My topic for this Storify article was concerning decreasing water levels around the world. This decline of water levels is a direct result of over consumption of water. As the population increases the amount of water consumed also increase, which results in a decrease in the amount of water and water levels around the globe. I displayed different locations such as United States of American, Egypt, Peru and Canada; especially the Great Lakes. This is clearly decreasing in all parts of the world. As the water decreases our food supply (fish and sea creatures) died which presents a negative outcome. The lack of fish affects the economy especially for local fish industries. The most important issue from the decreasing of water levels is the fact that this includes our freshwater supply. Without freshwater we would not have drinking water, water to shower in, water to fill our pools and so on. Regardless, over consumption of water is affecting almost everyone in this world and must be addressed in order to reverse the negative outcomes. The developed countries are the main consumers such as China, United States of America and Canada. The obviously solution is to maintain the worlds ever increasing population but that is next to impossible. However, the second solution is reasonable, in which decreasing our daily water consumption will limit how much water is used per person.
I choose this topic for my Storify because it is an ongoing problem and affects not just us but the entire world. It surprises me that most people do not know how important and endangered our fresh water resource is. Our population takes advantage and takes for granted our freshwater supply, especially in developed countries. For example, in Canada we have a large amount of fresh water, which allows us to take showers, water our gardens, wash our cars, fill our pools, and more water related activities. However, comparing a developed countries situation to an undeveloped country is another story. Undeveloped countries get by with just little to no water, in which this water is dirty and filled with diseases. In my opinion the developed countries of the world are the leading examples and causes of this decreasing water levels. These countries must realize the stress they are putting on the Earth and our precious fresh water resource. Once this resource is gone its gone forever.
I discovered that the World Wide Web (Internet) has created some positive opportunities for participates who in which would like to express their feelings, opinions and thoughts. I agree with the comments that stated how this class COMM 2F00 lets us be ourselves in our blog posts. Usually courses look down on this, instead would like its student to sound boring like an academic article. However, I have learned that articles that are more personally are easier to read and relate to. This increases the about of citizen journalism on the Internet. When an individual has the opportunity to relate to an article the outcome is that they themselves continue to discuss their feelings in relation to this article. In which I believe the increasing amount of social media does in fact increase the amount of citizen journalism there is on the Internet. Blogger jdibiase18 stated that “No matter what, bias is always present”. I never throughout about the biasness behind these posted created and blogged by citizen journalism. Citizen journalism is great but if the information is bias then it contradicts the article. Since citizen journalism is based on individual’s feelings, emotions, thoughts and opinions, then yes most of these articles will be in a bias manner. So is citizen journalism really that important to have? Now I am asking myself this question after reading the comments. This is an interesting issue. Bias is never good in any aspects of journalism, either citizen of academic. This can created a different, negative or wrong outlook of an issue. In my opinion, I rather have fewer articles with bias in them then more citizen journalism.
Secondly I believe that twitter and other social media websites can be used in a positive way in relation to breaking news stories. This was also agreed with in my comments and that did not surprise me. I was born in 1992, and our generation is defiantly dependent on technology. That’s why social media would be a great tool to use for breaking new stories for example, serve weather alerts, amber alerts and other important issues.
In my opinion having an increase in new opportunities does in fact encourage me to participate directly in citizen journalism. I have always enjoyed reading academics articles on topics that interest me, nevertheless I confronted an issue with writing academic articles; they bored me. With the increase of other technology and programs that allows participates to partake in journalism easier provides an advantage. These opportunities are in a form of social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. These websites allow it’s participate to easily post and discuss topics. “Open, networked digital media tools challenge the individualistic, top-down ideology of traditional journalism while services like Twitter question a news culture based on individual expert systems over knowledge-sharing” (Hermida, 2012, p.659). Traditional journalism is being pushed to the side while social media is acting as a journalism output. For example, Facebook has various topic pages that an individual can post their feelings, thoughts and comments on particular discussion board. Yes it is not a formal or direct action of journalism, but with these new opportunities in social media they begin to be a form of journalism.
Further discussion regarding using social media to engage in citizen journalism perceives to be a positive outreach for breaking news. Of course television channels such as news channels are still the number one out source for breaking news. However, the increase of the use of Twitter to distribute breaking news is an ongoing and increasing action. This form of citizen journalism is one I take part in. Issues regarding missing children, storm watches or weather alerts are re-tweeted millions of time to get the message out to those who need it. “This, then, leads to further users encountering such information (and such hashtags), and a proportion of these users will again become active in seeking and sharing additional information, as well as in retweeting the material already shared by their predecessors; as a result, coverage of the event, and its corresponding hashtag(s), gain prominence on Twitter as a whole as well as in the update feeds received by individual Twitter participants from the users they follow” (Burns and Highfield, 2013, p.14).
In the module we had to create a story on Storify. I had no idea what to expect, because I had never used this website or in fact never even heard of it. However, this website is amazing. When searching for my topic throughout its search engines for Google, Google plus, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Instagram and more I found news articles and academies discussion that I did not expect to find. This is another opportunities for an individual to participate in citizen journalism.
Hermida, A. (2012). TWEETS AND TRUTH: Journalism as a discipline of collaborative verification. Journalism Practice. 6:5-6, p659-668.
