Privacy is Important

’Surveillance helps to constitute the world as a modern’ (Lyon, 2003:161) and over this module, there has been a lot mentioned about privacy and the fact we don’t have much of it anymore. This especially applies to the use of social media. The fact that when we post something, it is shared with the world and even if we delete it, there will still be access to the post somehow.

The Panopticon theory shares the idea that we are constantly being watched.

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Linking this to privacy online it is interesting to know that we are constantly being watched online. On social media and our internet history, it can be accessed by authorities if they want to and have a good reason to, without the user knowing.

I think the concept of having online privacy (mainly focusing on social media) is unusual. Why would you want to be private online on social media if the whole idea of social media is to share thoughts and things that happen in our lives that are interesting?

Privacy is the right to be left alone and this should apply online to some extent. Most of the world are constantly online and belong to some platform on social media, so they should be educated on the laws regarding privacy and know that they can be ‘watched online’.

Prime example of Paid Access

Amazon Prime is only fully available to members who pay for it (£79 per year for most people). Although members can access the Amazon website for free, people can pay and get a few extra benefits.

A few of these extras include unlimited next day delivery on almost all items sold on Amazon. It also allows the members to use Prime Video, Prime Music and access to e-books with no extra cost. There is also the offer for students – to get Amazon Prime for a cheaper fee.

If Amazon Prime was available under the Creative Commons Licence, then regular users would not have an advantage over customers who do not use Amazon as much. The movies, music and books would also be more available, which means customers would not see the use of paying to view or listen to the content. It would also not be the aim of what Amazon have with Prime. They aim to make a profit out of it, which means going under the CC licence would not enable them to make a profit, only by having adverts, which would then mean consumers would not use Amazon Prime.

Disadvantages of having stricter accessibility on Amazon Prime than Netflix, for example, is that people may (if they haven’t already) find a way to view the content without paying the fee which would obviously involve breaking the law.

My Online Life

I use many social media websites, some of which I probably don’t remember I’ve signed up to. I spent around 2 minutes Googling my full name and the results were quite surprising. As my name is very unique (so unique I found that no one else on Facebook has the same full name as me) there were not many search results. However all the search results were in one way or another related to me personally.

From just typing my name on Google, the first few results include my Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and audioBoom profiles. This means people can instantly view my pictures, videos, education, contact and personal information. Even some of my friends names appear in the search results but what I found the most strange is that my family’s names and details (including addresses, their names, who I live with) appeared on a website I had never heard of. The information was a little out of date but I had no idea that information was available to look at by the public.

I believe you do not necessarily choose who you share your information with, because even if the public don’t have access to it, the government do and hackers can access almost anything.

These examples show that we do not have complete control over information about us online and that it is so easy to find out everything about someone in the space of 2 minutes.

Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor is an example of an online travelling community. Members share their experiences of places they have been to all around the world and can rate from 1 to 5.

I am a regular member of this community for giving reviews (good and bad) as when I plan to go somewhere I tend to read other peoples reviews to get an idea of what to expect or to find the best place to go in an area.

This is a good example of an online community because the travellers (people in the online community) do benefit from the public reviews of a specific place as it is their own experience and are not part of the company (so the reviews aren’t bias).

A problem with this online community is that reviews are from a personal experience, so may only be a one-off situation that a reviewer may be writing about which may not be a true reflection of a place. It may also be difficult with what reviews to believe as someone could just pretend to have been to place (which would be quite strange).

However, as someone who works within a company that uses Trip Advisor to gain feedback from customers, I believe it is really useful from that point of view to look for ways to improve (as we all know we can’t please everyone) and gain praise for positive reviews.

Specific reasons why people benefit from the Trip Advisor community is because it can help them pick where they want to go to within an area. The community’s reviews can also be very influential to other travellers.

 

Wikipedia

Wikipedia was the first website that came to mind when thinking about what to write about for this post.

Wikipedia a free encyclopedia which can be edited by the public. This therefore does not make it very reliable, which is probably why schools and universities advise against using it as a primary source of information – although the ‘random article’ page can be quite interesting.

I often watch videos made by a YouTube channel called Loudwire and they have a feature which is called Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction.

My favourite video (if you feel like procrastinating) is:

It features one of my favourite bands A Day To Remember. It makes me realise that not everything on Wikipedia is true, even if it seems it and this is why we shouldn’t use it with our studies.

The significance of the audience participation is obviously to share knowledge with the world without the need for a profit and to allow anyone to access information about pretty much anything. Anyone who can access Wikipedia can edit other peoples articles and create more to share with people. However there is the question of whether everyone can actually access Wikipedia, for example people who don’t have access to the internet.

Snapchat

SelfieSnapchat enables people to communicate with pictures that show up for a certain amount of time depending on the users choice… with or without filters.

You can send pictures to people individually or to your ‘story’ which means all your friends can view it (as I’m sure you all already knew).

You can view ‘live’ stories about important events happening at that time. This is an example of media convergence because people from all around the world can view the same stories – for example this week there has been global stories on New York Fashion Week and the GRAMMY Awards.

You can also read articles on Snapchat in a ‘discover’ section where it has a range of companies involved such as Sky, BuzzFeed, Cosmopolitan, Mail Online and National Geographic. A user has a varied choice of what they want to read.

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It also has an instant messaging option, which means no need to take a selfie in order to communicate with someone.

Implications of Snapchat is that it is only available as an app and also only available in certain app stores (for example the app is not available on Windows Phones).

Although you can save your selfies to your phone, you cannot directly share them from the app itself, which is a lack of connectivity.

Lifehacker

When we get bored of reading that book or planning that essay, we may turn to YouTube, Instagram or/and Facebook to see something more entertaining such as a funny video someone shared

Lifehacker.co.uk is a fun combination of articles, videos and images which can help with studies and keep it interesting.

Here is the link – http://www.lifehacker.co.uk/

I picked out a few articles for you to look at:

There are articles related to the university lifestyle – http://www.lifehacker.co.uk/2015/11/06/suckiest-things-university

Articles about social media – http://www.lifehacker.co.uk/2014/07/01/facebooks-creepy-study-actually-tells-us-lots-social-media-affects-mood  

There is even a whole section of the website dedicated to Apple lovers –

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Then just for the fun of it, there is a section of ‘how to’ articles… including this one – http://www.lifehacker.co.uk/2016/01/27/this-absolute-hero-created-a-life-size-bb-8-droid-for-less-than-80

There are a lot of articles to do with the technical side of the media, technology and also social media.

This website can help broaden your media knowledge, help you to learn something new (that may be interesting to talk about with your friends) and do something productive in your spare time.