Thermopolium of Vetutius Placidus (Reg I, Ins 8, 8-9)

Thermopoliums were places were you could go to buy food such as nuts or grain, fruit, and in some such as this one, a hot meal. They were much like a one stop shop for food and dining. the Thermopolium of Vetutius Placidus is so name for its political graffiti found on the side of the building. It has been coupled with the residence of the owner of the store in the back, expanding back and walled off, with a small side entrance halfway through.thermopolium screenshot

There was a second study, but was probably no more than a storage room for the shop, as it was only accessible from the front business section of the house.

Bacchus was the Roman god of wine and partying, and fits in perfectly with a thermopolium. Paintings of him can often be found in such buildings, as it would encourage patrons to drink and party, producing business for the shop. Here is me scanned in as Bacchus, fully equipped with a wreath and chalice.

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Where Wizards Stay Up Late, pt. 2

In chapters 5-8 of Where Wizards Stay Up Late, we learn about the actual installation of the ARPANET. After the network became fully operational, more and more people got access to it. This lead to more and more ideas about what to do with it, including email, which started off as an unofficial accident that took off because of it’s practicality. Soon people began building their own networks, like the ALOHANET in Hawaii. Eventually Kahn got the idea of connecting all of them, which gave birth to the internet. Countless computers wired together in networks, and those networks being wired together to form larger networks. But to have a beginning, there must also be an end. The final pages of chapter 8 conclude with the decommissioning of the ARPANET, and having each site switched over to public networks connected by the NSFNET. A fitting end to a great story.

Blogs and Tweets, Texting and Friending

Sandra M. Dejong talks about how sometimes it is necessary to separate lives due to technology in her book Blogs and Tweets, Texting and Friending. In the medical field, not only is it morally right, but it is law that professionals may not discuss information about a patient except with that patient. This makes their lives difficult, especially in a small community, where professionals have to separate their lives into work and social. The introduction of the Digital Age takes this one step further. Doctors now have the ability to share records with other doctors almost instantly, but because the methods of sharing aren’t always secure, special permission must be given, and conditions considered. This is very hard, especially with hackers being in every field there is. A doctor can’t just message someone about sensitive information because someone else might be able to get that information. With progressing technologies, safety measures must also progress.

The Young and the Digital

Craig Watkins talks about how in younger generations, life is shifting from face-to-face interactions to things like texting and Facebook. He says that while some people might say the teenager sitting in the corner at a family event is anti-social, she is actually very social. She is texting her friends, having multiple conversations at once, and associating herself with them. We’re becoming more interactive and less interactive at the same time. Technology is affecting more than the individual, its affecting our cultural identity. That’s not to say that it isn’t influenced by our existing culture. ¬†For example, different social websites are used by different ethnic groups. Digital identity is more than the individual, its the world as a whole.

The Digital Condition

In his book, Rob Wilkie argues that because we are so connected and information is able to be shared so quickly, that the digital age is basically doing away with capitalism and class structure. He calls upon many people who support him, such as Mark Poster who says, “there is no need for a capitalist market in the are of digital cultural objects, and these objects need not become commodities….. indeed, digital cultural objects¬†resist market mechanisms.” Another person he quotes is Ulrich Beck who states that, “the notion of a class society remains useful only as an image of the past.” A system of scarcity and consumption can not survive in a world of open sharing and limitless creation.

Humanizing the Digital Age

Humanizing the Digital Age is about the divide between G8 countries and third world countries. It talks about how the amount of internet users in G8 countries is equal to the amount of internet users in the rest of the world, but how it’s changing fast. It mentions how Africa is (as of 2007) averaging 60% of the new telephone lines installed globally each year, and how 75% of telephone users in Africa are mobile users. The world is divided in opportunity, but that gap is closing in leaps and bounds.

Social Media and Emerging Economies

In this book, you take a look at where social media and web 2.0 started, and how its affected users since its creation. It mentions how on sites such as Amazon, consumers will often look at consumer reviews and buy an item based off of those, trusting the word of complete strangers as opposed to trusting the advertiser. Looking to the future it brings up how we’re transitioning from an information society, to a network society, becoming more connected and informed.

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