Week 13: Literally calling home.

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Well here we are, week 13, all educated on technology and how our world is every so rapidly changing. 

I am officially terrified of technology, thank you Ted. 

However, I am also willing to embrace it. Being young enough to have grown up with technology, but old enough to remember what it was like to have to go to the library to find information, it gives me an upper hand in life- I think. 

My reasoning for this is that, I have watched older generations struggle with upcoming technologies because they haven’t bothered to keep up with the devices and technological trends- not that I can blame them, some of them still write letters and call to loved ones as their only source of communication. Good on them, I say. But I wouldn’t hold my breath on an IT job, ever- if I was in their shoes. 

Before I discuss the creepiness of being able to message your house to get your stove pre-heated, fridge stocked, house cleaned, bath running and god knows what else, read this

Here is the URL in case the link doesn’t work: 

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/06/03/magazine/innovations-issue.html

I’m sorry, but an ELECTRONIC T-SHIRT! HOW DO YOU WASH THAT!? Why is it necessary. Yes, it is amazingly cool and I want one, but I have no idea what I’d put on it. 

There are just so many things that are becoming intertwined with technology and the internet that it can be quite overwhelming. They have face recognition computers, laptops that use your fingerprint as your password, researchers are even developing eatable packaging in order to reduce wastage! 

Honestly, with the amount of technology these says, I’m surprised we don’t all have a micro-tracker or some sort of chip inserted into us to gather information at all times!

The videos we were shown in the lecture were amazing! I loved them, I’m into all of that techno stuff, regardless of how intimidating it can be. I wouldn’t want all of those gizmos, but it’s interesting to know that people are able to come up with them. 

This picture is what I feel will happen

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Only time will tell. Who knows, maybe literally, time will tell us things one day- messaging homes, talking clocks, self sufficient, food ordering fridges- wouldn’t surprise me anymore. 

Technology will continue to be at the front line of research from now on because we have developed things that work and created a higher intelligence that allows us to do things such as communicate at a swift pace and ever so efficiently- it will be a never ending cycle of new developments. 

I think it is all fun and exciting now because it’s still all relatively new, hopefully we don’t end up like ‘I Robot’ or ‘Artificial Intelligence’- but you never know! 

Before  I finish my last digc202 post, thank you to everyone who commented, tweeted and interacted with my blogs, posts and tweets! It’s been a pleasure going cyber crazy with you all! 

Thanks Ted!

🙂 

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Week 12: Android vs. Iphone

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So following the current trend for this weeks topic, I too will express my views on whether I think Android or Apple phones are ‘better’. 

There is no doubt that each device has pros and cons, and in this article, Jamie Condliffe explains Steve Wozniaks ‘pros and cons’ list- which I found interesting. I was glad to see an article that did not show too much bias (although it did lean towards the android). It explained what I have been trying to articulate, which is that, although the iphone is user friendly, is capable of many applications, etc- the android is capable of the same, if not more if people are willing to work it out. 

I am, admittedly, an iphone owner. I did get it given to me unlocked, as I have never really been a gizmo crazy person, so when I got it I thought it was pretty nifty. I’m not sure if I would have chosen it myself had I had the option, but it’s been great for me to use. It has all of the applications that I need and more- not that I need many. It’s easy enough to understand, but the one thing I can honestly say I dislike is that each time my phone’s updated, things change! 

My parents and a few of my friends have android phones and I do not find them overly complicated, but it’s not hard to see why people find the iphone a lot easier to use. 

I honestly would not be able to advise people on whether to get an iphone or android, I think it would depend on the person and what their intentions would be with the device. 

I like this article because it declares a tie! 

http://ipod.about.com/od/iphonevscompetitors/tp/Iphone-Or-Android-which-to-buy.htm

What do you think? What do you prefer and why? I’m interested to know what people use their phones for and why they think one is ‘smarter’ than the other. 

