Wholesale News

The Internet has made it possible for individuals to access “real time” events and news.

There are however several pros and cons to the role that the Internet plays in the creation and dissemination of “news”.

The advantages being, that of instantaneous news updates from a variety of sources.  Different interpretations  (free rational democracy ) of an event allow for the emergence of truth. (Libertarian Theory of Press).

This is a privilege not enjoyed by any other media that reports news. The Internet, being a global platform, does not as yet, have a universal “code of conduct”. This makes it possible to attain a degree of freedom that cannot be curbed by political, financial or ethical norms neither by social structures.

However, the factor that gives the Internet most advantage also acts as a hindrance. The freedom to publish without bindings allows for the existence of information that may not be credible.

What use is news if it has no concrete evidence to back it up?!

At this point I thought to look at the definition of news.

Here is what Charles Anderson Dana, an American journalist (1819- 1897) had to say about “news”

“When a dog bites a man that is not news, but when a man bites a dog that is news.”

Most definitions of news agree that it is new, noteworthy information about an important event.

The questions arises again as to what is “noteworthy” and what is “important”?

The world by and large considers political and economic happenings to be important because they affect the structure and functioning of nations.

However, which celebrity slept with whom also makes its way into newspapers.

So seriously…. What is news??

Coming back to credibility, the convergence of portable recording technology (read: mobile devices) and portable communication technology (read: internet and cloud) makes it possible, cheap and instantaneous to stage, create, gather, compile and share “news”.

My research paper, delves into the notion that the “Use of Social Media allows for a better informed population”.

The paper looks at

  1. News creation and gathering.
  2. Dissemination of news.
  3. Credibility and ethics.

 

After compiling my paper, I found that the idea of “better informed population” and “democracy” might just be an illusion. There exist several invisible forces which control the type of news content that is published even on the internet. Truth can still be hidden for the fulfillment of ulterior motives.

REFLECT!

How often have the comments on an article influenced your opinion about the article itself or its topic; even if the comments were made from anonymous people?

 

–          NG

 

 

 

 

Show Time!

While exploring Twitter, I came across the term “Fake Followers”!

Seriosly?! Why?

So I googled the term and the results blew my mind.

Check out this article:

“Fake Twitter followers: An easy game, but not worth the risk”

http://thenextweb.com/twitter/2012/12/15/fake-followers-an-easy-game-but-not-worth-the-risk/

I must be naïve. I am still over the moon with a couple of followers.

A THOUSAND would be awesome… Heck it would mean that I am awesome… right!?

So I checked out who are the people who usually indulge in this farce. Turns out it’s not just wannabes, even celebrities and companies do this to make their brand appear more legit.

Here is a justification:

“Does Twitter following count matter?”

http://www.randmediagroup.com/does-follower-count-matter

Want to know some more ways you can increase followers? WikiHow has the answer

“How to get more followers on Twitter”

http://www.wikihow.com/Get-More-Followers-on-Twitter

As Bugs Bunny would put it

“Thaaaaat’s all folks…”

–          NG

The Laboratory

Every product ever made is created in a laboratory. By laboratory, I mean any space where thoughts, ideas and materials converge to create a product. Earlier this creation took place in a workspace, “ The Lab” so to say. It usually had RESTRICTED access.

The Laboratory is no longer restricted. It is open to all. It is open to you and me. You do not need an id- card to get in, nor do you need permission. You know why? It is because, today, a company needs you to create a better product.

Gone are the days when Steve Jobs and Akio Morita could say that the customer did not know what they wanted until you showed it to them.

Customers are smart and know exactly what they want. The best part is, today’s customer can inform the company of their wants. That’s where Social media comes in.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Welcome to Social Media – The Laboratory.

With the transformation of the Information Society, changes in consumer attitudes have become much faster. Companies need to keep up with ever increasing demands and overwhelming feedback.

A small company can maintain batter face to face communication with clients. However, as it grows, it becomes increasingly difficult to maintain such relations. Social media offers companies a chance to interact with clients, follow discussions and online chatter. Reading between “tweets” makes it possible for companies to weed out problems in their products and meet customer needs. Launching a product is also faster via Social Media.

The flip side is the astronomical competition. Customers are spoiled for choice. What counts is visibility – although this is not a new concept, the number of competitors makes it difficult to make one’s business visible.

A couple of stanzas from Robert Browning’s poem and monologue (1844) by the same name that, for me, emphasizes the current relationship between Social media and Businesses

“Grind away, moisten and mash up thy paste,
Pound at thy powder, — I am not in haste!
Better sit thus, and observe thy strange things,
Than go where men wait me and dance at the King’s.

