Down With This Sort Of Thing: The Problem With The Internet

Over the past few months we’ve been asked to think about our place in society and the Internet. In my blog posts I’ve broached topics such as online streaming, online communities and reviews. It’s clear to me now what effect the Internet has had on our world. People now have instant access to any bit of information and they can share their opinions on any given subject. In my opinion, this has made people self-entitled and spoilt. People now think they should share everything with the world and yet feel outraged when their privacy on the social media is called into question.

Technological advancement has led way to the upbringing of a damaged generation that is completely dependent on social media and the Internet. It affects how we act and how we see the world. It has an an impact on how we process things and how  we formulate opinions. Because of the Internet, people are more brash and unapologetic. After seven blog posts on media and the internet, I wanted to give my opinion on the direct effect social media and the Internet has had on our lives.





US Netflix vs UK Netflix

For the past few years Netflix has become a fundamental part of watching TV and films without the use of a TV. Critics and analysts have fallen over themselves to proclaim how revolutionary streaming services are.

After a month of using Netflix I decided to download a proxy onto my browser to see what content other countries and was annoyed to discover that UK user have been somewhat backhanded by copyright.

This however is not the fault of Netflix. After the resurgence of its business many of Netflix’s rivals were quick to snap up the streaming right for programmes and films available on the US Netflix.

Netflix has tried to rectify this issue by offering more money than its rivals like Amazon Prime however some companies are holding back on jumping into bed with Netflix as it still has ongoing problems like the proxy example used above. Also Netflix users can share their accounts with friends and family meaning they miss out on capitalising on an unpaying audience. While this is good for many users who don’t want to pay for the service (like my older sister *ahem*), Netflix has encouraged users to share their accounts. From the perspective of the companies that Netflix is trying to court, this is a risky move as it means Netflix and said companies could lose out on substancial funds.




Email: The Online Database of You



Think about your presence online and ask yourself what all your most used websites have in common? Whether it be social media (Facebook, Twitter) or online marketplaces (Ebay, Amazon), they all require an email address.

Want to sign in to Facebook? Enter your email address. Want to buy something from Amazon? Enter your email address.

Looking though your inbox you might see notifications from Facebook about photos you’re tagged in or places you’ve been, you might find emails confirming items bought on Ebay and you might even find an email from a relative. All of this data that makes up your online presence is collected through data-mining software by large corporations which trade our information between themselves and sometimes to our own governments.

Google’s Gmail  is the most well-known and most used email service online therefore making it one of the largest meta-databases in the world.

So next time you think you’re safe because your privacy settings on Facebook and Instagram are set to the highest level, remember that there’s always someone silently monitoring everything you do online.

Yelp: Everyone’s a Critic


Launched in 2004 Yelp is an online review site where users can post on restaurants and other local businesses and is mostly used in metropolitan areas. The main selling point of Yelp is that anybody can create an account and start reviewing at their own pace, they can also read other users reviews and recommendations.

First launched as an internet site Yelp is also accessible through an app on mobile devices and in 2012 it was estimated that 42% of Yelps searches are made from a mobile device.

In recent years users have been able to check hygiene inspection scores and other relevant information on their local businesses. It’s now also possible to make restaurant reservations through the app as well as order food to be delivered.

Because reviews on the service are provided by real people with their own opinions, some users have gotten into trouble over writing negative reviews.Some businesses have tried to sue Yelp and its users for libel but these cases have been rejected on the grounds of freedom of expression. On the flip side there have been cases of ‘fake’ reviews or ‘bought’ reviews where businesses have supplied their own reviews for the service to boost their reputation.



Wikipedia that!



Reading the other posts on this blog I’m slightly confused why nobody in our group has used Wikipedia as their example, the articles are written by people for people. Because of this level of audience participation since its launch in 2001,  Wikipedia isn’t seen as a credible source of information despite the fact that there are moderators on the site to ensure there are no falsehoods or misinformation.

The main selling point behind Wikipedia is that it has comprehensive articles (over five million) on topics ranging from literature to politics, art to neuroscience, there is literally something for everybody.

Due to the success and stature of the site, it has been a target for ‘vandalism’. That is the term used to describe content in an article which is not true, advertising, spam, obscene or crude humour. However due to the large amount of activity on the site vandalism is usually taken care of in minutes

As of 2016, there are 291 language editions of Wikipedia meaning it’s open to people all over the world. The English version of Wikipedia receives 58% of Wikipedia’s overall traffic with the Japanese, Russian, German and Spanish versions being the most popular foreign language editions.

Spotify and the Music Industry


Gone are the days of going down to a music shop and picking up a CD, we now live in the age of online streaming and the music industry has had to adapt. There are many different music streaming services available but the most popular and well-known is Spotify.

Spotify was launched in Sweden in 2006 and today counts more than 75 million users. I chose Spotify as an example of media convergence as it combines two already existing platforms, music and the internet. In an age where anybody can illegally download and stream music Spotify offers its users the ability to stream music legally while licensing a whole back-catalogue of artists.

Since 2009 users can pay for Spotify Premium to remove advertisements from appearing during songs. The money generated from the Premium version is then used to acquire more music for the already enormous collection of music and pay artists.




TED Talks

For my online resource, I’ve decided to talk about TED which stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. TED is a set of non-profit conferences all over the world, held by different speakers each time. Since its launch in 1984 the emphasis of its talks have shifted more towards entertainment. Past hosts include Bill Gates, Richard Dawkins, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Bono and many more.

I chose this resource because while you can attend a TED talk, the site does also contain a back catalogue on talks concerning topics we’ve discussed and will discuss this year. There are so many different resources on the internet that could help us Media students but I think TED has an edge over the others as the content is in the form of a presentation given by high profile personalities.

The site also contains talks on a wide variety of topics such as depression, religion, sexism, privacy, AI, war and so many more. I think this site is an interesting database full of lots of interesting ideas and concepts.