My Blogging Reflection

My relationship with blogging has improved substantially since the beginning of KCB 206. At first the idea of writing my opinion on weekly subjects was quite a frustrating exercise. However, through the course of the semester I found it quite a therapeutic means of sharing ideas and thoughts. Wright (2004) makes a similar point suggesting that blogging unlike other media is fundamentally about the writer.

Probably the most important thing I leaned from blogging was the personal opinion needs to be considered properly before it is published. McIntosh (2006) states that while blogging is a useful tool published posts need to be considered to avoid negative repercussions.   On many occasions I would write my opinion only to re read it later and decide it was ill considered and needed to be re thought.

As a student studying journalism, I found the limited word count a useful means of learning to refine my writing style.  If anything I think it also helped me to articulate my points more efficiently. When you have only 200 words in which to summarise your point, it does force you to become more critical and selective of what you write.

Blogging is also a useful education tool. When blogging on the KCB 206 weekly topics (Most of which I knew little about) I found blogging a great means of increasing my knowledge.  As blogging is opinion based I found myself being more analytical and critical of what was written then I otherwise would have been.

I will continue to blog as I have found it a good exercise and a useful way of articulating my thoughts on a subject. Since beginning blogging in KCB 206 I have started an additional blog, which I use to write about views on political events. The process of researching and blogging has greatly assisted in increasing my understanding of unfamiliar topics.

References

McIntosh, E. (2007). Just because you can blog in one click doesn’t mean you should

Wright Jerermy (2004) Why Blog? Zat Is Ze Qwestion…

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Apparently the Government knows best…

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Tranter (2010, p.18) discusses the relationship between law, technology and autonomy by examining law as a consequence of technology and vice versa.  In this weeks tutorial we built on this notion by examining the U.S. Government and it’s role in Internet regulation in America. As a means of further expanding the discussion this week I’m examining Internet regulation in Australia.

Firstly, it should be noted that if you’re disturbed at what’s happening in the U.S in regards to censorship, you not going to like where Australia is going. The Australian Government (as most would know) have launched a media enquiry to re-examine laws in relation to media content (Farquhar, 2012). An overhaul of Internet content regulation features heavily in the report.  

While Internet content such as YouTube and Google appear to have escaped any vigorous restriction, the enquiry does target Internet blogs (Hutchinson, 2012). The report recommends establishing a News Media Council as a means of standardising journalistic content on any website drawing more then 15,000 visitors per year (Farquhar, 2012).

To me this feels excessive and unnecessary. Blogs are places for personal reflection and opinion. Besides most blogs often draw from traditional more established media as information sources.  While, it’s currently uncertain to what extent the media enquiry recommendations will be adopted, it’s clear we’re heading into a new age of internet regulation.   

 References

Farquhar, Peter. 2012. Convergence Review report gives breathing space for Nyan Cat’s Australian fans. Herald Sun April 30. Accessed 7 May 2012.http://www.heraldsun.com.au/technology/convergence-review-report-gives-breathing-space-for-nyan-cats-australian-fans/story-fn7celvh-1226342783573

Hutchinson, James. 2012. Convergence review calls for online access overhaul. Itnews May1. Accessed May 7 2012.  http://www.itnews.com.au/News/298864,convergence-review-calls-for-online-access-overhaul.aspx

Tranter, Kieran. 2010. Stories of Human Anatomy, Law, and Technology in Bulletin of Science Technology Society. 30(18), pp. 18-21.

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I can see you… Whatever happened to privacy?

In this weeks readings Thompson (2011, 63) discusses how technology has essentially blurred the line between the public and private sphere. This is an interesting thought, which raises questions over whether we gone too far in eroding our personal privacy?

I think so…

Privacy, secrecy, and innerness in young people’s lives play a critical role in the development of self-identity, autonomy, intimacy, and the ability of learning to negotiate closeness and distance in social relations (Manen, 2010, 1023). Social Networks such as Facebook and Google plus exteriorise personal thought and essentially reveal what is secret  (Manen, 2010, 1024). This is a good point and you don’t need to look far to find how social networks have completely removed the boundaries between what’s considered private and public. An interesting example of how this issue has escalated can be found in the state of Maryland USA.

Mayland General Assembly has recently passed legislation prohibiting employers in the state from asking current and prospective employees for their user names and passwords to websites such as Facebook and Twitter (Rector, 2012, 1). The legislation was passed unanimously, with similar bills also being proposed in California and Illinois. The emphasis on the legislation has been to re enforce people’s right to protect their digital identity.

