What Will You Do to "Make A Better Internet?"

Ross Johnson's picture
Instructor
9/17/2012
New Media

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My first foray on the Internet happened in 1995. My connection was fueled by a phone line, download speeds were slower than a 1G connection and there were no graphics-- only text. Throughout most of my life the internet has been regarded as "new," but we no longer can honestly describe it as such. The Internet has been around for decades, it's hardly "new."

Yet for a "mature" medium those who use it are often anything but. The internet has provided us countless invaluable tools such as the freedom to publish, near endless access to information and the ability to connect with those hundreds of thousands of miles away. As with anything, these tools have just as much potential for negative as positive.

Avoiding the "Bottom Half" of the Internet

Designer Rian van der Merwe believes we can make a better internet. This of course implies the Internet needs improving, which I agree. Merwe's argument is that there is a "Bottom Half" of the internet which is full of people posting hateful commentary fueled by an unexplained need for ones opinion to be consulted. One doesn't have to look much further than your average YouTube comment thread to find a worthy example. Facebook is plagued with "Bottom Half" content, where some feel it necessary to air their dirty laundry in a public setting. Others who obtain satisfaction from putting people down, posting derogatory content or inappropriate photos.

I think we can all agree this type of content and this type of behavior benefits nobody. 

Making a Better Internet

As consumers and contributors to the internet, we all impact the quality of the web. In his article Merwe argues we can improve the internet by amplifying the "Top Half" of the internet, this done by publishing positive content rather than just complaints. He also goes on to advocate against being part of the "WWIC" culture (Why Wasn't I Consulted?) The WWIC culture being those who feel the need to post negative opinions on things that really don't pertain to them.

With all of this in mind, I ask you... what will you do to make a better internet? You will be publishing a lot of content through this class. I want you to think about what you will be doing to improve the internet and post a comment here describing your approach. Let us know how you will avoid contributing to the "bottom half" of the internet and amplifying the "top half."

Comments & Feedback

Student

The Internet is an ever-changing product that needs to change as consumers do. There is no limit to what the Internet is capable of. People change is as their needs change. I think the biggest change the Internet has made since I was young was the ability to do online shopping, as well as payments online. Shopping online has enabled consumers to shop without leaving their homes. This provides a convenience that has not been available before. Also online banking has never been easier. There are now apps that let you check your statements make payments, and deposits all online. It really amazes me how fast the Internet is growing. And that's why i believe it will continue to grow, and meet the never ending needs of the consumer.

Student

To make a better internet through my blogging, I would like to blog about things that people don't normally blog about. I chose something interesting- Chicago rappers, because i thought it was an interesting topic. On my blog, I pick a different rapper every week and highlight a little bit about their background along with a few songs that I think people should check out. I think this is a cool approach to bloggin because it gives readers something to read but not something too lengthy. It gives readers a small taste of a rapper and then I link to some music so they can check them out. 

Student

I am a witness to "bottom half" content on the Internet. It seems that just about everyday there are people on Facebook posting things that are irrelevant to anyone else's life, and that probably should be kept private in the first place. In order to improve the Internet, I plan to not post anything that would be considered "bottom half" content (not that I do it now). However, to amplify my contribution to the "top half" Internet, I plan to post more things that emit positivity and happiness to others. Instead of bringing people down, I plan to make someone else's day through my use of the Internet.

Student

I am very confident that every single one of us has in one form or another been in the "bottom half" of the internet. I have witnessed so many complainers, whiners, and especially people forcing their opinion for no real reason to do so other than put someone else down. The Internet is an incredible gift that shouldn't be abused or taken for granted. It provides us with endless accessability and the power to reach people and causes all over the world. I think that recently, the "deep web" scandal has also revealed to be a billion dollar bottom half scheme. Although it was utterly genious and incredible terrifying (did I mention shame?). The Internet can grow and evolve just like it has been since it came to be. If we keep posting positive and influential material, hopefully later generations will realize the power to do go is at their fingertips.

