Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Changes to social media in the future

         I feel that social media is going to continue to expand on it's already massive empire. Personally I believe that certain social media devices are a positive thing and that they are beneficial to society. However, I feel that some social media tools are absolutely ridiculous and have nothing positive to offer society except for maybe a false sense of importance. One of the social media tools that I think will die off quickly is Twitter. Twitter is a useless social media tool that lets people post what they are doing whenever they want. Twitter is mostly used for fans to "follow" celebrities during their day by day activities, and for this fact alone I feel that in the near future Twitter may take a hard fall as a useless social media tool. I don't want to bash on Twitter for this whole post so I'm gonna focus on a social media tool which I think benefits society. Facebook is a social media tool that I believe will be around for many years to come because it is very practical and people actually use it for communication between each other. To be able to look on facebook and chat with any of your friends, even if they live across the world, is very exciting. And yes, I know that Twitter kind of does the same thing but I jst think that they have taken it too far. I don't want to know what Puff daddy is eating for lunch and I don't care what Angelina Jolie is doing in Paris, but some people do. Anyways, Facebook makes catching up with old friends as easy as searching their name and adding them as friend. A five minute Facebook visit means that you can chat with your friends, add some new friends, post a video from youtube that you think others might be interested in, and post some recent photos. I feel that Facebook will continue to make additions to make it even better and it is useful and simplistic enough to remain relevant in the future.

       As for social media trend in the future, I feel that what we need is already there for us to use. I believe that we already have too many social media tools and they just keep coming out with new ones. I feel that improving upon existing social media tools would be a better option than releasing all of these new forms of social media. Unfortunately, I think that the trend will continue and we will continue to see only few social media tools that will be put to good use and the rest will simply become fads and be forgotten about in a particularly hasty manor.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

I think that all products and services can be generated with commons-based peer production. Commons-based peer production is a new method of economic production which can be generated by large groups of people. The site "" is an excellent example to show that a lot of things are affected by this form of economic production. If we look at the main types of media such as ; movies, cd's, dvd's, video games, nearly all of these thing can be obtained through a market powered by commons-based peer production and they can all be purchased for a fraction of the store cost or at no cost at all. I don't believe that all products and services have fell victim to this new economic production system but I am hard pressed to say that they won't in time. I think the main reason that eventually all forms of media will be generated with commons-based peer production is because of the convenience and the low cost that is produced by such a system. 

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

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Social media's effect on the quality of news being produced

I believe that social media has decreased the quality of news that we recieve. If we look at how social media is available to everyone and allows everyone to express their own thoughts and opinions, then we begin to see how this may affect the quality of news and information. For example, wikipedia allows users to make pages of information on topics that may or may not be reliable. If you visit a site that claims to have truthful and reliable information then you are taking a risk. The same could be said about news on television, except for the fact that not just anybody can write and report on stories for CNN. I believe that social media has increased the amount of news and information that we can acquire but has decreased the quality in the news and information that we can obtain online. I think that quality is much more important than quantity, so when I go online to look for information I make sure that I double check with multiple sources to see if I uncover similar information. This of course is still not a full proof way to find authenticity on some of these internet sites, but it's a start. Fortunatley some sites online are reliable sources for information and news, but these sites are usually already recognized in the mainstream media as legitimate and reliable such as CNN, CBCand Most newspapers.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

I believe that social media is in no way a fad. The technologies that we have seen introduced in the last twenty years in respect to social media are immense. The list of social technologies that have been popping up over the years just keeps growing. It started with email, then facebook and my space, and now twitter, and this is a very condensed list. Social media has a major impact on most peoples lives because of how easy it makes communication between friends, family, students, teachers ect. And the thing about all this new technology is that it is user and age friendly. In the past year my mom has aquired an I phone and is on Facebook daily. The reason that these technologies are growing so fast is because they are so easy to use.

To say that it is the biggest shift since the industrial revolution is a bold statement that I will not agree with. I will say that it may be on it's way though. To have technologies that connect people world wide, from country to country, is really a very positive thing. To say that the growth of social media is a negative thing, is to say that there is an easier more efficient way to communicate worldwide, which there clearly is not.

Overall, social media has had a massive positive effect on society. With the introduction of new and easier ways to communicate and share ideas through social media, we can easily say that not only does social media connect people around the world but it also makes our lives a little easier.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010