The Social Media Takeover. Easy now, Hard later.

Introduction

Over the last decade approximately, social media has exploded to unimaginable levels. Majority of the population has one or more social media accounts with giants, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram,  or Pintrest.  This blog takes another approach to views on social media outlets, not as fun, entertaining and great for staying in touch, however instead destructive to society. It is too early to tell the true effects, as this generation is playing the role of the guinea pig, but there will be negative consequences for sure. Considering that traditional values for communication and face to face interaction are slowly diminishing and personally I miss the feeling of going to my friends house and ringing a door bell as oppose to seeing message notifications on my account of choice. Social medias boom has been the culprit of a major decrease in safety regarding privacy, a huge distraction leading to lower levels of productivity for many students and workers, and has created a false sense of connection through relationships strictly developed online.

 

 

The Stats

For those who might not realize the immense force that social media plays in society today here are some statistics pulled from various articles and the links to the articles themselves.

No More Privacy

A recent statistic from a posts in the Huffington, stated that 25% of users on Facebook do not pay attention to their security settings. This is a major draw back of the social media expansion as many people have not realized the devastating consequences of posting inappropriate pictures for their friends to view. It has gone as far as people not receiving jobs due to their profiles on Facebook. The first person not receiving the job they applied for set precedent for many companies to strike a deal with Facebook to gain access to profiles. Users are starting to feel the effect of not having control over there privacy. An article with smallbusiness.com agrees, that not setting privacy settings for your profile can be detrimental to your success. It is a scary thought to know that, once something is posted on the internet, it is going to somehow remain online forever. The question is, even while setting your privacy settings to the highest degree of privacy, it can still be bypassed, by hackers or those working for Facebook.

Do I Even Know You?

It’s ironic that I write about creating a false sense of connection with others through online interaction as I am both a victim and a culprit. Back in high school I would talk to people on msn messenger all day, specifically girls, somehow my shyness did not play a factor when it was not a face to face interaction. However people started to notice that, I could chat them up for hours online, but when it came to school I would totally ignore them. This came across as me being rude and trying to be cool, as oppose to people actually understanding that i’m a shy person. So I can personally vouch for this bullet point, in saying that, alot of relationships are built, but only maintained online, the foundation of face to face contact and actually hanging out in person cannot be overtaken with some online conversation and funny emoticons. A sense of connection and confidence is even established when you have a large “friend” list, or your pictures receive a high amount of likes, most typically being from people you barely know. At the end of the day is can be very damaging to someone who falsely believes they are ready for the real world, and when they get out there, they realize they cannot hold a conversation. It is destructive to self esteem and peoples ability to truly grow their relationships. Many lives have been lost because many people cannot gauge whether someone is dangerous or not based on strictly online interaction.

Decrease In Productivity

Although Social media poses immense room for success, it has a side which is polar opposite that feeds on those who struggle with maintaining focus. Another personal victim speaking, Facebook has taken away at least a year of my life. For every time i’m on it I have no idea what I am doing, just scrolling aimlessly.

Doing this has prevented me some studying for exams, preparing for wedding speeches, or even kept me away from wanting to go out. As if sometimes I just desire to shelter myself, stay online, but hide from everyone else. The problem is I have felt like without even realizing I will open my web browser and have already managed to type in the website for a social media outlet and my username/password in the blink of an eye.  It is almost like a drug, times when you don’t want to go on, you break and relapse. 60% of people have said that they can’t remember the last time their phone was not beside them, essentially meaning the distraction never ever goes away. Considering there are 189 million Facebook users, which are mobile only. Social media time should be limited to help stabilize productivity to prevent over indulgence, unfortunately that is just not a business model for success.

Conclusion

All in all, although social media outlets manage to create opportunities, but the ones they destroy receive much less attention. It is something that requires further thinking for the future, because technology is only growing and the dependency will only increase more and more. Are the definition of social medias purposes being blurred by high over usage by majority of the youth. Will there come a point where we pass the point of no return. Or do traditional values still have a chance of not becoming 100% obsolete.  Seems convenient and easy now, saving us time and effort. Something tells me things are going to get a lot more difficult later.

