Monday, November 15, 2010
Some of the issues that I have covered in this blog proves just how dangerous blogging can be as there are some form of regulations that needs to be followed. Examples such as Namewee and Aduka Taruna, which was on my previous posting just shows how dangerous it is to post unethical items on blogs.
Being sensitive to surroundings, culture and also environment around you, is a basic principal that a person, as a responsible individual, should obtain in themselves. Applying this basic knowledge to the blogging world is also important as well. However, in the blogging community, it is wise to take extra percaution on the things posted compared to real life, as more than just the environment that you live in are taken into account because blogs can be read worldwide.
Shadiqe (2010) also reports that the issue is not solved yet as further investigation is being held as this was a serious matter. Aduka Taruna has gone into hiding as there were death threats on his life based on the insulting comments that he made.
In my opinion, Aduka Taruna was wrong in what he did. Making insulting comments and mockery on the dead or how the dead was announced is nothing to be proud about. However, certain actions do not make sense to me at all. Death threats being made is considered very uncivilised on the public's part. Commenting on Aduka's blog on reporting to the authorities about his mockery on such a matter is considered the normal thing anyone would do, but making threats on another person's life? This somehow seems a little out of context, in my opinion. Malaysia is considered a somewhat democratic country and still most of the people in Malaysia are acting as though they have the right to do anything they want without any consequences.
Aside from that, there is a context in the constitution in Malaysia which allows freedom of speech to a certain extend (Bashir 2009). Although Aduka's comments were considered to be not within the boundries of such a constitution, acting this "civilised" proves that the Malaysian public are still too narrow minded on public issues. It is a fact that most Malaysians are narrow minded on issues, and this will not change unless these Malaysians learn that with time, things evolve and nothing can stay the same forever, especially the way an individual thinks.
Bashir, N. (2009), "Free speech in Malaysia: Speakers concerned", 31 July 2009, [Online], Available from - http://www.thesundaily.com/article.cfm?id=36381, [Accessed on - 15 November 2010].
Shadiqe, J. (2010), "Blogger held over insulting posting", 26 January 2010, [Online], Available from - http://yquake.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/articles/12eiss/Article/index_html, [Accessed on - 15 November 2010].
Mendoza (2009) explains the importance of having reviews and comments from the public, be they positive or negative comments. Apart from just stating the importance of having the public interested in a movie, Mendoza (2009) also explains that by using downloadable applications in conjunction to a movie blockbuster, this can help entice consumers all around the world.
Also, by producing such a downloadable application that is related to a movie, this can help in enhancing the positive comments made about said movie. By doing this, it can help movie enthusiasts by deciding which movies to spend time on in the month. By taking consideration the overall total of movies produced per month, it is hard for most consumers to decide which movies to watch.
In my opinion, movie reviews are so important that movie industries are doing anything and everything they can in order to attract attention of the public. In order to do so, movie companies are producing all these tactics to grab attention of the consumers. Movie industries turn to facebook because it is one of the biggest social network on the internet. Producing a promotional web movie is one of the easiest way to obtain the attention of the public and that is what most movie industries are doing nowadays (Siegchrist n.d.). Below shows a prime example of a movie promotional game in conjunction to the movie.
5min Life Videopedia, Transformers iPhone App Review, digital image, Available from - http://www.5min.com/Video/Transformers-iPhone-App-Review-133549797, [Accessed on - 15 November 2010].
Mendoza, N. (2009), "Movie Apps get social as studios integrate facebook connect", 9 September 2009, [Online], Available from - http://www.pbs.org/mediashift/2009/09/movie-apps-get-social-as-studios-integrate-facebook-connect252.html, [Accessed on - 15 November 2010].
Siegchrist, G. (n.d.), "How to produce a promotional web video", [Online], Available from - http://desktopvideo.about.com/od/videoprojects/ht/webpromo.htm, [Accessed on - 15 November 2010].