Student

When joining this class I did not know what I was getting myself into with all of this online madness.  I have created a facebook, twitter, pinterest, linkedin, google adwords, vine, instagram and much more to keep up with the class. I have created a blog that i post on weekly and i contribute to the world wide web by being a part of these social media websites. I have been publishing and will continue to publish my thoughts and ideas through these websites. I will remain on the top half by amplifying the interenet by posting things that are relevant in everyday life.  I will try my best to avoid the bottom half by posting useless things.

Student

The easiest way to contribute to the top half of the internet and to stop fueling the bottom half, in my opinion, is to stop using social media in a way that many people are currently doing: for venting. It seems like everytime i check my Facebook or Twitter it is full of people complaining about their day, their classes, what went wrong this week. People need to stop filling their feeds with nonsense that virtually no one cares about and focus on more important things. With this being the final week of this class, I feel that mostly all students who put in the effort have helped contribute to the top half of the internet. We have built up our social media profiles, created a blog, created our own digital media strategies, and much more.

Student

When I started this class I did have some unessicary content on my social networks. Pictures that were all about partying and should be kept to the people in the photos and when I was a freshman in high school, I got caught up in stupid drama and hurt peoples feelings. I have never really monitored my Facebook because I have never felt the need but once I joined this class, I decided to clean up my facebook and delete all the "bottom half" content. From now on I delete the friends I have on Facebook if they are posting constant negative or inappropreiate stuff becaue I don't even want to see it. If they are some of my good friends then I let them know how it may look to other people and they end up deleting it. Even though its not a huge difference, I think I have made at least some of my friends part of the "top half" of the internet.

Student

It's a good topic! Since our generation and our next generation are both frequent users of Internet. So the content in the Internet could affect us as well as them largely. Teenagers are still too young to make judgement for what's right and wrong. Those bad things online could lead them to a crime or other bad things. Though I cann't change the big picture of the Internet, I can make myself to behave properly online. Things like, don't post hateful commentary due to biased reasons, don't spread those comments, or encourage others to do so. 

Student

When reading this article I thought about the ways I can stop contributing to the bottom half.  Often times people use social media as a way to vent out their personal issues and problems.  I think if people took a minute to think about what they are about to post, often times they would re-read it and realize it doesn't need to be aired so everyone else can read it.  I think there will always be people who contribute to the bottom half because often times people just love hearing the sound of their own voice.  I'll contribute to the top half by trying to always comment thoughtful and responsive replies and posts.  If you don't post controversial topics then you could help reduce the bottom half comments by people who love to air their dirty laundry.

Student

As the usage of Internet increases, there are so many problems caused by "bottom half".  Some of my friends, they do not want to do facebook or twitter, just because they do not want to see other people's hateful comments or unworthy postings.  I thiink it is good to share an information via internet, but some of their personal sutffs need to be keep in privately, not posting all over the internet and making other people feel unpleasant or even uncomfortable.  People may think that posting their 'too' personal stuffs on the blog or commenting hateful stuffs may stay between you and your friends, but now a days, all these immature behaviors can be found so easily, and later on it may affect your careers.  Thus, my mom always told me that "the picture or commentary that you are posting is no longer private, so be very careful about what you are saying on your blogs. It may can hunt someone or later it may can hunt you down."  After I heard what my mom says and saw the consquences of cyber bullying, I think one more time before I post something on the Internet. "Can this posting may hurt someone? or can this will give me an disadvantage in the future?" After thinking about this, I find myself either correcting my postings or deleting it.  So I think people may have to be more careful and considerable about others rather than being extempore. 

Student

There's definitely a "bottom half". Content is being added so often that the liklihood of it actually being read and making an impact is low. A lot of times, soial media accounts that are created are not actually used. I think it would be productive if sites were to remove accounts that were inactive for a certain period of time to decrease the amount of clutter.

