Month: April 2013

Blog 15: Last Com 303 Post

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This is the one you have been waiting for.  The last blog entry.  This one is a free for all.  Write about anything that you want, as long as it has something to do with communication technology.  If you can’t think of something to write then just tell us about your experience in this course as far as learning is concerned.  Is there any one thing that stands out in your mind as being especially important to know about?  Is there something that you thought we would cover that we didn’t cover?  You set the agenda and tell us something about tech.

 

This Communication Technologies course has been very informative for me. As a student, I strive hard to make sure I keep my grades up. This course has revealed a lot of new information about communication technologies that I did not know about. I was not aware of all the new and advancing technologies or laws associated with this material. I have learned a lot about telephony, the Internet, mobile devices, social media and many more different technologies associated with the course. It is interesting to see how technologies have evolved over time and how they are continuing to evolve. Marshall McLuhan would be amazed about what is going on in 2013. Like I said, a lot of this information is new to me and I am a digital native. I grew up with the Internet and cell phones. I could not imagine life without them.

 

I am still eager to learn more and dig deeper into the areas I am not fully up to date on. It is kind of scary to imagine what else will be invented and how the world will evolve even more as technology evolves. The two directly affect one another. I think anyone in the higher education system should take this course. It most definitely challenges critical thinking and just common sense. I am very thankful to have been exposed to this material and hope to be a benefit to future endeavors. Who knows, me or someone else in this course could be the next Steve Jobs!!

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BLOG 14: social media

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All right, we all have been inundated with social media stuff.  How long is this going to go on?  Is social media here to stay or will it be just a flash in the pan — like diskettes and laser disks?  Or is it here for the long haul?  How do you think it will be used in the future, or do you think it won’t be and something else will take its place?  In other words, give us your take on social media.  What do you think?

 

 

Social media is not going anywhere anytime soon. Social media is integrated into so many things in our society. Everywhere you turn you will see a bird representing Twitter or and F representing Facebook. I do not things will change soon, but that could be a possibility. I mean look at Myspace for example. This was a huge social media site and now many really have forgot it. I honestly do not think that Twitter or Facebook will be disappearing anytime soon. However, I do think that new social media sites will become more popular over time, which will then cause a slight decrease in popularity with Twitter and Facebook.

 

I honestly do not get on Facebook as much as I used to when it was first out. I have gravitated more towards Twitter and like I said, newer social media sites. Since having an iPhone, I log in to all my accounts via my mobile device. CONVERGENCE, CONVERGENCE, CONVERGENCE. Two of my new favorites social media sites are Instagram and Vine. Instagram is primarily just users uploading pictures on their profile and other users have the ability to “like” or “comment” on their pictures. Vine is similar, however, users are uploading videos for viewers to see. I really enjoy using these two social media sites just because of the simplicity they have. Twitter is the next runner up for a list of my favorite social media sites. Twitter has taken a huge toll on the world. It has been integrated and changed the way people interaction and talk. I do not think any of these sites are going anywhere soon. Hopefully social media will still be very predominate 5 years from now or even 10 years from now. However, I am excited to see what changes will happen with social media, or if something better will come around!

Blog 13: The Internet

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The last assignment was about the mobile phone and its impact.  This one is about the Internet and its impact.  Unless you are really old, like me, the Internet has been around your entire life, so I won’t ask you if you recall life before the Internet.  I will ask you how you think the Internet changes your life.  That is, imagine life without the Internet.  What would that be like?  Think about how often you use the Internet and what you use it for.  A lot of stuff, huh?  Well, think about if you didn’t have it.  And think about people who DON’T have it.  How do you think their lives are in a world where everyone else has it?

 

 

Life without the Internet… Hmm… Is that even possible to imagine? Well I will try to do this. As a student, that would mean I would have to do all of my research in the library using books. I would have to go to each of my six professors to discuss grades. I would have to turn in all my assignments hard copy. I would have to take all of my courses in the classroom. I would not have access to my banking information personally. I would have to read everything via printed hard copy. I would not be able to communicate with people around the world instantly. I would have to use a real map, not a GPS. Life would be VERY different.

 

I feel as though my stress level would significantly increase. Life would be a lot more challenging as a student. The Internet has changed the way people live. Honestly, the Internet has made life easier. I mean you can access anything from the comfort of your home. We are definitely spoiled today with all of the information we can access through our fingertips. It is hard to imagine all of this not being available. The book “The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to our Brains” is a clear example of that. I highly recommend people to read this book. Carr digs into this topic and shows how people have adapted to the Internet, and our brains start to function like the Net. We want information instantly and short in length. I do not remember the last time I bought a printed book and read is cover to cover. The Internet has provided summaries that seem to be more time efficient in the way of receiving information. Therefore, I can honestly say I do not know how people survived without the Internet and all that it offers.

