Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
A helpful video of the development of the world wide web: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=off08As3siM
Monday, December 5, 2011
Today, I will be presenting the class with a case study answering the research question for this week: “how are emerging technologies impacting society?” The case study topic I will be investigating is cloud computing. Cloud computing has existed in various capacities for over a decade, but today we are seeing rapid growth and improvement throughout this area of technology. Cloud computing by definition is data and software applications no longer existing on a person’s personal computer, but on web-based servers managed by third-party providers. Users range from individual citizens to both large and small businesses. Cloud computing provides a convenient way to do a number of tasks such as email, photo sharing, and data storage. Everyday examples of cloud based systems include Hotmail, Gmail, Google Docs, iCloud, and pee-to-peer file sharing applications such as Napster and Limewire. Because information is stored on virtual web servers, there are issues concerning the privacy of cloud users. In addition, as is the case with a majority of new technologies, there are ongoing legal issues that have yet to be resolved.
The main argument I will make in regards to this week’s question is that cloud computing is having a significant impact on our society and the way businesses and individuals use software and store data. These impacts could lead to a decreased reliance on an individual’s own hard drive. There is also the potential for a shift towards accessing software applications solely via the
internet instead of downloading them onto our devices. Because cloud servers are managed by third-parties, businesses will continue to reap cost saving benefits associated with no longer maintaining hardware, reduction in software purchases, and decreased reliance on IT support. These cost saving measures, coupled with the convenience that cloud systems provide, will cause users to overlook concerns they may have regarding privacy and continue to embrace cloud
here to see further what cloud computing can do for businesses. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ae_DKNwK_ms
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Today, I will be informing the class on the Freedom Fone and how this telephony software answers the question of the week, which states, "What social and economic forces shape communication infrastructure?"
I will start off my presentation with a couple of key terms and then move on to tell you what Freedom Fone actually is. Freedom Fone is an open source telephony program that allows a free and easy way for members of a community to find out important information, transcending literacy barriers and without the need of the internet.
Next, I will inform the class on the history of Freedom Fone and how it was started by the Kubatana Trust, which is an online community of activists in Zimbabwe. Freedom Fone originally started in response to Zimbabwe's government controlled media. The members of Kubatana Trust wanted to give citizens a voice in society without the need for money, literacy, or the internet, which are all common problems in that area.
I will then discuss how Freedom Fone works through showing a video and explaining the use of audio voice menus, voice messages, SMS polls, and the call back option. I will also discuss the different uses of Freedom Fone. These uses include any type of situation in which a community is in need of information, such as communities effected by natural disaster or disease. Then, I will explain how Freedom Fone is form of New Media through being interactive, audience generated, digital, and narrowcasted.
After explaining Freedom Fone, I will present my discussion questions and then conclude my presentation by explaining how Freedom Fone answers the question of the week. I will reiterate to the class what types of social and economic forces are addressed with the new technology of Freedom Fone and how these forces have shaped this specific type of communication.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
As far as who controls the internet I think it is a toss up. The government does control the internet but, so do the people. The government is always exerting some sort of control but in alot of countries people have the right to explore or watch whatever they want. In other countries such as Syria its a tug of war between the people and the government that will never end. So overall the control of the internet is neutral between the people and the government.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
My name is Mike Wallace and I will be doing a case study to answer the question: Who controls the Internet? I will be doing this particular study on Facebook.
The main argument I will be trying to make is that while Facebook is a popular social networking site that is meant to help you make connections with friends there are some illegal things that it is used for such as forming illegal online protest groups and political riots.
The presentation will focus on what governments around the world are trying to do to prevent these things from taking place. The main example I will be using and talking about in the presentation is the Syrian government and some of the tactics and methods they are using to prevent the protests and riots from forming online.
For this presentation there are two questions I want the audience to think about. One is do you think the government is doing enough to prevent illegal activities on websights? Two is do you think alot of government control over websights is a good or bad thing?
To hear more tune in tomorrow for the presentation!
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
The theme of the week is: the internet. The question the week is:
Who Controls the Network?
The network is not controlled by any one organization, instead
it is made up of many non-profit organizations and Thursday I will be focusing
on ICANN. ICANN stands for Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers.