That in the mortar — you call it a gum?
Ah, the brave tree whence such gold oozings come!
And yonder soft phial, the exquisite blue,
Sure to taste sweetly, — is that poison too?”
Do take a look at this Empirical analysis of internal social media and

product innovation: Focusing on SNS and social capital.

https://www.econstor.eu/dspace/bitstream/10419/52152/1/67248031X.pdf

– NG

Meyer Lane's Short Attention Span Press

  • “Substitute “damn” every time you’re inclined to write “very.” Your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.” Here, Twain offers some advice that can help writers young and old learn to express themselves more clearly. By eliminating unnecessary words, you’ll make your writing more precise and ultimately more effective, even if today we don’t find damn as objectionable as they did in Twain’s time.
  • “Write without pay until somebody offers to pay.” If you’re going to be a writer, your reason for wanting to be a writer should always be because you love it. If you’re in it for the money you might wind up sorely disappointed.
  • “The time to begin writing an article is when you have finished it to your satisfaction. By that time you begin to clearly and logically perceive what it is that you really want to say.” As…

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Like or Yikes!

If you are reading this, I assume you have an account on some social networking site.

Have you ever blundered on the internet? I am sure; we have all had our embarrassing moments online. I want to explore one theory that leads us to post that mortifying image, comment or video – the desire to garner attention.

A lot of individuals and groups have risen to fame, accomplished goals and achieved success using the social media. Yet, an equal if not more, have tried to do the same with little or no success.

Some have even ended up getting into trouble or harming their careers.

Like this woman did on Facebook.

She was ranting about how mean her boss is, quite forgetting that he was on her friend list.

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Coming back to the need for attention, people are willing to do anything for a few …. million views.

The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.” — Oscar Wilde

However, prospective employers do not share Mr. Wilde’s opinion while hiring. Snooping around a potential employee’s online presence is quite the norm these days. In fact, for many jobs, having online presence is a plus. The professional world is still debating the ethics of snooping though.

Read the fierce debate here

http://www.debate.org/opinions/do-prospective-employers-have-the-right-to-poke-around-potential-employees-profiles-on-social-networking-sites

I will not be self righteous and claim that a few likes and responses will not make a difference to me. We all prefer to be accepted, appreciated and acknowledged, so let us not be mean to those who have faked it a bit to get some attention.

Yet , I agree that there exists a thin line between the innovative and the obnoxious.

–          NG

The Speaking Screen!

Twitter, Facebook, Blogs, Digg, Watsapp, Messenger, Google plus, Picasa…. I am exhausted just thinking about them. Each and every one of the above mentioned social platforms is a part of my life.

The magnitude of information that I receive from all these sources is overwhelming. I am hooked and for the life of me I cannot understand why?

I have been sleeping late because I am constantly online, wanting to know the latest updates. I am online last thing before I fall asleep and fist thing in the morning. The addiction has taught me a very very important aspect of social media – the need to be connected. “Connected to what?” I ask myself. My family and friends are right here in front of me. Yet I want to know what’s up with the rest of the world. I like interacting with virtual friends and strangers.

I have learned new social behavior which is probably not even relevant in the real world.

On the flip side, I have learnt self control. The need to stay connected was spinning out of control. I began to be disinterested in the happenings in my immediate surroundings unless I saw a report online. Do I really need to TEXT my door neighbor?

So I have decided to back off a bit. Get in touch with reality again because reality is what creates long lasting content for the virtual world. 

NG

Check out what other people have to say:

http://kylelacy.com/are-you-experiencing-social-media-burnout/

http://www.commonsensemedia.org/research/social-media-social-life

 

Let’s simplify… Student life.

“It’s very simple, you complicated it!”  Everyone who is or was a student has been told this by a parent, mentor or faculty. At some point in our lives, common sense does not seem so common.

You fall in love – rational thinking flies out the window…

You’re in the exam hall with a stats paper in front of you… Rational thinking never made it into the door let alone flying out the window.

While I am writing this, you must be wondering, “Why am I reading this?” or “Is there a point she’s trying to make?”

If any such question comes to your mind, I’ll be able to get my message across to you because that’s what I am trying to get you to do. To QUESTION!

At this moment, you are questioning the use of your time.

When you question, you empower yourself. You enlighten yourself.

As young adults, we are constantly being bombarded with conflicting messages on morality, ethics, behavior, values, career choices….

Then there is the economy, politics, products… the list is endless

So how does one decide?

How do you decide whom to vote for? How do you decide which tooth paste to buy?

Many times people give more thought to the latter.

As an individual, living world connected 24/7, one has to constantly make decisions.

Decision making is a rather daunting task. So, just to make it easier for our selves, let’s simplify and explore the concept of CRITICAL THINKING.

I am sure everyone has heard of the term and are aware of its meaning. Critical thinking is applicable to all the dimensions of our existence. Whether you are a student, teacher, a parent, an employer or employee… whatever you may be or do, following a well thought out “Plan of Action” definitely makes life easier, enjoyable and productive.

Since there are so many areas where critical thinking can be applied but for this post we limit it to academics and the internet.

I am not an expert on the subject and am learning as I go along researching this topic.

Right now, let us take a look at the definition for the term “Critical Thinking”.

