I-Dosing

I was really excited to see what exactly I-Dosing was and how I could give it a try myself. Apparently, I-Dosing is a new trend amid kids online wanting to get “high” off of audio sound waves. The “music” is typically loud and consists of a two-tone technique that allegedly alters brain waves, creating a sense of induced awareness. For a more technical description on how this binaural mix creates this sensation through different frequencies, refer to Mike’s post, 2 posts below this one.

There is the foundation for I-Dosing. Now the next part was to explore it’s effects for myself. I went to YouTube and found a video called “Gate of Hades,” one of the more well-known I-dosing videos. Part one of the video was 15 minutes long, so naturally I didn’t stick around for the entire show. This may have reduced the effects of this music, but I doubt it, for I felt virtually nothing after sampling the video. Perhaps I am high while typing this now, but I would definitely need some convincing. Arguably, I felt a sense of hyper-awareness after listening, but I would compare this feeling to the emotions felt after listening to a dissonant, contemporary classical work. After sitting for an extended period of time, trying to focus all of your attention on something that you would normally avoid listening to, you feel a different sentiment than you would feel on a normal basis.

I would agree that parents have a legitimate concern if their kids are experimenting with this new phenomenon, but the issue isn’t so much with I-Dosing as as it is with what I-Dosing represents. If your kid is looking to get high, this might be something you would want to address as a parent, as it could obviously lead to an actual addiction to an actual drug. Overall, I have come to the conclusion that I-Dosing is harmless, and I wish I could say I was surprised. People freak out with any mention of children getting “high,” and since the older generation is less tech-saavy, they tend to fear anything on the internet. Combine these two things, and you have a recipe for overreaction.


MMORPG

Ok, so let me start with the basics. MMORPG is an acronym for “massively multiplayer online role-playing game.” I was really intrigued by this topic, mostly because I have never been a part of this type of an online experience before. Everyone’s heard of World of Warcraft, probably the most popular MMORPG on the net right now, and I was eager to see what all the hype was about under the guise of “doing research,” as it seems to be a somewhat nerdier hobby. I started everything with this website, http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/, which is where I downloaded the game on to my computer (an approximately FIVE HOUR undertaking) and self-taught myself the basics of the game. There’s a lot that goes into WOW, and I’m nowhere near understanding it in its entirety, but this is the general idea:

World of Warcraft is a place where users can create avatars and interact with other people in the world of Azeroth. Since everyone cannot fit into one world, they have broken Azeroth into smaller “worlds,” where players’ main goals are to complete quests, given out by computer avatars. Through quest completion, gifts and rewards are bestowed upon the player along with level promotion. In the upgraded version of WOW, users can play past level 20, but with the free trial version, which I felt was more in my budget range, one can only reach level 20. This is the basis of the game, although there are many, many details I’m still trying to sift through.

So far, I have created a number of avatars, as it is quite enjoyable. The main character I have been playing with is a human I named Pumpernickle, but I’ve also tried playing as a blue thing with the computer-generated name of Ghertus(?). So far, I have killed moths for their blood, delivered messages, and asked a lot of people questions about things I don’t understand.  I still don’t have any friends, which, other than being depressing, means I might have trouble completing some of the bigger quests that require multiple people to work together. Thus far, it has been a fantastic experience, and I’m enjoying it much more than I probably should be…

So there you have it, an up-to-date summary of my online gaming experience. For further reading on the specifics of WOW and how to get started, here’s the link I used to educate myself: http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/game/guide/


History of the Internet

I would have preferred this video to have been a lot more dumbed-down than it probably already was. That being said, I found it especially surprising to see what a high degree politics and the Cold War factored into the seemingly accidental discovery of the internet. Apparently good things can arise from a large amount of fear and suspicion… Another thing I noticed was the huge gap between when the internet was discovered and when we actually decided to put it to use  in the early 90s. I wonder how much further along society would be had we noticed its potential around the time it was truly new. It has probably been one of the top, if not the top, influences on our current population – spurring grandiose technological advances, the development of virtually limitless information, and an overall interconnectedness of the planet. I can’t seem to remember my life without it, though the facts seem to tell me I did at one point, and I certainly can’t imagine my life without it now.


Introduction

Hello my fellow discussion-mates.

The name’s David Pierringer. Currently I’m a senior at the UW studying both Music Performance and Comm Arts on the TV/Radio/Film side. The internet is something that has always fascinated me – but then again, who doesn’t like the internet…? My main interests include playing and listening to dorky symphony works, reality TV shows, and making fun of people. I am bad at keeping secrets.