This is the end- BCM310

Well, this is the last post for BCM310 blogging! Anyways, I am appreciate Ms Rohayu has given us this assignment which I have gained a lot of knowledge about various issues. For example, pinkwashing, self-regulation, future of journalism, white bread media and et cetera. Apparently, I have ‘emerged’ myself in knowing these issues by blogging each topic.

Frankly speaking, whenever I see the word ‘issues’ I feel curious because there are so many issues in this world. This gave me to wonder what issues can be discussed. And now I know after Ms Rohayu gave us the topic, all I have to do is read the journal to increase my knowledge and do the blogging to enhance my writing skill on the issue. There are a lot of topics have given me challenges yet interesting to know. For example, I never know pinkwashing has its converse side which certain company is actually selling every product with a pink ribbon in order to gain profits and the breast cancer is still going on until now. This topic has made me on realizing the ethical of a company should have which they should have to find the way to cure the breast cancer instead of just gaining the profit.

E-waste is another topic that surprised me. Why? It is because I did not know electronic product is actually can be recycled. Until I have read about journals, now I only know that basically some of the consumer of certain electronic product would like to recycle in profit. Like how? They will sell to interested parties to earn money. Well, this could be a better way to reduce the environment issues and people health issues as well. Besides this two topics, there are a lot of topics that I have done previously have given me a broader perspective in looking certain matters.

Anyways, I found out BCM310 is a really interesting subject. I can learn a lot from that and especially I would like to thank Ms Rohayu. It is because she is a really wonderful lecturer who has make BCM310 into an amazing and fun subject. I have no regrets at all to have this subject, it just keep increasing my knowledge with all these blog post.  I will end this blog in two words, thank you and good bye! 

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The hidden cost of media use : e-waste

I believe there are not much people realized that the “hidden cost” of the media use has keep contributing a serious phenomenon in this world. Indeed, media is something we could not lack off in this century but it eventually rise up the issues revolving the environment and people. In other words, it could have sounds like human need to give a pay to that while using the electronic products. So, what is that “pay”? In fact, we have already knew gadgets such as smart phone, laptop, tablet, TV and other electrical devices are always exposed the radiation which will affect the people’s health. Therefore, what if we are further to dispose these electronic products? No doubt, these will bring a big impact with its toxic substances widespread to the world meanwhile generating a massive amount of e-waste.

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For example, the process that discarding the electrical components is actually can “cause serious health risks to bones, brains, stomachs, lungs, and other vital organs, in addition to birth defects and disrupted biological development in children.” (Maxwell & Miller 2012) Hence, these electronic product or components are needed to be recycled well in order to reduce the global ecological crisis. In my personal opinion, I think it is not necessary to havoc the unwanted electronic products precisely because there are people will think “the equipment could be sold to interested parties such as scrap dealers, e­waste contractors, assemblers, etc.” (Kalana 2010) This is also because they might have the perception that electric product or components still have the material that holds certain of value. Therefore, they want the items to be profitably recycles instead of just abandon them.  Perhaps this could be a better way to decrease technological waste and polluted environment.

As a matter of fact, it is hard to stop the increasing of consumption in media use because it brings convenient to them.  In a meantime, it actually increases the generation of e-waste once the electronic products have spoiled or unusable. Therefore, I am totally agreed Kalana (2010) mentioned “it can be assumed that the disposal of electronic products is fundamentally driven by the production of new ones.” Electronic product is something that keeps advancing and we could not predict when it will stop. Once again, perhaps the manufacturers should have encouraged the people who owned any electrical products and found spoiled could return to the manufacturers and they can get some rebate. I think it is much better to work this way instead of just melting the material into ashes and increase the global warming and other environmental issues. 

Reference

Kalana, JA 2010, ‘Electrical and electronic waste management practice by households in Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia’ International journal of environmental sciences, vol.1, no.2, pp. 132-144, viewed 4 June 2012 http://www.ipublishing.co.in/jesvol1no12010/EIJES1013.pdf

Maxwell, R & Miller, T 2012, ‘Introduction’ in Greening the Media Oxford University Press pp 1-20.

Moderating the conversation: How are you going to balance it?

