Thursday, November 29, 2007

Essay Ideas

web pro news

who owns the internet


The news and observer


Google domains

Google docs


The internet in 10 years

I would love to say that the intenet is going to integrate its way into every aspect of our lives but I feel that with the ever increasing digitalisation of our world we are very soon goin to see a rejection of everything that is digital. Im not only talking about those people you see when you take a day trip down to Byron Bay who sit around in hemp shirts and dont wear shoes. Im talking about normal everyday people who are sick of needing someone to fix every new electronic gadget in their house why do we need a $30 electric toothbrush when a nromal one costs $2.

I think people will always have a computer in their homes but their has to come a point where people do not want to be dependant on a machine for everything. They want to go to the store to pick the milk they want, they dont want the fridge to order the same milk every week we naturally as humans want to feel that we are in control and I really think that in 10 years we will still have the interet and yes you can order everything you nwant on the internet without ever leaving your chair. The fact of the matter is we are humans and humans need human interaction.

I think that devices such as the digital cmaera will still be around but as we get older in terms of our lives on the internt we wont be posting as much as we do know because we will know the hazards of putting all your personal information online for the world to see. We are still in the honeymoon period when it comes to personal homepages like Myspace and facebook we are going to hit a rough patch and that is when we are goint o see a big change in how we share pictures over the internt and how we talk about they things we do online. I think our generation whatever we are called I dont know are ruined when it comes to the internet we are the ones who have made it a wonderful place to share information when in actual fact its not and the secret to a good life should surely be less dependance on computers. I perosnally know I spend to much time on the internet just doing crap all, but we do. I think our kids will have a much better chance in getting the balance right.

Sounding a bit doom and gloom I know but I really think the internet is not the be all and end all of life its merely a tool to express whats happeing in the real world. I actually just finished watching existenz this morning and that movie with the bland real world and the colourful computer world is a perfect example of how some people are taking the digital age way too far. The thought that it was more important to pay the game than to live life and be in your own body is not a healthy way to life.

Thursdays Lecture

Todays lecture we looked at the idea of CyberUtopia and how technology is our saving grace in this world. We looked at the 2 new comings of a media age.
Firstly the telephone where people could all of asuddent transmit what they thought to people all over the world (eventually)but only to one person at a time. Then the second age where the Internet allowed people to transmit information to millions of people in every country around the world. This allowed for a transparent world to be born. where information can be transmitted where ever a cable has been laid. However the further we march down the digital road the more dependant we are on it and were we to loose phonelines or worse electricity where would we be in our digital world then. This emergence of the digital world has to stop somewhere or we will find oursleves stranded when the inevitable does happen.

Wednesdays Tute Questions

Q.Given the conventional wisdom that traditional media are still the dominant form for getting "news" out to the world, do you think the internet will effect the audience for those old media?

A. I thin
k the Internet has been a great tool in allowing news to be published by not only the old traditional media but also new types as well. However I do not thin that unofficial blogs and peoples personal homepages or anything of that ameture nature is goin to tae over the fact fact that we still get our news from the large news coprporations. Yes new media outlets do offer fresh opinions but they are not going to wipe out ther media giants of this world.

Check out the local IndyMedia website. What kind of news is there, and do you think a website like that has a place in your life?

A. A website like this with independant community based political news is a great way for people to get their voices heard on an international level without needing the approval of commercial new outlets. In my own life I could see it coming in handy If i was trying to find out information on an event which was clearly not covered by the mainstream media but apart from that it doesnt bemnefit me personally. But I can see how it is a great resource for people in developing countries or countries where the news is government run.

Do you think the internet is (was?) an effective tool for politicians to reach out to their intended audience?

A. I think it was a great marketing ploy by both parties in the recent federal election to use the internet to make certain anouncments and proposals. Particularly those aimed at the youth of Australia. I think it was a step that logically had to be made the youth of Australia are becoming the online generation. For the politicians to not embrace this new media would be a perfect example of the old fashioned establishment not keeping up with the times. In thining about it, it was a stepo that had to happen every single company aims to sell themsleves online so why wouldnt political parties do the same. Long over due I say.

What do you think about blogs as a way for people to get information out? What about their role as political commentary?

