Friday, September 28, 2001


Jeanette Ceniceros
Comm 202
Journal Assignment #1

Heingartner’s article The Grid: The Next – Gen Internet discusses the “Grid” which will become the future Internet. The idea for the “Grid” began with the “desire to connect the supercomputer into a mega computer” (2). Therefore, making technology more efficient and with much more information. The Grid’s main goal is to share documents and MP3 files and also connecting computers to sensors, telescopes and tidal-wave simulators. According to Walter Hoogland, conference moderator of the Global Grid Forum, “The World Wide Web gave us a taste, but the Grid gives a vision of an ICT (Information and Communication Technology-enable world” (1). The Grid’s storage and transaction power will surpass our current Internet system.

In the week of March 3, 2001 many scientists took part in the Global Grid Forum in Amsterdam. Part of the Global Grid’s Forum’s objective was to talk about issues that will involve social and political dimensions. An example includes how to make easier the sharing of information among strangers. The “Grid” is being design to deal with security issues. Other issues included reliability. Such as, the amount of time it takes to download a file or sometimes one is unable to download a file. One more issue dealt with included the kinds of services people will be charged. The inclusion of a virtual observatory was discussed. As Heingartner said, “The Grid may give birth to a global file-swapping network or a members-only citadel for moneyed institutions” (2). The Grid has a great global power in the future. Heingartner’s article of the “Grid” deals with Postmodernism, the Access Paradigm, and the Utopian View.

The Grid is definitely a postmodernism Narrative. The Grid will show a decentered and nonlinear world. There is no huge and place that will control the grid. There will be so many companies and individuals involve and interconnected with this grid. As well, a multiple of programs will be included in the grid. The Grid will outline our post-modernist world.

As Dutton’s Theory suggests, the Access Paradigm, this type of technology along with social choices will shape the access of the grid. For one, the information one gets will be more reliable and faster. The “Grid” will be people’s choice of communication because of the many programs in one. The “Grid” will be made to facilitate people’s lives. The types of services will be many, either leisure or job related. This type of technology will allow us to access other technologies. Many other technology connections will be included with the “Grid,” such as telescopes. The availability to accessing the Grid’s many programs will be pleasing to many.

Furthermore, the “Grid” portrays a Utopian view Vision. The “Grid” will be ordered in a better manner than the Internet. It possesses the fundamental view that it is a human invention. It will Better Our Lives by making it a lot easier. People will not have to buy several programs. They will all be in one. It will portray that Progress, the “Grid,” is a good thing. Last of all, it will enhance freedom and privacy. The “Grid” will give us the view for accomplishing freedom by allowing us to surf more and at a better speed. The privacy issue will more secure than ever. The scientists developing the “Grid” are looking at the Internet as a basis for improving the inefficiencies of the Internet and placing them in the “Grid.” Above all, the Utopian Narrative of the “Grid” will play an important part for its progress.

Heingartner’s article is incredibly interesting. Recently, I had heard about a new computer program, in development, which will include many programs in one. Now I know what kind of program is in development. What I consider more interesting is the inclusion of just not programs, but other machines, computers, and financial institutions. The “Grid” will link the world in a more harmonious manner. Financial Institutions will also be allowed to uses the “Grid.” Of course, no one really knows the future of the “Grid”, but I believed that it will have a strong success in the future. In my view Post-modernism, the Access Paradigm, and the Utopian Vision of the “Grid” are all positive.

http://www.wired.com/news/technology/1,1282,42230,00.html.