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There is no orginal storylines, someone once said that there are 6  story lines which every story is taken from. That plots are either mixed around and the small details such as location, gender and background story is changed. shakesphere being one of the oldest and famous story tellers.

during the lecture, it was discussed how that the virtual world had so much potential that even coventry university had invested in it. which i thought was a pretty good idea as the virtual worlds are becoming more popular and a new way to communicate with people which people are using at the moment. Although during the lecture it was stated that people in the worlds make their avatar look more like models than the actual indivduals, that there are no old people. no fat people. no short people and that the skys are always blue. However, as i have used the website before i did not think that this was the case. i felt that for most people it was a chance for them to express their imagination and creativeness and i would see more indvidual crazy avatars than the typical model human which was incinuated in the lecture. I think that virtual worlds are pretty intresting as it is a gloabal place where you get to learn new things from people all over the world and that i reckon it has so much more potential than it is showing now,although it is a very popular place and people are making  real money from it. There is more things that could be devloped, like educational factors and if it was indroducted or mixed with a simlar idea as facebook, it could be a popular way for people to interact.

It is an intresting topic, as there are so many directions that i can speak about, although the one that strikes my attention the most is, that people are making real money from nothing. That people can earning their whole years salary by dealing with secound life. There are websites that deal with the exchange of real money for the secound life currency of Lindens. The people that run this site can earn alot of money from doing this.

when looking at the diffrences between web 1.0 and web 2.0

 

  1. Web 1.0 was about reading, Web 2.0 is about writing
  2. Web 1.0 was about companies, Web 2.0 is about communities
  3. Web 1.0 was about client-server, Web 2.0 is about peer to peer
  4. Web 1.0 was about HTML, Web 2.0 is about XML
  5. Web 1.0 was about home pages, Web 2.0 is about blogs
  6. Web 1.0 was about portals, Web 2.0 is about RSS
  7. Web 1.0 was about taxonomy, Web 2.0 is about tags
  8. Web 1.0 was about wires, Web 2.0 is about wireless
  9. Web 1.0 was about owning, Web 2.0 is about sharing
  10. Web 1.0 was about Netscape, Web 2.0 is about Google
  11. Web 1.0 was about web forms, Web 2.0 is about web applications
  12. Web 1.0 was about screen scraping, Web 2.0 is about APIs
  13. Web 1.0 was about dialup, Web 2.0 is about broadband
  14. Web 1.0 was about hardware costs, Web 2.0 is about bandwidth costs

i think its has shown how much it has vastly changed, and that how the internet is not a fixed object and isnt about the technology, its about the people who use the technology. It its a very vaired and open space that is used and has so much potential which is still being shown today. with such applications as facebook which is more dominated by the users thoughts than the creators thoughts. how a whole websites material is made from its users and not the website itself. it is really intresting to see how it is people who make the internet, the internet doesnt make us.

This was one of the hardest outta all of the artifacts to make, i understood the main premise of how flash worked through the layers and the keyframes and how that connected with each other, however i found it every difficult to grasp the slide show part which is what our artfact was about. i tryed to do the slide show, but found it quite hard. so i made the slide show with the buttons in a diffrent way although it was still effective. I think that i would need to have a few more lessons on it as i found it harder to understand and maybe look at a few more onnline tutorials on how to do it. although i found it hard, at the same time, i thought it was intresting and could be very useful, so i would liek to have more knowelege in this area.

in the lecture, it asked to answer some of the questions. so i thought i would take the oppotuinity to do so.

Ask yourselves some questions:

  • Do you think about the identifiable trail that you leave whilst using networks?

yeah, i know that when using a computer that everything is recorded and that it is unavoidable on some computer to be able to earse this history. but i am unsure that the reason behind this was for the users convience or because there is another motive…

  • Do you worry about being tracked by your online activity?

i dont worry about my online activity as, everything that i do online is open to the public, such as Facebook and myspace. The only other websites that i use are Google and Perezhilton. i feel that it has its advantages that it can track people who are doing illegal things and can do alot of good, although, the disadvatage is that it could catch people who are sharing music.

  • Do you worry about being tracked in the real world?

yeah i do feel that it is an invasion of privacy and that people should have the freedom to do as they wish. i feel that if the techonolgy that has that capabilities was put into the wrong hands then yeah it could be a potenial problem for people, as their safety may be at risk. if it has come to the fact that everyone is being modirated in the real world. i feel that the quote about The Panopticon  by Jeremy Bentham could  be more of a reality than we care to belive .

  • Has your picture been taken by a government body?

i think that everyone in the Uk has apart from Passport and Driving liscence. pictures that are taken without our knoweledge is more common than we belive,it is said that in London, your face can be captured around 200 times a day, and considering that a vast majority of people have visited London, i would say yes. and most of the population themselves have with out our knowledge.

  • What information do you place online?

The information that i place online, is a lot, i place all my personal details from name address and credit details from websites such as EBay, where i have to submitt those details to gain an account. To pictures and friends that are connected with me by using Facebook and other such social networking sites. Through the use of my bank, my banks details and amount that i own are avilable. Videos that i have submitted into youtube. every kind of information that i could give, is online.

overall i really enjoyed the dreamweaver part of the course as i love design, like designing the layout of the page and how the website would intially work! however there was not much design needed for it, and also i found it hard to convey the ideas that i had for the intial design of the page as i did not have a sufficient knowlegde to be able to show it, although with what i knew, i felt that i could give a nice look to the Homepage, simple but effective.