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Participatory in online culture is a common approach in this century. Simply, it is because of the efficiency and interactivity through Internet have make convenient to everyone to share and respond to the tweets, status and up-to-date info.  Hence, there are various issues and incident could be just openly discussed through various media platforms, especially blogging and forums. These have inevitably become the virtual landscape for them to voice out their doubts or arguments towards the issues without fear. In a direct manner, how will a controversial issue that has being regulated meanwhile the public can participate to that issue by giving out their comments freely?

According to Martin (2012), she mentioned “as unregulated speech increased, the personal safety of staff and users became a concern.” In my personal opinion, I believe it is hard to regulated public especially who are eagerly to write their opinions towards the controversial issue. For example, the media platform likes ABC Online has faced the biggest challenge which is hard for them “to identify and control individual behaviors that could destroy that cohesiveness.” (Martin 2012) Therefore, it has implemented “code of conduct and conditions and also operated three strikes system.” (Martin 2012) These are specifically set to against the users who are still trying to breach the code and rules and the ones that still widespread the inappropriate comments continuously.

Thus, is this considered as moderate in fair situation? I think it is. Perhaps one of the controversial issues which are being discussed in forums, I will suggest to use the authorization code to limit the forum user not to post more than 3 comments towards the issue. In short, it might able to decrease the spammers. Besides, the comments could be also implementing to be “flagged” as well if spotted in using inappropriate phrases or words regarding to the issue. In other words, this way is to balance the regulatory of issue and participatory of public in different media platforms.

Furthermore, there are several cases happened in Malaysia and one of the cases is “In 2008, Raja Petra Kamaruddin, another famous socio-political blogger in Malaysia, was also arrested by the authorities. He was detained under the Internal Security Act.” (Ahmad and et. al 2011) It is all due to his blog content is considered as subversive and misled the public.  Likewise, this is just like how Martin (2012) said that the importance of “personal safety” while giving out the unregulated speech, the content in Internet definitely can be go viral, thus the balancing of regulation and participatory is indeed significant. To look into an easier perspective in the Internet security, light punishment can be just account being banned. In contrary, the heavy punishment will be drag in your personal safety. To conclude, I think moderating the conversation in the digital world to be fair is just hard because it eventually bring the implication to the freedom of speech.   

Reference

Ahmad, AL, Mohamad, EMW, Hassan, BRA, Pawanted, L, Ahmad, F & Aziz, J (2011), ‘Regulating blogs in Malaysia’, The Innovation Journal: The Public Sector Innovation Journal, Vol. 16, no. 30, pp. 2-17, viewed 29 May 2013, http://www.innovation.cc/scholarly-style/latiff_ahamad_regulating_malasian_blogs16v2i11a.pdf

Fiona Martin (2012) ‘Vox Populi, Vox Dei: ABC Online and the risks of dialogic interaction’, in Histories of Public Service Broadcasters on the Web, editors, N. Brugger and M. Burns. New York: Peter Lang. pp. 177 – 192

 

White Bread Media

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‘Media matter because they do not merely reflect, but are also players in, key public debates, providing representations and frameworks which shape understandings and action.’  (Dreher n.d.)

Speaking of media, it is powerful on portraying and reflecting on what we can see and perceive from the media. In fact, both stereotypes and racism have been always the topics that show the nature of pervasiveness in the media. For example, the stereotyping words that prevalently described and implied was lazy, dangerous, violent and et cetera. These words simply could just affect the racism being last longer until now. On the other hand, what could it mean by the concept of ‘white bread media’? To further explain on this thought, Australia Media will be taking as an example to be discussed.

For example, a New Zealand actor who is Jay Laga’aia was in rage due to his cast has been cut in a long-running soap called Home and Away. (Wilkins 2012) First and foremost, how will this example relate to white bread media? Simply, Jay Laga’aia is not a white actor and Australia media seems to be discouraging the non-whites to appear on TV. Perhaps Australia media could be still devote to Australia white policy? Australia white policy is referring to “During the decolonisation of Southeast Asia, public attention in the newly emerging nation-states of the region was regularly drawn to Australia’s attempt to exclude non-white migrants from its shores—the White Australia Policy” (Blackburn 2001)

Notwithstanding with the policy, could it be their perception towards whites are still the same even though the white policy was being abolished? I think this is very subjective and this is also why racism or stereotype in media is the topics that could not finish discussing about. However, speaking of the case that mentioned, it had actually shown the races that come with different cultural background being served within the media are inadequate and unequal.

