Wee-ee-ee-eeeek 8: Remixing and burn(ing) baby burn

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Piracy and copyrighted material: The hot topic in the new millennium. As technology advances at a crazily rapid pace and people are consuming more and more each day, it’s no surprise film and music companies are demanding laws protecting their distribution rights.

“…These lead users of music filesharing networks [are] robbing innocent traders of their goods to make a quick profit..”

Bruns 

As a youth living in a culture where I can read hundreds of books from a piece of metal with a screen, also known as a kindle; where I can virtually have thousands of songs on one ipod, even my phone; where I can watch movies that were re-filmed from some part in Asia and brought to my laptop screen, it’s hard to imagine a world before this. It’s hard to imagine a world where people would exchange videocassettes or wait all day for the radio to play their favourite song to record it on a vinyl or a cassette tape; it all seems too much of an effort.

Thankfully, in modern day, we have all the resources available to obtain films, music and other topics of interest. On a side note, it is unfortunate that they are not all lawfully obtained, however, that is another can of worms that will not be opened today.

Instead, we discuss that information is so easily and readily available to us, as Lessig states, even ‘prime time seems fascist because there is probably a country out there (also probably America) that has already screened episodes, therefore one is able to stream or download the program.

I think the ability to recreate a scene in a film or a songs video clip as a fan is a great liberty. It not only allows the fan to interact with the film/ song, but even the artist- Here’s a good example- these two little girls, Sophia and Grace sang ‘Superbass’ by Nicky Minaj and gained worldwide views and ‘fame’. It’s also fun, but no I have not yet tried to recreate anything…yet.

Watch this space!!*

*You might be watching a long time.

References

 Bruns, Axel (2010) Distributed Creativity: Filesharing and Produsage

 Lessig, Lawrence (2008) Remix: making art and commerce thrive in the hybrid economy, pp.23-31 

Image of burning skeleton: http://www.eroglamour.com/glamour/20120224/djfire/www.eroglamour.com-1-dj-fire.jpg

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Week 13: Literally calling home.

Well here we are, week 13, all educated on technology and how our world is every so rapidly changing. 

I am officially terrified of technology, thank you Ted. 

However, I am also willing to embrace it. Being young enough to have grown up with technology, but old enough to remember what it was like to have to go to the library to find information, it gives me an upper hand in life- I think. 

My reasoning for this is that, I have watched older generations struggle with upcoming technologies because they haven’t bothered to keep up with the devices and technological trends- not that I can blame them, some of them still write letters and call to loved ones as their only source of communication. Good on them, I say. But I wouldn’t hold my breath on an IT job, ever- if I was in their shoes. 

Before I discuss the creepiness of being able to message your house to get your stove pre-heated, fridge stocked, house cleaned, bath running and god knows what else, read this

Here is the URL in case the link doesn’t work: 

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/06/03/magazine/innovations-issue.html

I’m sorry, but an ELECTRONIC T-SHIRT! HOW DO YOU WASH THAT!? Why is it necessary. Yes, it is amazingly cool and I want one, but I have no idea what I’d put on it. 

There are just so many things that are becoming intertwined with technology and the internet that it can be quite overwhelming. They have face recognition computers, laptops that use your fingerprint as your password, researchers are even developing eatable packaging in order to reduce wastage! 

Honestly, with the amount of technology these says, I’m surprised we don’t all have a micro-tracker or some sort of chip inserted into us to gather information at all times!

The videos we were shown in the lecture were amazing! I loved them, I’m into all of that techno stuff, regardless of how intimidating it can be. I wouldn’t want all of those gizmos, but it’s interesting to know that people are able to come up with them. 

 

This picture is what I feel will happen

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Only time will tell. Who knows, maybe literally, time will tell us things one day- messaging homes, talking clocks, self sufficient, food ordering fridges- wouldn’t surprise me anymore. 

 

Technology will continue to be at the front line of research from now on because we have developed things that work and created a higher intelligence that allows us to do things such as communicate at a swift pace and ever so efficiently- it will be a never ending cycle of new developments. 

I think it is all fun and exciting now because it’s still all relatively new, hopefully we don’t end up like ‘I Robot’ or ‘Artificial Intelligence’- but you never know! 

 

Before  I finish my last digc202 post, thank you to everyone who commented, tweeted and interacted with my blogs, posts and tweets! It’s been a pleasure going cyber crazy with you all! 

 

Thanks Ted!