A. As i said in the question above I cannot see blogs taking over the way we get our news. Yes RSS feeds off other peoples blogs in homepages like pageflakes are a great way to read news but they have one major flaw. The news you are reading is still just spouted out of somones mouth without any backing. That is why the major news networks hold such a stronghold because they check their facts and backup everything they say that is the reason they are a news corporation. Blogs are a great tool for uploading and announcing personal information but when it xomes to the news I think people will stick with what they know. When its looked at in a commentary sense they are a good thing but in a reliable news sense then yes.

Wednesdays Lecture

Today’s topic of Digital democracy is an interesting one because now that every person with a computer and the internet has the ability to say what they feel to whomever else in the world wants to hear it. It allows for a much more transparent democracy because now nobodies voice is suppressed by local authorities like in North Korea where the internet has still never touched and parts of Africa who are too poor to access the internet. How ever like always the powers at be will use this free domain of information to purport false information about rival parties. However this has always happened there has always been propaganda to mislead the masses but now we as a public have the ability to ignore what is clearly propaganda and find the truth ourselves thanks to the digital age we live in. This is where the idea of free speech comes into it because although we can now find the truth if we are not allowed our freedom of speech how can we relay this information to the powers at be? For a transparent digital democracy freedom of speech needs to a basic right. Growing up with the Internet I always had dreams to be able to do what hackers did how they could get into hidden parts of the internet and computers. I first started learning HTML at about the age of 13 as my mum was a computer teacher. But unfortunately that’s where it stopped. But films like Hackers were a great education growing up that these people are not out to harm things they are just after the truth.

Tuesdays Lecture

Unfortunately I missed this lecture due to unforseen circumstances but I am Quite a fan of Electronic Music so the ideas are not that unknown to me. Electronic music takes on many forms from the original theme music to computer games in the 80’s to the latest dance hits coming out of labels such as The Ministry of Sound. The question is all computer based music (ie in a digital format) electronic. I’m going to say no because the term electronic music for me anyway means music which has not been created using traditional vibration methods but through computer signals. Traditional analogue music or sound is created by vibrations either on a drum or in a guitar string these sounds are made by the movement of air in such a way that it makes an audible sound. Electronic music is completely different it is made solely by the computer there was no initial audible vibration. the fact that electronic music is in a digital format like that of acoustic music which has been digitised is not the same thing granted they are both in a digital format but one was electronically made the other was acoustically made. We as a generation are becoming more ensconced in the digital realm with more and more people listening to digital music which has been digitally compressed to limit the frequency ranges of the music we listen to. In that way we are loosing the quality of life that we hear but it is really only affecting that aspect of our lives most other things are still preferred in the analogue format such as books and the reluctance of people to read book on their IPODS or new reports granted news websites are popular people still buy the paper on a Sunday because its easier than going online.

Mondays lecture

Today’s lecture saw us look at The Free Software Foundation and how it was created by students at MIT University. That then led on to the development of Linux from a basic UNIX system. We then looked at how Windows and Linux differ in terms of not only aesthetics but how they scan your computer and report back to Microsoft or apple respectively. This got a few people in the class worried that their computers were talking to people without them knowing about it. We also touched on the ability of modern computers to what’s known as “Duel Boot” where one computer can run two operating systems. Next it was free content as opposed to free software. We checked out the site which I have used before for music content for a movie I made last semester. So I was aware of how creative commons could be used and how to use it. It is becoming an important area now that the web is being filled with much more UGC or User Generated Content. We then looked at how the EFF or Electronic Frontier Foundation is looking out for internet users in terms of Bandwidth monitoring and similar practices.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Web programs and Games

Todays lecture went AWOL again with the majority of the class having plenty to say about IM (instant messaging) and then when we got on to the topic of digital music its clear that its really hard to teach it in the normal sense of the word because everybody has their own opinions and experiences so its a great way to find out more about everyone in the class and who's illegally downloading music and to some extremes changing their IP address so they can watch content unavailable to Australian users. Of course P2P is a natural progression after digital music and sparked just as much discussion.

The next topic was the study of videos games, Not e this is not how they affect our lives that has been done to death but how they are as a piece of literature how they are structured and how they keep the player addicted it was really interesting to know that new game developers use dedicated developers who work on making the games addictive.

Photo Diary

When I think about summer I think about last summer, when I went to every festival under the sun and had the best time with old friends and all the new ones i made along the way. (Many of which are never heard or seen from again). This photo was taken using an 8mp digital camera and then shrunk down to 640 x480 for use on the net.