Besides TV drama or movie infused the concept of white bread media, advertisement is also being a part of it. According to Avgoustinos (2013), he asked AussieBums (men’s fashion label) in the aspect of race and asking like “Why are all their models white? Why no Asian, black or brown Aussie bums, AussieBum?”Here, his doubt has showed the Australian are more likely encouraged whites even in advertising field. Personally I think if putting up diverse models in the ads is not really a problem because anyone in Australia who comes from different cultural background is also ‘Australian’. Simply put, they are the people from their own country; therefore I think there is no point in saying skins colors, background or any things that relate to their same race.

By illustrating these two examples, it has given me a new point of view to understand more about the infusion of white bread media in Australia media. Furthermore, these two examples are issues that should be aware because it needed to be comprehended about the equity of races in media.

 

Reference

Avgoustinos, C 2013, ‘Where are your aussie models, AussieBums?’ Newmatilda, 13 February, viewed 14 May 2013 http://newmatilda.com/2013/02/13/where-are-your-aussie-models-aussiebums

Blackburn, K 2001, ‘Disguised anti-colonialism: protest against the White Australia Policy in Malaya and Singapore, 1947– 1962’, Australian Journal of International Affairs, Vol. 55, No. 1, pp. 101–117, viewed 14 May 2013 http://www.hsse.nie.edu.sg/staff/blackburn/BlackburnAJIA.pdf

Dreher T, (forthcoming 2014), ‘White bread media’, The media and communications in Australia, eds. S Cunningham and S Turnbull, Allen and Unwin

Wilkins, G 2012, ‘Star hits out at Home and Away racism’, Brisbanetimes, 16 February, viewed 14 May 2013 http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/star-hits-out-at-home-and-away-racism-20120216-1ta23.html

 

Digital Inclusion or Exclusion

“The paradox of disability and inclusive information technology is considered”. (Goggin & Newell 2007)

Starting with this quote, I think it has given a quick kick-start with an example, smart phone. Why? It is because the technology of smart phone is still unable to engage with the disabled one. Therefore, it might have conversely turned into digital exclusive instead of inclusive. Besides, there are a lot of examples have been shown in Goggin and Newell’s journal on the designing specifically for the disabled one. For instance, the self-service kiosk in the airport is not accessible for people who are blind. The biggest obstacle for the blind people is because it is a touch-screen machine and given inconvenience for them in searching and navigating the information they want. Yet, the assistance in the airport for the blind people will be offered by human instead of improving the kiosk to be more convenient for them.

To clarify, I am not denying the service offered by human is not good enough. It is just that technology nowadays has become something for people to keep up the trend while providing convenience and efficiency. Perhaps a kiosk that designed specifically for the disabled people would help them to able to gain back their confidence. They can do things by their own; they can feel they are also same with other people. Simply, advancement of technology is able to enable people included the disabled one to keep learning. One of the advantages for the disabled is they are “using a range of online tools and technologies to subvert mainstream media’s representation of disability, to counter negative stereotypes” (Foley & Ferri 2012) in the society. Once again, it just proved technology enhancement can provide them a great help for their life without anyone help.

Speaking of social media such as Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, blogs and et cetera are the important mediums that enable everyone to communicate, sharing and updating information to everyone. However, Ruh (2013) said that “unfortunately, most social media applications today do not adequately address accessibility and are difficult to use with assistive technology, which makes them inaccessible to many users with disabilities”. Once again, it has apparently triggered the instance of technology to address the problem for the disabled. Indeed, social media is very significant especially in this century because whether you are in workplace, colleges, university or anywhere, social media is able to keep your distance with others to know what you are doing, your location so forth and so on.

Hence, social media is also able to provide great help for the disabled one because they can be just like others. They can text, hear, feel, see and also can let their acquaintances keep in touch with them in anytime, anywhere through social media. Therefore, Ruh (2013) has suggested some tools which enable social media has the possibility to be fully participated by the users with disabilities:

  • EasyChirp is an alternative to Twitter designed with accessibility and assistive technology in mind.”
  • “Twitter provides a long list of keyboard shortcuts for keyboard only users.”
  • “Facebook also provides a small set of keyboard shortcuts.”
  • AppleVis, a website created to collect information on the accessibility of apps developed for iOS devices, includes a free, accessible LinkedIn app.”
  • Easy YouTube provides an alternate, fully accessible interface for viewing YouTube videos.”
  • Easy YouTube caption creator is a content creating tool that generates a standard format caption text file which can be attached to YouTube videos.”
  • “Google offers an accessibility app for the Hangout feature on Google+.”
  • WordPress, a popular open source blogging tool with many free plugins, allows you to host a page on your own server, giving you more freedom to customize the software for accessibility.”(Ruh  2013)

Therefore, these suggestions might give the disabled to strike out the wait-and-see position and technology advancement could make them infuse the society norm easily. Simply, they would not just being excluded.

