why be private?

First of all, i just want to mention that these blog posts have been a very nice journey of understanding different components of the internet, and also from the other blog posts I can say I have learned and found out so many new things, which I am very happy everybody shared.

One of the topics that i really liked and would like to speak more about is our online visibility and privacy. As we all know mostly everybody has a wide range of social accounts we use. O

one of the aspects which i think is important in the matter of online visibility and privacy, is how we teach kids to be safe on social media. There has been a big raise of the number of pre teenagers and teenagers that are present in the online medium and most do not have a private profile. I consider that is essential for kids, that have a lot more access to the internet than many of us have has, so an education in that sense is a nessecity for the to understand the risks of sharing data freely on the internet. I think that it does not only depend on the parents but maybe it could useful to have it in school as well.

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HBO GO

Many people do not have HBO in the UK but in Europe and America it is one of the tv channels that has a varied range of movies but also tv series produced by them or by other companies. It has been a very successful tv channel over the years and has produced hit tv shows like Game of thrones, or The Sopranos.

Recently HBO announced their own online streaming service called HBO Go which offers exclusive content for viewers for 14 $ a month, it has unlimited access to all the movies and tv shows also, it is hd streaming and the subscription offers you the possibility to view from multiple devices.

It has a lot of content that only HBO streams and that can not be found on other streaming services and recently one of their tv shows Girls can only be found on the HBO channel or on HBO go, and its is not available for illegal download on any site, believe me i checked.

I think if they would give up on their the copyright restrictions and make the streaming services available for free the would not have as many subscribers and it would also be much easier for people to pirate the tv shows. Also considering the financial aspect they would not have the same income.

Trapped on a platform

As many of us today I included use social media and have a few accounts on different social media sites. I do admit that since i have come to uni my social media sites have increased but somehow if you want to avoid social media sites or sites where you need to create a profile, it is very hard. Nowadays the majority of sites ask you to create an account. The concern is how much information do you give and what are the risks.

For example, i have a Facebook, Snapchat, YouTube and  Instagram account that are most used social media accounts, and concerning my privacy I always keep my profiles private and only accept people I know. I admit to posting a lot on Facebook that also includes picture but i never use check in because i do not like people knowing what my exact location is. On google there are only two pictures of me that are form my souncloud and mixcloud account.

Other issues concerning privacy on the internet can be about your card details, your address and personal data and it depends on how much we trust a website, because in today’s society where we want to do things easier to save time ordering online is very handy. My opinion is that we always have to be cautious with what we post, what we share and who has credibility.

Pintrest reality meets perfection

Today, the internet has numeros and very varied online communities from Facebook to Tripadvisor, all of them having the main purpose to engage people to post or interact through the  platform.

The platformthat I’m going to talk about is Pintrest a website launched in 2012 that took over the internet. It is an online community designed as a database of images that range from clothes to architecture, to DIY projects. It works like a search engine where you create your own boards and pin pictures from other users to your, you can also share them with your friends.  It is a good place to find inspiration for future projects or to use if you are interested in a certain subject.

One of the concepts that Pintrest is very famous for is the Do you it yourself projects which promote making a lot of different things by yourself , it can even be food or useful ways to create storage space. This really launched a new wave and not only in the online community because instead of just buying things from the internet or just scrolling and pinning it transposes into real life, encouraging people to do things by themselves.

I think that Pintrest is a very good online community that certainly will gain mor and more followers in the future.

We have chosen

One very common example of how the audience participates in the content is in shows that have polling systems , allowing the audience to vote in different circumstances. It allows the audience to have an interactive content where they feel and participate in choosing their favorite contestants, and sustains the idea of objectivity, where the winner is chosen because of who the audience like and not interfering with the subjectivity of the judges, TV network or producer.

One  famous show that is now all over Europe is X-factor, it has become very popular and it is a singing contest where ordinary people have the chance of becoming known and also winning the final prize and being signed by a record label. When the live shows start after the other stages the audience who by now have had time in the other stages to form opinions, likes and dislikes and based on that they start voting until the last show where they choose the winner of the contest.

I consider that these types of shows, and especially x factor which is one of the most famous shows, reinforce the idea of having a interactive show where the audience is a direct participant in the show in this way keeping it engaged. Another idea is that audience like forming content because it gives them the sensation of great power when with just one touch you are able to decide somebody’s fate.

Below is the link to the video, where the last season winner of X-factor UK was announced.

 

From paper to phones

For this week’s blog post topic, examples of convergence, I decided to concentrate on technological convergence and how it has influenced our society but also linking it to the media.

Technological convergence is when information – such as words, images, and sounds – are digitized, thus allowing the information to flow across differing technological platforms. Technological convergence and also its evolution has allowed us to have a larger quantity of information on a single device or a platform.

When speaking about technological convergence we can talk about the different platforms it has developed, that have replaced the traditional ones. For example, before the only place we could see movies were cinemas now we have multiple different streaming sites or applications that allow us to view movies or tv series form home and some even for free.

Another component is the devices that have been developed and that are continually reinventing themselves so they can bring more technological aspects together. For example, the iPhone, which most of us use, lets us access different social media sites, information, and news while in the same time it has a camera and it is a telephone too.

Technological convergence has affected the media through the fact that people do not consume the traditional platforms as much as they used them before, everything being available on a phone. Through this we have seen how newspapers and radios are shifting towards the online medium, creating apps and being more involved on the different social media pages.

In conclusion I think that technological convergence is an important factor that has helped the evolution of the society and making things more practical and has pushed the process of evolution in the media.

An example of a newspaper that also has a website and an app is The guardian.

http://www.theguardian.com/global/ng-interactive/2014/may/29/-sp-the-guardian-app-for-ios-and-android

Intellectual property

The online resource that I consider would be useful is regarding one of the lecture included in our module handbook. It is the one about intellectual property on the internet and the need of adaptation of copyrighting rules and laws in a world when anybody can download, remix and post any piece of material on different media sites. In advance I thought this particular journal can help us understand this subject in depth this subject.

The online resource that I find is part of a journal produced by WIPO. WIPO- World International Property Organization-is a global forum for intellectual property services, policy, information and cooperation. They are a self-funded agency by the United Nations  with 188 member states. Their mission is to lead the development of a balanced and effective international intellectual property (IP) system that sustains innovation and creativity.

The WIPO journal talks about different issues that affect and the concern the intellectual property. In the first volume in the first issue we can find a useful essay from Yoshiyuki Tamara about Rethinking the copyright institution in the digital ages. It is well structured and it touches subjects as the already known copyrighting laws influenced by natural laws, about the development of technology, the interests of creators and also a few ideas on how to rethink the copyright institution.

Here is the link:

http://www.wipo.int/edocs/pubdocs/en/intproperty/wipo_journal/wipo_journal_1_1.pdf