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11/8/16 I gained several insights from both using light beam in Firefox and then doxing myself. In terms of light beam I learned that news organizations appear to be the most common websites that are connected to third party websites, and this is most likely done to give people free access to news for indefinite periods of time before charging for subscriptions. The safest website I found using light beam in terms of the least danger or invasion from third parties is the educational institutions, i.e., San Francisco State University. In terms of the process of doxing myself, I was extremely creeped out by the whole concept when I was able to see how powerful of a process this is, and what it can reveal about oneself. For me, prior to moving out to California, I lived with my father for one year in Connecticut. This information came up almost immediately. Next, the other family related piece of information that came up was my grandmother’s obituary. In terms of a more professional side of life, my recent workshop on educating disabled students was also listed. This workshop was conducted at the end of September. Lastly, I looked for images of myself and found a photo of me at a fundraiser for an organization that supports me to be able to live independently. All of this shows me that the Internet is so powerful, and becoming more so, that it governs all aspects of a person’s life, both public and private. This leads me to believe that a life in the digital age needs to be filtered, where the Internet user needs to create an identity that has a positive public view, but has a tightly filtered private view, so that the public can see a full individual rather than an internet user in pieces.

Blog Post 9/29/16 There are several connections that can be made between the article on digital labor and the novel Transmission. First, the idea raised in the novel about the difference between light and heavy comes to mind. Just as fat or overweight people move slower, so does a business that has too many components or units. That is, if the expansion of a business is too great or too quick, its original function gets lost in the transmission of its duties or services or products. In terms of the article, ideas from Karl Marx and communism were brought into the discussion. Communism divides all people in to classes, the proletariat and the bourgeoisies. Dividing classes like this creates a more streamlined and effective government in Marx’s view. Technology took a very similar path when it was first introduced into our society. Wealthy people were the only ones who could afford internet services for a long period of time, until businesses reallocated funds and made other changes to make the internet more affordable and accessible to all. Another way to look at the heavy/light dichotomy is to say that heavy or fat things represent the negative side of things, while the light things strive for change and positivity. This is why light things are so mobile, they are multitasking in an effort to create these changes. This change idea is hard for a character like Arjun who sees things in concrete black and white terms. This is why he prefers his job as a computer programmer, the code never changes. It is standard to use ones and zeros to create new code. This position alienates, or could be perceived as a form of alienation on the part of those surrounding Arjun, as they cannot speak his language. This was a second point brought up by the digital labor article that the classes may streamline things but there is a huge gap between classes, especially with the creation of the Silicon Valley bubble. A third connection between these texts is that it seems that the premise of this article as I have eluded to in the previous paragraphs is that everything that a business or a person does can have some effect on others around it. This is to say that by singling people out, as is done in the novel with Asperger’s Syndrome, this points out the gifts that a disorder like this can provide, but society at large deems them ineffective and craves the opportunity to weed them out to make what they deem to be more positive and effective change to do what they believe is for the greater good, leaving the person who is different due to a disability behind, and alone to fend for themselves. Although this is a bleak outlook, it only stands to reason that this is why people with disabilities need to advocate for themselves in order to improve their position within society.

There are several things to keep in mind when considering Wark’s ideas in terms of the hacker as a cultural hero, as well as the idea of multiple forms of hacking within Gibson’s novel. Starting with the latter, both Case and Molly are drug addicts and alcoholics. Ingesting these types of substances could be considered a form of hacking because the repetitive use of these substances can make significant alterations to the human body, some good but most often bad with dire consequences such as death and destruction. Along these same lines, Case also has these microorganisms growing inside him, which, depending on the outcome of his main quest can either destroy him or they themselves can be destroyed.The second half of this question is to say that all of this information about hacking in Gibson’s novel, makes the statement that there are various varieties of hacking, not just finding one’s way into a secured computer system. Facilities are being hacked, bodies are being hacked; all in the name of presenting us with a cyclical narrative that challenges us to think of hacking in many different ways.