The Networked Society: An Introduction

“The Networked Society: An Introduction” is a YouTube video that I came across that I believe would be incredibly useful for students, like myself, to understand a bit more about the concept of just what a ‘Network Society ‘ is.

The video is part of an online series which explores the concept in much more depth, however, the introductory video helps to establish the key ideas behind the concept. It explains about how technology is becoming more integral within our everyday lives. How our ability to be constantly connected to so many other people via the internet has shifted our thought patterns. We no longer think about how to get this access, but what to do with it and how to use it in order to make ourselves heard.

The video briefly talks about how these advancements in technology aren’t just affecting our lives in terms of social media, but in the way that everything works – how businesses have had to rethink their strategies in terms of advertising as well as how governments communicate with the general public.

I found this video particularly useful as while it was pretty basic in terms of content, I think it would help students who are just beginning to learn about The Network Society to understand a bit more about what it all is.

 

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Helpful resource for the media fans

When I started researching the web in hopes of finding useful resources for my fellow classmates, I have set myself a particular topic to do the research on. And this topic is digital media and the innovations that this sphere has. In fact, I was lucky to find so many useful and generally interesting websites, journals, videos and even mobile apps that I was faced with yet another tricky decision of narrowing down all of that information to a single source. Thus, I present you the website that will hopefully help and encourage students of this module. The website is Poynter.  This is the place for everyone who is studying media, journalism or is generally interested in both of these subjects. This website gives users the insight into the daily updates in the world of media. It is easy to navigate and understand, as this website combines all of the articles from different magazines regarding the topic you are interested in. It gives users a deep insight into the many sides of media and journalism as well as appropriate tips that are nice to bear in  mind. The resource boasts such a great variety of interesting articles and topics, that all of the users are finding it highly effective and helpful.

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It’s just an opinion… but it means more than you think

http://podium.me/

Let me introduce you to Podium.me, a website that broadcasts your opinions.

Allow me to further explain: Podium.me is a platform that broadcasts the opinions of the under 25’s which are the most ignored because ‘young people don’t know much’ (when I mention young people I’m referring to 13 to 25 year-olds as that is the age range of contributors and/or journalists working with Podium.me, although mainly teenagers’ opinions get ignored in such way). Anyone can get involved with Podium, however only voices from people under 25 are broadcast on the weekly podcasts.

I consider this useful for the students of this module because platforms like this show how much we have evolved as members of society. Although (often) not taken seriously, young people, now-a-days, are more aware of the world and that awareness turns into knowledge. They become capable of making their own decisions about what they believe in.

I know I might be generalizing and that reality isn’t exactly like this but I’ve got my life experience and I’ve also seen other people’s. Therefore, I do believe that we, young ones, are more clued in than our parents were at our age. If you think about it, however, when were your opinions taken seriously? Maybe when someone needed a hand with his or her new smartphone or when somebody else wanted to buy a new laptop or tablet?

Technology is what makes us aware of the world. That awareness allows us to form educated opinions. Platforms like Podium.me broadcast them and in the near future children will become eduated young people whose voices are heard.

State of the News Media

I have found an online report by Amy Mitchell on “State of the News Media”. I came across this journalist whilst doing my essential readings for today’s lecture. Her name was mentioned in a book called “Citizen witnessing: revisioning journalism in times of crisis” which was written by Stuart Allan 2013. Stuart Allen mentioned her statement about social media tools when he wrote “Social media tools and mobile connectivity provides citizens with a deeper and more direct relationship with the news”. I found that information useful therefore I made a research on the reports written by Amy Mitchell and “State of the News Media” was one of them. I believe that this online report will be useful for students in this module, because it consists of information about how news are spread through the use of social media in the U.S., also she talks about the use of mobile devices to retrieve online news and she gives recent examples and statistics regarding the state of the news media. Lastly, Amy Mitchell is a director of journalism research at Pew Research Center and she is “an expert in research design, methods evaluation, analysis and writing. She specializes in how technology is changing the flow of news information today.”(Pew Research Center, 2015), therefore I think that the information that she provides in the report is trustworthy and useful.

