This is an engaging video with an insightful and perhaps challenging view on the ways in which social media may have negative effects on its users. For example, there is the suggestion that avid users have developed a psychological addiction to social media because it produces neurological excitement in our brain, making us crave more of this simulation after each interaction. The video also says that increased multitasking online reduces the ability to filter out interferences in real life, therefore making it harder for us to multitask in the real world.

With regards to digital technology, this video suggests that technology has begun to rewire our nervous system as our brains are being triggered in a way they never have been before. This is a concept I found thought provoking – it is interesting to think about how our brains will alter within the next decade of us constantly using technology and being ‘addicted’ to social media, and also how the next generation will be physiologically affected by digital technology and social media.

This is useful for students in this module because it will encourage you to think about physiological effects of the media as well as how it affects society. You may not agree with some of the ideas and speculations presented in this video, but it is interesting to think about these concepts and the possibility that social media and technology may be causing more damage than we think.

AsapScience has many more videos on different topics from entertainment to serious education, such as your brain on coffee and the scientific power of thought, so it would be worth having a look at this youtube channel for some more fun and quirky videos!


https://www.newscientist.com/subject/technology/ – This is another site I found which is useful with regards to the topic of this week (Understanding Technology) as it shows how far digital technology has developed within recent years and reveals some amazing and mind-boggling technology that was introduced in 2015/16.


Why youtube is important?


As a media student, Youtube is such a useful tool to use when researching about specific opinions, videos, songs, talks and pretty much anything. I am a public relations student and I love yt_1200-vfl4c3t0kusing youtube to watch current launches of shows, how have they been perceived? What are the peoples opinions on certain issues, is also a an area that is useful when using youtube as you can find out about different people across the world. This can be from a guy giving his opinion on a UK general election, to a video of Lady gaga singing at a show in Madison garden to 15k+ people . There are so many ways to use youtube and for useful information.

Youtube has made itself to be a useful tool where you can find out the daily happenings in the world, obviously the youtube homepage has many useful videos to what is happening in todays society. The hashtag #PopularOnYoutube allows users to find out content that is happening throughout the world all on one page. bb2874e67d375f212ea43f07273553c9

From a university/college students point of view, youtube is a very useful tool which allows students to find out different opinions and theories on a specific topic, which is essential when doing a essay or a research project. Its also more interactive and interesting compared to having to read a book.



Periscope: “Explore the world through someone else’s eyes.”

It is well-known that social media is an essential part of our life. And Facebook and Twitter are the best and most popular platforms for connecting, sharing, exchanging and so on. But today there is an app that not just connects people worldwide, but also gives its users the opportunity to “explore the world through someone else’s eyes.”

What is  Periscope?

 is Twitter’s new live-streaming video app for both, iOS and Android. The
novelty, developed by Kayvon Beykpour and Joe Bernstein, allows you to watch and perpssssebroadcast live video from all across the globe. One of it’s advantages is that anyone can view the video streams not only live, but also for up to 24 hours after they are made.

Why did I choose Periscope as a useful resource for media students?

  • Periscope is a real example of how the development of new technologies and the Internet have changed the media (and the journalism).
  • Also! It allows us to be in the role of reporters, and this is a great experience.
  • With Periscope it is even easier to reach international audience and connect with people from different parts of the world.
  • As a media students we should keep track of the latest news and trends, and I am sure that most of us (maybe all of us) rely on Twitter for that. But in my opinion Periscope is better than all other platforms, especially when it comes to hard news and serious events. This way of reporting a news story (streaming it live) is faster, more interesting and trustworthy. 

P.S.: If you are interested and want to know even more:
What is Periscope and why Twitter bought it



Factiva is described as being the world’s leading source of premium news, data and insight. I have decided to share it as I have previously used it as a research tool for last semesters modules and believe it will be useful for the upcoming essay.

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Factiva lets you search for a topic and it will find all sources with articles that are all relevant to that topic which have been published in the particular date range you select, this can be form days to years. When searching, you are able to restrict your search to sources from a particular region, industry, publication or even author.

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When you search for a topic, you are given a range of statistics and figures regarding how many people were also searching it each week, giving you an insight into when the topic was popular in the news.

