Not a lot, to be honest, but Twitter, the social networking mechanism that allows users to showcase their thoughts and feelings in such a manner has gone stratospheric in recent years and is particularly notable for allowing everyday individuals to interact with the likes of politicians, corporations and celebrities.
‘Sharing’ is all the rage these days, as other sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn allow people across the globe to broadcast every detail of their lives with the rest of the world through the mediums of text, audio, photo and video.
The internet has revolutionised communication and networking to the point where few people in the world cannot be reached in a few seconds at the click of a button. Gone are the days of sending letters and waiting days for a reply, being the only person in a specific area with a specific interest or the inability to speak to people face-to-face without being in proximity of them, replaced by the instant contact method of email, special interest forums and communities for everything imaginable and videoconferencing through the likes of Skype respectively.
It’s made the world more efficient on paper, though the amount of time workers spend reading the everyday happenings of their acquaintances or browsing the assorted memes they became bombarded with on a day to day basis probably evens things out.
Is piracy a crime? Media developers/producers and members of the public might offer different answers to that question, which is open to debate. Regardless of legality, however, the advent of sites such as The Pirate Bay has revolutionised content distribution, as individuals are able to obtain things that would normally cost money free of charge in a quick and efficient manner. This is despite the fact that countless numbers of their rivals have been shut down by authorities and the site itself is blocked on an overwhelming number of internet service providers (which users continuously circumvent with the creation of new mirrors), highlighting how the unethical practice