Thursday, April 22, 2010

Privacy Part #2

This autistic boy is an example of exploitation not censorship by Google; and he and his family are victims, and by the very nature of him being bullied-humiliated by other teenagers shows me a lack of sensitivity of a generation that does not know how to socialize properly because all they do is text, email, and play on their computer's in class (and I see them doing this in each and every course at UMD).  I ask myself why do they even bother coming to the course if all they are doing is text messaging or surfing the web?  I am really afraid for the Y-generation and whatever the younger generation is called after that because I see so many young people that are obese and already have cornary-heart disease at my work.  Many of the teenagers I see in my job have very little social skills but when they get on their electronic gadgets they type faster than me at 79 words per minute; and this is scary!  Speaking for myself I do not beleive that there will ever be a way to stop anyone from getting information about any person they wish to find out about; and if I were to quit using the internet today it would be too late because my information is on the digital highway forever.  I hope that the Y Generation and the younger children will fight to protect their rights of privacy and I hope some become lawyers specializing in internet law.  Because we need now lawmakers to write new laws on protecting privacy issues for all individuals that use the internet!  I think that our youth of today and tomorrow will care as they reach their mid twenties and find out how the lack of privacy can hurt them!

Blog #8 Privacy on the Internet

Privacy: What Privacy On the Internet?

My name appears on Google and so does my three blog sites too; and if I go to, you can see my closet neighbors names and addresses around my home and buy a complete profile on me for a small fee.  In addition, my relatives are listed (my older brother and my deceased mother).  I do not beleive that I can ever stop anyone from finding anything that they wish to obtain about me personally, because every internet site I have ever visited I have left a "cookie" (in which identifies my computer address); and the companies or websites store my information about what products I ever look at or news articles I read they store that information and sell it to other consumer-based companies.  I have purchased some books for my older mentally-challenged sister on; and now I am consistently being bombarded by Amazon and other online book retailers to buy similiar books that she might like.  The fastest land animal (without even looking it up) is the Cheetah.
According to the article about "Google privacy Is Alive And Well" by Forbes magazine, and written by Alma Whitten to me is a sham, and most people that use "Google" (like myself) don't know about these security feautures listed "(Google Dashboard, Ad Preferences Manager, and Data liberation Front)"; and I know I have had a Google account for several years now and I have not been notified either through email about these available privacy tools (  In the article by Steve lohr in the New York Times "How Privacy Vanishes Online' states that even your friends and family members can inadvertently give out information about you; and it is not hard for a hacker or identity thief to use this information about you for illegal purposes (  I totally agree with the italian Judge that Google is responsible for exploiting a developmentally-delayed child by allowing such footage to be shown online and just because it's the internet, laws protecting the innocent should still apply.  What about online child pornoagraphy isn't it illegal?  What about The Americans With Disabilities Act?  I had an older sister who is now deceased and she was severely autistic and after reading this article inferiates me; and democracy and the long tail of distribution does not have the right to exploit this boy and they received several notices and stated they did not know (bull) because they removed the boy's film stream in just four hours!

Blog #7 part 3

This is a Facebook Logo and you can also use this site to watch streaming video on your television sets and even interact with your facebook page via internet through your television and talk to friends or tweet too.

Blog #7 Part 2

This is a system from UTube technology that allows you get get televison content from the home PC on the left  directly to your television in another room in the house.  How is that for convenience and for picking your own content from the internet any time or day of the year to watch what you want to watch!  The Five C's from Lotz's book are: (1) Choice and this means that you as a consumer have the internet at your disposal to have the choices to watch what you want; (2) Control is you can decide when and where to watch a program of your choosing (time); (3) Convenience is being able to just simply put find what you want and watch it; (4) Customization is controlling what you watch; and (5) Community emerged when digitalization occurred and the user has other folks that have the same taste in television programming and this has led to more online companies to fill this niche as part of the long tail of distribution and revenues (Lotz, 2007, p. 245).  Another example comes from an article from the New York Times and they discuss a man that does not have cable and he subscribes to "PlayOn" a software download through his XBox for only $40.00 compared to $100.00 or more a month that his coworker's pay (