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Reference

Foley, A & Ferri, BA 2012, ‘Technology for people, not disabilities: ensuring access and inclusion’, Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, pp. 1-9, viewed 9 May 2013http://www.academia.edu/1488237/Technology_for_people_not_disabilities_ensuring_access_and_inclusionjrs3_1230_1..9

Goggin G & Newell c 2007, ‘The business of digital disability’, The Information Society: An International Journal, vol.23, no.3, pp 159-168

Ruh, D 2013, ‘Ensuring Social Media Accessibility for persons with disabilities’, viewed 9 May 2013, http://g3ict.org/resource_center/newsletter/news/p/id_402

Walled garden (Feudalisation of Internet)

Are you devoted to Facebook, Google and Youtube? Or maybe will you switch your allegiance to Android and Apple smart phone? Indeed, all of them are interlinked and the information will be shared through Internet in certain circumstances.  Why they are only limit in “certain circumstance?” Isn’t the information accessible to every public in Internet? Followed by the instance of “walled garden”, it could explain for the separate entities from Internet.   

So, what is walled garden?

“On the Internet, a walled garden is an environment that controls the user’s access to Web content and services. In effect, the walled garden directs the user’s navigation within particular areas, to allow access to a selection of material, or prevent access to other material.” (Rouse 2005)

I think the definition has directed a clear clarification on walled garden, it simply means users are only can find certain information in particular areas which it is not just openly accessible for everyone. For example, Iphone users who have iTunes store will required their ID and password to log in to buy the digital products. The content of iTunes store will not exposed through Internet but it will just share to all the Iphone users who have ID and password. Same goes to the example given by Zittrain (2008), “a particular Web site might demand that a user create an ID and password in order to gain access to its contents.”

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However, as Google shared a lot of openly accessible content to the users, it has also “jumped in with a subscription plan that offers a more favorable deal and others will follow.” (McLennan 2011) Hence, it could have become an obstacle to the Apple’s app market because Google could have mimicked the business model that Apple has done. For example, the publishers can charge the apps and contents. Simply, iTunes app store is giving the priority to the Iphone users only. I believe the publishers are still controlling the content of the apps in order not to expose to outside. The ultimate goal of them is to maintain the priority and originality which is reasonable enough for the Apple users to purchase the apps.

Besides, another great example for walled garden will be Facebook. I think this is pretty obvious to clarify it. It is because before anyone are signing up an account for Facebook, there are terms and conditions on Facebook has the authority on privacy control and owning the users’ content. Simply, Facebook owned all the information which shared by the Facebook users and they even will keep backups copies such as the photos and videos which have been deleted for few months. In a direct manner, I think Facebook is too excessive on controlling the users’ content and isn’t it will become more insecure for the user to retain their account?

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From the perspective of these two examples, “walled garden” provides pros and cons towards the website itself. Particular websites who want retain the originality of the something by having the “walled garden”; it could become a strong defense for them. Conversely, implanting the walled garden in social network like Facebook and Twitter could have be cons to the users. No doubt, I understand that it is important to login access through ID and password but somehow in the end all the private information will be owned by Facebook and Twitter. For me, I think this is really a bad privacy control because it could have increase the opportunity for the hackers to hack someone’s account.

Edwards et al. (n.d.) have also stated that “a user may impose certain access constraints on digital artifacts that they own, e.g. certain information about the artifact may only be accessible to users who contributed towards the creation of that artifact. Such policies are defined declaratively in terms of obligations, prohibitions, and permissions.” Once again, this quote has directed on the point of “walled garden”, of course the information in Internet are meant to be move freely but sometimes it could have control the information in different perspective such as the copyright, privacy control and other aspects. To conclude, I think walled garden have given a lot of unpredictable risk instead of benefits. It is because once the controlled content in certain website are leaked within itself. I believe there will be a chaos situation among all the Internet users.

