Closing Statement

“Feel free to blog about an issue or an example that captured your interest in this module. Remember that the focus should not be on description but on critical analysis!”

8-Open Post; Why not do that by referring to one interesting example from each week with a gif ? Lets Do It!giphy-6

7-Copyright; Streaming websites and illegally shared media texts are making us wonder, will original entertainment vanish in the future or will it still exist although loads of people stream it ?!giphy-7

6-Online Visibility; Private social media accounts can possibly be seen by your future employer whether you like it or not, think twice before you upload that picture you took on Friday night.giphy-5

5-Online Communities; Which ever culture or subculture you belong to in society, whether it’s just a fan base of Leonardo DiCaprio, or the chess club in your high school, there will be an online community for you.giphy-4

4-Audience Participation; It’s not audience participation anymore, we’ve reached a point where the audience is producing and the media is participating.giphy-8

3-Examples of Convergence; Convergence is not only limited to the media or the technologies we use to access that media, but we’re becoming a multi-cultural world, the same ideas and tools are being used almost everywhere.giphy-3

2-Online Resources; TedTalks, WikiPedia, referencing websites, whatever website it is even if it’s not academic it can be helpful. (keep that in mind for the production proposal and essay)giphy-9

1-History of the internet; USA military and scientist use internet through the ARPANET to share useful information and statistics and much more, when today we use it to post funny looking gifs and cat videos. giphy

– The End-

Good luck with the rest of your assessments !



Just stream it.

Most of you would know Netflix as the movie-streaming website which has over 75 million subscribers as of January 2016. Did Netflix even exist before it started streaming in 2007 in the United States? the answer is yes, it did. Netflix started as an American DVD-by-mail service in 1998 – this means they used to send out films on DVD for their subscriber’s one DVD per time, if you posted the DVD back, you get the next one on your watch list. 

In August 2010, Netflix reached a five-year deal worth nearly $1 billion to stream films from Paramount Pictures, Lions Gate Entertainment and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. So the copyrights of the movies on Netflix is not even Netflix’s to control or change. The thing about Netflix is, we already share it with family and friends which is bad for the company but good for us. 


Truthfully, it’s not that hard for any of us to stream movies for free on other sites (which is illegal), however people still prefer to get a Netflix account and a subscription, moreover Netflix strives to produce original content whether it’s a series or a movie, and it’s usually labelled “A NETFLIX ORIGINAL. 

The advantages of Netflix ar that it’s easy to use, ton’s of movies and series to watch (original and un-original), not that expensive, multi user account. The limitations however; not ALL the movies and series are on there, not available in all countries (until recently), even “NETFLIX ORIGINALS” can be found and streamed online for free. 


So what do you think about Netflix, isn’t it technically sharing the copyrighted content (movies and series) of other companies such as Warner Bros and Lions Gate Films with the company’s consent ? and how do you think the future of streaming will be? will we still be subscribing to websites like Netflix? or will we all just stream movies for free and share them in 1080p HD like we share Facebook videos.

6 Seconds of fame

As a sociable person I have always tried to keep up to date with the newest social platforms, websites, and apps, I think at one point I also had a Bebo and a MySpace account.

The information available on me publicly online is mainly two accounts which are my Facebook, and LinkedIn which act like my first impressions for people, – where Facebook is my social first impression, and LinkedIn is my professional first impression-  all my accounts on other platforms such as Xbox, Instagram, Twitter have nicknames or usernames that aren’t really direct to my name,  since they are quite personal and not for the public to see anyway. Vine however is where it got out of hand.

So when Vine (six second video on a loop) came out, I decided to give it a shot and use the trending hashtags in order to gain followers and likes and share it with the world, what I failed to realize however is that there was a Facebook page which was saving the videos and posting them on it’s page, and that page ladies and gentlemen was ArabVines which has about 400,000 followers, yeah exactly.

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The problem wasn’t that they have posted one or two vines of me on Facebook, but three ladies and gents, and this also goes further when I decided to search my Vine username on YouTube and found a few Vines on there too, so the information on me Abdullah AlSaad online is limited to friends and family, however my six second videos under a username (which I sadly won’t be sharing with you guys) are there for the world, and they are there to stay.

