleepy
    Mich De

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