Saturday, May 8, 2010

About someone else's term project

Dipen's presentation on the use of social networking in the work place was a very well thought out presentation. I learned a lot from it and i believe it was an important subject. There were a number of things he touched upon in his presentation. One of those subjects were why do businesses rely on Myspace. Like all other social networking websites, businesses use these sites because they are extremely popular. They can reach to a large number of people with little effort. In the beginning of social networking, businesses used Myspace but now, Facebook has taken over the throne. Twitter is also used by businesses for mostly promotional purposes. Companies are able to announce specials, sales and other promotions. It can also be used for survey reasons. Linkedin is a newer social networking site. It's more professional and companies use it to find possible employees.

There are many advantages with social networking in business. They can be used for promotion, contracts and to stay more connected.

The disadvantages would be that privacy an data leakage. Computers are easy to hack in and having valuable data can cause harm to the company. Also, workers can spend a lot of companies time and money using social networking sites.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Next New Media

Ever since the movie The Surrogate, I've always thought that the movie will become real life. Basically in the movie, everyone has a robot. Everyone in the world controls their own avatar/robot through a pod, very very similar to the movie Avatar. You have total control over how you look. You can look like Brad Pitt in the morning and become Angelina Jolie by night. They can feel, smell, see, touch, and taste everything the robot does. You're basically living your life through a robot. Living your life this way, you will not face the physical harm of everyday life. For example if you get hit by a car, only your robot is damaged. The actual person is safe and sound in their pods. Although this might sound scary, I can see this being a realistic feature of everyday life in the future.

Privacy and Confidentiality

With our technologies getting more and more advanced, we should be feeling safer and safer right? However, we're not. It's almost the opposite. The internet is probably new media's biggest component and with it's existence, there is literally no privacy anymore. Nowadays we do everything on the computer. We can pay our bills, shop, even make phone calls. There are traces of our lives on these computers and anyone can access them.

Social networking is also an invention that forces us to give up our privacy. Friends, family, organizations, and even strangers can find information about anyone through social networking sites such as Facebook. Other websites like Twitter allows people to update their exact location or activity. Why in the world would people want to do that? It's almost as if having no privacy or confidentiality is normal now.

We have to understand that the internet is a powerful force. It's easy to upload information but we need to know that it's even easier for a GREAT number of people to view that information. There is no doubt that privacy and confidentiality is a right we have to give up when we are on the internet. We just have to be more cautious.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

My Presentation Summary

I am proud to say that my presentation is about 98% done. I just got to go over a couple of things and really try to perfect it. As I posted up earlier, my topic for my project is New Media and Teens. Here is a summary of my project.

Within the last five years, media exposure for teens has increased dramatically. Between the years of 2004-2005 the increases were as followed: music audio: +47mins, TV: + 38mins, computers: +27mins, video games + 24 mins.

Not only did media consumption increased, media ownership increased as well. Ownership of laptops increased from 12%-29%. Cell Phones increased from 39%-66%. Ipods/mp3 increased from 18%-76%. This really aids the increase of media consumption because with these mobile devices, new media can be accessed anywhere teens are. Another reason why media exposure increased is because of the increasing number of internet access at home.

We all know that video sites such as Youtube and social networking sites such as Facebook are major contributors to new media. Video sites and social networking has become the top 2 activities on the computers by teens.

So with all the availablilty of interent and other sources of media, how does it affect teens educationally? Well, from information given by the Keiser Family Foundation, we see that people who spend more time on computers are more likely to recieve poor grades. 47% of heavy users of media claim that they recieve poor grades at school. (C's or lower) 31% of moderate users claim they recieve grades while only 23% report recieveing poor grades. Although it's easy to see that there is a correlation between time spent and poor grades, researchers have yet to find out why this is so.

Concerning teens social behaivor, 55% of teens say they use social networking sites. Most girls say they use it to keep in touch with friends while boys say that they use it to meet new people and flirt. Also, heavy users of media are more likely to be sad or depressed, get into trouble, and have conflicts with their own family.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


If I was hired by baruch college, there are a number of things I would suggest to make this school better.

1. Get rid of Blackboard
2. Have all math, accounting, finance teachers post up videos of sample problem solving.
3. Send out personal texts when a professor cancels a class. Not everyone checks their email on time.
4. Have more hybrid classes. An alternative to class attendence is good for emergencies.
5. Have a link on the Baruch website for students to sell or buy used books.
6. Have programs for Scientific or Financial calulators available for students to download into their laptops.
7. Everything we need to do at the registrar should be done online. The lines are crazy.
8. There should be a waiting list for classes that are full.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Our class wiki- so far

When we first started on our class wiki, I was REALLY intimidated. I mean I had NO clue what to do and all the codes and stuff looked very very complicated. But as usual, Professor Friedman had a great way of teaching us how to use the wiki. All we got to do is just COPY AND PASTE. Professor Friedman is right. We really don't need to know the codes or formulas for certain functions. Everything we need to do has been done already. We just have to copy the code and paste it and then adjust it to your liking.

