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The ability to force companies to take down what their users cede to the internet will only allow for even more totalitarian control over the privacy and publicity of those in that country.  Whenever you post something to facebook, youtube, or wikipedia..., it becomes like creative commons and when somebody else takes it and puts it other places, being that you gave it to the internet and you cant stop them all because that would deprive them of their free speech and you cannot exclusively own anything in creative commons.  Drafting laws to use against companies to bully them is an extreme leftist ideal commensurate with that of communism.  Then what the government(legal system) wants is what happens and you could use that to shut down businesses if you simply don't like them.  When you make an account with one of those online programs you have to accept their contract and there is the choice of not using them and denying their contract and as long as their contract is upheld by them you have no say over changing the way they run their company.  If you don't like the food your mom made for you...don't eat it or make your own.  They all have the choice and accepting the terms of use of a program, the program is not held responsible for your misuse and has the right to terminate ties and edit depending on the contract but if there becomes a law to monitor them and bully those companies then it will turn into another "Building Code" or "Safety and Health Code" which will just be used to steal and harass the company you accepted, at your own free will, service from, at their terms.  I think online rights should be the same as the rights in the real world but if you accept a contract, a law should not be able to break it.

"The fun in a game isn't having mastered it. It's in the process of mastery - of figuring out the invisible dynamics behind how the thing works, revealing its secrets" (page 149)

I have often found this to be true. It seems that games and puzzles are very fun in the beginning and throughout the learning of how to accomplish tasks, but I usually lose my interest in them when I have nearly mastered it and there seems to be nothing left to learn. In many video games for example, there is a main story and a few side tasks to accomplish. I usually stop playing after the story is complete because there is nothing more to learn about the game and no more playing skills to develop. It just seems that the side tasks get boring and very repetitive. This makes the game no longer fun and interesting to play so I never truly master it even though I have completed the main story of the game. I see how this could happen with almost any game of puzzle.

“To make social change begin to snowball, we need to make our thoughts visible. When members of society think in public and keep in ambient contact with one another, it creates a new environment...." (page 254)

This is true. When people do not publicly express opinions demanding a change, then one will never happen. This is because people need to know they are not alone with their thoughts. When people think publicly, it lets others know that they are not alone and then it creates a community of people who all think the same thing. The new environment it creates of full of people who all support a change and have the same opinions about certain things. The new environment that this creates allows for the nuances the shared opinion to be expressed amongst the group. This is necessary because a person alone cannot make a change in society, but many people working together can.

"The explosion of online writing has a second aspect that is even more important than the first, though: it's almost always done for an audience." (page 52)

Nearly everything posted online was put there for someone else to see it. With social media, everything that is publicly posted is seen by others. The audience's view of these posts seems to be the only reason people post to social media. I think that without even realizing it, they are not posting for others, but for themselves to benefit. Socially, if someone seems to be doing a lot of fun, cool things, it seems that they would be more likely to be liked more by their peers. I think this is why most people try to make themselves look good in social media profiles.

“Knowledge stored was not really knowledge at all. People who became reliant on writing would lose the art of remembering anything” (118). 

I like this quote because it seems to be very relevant to today. Some people complain that knowledge that is stored in computers, but also even in writing isn't even knowledge at all because it is not retained by the person who is using the stored knowledge. When knowledge is stored, it becomes information. Knowledge is remembered and stored in the brain, not on something artificial such as paper of computers. But this makes me wonder why it even matters if the information is stored on something physical instead of mentally if the information is so easily accessible with modern technology. Also, after retrieving the information from storage, by about the third time, the information will be remembered as knowledge. I feel that it could actually help with the learning of knowledge while allowing more information be be accessible to the person as they are not just limited to their own memorized knowledge.

"The brain you had before you read this paragraph? You don't get that brain back" (page 15).