Facione, P. defines “critical thinking” as the ability to properly construct and evaluate arguments. (1986, p.222)

Another definition by Robert Ennis states that “critical thinking” is “reasonable, reflective thinking that is focused on deciding what to believe or what to do.”

Our first step will be to isolate a particular issue.

Let us consider “Evaluating the credibility of internet information and sources

One idea central to any thinking process is using the “Five Wives, One Husband” technique.

You pose the questions What, When, Where, Who/m, Why and How to the topic.

So, you have to turn in an assignment on this topic and you decide to use the internet.

This is how the 5W,1H technique can be applied.

  1. WHAT is your topic?

Search for the key word(s) in your topic. We will consider “Credibility of internet information” Here CREDIBILITY is the key word.

You would need to define the term before you move on. Decide the parameters of this term that you want to include.

Eg. Reliable and valid information having research to back up any claims.

You will find a list of sites for this topic.

2. Next question is WHERE should you look?

Wikipedia is useful only to give you an over view of your topic; it will not give you good grades.

So look for sites of educational institutes, research organizations, published journal articles and online books. As you read, you will be in a better position to know where to look.

3. WHO wrote the material?

Tony Buzan writing about Critical Thinking is definitely more reliable than me writing about it. So make it a point to check the credentials and background of the content creator.

4. WHY should you choose credible material?

Researching online will yield a variety of information.

Credible information is believable, ergo; more valuable and more people will be willing to read it.

5. WHEN to stop?

The internet is endless. Remember the key point(s) of your topic and stop the moment you find that the results are widening into other areas of the topic. You will simply waste your time and are less likely to find credible material.

6. HOW to make your content credible?

Include the “credible” sources that you researched. Always remember that books and published material hold more value as credible sources compared to blogs other such sources.

Be sure to include citations of all your references and remember to give credit to someone else’s work.

I think this is enough to begin with. Do comment on this post. Please feel free to share your expertise and experience.

-NG

Check out these links for more information.

http://ctl.utsc.utoronto.ca/twc/sites/default/files/CriticalThinking.pdf

http://education.illinois.edu/wp/credibility/page3.html

http://www.mindmapinspiration.com/problems-are-caused-by-over-thinking/

References:

http://austhink.com/critical/pages/definitions.html

http://www.canberra.edu.au/studyskills/learning/critical

Tales of the Dummling

Bulls eye… 🙂

The First Gate

Many of Grimm’s fairytales begin with three sisters or three brothers who have a critical task to perform.  Invariably, the youngest succeeds.    In her introduction to a story called “The Golden Bird,” Maria Tatar, editor of the recently published bicentennial collection says: “If the female protagonists of fairy tales are often as good as they are beautiful, their male counterparts often appear to be as young and naive as they are stupid.”

“The Golden Bird” illustrates the point.  The youngest son is so hopeless that even his animal guide, a fox, grows frustrated, yet in the end, the boy wins “complete happiness.”

Not all youngest sons are so dense, and sometimes the stories have great depth, like “The Water of Life,” which I discussed here last March (http://wp.me/pYql4-1OC and http://wp.me/pYql4-1Pm).

According to Marie-Louise von Franz, Carl Jung’s closest colleague and author of five books on fairytales, the…

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CLOSURE…

When you realize that a hug you so longed for…. isn’t coming.
The love and admiration … isn’t reciprocated.
The need to see each other… isn’t mutual.
The joy of meeting… is tied to a drink.
When its one sided, but yet .. i guess.. a time comes for one to realize that it was always that way, it still is and always will be.
The entire painful process of finally opening one’s

eyes
to reality, seeing it for what it is… no illusions…. no faint hearted hopes…
And then the simple yet heatbreaking acceptance of truth.
Does it liberate? or does it make you cynical? is the “ego” in the way?
Should one stay or should one leave? or just let it be?
Do they want me around? Was one not good enough? Not appealing enough? Were the words not sugar-coated the way the others say them? Did i lack the special something? Feminity? Did one say it wrong? Push too hard?
Have i done the same to another person?
The sense of loss is dichotomic …. for one’s own sense of balance and self-worth… and for the friends one feels one has lost (or never had?)
CHEERS to trying to let go… hoping one will succeed.
CHEERS to a hope that one will be remembered fondly… not wanting to know if it doesn’t happen.
CHEERS to 12 long memorable years.. for what its worth!
– NG

New Year Resolutions – Change?

On one of these many occasions in recent times, I am again sitting in peace and silence – contemplating my past, present and future.

I know that my life has been rewarding and happy and although I feel restless, I simply attribute it to some or many unfulfilled desires. At this moment, however, I am simply at peace.

After having observed my behavior in recent years, I have resolved to change a few things about myself.

The first is “ to learn to be patient and understanding with myself and those around me.”

The second is “to be silent and listen – instead of being hasty and impulsive”

The third is “ to prioritize”

I am sure that these resolutions will change – maybe become more refined and focused but until then I shall make an effort to change…

NG

What are your New Year resolutions? Do share them …