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Digital Sheep – Grazing on the Internet

imageWith the Internet and social media providing instant satisfaction and entertainment, it’s very easy to get caught up in consuming an absurd amount of information. Instead of being spoon fed commercials and media from a handful of television channels, now it is coming from everywhere and directly to your person at all times. Though people still have the freedom to comment and believe what they will, the vast majority of internet users have simply evolved into digital sheep devouring content constantly.

In the modern age, digital sheep are information technology users (more specifically, Internet users) who are happy and satisfied to “graze” off the vast information fields available on the web. In other words, they’re just consumers, not bothering to produce anything—but more importantly, are unaware of the potential consequences of their attitude and behavior.

“But, wait, now,” you might say, “haven’t most people always preferred to be consumers rather than creators? Isn’t it true only a handful of people have written books, magazines and newspapers for the general population?”

For sure, media from the beginning has been lopsided—i.e., the many have always consumed what the few have created. The Internet, however, has greatly changed the playing field, and not just in terms of aesthetics or of professional responsibilities.

The Internet is a place where people come to not only be entertained, to socialize and to be educated, it’s also a place where they come to work, to share information and to connect with other people in ways that go beyond “socializing.” In other words, people now have an opportunity to participate more meaningfully in the process called “media” than ever before.

Beyond that, being just a consumer carries with it a few negative connotations and dangerous burdens. For one thing, it means that people are accepting what they read, often without analyzing it for accuracy and acceptability; it also means that they are following rather than making any attempt to lead or to at least participate meaningfully in the process.

The question everyone has to ask is, “Do I want to be ‘digital sheep,’ or do I want to actually participate in the information creation and evaluation diaspora?”

The fact is that few people, given the chance, would formally elect to be “digital sheep.” In fact, one might say that this is one of the mishaps of the information age—i.e., having people who have fallen into the role, without having been given much of a choice. On the other hand, everyone has a choice. The problem is that some people aren’t exercising it.

If you wish to avoid becoming (or presently being, as the case may be), digital sheep, these suggestions may be of use:

1. Become aware of the burdens and responsibilities inherent in Digital Asset Management (DAM) marketplace. By becoming better aware of the technology, you might better avoid becoming a victim of its intricacies and demands.

2. Don’t fall into the “follow the information Pied Piper” syndrome. Always look at what you read closely, deciding if you really want to follow, challenge what you read, or build on what is offered.

3. Listen to peers on your own level or beneath you (in position or training), not just so called “A-list” experts and pundits.

4. Don’t just attend networking events attended only by big shots—you can get important information from other venues as well.

5. Expand the quality and versatility of your reading material. Sticking, for example, to technical blogs or certain news sources may hamper your intellectual growth.

6. Read material beyond what you catch on the Internet. And don’t just focus on the material on the first few pages put there by search engines. Search engines have their agenda—it shouldn’t necessarily coincide with your yours.

7. Strive to write blogs, articles or even responses to materials you read. By doing so, you’re engaging with, not just consuming, material on the Internet.

8. Strive to become more technologically savvy. Find out, for example, what’s going on within the phone app developing industry. This will help to keep you educated within one of the fastest growing industries: the mobile device industry.

9. Become more of a risk taker. Digital sheep are content to just exist and don’t want to take any unnecessary risks. Well, risk is usually involved in any great achievement opportunity.

10. Meaningfully connect with people, establishing relationships that will mutually enhance lives. When you connect with people, you’re less likely to treat them like sheep; by the same token, people are less likely to treat you as sheep if they look up to you and respect you.

This guest post is contributed by Grady Winston. Grady is an avid writer and Internet entrepreneur from Indianapolis. He has worked in the fields of technology, business, marketing, and advertising – implementing multiple creative projects and solutions for a range of clients.

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“You’re Cheating Heart, Won’t Tell On You” – But I Might!

imageThe Internet is hardly what one could call transparent. The Net, unfortunately, has any number of dark, murky sides – including anonymity. Anonymity which allows cybercriminals, trolls, flamers, hackers, spammers, phishers, malware pushers, and cyberbullies to flourish. I’m sure you can add to the list.

Now, we have cyberbullying taking to a new level – a website designed to out cheaters. Anonymously, of course.

Cheaterville.com, offers an opportunity for users to log onto the site, defame someone’s reputation and character, and do it anonymously. Just imagine – a  website where people can anonymously accuse spouses, friends, and even enemies, of infidelity. A perfect opportunity for the cowardly to attempt to destroy someone’s life without accountability, and without meeting a burden of proof .

The reality is – people cheat.

While I’m certainly not a defender of infidelity as practiced by well known connoisseurs of the cheating art – Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tiger Woods, Eliot Spitzer, and the like – nevertheless, the concept behind this site is nauseating and detestable.

Consider your reaction if you stumbled upon anonymously posted data, concerning you – as illustrated in the following taken from the site.

Trouser Snake Hunter.

Remember this face when you are in SOCAL because if you see her out at a bar then you are most likely going introduce yourself and then 5 minutes later be getting oral from her in the bathroom. When will her clueless boyfriend find out what a skank his girl is.

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Adriano Iori

I dated this man for 5 years I gave him my heart and soul. I went through a hard time dealing with a rape charge he was the ony 1 here for me when i had no one. I gave him everything he wanted asking nothing for return. The money and time and love i spent on him. Later I find out not only did he cheat on me with tons of girls from other schools he then sleeps with my best friend he was caught in the act. Till this day he wont admit it he tells me im making it up and that im crazy coward even after we broke i still stuck up 4 him till the day he told me to drop dead and called me a crazy bitch all bc i moved on and didnt “wait for him to be of age for a serious commitment”

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Cheats and steals from everyone.

She’s cheated on her ex-husband, another ex-fiance, and boyfriends before. She is a compulsive liar and will try and con her way into your life with the intent of getting to your wallet. The ex-husband and ex-fiance were both in the military and she cheated on them while they were deployed or in training. I’ve personally caught text messages of her in her lies and she was trying to be with other guys when we were together. Her father cheated a lot on her mother, so it runs in the family. Just stay away as she’s nothing but trouble.

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Silly question time.

What if the postings on this site aren’t true?

Hey, no problem. According to the morally wretched founder of Cheaterville.com – 90% of the “accused”  respond directly to the post, either denying it, or admitting to it.

Just in case you might think this sleazebag hasn’t though this through, in a recent interview he pointed out – “just like Facebook doesn’t validate anything that is posted on a wall – we don’t validate info.” Sure, you’re in the same league as Facebook – not!

Not one to pass up an opportunity to practice a little vertical integration, the primitive sleazoids behind Cheaterville.com have created an online dating service where cheated partners can seek out other cheated partners. Nice!

Unfortunately, as things stand at the moment, American website operators are protected from lawsuits for publishing defamatory statements posted by third parties. Defamation legislation in other countries is less clear.

Welcome to a morally imploding Gerry Springer world!

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