Monthly Archives: February 2012

DNA Information…

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“The DNA of Information” sounded like it was written in the era of cavemen. We no longer have to wait for mail to arrive or deliver things in our sneakers. Times are different now and there is no need for paper! Things are done rapidly now through email and information can be stored in so many giga bytes! I remember when i was a freshmen high school not long ago that a 215mb flash drive costed me about $25…now you can buy a 8gb for even less.

Technology is advancing faster everyday. News now travels faster through twitter than the news on cable television. Whitney Houston’s death spread like wild fire through social media and texting. When I was eating out I found out about her death on a text message before the news came a few minutes later on the TV announcing the disappointing event.

Physical copies of books are is becoming less in existence. Bookstores are closing down everyday and now people are starting to buy e-readers or just read on phones and tablets. I happen to own a lot of books online. E-books save space and you never lose them. Communication has changed quite dramatically too. We no longer own voice answering machines or even bother actually calling a person. Texting is the new way of communicating without the awkwardness.

Years ago the idea the of a touch screen ipad would have probably been thought of as an acid trip. Nowadays nothing is though to be impossible. Music and movies went from solid items to streaming and downloadable content online.  Soon maybe one day will have androids working for us. That’s a scary thought…to have technology looking and moving the way we do. Especially after watching all those sci-fi films. The world is filled with countless possibilities.

Here is something to watch. Robotic musicians by Intel!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLdB0WEixjM&feature=player_embedded#!

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Socialnomics Response

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SuNx0UrnEo

This video Social Media Revolution 2011 makes an impact on you when first watched. Yes, the music sounds like it just came out of the Lion King soundtrack, but I think it’s pretty cool and relaxing. The video is facts after facts about how social media is about people and how it is becoming a way of life. Facebook has enough users to become the 3rd largest country in the world.  Our social life is also affected by social media. We make friends online, stalk people, and some even find love through the internet. 3 in 5 couples met online.  There is no such thing as privacy anymore. Our public lives in photos and videos can be posted on various websites for everyone to see. I thought it was funny when it stated that there are way…..more farmers on the game Farmville than actual farmers! We also use social media for business opportunities through twitter and linkedin. %93  of internet shoppers trust the ratings given from their peers than advertisements. Whenever I shop on amazon.com I always make sure to check what other people have to say about the product before buying. Remember the revolution that was going on in Egypt?  Twitter was the only source of communication they had when they internet went down. Twitter allowed them to convert voice mails into tweets.

You can read about this here:

http://smedio.com/2011/02/04/how-twitter-is-helping-with-the-egyptian-revolution/

 

It’s amazing to see social media expanding, yet making  the world smaller connecting everyone  around the world.

 

What I think about New Media

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Technology in the modern era has replaced the old ways of the dinosaurs. Before we use to watch TV on big black boxes and movies were on a cassette tape being played on a VCR. Those times feel like forever ago ever since Netflix came into existence. Hulu plus and Netflix replaced the need for cable keeping viewers never lacking options. Cameras now use SD cards that just need photos to be uploaded to your computer.

Terry Flew acknowledged the view of how technology comes and goes and keeps on upgrading in the article “What’s New About ‘New Media'”. New Media is always advancing for more improvements but, that is it. It is always upgrading something like the internet for instance. From the 1990’s to the present it went from dial up to a modems to wireless. Out with the older technology and in with the advanced version. All the technology that exists right now is just an improvement from previous models. Things are made to make life less complicated for a person by putting a button on a machine so that it will do the hard work for you.

 

Online Reading

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Today in the world everyone is in a hurry living fast paced. No one has time to sit down and watch the news or read the paper. Nowadays we get online on our computers or on mobile apps to check out the latest updates on twitter, facebook, and RSS readers. Readers today prefer to find out the news at their own time and right away online. We have become very dependent on online news sources to feed us the daily gossip that is happening nation or worldwide.

The article “How Online Habits Have Changed Over 2010” mentioned a app called “instapaper” that unlike bookmarking the link saves the content to read later! That is something to keep in mind for later. “Flipboard” another app I just learned about apparently is like a built in magazine in your ipad. The article also discusses about how people read everything online these days, but are now sharing article links or news on sites such as twitter. Sharing right now is the “in” thing right now in the online world letting other check out what you’re reading connecting the world.

Now Facebook and twitter have surpassed their original purpose as a social networking site by now enabling users to keep up with news that relate to their interest by allowing them to use search bar to check out what they like. Twitter is the website to go to for minute-to-minute updates on the latest story everyone is gossiping about. Secrets and waiting no longer exist in this era. I barely remember the last I watched Good Morning America on TV. In fact, I don’t even pay for cable since there is no need for it when you can watch and read what you like, when you like online.

There are plenty of websites dedicated to certain genres of news. For example to keep up with “music news” I go to http://www.atrl.net to keep up with the latest main stream singles, music videos, or drama on celebrities.