NYC-based creative agency CementBloc organized a series of events, conferences, panels, speeches, launches, titled "Internet Week New York," ( May 14 – 23rd). Essentially, it was a block party for the internet elite- the founders, CEOS, and representatives of Tumblr, Vice, Reddit, Etsy, About.com, the MoMA, Jezebel, The New York Times, CollegeHumor, The Wall Street Journal, etc all showed up. Together, they celebrated the "thriving internet industry & community" and plotted further success (world domination).
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Because the internet is a place that we can tap in and out of, internet CEOS, founders and employees spend a great deal of energy studying HOW and WHY people tap into the internet. For example, one of the events during Internet Week focused on how women specifically spend their time and money online. Titled "The Power of Content: How Women Connect Online," (held on May 15th), this panel examined how marketers target women as potential consumers, customers and clients.
Its fascinating to think about how we use and consume the internet and data which is available to us. As Hanson Hosein of GeekWire mentions in his review of Internet Week, we as a culture are becoming increasingly reliant on the creation and accessibility of data. Since the beginning of history until 2003, people have produced over five billion gigabytes. By 2013, we will produce this quantity every 10 minutes. This statistic is not particularly surprising but nonetheless unsettling and terrifying. This is the part of the conversation where we start talking about the movie The Matrix and how maybe someday we will live within the sphere of computer programs—don't worry—it won't be during our lifetime.