Now for the bad news, a subscription to the service costs $399 per month, what a bargain. However, luckily as students of University of Westminster we get free access to the service. To use the service you have to log onto the university library website, and click on ‘online access’, a link to it can be accessed here.

I would highly recommend Factiva, it was very helpful for me when doing essay work and hopefully you all can make use of it too!


Ideas worth spreading

When I read this week’s assignment, the first resource that came to my mind was ted.com. TED Talks have become really popular over the past few years, and each day the website keeps growing, having more than 2100 talks on different topics. The conferences started in 1984 from observing a convergence among three fields: technology, entertainment and design, and after failing to hit the market at the time, funders Richard Saul Wurman and Harry Marks tried again years later, achieving their goal and making the TED conference an annual event, but it ran exclusively to for those people that got an invitation. In 2006, the first six TED talk conferences were uploaded online, and the gained so much views that the site was relaunched the next year around these.

I believe TED Talks gained their popularity because they give us access to information directly from experts on a selected topic. It covers from business, technology, global issues and science, to more ‘creative’ topics such as design and entertainment. Not only that, it counts with a variety of languages, which gives this online source more accessibility from all over the world. I would recommend it not only for learning purposes, but for entertainment as well.

Give it a try! https://www.ted.com

-Patricia Sanchez

Learn, learn and learn… But how, again?

Some months ago, a friend posted on Facebook that she had just completed a Nutrition and Wellbeing course. She shared a print screen with her certificate, proving that she had joined it. It called my attention as a subject that I’m interested in. She told me, then, that the course was offered in English, by the University of Aberdeen. It was an online course and, the best part: 100% free!

Obviously I researched more about it, once she sent me the link. I got amazed! I found out that the course was actually offered in a platform called Future Learn, that provides hundreds of other courses. All them online, all them for free.

Offering distance and online education, Future Learn is a private company owned by The Open University. They have partners around the world, such as UK and international universities and many institutions –British Council and British Library are great examples.

The most interesting from this platform is the huge variety of courses available. All them offering videos, audios, articles, sometimes even tests and assignments. Also, offering the opportunity for you to make comments and discuss with all people who are doing the same course as you.

To give you a glimpse, some of the current courses being offered goes from “Introduction to Dutch” until “Discover Dentistry”. Directly linked with our module, there are “The Internet of Things” offered by King’s College, “Community Journalism: Digital and Social Media”, by Cardiff University and many others.

By now, I’m studying exactly the Nutrition and Wellbeing and another one that explores the English language through Shakespeare’s plays and poetries. Not to mention that it is also very practical, once I can access my weekly lessons on my mobile, my tablet or my laptop at any time I want to!

For me, it is one of the most amazing advantages of the internet so far: the simple and easy way users can access knowledge. Also, it turns the learning experience into something more enjoyable and social.

However, is it really the “future learn”? I still strongly believe in the traditional ways of education. But will face-to-face interaction resist virtual learning?

Education In Network Society.

I have decided to select an article from the University of British Columbia researcher, Pam Gill. This section of reading addresses the different, important sections in the development and rise of social networking and how it has become hugely integrated into our social lives from the latter part of the twentieth century. It gives us the information that although networking society is now almost totally globalised, that we’re all able to have our own individualised experience when online through the dissemination of words, sound and pictures. Pam Gill also writes a sections on the ‘new technology paradigm’, the importance of educational implications, and ‘the dangers of transformations in the networking society’ where he addresses, what he feels, the different pros and cons of the rapidly growing network and informational based age. Gill makes statements of how he believes society should be moving with this technological innovation or ‘revolution’ as he likes to put it, and how this could purpose innovation within the educational sector, helping anyone in education to access knowledge through this ever-expanding network society. That interaction with a blog or online post gives a much better response from the student and how the implication of online media into schools has encouraged productivity and connectivity. Overall This section of writing is about the importance of our knowledge in the networking society, and how we need to expand and learn as fast as we are producing new technology and the implications of this technological surge on education and how it will help with the interaction of education in our schools and universities.

Read it and let me know what your interpretation was!

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– Jed Colman.