Friday, December 31, 2010

Can we ‘see’ our environment in a gadget-filled world?

 

RochesterEnvironment.com began early in the Internet age and is now 12 years old.  It was cutting environmental technology back when it was GreenSolitaire.org and trying to collect all local environmental web sites online. 

The Internet offered a new way for the public to become citizen examiners and news reporters because mainstream media wasn’t doing their job on monitoring our environment.  With continual corporate take-over of media and consolidations, then sports, crimes, and political shenanigans heading the news, reports about the state of our environment were getting fewer and far between. 

The Internet changed all that and allowed an interconnectivity and access to an incredible amount of resources that helped by-pass a dysfunctional media. But a technical revolution is still occurring and it may not bode well for environmental monitoring.  Recently, wireless connections to the Internet may have been compromised by the new FCC ruling.

Timothy Karr: Obama FCC Caves on Net Neutrality -- Tuesday Betrayal Assured Late Monday, a majority of the FCC's commissioners indicated that they're going to vote with Chairman Julius Genachowski for a toothless Net Neutrality rule. According to all reports, the rule, which will be voted on during tomorrow's FCC meeting, falls drastically short of earlier pledges by President Obama and the FCC Chairman to protect the free and open Internet.  The rule is so riddled with loopholes that it's become clear that this FCC chairman crafted it with the sole purpose of winning the endorsement of AT&T and cable lobbyists, and not defending the interests of the tens of millions of Internet users. (December, 21 2010) Breaking News and Opinion on The Huffington Post

There may and probably will be limits to what you can access on the Internet.  Those left out may be environmental watchdogs, who are trying to give the public a real model, instead of a corporate model of reality. 

We cannot possibly live in a world where we do not have ready access to objective, scientific, and unfiltered environmental information. 

The real world and physics cannot be spun like a news article coming from a media with an objective they wish to frame. And, a local survey about Smartphone usage may mean that the Internet, instead of providing a technology for the public to be better able to monitor their environment, may simply overwhelm them with so many unnecessary and silly messages that they fail to see the outdoors at all.

Majority says smart phones are affecting the way they work | Rochester Business Journal New York business news and information “Two-thirds of respondents to this week’s RBJ Daily Report Snap Poll say smart phones are changing the way they work—with more than one-third of those selecting “very much” to describe the change.  The research firm IDC recently predicted that in 2011 the latest wave in technology, led by smart phones, will start to take over the market. The firm said an estimated 330 million smart phones will be sold worldwide next year, and within 18 months non-PC devices capable of running software applications will outsell PCs.” (December 30, 2010) Rochester Business Journal

The communication’s revolution we are now living in is great and we can connect to more people and more information than every thought possible—just a few years ago. 

But if all this leads up to where we cannot gage our environmental health because everything we should know about the outside world is being robbed by our attention to our gadgets, we are a species blinded to our environment. 

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