 

🙂 

Makedonka Stoilova Interview Project

This is my digital artefact with my grandmother Makedonka Stoilova Senior. We discuss her first television viewing experience and what she thinks of it today.

I hope you enjoy it. 

Thank you, 

Makedonka 

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We would we be without the internet?

This is just a website I found that had a really short opinion of where we would be if the internet did not exist. 

 

Now there’s a thought. 

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Week 3: The Global Network

This week’s lecture explained the notion of a ‘global village’ and the separation of data (mind) to channel (body) and the separation of information from its physical barrier, elimination of boarders and so on. 

We’re forming our own world in ‘cyberspace’, (a term coined by William Gibson (Which I learned in the lecture) and we can say whatever we like! Just like the reading by Barlow stated, “We are forming our own Social Contract”, “Our identities have no bodies, so, unlike you, we cannot obtain order by physical coercion.”

There is no real regulation about what we can say online. I am able to state my opinion on anything I like and unless there are regulations on the website that do not allow certain comments, then it is a free for all. Cyberspace would be impossible to monitor, not only because there is an unlimited source of knowledge, but because new websites and information are posted each minute, what we are experiencing is a technological phenomenon.

We have gone from relying on one ‘mainframe’ computer, to being able to access anything online though our phones! It was said in the lecture that this progress was not ‘inevitable’, however, with people such as Richard Stallman fighting for software to be free to all, I do not think it would have been possible to keep this new communication outlet from the public for long. 

Now people are making millions from the internet/ cyberspace, especially from social networks such as Facebook and Twitter and softwares from Apple, Microsoft, etc… 

It has become an invaluable resource that connects the world through communication.

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References:

Barlow J.P, ‘A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace’, 1996

Image of cyberspace from: http://openwalls.com/image/7771/thumb3_global_network.jpg

So, lucky I lis…

So, lucky I listed to the Echo streaming of the lecture, or I too would have probably read each page of every reading. I wouldn’t necessary call it a ‘waste’ of time, like Ted said, I’m sure it’s an interesting read… but I’ll do what’s required- as long as I catch up already!

Hopefully week 3 will be my up to date week! Here’s to hoping!!

 The lecture really made me look at the communication like a nervous system- the picture of the internet today really put it into perspective just how connected everything is. It gives the saying ‘It’s a small world’ a whole new meaning, I think.

It’s funny that in the last thirty years, we’ve gone from having nodes and the ‘arpanet’, to having phones that can connect us with one another in a touch of a button-literally-as Sterling states. I found it interesting to note however, that the internet, like the fax machine example given in Sterlings reading, is only useful if everybody has access to it! If someone has the internet and their friends do not, then they cannot use that outlet as a source of communication.

I found that StaIder read my mind on this topic. I don’t think I could honestly keep in touch with even a quarter of the people I know if it weren’t for the internet. It’s become such a ‘necessity’ in my personal everyday life that I don’t even realise how quickly it is expanding.

Look at it this way, now there are online UNIVERSITY COURSES. You do not have to leave your house to get a degree! Thirty years ago this would have been considered absurd. To me, it still kind of is, because you don’t get the whole socialising aspect of going to uni. But that comes down to personal preference I suppose.

I now have an iphone where I can access the internet, online social networks, music, I can buy anything I want through my phone. In a way, it makes me think about just how far technology will go. It is a two-fold topic that can be discussed forever. On one side, you have this outlet that can bring people across the world together, whereas it can distance people that live in the same street. I have friends that facebook message their parents to say goodnight. Really?

That’s an extreme example, yes, but it’s probably not uncommon. 

It’s not uncommon now to go to a party and see everyone on their phones- they’re probably messaging the person next to them- uploading how much ‘fun’ they’re having on facebook as it happens. 

Enough about that though, I posted a link of a report that Al Jazeera did in 2009, it’s pretty interesting. It’s also interesting to see how far communications technologies have come in the past three years since that report. 

Either way, I believe that people being able to communicate with one another instantly from all around the world is an amazing ability that needs to be balanced by their reality. Eg. NOT be on youtube, facebook, twitter, etc all day long, but actually go and talk to people face to face and go out and explore the world/travel/ site see, etc, too.

That’s quite philosophical of me, but those are my thoughts on the matter. 

 

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The last 20 years of the internet (2009) (Week 2)

An interesting link of a report about the last 20 years of the internet and what people thought about it, etc.. 

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