Student

I have never been one to give anyone who posts negative comments on the internet any credibility. I agree that this is an issue and it must be resolved. I will continue to post positive or at least optimisitc comments on the internet as I do in any situation. Unfortunately, I do not think that there will be a huge movement to stop the "Bottom Half" from posting their comments because of their right to freedom of speech. I do know that there are tools for account managers to remove the negative comments, which may be an easier and efficient way to frame the comments.

Student

The bottom half of the Internet is definitely out there. I'm not sure where the people in it get the notion that people would like to see their comments and negativity but they get it from somewhere. I personally would and have not posted my negative thoughts out to the public about irrelevant things. Especially with most things being non anonymous nowadays I don't see the point in making myself out to be something I'm not. Before posting a negative comment people should think of how they would want someone to post a comment to them, then go forth with their commenting that way. Or possibly just keep it to themselves and then no one would have to deal with it.

Student

I like what Ross' blog post offers us, as advice; we should each take upon ourselves the responsibility of contributing to a "better internet" by amplifying the "top half", and avoiding contributing to the "bottom half".  Don't add fuel to the fire that is negative content, and help dilute that already in exsistence with positive content.  Sounds like a very good strategy to me, to "take back the internet".  It reminds me of the first session of the NMDL seminar-I believe it was Graham, who said (regarding public relations and politics) that when there is negative content about you on the internet, the only way you can basically battle it, is by drowning it out with positive content, over which you have absolute control.  This reminds me of the old Eleanor Roosevelt quote,"Great minds discuss ideas.  Average minds discuss events.  Small minds discuss people".  I think this can also apply to anyone who creates content and posts it on the internet.

Student

In my opinion, the best way to "make a better internet" is to continuously engage yourself in all new internet technologies and applications that get released daily.  You don’t need to be a computer nerd to follow tech blogs and stay up to date with the newest technologies and innovations.  In my Marketing class we talked about the significance of “Lead Users” and how they impact the general direction of the technology marketplace.  In order to have a better internet, I’d like to see more and more of my peers and colleagues staying informed and have a passion for the tech world.

Student

I agree that there is a "bottom half" of the internet and would like to argue that there is a "bottom 3/4" With so much content being uploaded onto the internet every minute that which contains anything of substance in miniscule. I would like to see some sort of scanning system put into place where you could scan each and every piece of content uploaded and either trash it or put it onto a black listed sight. The only problem with this idea is the fredom of speach, I know America is founded on this and I support the Consitution to the fullest, but some people are just too dumb and stupid to have the right to post things on the internet, they at least should have such scanners in place. 

Student

What will I do to make a better internet?

When I think of the "bottom half" of the internet, the first thing that comes to mind is younger users of Facebook. The status someone posted talking bad about one of their Facebook friends. I think that people need to stop, think, and then act when it comes to posting content on the internet. Everything that you do on the internet stays on the internet and is assessable to all users of the internet. People need to keep this in mind when it comes to posting the negative drama comments and content on the internet. I have started to ignore, de-friend any "bottom half" of the internet that I come across. It is not worth anyone’s time, nor does the person that posted it deserve the attention.

Student

One of the greatest things about living in the US is our Freedom of Speech, and the internet has magnified that.  I agree that with this freedom, we need to accept the responsibility of being respectful to others.  Many people in the "bottom half" of the internet has not accepted that responsibility.  Being respectful of others contributes to being kind, posting honest data and citing where you find information if they aren't your own ideas.  With all the of these elements in mind, I plan to be as respectful as possible to everyone that may read my work.  

I believe that if you put good things into your mind, good things will come out in your words and actions.  By ignoring the bottom half of the internet will make the upper half larger.  If everyone decides to not give the bottom half any attention, they will lose their desire to post nonsense.  We can all keep these ideas in mind as we surf the internet daily, making the top half a larger crowd!        

