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Thing 15 – Tumblr

Locate a Tumblr blog in your field or hobby of interest and share this on your blog.

http://culturalanthropo.tumblr.com/

I located a Tumblr blog on a subject that I have keen interests in, and that is anthropology. I studied the subject at university some years ago and have kept coming back to the subject from time to time. I like the fact that I can listen to a range of podcasts on subject I have an interests in. It is another way for me to engage with a subject area that I like. Reading is one, watching videos is another, but so is listening to a podcast.

Search the web for stories about Storify and other content platforms that have closed down, and reflect on why it can be important to own and backup your own content.

Reading a few stories concerning the demise of Storify, re-enforces how important it is to ensure that content that is created online is saved in numerous places, both on the web and off-line as well. This because content is now more transient than ever before – here today, gone tomorrow.

If you create something online, which Storify allowed you to do, and you want to keep it and use it again in another online context, than backing in different areas is essential. The online world of start-ups and social media providers is no guarantee that they will be around in the future to access. It is a different world to books and other physical documents and resources, which have more of shelf life if kept correctly.

Thing 14 – Podcasts and Soundcloud

I want to Soundcloud and found an interesting podcast on anthropology. Anthropology is an area of interests that I have. This was a talk by an anthropologist named Gillian Tett who used her anthropology training while working in the financial services industry to highlight the cultural problems, especially in the way language was used, that existed between the public and people who work within the finance industry. Her thesis was that the language was there to exclude people who were not part of the finance industry, to make it seem that it was complicated and this makes them seem all the more important.

I think podcasts are a useful medium as they provided another avenue for people to obtain information that interests them. Therefore, they can curate podcasts in areas of interests to them, much in the same way people can look at online videos on YouTube on areas of specific interests. Also, as with downloading and streaming television shows has ended appointment television, this is now the same situation for radio. You don’t have to necessarily tune at a specific time to listen to your favourite radio program, because it is now most likely a podcasts that you can listen to at your own leisure.

Thin 13 – Video

I have discovered that YouTube is an excellent platform for accessing a range of videos online. Whatever one’s interest, there probably is a video covering it- from tutorials of various educational and general interests, to music videos, movies, animation, you name it, there probably is a video. Also, the quality of videos are a mixture of professional tutorials and amateur. This can be a good thing and a bad thing, as the quality of the information delivered on a video will vary; however, the fact that one has a choice is, I think, important. Overall, I think YouTube is an excellent information resource, in the fact that it provides access to a vast range of online videos that allows one to access for educational and recreational information purposes.

Thing 14 – Podcasts

I want to Soundcloud and found an interesting podcast on anthropology. Anthropology is an area of interests that I have. This was a talk by an anthropologist named Gillian Tett who used her anthropology training while working in the financial services industry to highlight the cultural problems, especially in the way language was used, that existed between the public and people who work within the finance industry. Her thesis was that the language was there to exclude people who were not part of the finance industry, to make it seem that it was complicated and this makes them seem all the more important.   

I have to admit I don’t use podcasts at all. I mainly listen to the radio and tune in to programsa when they are on the radio. I do, however, see the great benefit that podcasts have. Whatever one’s interests there will be a topic with someone talking about it or interviewing someone about it.

I also think that podcasts have huge potential in the area of education, especially higher education, with lectures being available on podcasts. This opens the area more in distance education.

Podcasts, and the technology that allows them to happen, is similar to online videos, whereby, anyone can put up a recording: a lecture, their own poery, their own music, drama even, and allow other people to listen to it. This provides people with more content to choose from.

Thing 12 – Open Education Resources

I found this topic very interesting. Today with the explosion of information, many organisation, especially formal educational institutions like universities, are providing open access educationally resources. I think this can be a good thing for people to participate in continuous education and retraining. It provides with the information that they require in the topics they are interested in.

I want to the Open.Ed Where to find OERs page and clicked on to the Open Learn Works website which was the creative commons licence of CC BY-NC-SA. Clicking on it took me the Open Learn Create website, where it states its purpose as: “an innovative leading open educational platform where individuals and organisations can publish their open content, open courses and resources. It is Moodle based and has tools for collaboration, reuse and remixing.”

As I work in the Library and Information profession, I searched for some open education platforms in the both Librarianship and also in Archives and Records Management, an area of the information profession I am interested in and studied a few subjects on at university.

I got no results for Librarianship; however, when searched for under Records Management and clicked on “other Sites” the result was a number links to online courses. I clicked on the first link which led to a website called WISC-Online, part of the Wisconsin Technical College. At this website I watched a series of power-point slides about records management and completed an online activity.

I also clicked a link to openmichigan website, and Open Education website that is part of University of Michigan, which has various open education courses. I looked at a power-point series on records management and archives management. The link is below.

https://open.umich.edu/find/open-educational-resources/information/si-580-understanding-records-archives-principles-practices

Thing 11 – Copyright

The two media files that I checked for this topic on copyright were a sound file of a piece of music that can be use as background music for films and computer games, and a landscape painting from Finland. Both have licence conditions applied to them in regards to their use.

For the sound file, it states that: “Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0)” and that “You are free to:

Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format

Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially.”

For the Finnish landscape painting, it states that: “Free Re-use Public Domain Marked Public Domain Marked 1.0” and that “This work has been identified as being free of known restrictions under copyright law, including all related and neighbouring rights. You can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission. See Other Information below. No Copyright.”

I have learnt that when it comes to copyright and the creative commons, especially for information resources created digitally and exists online, that it varies. This variation may be due to the type of resource and the discretion of the creator of the work and the type of creative commons licence that has been placed onto the work. Some creators may be entirely happy to allow other people to take something they have created and use it anyway they wish, others may not allow such freedom, and therefore, place certain restrictions. Nonetheless, I do think that applying a creative work with a creative commons licence means people having to place a degree of trust toward other people when it comes to using something that they have created. Therefore, letting go of their work and see it evolve in the hands and creativity of other people.

Diverse representation online

I do think it is important to have diverse representation in the online world. After all, many societies where people live and places they work are diverse and this should be reflected online as well. Also, having diversity online allows people to express themselves through their identity, and I think it is appropriate that people can now do this via ethnically diverse emoji’s and Bitmoji’s. It reflects who they are – although, I think this can be questionable in regards to Bitmoji when the author of the article describes how he can change his avatar to drink expensive champagne and wear expensive clothes, none of which he could afford. Is this a true reflection of him or a fantasy? Something people can do online, i.e. construct a false identity.
As to emoji’s, I have to say that I don’t use them at all. I’m old school, I still just text. I have seen them being used by other people I know when they have text or email me. I have to say, I never saw them as being a representation of white people. I saw them as just some cartoon types characters, not representing any race at all. Then again, being an Anglo white man, some would say that I would say that. Not taking race into consideration. Nonetheless, the fact that more emoji’s are starting to be more diverse in culture and ethnicity in there look and design can only be a good thing – as long as it doesn’t start falling into stereotypes.
Lastly, I do think that technology can reflect the biases of the people who have created the technology. This can be either intentional or unintentional, but if you have a group of computer programmers and software designers who are only white males then I think it will be reflected in the design. They may think that they are designing programs or software that are for all humans, thinking that all people, whatever their cultural or ethnic background, will be able to use the technology. But as was pointed out in regards to emoji’s, this isn’t the case. That’s why it is important to have a more diverse work place with more people of diverse culture and ethnic backgrounds in computer software design jobs. Also, if we want the real to reflect the diversity of society than that should also be expected and respected in the online world.