Trading on his connection
Hot Links served up daily
by Joel Sappell, L.A. Times Column-one, 8\4\7
What will become of the information age when news organizations change the way they allow linking to stories? This is the question quoted of a PEJ director, Tom Rosenstiel, whom emphasis of fly-by-night success stories indicates that the current Internet set up for the blogisphere will abruptly focus on placing barriers on hacks like Matt Drudge, creator of the Drudge report. Personally, I see media conglomerates utilizing AOL technology in the future in attempts to vary their URL (hotlink) addresses so that they differ each time they're accessed. AOL has always had a safety first attitude toward their ISP subscribers to discourage virus infection and computer hacks. They do it by scrambling the URL for their members by adding scrambled characters to the web surfers' location field for certain web pages. In other words, when my AOL profile was GdeStOmar, I learned that profiles of other AOL members were accessible simply by entering URL http://profiles.aol.com/gdestomar but replacing my user ID with theirs. However, the catch is that only an AOL browser could be used to view a member's profile.
There was talk last year of AOL discontinuing their marketing campaign of sending CDROMs containing their browsers. Also in the news, was the idea of possibly making that software free to the public, like the free versions of Safari, Firefox, Camino, etc. As far as I know, this venture hasn't taken place, yet. When it does, however, you'd have to wonder "what's the catch?" Something for nothing just doesn't compute. Don't be surprised if AOL/Time Warner completely monopolize their news services to restrict the freedom to read a story on the web unless AOL software is used. That, IMO, would be the catch.
I never really visited the Drudge report until I saw this article in the Times. It would seem that one of the perks to paying the high fees of high speed Internet is free news articles. People I know have said that one of the major things they do when surfing on-line is read the news. I find that difficult to envision. Do they create a my.yahoo.com account? Do they create a latimes.com account, a nytimes.com account? It was only by dumb luck that I managed to buy the Saturday edition of my local newspaper and stumble onto an article that means something to me. I never would've known had I spent time reading digg.com or truemors.com, which I usually subscribe to RSS feeds using Safari software.
Another thing about the unforeseeable future of the blogisphere is the addiction of high tech upgrades; you can either read a blog, or you can subscribe to it's podcast kind-of-thing. Lately, I've been practicing a song on my guitar I've been trying to learn for several years now. I'm finally reading the music of the coda for the song on the last page. Wikipedia was helpful in learning about what exactly a coda is in music lingo. When I decided to write an entry about it, I couldn't figure out how to type a coda symbol into my blog. The hexadecimal codes are already set, but my computer doesn't recognize the symbol. My only option is to hand-write the symbol, a letter "o" with a cross hair extending through it, until the web community is prompted to upgrade their OS. I wonder about the techies behind the programming of such computer files as MP3 or RSS. Lately, I've been bewildered of the acronym for Really Simple Syndicate. The letters, if you look them up in an acronym dictionary, have had popularity in other realms of the world. RS is symbolic of Rolling Stone magazine as well as Royal Society. That Rolling Stone should have had so much success with the music community is almost scandalous, for Rock Sex might have proved catchy too as a magazine title about rock music.