Blog #7 Television Options

Quest (1) How does the internet change the current internet model?  Well first of all it gives user's many more options to watch different mediums that their cable provider's do not offer: sites like UTube, Fancast, and many others on the internet can be found either for free or for a small fee to download and pipe via through the user's internet to their television sets.  The internet has become a viable competitor to cable television providers' and network television stations, because people have certain niches and can almost find anything that they want to watch if they look hard enough or are very computer savy. I watch CNN, MSNBC, and shows on Google on the internet that are not available on cable television.  Yes, the internet most certainly has changed the ways people can choose the content they wish to watch on their televisions.  I have UVerse from AT&T, and I also have XBox live where for a nominal fee I can find different radio stations that are not on cable or on the radio.  In additon, I am also a subscriber to Netflix and can go to my XBox Live and find my niche and watch a movie or television show any time I wish to for only $10.00 a month.  The reason this phenomenum is occuring is because of the fast growing technology of digital distribution and its technological development.  Cable television helped revolutionize the digital technological race and the internet did as well; and in our book "The Television Will Be Revolutionized" and written by Amanda Lotz states:
"Producers sold series either to networks or to local stations-a situation that created a significant bottleneck that allowed only a limited amount of programming to get through to viewers"(Lotz, 2007, p. 120).  This to me means that they could not give the viewer all the choices that they wanted and this is where the internet and companies now and in the future will be able to capitalize from this bottleneck (and some are already doing it).  The internet is already able to distribute different niches or venue types to help viewrs' have more choices to what they wish to watch, when they want to watch it instead of having the cable companies acting like mini "Hitlers" to stop people from watching what they want(Lotz, 2007, p. 120).  Another medium is IPTV or Internet Protocol Television that has enabled viewrs' to utulize their internet through their cable providers' like AT&T or Verizon to watch programs" (Lotz, 2007, p. 143).  Another situation is when "product or brand placement came about and refers to situations in which television shows use brand products or present them on screen within the context of the show, yet, even within this simple advertising strategy there have been significant variations"(Lotz, 2007, p. 166).  According to Lotz (2007) the placement of these products can either be free or people will have to pay a small fee in order to watch the content (Lotz, 2007, p.166).

Friday, April 9, 2010

Citizens Part 3 and ten years from now:

CNN and its Stubborness:

Jay rosen, What CNN should do with Itself in Prime Time, March 31, 2010

CNN has had a downturn the first quarter of 2010 for all of its prime time television-news shows: "Anderson Cooper's 360" is losing out to re-runs from the old MSNBC's "Countdown," and yet CNN executives state they will not change or alter the way there line-up is now.  Some people would argue that the people on CNN's prime time shows are mere "hosts" and are not alligned with the majority's point of viewing audience.  They also state at NYU that audiences like hosts' to have their own opinions over "straight coverage" of hard line facts (NYU, 2010).  Another phenomenum that is occuring and will evolve ten-years from now is what NYU calls "Audience Atomization" overcome people who were once just viewrs and were tied to the centers of the powerful elite institutions of society have started to ignore the norms and use the Internet as their own atomization of the rise of social and mass media.  According to NYU, many of the viewing audience was "Tweeting" about the Academy Awards on the television (the most ever online-content); and and this is the furire of Citizens Journalism.  In ten years there will be virtual touch screen applications that float out of the media device into holograms according to NYU; and people in 50 years will probably have a chip inserted into their arms and the Internet will know every place they have ever shopped or eat at, and or browsed; in addition, credit cards will be obsolete in ten years by using our cell phones with a secret pin to purchase 3-D images of everything there is to buy and will remind us when we return to a store what we purchased last time we visited the store into our ear's only to hear (NYU, 2010).

Citizens Journalism and Journalism in 10 years Part 2:

This is a picture from a Cohan Late night Show from You Tube (2009) and this is what the future is suppose to look like in the year 3000.

