The Hacktivists

Rebellion can even be found in virtual space, without ever leaving one's bedroom.

As online shopping, snooping, and socializing gradually reduce us to a nation of shut-ins, the Hacktivists are bent on showing how rebellion can even be found in virtual space, without ever leaving one's bedroom.The media has lately found the Google Bomb the most newsworthy act of online disobedience. Google the words "miserable failure," for example, and the first link is to George W. Bush's official biography page. Google "Santorum" and you'll get sex columnist Dan Savage's sophomoric attempt to turn the Pennsylvania Senator's last name into a slang term for a byproduct of anal sex. Google Bombing is possible through the organized manipulation of Google's PageRank system. The more web publishers who link "elephantiasis" to "GOP," the higher the Republican National Committee's website will appear in the search results for "elephantiasis," whether or not the two terms actually have anything to do with one another. This may seem like preaching to the choir, but some political operatives say Google Bombing could tilt elections by boosting the rank of certain news articles the night before Election Day. Also of interest is the Institute for Applied Autonomy's GraffitiWriter and StreetWriter robots, remote-controlled protest units that spray text messages onto the street sort of like a printer on wheels. The IAA has also devised a friendly-looking "propaganda robot" that claims to "capitalize on the aesthetics of cuteness" to hand out pamphlets more effectively than your run-of-the-mill Birkenstocked activist.
For example: GREY TUESDAYOn Tuesday, February 24, 2004, the old civil disobedience met the new creative disobedience as music fans around the world asserted their inalienable right to download Danger Mouse's Grey Album-a mash-up of the instrumental tracks of the Beatles' White Album and the vocals from Jay-Z's Black Album-copyright be damned. More than one million individual tracks were downloaded, despite music label EMI's assertion that sampling even the smallest sliver of the White Album was intellectual property theft.
Here's a Tip: Make a RecordMake sure you record your bravery for posterity-and for the blogs! Post digital files to websites and email them to friends. The more people who can be energized by your example, the better. Just look out for Big Brother.
Risk: 4Cost: 5P.R.: 7Cred: 6Coolness Factor: 3.5
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The problem with American Sign Language (ASL) is that over 500,000 people in the U.S. use it, but the country has over 330 million people.

So for those with hearing loss, the chances of coming into contact with someone who uses the language are rare. Especially outside of the deaf community.

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Looking back, the year 1995 seems like such an innocent time. America was in the midst of its longest streak of peace and prosperity. September 11, 2001 was six years away, and the internet didn't seem like much more than a passing fad.

Twenty-four years ago, 18 million U.S. homes had modem-equipped computers, 7 million more than the year before. Most logged in through America Online where they got their email or communicated with random strangers in chat rooms.

According to a Pew Research study that year, only 32% of those who go online say they would miss it "a lot" if no longer available.

Imagine what those poll numbers would look like if the question was asked today.

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"Few see online activities as essential to them, and no single online feature, with the exception of E-Mail, is used with any regularity," the Pew article said. "Consumers have yet to begin purchasing goods and services online, and there is little indication that online news features are changing traditional news consumption patterns."

"Late Night" host David Letterman had Microsoft founder and, at that time the richest man in the world, on his show for an interview in '95 to discuss the "the big new thing."

During the interview Letterman chided Gates about the usefulness of the new technology, comparing it to radio and tape recorders.

Gates seems excited by the internet because it will soon allow people to listen to a baseball game on their computer. To which Letterman smugly replies, "Does radio ring a bell?" to laughter from the crowd.

But Gates presses Letterman saying that the new technology allows you to listen to the game "whenever you want," to which Letterman responds, "Do tape recorders ring a bell?"

Gates then tells Letterman he can keep up with the latest in his favorite hobbies such as cigar smoking or race cars through the internet. Letterman shuts him down saying that he reads about his interests in magazines.

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The discussion ends with the two laughing over meeting like-minded people in "troubled loner chat room on the internet."

The clip brings to mind a 1994 segment on "The Today Show" where host Bryant Gumbel and Katie Couric have a similar discussion.

"What is internet anyway?" an exasperated Gumball asks. "What do you write to it like mail?"

"It's a computer billboard but it's nationwide and it's several universities all joined together and it's getting bigger and bigger all the time," a producer explains from off-stage.

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The future generations will have to live on this Earth for years to come, and, not surprisingly, they're very concerned about the fate of our planet. We've seen a rise in youth activists, such as Greta Thunberg, who are raising awareness for climate change. A recent survey indicates that those efforts are working, as more and more Americans (especially young Americans) feel concerned about climate change.

A new CBS News poll found that 70% of Americans between 18 and 29 feel climate change is a crisis or a serious problem, while 58% of Americans over the age of 65 share those beliefs. Additionally, younger generations are more likely to feel like it's their personal responsibility to address climate change, as well as think that transitioning to 100% renewable energy is viable. Overall, 25% of Americans feel that climate change is a "crisis," and 35% feel it is a "serious problem." 10% of Americans said they think climate change is a minor problem, and 16% of Americans feel it is not a problem that worries them.

The poll found that concern for the environment isn't a partisan issue – or at least when it comes to younger generations. Two-thirds of Republicans under the age of 45 feel that addressing climate change is their duty, sentiments shared by only 38% of Republicans over the age of 45.

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