 

References

Condliffe J, 2012, ‘Steve Wozniak On iPhone vs Android’, Gizmodo, Date Accessed: 18th October 2012                      URL:http://gizmodo.com/5876719/steve-wozniak-pr

Costello S, 2012, iPhone or Android: Which Smartphone Should You Buy?: 13 factors to consider before you buy, Date Accessed: 18th October 2012                                                                                                                     URL: http://ipod.about.com/od/iphonevscompetitors/tp/Iphone-Or-Android-which-to-buy.htm

Roth D, 2008, ‘Google’s Open Source Android OS Will Free the Wireless Web’, Wired Magazine: 16.4,                   Date Accessed: 16th October 2012                                            URL:http://www.wired.com/techbiz/media/magazine/16-07/ff_android?currentPage=1

Week 11: Social Networks delivering political democracy?

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Ok, so in the past 2 weeks, three of my subjects have discussed social networks as an outlet for political democracy- and I have had an essay asking me whether I think the internet enhances political democracy.

After all of this, i still do not have one solid answer. My opinion is that the internet provides a platform to which people are free to voice their opinions and get in contact with those that share their views but it does not actually give them any more power of authority. However, these networks are capable of acting as catalysts for political social movements, such as the Arab Springs- which has been flooding the news and advertising social networks such as Twitter and Facebook. These sites are more so known for their socialising capabilities (obviously) and a platform where celebrities can leak their ‘hacked’ nude photos and deny it was not them, not to cause a protest movements in various countries.

Now, we see a rise in usage and people are learning that they have a voice, that if they have an opinion, surely others exist that share the view- hence, forming networks. Using these sites as ‘organisational tools’ for protests and political movements, as Ted discussed in the lecture, has become a new form of standing up to political authority, ‘cyber activism’, as it has been coined (Morozov, 2011).

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Personally, I think the effect that social media sites are having on the world are amazing and revolutionary. Although I find the power that they having somewhat intimidating at times, I also find it refreshing that some people who were not given a voice previously may have the opportunity to voice their thoughts, experiences and stand up for something they think is worth fighting for.

But everyone is free to have their own opinion and I would love to hear everyone’s thoughts on this- I don’t mind whether you agree with me or not. I actually found this weeks topic really interesting and I think as the social networking world expands, it will only continue to be more fascinating to audiences around the world.

These two articles I used for an essay recently are a good read- and not too long, for those who are interested 🙂

Ottaway M & Hamzawy A, 2011, ‘Protest Movements and Political Change in the Arab World’, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

URL:http://carnegieendowment.org/files/OttawayHamzawy_Outlook_Jan11_ProtestMovements.pdf

Posner M, 2011, ‘Choking off internet won’t stop Arab Spring:Cyber-utopians who believe the Arab spring has been driven by social networks ignore the real-world activism underpinning them’, Daily News Egypt, Al Bawaba (Middle East) Ltd.

URL: http://search.proquest.com.ezproxy.uow.edu.au/docview/876610578

References

Morozov E, 2011, Facebook and Twitter are just places revolutionaries go: Cyber-utopians who believe the Arab spring has been driven by social networks ignore the real-world activism underpinning them, The Guardian

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Julian Assange

As my luck would have it, after finishing ¾ of my blog, Safari decided it had to reload! So I’ll attempt to re-write my ‘what-would-have-been’ amazing blog entry for week 9!

To start with, amongst all the technical key terms like keyloggers, warez, zero-day xploits, etc, I found myself absolutely lost. Which is why I might admire Julian Assange that tiny bit more. Mr.Assange and his team of exert hackers were enable to use their encrypting skills and knowledge of computers to expose confidential information into what is now known as ‘WikiLeaks’.

I had heard some information about Julian Assange but had never looked deeper into what he did or why he was ‘infamous’. This week I put all of my attention on him because he interests me and I had seen an ad on TV about an Australia mini series that was due to tell his story the night before class!

Here’s the link, just in case my expert computer skills can’t find how to upload the video directly on my blog

URL:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGp3mUIemL0

Personally, I like the narrative approach that Khatchadourian takes to convey Mr.Assange’s story, it make him very relatable to the audience and goes into a bit of background information. I actually wanted to know more about Julian Assange after this and did some further investigation.

This is a REALLY good video of him explaining what he does, why he does it and it comes in parts, so if you have some time to check it out, I highly recommend it.

URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eil_1j72LOA

Other than that , I think that WikiLeaks can be beneficial to the public who wan to know more; the gritty details and inside information about usually concealed government activities.

I just found it interesting that most whistle blowers preferred to remain anonymous- it shouldn’t be a surprise, as they could probably get killed, but I just figured they would at least tell the people that are exposing their information.

I guess not.

There is so much that we do not know, all swept under the rug. It’s actually quite mystifying and somewhat scary when you think about it. But, as they say, ignorance is bliss.

Source

Khatchadourian, R, 2012, ‘No Secrets’, The New Yorker

URL:http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/06/07/100607fa_fact_khatchadourian?currentPage=2

Week 8- Connections

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Firstly, I apologise for my last minute post- but, as it were, I just managed to get my info organised and process it into something that makes (some) sense.

The concept of ‘gatekeeping’ was something new that was brought to my attention this week. Although it has always been around and yes, I knew that there was obviously limits and boundaries on what information is being shared with the public, but when it was explained in the lecture and then in Axel Bruns reading, it showed me just how much the ‘gate’ is being ‘watched’- mostly by biased journalistic and editing staff- what they think we, as the public, should and should not know.

Steve Johnsons article in this weeks reading about twitter changing the way we live was also an interesting read. It was not an exceptionally written piece, but it provided an insight as to how some people look at the development of social networking- especially with the example of #hackedu.

In regards to social media, I don’t know if it will change the ‘way we live’ exactly, but it has already changed the way we communicate. People almost no longer use their phones to call each other- but to check facebook, twitter, imessage, etc.. It’s this instant communication outbreak that it altering the speed and manner in which we communicate with one another. Personally, I like that I can message a person on the other side of the world and get a response within minutes, it’s convenient- a word too often used, but fits perfectly.

There have been a lot of negative protests about social media and how it causes people to be LESS social, which I am able to understand to a point, because you get sidetracked on websites like facebook and twitter. You go on to check your notifications and an hour and a half later you’re looking at photos of your friends cousins brother’s photos of their trip in Antarctica! (Or something dramatic like that). Laugh, but it happens.

To make it easier to understand, I found a ‘social media in plain english’ video on youtube.com- because we all love videos! ( I think I may have put it in a separate post, but here’s the URL anyway!)

URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgqJi9JTEes

What are everyone’s thoughts on gatekeeping? Social Networking? As students of this generation, what are the social networking dramas that effect you most?

I know that personally, they are my main source of procrastination- so it doesn’t help that I have to be online for 3 of my subjects to write posts/ social network, etc..

Look forward to hearing from everyone! 🙂

References- This weeks readings.

Bruns A, 2008, News Blogs and Citizen Journalism: New Directions for e-Journalism

URL: http://snurb.info/

Johnson S, 2009, ‘How Twitter will change the way we live’, The Time Magazine
URL: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1902818,00.htmlRL:

References for last post AND funny video!

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I forgot to note which readings I used at the end of my post! Sorry! 

Shirky, C, 2002, ‘Weblogs and the Mass Amateurization of Publishsing’ Economics & Culture, Media & Community, Open Source, Date Accessed: September 4th 2012

URL: http://shirky.com/writings/weblogs_publishing.html

The URL to my image: http://www.google.com.au/imgres?q=long+tail&num=10&hl=en&biw=1254&bih=618&tbm=isch&tbnid=hajKS_AaAtm8IM:&imgrefurl=http://searchengineland.com/search-illustrated-b2b-long-tail-seo-13237&docid=O-z53rN4Uk0iBM&imgurl=http://searchengineland.com/images/b2b_long_tail.gif&w=500&h=412&ei=OE5JUO-SCom8iAfDloCICg&zoom=1&iact=rc&dur=1&sig=109535782732031640420&page=1&tbnh=132&tbnw=160&start=0&ndsp=15&ved=1t:429,r:4,s:0,i:85&tx=1043&ty=283ALSO! 

I came across this video and although not OVERLY entertaining, it gives an opinion as to WHY people write blogs. 

Enjoy!

URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNp0XwcVCqE