Dominant Search Engines and Journalism:  In an article from ", "How will Journalism Survive the Internet Age? by Adsense, et al, December 11, 2009, by Mr. Murdoch:

Mr. Murdoch (2009) states that the dominant search engines are buying up other newspaper archives and databases of many journalits' articles and posting them for advertisements and making profit off the stolen article and not sharing the profits to the authors'.  This makes the more powerful-organizations to increase their "Long-Tail of Distribution" into new niches, and use AdSense on people's blog sites to make a huge profit.  But some news outlets are trying to invent new ways to counteract this intellectual theft from these search-engine pioneers by using the "B2B content network that the planet needs now-and that is what they are building on a 3rd party content to maximize their profits and try to stop the illegal distribution." (Reuters, 2009). This B2B isn't to block search engines or publishers it is about preserving integrity and syndication of their content for creative-talented authors' to endure. 

Citizen Journalism and Journalism in Ten Years:

This is how much Citizen Journalism has expotentially grown as you can see on the graphs above; in just two years the hours that the average audience has increased from a little over two hours to over five hours online.

Plus, the Unique audience size that has social networking sites and special niches of the "Long Tail of Distribution" has dramatically increased, too.  Citizen Journalists' is everyone who uses the internet: whether you just surf and read articles and post a short "Tweet" is a citizen journalist.  This has led to the demise of a lot of newspaper organizations to either change the way they market themselves, or they demise into bankruptcy.  The "Atlantic Magazine posted an article by Cyra Master called: Media Insiders say Internet Hurts Journalism, (2009); and she states that a poll was conducted to very prestigous individuals of News Outlets (popular) and tha 2/3 of the respondents were already concerned with Citizens' Journalism and the Internet.  Master (2009) stated that the participants of the survey the costs of journalism online costs more to operate than publishing or to televise.  Some of the prominent News Producers according to this poll, state that the internet has put many respectable News Outlets out-of-business and start-up costs for a new or existing News outlet is very expensive to operate on the Internet.  In harsh-regime countries where they cesnsor content on the internet loses credibility of the news that is being reported through rumors or distortion of the facts.  Journalism in this poll as been criticized for as just a "catch-and-grab" quick snapshot to capture a viewer on the internet and losses its integrity of journalism.  On the other hand, Master (2009) suggests that the Internet has helped some journalists to writing or discussing facts in "real time" pressures; and this opens up the journalism profession to recruit new-talented "free-lancers" with a fresh voice on the Internet" (Masters, 2009, p.2).  Master (2009) also states that some new slang words for journalism is called "micro-coverage (scandal, poll-readings, up-and-down, on the other side).  Take for instance, the Obama campaign news coverage online was so positive and it was everywhere!  Then when President Obama is in office now; he gets more bad-press coverage because of the Citizen Journalists' that criticize him online and the media outlets want to go where the audience flows and this leads to distortion of the true facts of the news story!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Digital Convergence Part 2

I have "Apples iPhone" and; I can market my company by keeping track of orders, scan products that I sell at trade shows, availability of my inventory, emails, and fax purchase orders all from my iPhone.  Another product innovation that is in the prototype by "Otellini is Push 2 TV, adapter developed by Netgear that uses Intel's Wireless Display technology to wirelessly connect laptops with TVs so users can watch high-definition videos and other content"(  This new device will also help movie and some music videos from being pirated off the internet because the Push 2 TV adapter has a chip installed to protect from copyright infringement on some of the discs that the entertainment industry has in place (  I have a online subscription to the "Washington Post Newspaper" online in which enables me to find out more political information than CNN can provide me with on cable television.  I believe that the internet has really helped save most of the large newspapers outlets, but unfortunately, not the small home-town newspapers.  Consumers all over the world with the use of the technology with Digital Convergence can use one device to conduct what ever behavioral activities they chose to do; and this helps all niches of online and offline organizational entities (Red Cross, Unicef, Borders Books,, and even online college education), to help all economies of the globe to connect to each other and this is part of the horizontal line of the "Long Tail," of democracy.