ICANN works with 242 countries and territories in supporting the daily
operation of the Internet, as the global coordinator of the Domain Name System,
which is referred to as “DNS”. This system is used more than one trillion times
per day by humans and ICANN’s machines, and yet most of us don’t give it a
second thought. In my presentation I will talk about the establishment of ICANN
and how it was founded in 1998 by Jon Postel and explain how ICANN used to be a
US organization that has now gone international. Also I will define key terms
like; protocols and globalization that are important when understanding ICANN.
I will then cover the structure of ICANN and some of the roles ICANN plays in operational
stability for our internet as well as its extreme importance in maintaining a
global reputation. ICANN really prides themselves for being recognized as such
an immense global organization that is constantly growing. I will also give
some examples of the root system which ICANN is over as well as tell about some
the examples of their many global partners and the importance of their upcoming
meetings in other countries. After that I will explain the way ICANN operates
as a non-profit organization and how it pays for it itself. I will conclude by
posing my discussion questions to the class and answering any questions my
classmates may have. Then I will give a short summary on how ICANN monitors and
control the internet network today.
On Thursday, November 10, 2011 I will be answering the question: Who Controls the Network?, with a case study done on YouTube. YouTube is growing at a tremendous rate with over 2 billions views. YouTube is shaping our society and even how the world communicates through online videos. YouTube like other great social media sites, has also been connected to scandals and controversies. Court cases and media acts have also been disputed because of YouTube and what has been place online, which I will be covering in my presentation. Copyright laws have also been a major issue for YouTube and their users. YouTube has made average individuals successful online celebrities. Some popular videos for example, Charlie Bit my Finger, have been viewed over 385 million times. Which in turn I pose the question do the YouTube user, or in general we the society, Control the network? It is an interesting question since we the society are the ones contributing to the library of YouTube’s videos. Stay tune for an intriguing and interesting presentation on YouTube as I answer the question Who Controls the Network?.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Today in class I will be discussing how he introduction of smart television has ensured a place for TV in new media markets. Old media is defined as static/fixed; one – to – many broadcast, anonymous and it has professional gatekeepers. While new media is defined as interactive and mobile, many – to – many interactive, and it has the ability to narrowcast.
We will talk about how Samsung Smart TV is changing the way you watch TV. You can stream movies, TV shows, and even YouTube videos. Plus it gives you recommendations based on what you've watched, and how you've rated movies and shows. Smart TV’s have the capability to scan your recently watched movies or any of your favorites online and narrowcast options that you may like, for example if you watched the movie Jurassic Park then your smart TV would recommend other dinosaur movies that you may enjoy.
Next and the most important part of the smart TV that makes it truly a new media outlet is interactivity. Users are no longer bound to gatekeepers, such as major broadcasters, being able to dictate the media that they see. Interactivity has made gatekeepers obsolete because the public can now choose what content they want to watch. Now in the age of social media and websites such as facebook, twitter or YouTube, traditional consumers of media can now actively produce the media generated on the internet
I will discuss in the conclusion that the Samsung “smart” TV has enabled the convergence of old media (television) and new media (internet) markets. The digital age has threatened the television industry but thanks to smart TV software, Internet integration has become possible and may secure the future of the television industry. Smart TV’s interactivity is the driving force behind consumer participation. Due to old media informing new media markets audiences can now control media content on their television sets.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
I will be presenting this Thursday on HBO, otherwise known as Home Box Office Inc. I am going to start my presentation defining some key terms from the chapter that apply to my topic of HBO. These key terms include cable television and pay TV. After I introduce the terms I will be talking about four different aspects of HBO with the first being the history. I will walk you through how it was started as the "Green Channel" and it was unsuccessful at first. I am then going to talk about some of its defining points such as satellite tv. Satellite TV gave it the boost it needed and it became the first national pay tv network. They then reached the masses they needed to for success through Teleprompter. I will also be talking about the court case of Home Box Office vs. FCC.
Next I will talk about HBO now. I will give a few statistics I found and talk about how HBO was not effected by the recession and was able to maintain profit. I am also going to talk about how it benefits its customers and their new app called HBO GO.
And the last part is about HBO in the future. During this part I will talk about the problems HBO faces with other competitors and how they are combating this competition with new technological advances.
