Storify Article

Hello fellow bloggers! 

I chose to cover my last blog post, the Storify article, on my cousin David. He recently decided to do a solo bike ride across Canada. And now, he is in the best shape of his life while have a life changing experience to thank for that. I wanted you all to hear his story because I feel it is worth being heard. He biked across Canada to help raise funds for Canadian Food for Children. All of the experiences are covered in the Storify article including his blog, the charity, other bikers he met along the way and more!

To see his journey, Click here

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Replies to “Is Traditional News Programming a Thing of the Past?”

To those who commented on my last blog, “Is traditional programming a thing of the past?”, I wanted to thank you for sharing your thoughts with me, it is greatly appreciated.

In my blog, I mention that Twitter may not be as reliable as Journalism for relaying true facts to the public. Alex agrees with that statement, however she mentions that she continues to use twitter to “catch up on whats going on with the world”. I think that is a great point and I feel like she is not alone in this. Many people still use twitter regardless of knowing that it may provide false information. I think this is because people seem to find some value in this false information. Whether it be for joking around or simply just to see what other people around the world are thinking, even if they are wrong.

Faraan mentions that, “reliability will definitely always be an issue in terms of online journalism…this is where consumers need to be conscious of what they read”. I think that really gets to the point of the whole issue. People need to understand that they have to be cautious of the reliability of the information provided on Twitter due to the vast amount of perspectives provided about an issue.

In my opinion, Twitter is more of a gossip forum that anybody and everybody can contribute to. You don’t know what your going to get but you know it will be entertaining. Then there is Journalism, a media form where you receive more reliable information. Yet, the information provided is generally more concentrated on certain topics with specific points of view. So I guess what I’m trying to say is, there are benefits to each form of media it just depends on the information you want. 

 

Thank you for all your comments! You both brought up important points regarding the issue.

Stay healthy San Diego!

 
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Is Traditional News Programming a Thing of the Past?

The internet is forever changing. Any of you who have Facebook would understand this, the amount of times Facebook has updated our profile layout or modified the site is astonishing.  There are new opportunities for users to become producers or “produsers”  through social and media based platforms. Some successful media based programs have threatened more traditional forms of media such as Journalism (Hermida, 2012). As Dahlgren (2012) cleverly mentions in his article, “the tools [on the internet] are more and more effective, less expensive, and easier to use; access and collaboration are increasing, and we are evolving from mostly media consumers to many media producers”. As Facebook and other media based sites such as Twitter, WordPress and Youtube develop further, they tend to adhere to the consumer, which allows for optimal growth of their users. This is beneficial to the user of the media based website and the producer of the site, yet it causes for some concern for non-affiliated media based programs.  

In this day and age, the internet allows a wide array of people to communicate like never before, which has a massive impact. This type of gathering promotes the “wisdom of the many” and is quite empowering, an “average joe” can have their voice heard by many (Dahlgren, 2012). This ability is quite equivocal. It is only human nature to want your voice to be heard. We are naturally social beings, being more actively involved gives us a sense of purpose. Many of us would agree, “voice should be understood as a value to be protected and promoted, a value that pertains to both our humanity and to democracy [and] participation strengthens this value” (Dahlgren, 2012). It is clear that the media producers adhere to one’s “voice”. By using consumer based platforms, media sites have been more successful. 

There are some traditional forms of media that are losing their success as media starts to shift from individual based intelligence, such as Journalism, toward a more collective/collaborative based intelligence, such as Twitter (Hermida, 2012). Journalism prizes itself and establishes it’s jurisdiction based on it’s ability to provide the public with an accurate representation of reality, fairly and honestly (Hermida, 2012). Twitter allows “breaking news” to be collaborated and tested by the community in real-time. This is great for consumers who want to be updated immediately. Journalists have noticed this shift and adapted accordingly, “there are numerous instances in which social media have played a prominent role in reporting of the major news” (Hermida, 2012). It is important to realize that Twitter is not always reliable source of information and consumers need to evaluate the reliability of the information provided, unlike the information provided by Journalists. Even though Journalism has suffered, it is still important in providing the public with information.

Overall, the media based platforms are revolutionary but use them with caution and respect the reliability of the traditional!

 

References

Dahlgren, P. (2012). Reinventing participation: Civic agency and the we environment. Geopolitics, History and International Relations, 4(2), 27-45.

Hermida, A. (2012). Tweets and truth. Journalism Practice, 6(5-6), 659-668.

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Can a person be healthy, yet overweight?

Hello fellow bloggers!

Today I made a podcast on a controversy between whether a person can technically be overweight and healthy. I picked this topic because I feel like it is very important to know the difference between being overweight and healthy. Society has caused us to believe that if a person is overweight they are quickly deemed unhealthy, even if they exercise and  eat healthy. And this topic can also be related to people who are skinny yet unhealthy. They may have the healthy body according to society but if they are out of shape and eat unhealthy foods, they are really not healthy at all. Each person has an ideal body weight where they are most healthy and everybody is different. Society neglects this notion causing healthy overweight people to feel unhealthy and causing skinny unhealthy people to feel healthy. Its all backwards.

To read more, the reference to the article is as follows

Graves, G. (2012, February). Health controversy: Can you be fat and healthy?. Glamour, Retrieved from http://www.glamour.com/health-fitness/2012/02/health-controversy-can-you-be-fat-and-healthy

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I just wanted to reply to those who commented on my last blog, “Recording Companies Versus Consumers”.  All of you highlighted some great points that I was really trying to emphasize so that is great to see!

