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“I saw the best mind of my generation run down by the drunken taxi-cab of absolute reality.”

During the summer there were a huge number of movies featuring futuistic technologies, shows like Dark Knight Rises/The Avengers all featured some sort of technology which  had only envisaged in my dreams. Yet over the course of this 12 weeks, I’ve learnt much about the internet to suggest that these futuristic scenes that I see on shows and movies are all true. My good friend Luke has on more than an occasion showed me the various loopholes of the internet, obvious to those in the know, unseen to the ignorant like myself.

 

I guess the biggest takeaway from this module is the need to adapt and acknowledge that yes, times are changing and there is nothing we can do but to adapt and learn. I liked the latest installment of the James Bond 007 series ‘Skyfall’. In it, ‘M’ died at the end of the show, after facing many challenges from many ministers about her style of working, about whether she was still too preoccupied with the Cold War era, instead of moving on with the times, int the new internet age. Whilst certain characters like ‘Q’ certainly did with his comments about how “weapons are now different” a good reminder of how if we don’t keep up with the times like 007, we will only perish in the end, no matter how well-established or powerful we are.

 

It has indeed been a wonderful learning experience from this module and a total eye-opener.

 

Tho’ much is taken, much abides; and tho’ 
We are not now that strength which in old days 
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are,– 
One equal temper of heroic hearts, 
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will 
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

“Oh yes, the past can hurt. But, you can either run from it or learn from it.”

Week 11 – Future of Internet

 

 

After 11 weeks of learning and listening to the different impacts which internet has on our lives I guess the most pertinent question nto asl is really – What Next?

 

To be honest it seems quite incredible these days the things that one is able to do with the internet as it is. Make purchases online, make wonderful looking graphic videos to enchant others. Reduce physical borders of space and appear in front of each other. all this and more. the internet just seems so awesome sometimes that we really have to ask, how can it get any better?

 

Are we going to come to a time when we have holographic screens like the ones in Iron Man 2, where we have a personal assistant to help us search through the internet for the things that we want. To be really honest, Im not really sure, but that could be it. If there’s anything we’ve learnt its that the future holds alot of possibilities for us, perhaps internet 3.0 might go in a vastly different direction from what has been envisaged.

 

If anything, the future of internet looks to be on where us, the everyday people get more and more say in the internet, where it becomes a platform for us to say and do what we feel we want to say. That perhaps is the beauty of internet, to allow us to be what we may not be able to be in the real life, to do the things otherwise impossible to us, much like Neo from the Matrix  The only question for us really, is if we want to keep up with the times and learn the necessary skills, or get washed away by the seas of change.

 

“”Ask what you can do for you country, not what your country can do for you.

Week 9: Internet and Politics

To be really honest, when Mr Choy mentioned about Politics, the first thing that came to my mind as usual were the usual “lies, opposition, twisting of truth, tyranny, oppression of its people.” Its sad how we’ve come to associate governance and politics so negatively and how it is really a very thankless job where you are damned if you do, and damned if you don’t (in my very humble opinion)

“Politics (from Greek politikos “of, for, or relating to citizens”) as a term is generally applied to the art or science of running governmental or state affairs, including behavior within civil governments, but also applies to institutions, fields, and special interest groups such as the corporateacademic, and religious segments of society. It consists of “social relations involving authority or power” and to the methods and tactics used to formulate and apply policy.[1]

Modern political discourse focuses on democracy and the relationship between people and politics. It is thought of as the way we “choose government officials and make decisions about public policy”. [2]

To be really honest, I’d never actually thought of Internet as a game changer in the playing field of politics. all these of course, before the arrival of a certain POTUS

These days if you’re a somebody in life, you have got to have your own website. The distinction comes in the amount of effort put into maintaining it. http://www.barackobama.com/ – is a good example of a very well taken cared of website.  Barack Hussein Obama II, the 44th president of the USA and also the first ever African American to hold the office. Many didn’t feel he was able to enter the white house, mainly due to the stiff competition he faced. To earn the Democratic Party election, he first had to go up against Hillary Clinton, wife of Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the USA and whom many felt was a very very credible candidate.