 

The video clip below is very interesting to watch… Take a look at what Carr says about the Internet. 

 

 

 

Blog 12: MOBILE PHONES

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For this entry you need not look up any web pages.  This one is about mobile phones.  The primary question is how do you think mobile telephones have changed the lives of users over the last several years?  Do you remember when you didn’t have a mobile phone?  OK, so when did you get your first mobile phone?  How old do you think kids should be before they get a phone?  You get the idea.  What I am looking for is a statement on the social impact of mobile phones.

 

 

Mobile phones have become a necessity to have in 2013. They are not just another device to have, but are critical to life in this generation. Everyone revolves around the use of a mobile phone. If you ask people what is the first thing they look at when they wake up, most people will say they are check notifications on their cell phones. Also, most people typically set an alarm on their mobile phones in order to wake up everyday. Mobile phones have shaped the way we live and interact with one another. Texting, calling, face-timing, social media are just some of the activities that are available to consumers. These devices have changed the way people interact on a day-to-day basis. I honestly can say that I would not know what to do without my mobile phone.

 

I remember the first mobile phone I had. It was a little blue Cingular device with a screen that was in black and white. I LOVED my first cell phone. My mom bought one for me and one for my sister. When we started babysitting in the fifth grade she wanted us to be able to call/answer if anything happened. I was even more excited about my phone with my mom bought the texting plan for our plan. I loved being able to text my friends after school and talk to them on my own phone instead of waiting for the house phone to become available for use. I grew up living with my mom and sister, and when three women are in the house the phone is hard to get ahold of. So basically having a mobile phone opened up my social interactions tremendously. I do not have a certain age in mind for when kids should get a cell phone. I think that decision is left to the parents because they are obviously the ones responsible for paying the bill. I have babysat different families in which kids as young as five have their own mobile phones. The main question I ask myself is, “Whom are they calling?”

 

Mobile phones are vital in the 21st century. The reason/use of these devices has evolved since the first invention of the mobile phone.  Mobile phones are not just a form of interaction but used for anything imaginable. I love that all of my email accounts are linked together on my phone. It makes it so much easier to access and respond quickly to them instead of having to wait to get to my laptop. I love my banking app. I USE THIS EVERYDAY! I love the fact I can download any app and access any information available. All in all, mobile phones construct life in 2013 very convenient and are incorporated into almost everything around you. 

 

As you can see below my personal cell phone has evolved in form and purpose. I would not be able to go back to such a simple device like this Siemens phone. I am so used to my life being accommodated through my iPhone 4s 32 GB

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Blog 11: Viral Video

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Take a look at the video above and, well, first enjoy it. Then consider what this might mean as a symbol of things that can happen. This particular video is said to have gone “viral.” Why do you think that is? Is that a good thing or a bad thing? Why do some videos go viral and others do not? Is this some kind of statement about the type of society in which we live?

 

http://newmediarockstars.com/2013/04/subway-sax-battle-goes-viral-panhandler-style-video/

 

 

A video going viral simply means that it has become popular through the Internet. The video is spreading all over the Internet, which is increasing the popularity of the video. This video in particular has gone viral in that is has spread all over the Internet and has accumulated a high number of viewers. It is interesting to me though that this particular video has gone viral. I would not have guessed that before it was stated in the prompt. I think that it is important and “good” to have videos going viral. It is exciting to see a video increasing in popularity, which could potentially spread worldwide. I think it is beneficial for certain videos to have the opportunity of becoming viral because it will benefit the company/brand/anything that video is promoting. A few other videos that have become viral that I know about are the Harlem Shake and Gangham Style videos. Other brands/organizations have adapted their own personal videos using this viral methodology. I think this is a statement about the type of society we live in. People will click on and watch a video that has gone viral (high number of viewers). A video usually becomes popular when it is something we have not seen before and is entertaining to watch. We want to watch what is popular and adapt to what is popular to become accepted. I love watching videos that have high numbers of viewers because I know that this is what people are interested in watching and I will probably be as well. All in all, going viral is the way to go. 

