Social Identity & A.I.

Although we have dwelled in what makes humans attracted to social groups and community within online platforms, I feel that there was not enough phycology based theory in the network and society module. It gave me a great taster of human actions when it comes to community, but I would’ve liked to talk more about why humans are attracted to being almost tribal and sectarian within their precious online and real life communities. I feel that the ‘Social Identity Theory’ (Tajfel : 1979) would have been precious to us in our studies to delve deeper into our actions and give a greater understanding of why we feel safe and attracted to these communities.

 

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I would have also loved to talk about artificial intelligence and the futuristic development of computers or humanoid robots. I feel that this subject would’ve been a fun and interesting way to learn different theory whilst developing and conversing about where we feel the future of our technology and media is going to develop into. I also feel this would’ve been relative towards how production companies get their content to the general public and the affects that developments of technology have on the media industry. As media students, we are also the future of the media industry. This is why I feel A.I. and futuristic computing would be practical and useful towards our future careers in the industry.

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– Jed.

Soundcloud.

 

 

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Soundcloud is a website under lenient creative commons licence. It is an online platform that users are able to upload their own music and content to their own personal profile. With 95% using this website free of charge, they’re able to share their music with others in hope to gain followers, comments and listens. This is an extremely useful platform for underground/up and coming musicians who want to share their content with the creative world, especially those who perform in the electronic genres of music. With over 3,000 clips within the public domain and able to use free, for anyone, this is a great gallery of soundtracks for film makers to use and for musicians to get their name into the public eye. If this website were under stricter copyright law then I feel the impact on the creativity, networking and community of legal online music sharing would be tarnished. Although an advantage may be that of an economic stance, enabling the website to grow even more than it is doing so, include more features, and to actually become a profitable feature of the web 2.0. I feel that this would put massive strain on the amount of users, thus having a massive affect on on the amount of creativity and sense of musical community that this website provides to many of those who cannot afford to use platforms like this, changing this could really affect those who’re up and coming artists. As we already know, many of the greatest musicians to ever live come from a working class background, so why restrict these people from providing the western world with content that brings people daily happiness and promotes creativity?

– Jed.

This Is Just…Embarrassing.

When typing ‘Jed Colman’ into google search an array or different information is presented to you, mostly embarrassing old videos that my close friends have filmed with me included. Before writing this blog post, I would have considered myself to be relativity un-visible person online. But now I realise how accessible a lot of my personal information is to people that I hardly know or will maybe never even meet. Just through typing my name into the most accessible search engine in the world, you’re able to see what I look like, where I live, many of my online accounts such as Facebook, LinkedIn, my extremely old Tumblr account, and even a video of me singing a funny song back in 2012! The worst bit about this embarrassing content is that I have very little control over what many people see about me and the information that you’re able to articulate (as many of my friends are the ones who have uploaded the content online). Knowing that people have pretty good ability to find out lots of my personal information, lots of history about me and my life, and where I live is quite worrying, (although I guess I did decided to share this information when creating my online personas). Overall, I feel that online visibility can be good and bad. It’s very good for promoting yourself and your works to employers or peers, but it also makes me feel on edge about who’s actually looking at this content and how much of this content is unavailable for me to interact with, or how it is lacking in my favour to choice whether to share this content with the online world.

Here’s a funny drawing of me that’s also one of the first pieces of content I found:-

 

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This Is Just…Embarrassing.

When typing ‘Jed Colman’ into google search an array or different information is presented to you, mostly embarrassing old videos that my close friends have filmed with me included. Before writing this blog post, I would have considered myself to be relativity un-visible person online. But now i realise how accessible a lot of my personal information is to people that I hardly know or will maybe never even meet. Just through typing my name into the most accessible search engine in the world, you’re able to see what i look like, where I live, many of my online accounts such as Facebook, LinkedIn, my extremely old Tumblr account, and even a video of me singing a funny song back in 2012! The worst bit about this embarrassing content is that I have very little control over what many people see about me and the information that you’re able to articulate (as many of my friends are the ones who have uploaded the content online). Knowing that people have pretty good ability to find out lots of my personal information, lots of history about me and my life, and where I live is quite worrying, (although I guess I did decided to share this information when creating my online personas). Overall, I feel that online visibility can be good and bad. It’s very good for promoting yourself and your works to employers or peers, but it also makes me feel on edge about who’s actually looking at this content and how much of this content is unavailable for me to interact with, or how it is lacking in my favour to choice whether to share this content with the online world.

