Jenna Wortham announced two terms that I have never really thought about. The real time Web and the Replay Web. Fancy, huh? In her (thankfully short!) article, she begins with how she wanted to keep away from social media platforms the night she missed an episode of the Breaking Bad. She logs on to Twitter the next day, and BOOM- she is taken aback with the constant conversations, tweets, and updates- SPOILERS, about the episode. She states the obvious: The internet is always moving and constantly updating with new information, but why do people still linger on yesterday’s episode?
Why do people STILL talk about Miley’s dance at the VMA’s that happened ages ago? Why do people create GIFs and create remixes and funny videos of different events? Now introducing: the concept of the REPLAY web.
The Replay Web “co-exists with the real time Web”. Unlike the Real Time Web, which is constantly updating with the latest news, the Replay web enjoys the past. People comment, make videos, add more information, create funny video responses, etc. on what we deem as ‘older’ news. Internet users make vlogs and blog posts about events that may have happened a while back. We ‘replay’ past news, as if it was just updated onto the web. I believe it’s a great thing because it helps us realize how much has changed or how much is alike from the past! We as a society can grow while looking back at past faults and accomplishments.
Alex Chung, who helped created an upcoming website, described the web as “ripple effects”. It makes sense because some news do not reach the public as quickly as other news. For example: A small group of people find information on the web that is amusing. Then they get tired of it, and it doesn’t reach the mass medium. Then it may one day just get popular and viral. Like THE FOX VIDEO!!! It didn’t take much time to get popular, but it was introduced in the summer and people STILL TALK ABOUT IT. The web works its mysterious ways. For famous TV shows, it is a definite that people want to talk over and over about their favorite characters. People will always linger in the past news until something greater tops it.
(Supposedly there is an app on the iPhone that records videos in slow-mo. It’s kind of strange, but it seems fun to play around with. This app makes me feel as if I want to hold on to the past and never let go!)
Others disagree with the Replay Web. Douglas Rushkoff (ironic how his last name has the word RUSH!), the author of “Present Shock: Everything Happens Now” believes that the general population and social networkers are focused on the Real Time Web. I totally agree with him too. He states how we are constantly refreshing our Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platform’s feeds, craving for more information. We constantly want new information about others and constantly search for more juicy news. The internet is filled with so much information…
The web is an interesting place to always be updated with news. Sometimes I enter the Replay Web and constantly update statuses about how hot Steven Yeun looked on an older Walking Dead episode. It’s fun looking up past gossip of celebrities and seeing how much they changed! Sometimes I want to be updated with news about our economy. It is a constant mix of both webs. It isn’t bad at all. I personally believe that people need integration of the past and present to be more knowledgable.
Enjoy the video below!!