Researching the Digital
- an old utopian promise
Researching the Digital
Analysis Focuses on the back-end
Technology controls people
We need to tale both sides and combine them because social media is so complex.
Promise of “web 2.0”
Clay Shirky’s Here comes everybody.
Before social media it was every difficult to get communication up of the group and make their voice heard.
The web 1.0 was difficult for every one to be connected.
There is now more access to communication
Blogs Wiki is an example of this utopian ideal
Dad sets up account to document his daughters life.
Google promises you that the web is so stable.
However the web is always changing there is no promise that it will be the same in 10 years time.
We don’t have control of al the web, the sites might change or shut down.
There are limitations
Four assertions that limits this type of analysis
-voluntary user contribution are, indeed expressions of authentic personal opinions with no connection to in
The downsides of web
Crowdsourcing as free labour (e.g Yelp) You add your knowledge but don’t get paid, they still make money off or advertising.
“authentic” participation has hidden goals
“if we take the creation of voluntary communities and the provision of new infrastructures as the twin dimensions of the social web, we can see that the phenomenon as a whole is characterized by two contradictory dynamics
one is decentralized, ad hoc, cheap, easy to use community oriented, and transparent.
The other is centralized, based on long-term planning very expensive, difficult to run, corporate, and opaque.
If the personal blog symbolizes one side, the data centres represents the other.
All the trappings of conventional organisations, their hierarches, formal policies, and o
“thus, there’s a tension at the core of the social web created by the uneasy (miss) match of the commercial interests that rule the back-end and community interests advanced through the front-end. The communities are embedded within privately owned environments so that users, usually unaware of the problem.
The surveillance Economy
Your are the product.
Facebook can sell your information.
“every activity online generates a trace that can be gathered and compiled, and companies go to great length making money
Real time tracking is a new form of power
Should it remain in private hands?
“Code is Law” (Lawrence Lesig)
In this new age to collaboration, there is issue of copyright brought about. We are encouraged to share information, but sometime you might want to share things which are copyright protected. Sharing only goes so far, but as soon as you encroach on the intellectuality you are told no.
Front end, we are told to share
Back –end code prevents copyright, we are punished for sharing
Neither utopia nor dystopia in web or social media, you need to focus on both the front end and the back end of social media.
More access to the back end of social media
“we must own the goddam server”
As part of our behind the scenes video, we have been given the task to make a vlog, talking about our experiences with social media and being a media student in general.
In the vlog I made I talk about the types of social media outlets which I use, along with some issues with social media. For example terms and conditions which contain wording which might have some ethical issues. For example Facebook messenger’s terms and conditions state that they can access your camera on your phone without your knowledge. I find this slightly intimidating because it suggests that technology has the power not us as the consumers.
There have also been issues with people using either a handle or their own name which are similar to a companies name. At which point the companies do try to stop people from using their names online because they are worried that they might loose out on potential clients. For example Tumbler removed links to a woman’s account and move her posts due to a company having the same name as her handle.
This made me think about what about my name. There have been lost of time when I’ve been trying to make a profile on a social media site and found that in stead of Emma Lawson as my user name I’ve had to have ELLawson, or some other version of my name. Also as part of my photography module we are told to make a separate blog for our photos, however I found that there was already a blog called Emma Lawson’s Photography. Although I am not a company and don’t at all suggest that I’m a professional by any stretch of the imagination. They might at some point find my blog and decide that I’m encroaching upon their company and try to stop me from posting photos. It’s a little scary.