Student

There are so many negative and outrageous account users in this world that you just wonder, "What were they thinking writing/posting this"? or "Who gave this person a computer"? Trying to keep this content off of your favorite site is almost impossible, people want to have their voice heard and will make multiple accounts to do that. I've heard of sites where you have to be invited and follow other rules so you aren't removed from the community, but trying to apply those rules to the challenge internet would certainly be a challenge/unrealistic. Where I'm at now, I just stay away from reading the posts or comments from sites. I know where they'll be and try to avoid them, let alone responding to the post. Which fuels these internet "trolls". I also try and make my content I publish something everyone has a semi intrest in. If I tweet how bad my day is every single day I'm just polluting the "twittisphere". I try and keep it positive and somewhat informative.

Student

Making a better internet is going to be a life-long process because we all know there are haters in every corner waiting to pounce on anything they can add negativity to. To help create a better internet I'm going to spread as much positive social media as possible. You never know what little thing you may post that will inspire someone else and that inspiration will create a never-ending circle of positivity. As corny as this sounds the more positivity there is, the less room there is for negativity. I believe that positivity is contagious and nobody likes a wet blanket. 

Student

I completely uderstand that people are allowed to think/say whatever they want, this is afterall America, and that is what we do here. However, I do see a problem with the negativity and hate that floats around the internet.  Youtube is a perfect example as you can watch a video of a middleschool child singing, and underneath there will be some extremely negative comments.  In what world is it necessary or ok to rip on a 13-year-old? This would not likely happen in the real world, but behind the masks of their computer screens, people feel safe.

One way I want to try and help this problem is making sure that everything I personally post is positive.  I feel a resource like the internet can be used to help people, and share experiences with the world.  The way I see it, if I put some positive information out there, that is just one less person putting bad things out there.  I hope one day we can live in a world where people don't need to spread their hate, but until then I will do my best to "make a better internet".

Student

I believe in a concept of see good, do good. I feel by posting positive things and letting everyone see it, they too might be inspired to post a positive thing. The biggest way to counter those posting negative comments is not to reply or even take note of them. Their negativity only gets fueled by those who take offence to what they say. By ignoring those posting negative comments and positively replying to those who post positive, then we are helping make the internet a better place.

Student

I believe in a concept of see good, do good. I feel by posting positive things and letting everyone see it, they too might be inspired to post a positive thing. The biggest way to counter those posting negative comments is not to reply or even take note of them. Their negativity only gets fueled by those who take offence to what they say. By ignoring those posting negative comments and positively replying to those who post positive, then we are helping make the internet a better place.

Student

As many know, everyone is entitled to their opinion. So, they turn to the social media outlets to voice their opinions. It can be either positive or negative opinions. There are some people who take their opinions a little too far, where they say and hurt someone’s feelings. For example, I was reading comments on a video on YouTube by a beauty guru and I can say there were a lot of hateful comments from the way she talks and dress.

By now, there is no way of getting rid of the “bottom half.”  We only can avoid them. We can disregard all the negative comments. Facebook has an option of blocking people off of your newsfeed without deleting them.   I already blocked a numerous of people off my Facebook that contributes to the bottom half. To contribute to the top half, I try to post positive statuses or comments; one that will benefits people other than me.

Student

Unfortunately, the “bottom half” of the Internet today is having a negative effect on the Internet as a whole. This has become very clear to me during the recent political discussions. It is difficult to find any type of true discussion that is not plagued with hateful comments made by a select few users. It is the responsibility of every person on the Internet to try to positively affect today’s web by not tolerating these types of behaviors. We must only publish things that will elevate discussions, not bring them down. 

Student

Every member in an online community has a share of responsibility in making a positive impact on it.  I recognize the fact that each human being, no matter what hue, color, race or station in life is granted, by Almighty God, a unique, matchless and incomparable gift that reflects the infinite wisdom of God.  Therefore, my approach to make a better internet would be to create a platform to share various life style enhancement methods that would help each individual discover his or her gift so they could develop it and manifest for the greater good of humanity. 