Here’s a funny drawing of me that’s also one of the first pieces of content I found:-

 

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Online Dating.

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Since the drastic surge of the web 2.0, in the last 20 years online dating has become an extremely prominent and well used form of online community, by people from an array of different walks of life. With around two thousand five hundred online dating websites, in the U.S alone, active at this present time such as ‘match.com’ or ‘pof.com’, this massive community has millions of subscribers and members world wide. This form of community, although having a seemingly bad reputation at times, has become extremely popular among select age groups, mostly being from the ages of 18-24 (27%, which is nearly triple of what it was ten years ago!) and 35-44 being the prominent users of these websites that have been surging sky high in the last ten years. In the United States 59% of people believe ‘that online dating is a good way to meet people’. The stigma behind online dating that ‘people who use online dating sites are desperate’ has also decreased from 29% to 23%, showing how the increase of acceptance and popularity among these communities are becoming bigger and bigger.

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This community has enabled people to access that seems as if it’s almost ‘practice’ for dating in the real world. Up to 60% of people who use these websites never actually meet face-to-face with the people they interact with, showing that this like a preparation for future dating technique. But I feel as if the two most popular age groups seem to be the ones that are most nervous about interaction with the other sex. There are even selective dating websites such as ‘elitesingles.co.uk’, were they choose whether you’re suitable for their community. Overall, this is a drastically growing form of online community that is becoming very popular and the norm in the publics eye. The question i would like to ask you is if you feel this is a healthy community that brings happiness to people? Or, do you feel that online dating websites could cause problems among select ages groups when it comes to confidence, or feel there are any other constraints that these communities provide?

Here’s some examples of these communities –

https://www.elitesingles.co.uk

http://www.pof.com

http://www.match.com

– Jed.

 

 

Reviews For Rewards.

Websites like ‘Tolula’ and ‘UserTesting’ are online reviewing websites that swap small rewards for the masses and consumers opinion on the products they provide. They are test and survey research suppliers for many of the big products we use in day to day life. They are essentially put into place to ‘shape our future products’, as they like to put it, and gain the most concise opinion possible so they’re able to obtain information on what the public likes, and is able to distribute that, in return for small rewards such as everyday cosmetics, or even $10 paid into your Paypal account every time you complete a test. Audience interaction is the whole heart and essence of these reviewing websites. And with eight million users on UserTesting alone, without consumers or participants they’re not able to set out and complete what their aim is or to even make a profit on their own website or products. This website is a prime example of audience participation and the amount of contribution that the public or ‘consumers’ put into the development and production of products that are on your computer or in your cupboards, from new technology to chocolate bars, the ‘consumers’ have a giant influence on how these products are produced, what they look like and even what they taste like. So, are we really consumers? or are we really the key contributors to the production of most products we see and use on a daily basis?

If you’d like to make some easy money then check it out here! > https://www.usertesting.com

– Jed Colman.

The Link Between Man & Machine.

Convergence in media have played a massive part in the way our world wide web, television and news based platforms have been formed over the past twenty years. From the Youtube – Google match up to the AOL – Time Warner coalition, all convergence have an effect on the way we intake our media outlets. My example does not come from large companies, but instead the ‘consumers’ of these different digital conglomerates. We are now engrossed in an age where the internet has become man’s best friends. The majority of people from all over the world now have a presence online, online businesses, films they produce, independent clothing apparels, the list goes on and on. The links and popularity of the world wide web has enabled people to sell or buy with the click of a finger and around £718.7 million was spent last year through online business. Through selling stuff online there’s a kind of ‘you scratch my back, and i’ll scratch yours’ companionship. Websites like Ebay or Gumtree take a small fee from what you sell, websites like Facebook and Youtube use advertising revenue in return for the use of their site. Websites need people to be successful, and people need them to make business life easier for themselves, they both help one another in harmony to gain as much from themselves and to become as universal as possible, linking together to achieve something that is beneficial to everyone involved. I personally feel that this is a convergence itself, maybe even one of the biggest we have ever seen. There is now a massive partnership between man and machine, who help one another to become successful in what they do, and to become as universal as possible. My question to you, is if you feel that this is considered a convergence? I’m interested to hear different stand points on this subject!

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– Jed Colman.