Ever since we started working on our wiki, I've contributed to a number of things. One thing I contributed to was the New media in sports page. I'm a big basketball fan and I watch basketball often. Every now and then, I see news on players being fined because of a comment they made on twitter. Therefore, I added some information on this subject. I also added some videos on the Fun Link. I'm a huge fan of "The Office". And to the credit of Professor Friedman, I realized that there are a lot of video clips that are funny and relevant to new media. I'm really proud of that work so please check it out.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

My New Media Class - So Far

I going to be honest, I really thought this class was going to be an easy A. But so far it's not! I mean lets face it, there's a lot of work in this class. The frequent blogs, twitter post, and readings. However, I love it. This class has been really fun and I'm learning new things about things I THOUGHT i knew. There are so many things to new media than just the internet and cellphones. For example second life. Learning about second life and it's benefits was really cool. However my favorite class so far was last week's class on Viral. It was really interesting and watching the videos were awesome. The wedding video from the Office made me really happy and i didn't think a class can make me feel that way. The reading are honestly a big of a drag but I can see the purpose of them. They further our understanding and they take our class content and put it in the real world.

I think my favorite feature or assignment in this class are the blogs. When I blog i feel like i can write down anything and express myself. It's a pretty good way to blow off some steam or just be myself. Twitter is kinda cool as well but i dont really see the point. However it's funny to see what some people are tweeting. I'm pretty nervous about the research project. But then again I'm nervous about every project I do until I'm actually finished with the project. I really hope i do well in this class. I need an A to boost my grade.

Professor Friedman is an incredible person. Every class she looks like she just got off the plane from Paris lol. I had a couple of professors name Friedman and they've all hated me. I didnt like them that much either. However Professor Friedman is a great professor. Not trying to suck up but she does a great job teaching us the content of this class. She gathers our attention by showing us funny videos that relate to the information of the class. That's pretty hard to accomplish.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Modeling Reality with Virtual Worlds

With the use of internet being more and more essential, virtual worlds are becoming more and more popular. There are many ways virtual worlds can be used. One of the most common way is to use it in a recreational way. For example, kids can play with their virtual toys in a virtual world. Webkinz lead in industry of virtual toys. They are plush animals that comes with a code that activates the online version of the toys. (Toys with a Second Life by Brian Hindo) In virtual worlds, it offers many things one cannot do in reality. For example, flight. In virtual worlds such as second life, one can travel to places with the ability of flight. This has a lot of appeal to many users because it provides a very unique experience. Virtual worlds can also be used in a professional way. One of those ways is training. Since virtual worlds mimics reality very closely, many companies can set a training program and have their new employees train on them. The military also has programs that train soldiers on how to act during a real life scenario.

There are many upsides to how virtual worlds are being used today. Using virtual worlds is a great way to meet someone. Now when it comes to the use of virtual worlds in the office, it is a lot easier to bring everyone together on a virtual conference meeting. This way of conducting a meeting offers a lot more functions than a video call. (Going to the Virtual Office in Second Life by Mark Tutton) Not only that, by conducting a virtual world meeting, it saves the employees time and money from having to travel to their office. Also, when their are less cars on the road, that is always a good thing. With the way military conducting their training in virtual world, not only are they saving tons of money, the are probably saving lives too. Instead of putting inexperienced soldiers in dangerous situations, they can simulate everything through virtual world.

Virtual worlds have their flaws as well. They create a world that might seem better than reality to some and that can result in some mental problems. One might get so attached to a virtual world, they may never want to come back to reality again. Also since their are really no rules in virtual worlds, one may do whatever he or she wishes to do. This behavior might translate into reality. Because they've done it numerous of times in their virtual worlds, they think it is fine to do it in reality.

I really believe virtual world can foster creativity very well. Since virtual worlds are so similar to reality, what you do in virtual worlds can be turned into reality. Because of the fact that virtual worlds are not real, one can always try to come up with new idea in a virtual worlds and see if it will have success. If the idea fails, no harm is really done because it was never applied in the REAL world.

I believe in the future virtual worlds will play a huge part. The future will be very similar to the movie "The Surrogate". Eventually we will have a robot that can look like anything we want it to look like and we will live our lives thru that robot. This way, we can never get injured because our actual self will be inside a machine while our robots take all the risk of everyday life. It sounds corny and unrealistic but just wait and watch.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Social Networking

Ever been to an interview and the interviewer asks you for your facebook account? Well that's their way of doing a little background check on you before they seriously consider you for the position. Facebook users think they can post any provocative pictures or inappropriate comments without the consequences. They're wrong! Many employers are now looking for dirt on their current and potential employees. By looking at social networking pages, many corporate and other
employers can find who someone really are. Just remember a silly picture can destroy your future.

