Friday, April 17, 2015

Blog Prompt #3: Addicted to Google??

This week, we're studying the central role that Google plays in people's online lives. We use the company's search engine to find information for homework assignments, to check our spelling, to check our symptoms when we're feeling sick, to find directions to restaurants and to find out friends' phone numbers. We use their video sharing service YouTube to fritter away hours watching videos of cats on skateboards and mash-ups of our favorite TV shows. And some of us even use Google Docs to write our papers, Google Hangout to engage in live video conferencing and Google Calendar to organize our lives. This raises a key question: Does Google have too much power over our lives? Are we addicted to Google? And, if so, does the Googlization of our lives  endanger our privacy or our independence in important ways (as some critics suggest)? Write a blog post-- on Blogger, another Google property-- reflecting on these questions. I look forward to reading your thoughts on the subject....

Friday, April 10, 2015

Blog Prompt #2. Convergence

This week in class we have been talking about convergence, what it is and how it is transforming media industries and media consumption. Today, Jenkins argues, the "circulation of media content-- across different media systems, competing media economies, and national borders-- depends heavily on consumer's active participation." Write a short blog post describing one or two concrete ways in which convergence is "empowering" consumers to participate in the media. I look forward to your posts.