Reference

Edwards, P, Pignotti, E & Corsar, D n.d., “Provenance on the web, leaving the walled garden behind…”, viewed 1 May 2013 http://www.websci11.org/fileadmin/websci/Posters/127_paper.pdf

McLennan, D 2011, “The walled garden problem”, viewed 1 May 2013, http://www.artsjournal.com/rwx/2011/03/the-walled-garden-problem/

Rouse, M 2005, “Walled Garden”,viewed 1 May 2013, http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/definition/walled-garden

Zittrain, JL 2008, “In the future of the internet and how to stop it”, viewed 1 May 2013, http://futureoftheinternet.org/static/ZittrainTheFutureoftheInternet.pdf

 

 

Digital age in University

Are you lazy to bring notes and books to University? I could have agreed this but I will still prefer to bring notes and books. It is not because I don’t like the education is going with the concept of virtual class, but what I am concerning is about the truly learning from lecturers. No doubt, Internet is giving different kind of information and data that is openly available for student to refer. For example, when typing out any keyword on the Google search engine, the first link will be Wikipedia which is rich in information about the particular keyword. Besides the information provided by Wiki, it has also provided online dictionary which is known as Wiktionary. Basically, Internet is not only goes with wiki-based data but also student could go with others “link” in website to do their virtual study. Hence, student can get their info instantly with these but meanwhile they need to be careful on getting bad information. Eventually, it will make you start asking yourself whether is there quality of education on online sources.

Indeed, I agree that student engages practice with digital age is good but somehow ‘it is fair to say that the Internet provided the infrastructure that has enabled instant global economic collapse. No other means of human communication has ever had the capability to travel so far so quickly to such devastating effect.’ (Miller 2010) It is true that e-learning could have cut down the cost of the student on buying books or journals, and it would have really meant to replace them apparently. However, some journals are needed to be subscribed and usually it is costly in around RM 100++. It is due to the ‘journals acquire articles from authors, bundle them into an issue, and distribute them to subscribing readers. Each article costs the journal to process, including the costs of refereeing, copy editing, typesetting, etc.’ (McCabe & Snyder 2006)  

Therefore, in order to get these good journals, it would just make some students need to pay for it to get better information. Conversely, some poor student would have just gone for other journals or website documents that are openly available for public. Once again, if the virtual courses are required them to just only find good journal for their studies, are these will be a great supplement to their education? Will this fair to all the students?

‘The Internet and other technologies honor multiple forms of intelligence—be they abstract, textual, visual, musical, social, or kinesthetic—and therein present tremendous opportunities to design new learning environments that enhance the natural ways that humans learn.’

(Brown n.d.)           
                                                                                                         
According to Brown’s quote, it is true that students should have try to adapt the new learning environment in University with the recent technology. I could not say Internet is totally not advisable to University but it is need to depend on what ways of Internet communication that can help them to engage in their learning experience. For example, UOW has a particular e-learning site which enable lecturer to upload notes and download by the students. It is a good practice for the student to get used to use it to download the notes. In contrast, if it is having virtual class that every student will be just attend the “class” at home, how are they going to learn about the real-world problems and the socialization? They can be just discussing with friends, lecturer through social network and most of the information that they get will be just from Internet. Once again, I am  strongly agree with Miller (2010), he stated that ‘how do we create a classroom where students are asked to sit with real-world problems, to engage with multiple variables simultaneously, to plunge into the bottomless sea of information that has been unleashed by the World Wide Web?’ To conclude, university is not wrong to practice the digital age but it is depend on how they locate the new learning environment instead of having the student to attend a virtual class.

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Can you forget the book?                       

References

Brown, JS n.d., ‘Learning in the Digial Age’, viewed 24 April 2013, http://cmap.upb.edu.co/rid=1GQBQP34P-4ZJZS6-7HP/21945604-Learning-in-the-Digital-Age-by-John-Seely-Brown-Aspen-Institute.pdf

Miller, RE 2010, ‘The coming apocalypse’, Pedagogy, vol 10, no. 1, pp. 143-151, viewed 24 April 2013, UOW database

McCabe, M & Snyder, CM 2006, ‘Acedemic Journal Prices in a Digital Age: A two-sided-market model’, pp. 1-45, viewed 24 April 2013, http://ftp.zew.de/pub/zew-docs/workshop/ICT/McCabe.pdf