2 Minute Movie Assessment

Hey There!

Thanks for coming to my blog. Here is my two minute movie assignment for 1501LHS New Communication Technologies. This assessment piece has been in the works for almost a month now and I am very happy to be able to show you all the completed version.

The two minute movie shows the effects that New Communication devices such as mobile phones and laptops have on our lives. I developed the concept for this film by looking through previous course content and researching the course aspects that I found especially interesting.

I hope you all enjoy!

 

 

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Week Six Blog Post #2

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This is an image that I found on creative commons which was uploaded in the Automotive Social Media Marketing album. I particularly like this image because it showed just how communication technologies can connect thousands of people from all different cultures and races together in one place.

 

Week Six Blog Post #1

Survey Results

During last weeks tutorial, we created and uploaded a survey to our social media and asked our friends to complete it for research purposes. The results that I have received from this survey surprised me as I realised that I have very different opinions about social media compared to some of my friends.

When asked “Does social media ever make you feel jealous or unsure of your relationship?” the majority of survey answers disagreed, this can be seen in the table provided below. This came as a surprise to me as I would have assumed that most people would be influenced by what they see online, and therefore would compare their relationships to the relationships of people they watch on Facebook and YouTube.

When asked “Do you think that social media brings you closer to people or pushes them away?” the general consensus was that social media brings people closer together, this is shown in the table provided below. I agree with the majority of survey answers as I use social media platforms such as Facebook, primarily to contact distant friends and relatives that I no longer live in close proximity with.

Looking at the overall results from the survey questions, I can see that the people who completed the survey appreciated social media greatly. I was able to see how different people use social media and analyse the effects that this has on their personal lives. It gave me a deeper insight into the online world and helped me to better understand social media in my own private life.

I am not used to questioning the communication tools that I use in my everyday life however since studying this course, I have felt much more able to questions myself in regards to the amount of social media I use in a day and the positive or negative implications that this has on my personal life.

Week Five Blog Post #1

Cyber Activism

Cyber Activism refers to how people use technological tools to effect social and political change. These tools can range between anything from mobile phones and cameras to social networking sites such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter (Kyongjae Song, 2011). There has been an alarming surge of online social media platforms in recent years. Social media programs such as YouTube and Facebook became household names almost overnight and have been able to reach even the most distant and underprivileged countries around the world. These platforms allow users to upload various forms of content, which is then visible to almost anyone around the world with an internet connection.

While these online platforms were originally created for communication and entertainment purposes, they have quickly become an online conduit for political and human rights activism. Public outcries and human rights abuses which were once hidden from the world are easily discovered and made public through advances in social media. Depending on the cause, cyber activism can be used to raise awareness of an issue, gather and organise followers while also initiate change (Techopedia.com, 2017). For example, cyber activists can create and send important petitions to a great number of people to be signed before they are sent on to the government or authorities.

During today’s lecture and tutorial, we discussed the similarities and differences between cyber activism and the concept of hacktivism. Hacktivism involves the hacking of certain computer systems, for a politically or socially motivated purpose (SearchSecurity, 2017). The main difference between the two is the fact that hacktivists use illegal and commonly unethical procedures to collect and distribute the classified information that they acquire. A hacktivist uses basically the same tools and techniques that a hacker would use, but they do so in order to bring attention to a greater political or social cause (Denning, 2017).

An interesting example of a real life hacker turned cyber activist is the founder of the whistle blowing website WikiLeaks, Julian Assange. Assange used his hacking skills to break into the data bases of hundreds of high profile organisations (Biography.com, 2017). Just over 15 years ago, Assange created WikiLeaks, a website which sought to find confidential information regarding massive organisations and distribute it into the public sphere. Assange created WikiLeaks because he believed that the public deserved to know what was going on behind closed doors and although his intentions were purely for the people, he made some irreversible choices which subsequently put many people in danger. I believe that we have the right to know certain information about the people who we trust to run our countries and international affairs, however, I do not support any of the unethical choices that Assange has made over the past few years which has left many people feared to be dead.

References:

Biography.com. (2017). Julian Assange. [online] Available at: https://www.biography.com/people/julian-assange-20688499 [Accessed 3 Aug. 2017].

Denning, D. (2017). The Rise of Hacktivism |. [online] Journal.georgetown.edu. Available at: http://journal.georgetown.edu/the-rise-of-hacktivism/ [Accessed 4 Aug. 2017].

Kyongjae Song (2011). A Study on the Global Social Movement: Focusing the Global Cyber Activism. 21st centry Political Science Review, 21(1), pp.79-99.

SearchSecurity. (2017). What is hacktivism? – Definition from WhatIs.com. [online] Available at: http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/definition/hacktivism [Accessed 4 Aug. 2017].

Techopedia.com. (2017). What is Cyberactivism? – Definition from Techopedia. [online] Available at: https://www.techopedia.com/definition/27973/cyberactivism [Accessed 3 Aug. 2017].

Week Four Blog Post #2

Social Networking

Sometimes called a virtual community, a social network is an online environment that brings people  together to talk, share ideas and interests, or make new friends (Definitions and Hope, 2017). Unlike traditional forms of media that is created to serve no more than ten people, social media sites are built and contain content by millions of different users. Social networking refers to the use of online social media programs to seek out friends, family members, possible clients and customers. Social networking occurs for many different purposes, people might use these social media programs for business reasons while other people use them for personal reasons. Social media programs such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are the most versatile networks and therefore can be easily and effectively used online for both personal and business purposes.

