This is a list of past headlines of CMC Magazine for 2006. Please note that the links on the headlines to outside news sources may not be valid as many online news sources rarely archive stories very long at the same URL where they were originally published. You could use keyword searching techniques to locate resources related to these headlines if the link does not work.
Hype has always been a part of the development of the Internet, particularly
during the years around turn of the last century. Today, the convenient buzzphrase "Web 2.0" indicates another bubble forming where venture capital flows to unproven and vague ideas.
Convergence Talk Converging... on More Convergence Talk
For more than a decade, people have been talking about the Internet's potential to combine entertainment, information, and communication. The expected "convergence" is always seen as just around the corner. All the usual suspects are making all the usual promises at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Internet Supports Social Ties
A report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project
shows that the Internet connects people who turn to each other for major life decisions.
The Blogs Are Alright
Not a passing fad, but a bubbling conversation so extensive that tags-based classification schemes and search engines now patrol it, the blogosphere has become even more self-aware that it is self-aware of itself.
Cues Low + Egos High = Flame Wars
Although the low-context cue nature of email has been
observed for several decades, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
has examined how people misinterpret email tone about 50% of the time.
A big part of the problem: narcissism.
Fun's Up Online
Some 40 million people reported that they were surfing the Internet just for fun on a typical day in December 2005 according to a Pew Internet & American Life survey. This is up from 25 million people who reported surfing for fun in November 2004.
Gatekeepers Seek to Limit Internet Access
The idea that an Internet user can access any content at will is a long-held tradition. At a Voice on the Net conference in San Jose, the issue of content access was debated.
Is Some Web Content Too Hot for Advertisers?
One strength of the Web is to reveal unfiltered voices and interests, and user-supplied content to Web sites can draw a large audience as well as advertisers.
But do advertisers want to be associated with some "popular" Web content?
Security Threats Still Loom While large-scale attacks spread via email viruses are expected to wane, specialized acts reflect the elaborate sophistication of some of the scams.
Free Enterprise, Competition Foster Tech Boom
Allowing the marketplace to work--by not protecting bad ideas and poor performance from failure and not focusing on the government as a technology source--has led to much success in the consumer electronics industry.
TV, Print Media Beef Up Online Presence
For more than a decade, TV stations and newspapers have had Web sites. Now, facing declining audience share offline, work is on to appeal to audiences online.
Shocker: People Don't Like Stuff They Can't Use
Manufacturers of electronic gadgets pile on the features with poor design and poor understanding of user needs. The result is that products get returned. Will manufacturers contemplate a design approach which aims to meet user needs?
Seeking the Good Life Down on the (Server) Farm
With broadband Internet access in wider use, and dot com companies burning up the Net, a big need now is to establish data centers to handle the tremendous amount of Internet server traffic, a distinct economic opportunity for areas with good Net connections, reliable electricity, and plentiful water.
Universal Service Fund Drags Down Universal Service
That Universal Service charge on your phone bill? It is, in the words of Daniel Berninger's open letter to Congress, "A bureaucrat's dream, because there exists no accountability for results. Success gets judged purely in terms of collecting and spending money."
Online Social Networks Become More Prominent For several decades, people have been engaging in social activity and making connections online. Today, the scale of such activity is larger and more prominent in popular culture, and is viewed as being "new" to some journalists writing about it.
Online Sales Up Online sales for the first half of 2006 were 20% over the same period in 2005.