#BCM240 Reflection

Blogs have become one of the best-received applications in the Web 2.0 era and have fundamentally changed the way we use the Internet, from mostly information consumers to information creators and contributors (Du & Wagner, 2007).

Time flies in a blink of eyes, it has almost come to the end of my semester. This will be my last academic blog posting for my final semester of degree. I have been blogging for the past three semester, it is not a new experience for me however i did learn a lot each time i blog. I do love academic blogging, it lets me further understand each of every topic i learnt and it helps me to bring together aspects of my academic and non-academic lives.  The primary goal for blogging is encourage students to be continually engaging with the subject material that thought in class by adding in some of their research and expressing their opinions and ideas. Wang, Lin and Liao (2012) mentioned that blogs in online educational settings has the potential to help enhance students’ knowledge sharing and learning effectiveness. As mentioned in the quote above, blogs changed the way we use internet. From getting information from the internet, we create blogs that enable us to share, create and interact in a virtual space as well through writing and commenting on each other’s posts to generate knowledge. It let us further understand each topic not only by doing further research on our blog posting but also reading through our classmates’ posting as well. Furthermore, we could understand peoples’ idea and thought on particular topic too after reading their blog posting. Yu-jung and Yu-chih (2012) claimed that blogging creates the sense of ownership and encouraged students to write freely and promoted self-expression, and construction of knowledge collaboratively. I agreed with the scholars, blogging let us express ourselves freely on discussing thoughts, ideas and opinions.

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My leading readership comes from Malaysia, United States, United Kingdom and Australia. I was quite surprised when I found out i actually attracted so much readers oversea and this motivated me to do it better. This is how powerful internet could be, bringing all audience from different country around the world. We don’t know who they are, but we are connected in the web space.

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The attachment above shows that one of my blog post – piracy attracted the most viewers this month. The stats from WordPress is really useful to let us know where our audience from and what topic is more favorable by them. It could let us further improve our blog content and writing style as well.

In a nutshell, blogging helps me discovered issues regarding Media, Audience and Place and how media is consumed and the way media influencing our life. The topic that build my interest the most is the mobile audience. I think the reason is because I’m overattach to my phone as well hence i could provide more opinion and interested to find out more on this topic. It provide me a platform to share my opinions and thoughts with everyone around the world. In addition, blogging is capable of building a broader range of skills relevant to academic research such as information searching, literature reviewing, and writing skills like organizing, paraphrasing, and referencing (Eddy 2010). I would say blogging is useful for academic purpose that enable students to do further research for all the topic we learnt in class. It is about a self-presentation, information exchange and social networking. We present our own opinions, exchange information with others who are doing the same topic and lastly blogging connect us with others around the world.

 

Reference

Eddy, C 2010, Using blogging to enhance the initiation of students into academic research, Computers & Education, vol.55, no.2, pp.798-807, accessed 20/10/2013, http://www.sciencedirect.com.ezproxy.uow.edu.au/science/article/pii/S0360131510000989

Yu-jung, C, Yu-chih, S 2012, Blogging to learn: becoming EFL academic writers through collaborative dialogues, Language, Learning & Technology, accessed 20/10/2013, http://go.galegroup.com.ezproxy.uow.edu.au/ps/i.do?action=interpret&id=GALE%7CA281111855&v=2.1&u=uow&it=r&p=AONE&sw=w&authCount=1

Wang, Y, Lin, H, Liao, Y 2012, Investigating the individual difference antecedents of perceived enjoyment in students’ use of blogging, British Journal of Educational Technology, vol. 43, no.1, pp.139–152, accessed 20/10/2013, http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com.ezproxy.uow.edu.au/doi/10.1111/j.1467-8535.2010.01151.x/pdf

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#BCM240 – Mobile Audiences

According to ITU (2010) (as cited in Humphreys, Pape & Karnowski 2013), there are over five billion mobile phones users worldwide and this make the most popular and rapidly adopted information communication technology in history. The mobile communication is getting more saturated by mobile internet services, it also merged into wider media context which involve of both hardware (cameras, audio players etc) and software (Facebook, games etc). It is quite amazing when we compare the phone in 1990s and the phone we are currently using right now, the technology could grow so rapidly.

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We are living in a media saturated world today. Kids in the old time were playing with some barbie doll but kids today are playing with their ipad or iphone. It is quite sad to see this happen because peoples nowadays are over attached with their devices especially phone. Technology advancement makes everyone’s life turn much easier because we could do a lot of thing by using our phone. For instance like email, social media chatting, gaming, reading news and others. Instead of getting someone’s phone number, we will ask for their Facebook username, wechat id etc these day.

