Application take over

Apps have become so prominent within our culture, with more apps available now than ever before. Each app introduces new updates, new terms and conditions, new regulations, but who really reads them? Not me. Take a moment and think, if you decided to read even just one of your apps terms and conditions, what would you see? Something I bet you wouldn’t like reading, that’s for sure.

Most apps nowadays asks for your current location, to be able to record your phone calls and read your texts at any given moment, without even alerting you. It’s really chilling to think what kind of things they ask for, but even more disturbing that WE agree to them without a second glance.

I lied when I said I didn’t read them, I do glance over them to see what kind of personal identification I will be giving away before I click the download button, luckily for me I don’t feel like I need to hide anything. However, I find it scary when sometimes something I’ve not mentioned before or at least for a while, seems to pop on my feed that same day after having spoken to somebody about it.

Next time you think to download an a new app, just take a second and really think about what you’re agreeing to.



Netflix and Chill

Netflix is a subscription service only made available to an individual who pays for the content to be made available to them. However under the creative copyright act, it allows its users to have this service on up to five multiple devices at any given time.

This is a major advantage Netflix provides its users because it knows full well that this system draws in greater custom for them, as a person does not need to pay for more accounts just to watch a movie or programme on another device elsewhere.

However by Netflix using this system has potentially jeopardized their future as a business, rumour has it that towards the end of this year Netflix will no longer be around as it cannot afford to continue to use this system.

If the company introduced the strict copyright control act it would certainly loose the custom it has gained throughout the years, however this doesn’t necessarily mean it would loose out on money as it would potentially gain cash in other areas, as a new account would need to be paid for from every individual device an account is created on.

Me, Myself and I

I’ve come to realise how visible I actually am online. I have a Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Xbox Live and SoundCloud account. I use each of these social media accounts in different ways.

I will now go into more detail about my Facebook account. I have tried to privatise my account, so that only ‘friends’, and ‘friends’ of ‘friends’ can view my account, and add me as a ‘friend’. You are unable to access any information about myself on my account if you are not my ‘friend’ or a ‘friend’ of a ‘friend’. I do not upload all my details onto Facebook, as I find it is unnecessary for somebody to know them, because if they truly know me they will know that information already.

However I found that after typing my name into Google images, I was the first two images that appeared under my name. Which begs the question, even though I’ve ticked the box indicating no – should my photos be used by Google – where have they gained these images from

This must mean that one of my other accounts privacy settings will need updating for those images to be taken down, as it is clearly not Facebook giving them away.



Android Central

An example of a positive online community which I have found was the website Android Central.

The website is an excellent communal area for anybody with a current issue occurring on their android phone. Any person is able to leave a comment about their current problem, and somebody who has been in the same situation and has found solutions to the problem is eligible to reply to the question in hand, describing exactly what they found worked and what didn’t.

The website has a number of links leading to every android model available, with a number of different questions having been asked and answered already. However, any individual is able to ask a completely new question if they find their problem hasn’t been asked before, giving the website more scope, attracting many people.

A major limitation I found, is that the website is purely for android phones only, therefore limiting the websites reach, dependant upon the type of phone you have, it does not give any advice on iPhone’s, Windows phones or Blackberry’s. It also asks you to sign up to the website before you ask a question, which some people may not want to do, as it involves giving away details they may wish to keep.

Call Of Duty


Source : Call of Duty Website

The Call of Duty (COD) franchise has significantly shaped and resigned its online play, due to the feedback given by its audience after each release. Consider the hit COD4; released back in 2007; compared to the most current game offered by the series now, the level of detail in which the online maps, game modes, weapons, characters, vehicles has drastically changed to keep up with times, technology and its competition.

The audience contribute their thoughts and ideas online via Twitter, Facebook, comments left on the COD website or YouTube videos or the gaming platforms in which the games are released on. All this interaction with the designers directs the way in which the latest game evolves. For example, when the audience asked for playable online female characters after the 2012 release Black Ops 2 hadn’t included them, in 2013 with the release of Ghosts we saw an introduction to female characters.

It’s important that franchises such as COD involves its audience regularly, so that they can steer the latest game in the series accordingly, in order to satisfy the wants and needs of the players. If it wasn’t for the interaction of the audience the franchise may have been swallowed up and forgotten about long ago.

Convergence Culture

Convergence can be known as a top-down corporate-driven process and a bottom-up consumer driven process, this is because as we can see within these two quotes taken from Convergence Culture and Social Media, written by Mark Deuze and published in 2009 it states that convergence is “something that is getting amplified or supercharged by new information technologies” and “that it is the flow of content across different multimedia platforms”, this explains to me that it is the processing of media in anyway, shape or form.

All convergence means then, is to give the mass population exactly what they think they want across multimedia platforms and they will pay up for it, fast.

This can be easily seen in technologies such as mobiles, as phones of today have more processing power than the first computer created; which took up a whole entire room; we can now be connected to the media 24/7 if we desire, right from the palm of our hands. We now live in a time where we hear sayings like “I feel naked without my phone”, implying that within our western culture, people feel bare without be able to access social networking at all times.

Phatic Communion

I feel this journal/article link below is an important aspect of learning for this unit, as it will expand on the knowledge and idea’s that the Network Society and the Media module would like us to gain, and it will help to increase our critical approach to the topic.

The link to the journal/article above has useful information that is relevant to all those who study media in any of its formalities, as it discusses and encourages its readers to think about how to approach new media in terms of social networking, which after all, is what the internet today is mainly used for by the majority of its users.

The article demonstrates how digital media culture and the rise of online networking has increasingly involved the notion of ‘phatic communion’, this means communications which have purely social (networking) and not informational intents behind it.
Blogging and social networking have become part of what is know as socio-cultural trends. Close to 70 million people use Facebook today and with this increasing figure a potential risk of destroying news firms and print media organisations is occurring, as the public will use Facebook and Twitter to find out its information instead, which is free for us to use.