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The New and Improved Toronto Raptors

This is my first Storify! I chose to talk about the 2013/14 NBA draft pick for the Toronto Raptors.  The good players, not so good players, new players, old players, skills, teams, up-comings, etc. I am know fully aware of what is going on in the Raptors world, and I am excited to see how it all pans out in October! GO RAPTORS GO! 

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Thank you everyone for the awesome comments on my Citizen Journalism and Social Activism through Social Media post! Most of you agreed that social media is now an essential part of everyday life, in fact, many of you admitted that you check your smartphone for updates on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. without even realizing it. I have this exact problem; it has become such a habit!  But, do we consider this a problem or has it just become such a necessary part of our everyday life?

One of you commented on how you believe social media will continue to grow, which is something I highly agree with.  The technology that we use and are aware of today is nowhere near what they have planned for us for the future.  Surprisingly enough, in Japan, their technology is approximately three years ahead of us!  There is so much more to come; I am not sure whether we are going to be mind-blown or if it’ll be normal.  I am sure we handed an iPhone to someone in the 1900’s, they would be so confused, shocked, interested, and maybe even scared of the device.  It is insane how far technology has come!

One of you commented on how social media allows us to spread news to any part of the world faster than any other type media.  This comment reminded me of a friend of mine.  She moved to Tonga when we were in grade 7, which is on the other side of the world! We contacted through phone calls and MSN!  MSN was huge back in the day, up until my first year at Brock University.  Now that we both have Facebook, we write on each other’s walls and I see photos of her, her family and friends!  It is crazy to think she is so far away but we’ve stayed so connected all this time.  This is a great example of why I am not fully against social media.  The two reasons why I would be against social media is because it contributes to obesity and it can be dangerous with all those creepy hackers, online dating and hidden identities.

All in all, I am glad you all agreed with my post! Take care! 

Citizen Journalism and Social Activism Through Social Media

Hey bloggers! Let’s talk about the new and upcoming opportunities for citizen journalism and/or social activism through social media.  The internet has drastically altered through the years, including an increase of users and more options and opportunities.  The internet offers a countless number of websites that help peers contact with others, watch TV shows and movies, listen to music, do online banking and shopping, read articles, play games and the list goes on!

I read an article called The Digital Revolution, the Informed Citizen, and the Culture of Democracy written by Henry Jenkins and David Thorburn.  It is about the elections in 2000 and how Americans were able to vote online. This was a new voting strategy and 64 percent of the voters used online voting.  Jenkins and Thorburn state that the World Wide Web is already a powerful influence on many aspects of American political life. This is true, because now we are able to proceed with political movement’s right in our very own home.  This was a step in upgrading the level of efficiency on the internet through peer media. 

An article named Blogs, Twitter, and Breaking News: The Produsage of Citizen Journalism by Axel Bruns and Tim Highfield, highlight a possible issue in citizen journalism.  Bruns and Highfield state that clear structural boundaries between the Web sites of news organizations and the blogs and collaborative spaces of citizen journalism enabled the maintenance of an “us vs. them” attitude that manifested in a series of often highly acrimonious “blog wars”.  This is possible.  People get competitive and like to state their own opinion, which is completely normal and allowed.  Now that is a known, there are certain limits so these “blog wars” do not occur. 

The article, Reinventing Participation: Civic Agency and the web Environment written by Peter Dahlgren, points out the changes in social media.  Dahlgren talks about the constant and dramatic transformation of the newer electronic media and their affordance. He declares that in more recent years, the net and its ancillary technologies, such as mobile phones and the platforms for social media, have further extended this transformation.  Not only are we capable of using social media through our laptops and computers but we now have smartphones that access the internet as well!  The kinds of changes that Dahlgren explains are occurring now more than ever!  Social media is blowing up and is now an essential part of everyday life. 

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Jenkins, H. & D. Thorburn. Introduction: The Digital Revolution, the Informed Citizen, and the Culture of Democracy. in Jenkins, H. & D. Thorburn eds. (2003). Democracy and New Media. Cambridge MA: MIT Press. p1-17. NOTE: this link takes you to the entire book (online). You only need to read the introduction.

Dahlgren, P. (2012). Reinventing participation: civic agency and the web environment. Geopolitics, History, and International Relations. 4.2, p27.

