Week 6: Theorizing Narratives
The key points to remember for this particular week would definitely be about the differing types of narratives, the way narratives can be approached and what characteristics do these narratives contain. My pupils widened in amazement as I absorbed the contents for each and every slide for this particular week. I used to perceive narratives as simply narratives. Period. I also see it as merely something related to a story telling session. Fortunately, this lecture pried my eyes open to the elaborated albeit true world of narratives.
This week’s topic made me think more about digital communication practice as something that ought not to be undermined. It’s similar to art whereby people perceive it as something that can be done within seconds or without a second thought. However, there’s a much more complex process involved in between before the final product can be produced.
I believe the topics dabbled this week are related to the blog that I’ve been forming ever since the previous assignments were introduced to us. This lecture inspired me to incorporate several professional elements seeded within the slides into my site; CapsloQweeNation. I also discovered what elements are missing in my site. Previously, I didn’t know there were names or labels for it. Hence, this lecture certainly boosted and circulated my brain particles by feeding me a torrent of information of something that I’d previously deem as “foreign”.
Examples Of The Elements That Were Incorporated
First, I planted in more hypertexts links into my site to enhance the ‘depth’ within my site. I also wanted these links to support the information mentioned within my site and enable readers to obtain easy access towards that aforementioned information.
I noticed that my site belongs under the multimediality category since it contains a vast integration of differing media formats like pictures, texts and videos.
I also realized that I should increase the rate of interactivity within my site. I discovered that my comments section was previously disabled. Thus, I automatically re-enabled the comments section to encourage readers to interact with other fellow readers and the writer herself; me.
Week 10: Surveying How We’re being Surveyed
The key factors to remember for this week’s lesson would be that there’s surveillance practically everywhere and authorities can track down any being via differing means like CCTV cameras, phones and cards.
This topic made me realize how digital communication doesn’t simply revolve around smart gadgets like televisions or blogging. This lecture showcased a new perspective of digital communication by highlighting how these digital tools triggered or molded a new society. This society is known as the Surveillance society.
I believe that the negative angle involving surveillance would be that it may attract predators like stalkers or even people with criminalistics intentions like robbers or burglars. Personally, I am rather neutral to this type of surveillance since it also prevents and captures criminals’ identity. However, I do think that surveillance lingers treacherously along the borders of voyeurism, which is disturbing indeed. Hence, my stand remains neutral as long as it doesn’t cross over that voyeuristic border and since the pros and cons balances out vice versa.
Recently, Singapore installed new cameras to capture red-light beaters. These cameras capture high-resolution pictures that reveal each motorists face in a high definition manner. It also snaps at a faster rate. It successfully caught over 1000 motorists beating the red lights just a couple of months after they were set up. This prevents people from breaking the laws and enhances safety too.
Another example of surveillance that worked to the advantage of mankind in Singapore would be the ones installed in Singapore’s elevators. The surveillance cameras installed at Pinnacle@Duxton captured an adult woman urinating in its Fireman elevator. Screenshots of that woman from the surveillance camera were printed and posted at Tanjong Pagar Town Council in a bid to identify the woman since her face wasn’t facing the camera.
I can definitely relate this topic to my professional arena like journalism. Some people may be only willing to be interviewed in a confidential manner. Hence, knowing the existence of surveillance, journalists may heed interviewees’ request for confidentiality by avoiding any form of electronic trail.
1) http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/more-singapore-stories/story/caught-the-act-urinating-pinnacleduxton-lift-20140619 – Caught In The Act thanks to the elevator’s Surveillance camera
2) http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/more-singapore-stories/story/more-1000-motorists-caught-beating-red-lights-new-digita – Singapore’s new red light beating system cameras
Week 11: Digital Divisions
The key points to remember for this week’s lecture would be the different types of users in the digital world and how digital tools created a rift between the tech-savvy society and the society that barely uses or has limited access to technologically advanced tools. Digital era sparked a digital divide. Many may still remain oblivious to this great divide. Hence, I’d recommend issuing out the slides for Week 11, as either soft or hard copies to countries all over the globe. Those within tech-savvy societies may obtain this slide in a soft-copy format whereas a printed version of this slide can be submitted to citizens confined in the society that rarely uses digital tools. This’ll promote awareness. Human beings may then bridge this digital gap between these differing societies by assisting vice versa in terms of knowledge, information and even tools.
This week’s topic made me reflect more on how digital communication doesn’t simply affect the populations’ economy but culturally and socially too. It also affects human beings’ behaviors and relationships. It dawned upon me how digital divide doesn’t merely involve a few people. The gap’s available between nations, regions and even those with differing income levels.