I believe the people in the "Bottom Half" will evolve to the "Top Half" when they discover their gifts and acquire a better perception of themselves.

Student

I find it annoying sifting through all the negative, derogatory, and just plain irrelevant "bottom half" of the internet.  My mother always told me, "surround yourself with those who better you."  I think that piece of advice definitely applies here as well. 

Personally, the first thing I did to shed light on the "top half" of the internet was to delete/ignore everyone in my network that was constantly posting innapropriate content.  Cut the excess and unnecessary out of your news feeds.. 

The next thing is to remember social media is a two-way street.  If you want to view interesting, thoughtful comments and information, make sure you are putting it out there yourself.  Are you engaging others in your posts? 

I think those are the basic steps to creating a positive social media experience for yourself and the others arround you.

Student

The news that we see via online may based on truth, but some what it has a limit on all circumstances, and it cannot explain whole picture of it.  Therefore, I would say it is difficult to judge something just by watching or reading a news or blogs.  People may post comments on socia media without full awareness, it hurts other people, and if situation gets worse, then it may lead a targeted people to mental illness or a suicide.  Eventually, there are several real examples of bad outcomes of malicious comments in Korea.  Many celebrities decided to suicide themselves because of malicious comments or for a long time many people been suffered with mental illness due to that.  

Student

I often find it annoying when I am on a social media site and people seem to just post hateful commentary and act as if their opinion is "correct" and what everyone else should be thinking.  For myself, I try to ignore those types of posts and just disregard them.  I feel that if we stop giving those people the attention they are trying to attract, it will help in decreasing the size of the "bottom half" of the internet.  Along with that, I feel it is important to promote the "top half" and be an example to others.  If more people get attention by conducting themselves in a more positve manner, then I feel more people will start to act that way as well.

Student

With so many people on the "bottom half" of the internet there is no doubt that improvements can be made. Too many people on Facebook, Twitter, ect. use their social media to voice their opinions and thoughts in a negative manner. When all you see are complaints and other negatives on your social media it can lessen the enjoyment you can get from internet. To make the internet a little better than it is now I would refrain from interacting with the "bottom half" of the internet. For example, if someone is complaining that they don't want to go to work in the morning I would not comment, "like", or "favorite"  anything on or about that post. I believe many people complain and trash the internet just to get attention. Commenting, "liking", or "favoriting" their posts just encourages them to keep on doing what their doing; making the internet less enjoyable. I would also encourage others to do so as well. To avoid contributing to the "bottom half" I will make sure I keep my complaints and other negatives to a minimum. I will try to post more things that entertain, inform, inspire, and educate to make the internet a more positive place.

Student

One thing about taking NMDL class is that I am forced to create content on the web that I seldom do, otherwise. For me, I always feel that publishing your work is an honor (like publish a book). Therefore, I always feel that whatever that goes there must be good and have a valid point. So if I am to do it through this class, I would try to contribute to "top half" by writing original and useful posts. At least, I would try to put effort to think hard as I don't want to have people having to read my bad writings... Good thing is I have a habit of leaving positive comments for work that I deem with certain quality. I think I will keep it up, because good content comes free most of the time on the internet and the contributor should get the credits they deserve, especially when they did a good job. 

Student

Witnessing the “bottom half” of the Internet resulted in me loosing interest and interacting less with social media. Since I have not been interacting with social media as much as my peers, I don’t have a set way of interacting. Learning from the materials and lessons to know how to interact appropriately with social media will be my contribution to amplifying the “top half”.

Not being a participant within social media compared to others, I am not confident in posting things. This also has to do with me being a private person. Going through the readings I know more what posts will be engaging and bring substance to the Internet than just being frivolous complaints. I will keep a goal in mind and make sure each of my posts add value and help the goal in mind.