Then i will conclude by stating that HBO is constantly adjusting its media forms based on old media forms. My discussion questions have to do with the future of HBO and if the class thinks it will soon be pushed down by its competitors or able to continually keep up with the means and expectations of new media forms.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
The beginning of my presentation will give a brief overview of the characteristics of terrestrial radio and Pandora internet radio. It will give the audience an idea of how the two radio forms are different and how Pandora has evolved from terrestrial radio.
Next I will discuss what Pandora is and how they got their name. This will give the audience a general break down of the structure of the company and the purpose the wish to fulfill. I will also look at the different mediums you can access Pandora on and how they appeal to the digital age. Smart Phone apps are one of the most common digital mediums that Pandora uses to reach their target listeners.
I will also discuss how Pandora generates revenue. Advertising is the predominant revenue sources for Pandora. The Advertisers take the information listeners give to Pandora to create ads that appeal to their information. There are also subscriptions available for purchase that allows Pandora to regulate go gains full access to their site. I will also address the fact that Pandora isn’t profitable because of royalty fees.
Lastly I will Define the Music Genome Project and how they are the key factor that makes Pandora so unique. This project has created a narrowcast by developing playlist to adhere to the listeners particular genre or artist interest.
To conclude I will state how Pandora is shaping the way for future radio and how the ability to personalize radio stations to the listeners musical interest will allow them to grow.
The discussion questions will relate the conformity of terrestrial radio and why listeners are attracted to internet radio.
Today in class, October 20, I will be discussing the law and policy issues related to the Sirius and XM satellite radio merger of 2008. The question of the week is about older media serving as a template for a wireless culture. Satellite radio does this because it brings the older form of media, radio, into the wireless/digital culture by providing a way for listener’s to pick the stations of music they most enjoy. Radio has transformed greatly since its first existence in 1896 with Marconi’s wireless telegraph and Morse code. It then became popular as a form of entertainment and extended further into the creation of AM and FM stations. Like we discussed in class, radio turned into a money- making industry where competition is fierce. Then in the early 2000’s, satellite radio made its introduction into the radio industry. Sirius and XM were two satellite radio providers, but neither was doing particularly well. In 2007, they decided to begin the process to merge into one hopefully successful company. The merger brought issues of monopolies and lack of competition to the satellite radio industry. There were people on both sides, for and against the merger. Ultimately the merger was approved by the Department of Justice and later the FCC. It was proven that the merger would not result in a monopoly, because of the popularity of iTunes and Internet radio, there would still be competition in the market. The merger brought about profits for the now named Sirius XM Radio. The company did have to pay fees on violations and the merger had stipulations. Since the merger, the company has proved successful, much to the fact that they made headway into the automotive industry by having their service already installed in most vehicles.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Sunday, October 2, 2011
In class on the 29th of September, a clear image of globalizations effects on The Walt Disney Company was shown and successfully discussed. The purpose of the study was to provide the class with an example of how globalization has shaped media or industry. Through Disney's use of content and mediums, the class was able to see how the company has responded to a continuously globalizing industry.
The class discussion on whether Disney was aiming towards global imperialism or just trying to appeal to a more extensive audience was interesting. Most of the students felt that Disney was just trying to appeal to a broader audience while keeping intone with American ideologies.
I was surprised more did not have something to say about the government using Disney as a source of propaganda. Here is a link I found very interesting. The scholarly article voices the opinions of a few critics of Disney, and it’s use of propaganda:
I hope I successfully showed two key ways in which globalization has shaped Disney. Also, how the medium can be just as important as the content in these cases. As McLuhan famously said, “The medium is the message.”
As for the question of the week: “How does globalization shape media products and industry?” I believe there are a variety of ways in which this is obvious. Globalization forces companies to be more diverse in their media products and marketing techniques. They also need to be accessible to a larger audience. Having a diverse selection of media outlets is one way in which to do so. For example, radio station, print publications, TV shows, etc. Using new and old media because not everyone has access to the new.
