I am still cautiously hopeful about the potential of the internet. But it seems that the greatest revolution in communication has been hijacked by commercial values. The companies that make up the net are capitalised in billions but, unlike every other arena where the price of trading includes the cost of making sure what you deliver is safe for the consumer, we have allowed them to be exempt. Why should our intercepted phone calls, the purchases of a nation, the lust of a generation, the identity of bullies and the secrets of us all be subject to free market and free speech even as we see the demonstrable harm and the distortion of our collective norms?
In his parents’ garage, he made a giant hand out of galvanized wire and hardware cloth wrapped in papier-mache, the finger standing 20 inches high. Fans loved it when he held it aloft at the game and waved it out of the bus window on the way back from the championship game, which Ottumwa lost to Davenport West.
– Start small : AppJamming launched as a one-day workshop. Through posting on Facebook groups, emailing friends for introductions, we stayed “lean” and minimized initial capital and time input to gauge interest in the community. This is especially crucial if you, like my co-organizer and I, are committed to a full time job and starting an initiative on your weekends.
Connect with individuals who believe in the same cause. The biggest unexpected benefit from starting AppJamming is the individuals that we met through it. From government, local angel investors to executives whose daughters are interested in coding.
Everything a teenager does, says or looks at, however transitory, contributes to an aggregated virtual self that might one day have consequences for its real-life counterpart. How many of us would keep all our relationships and reputations intact if every transgression, mistake or youthful folly was held in public view? How many of us would want this to be aggregated and sold many times over to all the commercial interests we might do business with for our entire lifetime?
But a year ago, the subject of the big hand arose with relatives, and Chmelar hunted down the original photo in the annual and even came to Des Moines to look up the photo in newspaper archives. With the help of his son-in-law, they added to a notation under “foam finger,” in Wikipedia, a user-created online encyclopedia, claiming some credit as the creator of the first version of what later became the famous foam finger.