Week 13 Now and Future
Our life and life style has been changed a lot by digital media. We can definitely say that media changes our lives in a positive way. However, we still need to take some concerns about the fast development of media. The reason that I feel amazing about Twitter is that Twitter is somewhere people publish and aggregate information and it is open up for everyone therefore information is fast flowed. The advantage of using twitter is that the government can never fool us with hiding information. The government can no longer manipulate the journalism, as everyone can be the publisher now. We can gather information from all over the world. However, Internet is not a safe place yet to trust. There are definitely wrong and dangerous information. We need the ability to distinguish the right information.
I have experienced the transition from traditional media to digital media. The way we communicate is definitely changed by the social media. Try to make the communications funnier with talking in cyber-words. Send abbreviations and emoticons instead of proper language. It is nothing wrong with the cyber-words erosions but there are some examples of using those funny cyber things at a formal situation. Maybe my future child who will grow up with social media can never use a proper and formal language. Or maybe in the future there will be compulsory class for teaching how to differentiate proper language from the cyber-words.
As people always say that it is social media makes us antisocial, there are people think that as long as I have my laptops and phones, I can live without building any relationships. There are past examples of teenagers dying while playing violence games for a week without sleeping and teenagers never walk out from their bedrooms because they addict to Internet and have fear of real society.
I can never imagine what the society will be in five years because everything changes so fast. Smart people will take advantages of social media and never let social media erode their lives. And me, waking up with twitter, will need to be smarter.
Week 11 Fragmented Media
When people say media, you may think of TV, newspaper and Internet. Nowadays with the development of technologies, media becomes broad and seems exists everywhere. The reason that we say media is fragmented probably is because of those applications on smart phones and Tablets. Of course with the formal news report, we need professional cameral, microphones and journalists to make formal live broadcast. However, with the apps on smart phones, people can report any news at any times. That is what we say, social media. There are things that the government does not want to show us, but with fragmented media, everyone can be publisher, nothing can be hide and is not biased. Fragmented media is not only the division on different technologies, but also means the increase use of different social networking sites. Twitter, Facebook or BBS are the popular sites where people make discussion related to their interests. Those small groups gather people from all over the world and then make connection between different social networking sites.
Now it seems like everyone is holding an iPhone with same apps on it. I remember when I was at Junior high school, not everyone had an iPhone and not many people were using twitter so often like now. We heard news from TV or newspapers and talked about through MSN or SMS a few days late after the news was released. However, with the fragmented media, we can discuss and make comment immediately after the news is officially announced online. Apps really make our lives so fast and convenient and people now can hardly live without it.
Week 10 Affect
The idea of affect has become very popular since the developing of Internet and digital media. We have always talked about the strong affect of media on us in recent years. I will start my blog with talking about how I spend my day. That is, in the morning waking up with checking twitter on the bed; see what is new about the day. Then takes my laptop and smart phone with me everywhere in the day. Check some YouTube videos see what everyone is seeing on YouTube. Catch up with all the new and popular stuff. In the evening, talk with my friends online about what I have seen through the day and exchange our opinions. I recognize this is how most of people spend their days. So when we think about how news nowadays spread so fast, this is the reason.
Munster describes this media affect as media viral. It’s the idea of how news, blogs, micro blogs or videos can spread so fast through the online community as everyone online is watching and shares with their groups (Munster, 2013). Every morning I wake up to check twitter. I see funny cross talk, which is shared by millions of viewers. I see news that is published by official twitter account and every viewer is arguing and commenting. It is the same environment on YouTube. People go and check what are the most popular videos. However, these social networking sites always link with each other. Even if I do not check YouTube, I still can find out the popular ones because people can share the link of the video on twitter. Take an advantage of media affect, as long as advertisers can make arguable blogs or videos of one product, let the viewers argue and comment on it. The product will become popular and they definitely will earn benefits through this.
I always feel amazing about how media can influence people and that is the reason I start study media. Once you start enjoy media, you are absolutely involved in the strong media affect.
This week we switch to the micro-politics topic. It is quite similar to my final research topic. When you think about today’s media, the key words that come up into your mind might be open, no boundaries or free speech. Media indeed enlarges the boundaries and gives us chances to supervise the government. However, having investigating the development of media, I still recognize that the government takes the control and manipulates the media system.