After Earning the Democatic Party nomination, he then had to go on to face Senator John McCain, a war veteran and crucial, a white. Many felt that the racial prejudice in USA would make it impossible for him to win presidency.

But Barack Obama had an ace up his sleeve, he harnessed the power of Social Media. Traditionally, most nominees conducted fund raisers with wealthy clients to gain funding, Barack OBama however, tried for something new, electing instead to use the power of the everyday people and got them to make small donations of $5-$10, instead of approaching large organisations. He took to twitter, and facebook where he gained massive popularity, and also used the help of various celebrities to give him that other boost of credibility. This went to the extent where it seemed to be more ‘cool’ to support Barack Obama than not. While not exactly the point of politics, one can not argue that he did a very masterful job of harnessing the awesome power of social media and the internet to his benefit.

“anyone can be a hero, even someone doing something as simple as putting his coat around a child to tell him that his world hadn’t changed”

Week 10: Citizen Journalism

“The concept of citizen journalism (also known as “public”“participatory”“democratic”,[1] “guerrilla”[2] or “street” journalism[3]) is based upon public citizens “playing an active role in the process of collecting, reporting, analyzing, and disseminating news and information.”[4] Citizen journalism should not be confused with community journalism or civic journalism, both of which are practiced by professional journalists. Collaborative journalism is also a separate concept and is the practice of professional and non-professional journalists working together. Citizen journalism is a specific form of both citizen media and user generated content.”

Citizen journalism, in very simple laymen terms, is just everyday you and me people doing our part to create awareness of a particular piece of news, very much in the same fashion of wikipedia and stuff. Don’t take my word for it, here’s a video from Mr Paul Lewis, a reporter for Guardian.

Now before you dismiss Mr Lewis as just another run-of-the-mill journalist jumping on the trend, Mr Lewis has been one of the pioneers of citizen journalism and the use of social media and digital media in mainstream news. Mr Paul Lewis uses social media and cellphone video and photos to build hard-hitting stories. He first gained notice for his reporting on the death of Ian Tomlinson, when he used a witness’ cellphone video to prove that the police attacked Tomlinson at the 2009 G-20 protests.

Citizen journalism does have implications though. The problem with technology these days as well is its ability to deceive. The introduction of programs such as photoshop/dreamweaver have made it easy for malicious characters to attempt to deceive others with false images or videos distorting the truth. Citizen journalism does make it more difficult as compared to establised media such as the TIMES magazines, they do have a certain air of credibility to them. With citizen journalism these ‘journalists’ do not always have a similar degree of credibility. Also, without proper measures and guides, it is very easy for 1 or 2 bad hats to spoil the entire broth and bring shame to the entire citizen journalism.

That being said however, I am still a fervent of citizen journalism as it allows us to view things from a non-mainstream perspective. If you’re like me, here are some videos which may give u the tools to begin your career as a citizen journalist 😀

You’re not your job. You’re not how much money you have in the bank. You’re not the car you drive. You’re not the contents of your wallet. You’re not your khakis.

Week 8: Multimedia and Emotions

Multimedia and advertisements are one of my pet subjects to blog about, due to the massive number of advertisements that we are bombarded with daily. I’ve always had a thing for Nike Soccer boots, not because the boots itself were well made in particular, or were exceptional in anyway, rather I’ve always had a thing for their advertisements and their marketing strategies.

This was their advertisement in conjunction with the 2008 European Championships, which for me was a very unique take on advertising, showing a player from a first person point of view, giving the impression that anyone could be in that position, even you! yeap you sitting there in front of your computer trying this out.

this is another advertisment by Adidas, basically it involves 2 kids picking their team of players to play against each other, towards the end however, they both call on players who have retired.  What I really liked about this advertisement was the kind of emotion it invoked in me, which was basically one of my childhood, when I used to dream that I was a star player, and my friends were fellow star players and we were all playing for the best team in the world.

