In Chapter 9 of We the Media, the author begins by talking about deception on the Internet.  Gilmor describes phony websites that are set up to create a buzz about new movies.  “The exposure of the deception again brought to focus a reality of the modern age: for manipulators, con artists, gossips, and jokesters of all varieties, the Internet is the medium from heaven,” (174).  This reminded me of what I learned about the Internet in a class that I took last year at UCLA.  The class was called cultural geography and gave students a broad look at the world we lve in.  Our professor talked about the diffculties of regulating the Internet because there is no way to make and enforce rules that apply to everyone.  In one particular instance, a so-called “cyber rape” that occured on a second life website called LAMBDAMOO.  There was no way of punishing the individual who committed the crime except by banishing him from the website.  However, he later returned to it under a different name.  The Internet is considered a “cloak room communmity” because any person who accesses it has the right to pose as somebody else with no real consequences.  The same idea also applies for media.  Anybody can get online and post content and lie about where it originated.  Just like how Hollywood studios created “fan websites” to promote new movies.  Issues such as this make people question the reliability of information found on the Internet.  The Internet is simply too large for all of the information to be looked and proved true, so it is up to the public to question the validity of information online.

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