Distributed Network

“Every two days, mankind creates as much information as it did from the dawn of civilization until 2003.” – Susan Karlin, FAST COMPANY

There has never been any other point in human history that has experienced the amount of information that an average person is exposed to today. This is because we live in a global village ( Marshall McLuhan), connected  by an digital nervous system that transcends the barrier of matter.

This isn’t thanks to just technological advancement but to the very nature of the internet. Unlike previous forms of communication (for example: television, radio or telephones) the internet is based on the concept of a distributed network –  meaning each node can communicate to each other.

In essence, all nodes equal. Even if they are only used to update Facebook.

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8 thoughts on “Distributed Network

  1. It’s interesting how we went from a world where communication was completely inefficient due to control and speed, to a world with so much speed and so little control that we are incapable of processing the amount of information created, first we couldn’t fathom the idea of non-physical communication and now we can’t fathom the amount we have created (whether useful or not). Informative post, your meme really sets the tone hahah

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  2. Nice work Mara. It’s weird to reflect on the fact a digital nervous system that has been growing and expanding since it’s creation is now used to tell our friends and family we have muesli for breakfast (or the more subtle Instagram food shot with the bowl emoji.) But I would argue that all nodes aren’t exactly equal – to post these things you still have to go through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram’s central hubs as they host the content. Plus if they hate your muesli pic, they can just take it down. It’s interesting to think about the fact that most users won’t realise they’re actually using a centralised system, as the platform operate under the façade of a distributed system.

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  3. I agree with (what I think is?) the main message behind your remediation; while it is all well and good that we have a vast expanse of information at our finger tips, it takes some filtering until you find something of quality and worth.
    Existing in a distributed network is wonderful with regard to user control and our ability to connect with virtually anyone [through almighty and powerful nodes]. However, I feel as though it is easy to get sucked into one way of thinking because of this. Social media sites are huge facilitators of echo-chambers, where you have the power to interact with people whose opinions you agree with. I have been guilty of deleting or unfollowing people from Facebook, Twitter or Instagram because I find their contribution to my feed irrelevant. While this is oddly satisfying to do at the time, it is pretty negative, and in terms of free political speech, potentially dangerous.
    This article explain the impact and dangers of such a filtered system in relation to political speech and university life (something of relevance to us and people of our generation): https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/10/opinion/sunday/the-dangers-of-echo-chambers-on-campus.html
    I loved your remediation and overall post, simple and to the point. I do feel that your piece really would have thrived if you explored your statement that ‘all nodes are equal’ a bit more. I understand what you mean by it (all nodes have to be made equal for a network to exist and operate), but I feel that it could be interpreted in the wrong way by others.
    Thanks for the read, I enjoyed it 🙂

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    • Thanks for the link. It looks like an interesting read. I’m trying to write a little more concisely this semester (emphasis on trying) so if I apologize if I sometimes gloss over points. Anyway, thanks for reading.

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  4. Wonderful Recap of the Lecture material; I struggle so much with getting it all down to 150 words. I would say though that posting about eating Muesli isn’t necessarily a downside of a distributed network. Although it is insignificant by comparison to sharing intellectual content it does indeed serve a purpose in every day life and stands as a testament the power we have unlocked through technology. The message is not that Muesli is being eaten, its that we now live in a world where that can be communicated to a network without struggle or much effort.

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    • I suppose I was trying to ask the question of –
      just because we can broadcast to the world does it mean we should? Or is my FB post as meaningful or as important than some other piece of information? Is there instead a natural hierarchy of what ‘people’ deem as important or not?
      But as you said 150 words doesn’t give a lot of room for explanation.

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