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.

 

 

Traditional vs. New Media

Following the previous lecture I felt clarification was needed to understand the difference between traditional media and the new media, and how the two can effect each other positively, or negatively. We are aware that media shapes and surrounds our lives on a day-to-day basis, however as aspiring media professionals we should be knowledgeable of the intentions behind the media and how consumer needs has encouraged change over time.

This blog post, Traditional vs. New Media is a clean, concise summary of old and new media. What exactly is new media? What relationship do businesses have with consumers through the media? The blog also goes into the effects both means of media have on consumers, and ‘finding the equilibrium’ between the two. Though it is written by the Absolute Marketing Group with intentions to help you strategically plan a ‘media campaign’, it’s relevant for us students in mass communication as we think about our listeners, readers and viewers when producing and publishing work.

It’s a short read that touches on what has already been mentioned in lectures, however it helped me to analyse my media diet in terms of what was mediated through old media, or new media, helping my full understanding of the concept.

 

Attempted Assassination

Thankfully, there were no injured parties at this Brazen Assassination Attack on a Politician Caught on Tape. The fact that the attempt was made in assassinating a very influential member of a political party member in Bulgaria,which we, the public were able to see, just moments after it happened, was a phenomenon on its own accord – in my opinion.

Heart stopping moment when would-be assassin aims gun at Bulgarian opposition leader’s head and pulls the trigger… but victim survives after weapon misfires

Bulgarian gas pistol attack ‘was stunt’

Ahmed Dogan attacked by armed assailant in Bulgaria

Just a few variations of what different outlets had to say, and prime examples to students studying this module of how every outlet today, has its own way of defining a news story. Every outlet may not be exactly the same and not every outlet will be true, but these examples identify how simple it is to be drawn into the opinion of what each news corporation tries to project.

To also access information today, has become way to simple, once again in my opinion. Some might call it useful and some might call it an obstructive tool. Useful because of the direct connection between the producer and consumer – helping information to reach the individual directly without having to consult a middleman e.g. TV series, then advert etc. The internet gives us the pleasure of pop-up windows. Some may call the internet an obstruction because of the information we read; we are force fed ideas simply across various platforms.

Medium.com

Recently I came across the blogging platform medium.com.

When I was writing my essay for Media & Society class last semester, I was researching the effect of political and economic forces on news media production. One of my arguments was that news media sources owned by commercial corporations aim to be financially beneficial by attempting to attract bigger audiences and, therefore, their content is highly consumer-oriented. In other words, the more attention issue receives by public, the higher its media coverage is going to be and I was trying to find some sources to support this argument.

One of the examples I provided was the fact that terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut last year received different media coverage. I was trying to find academic or statistical proof of it and discovered this article on medium.com by Suman Deb Roy called ‘Paris and Beirut: Data suggest how Social Media shapes the Coverage‘. The article provides a detailed account on coverage of both issues and proves the correlation between social media attention and media coverage. The information is presented in graphs and is well written and easy to understand even though it uses statistical hypothesis that not everyone is familiar with.

I think the article is interesting because its findings are applicable to the media production in general. It is relevant to the modern society as there is rising concern and debate about what is news and what is considered to be newsworthy.

I recommend you check out the platform as it has interesting articles with unconventional points of view.

The Hidden Internet

The reason I decided to share this information with you is because it is useful for anyone who wishes to understand the media. These facts are not yet taught in school or university, but will inevitably expand your knowledge for the World Wide Web. This link provides a good theoretical explanation on the Hidden Internet.

How the Deep Web Works

Did you know that Google provides access to less than one percent of the entire data on the web? So where is the rest of the data hiding? In the Deep Web. The deep web accounts for all of the unindexed data online – most often sensitive data of governments, banks, universities, corporations, and user accounts. This data is thousands of times larger than the Surface web – the content we access on daily basis. The deep web can be accessed only by software such as Tor that enables anonymity. It is used by journalists, politicians, whistleblowers, and normal people for private communication and data protection. It is often mistaken for the Dark Web, which is a part of the deep web, and is mainly a black market for illegal goods and services. Have you heard of recent news stories concerning the Deep/Dark Web?

 

Ideas Worth Spreading

TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading through TED website, TED can be the most popular talks website mainly because of its new forms of media and contents, covering almost all areas, science and technology, arts, culture, etc.,We can find the our subconscious favourite contents by TED. Each high-quality TED speeches are not just entry-level, also not obscure, it lets each audience who received the basic education can understandthe main contents at least.

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The next thing is the spread form of Ted. In addition to the free video resources on the official website and TED Global, there are thousands of TEDx organizations around the world as well.  We have the opportunity to feel “ideas worth spreading”Both online and offline, which is the main purpose of Ted. Although in third world countries, there are still many shortcomings of TEDx, TEDx really contributes dramatic power in order to popularize TED worldwide, TED can pop up with these passionate TEDx organizations are closely related. For efficiency and quality, within twenty minutes, the result of a long-term researching process of a person needs to be shown clearly and completely, Ted as a combination of television and new media not only is the own skills test for a speaker, but also brings audience the new form of information dissemination, which is more suitable for today’s network society. In fact, it is very difficult. It actually changes the traditional learning habit, also the way we get information and resources.

Reference: https://www.ted.com/

A Networked Society

When  reading through this week’s task I knew I wanted to find an online resource that can help explain what Network Society really means.
Over Christmas I found out the names of the two theory modules I would be taking in the second term, one of them being “Network Society and the Media”. Now for me, Network society meant a society where everyone is online and connected to each other and I had never really thought about it in a bigger scale.

After doing a little bit of research online and trying to find out more about what a network society really means I really just found myself more clueless because of the sheer amount of information on it. All of the articles and webpages I found seemed to be too complex and over the top to grasp a general understanding of network society, so I went about finding a simplified version that used key bits of information to explain the general principle of it without going into unnecessary detail.
I found a blog called “Stuff I Think” The author takes information he has read from places such as the Oxford University Press and Castells, M. and puts it down in his own words to make it easier for his audience to understand. He bulletpoints 10 main characteristics of a network society making it a lot easier to grasp for first time readers on the subject.

Here Is My Online Resource