In my point of view, the idea of micro-politics is simply the interactions between publics and politicians through social networking sites, like Facebook or Twitter. I am always interested in the development of Twitter that how politicians create Twitter accounts and have interactions with the publics. People in my generation, were born with traditional printing press and grew up with the new digital media, we can tell how the role of government has changed. I can say that our rights of controlling our own lives certainly have been developed. We have social media as a tool for supervising the governments and social networking sites allow us to report anything to the government regardless of time or space. Anything happened in the society can raise a strong topic through twitter to pressure and force the government to attach importance to the publics. However, on the other side, the politicians can take advantages of social networking sites as well. Ordinary people are not the only participations on the Internet. The government can definitely raise some social topics and pay for some speakers to brainstorm our minds. We can hardly tell the truth.
There are always arguments on the development of new media. Like how we say everything has pro and cons, digital media has its advantages and disadvantages. However, I have to say that we are not the only one who earns benefits from digital media, so does the government.
Week 6 Data and Media
In my point of view, the new media is mostly made of software then the software as a platform carries millions of data. There are arguments about the impacts of the digital media on the traditional press media and the reason for this is that the way the data exists has a big change. For example, in the past, the data existed on the real papers and the information spread from person to person in the coffee house. However, with the software today, data does not only exist on papers but also exist in the online archive and all the data is linked.
Besides how the way of data has changed, I also want to talk about how data influences us. Latour in his Actor Network Theory (ANT) indicates that data is a non-human actant, which with human actant forms the assemblages. He also argues that both human and non-human actant should be treated equally within the network. Based on his theory, I found that data as non-human actant indeed influences the way we think and react. For instance, the increasing use of social networks like Facebook or twitter or instagram. If one of my friends starts using twitter, and then I definitely will be influenced by the data brought by my friend from twitter, then I start thinking twitter is an interesting place to go, and if most of friends are using twitter and talking about the information from twitter then I will feel outdated and need to use twitter to catch up with those data.
Nowadays the online data is also global. Data is linked and shared all over the world; therefore the influence brought by data on human is not only socially but also culturally. Data, as part of the new media, transforms information and change the way we think, react and communicate.
What media has brought to our daily life is the switch between reality and virtual. Media like web 2.0 as a platform provides us with a virtual world. We publish and receive information from the virtual world and then bring them into the real life. Under the development of media, the essence of reality and virtual has been changed to suit our needs for daily lives. There are two divisions for the term reality, which are virtual reality and augmented reality.
Start with some research for these two realities, we know that virtual reality is how we bring the virtual world into life and experience it with some kinds of technologies. One of the examples of virtual reality might be the simulation of the spaceflight. The environment of spaceflight has been maximally simulated therefore the astronaut gets training under this virtual environment.
The term, augmented reality obviously means opposite to the virtual reality, which is to transfer the physical real world into virtual world with some kinds of computer-generated sensory technologies. Examples may be like the Google maps or GPS. They simulate the real life into a virtual environment with visual images or sound and normally attach onto a technological platform such as the Google map app on the iPhone.
Like the last week’s concept, these media technologies have advantages and disadvantages. Media helps improving memorizing, at the same time it also destroys memory. These technologies make us live both in real life and virtual world. It seems has made life much easier with high achievement. Like the article ‘7 Ways Augmented Reality will improve your life’ introduced, augmented reality is not a future thing but it is developing and makes our lives easier.(Drell,2012) However, will these media technologies limit human resources and have they already started destroying our natural abilities. There are always augments on the development of media, but we still have to live with and rely on it.
Drell, Lauren (2012) ‘7 Ways Augmented Reality Will Improve Your Life’,
Mashable, December 20, <http://mashable.com/2012/12/19/augmented-reality-city/
Last week we discussed the media as an environment for communication. This week we come to the theory of media being an extended part of human. Media is a wide topic to discuss. For more specific, media can be cyberspace like twitter or Facebook for archiving data from past to present. Media can also be technologies such as computer or iPad, which deals with more complex data or information.
Unlike human brain, the way that media archive data is orderly and traceable. For example, if we search some key words on Google, millions of similar websites will come out. This is how Internet can archive and re-use data. It’s like how we do mind mapping. When we do mind mapping, we add our imagination or emotion so different people can have different expansion. However the Internet archive just deals with information and it is fixed. The Internet archive helps human to record large amount of information and pass them to next generation. This is how past exists in the present. The data is from the past but can be reviewed in the present. Besides archiving data for us, media also influences us on memorizing, like providing visual images and constructing our mind.
Media is discussed as an extended part of human mind. However problems also arise. Has the convenience brought by technologies tried to destroy our nature memory? With this great function, people on longer need to challenge the limitation of human brains for memorizing. For example, when people drive with GPS, which providing great data of routes, people will not memorize the route in mind but rely on GPS only. Or like the Calendar app on iPhone, we can take notes onto the Calendar and carry it with us so we do not have to memorize important events. Everything now is on technology but not in mind. Media helps and also destroys our ability for memorizing.