An example of a gaping digital divide within a country is Malaysia’s Malacca Kampungs like Kampung Lonek which has limited e-knowledge that pales in comparison to Kuala Lumpur, whereby Wi-fi’s available almost everywhere.
Personally, I believe that Internet access should be made a priority for 3rd world countries. It’ll boost development and strengthen connections between people residing elsewhere. Internet also propels economy due to a wider variety of job opportunities. This’ll generate more income for each person and nation and reduce the amount of unemployed people. Hence, standard of these 3rd world countries will automatically improve.
1st world countries also use Internet to enhance connections and development. Recently, New York scrapped pay phones and replaced it with Wi-Fi hubs.
Additionally, Shay Carl; an Idaho YouTuber, used Internet to promote his Vlogging channel and Makers Studios; his company dedicated for videos. His family was previously plunged into the throes of poverty. Fortunately, his channel garnered millions of views and caught Disney’s attention. Disney acquired Makers Studios for USD$500 Million. Hence, Shay Carl succeeded in propelling his family away from poverty thanks to the Internet.
Therefore, third world countries can too!
2) http://www.wanderlust.co.uk/magazine/news/wi-fi-for-customers-now-mandatory-in-kuala-lumpur-restaurants – Evidence of Wi-Fi made available in numerous places at Kuala Lumpur
3) http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/lifestyle/wifi-hubs-to-replace-new/1478464.html?cid=TWTCNA – Internet tools replacing old ones
4) https://www.youtube.com/user/SHAYTARDS?spfreload=10 – Shaytards Youtube Channel
5) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3K-RvkrGGA&list=TLtxigFLcKM0w – The video in Shaytard’s channel that earned the most viewership
Week 12: Inspecting Interactivity
This week’s key points to remember revolves around words like ‘interactivity’ and ‘viral’. This lecture also unraveled the definition of digital society and virtual communities.
Apparently, the site that I’ve created for Assignment 1; CapsloQweeNation, belongs under the virtual communities category. I’m striving to make it a platform that enables readers to interact with other fellow readers who read the same things due to common interests. Furthermore, the steps to initiate interaction between other readers are easy. Simply login into your WordPress or one of your Social Media accounts and comment. However, anyone who isn’t too keen in syncing or logging into other accounts to comment can still drop in replies or comments by clicking the Guest option. This enables anyone to comment in an anonymous manner. Commenters can also select the option to either enable or disable notifications if anyone replies to his or her submitted comments.
Additionally, based on Siapera’s definition of interactive characteristics, my site incorporates hypertextuality, multimediality and interactivity.
Pros & Cons of Interactivity
The pro factor for interactivity is that it strengthens bonds and makes long distance relationships possible. It enhances connectivity no matter where anyone is located as long as there’s 3G. Messages can be replied instantaneously. This wasn’t the case before the digital era. Man had to wait for several weeks or even months for a reply via a letter format. Long-distance lovers’ attention towards vice versa may stray due to the delayed response. Fortunately, with this digital age, man can interact back to back instantly. This may automatically strengthen bonds and relationships.
Unfortunately, the expectations for instant replies were heightened during this digital era. Slight delay in responses due to personal duties or technical problems may result in misunderstandings. Recipients may perceive the delayed response as a form of ignorance or disinterest towards them.
Example of Increased Expectations for Instant Replies
Recently, a Saudi Arabian man divorced his wife due to her lack of response towards his messages on WhatsApp. However, his wife was merely busy watching television and catching up with her friends hence the belated replies.
An example of Viral Chain
The movie, Frozen, gained popularity the moment it’s released in cinemas worldwide. Even the tracks featured within this movie topped numerous charts. The song, ‘Let It Go’ went viral. Many began recording and uploading their own spin of that track on social apps like YouTube. Covers for ‘Let It Go’ went viral too including Alex Boye’s Africanized Tribal cover featuring One Voice Children’s Choir that garnered over 55 million views since February 2014. It probably went viral since it contained unexpected audio twists that deviate from the original version. Hence, it triggered the wow factor.
