A Weblog is where people are free to write or in other words, typed down their thoughts. When it comes to blogging, it is often a mixture of what’s going on in a person’s life and what is happening on the Web. It is like a diary. An alternative diary where people don’t quite have to care what other people think when reading the blog. re Some may criticize it, but all the bloggers have to do is just ignore it for the comments they receive are also their own thoughts and their own point of view.
A Weblog is not only a diary that one can use to pour their hearts out. It is also where anyone is free to typed down on what they think about issues, trends. Especially issues that are “hot” on the news. Weblog nowadays is one of the most important media used, especially for those that loves to write.
“We want a world where global publishing is effortless. We want a world where you don’t have to ask for help or permission to write out loud.” – Clay Shirky (2002)
Through Weblog, anyone is free to typed down what they want without anyone’s consent. Yes, this is where mass amateurization takes place. It takes place because of the amount of freedom one can have by Weblog.
As you all know, the traditional media concept is seen as one-to-many. Meaning, one company caters to a mass audience. As for Weblogs, it is seen as many-to-many. That can sometime contains opinions, thoughts and maybe different kind of news that is completely different from what we read in the newspapers. In a publishing company, professionals are assigned to report or write about this specific news or article. Which only makes us see things only from one view and different angle. Weblogs, is a total opposite for it contains different kind of news and sometimes the truth. Some news that comes from the Publishing company aren’t always true. Sometimes they sugar-coated their words and only write down what their editor want or only to what the readers should only know about and nothing more than that. Sometimes through Weblog, one can see clearer because they read from many different angles and opinions.
There are many things on what one can do through Weblog, it all depends on the individual. True there are pros and cons on this. The cons is that maybe sometimes what is written in the Weblog might not always be true, but then same goes to newspapers and news cable. Nothing is certain. Some truths can never be certain.
Shirky, C 2002, Weblogs and the Mass Amateurization of Publishing, Economics & Culture, Media & Community, Open Source, accessed 27/9/2012 http://shirky.com/writings/weblogs_publishing.html
This week’s reading would be on ‘The Cultural Logic of Media Convergence, International Journal of Cultural Studies’ Henry Jenkins. We are now in era where media convergence is more than simply a technological shift.
I will state on what I found rather interesting in this reading. Back when cell phones was made, it was only made and used for communication. But now, in an advance era we are living in, cell phones now are used for different kind of ways. It allows users to play games, download information from the internet, receive and sent photographs or text messages.
Not only that, it can also be performed through other media appliances. I’m sure almost everyone has a cell phone that allows users to listen to music that they downloaded from the internet. Yes, the beauty of cell phones nowadays. It can also become your own portable MP3 player at the same time. Other than that, users can also listen to their favourite radio station through their cell phone and even go to Youtube to watch and listen to their favourite video clips and of course the use of GPS.
“Media convergence is more than simply a technological shift. Convergence alters the relationship between existing technologies, industries, markets, genres and audience.” A quote by Henry Jenkins.
It is indeed amazing on how much users can do just by using one device. The brilliance and creativity of makers for being able to create cell phones or better known as smart phones can also at the same time help users spend less money. Why spend a lot of money on an MP3 when you can listen to music through your smart phone? The ability of able to get things done for work and of course for leisure time through one device and that is cell phone or smart phones are incredible.
We are embracing media convergence and as much as we sometimes don’t like the idea for doing so but it is part of our daily lives and it has indeed changed how one communicates.
Jenkins, H. 2004, The Cultural Logic of Media Convergence, International Journal of Cultural Studies, vol.7, no.1, pp 33-43.
This week’s topic in class, we learned about Against the law : Intellectual property and content control. The reading this week is based on in Free Culture: How Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Strangle Creativity by Lawrence Lessig.
Back in the 16th century, copyrights never exist for there was no accessed or the right tools to copy stuff. All they can do was write everything back in hand which is tiresome and time consuming. Before copyright, nobody had ownership towards anything but only to lands. This allows people to copy, modify or sell content created by others.
Image URL : http://www.bcdb.com/cartoon_pictures/3820-Steamboat_Willie.html
How does relate to the reading? Well, I’m sure everyone knows who Mickey Mouse is from Disney Channel. But how did the character come about? It all started in the year 1928 where Mickey Mouse made his early debut in May in that year, in a silent flop called Plane Crazy. November that year, in New York City’s Colony Theater where the first widely distributed cartoon synchronized with sound, Steamboat Willie brought to life the character that would become Mickey Mouse. Some people might not know it but the character you see in the image above is a direct cartoon parody of Steamboat Bill and both was built upon a common song as a source.
According to Lessig, (2004) “This ‘borrowing’ was nothing unique, either for Disney or for the industry. Disney was always parroting the feature-length mainstream film of his days.” Some may not quite agree to the term ‘borrowing’ but then what Walt Disney made the character into was brilliant. How so? Well Lessig mentioned “The key of success was the brilliance of the differences.” The character may not be completely original BUT what’s brilliant about this was that Disney took something barely old and created something new out of it. Disney ripped creativity from the culture he see, mixed that creativity with his extraordinary talent, and then burn it all together in one.
The public domain in the year that Mickey Mouse was created was not very old and quite vibrant. According to Lessig about this “The average term of copyright was only 30 years old —for that minority of creative word that was in fact copy-righted. That means for 30 years, on average, the authors or copyright holders of a creative work had an “exclusive right” to control certain uses of the work. To use this copyrighted work in limited ways required the permission of the copyright owner.
What you can see nowadays, such as movies , not all of them are original. But they were created to be made into something different by using their own creativity that may last for years. Maybe forever. Like Mickey Mouse. It has been 84 years since it was last created and it is still going strong and popular worldwide.
Lessig, L. 2004, Creators. In Free Culture: How Big Media uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Strangle Creativity pp. 21-30. accessed, 13/9/2012 http://www.authorama.com/free-culture-4.html%5D
Everywhere we go, we see, people constantly with their gadgets. Such as laptops and smart phones. It seems that people rely too much on technologies. But then, everything has it’s own pros and cons.
Let us go back to the past a bit shall we? Back when technology wasn’t as modern as it is now, employees had to used the normal device such as computers and make calls through the office phone. Which makes thing rather difficult for some. Why? Well, say if they can’t afford to buy their own computers, they will have to stay back and do their work in the office for computers back then were new and therefore, expensive. Not everyone was able to afford buying such thing.
But then, that was all in the past. As you can see now, technology now are different compared to the 80’s and 90’s. Now as have portable devices such as laptops and smart phones. Things that we can carry around when and wherever we want. This shows that people now can bring their work home and outside.
But as for now, the ‘IT’ thing is definitely smartphones. Some might ask, ‘Why bother spending so much money on something so small?’ To those that are curious, well smartphones basically have almost everything we need to complete our work or research. Other than doing work, we can communicate with the others about work. It is considered an important device for almost everyone and that includes students. This tool comes in handy for everyone.
But then again, there are pros and cons. Too much of technology isn’t always good. Why? Now that there are devices such as smart phones, it is considered you taking along your work with you. Again, why? “Designed and marketed as essential tools for the busy professional, such technologies are familiarly described in advertising copy as having revolutionised the working day, making the drudgery of the office a thing of the past.” (Gregg, n.d.)
Technologies such as smart phones may make your job easier but there are certain sacrifices that you will have to make and that is probably your free time and quality time with family and friends.
Gregg, M n.d., Function Creep: Communication technologies and anticipatory labour in the information workpplace, accessed 07/09/2012. http://homecookedtheory.com/wp-content/uploads/functioncreepnms.doc