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Should we care more about online privacy?


I have publicly shared information on facebook, twitter and youtube. However, I try to be selective and make use of privacy settings. I don’t have many photos on facebook, and some albums can only be viewed by some friends. When I’m tagged in photos or posts, I have to accept or decline them first.

Searching about facebook’s privacy settings, I find that there are more privacy options than I knew of. At least I have ignored some, because I feel that it doesn’t concern me too much. Im not a fan of the ‘message seen’, but it’s not something I have turned off either.

I think its important to remember, that there are many ways in which we can enhance our online privacy, and that it’s not as complicated as it might appear. However, if your a privacy freak, you shouldn’t be on facebook. Ultamitely even the basic information on your profile, sais a lot about you. And that’s something we can’t do very much about, unless we avoid it completely. My friends in Germany have encripted all their messaging on facebook, and have encouraged me to do the same. I’ve tried it, but I haven’t stuck with it. In some way I  feel guilty, because I do care about privacy. Do you think that if we really care about privacy, we should be encripting our messaging?

Have you Periscoped?

The new live streaming app allows you to broadcast and watch live videos from across the world. The video stream is saved for up to 24 hours. The app is becoming more popular as Wi fi access and 4G availability is increasing.

It certainly hasn’t reached it’s full capacity, and is likely to become a widely used tool for online journalism. The live feeds must be shot from an apple device, but can be viewed from all smartphones. The app allows for greater immediacy through live videos. The fact that it’s current and that your watching something that’s happening now, is what makes it unique.

I think a negative aspect is, that if your not wanting to use twitter, you can’t use the app. You have to use an active account in order to broadcast or view videos.

When you download and open the app, you have the option to follow who you are connected with on twitter.You can also choose to be notified when someone who you follow is live streaming. And of course you can communicate via messaging.

I think a big plus is that it’s very simple to use, and you can stream live with one click. Your also able to select who can view your video from your twitter followers.

Twitter Periscope app live stream broadcast

Do you think this could be a twitter revolution? Would you try it?

Digital convergence

In the media landscape, Convergence has brought together computing, communication and content. It can be considered a result of the increased popularity of the internet, as well as the widely available media content. We are able to view everything through multiple devices, from our phones, laptops or tablets – wherever we are. We can skype across the world, watch films, make internet phonecalls, listen to music and film videos in high definition quality, with ease on our smartphone. This makes our life much easier, more convenient and perhaps more enjoyable. Convergence allows us to communicate faster, to do things more efficiently and to be constantly engaging in several things at the same time. However, I do think, that the consequence of this is, that we are always dividing our attention. It’s almost as though we are having to learn again how to focus on one thing. It no longer comes natural to us, and moreover, is not something most of us want to do. Because its easy to get the feeling that your missing out on something.

Convergence has already hugely transformed and influenced the media industry, but this will increase to an extent, that we can’t possibly predict exactly. Will it mean, that only a few successful media organisations can survive in the future? Will social media platforms like facebook, twitter and instagram remain popular for many years? I think that Apps have contributed hugely to the success of digital convergence on mobile phones, but perhaps something even more convenient, will replace them in the future. Personally I feel that convergence makes it much easier to personalise the content that we want to see. This is great in many respects, but it places a lot of pressure on media companies to survive. A result of this could be that there will be fewer original formats, because content has to be shareable and receive as many ‘likes’ as possible.

Digital Convergence

media convergence


Does social media bring us closer together or further apart?

This is a blog about a topic that we’ve aready discussed in a couple of seminars, so I hope you find it interesting. Aaaron Balick explores some of the key questions on whether social media is bringing us closer together, or further apart. There are also some more detailed posts on social networking, which he links to in his blogpost.

He describes facebook as something which is ‘tempting and seductive’. Undoubtedly that is true to some extent, and I personally do think that its easy to become addicted to facebook. But when do we reach that point? And will we recognise when things go to far?

Is it connecting with our friends that gives us these pleasaruble feelings whenever we get notifications or likes for the things we post?

Aaron writes ‘ we develop a persona with the unconscious intention that it be pleasing to others.’ But is that necessarily something negative?

The author points out, that despite privacy settings, we have to remember that facebook is a public space, where we show our ‘public faces’. Personally Im quite happy to share some information publicly, but certainly not everything. Where should we draw the line? Also do you think we are more carefree on other social networking sites?

Do you think that some people feel that how they appear on facebook somehow defines them? Is the facebook self an expression of who you are?


mindswork social media blogpost

Where did the internet come from?

I was fascinated that the internet developed through Arpanet. An  early packet switching network that used the protocol suite TCP/IP, became the foundation for the world wide web. It provided the technical foundations for how the internet is set up today. The aim was solely to share scientific knowledge, through sending information as ‘packages’. It was created by the U.S. Advanced Research Projects Agency, who merely wanted to connect 4 University computers.

The launch of the first weblogs was as early as 1997, just after the first email services (Hotmail) became available. Blogs were created through an online forum software, that came from running conversation threads. The developments in web publishing, allowed ordinary users who weren’t experts at using HTML and FTP to create a blog nontheless. WordPress was first launched in 2003, becoming much more user friendly than previous sites for weblogs. This is one of the main reasons for its popularity, hosting more than 14 billion blogs today. We no longer need great technical skills, which used to be the main factor that limited people from using it. Today anyone who has access to the internet, can set up a blog easily within a few minutes.

I think it’s incredible how such a small network was able to expand for everyone to access the internet, within a few years. What if it had stayed a communication method, only for the sharing of scientific knowledge? Was it inevitable that the internet would become the largest network for sharing information and communication?


The history of the internet in a nutshell

Development of weblogs