Where are we going?

For the majority of this module, we have focused on what is and what has been in regards to the internet, its regulations, the technology and the theories about its current functionality and existence. Now, I want you to think for just a moment about where the internet could be in five, maybe even ten years. Considering that most of us are around 20 years old, we have seen the development of the internet from its early stages to its current state and it has already made great strides in helping us in our daily lives. But could this reach a point where it is taken too far?

It is estimated that by the year 2020 computer chips will be assembled by using individual atoms or molecules, giving them the intellectual capability of human beings. According to developers at Intel, the keyboard and mouse will no longer be necessary as you will control your computer with you mind, after they surgically insert a brain implant into your skull.

“Imagine being able to surf the web with the power of your thoughts” said Intel researcher Dean Pomerleau.

Do you think these technological advances will go as well as planned if they ever even hit the market? Would you be for or against them? And do you see the digital era taking a different turn than what is predicted here?

For more advances predicted within the next ten years, check here: http://highexistence.com/10-ways-the-next-10-years-are-going-to-be-mind-blowing/


World of WarCraft and Restrictions

I do not play online games nor do I know anything about them. Other than the fact that they cost money and require a subscription if they are going to be worth your time.

Despite that, the online gaming community with the specific example of World of WarCraft is a good example of online content that we do not have access to without payment. They do offer a trial period that allows you to play for free up until the 20th level. The hope is that you will like their game so much, you will want to keep playing and will pay for more levels.

If we were to theoretically put this content under a Creative Commons license, the content would not be as good. The creators of the game would not be able to afford high end graphic designers and computer software builders to make an ascetically pleasing game with a good story line.

It would also offer less levels and achievements again for monetary reasons. My brother is a gamer and I have found that people interested in playing good online games don’t mind paying a monthly fee for quality content and fun.

Are any of you gamers and do you disagree and think these for profit online games should be free?

If you’re interested in joining the online gaming community of World of WarCraft, copy the link below!



Online Visibility

I am very visible online. I am a public relations major and one of the most important components of job hunting is being transparent with your online profiles. Currently, you can find me fairly easily on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and on Weebly with my online portfolio and personal study abroad blog. Most of these sites are connected for the purpose of accessibility.

I tend to post my personal views and things I find funny on Facebook, pictures from various outings on Instagram, news on Twitter and business information on LinkedIn. Most of these posts are re-posts made available by the other accounts I follow. For instance, I follow The New York Times, The Guardian and The Independent on Twitter to stay up-to-date on current events from home and London.

None of my posts are personalized, meaning they are shared with all of my friends/followers. Most of the information is in my control unless I am tagged in something. I have still not figured out how to change settings to require my approval before things are posted to my timeline or wall. This can make having a professional online presence a bit more difficult when your friends tag you in various drinking or crude humor videos.

Overall, keeping up these different accounts is demanding and difficult because it only takes the push of a button to create a social media disaster.

Try and find me, let me know if it was easy or difficult and if my profiles are easily linked!

Spotify: Music for Everyone

Spotify is a Swedish music streaming site that is free to all internet users. Unless of course you want to pay for the premium package to avoid the adds. By making an account, you have access to millions of songs and playlists within the community.

One of the major benefits of the site is that it allows you to log in with Facebook, automatically linking you to your Facebook friends who are also streaming the Spotify music.

Artists can also choose to have accounts on the site by contract to offer their tracks to millions of listeners. Spotify pays the artists base on their ‘market share’ and how many times their media is streamed in comparison to the total number of songs streamed on the service. This helps combat the piracy of music.

The last benefit of using Spotify is having the ability to share playlists and see what your friends are listening to. You can update what your listening to on Facebook and there is a live music bar on the right hand side of the program that gives you updates on what you’re friends are listening to right now. This promotes the exposure of different artists and connection to other people through music.

The downfalls to joining this community are that Spotify is only available when online. Through the premium account, you can download songs on playlists but otherwise you may find that you have limited access if you don’t always have access to the Internet.

Another limitation is there is no chat bar or inbox to directly send your friends songs or discuss recent music. This forces you to pay closer attention to the live feed and the activity tab if you want to discover more music and connect with your friends.

If you don’t already, would you use Spotify? Do you think there are better music-sharing

Feel free to check it out here: https://www.spotify.com/uk/tour/


An anonymous review site for employees and former employees can rate the management and their experience at companies. Other than the general company information, the entire site is created by reviews and ratings.

Each company’s page includes quantitative ratings on:

– Overall Ratings

-Recommend to a Friend

-Approval of CEO

This is a great website to use as up and coming professionals in the business world because it provides a greater look into the company’s inner workings. Beware, the site does not require any of your information when writing a review. This means anyone can make any claims they want about the companies. Some people have had excellent experiences while others have had horrible ones. User-generated sites content needs to be taken with a grain of salt, unless there is mass data to prove the points.

The reason the website is called “glassdoor” is because it is supposed to be giving the general population an inside look into internal corporate relations and conditions. Other than the company’s general functions, the site also offers reviews on certain job positions, salaries and interviews.

Without the audience participation, glassdoor would be non-existent because of its reliance on reviews to create ratings on different aspects of companies. This makes for a highly interactive site that is full of resources for job-seekers like you! Check it out: https://www.glassdoor.co.uk/Job/index.htmglassdoor 2

The Independent

The Independent is a perfect example of media convergence. The delivery method started with print only, graduated to converging outlets of print and digital and finally has announced it is going fully digital. This is an intriguing news outlet to analyze because it is the first in the U.K. to do this. http://www.independent.co.uk/

The original reason newspapers also went digital was because it allowed them to reach a larger audience and helped them keep up with the new forms of social media. Print news and digital news are formatted differently. Print has the biggest and most important stories on the front page while digital media does not follow the same route. Digital news is more convenient as it is shared on social media platforms and is accessible from phones, tablets and computers, but doesn’t provide the same in-depth stories and information that print news does.mobile-phone-news

Another good example of print news and digital news convergence is The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/ This news conglomerate posts a “daily briefing” to give you snippets of the most important news stories for the day. I find this to be a more organised and worthwhile way to share digital news.

The Independent will no longer be an example of media convergence and rather media metamorphosis on March 26 when it makes the full transition to a digital paper. The purpose here is to create a global paper to ensure a sustainable and profitable future. Other papers are sure to follow suit.


Brand Yourself

Nancy Baym, author of Personal Connections in the Digital Age believes we are in a constant state of anxiety due to our never-ending advances in technology. Some people pick it right up while others avoid it altogether. Naturally, human beings do not like change. They are creatures of habit. Since everyone on the blog is a university student or professional, I decided to seek out tips on how to create a personal brand online. So no need to fear! The Personal Branding Blog is here! http://www.personalbrandingblog.com/50-tips-to-brand-yourself-online/

I decided to choose this category because many people don’t know where to start when it comes to personal branding. They struggle with creating an image on multiple platforms and connecting those platforms to online portfolios or professional work sites. The idea is to make yourself as accessible as possible and to make it easy to access.

The development of the internet has completely changed the way we interact socially because it has taken it to the digital level. This allows us to connect instantly all over the world. The troubling part is it is very easy to dismiss information because it has no personal value or it is not grabbing enough. What I mean by this is that if there is no association with a person or something familiar, it is very easy to overlook.

I will offer my own online portfolio up as an example of personal branding. Please comment and share what you think of the Personal Branding Blog website and my online portfolio!