1) ‘ Understanding New Media’ by E. Siapera, 2012
2) ‘Digital Media And Society: An Introduction.’ By A. Athique, 2013
1) http://www.tnp.sg/news/saudi-man-divorces-wife-after-she-ignores-his-whatsapp-messages – Increased expectations for instant replies
2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAJYk1jOhzk – Alex Boye’s Viral Cover
3) All Images Are From – http://www.shutterstock.com
Week 13: Unraveling Digital Environment
I believe the key points to remember from this particular week’s lecture would be how Internet is fusing or implemented into things plus the differing types of users and models available in this digital realm. I was previously oblivious to the actual definition of Web 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0. I’ve seen it on certain sites and papers but it didn’t cross my mind that there were actual meanings and models behind it. I used to perceive it as simply an embed code. However, I do know that there are a wide variety of users in the Digital Environment. I simply didn’t know that there were actual labels and categories for the differing types of Digital users. I used to label them all under one word; Netizens. It’s also known as citizens of the net. Fortunately, this lecture succeeded in widening my knowledge scope to a whole other level.
Thoughts & Discoveries
This topic made me realize how complex and diverse the digital environment is. I also discovered that I’m a cyber-optimist since I bear similarities to those ‘citizens’ that Athique mentioned; “ Internet heralded a new era of unparalleled citizen participation in public life.” (2013, p246)
Additionally, the application called Web Albums falls under Web 3.0 since the data is stored in cloud and it can be run on any device including computers. It’s linked to Google Picasa and enables users to retrieve or upload their own pictures into personal albums, anywhere.
Internet Of Things
An example of ‘Internet Of Things’ would be Digital Pills. The microchip contained within each digital pill transmits wireless health data to smartphones after it’s consumed. Proteus Biomedical, the company that developed these pills, sold it to Novartis for $24 million. These pills are indeed a more efficient method to obtain health reports and knowing one’s own health. However, it produces electromagnetic interference.
Personally, I believe that Internet Of Things does have its fair balance of pros and cons. It’s indeed beneficial since it enhances connectivity. Alas, with Internet Of Things, ordinary items now ought to be charged consistently like those wireless Bluetooth headphones. The headphones won’t work once the battery operating the Bluetooth function goes flat. However, ordinary headphones aren’t entirely hassle free either. Whilst Bluetooth headphones thrive in the wireless department, tangled wires usually affect ordinary headphone users. Hence, the fair share of pros and cons.
1) Digital Media And Society: An Introduction: Cambridge: Polity – Athique, 2013
1) http://singularityhub.com/2010/12/06/the-pills-have-eyes-microchipped-medicine-is-coming/ – Digital Pills
2) http://www.cbsnews.com/news/fda-approves-ingestible-sensor-that-transmits-patient-data-to-doctors/ – Digital Pills
3) All Images Are From- http://www.gettyimages.com/creativeimages/royaltyfree
Overall Learning Summary: Ideal Recipes Towards Brewing Success
Reviewing A Review: Pixelated Images
I obtained several comments regarding my blog via my classmate, Saurabh Menon’s, Blog Review assignment for CMNS1000. This includes how the ‘Images on the home page’s scrolling cover slides are visually pixelated.’ I decided to not change the aforementioned ‘image’ since it best represents each posts. Furthermore, I believe this pixelated images may arouse readers curiosity. It’ll spur them to explore the site further by clicking on the picture to get a better view of it. This is indeed apt since the theme for my site is Exploration. Hence, I’m encouraging readers to explore the site themselves.
Readers will be redirected to the full post upon clicking any one of those pixelated pictures. Thus, readers will not only be able to read the entire contents of the posts but simultaneously quench their curiosity towards the previously zoomed up pixelated picture since it’ll appear in it’s original state within it’s allotted post.
Example Of How Pixelated Images Spurred Curiosity
Ray J, the infamous rapper commonly associated to Kim Kardashian, released a single called ‘I Hit It First’ with a pixelated album cover. Judging via the image, many speculated how it bears resemblence to one of Kim Kardashian’s picture. The pixelated picture’s vagueness spurred the curiosity of many. People began analyzing the album cover and music video. This resulted in the song raking up to a total of 7 million views which was a far cry from the amount of views in Ray J’s previous music videos.
Reviewing A Review: Alignment
Additionally, my classmate recommended how some images could ‘have been placed side-by-side’ to prevent ‘revolutions of the scroll wheel’ as seen from the picture beneath.
Image: Before Alteration
Thus, I’ve made some slight adjustments to my images in a bid to prevent excessive scrolling. However, I did retain the alignment of my pictures as how they previously were, since I wanted to narrate each picture individually in a clearer manner rather than clustering it all in a row.
Image: After Alteration
Hence, this course has imparted a huge amount of invaluable information ranging from how things ought to be designed, finding our own identity to the definitions of digital divide and interactivity. All these information can be used as key ingredients to concoct a professionally successful site.
1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gT2ys2QvJOY&spfreload=10 – Aftermath of a pixelated image seen via Ray J; boost curiosity and viewership.