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You think the internet will have a Golden age era

  1. Aug 15, 2008 #1
    , Like the mediums television and radio were deemed to have golden ages where the quality of tv shows and radio broadcasts were at their peaked? Now most critics say that these mediums have will never produced quality shows like they did during their golden era, and sadly tv and radio shows following a generic formula , where you have top 40 stations,hip hop stations, alternative rock, oldies, sometimes classical, to a lesser extent jazz, and really nothing else. I noticed in some western countries like England, their government has blocked access to certain websites,and some internet broadband providers have also blocked a coupled of websites that people have called attention. For me, we are in the Golden era of the internet.
     
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  3. Aug 15, 2008 #2
    What websites has Britain banned?
     
  4. Aug 15, 2008 #3

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    The Golden Era for the internet was before AOL came into eixstence.

    No, there is no "Golden Age" for the internet because the internet is just a bunch of independently owned data networks that have agreements between them to pass the data "traffic". People (individuals or businesses) connect computers to the part of the internet that thier ISP reaches. Then people put "content" on these computers. There is nothing in place to monitor the quality or accuracy of what people make available on these computers (called servers).

    Some ISP's have policies against allowing their end users to use their internet service for porn, illegal dealings or hate sites. Since these ISP's are privately owned and you contract for your connection through them, they can tell you what you can and cannot do over their network. My old company used to routinely shut down porn sites because it was a violation of the terms and conditions subscribers agreed to. Other big ISP's made most of their money allowing porn on their networks.
     
  5. Aug 15, 2008 #4
    Why does it always have to be about porn with you, Evo? You should get out more.







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    ISPs have a right to deny certain websites, but he is claiming that the British government is banning certain websites. I want to know if that's true, and if so, which ones.
     
  6. Aug 15, 2008 #5

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    Same here. Benzoate has to provide a link to back up their claim.
     
  7. Aug 15, 2008 #6
    Edit by Evo - not valid
     
  8. Aug 15, 2008 #7
    Well if that is true then that is just more evidence to support the idea that the British government is full of morons. By denying them a place to vent their ideas, they think they are on to something legit. It just furthers the problem.
     
  9. Aug 15, 2008 #8

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    Benzoate, that's not a valid website and the youtube clip had nothing on it except someone yelling nonsense into a megaphone for 20 seconds.

    I am deleting your reference to the UK until you can produce some proof from a valid (mainstream) source.

    If the UK is banning certain websites, meaning the Government has directed the ISP, not that the ISP has banned it due to a violation of their policies, you will find it in the press. And even if the ISP is BT, it's not a Government order.
     
  10. Aug 15, 2008 #9
    I think their is a golden age. 10-15 years ago ,the bandwidth of the internet was very narrow and therefore extremely slow. With the invent of Broadband in the late 1990's early 2000's , you were able to dowload programs and files faster, it took you now less than 5 seconds to load a website , and you were able to put high quality video on the web. I think if you are going to subscribe to the ISP, their should be a contract between the subscriber and the ISP provider. I'm really not sure if the ISP providers will make websites extremely difficult for a subscriber to access , because many subscribers would probably stopped subscribing to the ISP address or boycott the ISP address for awhile , because it will probably be commercial suicide if the ISP provider made only a 1000 websites available to their user.
     
  11. Aug 15, 2008 #10

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    I don't know where you are getting these ideas, but they are baseless.

    Thread closed.
     
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