Lastly, I would like to thank the class for their input in the class discussion and their attention during my presentation.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Thursday September 29th
My case study presentation will be covering the topic: How does globalization shape media products and industry? I will be focusing on how ESPN has made the transition from a distinguished domestic corporation and expanded their sports coverage worldwide. The innovation and growth of technology in addition to media outlets has allowed ESPN the opportunities to continuously move forward with their company.Currently ESPN is the largest sports broadcasting/programming company in the United States. They cover nearly every event nationwide from collegiate basketball to professional hockey. They have now embedded themselves in countless countries in order to follow sporting events worldwide and adjust cultural proximity to make it easier for locals to engage. The newest development ESPN has added to its arsenal is domestic channels in other countries. They signed a deal with the United Kingdom in 2009 that allowed a partnership involving the Barclays Premier League. This enabled them access to each match and the ability to produce news/highlights within the UK. The Barclays Premier League in Europe is the equivalent to football on Sundays in America. ESPN has utilized the surge of “social media” to their advantage giving the consumers instant updates via Twitter, Facebook, ESPN.com, and text alerts. The great appeal of sports communication is that though language is considerably important it’s not a total barrier when it comes to highlights. The majority of fans tune in for exciting plays. In each match the consumer can see the passion and the body language from the players which is almost a language all its own. ESPN has accepted this fact and have generated what seems like an overnight success with the amount of growth already accomplished internationally. However ESPN must elevate much more while following government regulations in each country if they wish to reach their self-announced claim of ESPN: The Worldwide Leader in Sports.
Later this morning, September 29th, I plan on exploring the question: "How does globalization shape media products and industry?" In order to do this, I am going to analyze The Walt Disney Company and some of the ways in which they responded to globalization, and even contribute. Two key aspects I will discuss are the content and medium Disney uses, and has used throughout the companies history.
Throughout my presentation I would like the class to be reflecting on their view of Disney: if it sounds more like cultural imperialism or if it is just a company trying to appeal to a broader foreign market.
Important dates throughout our nation’s history coincide with many productions and medium changes of Disney. The company has always been known to be strongly right winged, but just how much influence did/does the government have on what the company produced?
As we have studied in class, media has been ever changing. Our society went from messengers on horseback, to print, to telegraph, and now Internet. Disney knew the importance of making the most out of every media medium possible. For example, when the first Disney TV show broadcasted, that was not enough. The company wanted it’s own network, which now they have more then one.
By recognizing the growth and power of the company we can see that their tactics have been successful.
By the end of the presentation I hope the class will be able to clearly see the ways in which Disney has tried and succeed to progress along with globalization. The company’s use of content and mediums is an apparent attribute of Disney’s strategy to move with globalization. From Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, their fist movie, to making on of the biggest purchases in history, the $19 billion dollar purchase of ABC network, Disney has made it’s way around the world and back.
Today, September 29th, I will be discussing the case study addressing the question: How does globalization shape media products and industry? I will be examining closely Bollywood as a manifestation of the global media industry and how it relates to us as a society in the United States.
Bollywood is the largest film industry in India and the second largest film industry, behind Hollywood, in the world. The idea of a glocal community and globalization effect Bollywood but more closely I will be examining the cultural proximity and regionalization that surrounds Bollywood today. Cultural proximity relates directly to Bollywood films because although we are exposed to some Indian films in the United states, most of their films are targeted to the Indian audience because of the language and culture used in these films are associated with this particular audience. Regionalization also plays a direct role in Bollywood the bright colors, music, and wardrobe changes can be linked to American Broadway. Many Americans enjoy Bollywood films because of the musical innuendo that is in place in these films. I will also be addressing the issues that Bollywood faces today such as piracy and non-elite audiences in India connecting with the films.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Aljazeera is the primary news outlet of the Arabic world, and claims to be the only non-political news outlet in the Middle East. Geographical closeness and cultural proximity helps media cross borders, but globalization allows media to spread even if it has long distances to travel. We now have a global media network that is telling us standardized information throughout the world. There are a few media outlets that dominate the industry, so people are only getting their information from fewer sources. North America is a major presenter in the media scene, meaning that it has an important role in presenting on the national stage. Recently AlJazeera has gained more public attention, and now we see clips of AlJazeera’s on CNN regularly. Transborder data flows carry values and ideas along with it making the world more of a global marketplace. One of the global issues I will be addressing is the unequal flows of information and ideas and how AlJazeera is progressively moving towards the free flow of information.
Thursday, September 15, 2011