Student

Although the moniker "bottom half" is not well known to users of the web, it is definitely a concept that we all have had to deal with. Whether reading comments or being subjected to overly critical comments, it is evident that the anonymity of the internet is a double-edged sword. Personally, I rarely comment online whether positive or negative. This may be, perhaps, one of my few substantial comments made using social media. Although I do not contribute to the "bottom half" of the internet, I do believe that it is important for online users to promote a subject that he/she is passionate about.  This fosters a sense of community concerning a particular topic. In the same sense, I do believe that users of the web should express disagreement in a way that is contructive and respectful to the poster and other commenters. I believe that there is an optimal middle ground that allows users to engage in an exchange of ideas and beliefs without moving into the "bottom half" of the internet. Overall, I believe that in order to do my part in preventing the "bottom half", I will report and flag comments that are out right blasphemous and try to avoid being dragged into online mud slinging. 

Student

I agree with the statement above describing the bottom half of the internet and how it detracts from the internet.  I think that the best way to battle with this content is to remove it from your newsfeed and show users that this type of behavior will not be tolerated and that they will be sensored from the users by the users.  I see a user driven action on this issue as one that could be effective.  Also to promote the better part of the internet is to make sure that this information makes it to the people that you are trying to communicate what ever you message is to your targeted audience.

Student

It’s true the “Bottom Half” is rarely, if ever, beneficial. It may seem harmless, because we’re at the point now where we all more or less ignore the bile in the comments section of a Youtube video or our Facebook newsfeed. However, while the effects may seem neutral, I believe they are also detrimental. It discourages any sort of mature or intelligent conversation, simply because no one wants to engage with those in the “Bottom Half.” For my own part, I would say the simple thing to do is asking myself before posting if a) the post may be interesting to anyone, or b) if it may have any sort of negative connotation to anyone. In addition, I would also encourage ignoring any of these comments from the “Bottom Half.” Responding in any way, especially negative, only encourages them. They’re trolling for attention, and hateful commentary is an easy way to do it.

 

Student

The way I plan on helping create a "better internet" is posting about things that are of interest or knowledge about my skillset. I am a graphic designer who is quite proficient in the Adobe Creative Suite. By posting tips or tutorials I can relay positive information that will help many others. Sure people can say negative things about that as well, but majority will appreciate the effort and knowledge.

Student

I am one of those people who rarely make a Facebook status unless it has something to do with me visiting my hometown. I feel like the "bottom half" of the internet will only get stronger as the internet becomes more available to people who are ignorant. I don't mean to sound harsh but some of the comments, tweets, pics, and everything on Facebook is like giving a todler a weapon. I also feel like people will continue to be hurtful and inappropriate online as long as they 1. don't get in trouble or suffer any consiquence. People are also far more likely to act this way when a face to face interaction is removed from the equation. 

The way I plan to add more to the top half of the internet is by putting out only mature, useful and important comntent. I have never bashed anyone on Facebook or anything like that or was an internet bully so I feel as though I've already had a good grasp on the top half of the internet. I never make Facebook statuses but I will definitly remain objective and neutral in every one that I make. I won't make a political status during election time eventhough Facebook is completely smothered in content bashing Obama and Romney. Playing into the juvenile game "I'm right and you're wrong" won't solve anything it will only contribute to the bottom half. My plan is to keep doing what I have been doing but make a more concious effort to promote positive content across all forms of social media.

Student

From my perspective, it is because Internet is essentially "Freedom". People earn more freedom in communication and less limitation to information through Internet. So on the positive side, Internet makes life easier; on the negative side, Internet provides a free access to release the pressure people had to conceal during the daily life. I always think there's a critical issue in both managing Internet and utilizing Internet for marketing needs: how to integrate users' online activities and offline activities. For this example, the negative online behavior actually stems from offline experience; for marketing example, no matter how interactive activity marketer rise up, most of the time the ultimate goal is to influence offline behavior (although, some might be online purchase), such as purchasing, increasing satisfaction. Therefore, in order to solve this problem, we might want to rethink the function of Internet. We might want them know that Internet is not a dusbin where they can throw negative emotion, but is a place where countless resources of happiness, positive attitude can be found. (This might also be an opportunity)

Student

In order to play a part in making the Internet better I will focus on always creating positive content. Specifically, I will aim to inspire my audience and publish thought provoking material. I will not come off harsh or arrogant in order to avoid negative feedback. I will stress the importance of opinion and encourage feedback that is considered constructive criticism. 

