Three points from week two

This weeks post I am going to quickly reflect and expand on three different points from this week, one from the lecture, one from the seminar and another from the reading.

Real time: allowing communication to be published as it happens. One of the most prominent (and most tweeted about with hashtag digc202) examples is the 2012 Olympics. A lot of complaints have been made about the Channel Nine coverage of the Olympic games, and so this is where we should be thanking real time coverage. These Olympics have been dubbed the first ‘Social Media Games’, as the internet is full of in-the-moment posts by spectators, and Olympians themselves, at the games. With real time, we don’t need to have Foxtel, or hope that Channel Nine is covering a particular sport, we do not even have to ‘Google’ for results. Open up your twitter up and chances are the results, along with pictures and comments, will be there.

One of the readings this week, Four Puzzles from Cyberspace, touched on ‘regulability’, the ability government’s have to control peoples behaviour. The reading says that regulability is based on code, and in some places the code written to regulate is more strong, and other places it is more weak. With the world population at around 7 billion people, I wonder what the official population of online avatars is…? As networks continue to grow and online users expand, will code need to be written that controls more sector of the internet? Does there need to be the same regulation on the virtual economy as there is on the actual economy? And there is also the question of who controls what. In online avatar game Second Life, there were communities created for adult avatars to commit pedophilic acts to children avatars. For circumstances like this, who controls what happens, and should there be a punishment to the people controlling the avatars?

The final thing is from the lecture; it has stuck with this week and now pops to mind whenever I use my mac book, is how the Apple logo ‘apparently’ came to be. It got me thinking about what the logo would be if Alan Turing (father of modern computing) had not died in the circumstances that he reportedly did… or imagine what developments technology may have made if he and his knowledge were around longer…

On further research of this urban legend, I found a quote by Rob Janoff (referenced below), the man who drew the Apple logo, saying “I’m afraid it didn’t have a thing to do with it”.


Thanks for reading!


Frith, Holden, October 6 2011, CNN Opinion, (accessed on: 3/8/2012)


16 thoughts on “Three points from week two

  1. This is a great summary of the Lecture, Seminars and the readings.. Probably the best one i’ve read yet. I like how you mentioned real time and compared it with the complaints that have been made to channel 9 about their coverage of the olympics, it really puts things in perspective. I also like how you also were amazed about how the development of apple logo. I am also an mac user, and I find it hard to look at the logo the same way i used too great work 🙂

  2. In viewing many other blog posts about week two, your one is really interesting and simple to read. In identifying three key aspects of the ‘Four puzzles of cyberspace’ and the incorporating aspects from the lecture, you gave a brief description of the key terms such as regulability and were able to support this with contemporary and relevant examples such as the Olympics. I have also wondered if Alan turing was still alive whether new developments would be seen. After reading an autobiography of Apple founder Steve Jobs and what developments he would continue to make at Apple as they are at the forefront of innovation. It is very interesting to think on what could have been and what not!!…

  3. …the question of who controls what?

    The legal implications of the internet’s rapid development are rendered even more complex by specific features of its relationship to existing laws, regulatory frameworks, and the ideas that underpin them. Because the internet is intangible, geographically free and continuously changing (real-time coverage of news and events) it makes networked information unique, non-transparent, and, for example, content can be hidden and changed in the click of a button.

    Those EXTREMELY computer literate individuals’ who understand computing systems and network infrastructures have the ability to manipulate and make use of algorithms and data that can bypass laws and policy. These people are the ones who hold the power and control the Internet.

    In relation to the Second Life reference, as an online community the users’ are inevitably faced with ‘online indecency’ and security issues including: cybercrime, cyber fraud (the game allows monetary agreements to occur), online harassment, hacking, and identify theft to name a few. This form of communication certainly allows for anonymity, making it very hard to track back to an original source, and evidence of indecent acts- like paedophilia- is frustratingly left unresolved.

  4. Hey, I really liked your post. The points you made about the Olympics were interesting. It’s true that there is 24/7 coverage of the Olympic Games provided in an unofficial fashion by Twitter. The great thing about this is that the Olympics is about bringing together athletes from all over the world- and Twitter seems to bring together people from all over the world with a platform that provides for discussion about Olympic events etc. between people from everywhere. So when we are in our living rooms watching the Olympic Games, we can simultaneously participate in a global dialogue about the events unfolding on our screen… it’s kind of like having the whole world in your living room watching the Games with you in a way…!

  5. This is a great post that reflects on current experiences. The other day I tweeted about how twitter was crashing the olympics, and it was related to how so many people were tweeting scores and support that it actually interfered the commentators communications making them lag against the actual real-time action and results. I don’t think anyone really knew just how much of an effect social media was going to have on the olympic games. From the influx of support to the trouble olympians are getting into and the complaints to channel 9. Viewers across the globe are given the power from a mobile phone and can interact with the action. In post event interviews olympians talk about how much that support has meant to them and I don’t think past olympics would have been so personal.

