We are Part of Online Communities

Posted: January 24, 2013 in Uncategorized

 In our current lives we use online communities to share information and reuse information without ensuring what we are doing abides by copyright laws.  We attempt to share and access these documents, files, etc for easy access of information which may not be free to use.  Simply with a press of a button or touchscreens you can listen to music, make videos, and share videos.  However we also share information which results in good for society, establishing both bad and good results of the increased use of information and communication technologies (ICTs).

            Our ability gain information has only become easier to access in the technological revolution, creating more lawsuits and jail time due to copyright laws.  Movies are often posted on sites such as YouTube and quickly taken off the internet due to copyright infringements.  In the video ‘Everything is a Remix’ by Kirby Ferguson we are said to be driven to copy, improve, and share creative products which is a major influence on this situation.  The following will discuss the online communities of producer-consumers and how there is a conflict with copyright laws more and more often.

            Social networking and media sites allow us to provide and share recent updates, pictures, and basically whatever we want more than any other websites.  Lev Manovich discusses in The Practice of everyday life: From mass consumption to mass cultural how these social media sites give us unlimited free storage with the ability to customize everything we want to share for everyone we choose.  This means that social media for producer-consumers is the largest online community.  In Sean Caley’s blog (http://seancaley.wordpress.com/2013/01/23/76a-online-community-of-different-preferences/#comments) he discusses how we do things such as post our feelings, favourable quotes, or random thoughts which we may not have posted otherwise if we did not have access to social media platforms.  As well, in Bennet’s blog (http://bennetsblog.wordpress.com/2013/01/17/engaging-in-the-online-community/) he discusses the evidence of Facebook as an emerging culture because more people have it in our society than those who don’t.  We see people as being weird in this sense if they didn’t have Facebook as it is considered a cultural norm.

            Hana’s blog suggests that she does not feel we need to post online about herself and produce content (http://pearlsglitterandpolish.wordpress.com/2013/01/17/my-online-consumption-vs-production/).  She says everyone has their own use for online communities and it may not be things such as social media outlets.  The difference between the two above referenced blog’s gives two sides to the story to help understand how we can produce and share content in different ways.

            I’m sort of in the middle of this whole discussion.  My only problem with social media outlets is that it allows us to create different personas.  We judge people based on Twitter, Facebook, etc rather than know them personally.  I try to reduce my conversations online and would rather speak to people in person.  Also these websites collect this data and keep them forever, you never know where your information is going, and whether that can negatively impact your life.  However its almost like an addiction, we can never get enough of these social media sites and choose to use them daily, hourly, and by the minute.  Manovich discusses that these site owners want people to pour their lives into these sites as these sites make a significant amount of coin.  Therefore it almost makes you believe your Facebook or Twitter use is making someone else money.

            The biggest issue would be us posting things on social platforms that don’t belong to us, creating infringement.  We all do it and I might be guilty of uploading stuff that may not belong to me from other sites.  Plain and simple it’s not right but at the same time we almost don’t care because it benefits us in the ways we need it to.   Therefore we need to be more aware and perhaps the news and government should intervene to fix this issue, even though I kind of hope they don’t, haha.



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