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Flickr is a photo management and sharing application, Flickr was first launched in 2004 mainly for photographers and also for people who want to organise and share their photos.


The number of users on Flickr had initially grown so fast which allowed the company to expand and sell the app a year after it’s development to Yahoo in 2005, so what’s significant about the participation of these users besides allowing Yahoo to commercialise it?

The users of Flickr also have communities within the community of Flickr as a whole, users can create their own groups, public or private for them and their friends, or to find people who share people with similar interests, and example of a group would be University of Westminster Students. (Saudi students abroad is a group i’m a member of for example)

Users benefit through Flickr by making a name for themselves as photographers and by showing other photographers their skill and potential which could allow collaborations with other people, some challenges of Flickr though is the limitation of data that users can upload, each user with a free account can add up to a Terabyte of pictures and videos (which is still a big size of storage), users can then update their content by deleting old stuff and adding their new work.


Little Big Planet

Little Big Planet (LBP) is a video game first released in 2008 by Sony entertainment on their PlayStation3, LBP is a puzzle platform video game, the game consists of players controlling their sack dolls to jump over obstacles and mazes to reach the end of the level to win.


Media Molecule (the developer of the first LBP) have introduced LBP2 as a sequel on PlayStation3, LBP3 the has been developed by Sumo digital for the PlayStation4 with Media Molecule still in the picture assisting in it’s development.

As well as having a handful of puzzling levels created by the game’s developers, the game is more famous as a game creation system, the tagline for LBP is “Play, Create, Share.” LBP allows players to create their own levels (user generated content) and designs and share them so that other players of the game can try new levels and make their own.

LBP players create thousands of levels from their imaginations, or even create the level based on some form of inspiration like a character from a movie, or a cartoon, or whatever it is you like. This allows players to keep trying newer and newer levels created by players from all over the world each second, and if you get bored, make your own!



When gaming consoles meet the internet

Video games have come a long way since Atari 2600 (1st generation). The Atari Video Computer System, one of the first video game consoles which was launched in 1976 (yes the one with the cartridges). My first video game console was the SEGA mega drive (2nd generation), which was similar to the Atari 2600, so I know the struggle of trying to get your cartridge to work by blowing air into it, which isn’t a problem anymore.


Video games kept developing alongside technology, higher image resolution and better graphics along new televisions and so on. However the example of convergence that I wanted to discuss is the convergence of video game consoles and the internet.

Video game consoles have been hugely affected by the internet, the internet first merged with the 6th generation of video games. – Xbox in 2005 and PlayStation3, Nintendo Wii in 2006 – This allowed the users of video game consoles to start using multiplayer which allowed them to compete against other players through the internet, and no longer had to invite their friends over to play.


However the 7th generation of video game consoles, (Current consoles like the Xbox one and the PlayStation4) have come so far from the first generation, and not only the fact that players compete through online multiplayer,  the game itself can be purchased in a software copy and stored in the clouds without a CD. Gaming consoles are actually becoming known as home entertainment systems. The Xbox one for example which currently uses the operating system Windows 10, implicates to users that they no longer need to have so many physical technological gadgets, you can use the Xbox one to play your multiplayer games, Skype your friends and family, watch Netflix, or even shop using TheMall app which even shows you how you look in the clothes you’re buying through the Kinect camera.


Harvard Referencing

As you know, for this module; Network Society and the Media, we have to submit a 1500 word essay. The essay should engage with the essential and maybe further readings of the module, meaning there should be a somewhat long list of references at the end of your essay.


So why am I bringing this up? (rhetorical question) the answer, is that we all know that creating a reference or bibliography list can be very time consuming (and boring), so what is the innovative creation that is going to make your life easier? (another rhetorical question), Cite This For Me is the answer ladies and gentlemen.

Cite This For Me helps you by doing most the work for you, sadly not all of it. All you have to do is select the referencing style you would like to use – Harvard in our case – select what you are referencing; e.g Book, chapter, article, website, etc. Insert the raw information which is required and press on the magical ‘Enter’ key, the website will then automatically format it as a reference and sort the list out in alphabetical order. The website also allows you to copy an individual reference as an in text citation, or as a bibliography citation or even copy the whole bibliography list and add it to your work.