  6. I really liked how you touched upon regulation in the network – it brought up some interesting points about who we should look to, to regulate these online spaces. Is it upon self regulation of the individual or of the site? Or should there be a higher regulatory body overseeing online behaviour? (lets hope not…) Anyway, awesome easy to understand blog post!

  7. Tash I really liked how you summarised what you learnt from your seminar, lecture and the reading. The example you used about the ‘social media games’ was a great choice for this topic! I couldn’t find anything supporting the poison apple either :/
    Good job 🙂

  8. Great post Natasha, I like it how you brought together the three points from the week – an idea worth emulating. As for the Apple logo, check out the original logo Wozniak and Jobs decided on – it was a direct reference to Isaac Newton’s famous ‘apple moment’. Jobs later dropped it because it was too complex to function as a logo. The link with Turing’s apple is, no matter how vehemently denied, too obvious a reference not to have been picked on purpose.

    • Hi Ted, thanks!
      I did come across that original logo as I was researching, and good thing they dropped it. I guess that is true, they can deny it but the link between the two has to be there.

  9. Your point about regulations clearly exposes how vulnerable people can fall victim to situations that are illegal in real life and also how people can create parallel characters online and perform virtual actions that are illegal for their own satisfaction and get away with it.
    Your point has shown how complex the regulation of online behaviour is and how difficult it can become to enforced regulations.

    A thought provoking post.

  10. The Olympic coverage thing is SOOOO true! EVERY time I logon to twitter, someone is criticising or praising an olympian.. I swear Samuel L. Jackson has glued his television to his forehead, because that is all I see on my newsfeed. But that’s off topic. I don’t even want to think about how many avatars there are out there. There are probably more than the population itself if not double the numebr! And the scary thing is, is that not everybody has the internet or is able to connect to social networks, so people are going crazy with making themselves online identities!

    I liked your picture and enjoyed reading your post: clear and concise 🙂

  11. I like how you bring up Second Life. There was a major expose on the exact issue you have discussed in I don’t know when past. XD And it is a valid issue of who should mediate such actions. The interesting point always comes back to the gatekeepers or no gatekeepers debate and whether the internet should even be regulated or not.

    As the internet becomes more and more a part of everyone’s ‘real’ or ‘flesh’ selves there comes many prudent questions that need to be answered. The fact that you are thinking the very same things is but a glimmer of hope for the future. If enough people ask and work towards an answer then the internet might become less of a chaotic place. The real question is, what do we do about it? 🙂

  12. Great post!! You have really summarised the whole week in this one post!! The point you have made on social media and real time coverage is so very true. The fact of the matter is that these days you don’t need to wait until the 6 o’clock news or for the newspaper to released as all the most current information is found on the web. Social media has given everyday people a platform whereby they are able to report on current events as they happen. If you think about any event that has happened in the past few years, it can be seen that social media is the platform whereby people are kept most informed.

    In regards to the online avatars, i find it extremely scary that people can create false identities online. I would be particularly interested in finding out the way in which these platforms can be regulated so as to minimise the prevalence of these false accounts.

  13. I like your example of how the real time has changed the way we understand communication and access information.

    I think it will be interesting to see how traditional media forms will be able to compete with this. Why would I watch repeats of swimming all day on Channel 9 when Twitter acts as a live feed to events that aren’t even aired on free to air tv at all?

    Also, I find it surprising that Twitter hasn’t taken off in Australia the same way that Facebook has. It seems to harness that real time nature of the internet much more effectively.

  14. this post pretty much sums up my thoughts about the Olympics, channel nines coverage isn’t up to scratch…. i remember one person posting on the channel nine Facebook page with over 130 thousand likes, posting his outrage of the swimming being replayed over and over without displaying any other sports on at that particular time. I have often turned to streaming the Olympic games online, (i had to watch table tennis), meanwhile on channel nine, their showing horses run around aimlessly in a square. Surely through the different types of platforms of social media the problem has been seen by channel nine – are they doing anything about it or just ignoring it?

    As you said you can easily follow twitter for updates on the Olympic games – but i guess its nothing like watching it actually happen.

  15. This is such a great post! I love how you’ve including the Olympics as your example it’s such a good and current event to use. I’ve read a lot of the posts your talking about on social media sites about the coverage of the Olympics in my opinion they’re complaining about nothing obviously the one channel can’t cover every event. On your point about ‘regulability’ that’s a really good point the government can’t possibly control every aspect of the internet even though they probably want to. Codes only go so far as to limit people from downloading illegally etc.

    Thanks for a great post,

    p.s sorry for being the 16th person to comment on this post 😛

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