Since there are over 500 million users worldwide, it is only logical that there are bound to have some technical issues in the application. ABC News (2010) explains that some applications within facebook gives out identities and information to companies and gives them the means to track down these identities for personal information. It is said that Facebook is currently looking into the matter and having discussions with their partner applications in order to resolve the matter (New York Times 2010).
In my opinion, these privacy issues are to be expected in such a widely used application on the internet. Although Facebook has its privacy policies and steps to deal with the matter, it is almost impossible for a social website to constraint the information that is being laid out in the application itself. As a social website, a number of personal information is expected to be shown in order to prove a certain identity and so on. Personal information that is too private and important should not be shown or placed in facebook.
In addition to privacy issues, Kirkpatrick (2010) explains clearly on individuals and the obvious "privacy" policy that one can expect from a social network like Facebook. It is obvious that by joining such a network on the internet that private information are to be shared with the entire world. Having said that, such a small matter of third parties obtaining information on an individual is considered nothing as third parties will only have access to information that the individuals provide on Facebook which is already there for the entire world to see.
Focusing on just the issue at hand, Helft (2010) assures users of facebook that whatever that needs to be done to handle the personal information crisis is being done. Helft (2010) adds that other than just personal information, third parties are able to obtain information about an individual's friend as well. Applications on Facebook such as Mafia Wars, Farmville and so on, are the cause of leaking out information to third parties.
ABC News (2010), "Facebook admits privacy breach", 19 October 2010, Available from - http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/10/19/3042594.htm, [Accessed on - 15 November 2010].
Helft, M. (2010), "Facebook acknowledges privacy issue with applications", 18 October 2010, Available from - http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/10/18/facebook-admits-to-privacy-issue-and-makes-fixes/, [Accessed on - 15 November 2010].
Kirkpatrick, M. (2010), "Why facebook is wrong: privacy is still important", 11 January 2010, Available from - http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/why_facebook_is_wrong_about_privacy.php, [Accessed on - 15 November 2010].
Apart from just stating the turn of a digital age in the book industry, Cornwall (2010) also claims that the majority of expected sales of eBooks will be dominated by the all middle-aged women, as they are the "readers" of books.
The reason why eBooks will be such a bigger hit than normal books in the future, most probably rely on the fact that eBooks will offer many other features that the internet offers. Apart from its main function which is to download books online for the reader's pleasure of reading, going online with an eBook is somewhat a replacement from going online with a laptop. An eBook will appear less bulky compared to laptops as well.
Finding reading materials will be a lot different and refreshing compared to spending time in a library or book shop for the perfect book (Johnson 2009). Functions from the eBook appears limitless as it has access to internet and tons of downloads of reading materials appears to be more enjoyable by readers as the convinience of having a new reading material is at their fingertips (Cornwall 2010).
Possessing an eBook definitely seems a lot more pleasurable compared to the normal buying a book from a bookstore or borrowing a book from a library. Having said that, the convenience of having an eBook and downloading any related reading materials that is needed by an individual can be less of a hassle than going out to find one. Having both convenience and a wide variety of features, eBooks has definitely won the battle of attractiveness compared to the normal books.
As a conclusion, eBooks will definitely survive as it serves the users a lot more compared to normal books. Leibs (2008), explains how easy it is for eBook users to obtain reading materials by introducing a shop that sells reading materials in formats such as audio, braille, e-text and large prints which are compatible for eBooks.
Cornwall, D. (2010), "E-books popularity on the rise", [Online], 18 March 2010, Available from - http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2010/s2849989.htm, [Accessed on - 15 November 2010].
Johnson, S. (2009), "How the E-Book will change the way we read and write", 20 April 2009, Available from - http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123980920727621353.html, [Accessed on - 15 November 2010].
Leibs, A. (2008), "Read how you want", 30 December 2008, Available from - http://www.suite101.com/content/read-how-you-want-a87232, [Accessed on - 15 November 2010].