Is this a sign of things to come Australia?

References

Manem James. 2010. Privacy fears over Facebook. Journal of Communication 32 (6), pp. 1021-1056.

Rector Kevin. 2012 “Maryland becomes first state to ban employers from asking for social media passwords.” The Baltimore Sun, April 10. Accessed April 30, 2012 http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/bs-md-privacy-law-20120410,0,4565780.story

Thompson, J. 2011. Shifting Boundaries of Public and Private Life in Theory Culture Society 28(4), pp. 49-70.

The Wall Street Journal. 2012. Facebook: What Privacy? Youtube video posted Jan 26, 2012. Accessed April 30, 2012 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bywO–sXENU

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Second life or better life for organisations?

In this weeks readings Castelle (1999, 398) discusses the impact of the technology revolution and the ‘Network Society’ it has helped to inspire. Examining this topic in the tutorials we touched on the topic of Virtual World’s (VW) as an employment tool for organisations. For this weeks entry I decided to examine organisational use of VW’s in more depth using petroleum giant BP as an example. BP currently incorporates virtual worlds to assist with internal communications such as strategy planning, global collaboration and anonymous counseling for staff (Riley, 2007, p.12). Externally the organisation has also used VW’s to great effect incorporating them to assist with marketing strategy, public education, mentoring, learning development and refining business process (Riley, 2007, p.12).  A good example is the transferal of their Global Graduates Forum from London to online. In partnership with virtual collaboration company ProtonMedia BP developed an online version of the event in Second Life. Feedback concerning the event found employee’s felt more comfortable approaching and asking questions of senior executives in the virtual world, compared to real world situations (ProtonMedia Inc, n.d.). Hosting events online as opposed to real world locations also has financial incentives, with BP making total net savings of 3.7 million dollars  (ProtonMedia Inc, n.d.).

More info here if your interested.

 

References

Riley John. 2007. Virtual worlds are 2008’s ‘breakthrough technology Computer Weekly Pg. 12

ProtonMedia Inc. 2010. BP Improves Online Collaboration, Reduces Costs With Protosphere. Retrieved from http://www.protonmedia.com/resourcePage/Proton_BP_CS.pdfUnited States

Castells, M. 1999. ‘An Introduction to the Information Age’ in The Media Reader: Continuity & Transformation. Hugh Mackay & Tim O’Sullivan (eds), London: Sage: 398-410.

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It’s a brave new world for health. (But I’m fine with that)

In Lewis ‘s (2006, 17) article she discusses the changing dynamic of healthcare as more individualised approaches are adopted by young people, who use information from the internet to inform themselves about health issues and manage their own well-being. The article also outlines results from primary research that indicates young people deem online health information as an aid rather then a replacement for traditional means   (Lewis, 2006, 17).

Discussing online health and the sense of empowerment it allows GenY, in this week’s tutorial the topic of health apps for smart phones was discussed.  So in this week’s blog I decided to have a look at what was available, here’s some great apps I found from a simple google search:

1) Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal

This is a top-quality calorie-counting app with a huge database of food included.

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2) Fit2travel

Fit2travel suggests the vaccinations you should consider based on where you are going, as well as a scary list of all the diseases you could be exposed to.

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3) Runkeeper

RunKeeper uses the GPS technology found in the iPhone to track your fitness activity, giving you comparable results to an expensive GPS watch.

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References

1. Tania Lewis. 2006. Seeking health information on the internet: lifestyle choice or bad attack of cyberchondria? Media, Culture & Society, 28 (4): 521-539.

2. Runkeeper. 2010. “I Tunes Preview”. Image. Accessed April 2, 2012. http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/runkeeper/id300235330?mt=8

3. Fit2travel. 2010. “I Tunes Preview”. Image. Accessed April 2, 2012. http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/fit2travel/id428933753?mt=8

4.Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker.2010. “I Tunes Preview”. Image. Accessed April 2, 2012.http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/calorie-counter-diet-tracker/id341232718?mt=8

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That isn’t the pot calling the kettle black is it?

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This weeks readings focus on the ethics, beliefs and politics associated with ‘New Media’. Shirky (2011) observes the problematic relationship between freedom of speech and ‘New Media’, by examining the use of social media in political movements.  More specifically he examines its role in destablising authoritarian states (Shirky, 2011).