I will also avoid looking for negativity on the Internet in order to reinforce my positive message.

Student

I do not get why people find the need to comment on anything if it is not a positive reaction. People are just taking advantage of their freedom of speech and love to comment “anonymously” and give such rude comments for no apparent reason. The only way we can make the Internet better, is people need to respect other people, and people need to remember that they are responsible for anything that they post to the Internet. Unfortunately, people do get hurt from random peoples comments and it does affect their lives. We don’t need that in this country, there’s no room for negative responsive or negative attitudes. The only thing that I can say that I will do when it comes down to ANYTHING on the Internet, is I will be respectful to everyone, and unless I have something positive to say, then there is no need for me to open my mouth and type something rude and unnecessary, and hopefully more and more people can have that attitude as well. THINK, before you TYPE, before the Internet goes down the wrong path.

Student

Ross, this is a fantastic post and inspiring in the sense that it's a reminder that we really all can and do contribute to the quality of the internet. Each time we go online and leave a comment, share a source or a post, even in clicking the "like" button -- we have a choice. I'm committed to contributing to the "top half" by passing on information that can benefit others, such as insightful links to resources, details about events that support a worthy cause, sharing inspiring photos, quotes or readings and even "liking" or commenting on a status from someone who is clearly in need of a boost. These may seem like simple steps, but if the majority of social media users practiced this approach, I have a feeling the "top half" would be so heavy it might tip over.

It all really comes back to what we learned in kindergarten..."if you don't have anything nice to say, then don't say anything at all." This approach combined with contributing good quality, rich content could truly begin and sustain the transformation toward making a better internet.

Student

The idea of the "bottom half" of the Internet is a very interesting phenomena and must be looked at as a reflection of a society.   I think that in the society in which we live today, people are more and more skeptical of anything they hear.  As a result, they attempt to undermine whenever possible.  Also, people using the internet in a negative sense is destructful to the very ideals of freedom that allow the Internet to operate as it does.  Through this class, I plan on publishing content that is both beneficial for the public to read and objective.  Rather than taking a side in a debate, I plan on providing useful information that will contribute to the "top half".  Objectivity is central to this idea as it will allow the reader to ascertain both sides of an opinion on order for them to evaluate whichever side they would like to support, rather than encouraging support for a single idea.  I will avoid contributing to the "bottom half" by being as insightful and positive as possible, giving others useful comments and not "trolling" which is commonplace on the internet today.

Student

Whenever I read articles on the internet, it easy to find people leave negative comments. It seems like they don't care about other's feeling.

Because of the comments, some internet users sue others who left malicious comment on his or her posts.

In order to make better internet circumstance, we all need to keep in mind that we are all responsible for what we leave on the internet.

Sometimes, comments you left on someone else's content may harm that person.

In South Korea, actually some of celebrities commited suicide becuase of the malicious online comments.

Many internet users tend to leave whatever they want to say because it shows their internet user name instead of their real name.

However, I learned that I need to be more careful before I leave any comments on some's post.

I don't want anyone to get hurt becuase of what I left.

Through the Facebook, twitter and other SNS accounts, I'm going to try to publish positive content rather than negative.

Student

For the most part with my experience in using the internet I have tried to stay out of the bottom half of the internet. I always see people posting a Facebook status about negative things, begging for attention. I have always been turned off by people like that and tend to unsuscribe from them. I am not completely sure why people want attention for being negative. I have always been a positive person and try to make the best of situations, therefore, I completely disagree with these people.