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The photos above taken by me as required for this week blogging. In my opinion, youth and kids nowadays are overattach to their phone. According to research, young people often think about their phone when they are not using, it is a phenomenon termed as cognitive salience whereby users constantly check their mobile phones for missed messages or calls (Humphreys et.al 2013). Mobile phones shorten the physical distant between people because everyone gets connected by using those social media. We could video call with someone far away from us, texting with people around the world. Some youth even think that using a technologically advanced mobile phone could higher their status among their peers. Green (2002) (as cited in Humphreys et.al (2013) mentioned that it is basically a space-adjusting technology that allows one to move around easily in different and multiple social spaces. We could carry our mobile phone everywhere and it serve as a private space for us. Some people are more comfortable by texting instead of talking face to face. It serve as a private space because we could make our phone private by setting passcode, without letting someone else see the content of our phone.  Mobile phone is more to a private device compare to a laptop or tablet because the screen is particularly small, people could hardly see the content of it. It has no doubt that mobile phone bring a lot of convenience to our life however it does impose a lot of disadvantage to us as well.

References:

Humphreys, L, Pape, T, Karnowski, V 2013, ‘Evolving mobile media: uses and conceptualizations of the mobile internet’, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, vol.18, no.4, accessed 10/10/2013, http://ey9ff7jb6l.search.serialssolutions.com.ezproxy.uow.edu.au/?genre=article&issn=10836101&title=Journal+of+Computer-Mediated+Communication&volume=18&issue=4&date=20130701&atitle=Evolving+Mobile+Media%3a+Uses+and+Conceptualizations+of+the+Mobile+Internet.&spage=491&pages=491-507&sid=EBSCO:Communication+%26+Mass+Media+Complete&aulast=Humphreys%2c+Lee

#BCM240 – Piracy

It is common to see people downloading movie or music song online these days. The proliferation of digital technology enables everyone to do this easily.  As Mr Faizal ask in the class, how many of us never download anything illegally before, none of us rise up our hand. Piracy had become a common behavior in the society today. The infographic below shows some facts of piracy.

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Infographic URL: http://www.go-gulf.com/blog/online-piracy/

As we could see, 70% of people felt nothing wrong in online piracy. In my opinion, everyone think that it is common to do so, none of us felt like it was a crime in doing this even though we knew this is illegal. We used to watch the latest drama or movie from the internet, downloading the song we like and burn it into cd etc. In addition, piracy leads to some economic downturn as well, music industry losses 12.5 billion each year and 71,060 jobs lost in United States each year. UK revenues from online music were higher than revenues for both CDs and vinyl combined for the first time in 2013 (Gibbs 2013). Malaysia rated as the top 5 country for online piracy with 75% while the country that involves the most online piracy is China.

In the article of Mirghani (2011), the author said that everybody is a pirate, the advance technology and increases the infringement. Some recent surveys indicate that more than half of the United States college students frequently download music and movies illegally from unlicensed P2P networks (RIAA as cited in Mirghani 2011). I think this happen in almost every country because teenagers spend a lot of their time with the internet, thus it is common to see this happen. Furthermore, Amici (as cited in Mirghani 2011) mentioned that almost every act of teaching relies on others’ copyrighted works. Many of the basic tools of teaching would usually constitute copyright infringements such as distributing photocopies, performing copyrighted works in class, and viewing film and video in class. In addition, students rely on copying, distribution, and performance of copyrighted works as well while doing our assignments. There are many reason that cause piracy happens, the main reason is probably because most of the thing available in the internet is free and it could be easily accessed. I think it is not easy to curb piracy as in the technologies are getting more advance and people rely too much over the internet. However, it is still important to educate the society that piracy is not a good behavior.

 

References:

Mirghani, S 2011, ‘The War on Piracy: Analyzing the Discursive Battles of Corporate and Government-Sponsored Anti-Piracy Media Campaigns’, Critical Studies In Media Communication, vol.28, no.2, pp.113-134, accessed 4/10/2013, http://web.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.uow.edu.au/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid=9676127f-bccc-4a16-b37d-dcaba28ea286%40sessionmgr15&vid=1&hid=24

Gibbs, S 2013, Google takes down more than eight ‘pirate’ links every second, accessed 4/10/2013, http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/oct/07/google-pirate-links-digital-revenue-copyright-holders