Notes Section 6: Punk Page Podcast

Section Notes 6: Punk Page Podcast


This section follows a discussion format adopted for podcast media. A podcast’s moderator invites Interviewees for their expertise, objectivity, edginess, humor, or notoriety. Listeners become engaged in each topic through questioning and bantering to present a flow of information.


Marilyn hypothesizes a book to address rebuilding the web based on lessons from the quirky technical and social actions in the ongoing Punk Page Rampage”. She calls on her Team 3G colleagues for historical, generational, and motivational material. This framed presentation of WWW issues should jumpstart her journalistic career re-entry.


The next to last episode is a threat-filled scenario drawn by Casey to dramatize a web collapse coinciding with cataclysmic events.




Keywords: netizen; ArpaNet/Internet/Usenet; use cases; hypertext links; Domain Object Model; Cascading Style Sheets; progressive enhancement; accessibility; dyslexia; World Wide Web; software subversion; insider threat; continuous partial attention; hypertext.

History: Sputnik/DARPA/ArpaNet; NSFNet/Internet; Internet commercialization; WWW, Sir Tim Berners-Lee; RSS, Scripting News, Dave Winer; attention, Linda Stone; knowing the Internet, Anil Dash; a nanosecond, Admiral Grace Hopper; Little Brother security, Cory Doctorow; hypertext models.

Chapter 1:Listen Up, Netizens!


Marilyn introduces her podcast rationale using an early Internet concept of a “netizen” who appreciates the potential of the Internet as it evolves into the WWW. The meme was overcome by advertising and social media known as “surveillance capitalism”. The Punk Page Podcast urges listeners to stand back, think about various possibilities of web evolution, then take personal responsibility and action.

Chapter 2: The Road to WWW


Marilyn interviews Casey about the evolution of networks. She recounts stories of the people and culture when there was only a backbone of nodes exchanging files. She then tracks the Internet’s appearance in the 1980s, while extolling UseNet discussion groups for social growth and professional opportunities.


Casey explain Internet commercialization as it emerged from NSFNet over telecom industry systems. “, The founders of pre-WWW technology went on to invent RSS, the Wayback Machine, Digital Libraries, and Usenet.


Not to belittle dissemination of the initial WWW, but a “web” might have happened differently. Casey explains “loose links” that lost traceability. That is, society might have taken different paths than Surveillance Capitalism, monopolies, and junk information.

Chapter 3: Plain Reading


Sally brings attitudes of computational thinking shared with her contemporary Casey, who lived deeper within working system code. Sally explains abstraction from appearance to structured HTML content as essential for accessibility to overcome her visual limits. She explains the architecture of web pages and riffs on how much effort goes into unneeded appearance features. She praises the ‘Reader’ feature on many web sites as sighted users also seek easier access to essential content.


Sally explains how the DOM-CSS architecture enables the Punk Page Rampage through easy defacing with a little insider evil help. While the Punk Page Rampage has exacerbated social unrest brought on by Great Trickster dissension, the ultimate effects are described further in Chapter 6 where Casey’s short story mixes with a cluster of catastrophes.

Chapter 4Growing Minds


After compiling the wit and wisdom of elders Casey and Sally, moderator Marilyn tries to understand the conventions of younger Team 3G members Matt and Bob. Discussions at their Team 3G bonding dinner helped Matt to realize that his career aspirations would benefit from awareness of technology ideas before he hit his entrepreneurial jackpot. Bob is susceptible to mis-steps into dangerous social groups.


Marilyn engages the young men through identification of technology hero’s who might reclaim the potential of their technologies and solve modern WWW problems.

Chapter 5: Raiders of the Punk Sage


Marilyn questions Rowdy Roger, who is a professed raider on the Punk Page circuit. RR explain the weapons of defacing a website with expectations that web pages will be difficult to reproduce, if even the defect is noticed. Several examples of Punk Pages are given as sidebars to articles in this Section.


This interviewee is also a counselor in the Little Bro movement that offers education on security techniques and ethics.

Chapter 6 Magnified Web Woes


Threat-caster (Cassandra) Casey wrote this scenario to help Team 3G understand ramifications of an unexpected burst of Punk Page attacks co-inciting with a cluster of environmental catastrophes. A diary captures the dystopian spirit of losing control of one’s Internet/WWW environment just when its critical information is needed for defensive action. Casey had earlier experienced (Section 2) with a half-day collapse of her community communications systems as well as a thought exercise on possible terrorist attacks masked by synthetic voices. Readers should ask themselves how to prepare for a confusing deterioration of their information environments.

Chapter 7: Whither the WWW?


Marilyn analyzes the powerful arguments she has elicited from her podcast interviewees from Team 3G plus Rowdy Roger. She has accumulated multi-generational viewpoints and background concepts for her projected book in the midst of a WWW rehabilitation movement. Whose lessons will she adopt?


Citation notes. Web searches were performed during April/May 2019 using the privacy protecting search engine DuckDuckGo with occasional deeper Google searches using the Controversy Discovery Engine template. Articles are not cited when behind firewalls, which unfortunately excludes most IEEE and ACM computing literature. Wikipedia articles are identified for generalized, deeper reading on a topic, which continues to warrant and value donation. Often articles off the beaten track were found and cited. The Bookshare.org provides electronic versions for books cited, and available to persons with print disability.

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