When I first signed up for a Twitter, I intended to use it as a form of communication between a few select friends during the summer. I was able to share the funny things that happened to me by tweeting it instead of texting all of them. Therefore, there may have been inappropriate tweets which I regret now. The more and more I use it I am slowly beginning to use it for other purposes (news, promotions, etc) instead of for my personal use. For my job, I run the organizations social media sites (Facebook, Twitter and Wordpress) and realize the benefits of following businesses to hear about their news and specials, along with supporting them.

From here on I will remain in the "top half" because that is how I want to be reflected.

Student

I agree with the idea that publishing positive content on the web will make the internet a better place. I think that that there are so many channels out there that are put on the internet that have no business being there. I think that there should be more blocked people and accounts so that people like myself don't have to be exposed to bad content. 

Student

Before you post a comment on online you should think about how people will react towards your comment. It is important to write what you think, but also it is important not to interfere others feeling. People should recognize how negative comments can affect other viewers feeling. In order to make a better Internet, we all should use non-violent words, positive thoughts, and polite manners to show others respect. If we do not care about this, Internet will be loaded with “Bottom Half” users. Internet is fee for everyone to post anything they like to but people should keep in mind that there are no age exceptions, therefore, for younger users to learn to become “top half” of the Internet, we all have to put an effort to behave our selves on online.

 

Student

This article has reinforced my position that when I post comments online, I should be thinking of not only how the person whose content I am posting on will view my post, but also how others will view it. Depending on the security settings, comments on social media can be public and others can potentially have easy access to them. Therefore, before I make comments on a post, I need to consider if my post will offend that person or anyone who will see this comment. Also, when I see any posts that I disagree with, I should be respectful for opposing ideas and make clear points when I argue rather than simply posting harsh or negative comments. 

 

Student

There are some really interesinting things pointed out in this post, but what I would like to comment about is the concern with the so called "bottom half" of the web. The negative aspects of the bad comments and all around trash circulating online are indeed annoying, but I don't see them necessarily taking away from sites like youtube or facebook. By no means do the "bottom halfers" ruin my online experience, it just takes some getting used to, learning how to skim over the garbage. I also think that no matter how hard the "upper halfers" try to make the internet all about intellectual content and a medium of higher learning, there will always be regular people online complaining or just having fun watching trashy videos. After all, the internet was made for everyone

Student

When I am on sites like YouTube or Instagram, it really irritates me when more than half of the comments are hateful ones. Sad to say, the so called "trollers" and "haters" will always be there to cause drama and fights. With that being sad, we all just need to know when it is appropriate and when its not to say something, or simply just when to avoid even glancing down to the comments in the first place. We all have opinions on certain topics, but we also don't need to voice them every time because without a doubt, it will cause some sort of strife to someone. If we know that fine line, I think that'll prevent a lot of that ugly "bottom half" from happening.

When it comes to the "top half," I will be posting things that seem to be of interest to people nowadays. None of us like those constant pop-up ads and little games to "win" a new iPad, but we simply just like our answers we are looking for. Posting things that relate to the newest trends or the hot topics of the week will really help attention remain at the "top half." They can't be simple, dry titles or short blogs, but they need to be well thought out, meaningful, and have a purpose to really catch the readers eye.

Student

I agree with @Skyin, who wrote a reply earlier.  While it is important to make sure you are not constantly posting negative items on your social networks, this kind of open dialog in which people are able to voice their opinions (no matter how bad they seem to be) is important to the growth of the internet.  Engaging is important, and sometimes we can engage others through discussion that "riles them up," in an attempt to have a intelligent conversation among people with different viewpoints.  With constant "fluff" or soft posts, I believe there is a risk of losing the attention of your followers, but some "hardball" posts that may be preceived as controversial will always grab attention (negative and positive).  They say that "all news coverage is good news coverage," and I believe this translates onto social media as well.