 

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Pirates. The Unstoppable Army.

Lesson 101

Introduction

               Pirates, existent since the birth of oceans and when ships could sail. Usually defeated by heroes and more well equipped armies, but never giving up the fight to find their gold. Though pirates may still exist, wandering somewhere in the ocean, in today’s society we have developed a new breed of pirate. Pirate gold nowadays is now considered as receiving priced content with respect to movies, television, music, books and games, without the price. Piracy is a whole separate battle for law enforcement and has staked its claim as a major foe that is nearly impossible to take down. Similar to a cockroach when you shut down a piracy operation, it never really dies. An even better comparison would be to worms, cutting it in half only doubles the population. There are specific reasons why you may never kill piracy.

Are We Even Doing Anything Wrong?

With today’s generation, the use of computers is so deeply instilled in them that many people have admittedly stated that they are not sure how they would survive without their laptop or smart phone. When you are raised doing something  your whole life without receiving punishment for the act, you carry on assuming it is not harmful. Which is exactly what the society of today has been doing, they have been pirating so long that it does not seem like a crime. So when the law may make us out to look like horrible people (left pirate), we do not see ourselves as that much of a threat (right pirate). We find ways to justify the legitimacy of piracy, however not all agree and believe the excuses made are fictitious. Facts are that more than 70% of people who pirate genuinely do not see a problem with it

– A great comment found on youtube was by the account Javis586 on piracy was:

“Stealing is when someone comes into your house in the middle of the night and takes your cat, and when you wake up your cat is gone.

Piracy is when someone comes into your house in the middle of the night and takes your cat, and when you wake up your cat is still there.”

Which just about sums up the opinion of the masses.
– Check out Brad Burnhams perspective on the matter!

Numbers

The market is enormous, the army is growing, and no other force can match it. The number of people who pirate music, movies, television shows or other forms of entertainment easily outnumber the United States military. It’s a numbers game and with law enforcement essentially fighting ghosts, how are they supposed to make any headway. The pirate community has an exponential growth equation attached to it, and every moment they avoid penalty, they continue to expand. Of course there are campaigns such as the “six strikes” which has caught a wave of attention, having its story covered by CNN. However, it is likely that it will head down the same road as acts such as “SOPA” (the Stop Online Piracy Act) which was protested against by majority of internet companies, one being the head honcho Google . They don’t really stand a chance when they are outnumbered and being attacked from avenues they did not know existed.

Corporations Vs The People

Although people assume corporations can’t be harmed because they are already swimming in money, the fact of the matter is that they lose billions of dollars annually to piracy. In the eyes of the people though, corporations continue to have a negative stigma held against them with the preconceived notion that they only care about money and are greedy. While I do believe this is true also, what many people don’t realize is that the money corporations generate tends the facilitate the stable structure of the countries economy. Without this recognition, corporations are doomed in a never ending fight with people who aim to take away the money they desire to generate themselves. For the most part I do agree that places like movie theaters tend to over price their concession items and movies at ridiculously high prices. CBC had performed a survey and found that most people do feel that prices are nearly 4-5 times as much as those found at other locations. It is said that the markup price on popcorn is nearly 300%. No wonder people tend to lash out at corporations for trying to dig into their pockets.

Simplicity

At the end of the day, the final point in this war already being designated a victor, is the sheer simplicity and ease of piracy. The fact of the matter is that many people, after all bills are paid, food and necessities are taken care of, a lot of people do not have much left for entertainment. Especially with the prices these days, it is hard for people to get out and have a good time. Therefore, why not download it at home, and watch/listen in the own comfort and privacy of your own home. A great look into the perspective of youths reasons for being involved with using pirated material is a short documentary titled, “Downloaded”. The children’s responses include:
– “Well, everyone else does it, so why not?”

