Final Post

For my final post I was able to reflect most about how I feel about privacy and how much is shared through the internet. I am actually grateful for it. With recent events like the Brussels and Paris attacks I realized that the instant connection really lets us know right away what is happening and who was there are who is safe. Facebook can detect your location and will send you a notification asking if you are safe so you can share that with everyone. This is an amazing tool that is very helpful to many people. Also if we are constantly being tracked it is easy to find us in an emergency. People question whether it is worth it to give up a lot of our freedoms for safety. I think with the heightened risks we are facing now a days I feel like a lot of people are more willing to give up those freedoms. The negative side is that terrorism is all over the internet reaching mass audiences and gaining followers.

This is also an example of convergence because the media is now involved in national security. With recent events do you feel more likely to give up freedoms or less likely?

online textbooks 

In today’s day and age, many students choose to purchase their textbooks online. For authors, their work is protected under copyright laws whether it be for their physical or digital works. The price of purchasing textbooks only adds on to the astronomical costs of higher education. 
If authors allowed their online textbooks to be distributed under a Creative Commons license, there would inevitably be a number of advantages and disadvantages. The primary benefit that comes to mind is that this would allow all students access to required textbooks without increasing the financial burden. In theory, this promotes fairness and gives each student an opportunity to obtain the appropriate materials without regards to their ability to afford it. 

An advantage of open access to textbooks for authors is that they will be able to spread their work on a more mass scale which can invite innovation and constructive scrutiny to their works. This could allow for authors to receive more valuable feedback and perhaps refine their works over time to include concepts that they may have left out initially. 

While this all sounds nice, it is difficult to see how authors would want to provide access to their works without being compensated. It can take a number of years to write and refine textbooks. This is a valuable source of income and livelihood for many authors and by allowing access under a Creative Commons license, it may become difficult for authors to remain motivated to produce high quality, or even any type of work of this nature. 

While there may be a way to make textbooks more affordable for all students, using a Creative Commons license may not be the optimal way. It is likely an idea that sounds much better in theory than in practice. 

Online Visibilty

I like to feel like I’m not pretty visible online and it is hard to find my information. I don’t do this on purpose the accounts I use are public. However, there are many people out there who share the same name as me. A rising youtube star in particular. When you Google search my name every picture or information that comes up is hers. Im lost somewhere in there but it is difficult to dig me out.

The scary thing about online visibility is tagging your location. Every time you do that people will know where you are. If you have your location services on it is very easy for someone to track you down. I always hesitate when a website asks to use my location. I understand its to show me things near me but the concept is still creepy.

We are literally sharing our whole life online. People can see what we are eating and doing. They can also see where we are and how to find us. When do we draw the line? When do we stop sharing?

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Facebook

As much as having a Facebook annoys me it is an online community. There is so much interaction through Facebook. You can post albums of photos that people can go through and comment on. You can also tag people in images and even posts. Tagging someone in a post seems to be the new way of using Facebook these days. The only notifications I get are being mentioned in a comment on a funny video. You can also create an even smaller community by making a group for an event or for university. There the members can see who is going to this event or university and they can make new friendships. Facebook has endless amounts of ways to involve yourself in this community.

We discussed in class today about Catfish. This is definitely one of the negative sides to Facebook. It is such a comfortable place that people get wrapped up in this online world. They are easily convinced that the people they are talking to are real. This is where many people can get hurt physically or mentally. I know I wasn’t allowed to have a Facebook until I realized that even though it’s a friendly online community that just as in every community there are dangers.

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YouTube

YouTube has never-ending resources that allow people to get a message out into the world. Videos can be powerful and when the audience is given a chance to create their own content it creates a community. The categories of videos are endless. From video reviews to tutorials YouTube is continuously producing content everyday. The idea is in the title YOU, the audience, are given a platform to express your opinion and create content. You don’t have to be famous or even technically savvy. Those who do become famous on YouTube are still producing content influenced by their audience. With the comment section people will tell YouTubers what the will or wont watch.

Before YouTube became as popular as it is now it was even more audience based. You were once able to respond with a video. Now since taking that away YouTube is becoming more and more commercial based. Is this bad for the audience? Eventually will it be too difficult for the audience to create content?

 

Examples of Convergence: Harry Potter

I know our module seems to be a big fan of Harry Potter and I’m happy I am able to write about it. Harry Potter has brought together so many different ways of experiencing the story. You can read the original books which have a huge following. After reading the books you can watch the movies. After watching the movies you can visit Harry Potter world and have a sip of butter beer and the more recent attraction is the online website. Pottermore.com was created by J.K. Rowling to bring together the community of Harry Potter fans. On the website fans can feel like they are really apart of the ‘wizarding’ world. They are able to communicate with other fans around the world.

Harry Potter is an extreme example the whole franchise includes books, film, attractions, and online connection. There are many other franchises that have a cult following like this and they are also able to converge. Walking Dead and the Hunger Games all have multiple platforms that go hand in hand to keep the franchise alive as well.

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Online Resources

I think one of the best FREE online resources is Youtube.com. The content is endless and you can pretty much find a video about anything. Videos are good for visual learning and may actually be easier to understand for some people. I know someone posted about Ted Talks and you can easily access those through Youtube.

Here’s an example of content that would fit well with what we are learning in this module. You can find many other videos like this. Also there are so many interviews from every talk show on here. Even news channels post on there own youtube channel. You also have the ability to subscribe to different channels so you can be updated with videos that you are interested in.

Youtube is such a huge platform right now and they are making more and more informative channels. You can pretty much learn anything through a Youtube video.