LEARNING ACTIVITY: GET THE BASICS RIGHT

Learning activity: get the basics right or The Good the bad and the ugly of the internet

Explain the following terms in your own words:

Internet: An evolving inorganic organism. It is a cumulative, hierarchical system made up of independent cells which communicate with one another through the routing of information to each other with no fixed, centralized source.

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HTML: The genes of this organism.

Browser: A means of displaying the coded gene sequence into something tangible and accessible.

Search Engine:
A means to access specific sections of the organism.

 

Surf the web and find sites you would consider to be great websites. Simultaneously, make a list of sites you consider bad web sites.

The Good:

The Last Days of Ivory
http://www.lastdaysofivory.com/

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Highly dynamic and beautiful site with an important message.

 

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The Seven Digital Deadly Sins site by the National board of Film Canada

http://sins.nfb.ca/

webby

A deeply interactive and entertaining website which is visually outstanding and whose content is equally impressive.

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The Guggenheims Countdown to Zero website

 

http://exhibitions.guggenheim.org/zero/

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A visually and sonically beautiful journey into the arts in the 1950’s and 60’s.

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Alfred Service website

http://alfredservice.com/

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Clever, whimsical, interactive and best designed site I’ve seen in a while.

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The Bad

http://uglytub.com/

weq

Nothing really needs to be said.

scaew

You can’t unsee this.

scare

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Gates and fences

http://www.gatesnfences.com/

eswfs

What is this? 1995?

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Sosbee vs the FBI

http://www.sosbeevfbi.com/index.html

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Terrible conspiracy theory site.

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The Afterlife

http://heaven.internetarchaeology.org/heaven.html#bottom

 

the-afterlife

Okay, I’ve seen some bizarre things on the internet but…what is even going on?

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Most Japanese websites

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(Rakuten Ichiba)

Most Japanese websites are just cluttered with so many links and information that the reader invariably becomes overwhelmed and leaves.