– “It’s cheap!”

– “It’s accessible”

– “It’s there, it’s on the internet. So why would you spend money on something you don’t have to spend money on. Right?”

Conclusion

Overall, in the eyes of most, piracy is easy, cheap and accessible. How can companies compete with a zero dollar sale on all of their items. The simple economic model of supply and demand can break down this battle, people always want entertainment, therefore, piracy has an unlimited demand equation.  They are fairly confident peoples desires to view forms of entertainment will never die out, so long as there is something to copy.  Now it is a matter of corporations needing to attempt a joint venture of some sort. For example, in CIS2050, an article spoke of BitTorrent wanting to break into the market, which could change the dynamic of how everything from a sales point of view operates in the industry today. As of right now, Pirates are winning the war. Will the opposing forces come to the conclusion of “if you can’t beat them, join them”, or will they continue to attempt to pummel the pirates into the ground, with aspirations of annihilating their existence. Only time will tell.

Beyond Your Imagination…What Lurks? The Perfect Storm.

A glimpse into the past

Am I the only person who sits there day after day, always finding time to think about the progress that technology has made, managing to outdo my most wildest imagination.Being born in 1992, I was raised playing with pogs. What to some people was just a chubby little coin made of cheap metal, was the cause of endless hours of enjoyment for kids like me. Needless to say, children can have fun doing just about anything. However the requirement for getting creative with your daily pass times has become almost non existent unless you are making an attempt to keep technology out of your life.


Although earlier in life I did have the chance to play a sibling’s Super Nintendo, however my younger self had shoved marbles into the socket, forever ruining my chance. This would dictate my future though, at age 7 I would beg my parents for a Nintendo 64. The chance to own a console because I had never gotten the opportunity to have one was my main argument. My secondary arguments were “c’mon mom, you love me don’t you”. (It had also helped that I had just come out of dental surgery for a little bit of a guilt trip). With the workings of my lawyer like skills, I finally had it. It was amazing, the best experience any 6 year old could ask for, 3 dimensional pixels on a screen made for a multitude of emotions one wouldn’t even think a 6 year old could tap into. Technology, had entered into neighborhoods years before this, but it was just knocking on my front door. It was interesting living through my own transition of non-technological pass times, to a mix of both worlds, and now a pretty dominant computer based life. I would see the playing cards, of digimon, pokemon, yu-gi-oh, begin to collect dust in my attic as real life installments on gaming consoles were created.

Present Days

Fast forward a few years, repeatedly, consoles launch new versions, graphics become more real and gaming experiences begin to use your actual body to play. An example being the Xbox kinect. One wonders, how far can they go? With the latest consoles on the horizon, some believe consoles have reached a plateau, a major source being the Economist, claiming that the new Xbox one console, did not reveal much except for interconnecting television, music, and gaming into one experience. Going as far as naming the article “Is It Curtains for Gaming Consoles”.

I personally beg to differ. With all the progression, as one can see in the upcoming trailer for “Watch Dogs”, graphics in gaming are still very much on the incline. Even a comparison of the graphics from the nineties, to present day show extravagant advances, as with technology in general. The one question looming in my mind, is when all technology, will become one. What I refer to as, the perfect storm.

What The Future May Hold

The earth according to current scientists still has a long, long, long time before it expires. When it is evident that technology has the ability to grow at an exponential rate, and we’ve only been witnessing that for a couple decades, what could be the result of an equation, putting the aggressive rapidity of growth, to the power of one, two, three thousand? Thoughts that could encircle ones mind, would be all streams of technological aspects and human life forming into one. Google has just released their highly anticipated “Google glass” and it has taken the world by storm. Bridging a quick thinning gap between humans and technology. I predict that it is only a matter of time before life and technology become one, with all the giants of the industries coming together to create a small batch of products that can do literally anything one can imagine. From playing games, calling people, cooking, smoking, travelling, the list goes on and so do the ideas. It is a hard concept to grasp, as it is just beyond my imagination.