Faraan makes some very insightful points in his comment. His view on piracy is similar to mine, he views piracy as a form of advertising for artists. Faraan mentions, “people pirating all of this music also may be the biggest supporters of the companies that are trying to sue them for copyright infringement”. This just helps to support the idea that piracy and free music downloads should not be viewed in a negative way! It’s always a bad idea to ‘bite the hand that fed you’. To see more on Faraan’s view on the issue, view his blog post, http://fitforyourmind.wordpress.com/2013/06/20/from-vhs-cds-to-torrents-the-ongoing-problem-record-labels-face/

Alex also highlights many of the major points from my post. I like when she says, “everything nowadays revolves around money and it’s rather unfortunate”. This is so true! We as listeners are not interested in the money that the reporters make, or how financially successful the artists are, only they themselves are the ones that care about that. However, that usually is what the artists and recording companies base most of their decisions on, hence the introduction of piracy. As consumers however, we base our decision on whether or not to buy music on only a couple things. I know for me, I will buy music based on their creativity, their talent and it’s entertainment value. I certainly do not take into account how financially success the artists are, in fact, I will be far more likely to buy the music of a struggling artist rather than a successful one. So it surprises me how recording artists are solely interested in the money that they are making and quite frankly impacting their consumer basetthehealthblog.wordpress.com/2013/06/19/http://tthehealthblog.wordpress.com/2013/06/19/copyright-and-the-music-industry/-and-the-music-industry/of support in a negative way while doing so. To see more of Alex’s view on the issue, view http://tthehealthblog.wordpress.com/2013/06/19/http://tthehealthblog.wordpress.com/2013/06/19/copyright-and-the-music-industry/-and-the-music-industry/  

David asks a posing question, “Being a middle man between artists and fans, the big five might not be that important anymore. Do you think they still serve a valid purpose?”. Don’t get me wrong, I think the big five are still very important in the music industry. They do a very important job of getting the artist out there and doing their part in advertising them to the right type of fans. Artists these days are still very successful even with pirated music being illegal. However, I feel that if pirated music was viewed in a more positive way, the artists can thrive even more than they did before. To see more of David’s view on the issue, view his blog post, http://www.soote.org/newmedialiteracy/slow-and-steady-lose-the-customers/

 

Thank you all for your comments,

Sarah.

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Recording Companies Versus Consumers

How many of you have downloaded music, shows or movies for free? 

As consumers, we have a growing ethical acceptance of free possession of music. The recording industry is trying to prevent this behaviour by enforcing copyright laws on what they perceive to be ‘piracy’, but consumer behaviour is leading to difficulties beyond their control (Condry, 2004). 

The recording industry found great appeal in using the internet to deliver their product (McCourt & Burkart, 2003). For obvious reasons, the internet allowed them to reach countless individuals while eliminating material costs (McCourt & Burkart, 2003). With the ability to access music files on the internet, the development of the MP3 outside of their control, allowed consumers to retrieve free MP3 music files due to the lack of copyright protection (McCourt & Burkart, 2003). This challenged the recording industry, they earn their profits by controlling intellectual property rights of music artists through retail sales and licensing of content for use in other media (McCourt & Burkart, 2003). This lead to lawsuits aimed at consumers who pirated music, in an attempt to protect the property of the artist (Condry, 2004). 

So far, this all makes sense. However, RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) started initiating lawsuits against it’s own consumers in 2003! In 2004, RIAA initiated close to 2000 lawsuits (Condry, 2004). To put this into perspective, intellectual property cases have more than quadrupled in some law firms, intellectual property has become more about the money and less about it’s creativity (McCourt & Burkart, 2003). The RIAA perceives online file-sharing like shoplifting (Condry, 2004). However, it is clear that downloading is different than stealing, if you download a CD from someone, they still have to original copy!

Napster was a file-sharing website for music files which created a community that thrived on music and had a transformative effect on the circulation of music (Bradley, 2006). Napster ceased operations in 2002 due to attacks by recording companies because it challenged their success(McCourt & Burkart, 2003). However, Napster was a great at introducing consumers to new music and was more of a form of free advertising than free music. 

Nowadays, even though there is the possibility that music can be free, many of us, including myself, will often pay for music. Whether it be to support favourite music artists, avoiding inconvenience, or out of fear of copyright infringement (Condry, 2004). 

I think record companies should retract the notion that file-sharing and downloading music is illegal, in some aspects. Users should be allowed to freely download music to sample it. If at any point, those users want to use an artist’s work for commercial use, copyright laws should be enforced. Otherwise, those users can potentially be a form of free advertising if they enjoy the music, and could increase recording companies and artists profit margin by eventually buying CD’s, t-shirts, posters, or going to concerts. 

Thanks for reading! Stay healthy San Diego.

 

References! 🙂

Condry, I. (2004). Cultures of music piracy: An ethnographic comparison of the US and Japan. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 7(3), 343-363.

McCourt T., & Burkart P. (2003). When creators, corporations and consumers collide: Napster and the development of on-line music distribution. Media, Culture & Society, 25(3), 333-350.

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Myths about Fitness and Healthy Eating

Hi all!
The attached video is something that I made in my New media literacy class. It is about some myths in the media today regarding fitness and just a couple pointers for active people and those who are looking to start being active.

They myths that I talk about in the video are: spot reduction, fat burning zones on cardio machines, the idea that protein shakes make you bulk up, no carb diets, stretching before/after a workout.

I created this video on iMovie, it is the first one I’ve ever done! So I hope you enjoy!

Stay healthy San Diego.

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