When usein dreamweaver, i found it very complex, and even though i could complete the task that was given to me, i felt that i would like to have more knowledge of it. When using it, there were a few issues that kept happening but then i found that through trial and error that i could fix these issues and gain more understand of the program. Although i did have some issues on the understand of Divs tags, but through further inspection i feel that i could understand it.

i found the whole HTML lessons very useful, as the internet is becoming a growning industry on the distruption of media, i feel that in the future it will grow and grow, as tv will go down and that  this knowledge will become very useful. i feel that i would like to know more about this area as i found it intresting.

A Little History of the World Wide Web From the world wide web consortium.

i thought it was really intresting to see how the internet had come from a non comerical background of the army and the use of education, that orginally it had not been made for money, but for the pure use of connecting and networking for data. That it was only later on during it development that people saw its potential. These days, companys make things for people because they think people want them or sell it to people that the idea that they actulley need them, but the best ideas actulley come from the pure need of actulley needing something. It shows that real ideas and orginallity come from the small people, not the big corporations. it shows how the delvopment of a simple idea can turn into a global money making industry, and by looking through the history of the internet is showing how that devlopment happens, which is intresting in itself.

it is intresting to see how fast the internet became popular once it was first indrouduced and it seamsly fitted into our lifes without any big change and slowly took over more and more aspects of our lives. it started with websites and email and now people can do almost everything on there, to banking to their daily food shopping.The changes that happens are gradual to an extent but are quickly picked up by everyone. so it will be intresting to see what other changes will happen, what more the internet has to offer us.

when reading the article of the decline of record sales (http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/15137581/the_record_industrys_decline/print)

it wasnt really much of a surprise to me as these kind of articles and storys are becoming more and more common due to the internet and downloading of music, records are becoming almost obsilite with only a few buying them. from my own experience, the only record that i own, are the ones that i bought as a child, when the possibilties of downloading was just an option, or the ones that i have received as gifts. all the music that i purchurse, is online from Itunes, or ones that friends have sent me. The only times, i have the need of a CD is for my car,but the use of burning music onto a CD, means that going to buy music from a music store is not nessercery for me. i think this is also a simalar story for other people of my generation. i think the majority of CD sales are from the older generation who have little knowledge of downloading music. There is now only one main retailer of music in the UK, as Zavvi has now closed down,leaving it with no competetion. although some people are shocked that the sale of CD has decreased, it is a old story, as the same thing happened when the CD was created, as the sale of vinyls descreased and are now only sold in independant music stalls of specialist places.  This is a common trend in our generation due to the ever growing advance in media and techinology, that things keep on evovleing and when new medias are created with more advantages, its leaves the old ones behind, obserlite.

so now that it seem that the CD is no longer a growing industry, other companys are now trying to get a piece of the downloading bandwagon. The main seller of legal music is Itunes, made by appple, although other companys have their own downloading music service, itunes is by far the most popular due to having the media players that are compatable with it. now companys are trying to get an edge over Itunes like Universal music. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/2007/oct/14/universalmusictakesonitune)

during the lecture, we were breifly shown some of the best visualtions projects, but one that caught my eye was wordle…

Wordle

i really liked what i saw in the lecture as  i thought was a really cute idea. wordle is where it shows a peices of writing, such as a paragraph, but takes the words from the writing and represents it as words of diffrent sizes and at diffrent angles depending on the frequencey of the use of the word within the piece of writing. it was created by Jonathan Feinberg. i decided to make one using the text from one of my blogs named ‘Happy Designs’.

 wordle1

 

looking at what the wordle created after looking at my blog text, i feel that it did pick up some of the key words of the text and represented it very well for a visual form, as most visual representations are taken from images rather than the use of words, i think it is effective as the use of just words and no images is not used well or effectivly as wordle has managed to do. it picked up the words ‘message’ ‘provoking’ and ‘life’ which was what the happy designs was about. and puts the blog into another context which is nice to see.

Britain From Above

another one that was mentioned in the lecture was the Britain From Above. one of the reason that i liked this one was that it was visually pretty as well as informational, it also was a really great way to put the data from the uk into a easy way to show, it was intresting to see the vast volume of movement within the UK alone  daily!

The video that really intrested me was about the amount of telephone calls within the Uk and also the path that they took.

i felt that it sumed up how much data has managed to let the communications of people grow so much, not just within it own country but all over the world. The technology of networking of optic fibres has done so much for the world.

during the lecture, we were shown some of the work of Chris Jordan who uses still images to visualise aspects of consumption with the US. The way he uses his images to show the statistics of consumption are very strong images and convey what he is trying to show really well. one of the images that i felt was really good in particular is the one with the plastics cups. where it represents the one million plastic cups, the number used on airline flights in the US every six hours. which is a staggering amount and is powerful as it shows how much waste that we accumilate over such a small amount of time for something that is so unnesscery.

 

The way that he has depicticed to show this is very powerful and effective. using such a simple idea, is effective and easy for people to understand and shows there is no hidden meaning, it is loud and clear what he is trying to convey . although at first it is unclear from a distance, what the picture are showing, until you look closer and you can see what they are.