Blog 10: Piracy

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We have all heard about music piracy, that is, the illegal downloading of music. The RIAA claims that Google is promoting piracy by not blocking certain sites that have links to free music. Do you think Google should change or is it up to the sites that have the music on them to change? Who is at fault here? In other words, should search engines be censored? You might want to expand your comments beyond just music, but focusing on music and the issue of music piracy is fine as well

http://www.mxdwn.com/2013/02/24/news/riaa-says-google-is-still-promoting-piracy/

Great article, I must say. Particularly, I love the last line of the article, “There’s just no pleasing some people.” That statement hit the nail on the head with where I want to go with this blog. Piracy is illegal and wrong. We all know that. Google is not promoting the illegal downloading of any medium. However, the goal of their website is to give consumers the searches they are looking for. This is what makes Google the largest and most used search engine.

I can understand where the RIAA is coming from. Google isn’t censoring out these illegal sites to where consumers can download music or any material for free. That isn’t their job in my opinion. Google’s job is to bring web pages for which one is searching. Hello: IT’S CALLED A SEARCH ENGINE PEOPLE! That is the purpose of Google; just bringing up the results for the words you are searching for. It is not their job to remove web searches that contains illegal content. Google did say they will enforce limitations on sites that are “properly labeled as violating the law” but we know that these sites will develop ways around violating the law.

I feel that the RIAA needs to focus on contacting the sites that are violating the law. The energy they are using to make changes on piracy issues will be more beneficial when contacting individual sites that are enabling illegal downloading than spent on criticizing Google for displaying results. I can understand how contacting Google would be beneficial in disenabling consumers from finding illegal sites more easily, but I just think Google is serving it’s main purpose: a search engine. I think one day that it will be very hard to find a way to download things for free on the internet. Piracy may become harder to accomplish with advancing technology and stricter law enforcement. However, I know that there will always be a “back door” found to download illegally.. the digital natives will find a way to find the products they want for free.

Going back to the last line of the article: “There’s just no pleasing some people.” No matter if Google eliminated all illegal sites from being able to be found on their search engine, people will find these sites. It is not easy pleasing people. Technology, especially the Internet, is evolving everyday and is made more accommodating to the user. There will always be piracy, but I admire the initiative the RIAA is taking to prevent it. However, Google should not suffer the repercussions for illegal sites being found on their website.

Blog 10: Piracy

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We have all heard about music piracy, that is, the illegal downloading of music. The RIAA claims that Google is promoting piracy by not blocking certain sites that have links to free music. Do you think Google should change or is it up to the sites that have the music on them to change? Who is at fault here? In other words, should search engines be censored? You might want to expand your comments beyond just music, but focusing on music and the issue of music piracy is fine as well

 

http://www.mxdwn.com/2013/02/24/news/riaa-says-google-is-still-promoting-piracy/

 

 

Great article, I must say. Particularly, I love the last line of the article, “There’s just no pleasing some people.” That statement hit the nail on the head with where I want to go with this blog. Piracy is illegal and wrong. We all know that. Google is not promoting the illegal downloading of any medium. However, the goal of their website is to give consumers the searches they are looking for. This is what makes Google the largest and most used search engine.

 

I can understand where the RIAA is coming from. Google isn’t censoring out these illegal sites to where consumers can download music or any material for free. That isn’t their job in my opinion. Google’s job is to bring web pages for which one is searching. Hello: IT’S CALLED A SEARCH ENGINE PEOPLE! That is the purpose of Google; just bringing up the results for the words you are searching for. It is not their job to remove web searches that contains illegal content. Google did say they will enforce limitations on sites that are “properly labeled as violating the law” but we know that these sites will develop ways around violating the law.

 

I feel that the RIAA needs to focus on contacting the sites that are violating the law. The energy they are using to make changes on piracy issues will be more beneficial when contacting individual sites that are enabling illegal downloading than spent on criticizing Google for displaying results. I can understand how contacting Google would be beneficial in disenabling consumers from finding illegal sites more easily, but I just think Google is serving it’s main purpose: a search engine. I think one day that it will be very hard to find a way to download things for free on the internet. Piracy may become harder to accomplish with advancing technology and stricter law enforcement. However, I know that there will always be a “back door” found to download illegally.. the digital natives will find a way to find the products they want for free.

 

Going back to the last line of the article: “There’s just no pleasing some people.” No matter if Google eliminated all illegal sites from being able to be found on their search engine, people will find these sites. It is not easy pleasing people. Technology, especially the Internet, is evolving everyday and is made more accommodating to the user. There will always be piracy, but I admire the initiative the RIAA is taking to prevent it. However, Google should not suffer the repercussions for illegal sites being found on their website.