Mashable – The Twitter Handle for the connected generation

An online source I think is valuable for the students taking this module is the twitter handle @Mashable. Their twitter biography states: “News, resources, inspiration and fun for the connected generation. Tweets by staff.”  I think Mashable is a great Twitter user to follow on your newsfeed because their tweets constantly keep you up to date on the latest news in social media, technology, and Internet pop culture. While working as a social media producer in Los Angeles for the past year, one of my daily tasks was to check the latest tweets from Mashable in order to stay up to date with the latest technological and social media news.  The way they describe themselves at a source for the “connected generation” shows how Mashable is an important online resource for students taking this module about “Network Society.” The connected generation is a network society where people constantly form digital and social connections on technological and digital media platforms.

Mashable tweets about latest social media news, such as the newest Twitter Timeline affecting advertising and brands from different companies, shown here: LINK TO TWEET

Mashable tweets and connects people to articles about the latest social media news. Through the link above, people can stay connected to what is happening with the Internet, such as current changes and improvements. This is important for our module because students can learn new things about how the Internet and social media platforms are developing daily to keep up with current trends in our world today. Mashable also tweets about fun technological information. For example, they recently tweeted about how you can make Siri, the automated voice on the iPhone, beatbox back to you. (LINK HERE). This is an example of cultural convergence because Mashable is interacting with cultural content and commenting on technological advances, thus sharing it with different audiences so they can also interact with the content.

I believe Mashable is an informative yet fun Twitter handle to follow and read on a daily basis for Network and Society module students. It helps me stay up to date on the latest technology and Internet trends.

Here is the link to their twitter handle: @Mashable

 

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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?

 

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YouTube the source of education

Being a TV media student you constantly have to know what new content is being put out

there, is it original?YouTube-Education (2), and what’s good about it that I may recreate the ideas from it. Using YouTube as a source I can use watch as many videos as I like for free and use the videos as an example and inspiration of how I would like certain shots or ideas to be recreated.

However, that’s not the only reason why i think YouTube is a good source for education.

YouTube helps to convey ideas more efficiently as sometimes learning by using books as a resource you can miss vital information and it can be hard to dissect the vast amount of information. For example when we were studying The history of the internet I found that hard to break down and fully understand because we all learn and absorb information differently. However using YouTube allowed me to search through the many videos where your never short of options  and understand it in a more graphic and engaging way.

 

Different TED

You might have heard of TED before…perhaps from the American comedy where teddy bear-Ted is brought to life? But no, in this post I am not going to talk about the movie, but about the different TED, which is a global set of conferences.

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design. Its mission is to spread ideas all over the world. This is a good and reliable source for getting general knowledge and inspiration. As the media students, we must generate the ideas and brainstorm and TED talks are food for thought. Each TED talk usually lasts for no more than 18 minutes. Even a single powerful talk at TED can make you more knowledgeable within some minutes. Just think about it.

The main website for TED is ted.com, where you can discover the talks on diversity of topics, search for the events that TED hosts and many more. Another thing  that is worth mentioning is TedEd, which is TED’s youth and education initiative. This is particularly interesting for the teachers and students around the globe. At ed.ted.com students can find original animated videos for different subjects. The subject suitable for our particular module is media and journalism. It involves topics like “how the false news can spread” or “the language of lying”. Go and explore them right now by just clicking here.

 

The Webs

 

The internet has advanced lots since it was first created in the early 90’s with lots of new software and hardware being created. The terms Web 1.0, Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 were formed, almost like stages of the internet and its developments.

Web 1.0 knowns are the first stage of the internet and was mostly made up of static webpages. Cormode, G. and Krishnamurthy, B. (2008), described users at the time of Web 1.0 as “consumers of content. In 1996, only 250,000 sites existed- Yahoo was one of the most popular sites at the time along with the search engine, Netscape.

In 2006, Web 2.0 was born with more than 80,000,000 sites and many advancements of the internet which now a place of “collective intelligence” as more users were publishing content. This term was made popular by Tim O’Reilly and Dale Dougherty where they described Web 2.0 as a “virtual community” that interacted with each other on social media like Facebook, MSN messenger etc.


Around this time Web 3.0, present day with over 800,000,000 + sites was discovered as convergence is now key. Not only do we create content, we share across all platforms and devices with the whole world as our audience. The internet has had a few upgrades as well, as it’s smarter. For example, you search for “Hotels in Paris” on Google and after head to Facebook or any other website that contains adverts, it will be showing you offers for hotels in paris in the advertisement. The internet has customised it for you.

In conclusion, there have been lots of improvements and advancements with the internet which have brought many great achievements. However, with the internet being more intelligent than it ever has, how do you feel about our information being used to “customise our experience”, is it a good or bad thing?

From Gutenberg to the Internet

Being a student involves a huge amount of suggested readings. For us Media students everything revolves around media spectrum, but this can be reductive as focusing only on this subject can narrow our point of view.

Media is a part of communication which is nothing else more than a cultural and social product so the key for our success is society understanding. We can achieve this point only if we know society development in order to predict future changes and understand changes that society went through its history.

This is why it is mandatory for us reading more and reading books not only about Media but to broaden our cultural interests in order to convey and appropriate, direct and effective message. This is why to me it is important to read to understand past social transformations.

The perfect and probably cheapest mean to achieve this aim is Project Gutenberg, a website which is the result of Michael Hart’s efforts consisting in trying to digitalise and distribute cultural works.

On this website it is possible to find almost every public domain book in EPUB, PDF and eBook format in English language so everyone can have the chance of broadening its horizons reading from Kant to Tolstoy.

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