Clive Thompson brings up a point I have always thought about. He is suggesting that even a simple task such as reading the paragraph will change a person forever. I find this to be completely true. I feel that every second that passes, no one is the same as they were the second before. Everyone's entire consciousness is a result of quick, immensely complicated chemical reactions in the brain. I feel that is is nearly impossible for the exact chemical situation to reoccur in someone's brain. Another reason this statement seems true to me is the fact that once something like reading a paragraph is completed, the brain will store some of the information in the memory, thus changing the brain forever. The brain could never remain the same. If this were the case, there is no way new memories could be formed, any sense information could be used, or even the passing of time be recognized. If the brain's current physical (including chemical) state were to remain the same, consciousness would not be able to exist. It is scary to think that you are never going to have the same mind ever again, every moment that passes, but this is the very reason that consciousness is even possible.

"One of the great challenges of today’s digital thinking tools is knowing when not to use them, when to rely on the powers of older and slower technologies, like paper and books" (page 20) 

I can really relate to this quote. There have been many times I felt the need to use modern technology to complete a task. I feel very strongly that technology very much improves the efficiency of the users' lives. But sometimes, I have found that trying to use technology has hindered my ability to complete a task quickly. This happened one time when I was taking Chemistry notes in 10th grade. I felt that my notes would be easier taken on my computer. This worked until I had to write elemental symbols with their superscript mass numbers and subscript number of protons. If I had taken notes by hand, I would have saved a lot of time with this because I would not have to worry so much about the computer's formatting settings. Anyway, modern technology can be used as a very efficient and effective tool, but sometimes older methods of doing things are better for some tasks.

"I think when you see yourself as a member of a huge group, you’re not as confident in your own voice and the efficacy of your contribution." (page 233)

This is very true. In group settings, usually more than one person has some input. But in a larger group, there is usually so many people that some or most of the contributors ideas are  ignored. I feel that I am heard much better and my ideas are more often implemented in small groups that in bigger groups. I have even found that sometimes in really big groups I am unable to express my ideas to everyone so I keep them to myself. Also, people seem to back up their friends ideas in a group so no one else's idea is really considered. This can be very difficult and makes small groups better for expressing and implementing ideas.

"We're moving from a period in which most of the details of our lives were forgotten to one in which many, perhaps most of them, will be captured." (page 28)

This quote made me thing about how differently I am able to remember events from people of previous generations. Firstly, today nearly everyone has a camera wether it be a dedicated camera or a cell phone camera which means that we are much better able to document images of events that people before the camera was invented. But cameras have been around for over a hundred years. I feel that the big difference from us who Clive Thompson says are capturing details of our lives and those who forget these details is the use of social media. Facebook for example has millions, of users who post about themselves daily. They are able to document pictures from their lives, events they went to, and post statuses that likely reveal their thoughts. With life being so well documented, it seems very unlikely that events, events, details, locations or even thoughts throughout life will ever be forgotten. That's just Facebook alone. Messaging services such as iMessage log all of a persons conversations forever until deleted. At one point, I had 10 GB of iMessage data which consisted of just conversations and some media. With this tool, even conversations can be remembered. There are many more examples of how today, people are able to log their lives using technology. It is worth wondering if this is actually beneficial. Does the ability to have every life event logged to help with remembering life details really increase a person's happiness with their lives?

“But as we develop ever more new modes for expressing our ideas and recording knowledge, the challenge will be figuring out when to use which form.”  (page 110)

I see this to be a constant problem. There are so many ways in which I communicate with others and occasionally I can't decide which is best to use. With my friends, I am able to communicate over many different services such as iMessage, SMS Text Messaging, Facebook Chat, Skype Text and Chat, FaceTime, Phone Calls, Google Plus Chat, and many more. I sometimes cannot decide which would be the best to use. Of course some of these tools are better for communicating some messages than others, but they could all be used for the purpose of communicating. This makes it unnecessary for people to have all of these, but they do. With services like SMS Text Messaging, iMessage, and Facebook Messaging, there is no real difference because they all immediately go to the recipients phone. I really see no difference and no point in having all of these, but people seem to use all of these for the same purpose.
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