I found this article interesting in that it explores the importance for countries such as the U.S. to embrace ‘New Media’ and it’s role in the promotion of free speech (Shirky, 2011). For me the underlying theme in this reading was outlining the hypocrisy of Western nations (that traditionally promote free speech), attempting to tighten their control over digital media.  

This is an interesting observation and one that was touched on in this weeks KCB 206 tutorial discussion.  As a group we debated the merit of government whistleblower sites such as wiki leaks and discussed whether or not they resulted in negative or positive ramifications. The outcome of the debate led to conclusion similar to those established in the Shirky’s reading, with majority supporting the dissemination of information. The class view being the people are intelligent to decipher for themselves what is important and what isn’t.    

You can read more about it here.

 

References

 Lewis, T. 2006. Seeking health information on the internet: lifestyle choice or bad attack of cyberchondria? Media, Culture & Society, 28 (4): 521-539

Taki John. 2010.The pot calling the kettle black.Image. Accessed March 26, 2012http://mychinaconnection.com/english-idiom/the-pot-calls-the-kettle-black/

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‘Star Wars Uncut’ certainly has the WOW factor

by Chris Zweck

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So, I saw Star Wars the other day. No, not the classic film we all know and love, but the ‘Uncut’ or ‘Geek’ version as it is unofficially known (Casey, 2009).

If you haven’t seen it before you can view it here.  

Initially the idea that a feature length film comprising entirely of 15-second fan made clips sounded pretty ridiculous. However, upon watching it I found it quite impressive. If anything the film is also a great reminder of the increasingly strong links shared between technology, identity, individuality and community.

You don’t need to look far to find examples of these emerging trends. For example in this week’s readings Levy (2006, 22) examines the iPod and the tendency of users to establish an emotional connection to their personalised music libraries. One of the more interesting case studies even identified professional athletes being unable to train properly without their individualised music collections available (Levy, 2006, 33).    

Another good example is the rise of virtual worlds or MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online) computer games.  Games such as WoW (World of Warcraft) are now allowing users to form and establish human relationships through online identities (Nardi, 2010).

Indeed technology has become more then a mere productivity tool. In fact its use has become personalised to the point where we see it as not just a means of expressing our identity, but also a means establishing relationships with our peers. 

References

Levy Steven. 2006. The Perfect ThingHow the iPod Shuffles Commerce, Culture and Coolness, New York: Simon & Schuster, pp. 21-41. Accessed March 17, 2012.

Nardi A Bonnie. 2010.   My Life as a Night Elf Priest: an Anthropological Account of World of Warcraft: Excerpts in First Monday. Volume 15, No. 7. Accessed March 17, 2012.

Pugh Casey. 2009. Star Wars Uncut: Director’s Cut. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ezeYJUz-84  

Wight Jem. Image. Accessed March 19, 2012. http://www.redbubble.com/people/jemk/works/2409582-star-wars-uncut?p=t-shirt

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Web 2.0 creates a world where nothing is, as it seems…

by Chris Zweck

This weeks readings explore online communities and the social implications associated with online identities. The rise of Web 2.0 and growth of Social Network Sites (SNS) has sparked debate concerning the authenticity of interaction between manufactured web identities (Pearson, 2009, 3). SNS have essentially allowed people to falsify their social perception by exaggerating and distorting their identity  (Donath and Boyd, 2004, 74).

 Pearson (2009,3) examines the fluidity of performance in association with online identities. More specifically he examines the motivation behind creating and altering Internet representations (Pearson, 2009, 3). Pearson strongly advocates the use of SNS as a means of strengthening social ties, whilst making the point that identity construction is a normal aspect of social interaction (Pearson, 2009, 3). He admits that users of SNS will manipulate their identity to a larger extent then in the real world. However, he maintains that SNS is beneficial as it allows users to establish and maintain social bonds across a mediated network.   

 However, Donath and Boyd (2004, 71) aren’t so optimistic in their analysis of SNS. For example they discuss user tendencies to embellish their personal information and create fraudulent accounts (Donath and Boyd, 2004, 84). They also alert to the fact that SNS essentially erodes privacy barriers between different aspects of people’s lives (Donath and Boyd, 2004, 76). In their summary Donath and Boyd (204, 76) emphasise the need for SNS to acquire great authenticity from users, and allow for contextual privacy.        

 

 References

 Donath, J. and boyd, d. (2004). Public displays of connection BT Technology Journal , volume 22 (4): 71-82

 Pearson, E. (2009). All the World Wide Web’s a stage: the Performance of Identity in Online Social Networks First Monday, volume 14, Number 3.    

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