Great series by Alecks Krotoski outlining the development and influence of the New Media. The whole series is on iPlayer - if you get a chance you should watch episode one which deals with the rise of Web 2.0, UGC etc - great revision guide!
Even more useful is episode two which deals with the influence of the new media on politics:
“With contributions from Al Gore, Martha Lane Fox, Stephen Fry and Bill Gates, Aleks explores how interactive, unmediated sites like Twitter and YouTube have encouraged direct action and politicised young people in unprecedented numbers.
Yet, at the same time, the Web’s openness enables hardline states to spy and censor, and extremists to threaten with networks of hate and crippling cyber attacks.”
It’s really good stuff, and would be quite useful for this week’s homework:
“How do you think the new media will influence the forthcoming election?”
Why does Buzz even exist? Is it because Google wants to make my life better in some way? No. Buzz exists because Google feels threatened by Twitter and Facebook and wants to kill them. Google has become what Microsoft used to be—the Borg, the company that gobbles up ideas from smaller rivals and cranks out lame imitations in an attempt to put the little guys out of business.
That is the biggest problem with Buzz—it was invented not for us but for Google. So now, because Google feels threatened, we have yet another thing to learn, which won’t be easy because Google is basically a world where nerd engineers get turned loose in a Montessori preschool, and they have no idea about user interface design and, frankly, they don’t care.” —
Wow…harsh…but probably accurate given the idea that Google is threatened by social networking and Google Wave didn’t really take off…But, having said that, they can design user interfaces. Their search page is still pretty perfect.
I forgot my phone today. I don’t know what to do with myself. I think I may cry.
Pay attention, Year 13 Media Students:
This is where we should be with MEST3 New Media work so far…
1. New Media and the Music Industry
How has new technology changed audience behaviour? (due last week)
Referring to four Guardian articles.
2. New Media and the News
What are the advantages and disadvantages of paywall models vs free online news provision? (due this week as a table or as an essay if you’d prefer)
3. New Technology: the launch of the iPad
Textual analysis of the iPad webpage and launch video. Question:
Why has Apple designed the webpage and video the way that it has?
Due next week.
Just heard Diana Vickers’ new single on the radio. She sounds exactly like Ellie Goulding. Only (am I allowed to say this?) …a little bit better.