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What is the internet, really?

29 Sep

What is the internet? Does it has a physical appearance? It is a place where we can actually visit? An interesting talk by Andrew Blum on Ted will give you the answer to these questions.

 

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The Pros and Cons of New Media

11 Sep

Pros

  • Accurate in time, no issue of time lack

events or news that occur at a point of time are immediately published through new media such as in Twitter, facebook or in Youtube. It is fast and easy to publish news through new media as there is not editing process and the need to print them on papers.

  • Highly interactive

Unlike traditional media, new media is highly interactive as the communication is always two way; between the publishers and the audiences. Hence new media is less bias than traditional media and it is more effective to listen to what others has to say especially on politics or governmental action. Thats why politics has now find its way into new media such as Facebook so that it can interact with people which is important to know whether policies implemented by the government is effective in the country.

  • It empower the voice of the individual

It is hard for an individual to find a voice and convey a message without the use of new media. It is easy for a message conveyed by an individual to reach the masses through new media especially in the form of social media. eg: Kony 2012, a campaign started by 3 friends which now ended up with more than 30000 americans plus 100 special-operation troops joined in the action.

  • Unite people

People can now unite together through new media for a cause or to start a campaign or evoke changes. Eg: Avaaz, a people-powered website where people sign petitions to start a campaign or evoke changes.

  • A medium for fame and popularity, Check these video out:

 

 

 

Cons

  • Shorten attention span

Nowadays, the generation living in the world of new media are known as “pancake” people; pancakes are wide and shallow just like how people nowadays have access to broad range of information but have shallow knowledge about them. see pros of traditional media.

  • Anonymous

People often do now disclose their real identity online. This result in them having lesser responsibility over the information they publish to the public. That is why there are many obscene images and information made available to the public. these people it also make it dangerous for people to make friends online.

  • Discourage face to face interaction

people are increasing using the internet as a substitute for them social life, new media has become the platform for them to express their feelings and ideas. This can result in lack of social skills in the society.

  • Harmful information

nowadays, the availability of hate websites result in homemade terrorists, these people are self-radicalised by having access to these websites. Also, many obscene images and informations can be easily found on the internet and nowadays kid are tech-savvy, if they are accessed to these information, it can be harmful to their mental health and also leads to addiction.

The Pros and Cons of Media

11 Sep

There are many types of media such as digital media, print media, broadcast media etc. However it can be categorised into two main types namely traditional media and new media. I’m going to summarise each of them into pros and cons to make it simple. I noticed that it is hard to find a decent and detailed list of the pros and cons of media, so im going to make one myself:)

Traditional Media

Pros

  • They are reliable (than new media)

Why? Firstly most traditional media are usually in the form of print media. So the information must be written by experienced writers and then it will have to go through a thorough editing process by a group of editors before the information are published to the public. And those companies having businesses in traditional media are usually big companies with a decent reputation and a legal position in society, so it is impossible for them to publish something indecent unless they want their businesses to collapse.

  • They are accessible to all

Yes, they are more accessible to people than new media because not all can afford the technology that is needed to access to new media especially in the rural parts of the world. You see, the devices that can access to new media are smartphones, tablets, laptops or a computer and none of them is inexpensive to poor people, so the only way for them to access to information is through traditional media. With just a few cents, they can purchase a local newspaper and all the information they need is all in. Also, the elderly are more comfortable with traditional media since they have been using it in the past and they do not see the need to learn a new skill in manipulating with the technology to have access to new media.

  • They are easier to control

traditional media are usually in the form of print media and they are produced by legal companies. So any information that are deemed as indecent or sensitive will be blocked (since they are from big legal companies, the culprit who publishes indecent information can be easily detected and no one is stupid enough to do that).

  • People have developed sentimental attachment to traditional media.

The feel of the pages and a sense of permanent cannot be found in the new media. In traditional media, the information is printed on paper which in turn form a physical object such as books or newspaper. Whereas, the information available in the new media seems so virtual and unreal as the information can be removed easily and at anytime. Books are still popular today even though there are ebooks such as kindle that are available to the people at an affordable price.

  • They increase our attention span

It is true that people are able to spend hours reading a book but not so when it comes to reading the same information online. This is due to the fact that the myriad information available on the internet makes it impossible for us to spend a lot of time reading just one piece of information. Our mind tend to wonder off easily and the most we could do is just to scan the information quickly and look for the next one. With more attention spent on traditional media, it can stimulate deep thoughts and also out creativity.

Cons

  • Time lack

the latest news that we read on newspaper have actually happened quite some time ago, maybe a few hours or a day. this is due to the time to process and edit the information before it is published to the public.

  • They are bias

I can’t deny that they are bias. the group of people who process the information are actually a group of people who share a common interest. For instance, most companies that own the media are actually governmental and information that are sensitive to the country are usually blocked or downplayed before they reach the public. So you see the newspaper in different countries are fundamentally different, Chinese newspapers do not often report cases of corruption in China while the American newspapers have all the news published regarding corruption in China and some even made it to the headlines.

  • Have impact on the environment

Traditional media often are in the form of print media so large amount of papers are needed everyday. Everyday millions or even billions of newspaper are printed in the world and it can have a detrimental impact in the long run. Also, when books are published, they are published in tens of thousands if not millions. imagine the impact in the long run..

Troll: A New Phenomenon?

11 Sep

Definition from Wikipedia: In Internet slang, a troll is someone who posts inflammatory,[2] extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as a forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response[3] or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.[4] The noun troll may refer to the provocative message itself, as in: “That was an excellent troll you posted.”

I got to know about this when my gp teacher discussed about it in class. It sounds interesting to me and I went to check it out. I found out that there are many people trolling on the internet and making  jokes out of it. Before I knew about this, I have actually came across Trollers on the internet such as in Facebook and sometimes in YouTube. I didn’t know they are Trollers and I just thought they are just being plain lame. So given its increasing popularity, is trolling a new phenomenon in the online world?

There are a lot of trolls on the internet and most of them are really funny. I found a few screenshots and pictures of trolls from this website: www.helpfeedthetroll.com. Check this out:)

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