Online Resources: Ofcom

There are a series of resources available online for media students to locate and utilize to their advantage. One resource in particularly is Ofcom, a well-established and reputable communication regulator in the UK. Their job entails in ensuring that the public receives the best possible services in term of communication but also by protecting the public from any scams and sharp practices. What more, they are also responsible for enforcing regulatory rules for many various media sector, except for newspapers and magazines.

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Now, you’re probably wondering why is this communication regulator site is considered as a useful resource for students to use in this module. Well beside for their regulatory responsibility, Ofcom also provides the latest news release, updates on changes in media spectrum such as the announcement of new appointed Chairman at a particularly media channel, speeches made by Ofcom’s panels, and facts and figures. What’s more, Ofcom also publishes a range of media based policies and research documents and release annual reports. All these information and data are valuable to us media students as it assist us in researching and development our paper.  Also, as it is an academic paper, providing accurate evidence from a well-known source produce even stronger paper.

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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.

http://con.sagepub.com/content/14/4/387.full.pdf+html

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.

Stat…ista?

Whilst conducting research for my media and society essay, I was experiencing great difficulty trying to find data about the UK version of Netflix. Many of the articles from the likes of the Guardian and the Telegraph did not report data appropriate to my essay. I then stumbled across the site statista; simply typing in Netflix in to the search bar displayed 279 statistics in a matter of seconds.

The site contains over a million statistics and contains statistics on over 80,000 topics from over 18,000 sources. It displays statistics in easy to understand charts and allows you to download the data in various different formats including .png (Portable Network Graphics), .xls (Microsoft Excel), .ppt (Microsoft PowerPoint) and .pdf (Portable Document Format).

Despite all it’s data, useful features and being used by the likes of ‘consultant firms, media agencies and marketing departments’, the site is unknown to the majority of the public and is only the 3,978th most visited site globally.

 

News republic – all views covered

News-republicNowadays people are inundated with all kinds of information and news throughout their daily routine. It’s scientifically proven that most of it we can’t even bother to remember. However, we all know that Media students and people who want to work in the field not only do have to pay attention to what’s going on but also to be able to critically analyse it. So reading the news and being able to develop a critical angle is essential.

In my opinion, News Republic is a really useful app for Media students as it has news from wide variety of sources gathered at one place. The Guardian, for instance, is a left-wing paper and The Daily Telegraph is a right-wing one but via News Republic a person can easily spot how the same news are presented by newspapers with a different stance.

It makes the comparison between opposing points of view significantly easier as we do not need to look for the webpages themselves. All the things that are on the news agenda and students need to know are now at the end of their fingertips. “It’s time for a thousands of news perspectives – global, credible, personalised.”

J’adore JSTOR

JSTOR is a digital library,  which you openly provides hundreds of academic books, journals, and resources, ready at your finger tips. Recently only being shown the site myself, I have found it to be extremely useful, as not online does it contain books but also, primary sources, and current issues of journals.

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As JSTOR is used by so many prestigious publishers and universities across the country, there is some stigma surrounding it, with individuals under the impression it is for more ‘academic’ subjects. However, by merely typing in the specific word or subject into the search engine; it provides you with huge amount of books, which can be extremely useful for evidence in essays or general readings.  Including academic sources on network society and the media. I find JSOR a great representation of how far our society has come in a positive way, at points we focus and use the advancements in media in a negative manner. However, the growth of JSTOR now in more than 160 countries has allows us to use information for around the word that can better our education, not just in assignments but also daily readings. We no longer have a limit on our research, no matter our subject.

Though you do need to subscribe to ‘MyJSTOR’ for it to save the readings you have looked at, it is freely available to the public to use, and costs nothing. Below I have shown the process of how easy it is to use, by typing in my subject and its results:

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Therefore I full recommend anyone to use JSTOR, as when faced with an essay which your library may not have many academic sources on the subject at hand; JSTOR is completely reliable, and you do not have to search for hours.

TED Talks

TED-TalksTed talks are a way of learning about innovative ideas that the pioneers in a field are discussing.

Ted Talks are a smart way to talk about the media and the way we all communicate. There is a playlist on Ted.com called our digital lives. This playlist talks about people and how they are more focused on the things we put up online rather than the social interaction we should have as people. The TED talk I’ve chosen is about blogs, online media and people given a voice without getting paid. The internet we are on, and the internet we have become attached to is making us decentralised. As a journalism student i know that this is true, many journalists work as freelancers. This means, they are not getting paid to report, blog or even tweet news. James Surowiecki being a freelance journalist himself knows that social media is an essential part for online journalism but can also be a massive disadvantage as there is a higher chance of fake stories.

One of the best parts of the talk, and the part that i connected with the most was the quote below:

One of the fundamental characteristics of a network is that, once you are linked in the network, the network starts to shape your views and starts to shape your interactions with everybody else.

In a networking society, there is a lack of individualism. When everybody is going one way, we as humans are inclined to do the same.

This American Life

This American Life is brilliant podcast series – mother behind the Serial podcasts. In particular, I think this 2015 episode containing a feature from the writer Lindy West – If You Don’t Have Anything Nice To Say, SAY IT ALL IN CAPS – about her experience of online trolls is really good: interesting, and also relevant to the course in that it explores the relationship between digital social media and the anonymity it allows. You can listen to it here, or see the transcript of the podcast here. But it’s worth listening to This American Life anyway – the writers are great story tellers, and Ira Glass is a fantastic broadcaster.

I think it’s also worth pointing out, on a far broader scale; how interesting podcasts can be a media platform.logo-v5 Of course there are comedy and entertainment podcasts; but something like This American Life, while it is entertaining, I would suggest is better categorised as journalism. And this is another aspect of radio journalism and audio radio in general having to compete with such a bigger market now – perhaps this is why the BBC Radio stations also promote podcast versions of shows, to reclaim listeners lost to podcasts. Much like the statistics that say the majority of radio broadcasting listened to by young people is listened to online (both live and after broadcast); podcasts give stations another chance to gain figures.