I think through out the semester we have all come to a common agreement and the topics and that is seen again on this last blog. The agreement was that activism is emerging more and more with the new forms of social media. But I think some social medias work better than other, for me twitter can be clouded with so much gossip it can be hard to tell what is true and what is false because so many people are commenting on a topic. I think facebook can be a good tool because you can create a page and add people you feel have the same ways of thinking as you and want a change it can also show what other ideas are out there. I also think social media has made it harder for journalists to keep their jobs because not as many turn to the news as they do to social media. This has also allowed for inovations within how new companies release their news because they to have started to utilize social media and even ask the public to pitch in. These articles have shown how we change and adapt to our environment.
Although COMM 2F00 comes to an end we still have one last topic to discuss. The topic of the week asks if the emergence of these new opportunities encourage you to participate more directly in citizen journalism and/or social activism or not. Citizen journalism is public citizens participating in an active role in the process of collecting, reporting and analyzing data and information presented. Social activism is the goal of bringing on social change, if you feel strongly enough about something and work hard you could have the power to change it. The article by P. Dahlgren said “now the digital media contribute their particular features to this evolution, impacting on how people participate socially and culturally, and not least on how civic agency is enacted and how politics gets done”, meaning that social media has open up new windows for people to communicate their views. I think with the new opportunities that have emerged from social media that people are participating in more social activism because they can get their message out fast and it can spread worldwide. Funds for citizen journalism are not in favor of them , “The Australian or The Times are unlikely ever again to be able to fund their own operations from sales and advertising; rather, they are cross-subsidized by the other, more lucrative branches of the conglomerate which owns them, and they repay that investment in the currency of political influence” (Bruns, A. & T. Highfield) and having others invest in their newspapers usual means the investors have some kind of control and lead the writer to have a bias in their direction. The article by Bruns, A. & T. Highfield said “the impact of social media on the definition of authority is not just affecting the profession of journalism, but also the fields of academic knowledge and medicine” and that shows how social media challenges everything and has opened up new doors of discussion. Social networking has allowed social activist to express their different ways of thinking in a way that get the message across fast. It also allows citizen journalist to give their prospective on topic in today’s societies.
Dahlgren, P. (2012). Reinventing participation: civic agency and the web environment. Geopolitics, History, and International Relations. 4.2, p27.
Hermida, A. (2012). TWEETS AND TRUTH: Journalism as a discipline of collaborative verification. Journalism Practice. 6:5-6, p659-668.
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.
The pod cast outlines how pop-up grocery stores can provide people access to fresh produce and vegetables but also how some try to provide people with information to lead a healthy life style. It is not only about having access but also education about healthy foods and the benefits it provides in the future. I think these food trucks are a positive and more and more should pop up not only in food desserts but also in local communities because it is so accessible and would open up more part time jobs in their communities. Here is the link to the article that I discussed, http://healthland.time.com/2012/07/24/can-pop-up-grocery-stores-solve-the-problem-of-food-deserts/. Hope you enjoy.
Now is time to reply to everyone that commented on my post from Friday on copyright issues. It looks like we all agree on the fact that we are in an age of prohibition because there are so many rules and regulations it can be hard to follow and sometimes even understand. But with all that being said I like the fact that people are creating remixes for the fact that they love what they are doing and do we really want that to end? I feel like the answer is no, we should be encouraging expression and to do that you cannot place too many restriction on copyright because people will always find a way to get around them. There is a blog on copywriting 101 http://www.copyblogger.com/copywriting-101/ , where it outlines the effective ways to copywriter properly. It is a skill that needs to be taught and practiced, this website leads to a course that can be taking but it is something that you need to pay for and not everyone has the resources to do so. In order to make people aware of copywriting regulation there needs to be more free options for people. After doing the blog on Friday my opinion about copywriting is a difficult one because while I agree people need their credit for their original work but if there are too many regulations it takes away from people being creative. Creativity is emerging in new ways; it not is just done on paper but also on the internet now. Other blog that also talk about copywriting and creativity are http://yujiaying816.wordpress.com/ , http://as08yl.wordpress.com/ and http://ap09ti.wordpress.com/ .
The topic of this week is Copyright legislation in the recorded music industry and the practices of consumers. In the video by Larry Lessig: Laws that choke creativity. TED Talks (2007), said that we are in an age of prohibition meaning that there are so many copyright issues and laws that today’s society almost no longer care and just want to get their message out. The way of remixing and remaking videos is a way of understanding and with the internet it is bringing back read write culture. This means they produce for the love of what they are doing not for money. With that being said it makes you ask what is considered to be illegally copying and what is legal. The definition of a “pirate” has gone from a rough-and-tumble man of the sea stealing gold to people using their computer to down loading digital property (Steinmetz, K., K. Tunnell , 2013, p53). The big issue of today’s media consumption is that many people are downloading music and movies online illegally and the producers are losing money over this, “The problem is cultural and the consequences are economic” (Condry, Ian, 2004, p 344). A perfect example of this is the lawsuit Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) against its own customers for suspicion of sharing copyright music files online (Condry, Ian, 2004, p 343). The goal now is to find a way to offset what is lost from the pirating of music, the article by Ian Condry suggests charging fees on “hard drives, blank CD-R media, and broadband internet connections” (p345) but the problem is how you distribute the funds. Another solution to stopping the spread of sharing copright files is shutting down the sites that allow people to do it. Homeland Security has already shut down 82 websites that either engage in counterfeit products or distribution (Steinmetz, K., K. Tunnell , 2013, p54). With all technology today I feel it is almost impossible to prevent sharing files because of so many different ways to download and post.
Larry Lessig: Laws that choke creativity. TED Talks (2007). Filmed March 2007, posted November 2007.
Condry, Ian. (2004). Cultures of Music Piracy: An Ethnographic Comparison of the US and Japan. International Journal of Cultural Studies. 7 (3), pg. 343-363
Steinmetz, K., K. Tunnell (2013). Under the Pixelated Jolly Roger: A Study of On-Line Pirates. Deviant Behavior. 34 (1), pg. 53-67