Reference list:

Allan, S. (2013). Citizen witnessing. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Mitchell, A. (2014). State of the News Media 2014. [online] Pew Research Center’s Journalism Project. Available at: http://www.journalism.org/2014/03/26/state-of-the-news-media-2014-overview/ [Accessed 10 Feb. 2016].

Pew Research Center, (2015). Amy Mitchell. [online] Available at: http://www.pewresearch.org/staff/amy-mitchell/ [Accessed 10 Feb. 2016].

Musing on Technology

Although I understand the weight and importance of academia and the writings of the old and wise, I can’t help but feel more drawn into discussions between equals, that’s why my online resource is a blog created by students like myself, who in 2012 created 161 blog posts about technology in the modern world. The blogs tagline reads “A blog by undergraduates exploring the impact of technology in today’s world.” and as I’m studying network society and the media this seems like a suitable resource to get my brain working.

 

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The posts range from communication through social networking to ethics in technology and touches on everything in-between, having such a range of topics to think about and so many posts to refer to, makes this a perfect online resource. The blog also supplies references to academic writings and other resources online which helps create a larger list of potential research material for myself and adds more to the overall conversation that I have joined through this module.

 
The reason I chose to have my online resource as a blog is that no matter what we are studying there will be a post that supports the topic, I don’t have to read a two hundred page academic book or rely on a single article. The blog has so much to offer in terms of posts related to the main subject that I could find multiple posts that cover a large area of each weeks topic.

Check out the blog here:

 

http://jcit111.blogspot.co.uk

Why and how to: track audience

I think the aim of the module is to prepare students for the future and how a working day in their lives will be like. Also, I believe that media courses are developing year by year in order to fit with the newest technology that appears everyday. Fore example, a few years ago, media courses were based only on traditional form of media such as newspapers, magazines or any form of print, TV and radio. But a lot has changed since then and people rely more on more on social media sites and platform to get their daily “dose of news”. Even if this means serious news or more entertaining ones, the vast majority of people have switched of to social media, thus making it the most influential power in the media.

Because of this, I believe that it is highly important to monitor all activity on social media. Even if we try to start our own page or we are hired to take care of a social media profile, having a subscription to a site that will monitor all the activity is a helpful way to customize the content in order to attract more viewers. The information given is really handy to track all activity and how users engage with the content provided. One of these tools is called www.sproutsocial.com which offers a one month free trail to help users decide if this is something worth investing in and then 3 types of monthly plans suitable for single companies and ones that own more than one page on social media.

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Source: http://sproutsocial.com/features/social-media-analytics

Internet and Surveillance

Internet and surveillance: the challenges of Web 2.0 and social media by Christian Fuchs.

This book is an interesting insight into the variety of different aspects and relationships between the internet as a tool, it’s users and it’s uses in particular for monitoring society. I found it to be a good in-depth source on the topic as it feels well researched and well sourced, with a mixture of academic writing and intelligent and interesting analysis. The author takes us through the general ideas around changes in the way we use the internet all the way down to political implications of surveillance.

We have access to the first chapter of the book online, however the book seems to be worth referring to in it’s entirety as the author has a good understanding of the topic, furthermore the author is in their later adulthood which gives them a very interesting foundation for drawing comparison making their insight much more valuable, especially to those born admits the internet age.

For example, in the first chapter the author writes “Surveillance is new. Surveillance is the cardinal point of the internet.” He then recalls a time where secret police surveilled him when he participated in a prisoner’s conference, where the stalking and following of his actions was physical and detectable. He the makes the point that: “What is new now is surveillance that is hidden, unseen, and impossible to trace.” I found that to be a very effective use of personal experience to make a point.

The online version is available here with university login.