I am in a position where I need to use social networking for both personal and business purposes. I use my Facebook and Instagram for my person uploads of what I am doing on a day to day basis, however, I also use these programs to upload for various business whom I do work with. It is my job to make sure that I use social networking to the best of my ability to ensure that my clients are given the most publicity and to make sure that as many people as possible are seeing the business pages. If social networks ceased to exist then I, along with many millions of people would be left without a job. This shows just how massive social networking has become today. We rely so strongly on social media in everyday life so it’s hard to imagine a life without the likes of social networking.

References:

Definitions, S. and Hope, C. (2017). What is a Social Network?. [online] Computerhope.com. Available at: https://www.computerhope.com/jargon/s/socinetw.htm [Accessed 4 Aug. 2017].

Week Four Blog Post #1

The Creation of the web

The web was an excellent invention which now means that we can connect to people from all across the globe, keeping us updated with our friend and family, and creating technological advances we’ve never seen before (Lumsden, 2017). The web has come a very long way since it’s beginning in the early 1980s. An English scientist named Tim Berners-Lee is responsible for the invention of the World Wide Web in 1989. Berners-Lee wrote the first web program in 1990 while employed at the tech company CERN.

Although technological advances such as the ones that led to the invention of the World Wide Web are considered to be extremely useful to us, it can be argued that advances just like this one can be held accountable for the lack of face to face communication that we encounter in everyday life. The invention of the web served to connect people from all different parts of the world however as technology has escalated, we have forgotten how to communicate without a screen in front of us. Communication and manners have been thrown out the window since the invention of the web because people no longer feel comfortable talking with one another. This is sad because kids these days are becoming more and more attached to technology at such young ages which means they may never experience a normal upbringing which involves the face to face transactional model of communication.

Thank you for reading.

References:

Lumsden, A. (2017). A Brief History of the World Wide Web. [online] Web Design Envato Tuts+. Available at: https://webdesign.tutsplus.com/articles/a-brief-history-of-the-world-wide-web–webdesign-8710 [Accessed 2 Aug. 2017].

Week Three Blog Post #4

Cyberpunk 

The term cyberpunk refers to the body of fiction built around the world of William Gibson and other writers, who have constructed visions of the future worlds of cyberspace, with all their vast range of technological developments and power struggles (Burrows and Featherstone, 2000). Cyberpunk looks at the dark side of technology and focuses more prominently on visions of the future, with a wide range of post-human creatures which have both theoretical and practical implications on the real world. Theoretically these forms influence those who attempt to reconstruct the social theories of the present and near futures while practically, in terms of the young people who desire to devise subcultures and unorthodox lifestyles which aim to bring about certain aspects of the cyberspace and cyberpunk constellations.

During this weeks lecture, we were shown a movie which embodies the elements of a cyberpunk film and our tutors also showed us various cyberpunk movie trailers so that we could better grasp the concepts that are involved within this genre. The first film, Bladerunner is a post-apocalyptic take on the cyberpunk genre. In the film, humans have become almost a virus for planet earth. The streets are dense and dirty, displaying the decay of human civilisation over the years. The earth has now become a wasteland dominated by a technology industry, feeding off the destruction of human civilisation. This kind of film shows us one persons view of technology, displaying what could be waiting for us in the future.

References:

Burrows, R. and Featherstone, M. (2000). Cyberspace/cyberbodies/cyberpunk. London: Sage.

Week Three Blog Post #3

Cybernetics 

The term cybernetics was first coined in 1948 by a man named Norbert Weiner to describe a new science which combined the theories of communications and control. For Weiner, cybernetics had the ability to encompass the human mind, body and the world of technology and attempted to reduce all three to the common denominator of control and communication (Burrows and Featherstone, 2000).

Cybernetics has many different definitions, this is due to the many individuals who have personally influenced the direction of cybernetics in our technology filled era. Cybernetics considers our behavioural habits online as apposed to considering the treatment of things online. In simpler terms, cybernetics asks “What does this do?” or “What can this do?” rather than “What is this thing?” because it follows the theory that numerous systems in our living, social and technological worlds can be better understood this way. Cybernetics encompasses the concepts which cyberneticians have developed through language so that we may better understand and regulate our world of communications, both online and in the real world.

References:

Burrows, R. and Featherstone, M. (2000). Cyberspace/cyberbodies/cyberpunk. London: Sage.

Week Three Blog Post #2

Cyberspace

The term cyberspace refers to an information space in which data is configured in such a way as to give the operator the illusion of control, movement and access to information, in which he/she can be linked together with a large number of users via a puppet-like simulation which operated in a feedback loop to the operator (Burrows and Featherstone, 2000). In simpler terms, the word cyberspace describes the interconnected networks of technology that link everyone around the world with machines to form an online reality that could be easily navigated just like our real world.

Cyberspace is basically the same thing as the internet. The internet today facilitates our communication online and the way we interact with others in an online environment that can sometimes be perceived as more real than the world around us. Even though cyberspace does not exists in one real place, there are various elements of cyberspace all around us. Every time we connect with a technological device to surf the internet we can contact the cyberspace anywhere in the world. This means that with cyberspace becoming such an integral part of our society, we can log onto our social media accounts and talk to people from all different countries. This is an exciting feat as there are no longer such strong communication barriers between countries, instead we can all communicate in a online environment where accent and language barriers don’t exist.

References:

Burrows, R. and Featherstone, M. (2000). Cyberspace/cyberbodies/cyberpunk. London: Sage.