Ye ol’ Gatekeepers are anything or anyone that monitors the messages we put out into the world – whether that be publishers, manufacturers or even the university blocking particular sites that they deem as unnecessary or inappropriate.
Now, we have become the gatekeepers for the information we produce. Except that one time I swore on a Facebook status and Mum rang me to tell me to take it down. Which I did. Because I’m not stupid. (She buys the groceries).
A classic example is a VPN. A VPN literally masks your IP address, making web serving anonymous. Classic gatekeepers like Netflix rely on IP addresses to determine your location in order to stream content designated for your country. With a VPN, they can not determine this and therefore an individual can can see unrestricted content by connecting to a server elsewhere. And they are pretty pissed.
Before I watched the full lecture, I thought that Google could be considered the initial gatekeeper of the internet. However, I realised that Google doesn’t stop us from accessing what we want, when we want it – just gives us the right steps to get there. It is like a door in the middle of a random field – you can go through it if you want, but you can just as easily bypass it and laugh at those n00bs going through it. (Like me) (I’m the n00b)