The Day I Was Born
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Online Project - Discovering YOUR Place in History Since 1999
Week 35 - Power Point - WHO PAYS FOR THE INTERNET?WHO PAYS FOR THE INTERNET?
You don't pay for the Internet. It's FREE.
You pay a monthly fee to a service provider (America Online, Prodigy, etc) for Internet ACCESS. You have to pay a company to use
the phone lines while you're surfing--but the Internet is FREE.
So, who pays for the Internet? The same people who pay for television and radio--ADVERTISERS. Advertisements are everywhere
on the Internet and they are often cleverly disguised.
In the "old days" (before 1995) the Internet was less confusing, less commercial, and dramatically less graphic intense. Now almost
every graphical image is hidden hypertext, so how do you know what's an advertisement and what's a part of the website?
You need to use good common sense while using the Internet and be aware of how these ads usually show up. In many websites
most of the stuff showing up AROUND the screen is advertisements. Almost all of what you see in the CENTER sections of the
screen is website content and that's where you want to look to find the information you need.
Advertisements and distractions will most likely be LOCATED:
1. at the TOP of websites
2. at the BOTTOM of websites
3. on the EDGES of websites
Website content will probably be
in the CENTER of the screen
Advertisements and distractions will most likely APPEAR AS:
1. hidden hypertext Windows error messages
2. demanding "click here" commands
3. "get...free" offers
4. enticing graphics
5. annoying "pop-up" window advertisements
The Internet is the best source of information available--no doubt about it. But to use the Internet at its best you must be aware that it
is filled with ads and other distractions, and you must know how to recognize and avoid these.