In Nicholas Negroponte's Being Digital,he points out the differences between atoms and bits. Atoms have weight to them and they make up physical items that you can touch such as news papers, magazines and books. A bit is small and does not have any weight to it nor does it have a color. Bits can travel a lot easier and faster than atoms because of the bits' characteristics. When Negroponte talks about these bits as bits, he is saying that they stand alone as it's own state of being and are represented as a 1 or 0.
Negroponte also mentions some of the implications of the shift from atoms to bits. One example of this display of the shift is entertainment. No more are lists of music stuck to a physical item like CD's or cassette tapes. Movies are also not only available in a physical form. These forms of entertainment can be purchased as bits instead of atoms. This is what lead places such as Blockbuster to go out of business.
Journal 6: One major thing that I have learned from the readings is that hackers are not the bad guys that we see in televisions and movies. They are not the ones that are trying to go into your bank account and steal all of your money. Hackers seek out the flaws in network systems in hopes to fix the issues so that the
the crackers won't take advantage of the flaws. Learning this information about the hackers versus crackers fits more in my understanding of "being digital" because of the fact that people like hackers are a necessity in today's society. Now that the internet has become more available for many people to use, it calls for more security measures to protect people's privacy.