The Core Dump

A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures

[By Nic Lindh on Monday, 01 March 2004]

Internet users create content

According to a study by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, “44% of Internet users have created content for the online world through building or posting to Web sites, creating blogs, and sharing files.”

This is pretty exciting news, showing that to a certain extent the Internet is thriving as a citizen’s publishing medium. Digerati have been worried ever since the web became popularized in the early 90s that it would follow the trends shown by other media–such as radio–and degenerate into a strictly push medium, where the vast majority consume what a small cadre of professionals generate.

Page 8 of the report has a graph breaking down online content creation by demographic. The chart looks a lot like you might expect, but the breakdown is flatter than at least I thought. For instance, here’s the race/ethnicity breakdown: Whites, 45%; Blacks: 44%; Hispanics, 39%.

Interesting and hopeful that 44% of users are pushing content back on the Internet. It would seem likely that with the ever-accelerating growth of easy to use tools for content creation, this number should increase rather than decrease.

Music: “Shoot Me Again” by Metallica [Opens in iTunes]

« The number of the Passion

 »


Enjoy the ten latest posts!

Any sufficiently advanced incompetence is indistinguishable from malice

Impressions moving from an Apple Watch Series 3 to Series 5

Is there reason to upgrade from a 3 to a 5?

Plans are worthless, but planning is everything

Often injustice lies in what you aren’t doing, not only in what you are doing

Die in a ditch

After all these years, Nic still can’t understand the American attitude to healthcare.

The big thieves hang the little ones

Book roundup, part 29

A sci-fi and fantasy heavy installment that includes The Valedictorian of Being Dead, The Mastermind, Broadsword Calling Danny Boy, Tiamat’s Wrath, The Raven Tower, The Liberation, The Light Brigade and Cryptonomicon.

Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable

Book roundup, part 28

Includes The Incomplete Book of Running, Aching God, The Murderbot Diaries, Lies Sleeping, The Consuming Fire, and Rendezvous with Rama.

Las Vegas trip report

Did you know Las Vegas is kind of nutty?