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Aaron Swartz

Web feed developer for Rich Site summary, Reddit, Creative Commons, frameworkweb.py and sociology, civic awareness and activism, Aaron Swartz was born November 8, 1986 and lived to be 24 but committed suicide after being arrested and charged for  two counts of wire fraud, eleven violations of the Computer Fraud and and Abuse Act for systematically downloading academic journal articles from JSTOR. His penalty was 1 million dollars in fines, 35 years in prison, and supervised release. “He was an intelligent young man who found a loophole that would allow him to download a lot of documents quickly”. That is the main reason for him hacking into JSTOR. What he did never really harmed JSTOR. He just didn’t hide his tracks and he got caught.

 

http://unhandled.com/2013/01/12/the-truth-about-aaron-swartzs-crime/

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/jun/02/aaron-swartz-hacker-genius-martyr-girlfriend-interview

Social Media VS. Traditional Media (Twitter VS. Instagram)

There are many pros and cons when it comes to social media. Focusing on Twitter and Instagram, on both twitter and Instagram you have the ability to post videos,pictures, comment on others posts, and tag people in them. On Instagram you can not private message someone. So if you want to tell someone something you have to comment it on one of your pictures which can be both a pro and a con. If someone is getting bullied then there are lots of witnesses because they have to comment on the persons picture where everyone can see. If you want to talk to someone privately you have to ask them by commenting on one of their pictures for another social media where you can private message then the other person would have to put it up for not only that person but everyone else to see, which can be a problem if someone else sees it and uses it the wrong way. Some people feel that Instagram foils the story you are trying to tell in your pictures because of the effects you are given. That it messes up the true meaning behind your picture but others feel that Instagram is showing how you feel without words which is good because some people aren’t good with words.

On twitter you can re-post/ retweet something that someone else posted and share it with the rest of the world. You can private message on Twitter but only if you both are following each other. Which goes back to having witnesses if you are getting bullied. You can follow famous people and you are verified that it is actually them so you know you aren’t following a phony celebrity. Twitter is like your own little web page where you can change the way your background looks so that when people visit your page the background is the way you made it. You are only limited to 140 characters when you write a status/tweet on Twitter and you probably might not get it all out. Both Instagram and twitter have their ups and downs but they are pretty famous social media websites that are used all over the world and are used between families, businesses, and other social medias.