Bruns, A. & T. Highfield. (2012). Blogs, Twitter, and breaking news: The produsage of citizen journalism. pre-publication draft on personal site [Snurb.info]. Published in: Lind, R. A. ed. (2012). Produsing Theory in a Digital World: The Intersection of Audiences and Production. New York: Peter Lang. p15-32.
The comments received from fellow bloggers did not surprise me but instead furthered my interest into this discussion regarding piracy. I recommended the idea of changing the file types that music companies use to distribute songs, however Blogger mcgip comments that hackers and gurus will continuously alter this hacking protocols to meet these new file types. mcgip states “the Wikileaks organization proves that nothing on the Internet, not even government documents, cannot be hacked”. These hackers have a job to hack certain items from music files to other such documents, nevertheless just like a professor is great at teaching others a hacker is good at hacking anything. Wikileaks demonstrates how this action of hacking is trouble. They hack government documents in which could cause national security issues and usually leads to some sort of uproar or hardship. Similar to the piracy industry hacking is a part of our daily lives; people get their online banking hacked into, their email, and viruses on their Facebook or Twitter. Secondly, I agree with jdibiase18 in the Bloggers opinion; “In my opinion, there are worse things in this world that we should worry about”. Piracy is not the huge issues here. I firmly believe these online resources and time put fourth to locate and punish consumes that pirate music and even movies are resources and time poorly spent. Other more important issues and crimes are occurring that would greatly benefit from these resources and time, such as identity fraud. In my opinion when an individual steals an innocent persons identity for the purpose of gain goods, services and money trumps over an individuals actions to download music or a movie off the Internet. The interesting note here is that there are more dangerous and harmful crimes that need the authorities full attention rather then this attention towards piracy.
The two players in this copyright legislation issues within the music industry has been labeled as industry verse the consumer audience or pirates. This ongoing dispute has results in various legal actions such as “the battle over online music in the US turned ugly in the summer of 2003 when the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) initiated lawsuits against its own consumers (Condry 2004, p.343). These lawsuits were placed to the consumers and Internet service providers in order to punish the actions of music piracy. “The RIAA hopes the dragnet, and ensuing publicity, will change the ‘culture’ of file-sharing online by convincing computer owners that using software to share music files is identical to shoplifting from a neighborhood store” (Condry 2004, p.344). My first suggestion I would recommend for the record industry concerning piracy is in relation to Condry’s article is to change the format of these files that the music produced in. Changing the format will decrease the ability of a consumer to download music files illegally. This will develop an obstacle when downloading music for the consumer. This alternation will in fact change the culture of file sharing in a positive way and decrease the ability and amount of piracy. My first suggestion I would recommend for the record industry concerning piracy is in relation to the music industry are the websites used in the process of piracy. Bradley states “I would argue that when taken together, Napster and IRC constituted an online scene for the sharing and dissemination of the hacking subculture’s beliefs and practices through the filter of music-obsessed youth culture” (Bradley 2006, p.1). Without these websites pirates would have a very difficult time exploiting songs from the music industry. Disallowing theses websites on the Internet will discourage pirates to download music. I would recommend a legal law to disallow piracy if it’s this big of a deal. In my opinion, I don’t see the HUGE issue in piracy. You can’t pirate live performances, shows, concerts and other music industry events. This aspect of music industry includes live performances, which have special affects, fireworks and other affects that cannot be duplicated through pirating music.
Bradley, D. (2006) Scenes of Transmission: Youth Culture, MP3 File Sharing, and Transferable Strategies of Cultural Practice. M/C Journal. 9(1).
Condry, Ian. (2004). Cultures of Music Piracy: An Ethnographic Comparison of the US and Japan. International Journal of Cultural Studies. 7 (3), pg. 343-363
The comments made were awesome. Blogger “janbee” purposed an interesting question: “Is it realistic to expect them [production companies] to lighten access restrictions to content that they spent a lot of time and money to create just so that someone can sit behind their home computer and spin it into something new at no cost”? There must be a balance between recouping costs and unrestricted costs. Yes I agree that production companies spend all this time and money to produce this cultural product, however if this product is too expensive for the consumer to purchase, then no one will purchase it. It is not realistic for the production companies to lighten access restrictions to their content, nevertheless there can be a comprise created between the producer and the consumer. For example, the movie website Netflix has an agreement with its producers (movie companies) to allow their consumer to view their movies on their website. However, as a consumer you must agree of their terms of conditions and pay a monthly price to access these videos. Also, these movies do not have the capability to be downloaded and shared from this website. Keeping the restrictions fair for both producer and consumer. Allowing these fair restrictions ensures that both parties are happy. This should be evident more throughout the cultural products offer, especially online.
The blogger “jdibiase18” opened my eyes to the copyright issues regarding movies that are remade and remixed. In today’s society movie production industry there are very few 10% original movies that get produced and released every year. Normally the movies released are remakes of older movies, movies from the 1950-70s. This allows the producer to use new more ‘hip’ actors, increase the quality of video, affects and technology. All this is used to their advantage however, this movie is breaking the copyright laws. Even though this is a new movie with its own copyright laws, it has been influenced heavily by the original first movie the remake is made from. Aspects that are influenced could range from clothes worn by the actors, personality of the characters, scene selection and many more. This was a very interesting view on the copyright laws within the movies production industry.