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economy web service

The Illusion of the Free Internet

[Original German Blog Post] Dec. 4 (Bloomberg) — PayPal Inc., the payment processor owned by EBay Inc., cut access today to the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks.org for violating its acceptable use policy. (www.businessweek.com) Earlier this year, I wanted to order a book at an Indian publisher. When trying to pay via the PayPal-link on the publisher’s […]

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everyday life web service

“Everything is turned into a highway”

(three weeks without Google) [Original German Blog Post]

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philosophy religion

Qohelet: Time and Happiness

[Original German Blog Post] Turn! Turn! Turn! To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, a time to reap that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a […]

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everyday life web service

Digital Literacy
My fourth day without Google.

[Original German Blog Post] “Ask any kid what Facebook is for and he’ll tell you it’s there to help him make friends. […] He has no idea the real purpose of the software, and the people coding it, is to monetize his relationships. He isn’t even aware of those people, the program, or their purpose. […]

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economy everyday life web service

Cenorship?!
My third day without Google.

[Original German Blog Post] Leave aside the fact that Google was happy to censor results for China until its servers were hacked. The fact is, Google still censors search results in other countries at the request of their governments. […] Censoring results for years, shifting course for entirely unrelated reasons, and then vilifying competitors who […]

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everyday life web service

Orientation with OpenStreetmap
My second day without Google.

[Original German Blog Post] Today again no search engines. My day today is a day of travel. Munich-Dusseldorf, then further to Berlin. To get oriented in Dusseldorf I use OpenStreetmap. Where is the difference to Google Maps? OpenStreetmap is a Wiki-project. It is open. I can participate. Of course, Google Maps also offers the option […]

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everyday life twitter web service

Valueable recommandations
instead of fruitless rummaging.
Without Google: Day 1

[Original German Blog Post] Yesterday, I made my mind to abandon all search engines for some time; so I would not hesitate to tell how my using the Internet is changed by that. The most important means to get to valuable information, are my networks, Twitter at first. I would not want to get lost […]

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everyday life web service

Without Google.

[Read this post in German] “The world is not a ball”. The night is made by the shadow, thrown by the mountain of the north. Changing the perspective like shown here, in the “Christian Topography” by Cosmas Indicopleustes. I would probably not have found that via Google. Figure from Cosmas Indicopleustes, Christian Topography, Ed. J. […]

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computer science literature philosophy

Slow Coding

by Regine Heidorn, Bit-Boutique®. [Read this post in German] The breathtaking speed with which some products arising from programming like software or websites seem to be developed may mislead over the fact that programming is not a fast kind of work. Code is poetry – the slogan absorbed by WordPress – stands for one of […]

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art economy history literature philosophy slow theory

“So literature collapses before our eyes” –
Non-Commodity Production

Enhancesprivate authorship, the competitive goal-oriented individual Retrievestribal elitism, charmed circle, cf. the “neck verse” Medium:Print ReversesWith flip from manuscript into mass production via print comes the corporate reading public and the historical sense Obsolescesslang, dialects and group identity, separates composition and performance, divorces eye and ear McLuhan’s tetrad-model: four aspects of the effect of media […]