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, http://articles.cnn.com/2011-10-06/opinion/opinion_apple-logo_1_apple-logo-apple-employee-alan-turing?_s=PM:OPINION (accessed on: 3/8/2012)