Bruns, A. & T. Highfield. (2012). Blogs, Twitter, and breaking news: The produsage of citizen journalism. pre-publication draft on personal site [Snurb.info]. Published in: Lind, R. A. ed. (2012). Produsing Theory in a Digital World: The Intersection of Audiences and Production. New York: Peter Lang. p15-32.

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Hey Bud, Let’s Get Serious

Baseball’s commissioner wants to retire with a victory, but he’s taking the wrong approach with PEDs.  I used Windows Sound Recorder and recorded an article by Stephan Burnt from SportsNet magazine.  

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Thanks everyone for the comments on my latest blog! After going through and reading your thoughts, I realized that all of you agree with me in that paying for music online is a little ridiculous, I mean, $1.25 for a two minute and thirty second song on iTunes, common! Some of you said you would rather spend your money on food and drinks! That’s what I’m talking about! Music is all around us and is produced for pleasure, I believe it is silly to have to pay for something that I consider leisure or have consequences when downloading free music. 

Now a day, we have an endless amount of options given to us to pirate music, that it is almost effortless! Paying for a song on iTunes is what I think would be someone’s last option. Most of you bloggers who shared their thoughts on my blog post agree that ultimately it is up to the consumer to decide whether to buy music or pirate music.  I was not surprised that most of you knew that it is illegal to pirate music, everyone knows this, but it is something that definitely goes right over heads!  

After reading one of your comments, I learned how many tasks can be done online for free, such as reading a book, a newspaper, watching TV shows and movies, etc. but somehow music is considered an issue by law.  Hmm.. Interesting.  I, too, am excited to see what the future holds in the music and media industry, whether copyright laws will be completely disregarded and shut down, or whether they will be more strict and intense.  I personally hope that in the near future, there will be no consequences when downloading free music. 

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That’s all for now, keep on rockin’ in the free world!  

The Music Industry

Let’s get straight to the point, we all listen to music. I listen to music every single day of my life and I enjoy all genres of music including country, rap, rock, pop, ska, etc.  I have over a thousand songs on my iTunes playlist, and although many of those songs have come from CD’s which I have purchased in the past, the majority of the songs came from the internet which I have downloaded.  There are a vast amount of websites that offer the ability to download songs with no problem! The thing that slips people’s minds is that this act is illegal! Who really is OK with buying a song off of iTunes? A dollar or more per song, that’s crazy talk!  I can guarantee all of you lovely bloggers are guilty of downloading pirated music. Personally, I think it is silly to pay for music, and I am not talking about buying CD’s and records. 

Today there are multiple ways to access online media through transmission of codes and practices.  In the article, Scenes of Transmission: Youth Culture, MP3 File Sharing, and Transferable Strategies of Cultural Practice by Dale A. Bradley,  he states that one of the most obvious examples of this phenomenon of “convergent transmission” is the now famous case of Napster.  Napster is a system based on youth culture as a way to appreciate music through digital media and online communication.  Clearly this form of transmission is a more positive and safer way to access music, videos, etc. and is becoming more popular by the second! Bradley also mentions that the community constituted by the early Napster (as well as other music sharing sites and networks) and the IRC-based discussions that informed their development were more than simply the sum of peer-to-peer (P2P) networks and online communication.  Therefore, the system is no more than communication between other people with the same interest as you!

 

The TED talks video, Larry Lessig: Laws that choke creativity, Lessig chats about online media, copyrights, etc. in dry humor, demonstrating the stupidity of certain laws.  He declares that there is a growing extremism that comes from both sides in the debate in response to the conflict between the law and the use of the technologies. He states that one side automatically takes down from sites such as YouTube and any content that has any copyrighted content in it, while the other side, there is a growing copyright abolitionism, a generation that rejects the notion of what copyright is supposed to do and believes that the law is nothing more than an ass to be ignored and fought at every opportunity.  This video is funny, yet very true and I feel the exact same way.  I think it is ridiculous to have such laws on something that is available to everyone.  It almost acts as a tease. 

 

I hope that in the near future, these laws will be broken down, and non-existent.  What do you bloggers believe is right? Do you think copyrights and laws are fair to have on access to such public media? Are more conflicts created through these laws?

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Larry Lessig: Laws that choke creativity. TED Talks (2007). Filmed March 2007, posted November 2007.

Bradley, D. (2006) Scenes of Transmission: Youth Culture, MP3 File Sharing, and Transferable Strategies of Cultural PracticeM/C Journal. 9(1).