Tuesday, May 11, 2010

My Presentation

I would like to say that I was so nervous as always when I have to give a speech. I always forget what to say and stutter. My presentation was about new media and sport. I categorized it into three groups: English premier league, National hockey league and video games/ youth. I gave some example of how new media helps sport grown. Moreover, I talked about the connection between sport and social networking and the effect of children on sport. I gave some positive and negative aspect of new media. As a positive side, I spoke about video game called Wii which is very popular among people because it is not a typical game where people are sitting at the computer but actually have to move while they are playing.

About somebody else’s presentation

I enjoyed everybody’s presentations. It was very interesting to listening to others about so many different topics. I really like Steven’s presentation because it was about sport. I really like sport and also play soccer. Moreover, my presentation was about the impact of new media on sport and youth. He described each sport in the US. He categorized them and gave us examples of each type how the new media gets connected to them. I am really fan of ice hockey and soccer which is not as popular here as in Europe. I liked when he talked more about typical sports in US such as Baseball, American football and basketball. That was more enjoyable for me because I could learn more about typical American sports. He showed us some funny videos, for example how hockey player named Sidney Crosby sleeps with the Stanley Cup. That’s the trophy that is given to team who wins the National Hockey League.
Overall, all presentations were great.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The next new thing

I believe that cable companies will come up with the internet through TV. We won’t need personal computers at home because everything will be connected to TV. These days, cable TV is slow and it stops at all the time. We wouldn’t need a cable box because all channels would be on the internet and also we would be able to watch any channel from all over the world. And also TV would be used as a computer at home.
Video calling is the other technology will be presented and used in full dimension. Now, some mobile devices are able to do so, however the network is not able to hold so much signal to do so. We can talk, or chat on Skype or on other site networking but we cannot see each other on 3G networking. Again, new iPhone is promising a front camera to video record, but the question is, if it is going to be possible on 3G or new coming network 4G.

Privacy and confidentiality

I think that privacy and confidentiality are really issue in connection with new media. On these such a popular networking sites, people peacefully show their personal information, not knowing that other can use it for their goods, for instance, their birth of day, address or other private information. We don’t usually realize that this information can be used for bad use for others. Hackers collect this private information to use it for making a profit for them. The other thing is that hackers are trying to steal our identity, so they are able to buy things on our credit card. The identity can be stolen through internet or database of credit cards.
There was a case where a father was saving money to take his family on vacation. He decided to buy a vacation online. He went through many steps and then in the end when he gave his personal information (credit card, address), the web site didn’t give any confirmation of payment. Moreover, He called police and they didn’t know what to do because there is no way to trace those people down. This is still open case. This happened in Czech Republic.
People should be more aware of the fact that there are many people who is trying to make money of other people. And also think twice before they sign up for any unknown website.
I would conclude that new media makes lot things easier for us; however, people have to be more careful of what they are doing on the internet.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Advice to Baruch College

I would improve the blackboard. It doesn’t really work as I would expect it. It doesn’t let you sing in so many times due to the connection error. And also, I would make blackboard more friendly user, so anybody could customize their page. The other concern is with the wireless at the campus. In some classes, the signal is so low that it is not possible to stay online. I would build a new wireless signal in the building because the recent one seems to be old. More, if you are in the library, sometimes, you have the signal but it takes forever to load the page. I would create something like wiki or blog, so every student can be more involved with other students.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Our Class Wiki - So Far

I have chosen to contribute in sport section. I haven’t done so many articles yet. I have been browsing on Wiki, so I will get more familiar with it. I have created a page called “ice hockey” and contribute about Olympic Games in Vancouver that finished about a mount ago. Mostly, I have been reading others papers to know what I will post or edit on someone pages. I will work on page “ice hockey” because there is nothing written before me. I would like others who are interested in hockey to contribute on this page.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Modeling Reality with Virtual Worlds

Second live is very popular these days for many people. I believe that people like to be or live on second live because there is no limitation. People can be whoever they wish to be or they can’t be in their real lives. That’s what I am assuming because I am not really big fun of second live.

Second live can be used for recruiting for employment or any meeting within the company, as we discussed it in the class. These are positive aspects of second live. For instance, somebody has a low self-esteem, and by having virtual second live, can build or boost it. Individual meets with other peers and communicate, however it is missing the emotional side. Moreover, I think that it should be viewed as funny socializing activity.

I must say that I see much more negative sides of it. People spend so much time that they don’t even know what real live is. It is also time consuming. For example, like the article mentions, it sounds little weird to me that people go to the club on second live instead of going there in their real present time. However, it can be fun for sometime.

I don’t want to offend anyone, but people who are close to be addicted to it are lacking social skills that are looking for in front of the screen.