Anyway, back to defining the key terms:

Multimedia is media and content that uses a combination of different content forms. This contrasts with media that use only rudimentary computer displays such as text-only or traditional forms of printed or hand-produced material. Multimedia includes a combination of textaudiostill imagesanimationvideo, or interactivity content forms.

Multimedia is usually recorded and played, displayed, or accessed by information content processing devices, such as computerized and electronic devices, but can also be part of a live performance. Multimedia devices are electronic media devices used to store and experience multimedia content. Multimedia is distinguished from mixed media in fine art; by including audio, for example, it has a broader scope. The term “rich media” is synonymous for interactive multimediaHypermedia can be considered one particular multimedia application.”

I always felt a good advertisement is like a good movie, one capable of bringing you to another ‘dimension’ even for a temporary moment, one that can make you dream and imagine. A good advertisement isn’t one that sells its products, instead, a good advertisement is one that sells its brand name and ideals of the brand to make you want to buy their products, instead of the other way round. In this way customers would not be turned off from such in your face advertising, and buy into the products idea instead.

“A wise man once said it’s fun to do the impossible.”

Week 6 – Internet Tools

Most of my titles have been quotes which (in my humble opinion) have some sort of link to the topic for the week. This week’s topic is internet tools,a nd our task was to do a video ourselves. The titular quote comes from Walt Disney, perhaps one of the greatest animators the world has ever seen.

this was a video i acted and helped edit to promote my workplace, hope you guys hae as much fun watching it as I did making and filming it 😀

No. What you have are bullets and the hopes that when your guns are empty, I’m no longer standing. Because if I am, you’ll all be dead before you’ve reloaded.

Week 7: Internet Security

as a twitter user myself, I was shocked to see some of the very popular football stars whom I was following on Twitter tweet such offensive stuff. We later learned through various news reports that a number of them had been a victim of hacking.

While the internet has undoubtedly brought about many advantages to us, it has also many loopholes of which people in the know, orwith enough knowledge are able to exploit, just like in real life.

Internet security is a branch of computer security specifically related to the Internet, often involving browser security but also network security on a more general level as it applies to other applications oroperating systems on a whole. Its objective is to establish rules and measures to use against attacks over the Internet.[1] The Internet represents an insecure channel for exchanging information leading to a high risk of intrusion or fraud, such as phishing.[2] Different methods have been used to protect the transfer of data, including encryption.”

Viruses, unfortunately are all around us. We learnt that there are fundamental difference behind the various malicious programs out there who would do our computers harm.

They are

viruses (Viruses are programs that can replicate their structures or effects by infecting other files or structures on a computer. The common use of a virus is to take over a computer to steal data)

malware (Commonly, a computer user can be tricked or forced into downloading software onto a computer that is of malicious intent. Such programs are known as malware and come in many forms, such as viruses, Trojan horses, spyware, and worms. Malicious software is sometimes used to form botnets.)

trojan horses (A Trojan horse (commonly known as a Trojan) is a general term for malicious software that pretends to be harmless so that a user willingly allows it to be downloaded onto the computer.)

spyware (The term spyware refers to programs that surreptitiously monitor activity on a computer system and report that information to others without the user’s consent.)

worms (Worms are programs that can replicate themselves throughout a computer network, performing malicious tasks throughout.)

 

Things havent been helped especially as I usually sit beside a classmate of mine who is pretty knowledgeable about computers, and he helps to increase my insecurities by mentioning his ‘exploits’ of the various loopholes which he discovered in his younger days. Whilst he maintained that certain websites did update their programming to ensure that such problems did not occur again, he did manage to repeat successfully, and also display how he’d managed to send an email to someone else using any other person’s email, ‘pishing’ if you may.

the internet is a wonderful place, but one must always take in the caution of people out there who wish to exploit us, Like in the real life, one can never be too careful, from the simple password changes to one’s emails and social networking accounts to not accepting weird emails, or believing in messages promising you of your lottery wins. One must remember to be vigilant constantly, after all, prevention is better than cure.