In the future, I believe social networking sites will be used more and more by companies. Not just for check ups on employees, but operating parts of their businesses thru them. For example, in the article "AT&T uses Twitter during service outage", AT&T used Twitter to communicate with their customer in result of a service outage. According to "How to Find Job Posts on Twitter" by C.G. Lynch, many companies are now posting job ads thru Twitter.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Social Network Sites

Before you read this post, I should inform you that I am a dime a dozen. Yep, believe it or not, I've never had an account in ANY of the social network sites. I am a rare breed right? You might ask, why I've never considered signing up for a site? The truth is, these sites have no appeal to me. I don't have to time to constantly check out who commented me or wrote on my wall. I perfer my to spend my time doing... well, everything else. Maybe because I am a traditional guy. I like talking to people face to face, not virtually. Although I have no interst in these sites, it doesn't mean I'm completely aganist it.

First off, lets start with Myspace. To my very little knowledge, this was the site that started all. You have the usual friend requests and comment pages. I beleive you can also load up pictures of yourself. One thing about myspace I like is the fact that you can load music to your site. This to me is a very personal touch. I have friends who downloads music through myspace. I've never done it first hand, but this is a very cool tool to use. Another feature on Myspace that I think is pretty useful is that fact that you can block your site from people that are not your friends. This feature actually gives you the VERY FEW privacy on the site.

Facebook. Nearly everyone is this world knows what it is. Like Myspace, you can load pictures and videos. What Facebook does very well is connect people to each other. The feature that Facebook has to do this is the friend suggestion. Facebook actually shows you the mutual friends you share with an individual. Another way is to show you who recently signed up an account from you old school. My mom has a Facebook and she recently came in contact with a classmate she went to college with more than 30 years ago. To me, I think this is how people of Facebook really connect with each other, by schools. Of course their are groups you can join as well. People can find others who share common interests. I really like this feature as well. Also, I think facebook is very organized. It's very easy to use and it's easy to find, view, and talk to friends.

Friendster is an unfimilar site to me. I have never heard of it and therefore, I cannot talk about the website.

Twitter has become very popular. I am not educated at all on this site but I know the basics. Twitter is basically a site that announces what you're doing. What is the point of this? Why does someone have to say EXACTLY what thier doing? I can understand why celebrities Tweet. They obviously have many follwers that are interested in what they're doing. But what i don't understand is, how does someone have the time to do this. This is also a huge invasion of privacy. If you're telling people where you are or what you're doing, how can y0u have anymore secrets?

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Wiki vs Blog

With the emergence of Web 2.0, it's clear that blogs and wikis have made their way into a part of our pool of resource. But how can we define and separate the two? Lets start with blogs. Blogs is a personal online journal that shows the most recent entries at the top of the page. According to the article "Celebrity Blogs: The Impact of New Media", in the year 2005, more than 30 million people look at blogs on a regular basis. Wiki on the other hand, is a collaborative website that can be edit by anyone with access. There are a number of things they share in common. They are both very easy to access and can be accessed by anyone. They are both very easy to edit.

However, there are many things that set these two apart. One is their growth rate. Since wikis can be accessed by number of users, they grow very quickly and frequently. Also, the content on wikis are considered pretty fresh. Entries on blogs gets older with time.

Blogs can be used for collaboration by bring people with similar interests together. Many people follow the same blogs and by doing so, blogs bring these people together.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

New Media Vs. Old Media

What is the difference between new and old media? Well, there are several ways to look about this question. One way to distinguish old and new media is to completely toss out the terms "old" and "new" and replace them with "traditional" and "non-traditional". For example, TV and radio are traditional forms of media. Youtube and Hulu are non-traditional forms. Another way to distinguish old from new media is their ease of accessibility. The general idea is that it's easier to find what you're looking for with new media. Just remember, you have to look for old media, but with new media, it finds you. Another big difference with old and new media is efficiency. Not only is new media easier to access, it should be quicker as well.

New media and its impact on teens

For my research project I've decided to do it on the impact new media has on teens. When it come's to new media, no one is more familiar with this new and current lifestyle than teens themselves. It seems like the lives of teens are revolved around texting, social networking, and internet related entertainment. With new media being such a big part of their lives, I want to see how it actually impact them on some of their behaviors, their social life, and educational life. To approach this, I will do the obvious research online and use the schools database for worthy information. However, I think it might actually be interesting to interview some teens and see what they have to say on this topic.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

What is new media?

To me, new media is a new generation of technologies that emerged quickly between the late 90s- present. The technologies that are part of new media are cellphones, Tivo, PDAs, computers and many more. These technologies help make it easier for people all over the world to communicate and also give us new forms of entertainment. They are replacing old media with new media at a fast rate. For example, instead of emailing or phone calls (old fashion), people now send texts through their phones. People just type the messages they need to be sent out on their phones, send it, and in little or no time, you will get a response. It's as if the person you are communicating with is right next to you. Also with the invention of Youtube or Hulu, watching TV has never been easier. Instead of watching a television show at a specific time, viewers can now watch it online anytime they want. According to the article "Who Needs a TV? I've Got a Laptop", 8 percent of viewers they tracked on ABC — or about one out of every 12 people — watch network shows solely online.
Internet plays a huge role when it comes to new media. One of the main purpose of new media is to communicate. With sites like Facebook and Blogger, it allows an individual to communicate with the whole world. Without internet, it's impossible to communicate with the same amount of people internet allows you to communicate with.