The word Hi tech brings up images of my mate and his brand new DJ decks he spent $5000 on brand new state of the art equipment he had no idea how to use but now about 123 months later hes getting paid to DJ at different functions around the coast. But ill never forget the night he got all this equipment set up in his room and had no idea how to use it or what half the buttons even did. Its a perfect example of Hi tech gone too far. This photo was taken using a 10mp camera with no flash indoors and then shrunk to 640 x 480 for use on the net.

When trying to find photos of friends you can never find one with everyone you want but this is a great one. as its the four of us who all knew each other at school. Now 3 years on we still all get along great even though a few of us went overseas for a while and everybody changed were still the best of friends. This photo was taken with the same 10mp camera with a flash and then shrunk down to 640 x 480 for use on the web.

The word University reminds me of what I used to think University would be like full of all these new people i would meet and start making friends all over again. but quite the opposite happened by going to a school locally yes i did make some new friends but to this day my close friends are all people that went to my school everyday at the Uni bar or around campus ill run into people i went to school with and it feels great. So to some it up my time at Griffith hasn't felt any different to school which has been great. not sure what camera was used for this photo but it appears to be a professional photo which I found on the web at 2000 px wide

Ok so I stopped looking for an unconventional image when I stumbled across this one on Google not sure exactly what is supposed to be saying but i just thinks its hilarious . The blurb said it was from Korea so who knows whether its warning girls to look out for perverts or not. Not sure what the photo was taken with but it was found on the web at 400px wide.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

First Photo

Just a quick Pic of me and a mate on my webcam one day after a big nightout

Online Field Trip

Yesterdays online field trip was quite eye opening I had seen people play WOW where they were actually playing a game, but to see an online world where people were interacting like on MSN was quite bizarre. the whole online presence thing has never interested I must say. My use of MSN or anything else online is just to communicate with people i know in the real world and I use it as i would the phone or SMS. I have never seen the prospect of talking to people i don't know interesting but I can see how it would be entertaining for some. I could really only see myself using something like that if i was interacting with actual people i knew in the real world on there. The main differences between IM and something like this is the fact that you are able to engage with people a lot more than just typing on a keyboard as we saw in the second life video where couple could perfom cyber sex in a very graphic way instead of just typing on a keyboard. but apart from that the two are really just the same a way for people to interact with other people online and exchange ideas be it in a much more visual way but still just interacting.

Virtual Vs Reality

So now we are looking at the idea of humans entering a new virtual age where all of us use the web for our day to day lives but how far will it go? The term virtual reality was first penned in the early 1990's with the development of full three dimensional world that humans had created using computers and a other sensory devices. how ever this quickly died and now a new form of virtual reality is being created. A form of virtual reality where users are no longer worried about what happens in the real world but more about what happens to their online presence or character. Take World of Warcraft as an example some users are now spending more time playing this computer game than actually living life and it is having major side effects. Users of the game develop and control a character around a magical world of elves and orks, I have several friends who scarily will worry more about leveling up their Character than going out for drinks with friends or getting a real job. This is how I see Virtual reality. Its not our body feeling like its in another world its the removal of our mind from this real world on earth and becoming addicted to digital worlds. Other examples include Second life Myspace and Facebook. The movie we watched in class about the US government scanning all of the internet traffic traveling around Americas phone lines was interesting. it seems not that much of a conspiracy theory and could very well be true and then the topic of internet privacy came up and we didn't do much work after that. Last night I even headed home and watched the Matrix just to continue the look at what exactly Virtual Reality is.

Media Studies

I didn't attend this lecture on Wednesday but Ive had a go at deciphering the lecture notes and feel that the word media is commonly referred to as the channels in which the news gets to us however media is actually the message in those channels or mediums that is the media because without them there would be no message in either the newspaper or the radio. The contrast between media studies and new media studies is that traditional media studies looked at how humans reacted to different media outlets. New media studies also looks at how they react to new online media outlets based on their experiences with the old traditional forms of media. This study of the new media will one day become media studies because the public being tested will not regard these forms of new media as new any more they will just be media. Examples include the new generation who have never had to go to a library to look up information for a school project, thanks to Wikipedia. Another example is buying the daily paper to look up stocks or racing data these are all forms of media which are now commonly and readily available but for how long are they going to be new?

