Archive for February, 2012

Cowboys and Indians

Reading week has come and gone, and so too has the deadline to publish/submit a video documentary for this class. If you are interested in seeing the one I completed with my partner feel free to click here.

Now the problem that I am going to have in writing this week’s blog is that I skipped Friday’s lecture to finish editing and re-shooting some of the video so I do not really know what Dr. Strangelove talked about for the hour and a half that I was meant to be in class. Tuesday’s class seems like ages ago because Reading week tends to have that effect on students… So I don’t really have much to write about.

I remember Strangelove lecturing about how certain television networks lobbying to have internet service providers (ISPs) to be regulated and taxed similarly to television networks such as NBC, ABC and CBC. One of the readings Strangelove posted on his blog was about this, it was posted a few weeks ago, I read it via my iPhone and now I am having trouble finding the link on my laptop, when I do find the link I will post it.

making a note-to-self

Anyways the lobbying thus far has been unsuccessful according to both the reading and Strangelove, but some day who knows what could happen. I can understand why the networks would want the ISPs to be regulated the same way the networks are, but at the same time it’s kind of like regulating the people selling Televisions because they are hooked up to cable and satellite supplies. The companies providing the internet service should not be regulated because they sell a product that can be used to view Television and Movies.

this is what a Television looks like, for those of you reading this and wondering

If there was to be some form of regulation I suppose the best way to go about doing it would be on a website to website basis. However obviously this would never work because websites can just be shut down and moved to other places, as seen recently with the government ‘intervention’ in MegaUpload. The American government decided to close the Mega websites, and yet, I and countless others still had no problem finding TV and movies to watch on the internet.

Tell it again

The point is that the internet has gotten to the point that it’s too big to fail, or be stopped for that matter. The regulation of the internet can only result in hopeless amounts of money being spent on a lost cause. The internet is the wild west, and cowboys do not appreciate rules and regulations. as shown in the closing video:

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peaceful warfare

I (@bfrizell)  have survived my week without Twitter! It’s a miracle. honestly it was not nearly as hard as I expected. I went through minor withdrawals and some of my friends got a little upset with me for texting them a lot more this week. Apart from that though it really wasn’t very difficult. I just had to tell myself when I thought of something I would typically Tweet, not to reach for my phone because there was no way for me to access my Twitter account.

this dog in a trench coat really helped get me through the hard times

However now that I am back on Twitter it feels great, I’m not going to lie, I really do enjoy reading other peoples random and typically useless thoughts, as well as contributing my own.

Anyways enough about my Twitter addiction; for now. This week in class Strangelove talked about how Google and Apple and corporations similar to those organizations do not sell products, such as phones and computers etc, but rather they sell information. Basically what he was saying is that it does not cost Apple 700 dollars to make a single iPhone even though that’s the price they charge for the phone. What Apple is selling is the information inside the iPhone, all the technology and research that went into making that iPhone. The same can be said for Google and Facebook, they make their money selling information, information about their users to corporations for advertising and marketing purposes. ‘Ads By Google’ are all over the internet, almost every website one visits these days is littered with them, and this is because they are cheap and they can be mass produced across the web to multiple demographics and target markets.

oh perfect! Just what I needed, solar panels and to be reminded that I'm getting older

Professor Strangelove in Friday’s lecture talked about a few, more abstract, concepts as well. Concepts such as sex tapes and masturbation. However, before he went off on a tangent, Strangelove was initially talking about how international trade agreements such as NAFTA and the EU are forms of warfare.  This statement really intrigued me because I had never thought of trade agreements like that before. But after Strangelove explained what he meant I completely agreed with him. Countries such as the USA agree to trading partnerships with like NAFTA because they know we have raw materials that they need and they know we need an economy to sell our materials. However, what the US also knows is that our need for a large, and relatively close, economy outweighs their need for our raw materials. With this in mind the USA uses their power in order to sway the outlines in the agreements. The US ca use their trading power as a way of getting what they want in other industries, such as the media and marketing. The US can change the laws of the nations it neighbors, and this abuse of power can be considered a ‘peaceful form of warfare’.

so there it is, another week another blog. I’m exhausted now so I’m going to take a quick nap before class.

here's a picture, goodbye

 

I always feel like someone is watching me…

So here we are, week number two, blog number two. This week, on Tuesday, Strangelove lectured about security and how our society, through technology is rapidly growing into an Orwellian society. London, England was mentioned as an example, and Strangelove presented the idea that over the course of a typical day in London the average citizen is caught on camera an insanely huge number of times. This at first made me uncomfortable, knowing that one day large Canadian cities could be similar to London in terms of the number of closed circuit monitors.

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Ottawa 2015: is there no where in this city a guy can scratch his ass without being seen?!?!?!

I was very concerned, however then I got to thinking a bit, which is never a good idea, but I did it anyways. I started thinking about social media and mostly Twitter. My partner and I are going to be doing our video documentary on Twitter and how humans have become addicted to social media. I myself am a Twitter addict, I find it is a great way to share thoughts with people without pissing them off because you’re talking too much. I know that the people who read my tweets follow me because they are interested in what I have to say, and I know that if said followers decide that my 140 character thoughts are not interesting enough for them anymore then they are free to stop following me.

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this guy just realized how bad my Tweets really are #unfollow

I realized that the addiction to Twitter and the idea of sending Tweets, or any other form of social media update, is completely Orwellian in nature. The concept of telling the world, and by world I mean internet, your location, your thoughts, and what you’re doing. I Googled my name the other day and I came up a lot more times than I had expected. I’m not trying to sound like a narcissist, and I know that there are privacy setting I can enable to block my name better. The point, however, is that I believe society has become a mass grouping of narcissists. Dr. Strangelove  touches on this notion in his book Watching YouTube. Strangelove mentions how YouTube is the ultimate place for narcissists to express themselves, YouTube allows anyone at anytime to say or do anything (with a few restrictions) on camera and share it with the world. Twitter and Facebook and other forms of social media are also narcissistic in nature and in doing so are contributing to the Orwellian society Strangelove has mentioned countless times. When one updates his or her status on Facebook or send a Tweet on Twitter or Checks-in on Foursquare etc they are pretty much letting ‘the Man’ know where they are, who they are with and what they are thinking.

I ran a Google search on 'The Man' and was saddened to discover this does not appear until the third page... what an awful world we live in

Should anyone of any significant power in our government or any other government need to know exactly where you are or were during the day, all they really need to do is check the internet, if you’re anything like me chances are you’ve tweeted or updated Facebook or a blog around that time.

the government will if you kill a guy

And for now that’s pretty much all I have to say. I used to end my blogs with an interesting video that I’ve found on my own time, or some music that is interesting me. But I am not sure if I am into that anymore. I could just end like a normal person… ahh what the hell, here’s a song just for kicks, it makes me happy to share.