Be Your Own Internet Gatekeeper – Taming the Beast

In the mid-1980s, Apple Computer started the “desktop publishing revolution” by pairing its new, graphics-oriented Macintosh with the first 300-dot-per-inch (dpi) LaserWriter. So excited was one computer industry pundit – whose “insider” industry newsletter was one of the first of that extraordinarily profitable kind – that she insisted on the most sensational sort of boosterism. “This [technology] is going to put the First Amendment into overdrive!” was a typical pull-quote from her 1986 issues. Eagerly anticipated was a bumper crop of Mac-and-LaserWriter-equipped reincarnations of Shakespeare, William Randolph Hearst and Stephen King.

Not everyone was so optimistic. “It’s like thinking that the invention of the phone would improve people’s diction,” one technology writer said at the time. He knew that the result of lowering the cost of entry into publishing would be reduced standards in every specialized skill used in the process: lower quality research, writing, editing, graphic design and final product. “There will be a ton of 300dpi garbage,” he predicted.

Who won the DTP revolution?

Looking back over the past 25 years, it is clear that his prediction came true. Fact is, the desktop publishing (DTP) revolution has now spawned several generations of semi-literate, button-pushing, macro-wielding, template-dependent DTP’ers – along with some real geniuses, of course, แอบถ่ายห้องน้ำ who would have been geniuses whatever tools were available. So, once again, the human race learns the lesson that great tools don’t create great craftsmen.

It is a curious thing to see the reaction of people who had expected their new hardware and software to make them creative geniuses. For some reason, they are always surprised when their designs look like the “gallery pages” that came with their graphics program. ดูหนังชนโรง It’s a reaction that is quite baffling, frankly. With the best paintbrushes and canvas in the world, few people will ever get close to creating what Picasso or Dali could with an eyebrow pencil and a cocktail napkin.

Push-button baloney

Many people have forgotten, and many more never knew, that before the advent of the World Wide Web and its one-button blogging, there were writers who thought that certain technological aids could make them great graphic designers. They soon found out that “the DTP revolution” wouldn’t, couldn’t, shouldn’t make them artists. The first wave of DTP tools, hard and soft, did succeed in making a lot of corporate communications look vaguely similar, from coast to coast. And it made disinterested parties – from local newspaper staff to friends of friends, from annoyed side-cillors to annoyed third parties, from producer to production staff, from programmer to programmer – able to produce shared content more readily.

But it is, of course, what happens when those tools and techniques are put into the hands of people who have no other responsibility than to make money from their own work, and to exploit the work of others. แอบถ่ายใต้กระโปรง It is a tragedy of our times that honest work should be considered less valuable than profitable work. It is hard to believe that it will ever be possible to separate the art from the greed.

And what are we to do now? As a devoted editor of WebDesignSpy, I’d like to propose a few universal rules for the ethical organisation of digital creation and distribution:

If you do not know the creator, ดูหนังฟรี ask for their contact information in advance.

If you are going to incorporate their information into your Web site, include a statement, stating your sources’ status (for example, “Paid for by”. Or, better yet, a not-for-profit foundation that receives donations).

If you indeed do have reasons to suspect the source, contact them before including their information on your site. Simply ignoring these people will get you nowhere, because who will visit your Web site if you ignore them?

Include a notice, on any page of your Web site, that links to another site.

This is a perfect step-by-step procedure and, thanks to recent improvements in software, it is now even easier. กระหรี่ขายตัว There are now several types of sites that allow you to hack the site directly into your browser. These include secure sites (where security is strongly suspected) and proxies (where anonymity is highly possible). Free proxies are becoming quite common.

You can even use an automated script to do most of this for you. Just download the script, put it in control of your website and then you will be able to monitor all http requests going through your site. What a great feeling! But, before you do anything else, make sure you investigate the reliability of the proxy server folk that are mentioned in the script.

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