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Wednesday's Scavenger Hunt

The Scavenger Hunt (without our old and dear friends Google and Wiki)

1. The creator of the love bug virus was a 24yo computer student who claims he accidentally released the computer virus to the world and he meant no harm as it was meant for a project.

2. John Vaaler a Norwegian inventor patented the idea in Germany in 1899 and in America in 1901 however it was an American company which designed the paper clip which we all know today.

3. The Ebola virus gets its name from a small river with the same name where the virus first broke out.

4. The largest ever earthquake was recorded in Chile in 1960 at a whopping 9.5 on the richter scale

5. one terabyte is 1073741824 kilobytes

6. The invention of email cannot be pinned down to one exact date because it has
been under constant development since the inception of APRANET it was finally released to the public around 1990

7. The NRI kingdom was unique because it was at the forefront of the copper age in
Africa at around 10AD long before other African cultures.

8. The most efficient way to contact the prime minister of Australia is to contact
either his parliament house contact on Tel: (02) 6277 7700 or his Sydney office on
Tel: (02) 8226 8400 he also has a contact phone nuber at the bennelong office in Sydney
02 9816 1300

9. Stephen Stockwell is a member of the Brisbane punk band the Black Assassins

10.Web 2.0 is the eventual complete move on to the web web 1.0 it shall be called was when companies moved online web 2.0 is where companies are being developed online and that is there sole platform a perfect example is the obsolescence of encyclopedia websites for Google and wikipedia a completely online resource we as people are using web based companies to buy things for our web another example is 2nd life where people are moving and living in an online arena.

A further look at how search engines work are that they look at how many times your search terms come up on a website and Google's unique way is to then rank those in how important those sites are by the number of times that site has been reffered to or linked to by another site thus giving a page credibility and popularity. This popularity of a website in the search terms comes from the author and the institution they have written or published for on the internet. Universities hold a lot more credibility than hobby clubs or personal websites. but then if its a hobby or personal information you are after these are sometimes preferable. I am a Googler through and through although i got on the bandwagon late about 2004 i have never searched with anything else . I do however understand that there are other ways to search out there and they can be useful, I am always aware of who has authored the website I am looking at.

Monday, November 19, 2007

My Internet

Ok so I havent jumped on the blog wagon before. Ive found myself in the last few years addicted to another vice which is commonly reffered to as myspace. Without fail every morning when i get out of bed is check my myspace and the last thing i do before i go to bed is check my myspace. When i first started using it i would be commenting and messeging people a lot more than i am now. These days i tend to just use it as a spot to upload photos I want to show friends in melbourne and overseas. I first started communicating with people over the internet when i moved overseas to the middle east in grade 9 I used the internet to stay in contact with friends by using ICQ instant messenger and Hotmail. Then we all made the change to MSN one day not really sure why it happened but it did. Upon finishing school and entering university there was a new thing on the scene and it was called myspace. I am somewhat addicted but the weird thing is I am an avid hater of facebook and I dont know why. On the front of my facebook page
(I finally joined due to the number of requests from friends in my email inbox)
I clearly say i dont use facebook and you should checkout my myspace.
I really started using myspace as it was a great way to listen to music at uni and to keep intouch with people who moved away after school I really dont have any friends on myspace that I havent already met in real life. I cant really see the point in talking to people I know when I have a heap of friends online that I do know. I know the internet is going to be a great tool when I move overseas in 6 or 8 months time but the only but my only worry is missing my cable connection at home and moving to slow broadband in the Middle East.

FYI probably moving to the middle East to get a Job in September.

And So It Begins

Ok so Im 21 been on computers since I can remember and this is my very first Blog (I dont even blog on Myspace). Just started this subject New Communication Technology as an elective in my Bachelor of Multimedia which I have 6 months to go before I graduate. In my time at Griffith University Ive focused more on the video and sound side of things taking an elective in Pop music and my other electives in Digital Video. I was attracted to this course because i hope it will help me understand how we are progressing as a culture in terms of our computer usage. Already in the last 2 or three years we have all seen the explosion of hand held devices changing our lives and I think it would be great to know why and how these devices are taking over. Our first lecture today saw a quick overview of the syllabus and then a few videos to get us into the mindset of new communication and how it is affecting our culture. I also think its going to be interesting looking at bloggers on the internet who Ive always seen as weird (who wants to tell the world what they had for breakfast, and more importantly who thinks the world wants to know what they had for breakfast) but as journalists and the idea that the reporters of the 20th century are a dying breed.

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