Saturday, April 02, 2005

Chapter 2: The Longing

Alright, so the second chapter wasn’t as long, but definitely just as important as the first chapter. Covering different topics, this chapter was mainly based on how the internet is taking the organized world apart by allowing us to have a voice. Not so much of the whole world, but the way in which companies have their “rules of the company” set up. Like for example, according to Weinberger people go to work at different corporations, and they all dress the same: nice suit, decorated with a nick tie, they decorate their cubicles with cartoon stripes, and this is how it is, all the same. Not only that, but when you get into your meetings, the order remains the same with everyone sitting up straight in their chairs, telling jokes (but only if they’re appropriate), and never coming off as knowing more than your boss. This is the world of professionalism which is all just a managed environment that alters certain behaviors. When reading this I automatically thought of the movie “Office Space”. It was a comedy about workers who hate their job, and decide to rebel against their boss (for a thorough review check out: Office Space review and see for yourself how people at this particular job do the same thing, all the time everyday).

Weinberger made a subliminal point about people managing their internet homepages by saying the idea of people managing their world is American, and there are advantages to managing it, then goes on to list a few. With so many competitors in the business world it’s true that businesses can’t be managed, but the people there can, and from this point I concluded that since working people have little control of their jobs (because they are supervised); the reason the internet is helpful is because it could be used to create something in which they can manage, and that’s a homepage. Although Alexis made a good point about business needing to be managed in order for there to be structure. This suggests that if there is no structure how could things function at all? The reason we’ve lost our voice is because we have to conduct the professional behavior in the workplace which brings truth to the point made about the longing (something missing) in our lives is our voice.

The one point I completely agree with is the point made about nothing being more intimately apart of us than our voice. This has to be the best point made because it’s what people say in order for you to know who, or what they’re about. Like a great example of this being someone uses nothing but slang to talk, but if he or she that talks this way were to construct an excellent point, with “proper English” than everyone would look to that person so shocked. Our voice is everything; it’s the strongest, most powerful and direct expression of who we are. According to Weinberger our voice expresses our words, our tone, our body language, and visible enthusiasms.

We have the business voice, that’s used in a managed environment, and this voice literally sounds like everyone else’s voice. It’s like writing a research paper, you how it’s supposed to be formatted because your professor makes it clear in the beginning of the semester, and if you don’t know how to format it you could do one of two things: ask a classmate, or look it up in the rules for writers book. The reason I said this is because even though the papers won’t be the same topic, they will all be formatted, stapled, and handed in the same, which gives truth to all business voices being the same. Having a voice means being able to present it to others, and on the web many people have voices on different topics, whether agreeing or disagreeing it’s you choice, and a perfect example of this is how people responded to this: Our Voice Our choice.

This chapter reflected that the reason the web exists is because people need to have that voice that’s lost at the job, and that voice being your true voice. Even though you can’t use your mouth to speak online, you can use your words which prove that Weinberger was right when he said the voice represents our words. Elena made a great point that the internet lets you show a different voice that you don’t necessarily get to show at work and that’s what the internet is for.


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