Media Convergence

For the past few weeks, we have been hearing about media convergence in our lectures. They were the subject of the lecture in the second week, there were presentations about them in this week’s seminar, and next week we all have to find examples of them for that week’s blog.

This week, I had to do a presentation on media convergence, and if I’m being honest, I did not really understand what it meant by economical and technological convergence in the media. Cultural convergence was easier to understand, but only after I researched it extensively and found images and essays about it online as examples.

Therefore, for this week’s blog on finding a useful online resource, I decided to find an article on technological and economical convergence. I read through it and I find it very useful- and I think other people who cannot quite get their heads around what it means by these terms will, as well.

It is made by a Canadian website, and therefore uses Canadian examples, but I still think it applies to UK audiences.

I hope you find this helpful when trying to find Examples of Convergences for next week blog.

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TED Talks

 

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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.

 

Super fun Web Theory…

Judging by my title you can probably tell i love to read about Web Theory or i’m just being sarcastic, the latter option being more likely. However once i got stuck into Robert Burnett and P.David Marshall’s “Web Theory: an introduction” i found it very relevant to the module – network and society and gave me further knowledge on just how technology has changed, everything.

As stated by Negroponte (1995) “Schools will change to become museums and playgrounds for children to assemble ideas and socialise with other children all over the world”. This is somewhat true, no, schools haven’t became museums but children socialising with others all over the world is very real especially with social networks such as Facebook. It’s crazy to think that all this is possible due to technology such as the internet, fifty years ago or so, this simply couldn’t of happened.

With this reading we also see technology but in a different sense. Sky scrappers provided an image of both progress and the future, New York famously known for it’s towering buildings is a prime example of this with the Empire State Building and The Twin Towers. “The continuing race to have the tallest building is a testament to how technology expresses the future in its present forms” (Burnett, Marshalls). This can be seen with Dubai now booming with cash and showing the world just how powerful they have become with the rise of the world tallest building “Burj Khalifa”.

Finally Burnett and David Marshall introduce an idea that links back to the previous module and that is the idea of a public sphere (Habermas) and how “the internet provided the means to make a more active, engaged pubic that would allow a new era of truer and greater democracy”.

 

News in Levels

I am a big fan of blogs, and I follow some, so I could suggest a few that would raise your interests, be it about science, arts, politics, history, learning a foreign language, or even mathematics, but as students here come from all over the world, and English is not everyone’s first language, I decided to inform you about a not so popular website called News in Levels.

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News in Levels is a website that writes news for students. It has three levels and when you first visit it, they ask you to go through a mini-test so that they can decide which level is the one that suits your English knowledge, the one you should read. This website has been created to improve one’s reading and listening skills. The editors repeat the same words in one level and that way by listening or reading their news everyday for three or four months, you can understand all the words they have been using in that specific level. After that, you can go to another level and use the same method.

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This website also has an extension called Grammar for Speaking which is an online video course that can help fix a student’s insecurities in English grammar. It also comes with a Jokes section where you can read jokes, bad or good, also in three different levels. Another extension is called Videos in Levels which this time comes with 6 levels. The videos are based on numerous interesting topics, like animals, cooking, documentaries, music, hobbies, history and many more.

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I honestly had a hard time thinking of what online resource I could choose, that could be interesting as well as helpful for my fellow students. So please let me know what you’re thinking about this website.  

WIRED Magazine

It’s possibly a fair assumption to say that many of us get a little tired of all those academic readings from time to time. Our information-hungry generation appreciates the ability of catching up with interesting news articles in the most relaxed way: digital, uniform, visual, and somewhat interactive. For last term’s module Critical Orientations, I was positively surprised to discover that one of the readings had been published in an actual magazine, namely Wired.

Clicking on its homepage, I took a liking to its variety and complexity of topics, yet casual writing style, getting me on board with the idea that this publication could be a good source for future essays, particularly when concrete examples must be provided or the most recent real-life issues mentioned. It has been published monthly since 1993 and belongs under the Conde Nast umbrella, yet its website wins with an easy-navigable layout.

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Based in San Francisco and New York, the magazine covers science, technology and culture topics worldwide – and how they correlate and affect society. Its official article categories are: Business, Culture, Design, Gear, Science, Security and Transportation – all of which tie perfectly into the contents of this module, seeing as technological breakthroughs, internet privacy and hacking, global mobility and updates on the business of our favourite social media sites are frequent issues in Wired.

With the media overlapping all of said categories, it is often the centre of debate – modern ethical concerns are discussed by columnists such as “How long should you wait before shutting down someone’s Facebook account after they die?”, and global social issues are raised in articles like “Donate your old USB drives to fight North Korean brainwashing”.

Furthermore, I have also found plenty of articles relating to my particular course, PR/Advertising, with topics such as ad blocking and the newest PR campaigns constantly being on Wired’s front page. A personal favourite: “Trump’s New Hampshire Rally is just like reading the comments”.

According to the magazine’s Twitter bio , “WIRED is where tomorrow is realized”, so do give it a follow! It’s definitely worth a browse.

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Could on-line resources be the end of library’s

Is the internet destroying out library. Well to a point yes it is. With the internet we are able to get an abundant  at our finger tips. However before hand we would of gone to the library and research for you topic. Although this method was often a lot longer and required you to find a library. It was often more useful as you don’t get distracted by pictures of cats then compared to the internet.  As I’m writing this I’m looking up american food diners . This is a prime example to how easy you can get distracted while doing work. But why are library’s dying out. Well its mostly due to my generation and the invention of smartphones.   Because of this we’re are able to keep up to-date with everything going on around us as well as discover new and exciting stories. So how can we story more library’s disappearing. Well when it comes to doing research we should use library’s as a starting point to when we do work. Although this will be tricky we will soon adapt to it. After all us humans are used to adapting to the world around us.

Source: http://techcrunch.com/2013/10/13/the-end-of-the-library/

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.

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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.

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