Vacation

One day I had a brilliant idea. Lets go camping! Camping, my family ask? Yes camping with no cell phones, mobile devices or Kindle fires. My family looked at me as if I were speaking a foreign language.My wife received the wrong memo. I laid the ground rules down with no electronics. My wife takes the kids to the grocery store to purchase food for our camping trip. My wife grabs a lot of snacks. Meanwhile I take my son to a official camping store to purchase camping supplies. Tent, sleeping bags, pot and pans ect. The guy at the store ask if we need any instructions to how to put the tent together. My stubborn self politely says no thank you. I mean a tent can’t be that hard to put up. Ohh how I was wrong.I realized once in the wilderness, I had no google search no mobile devices. No smart phones or internet to help us. Now we had to rely on being “unplugged”. We had to figure everything out the old fashion way.It took me ALL daylight to get that tent up. I should have taken the guys advise when he wanted to show me how to properly put the tent up. This trip without technology able me to connect with the children by entertaining them in other ways. We told stories by the camp fire. We swam in the lake. We had all types of fun and my kids didn’t even miss or realize they were on a “unplugged vacation”. You can have fun without technology.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xi-N4KApb1Y

 

 

 

We had no video games so I secretly purchased a ugly bear custom and had my friend wear it for hours. My friend played along with this fun joke. I waited until it was really dark. We told scary stories around the camp fire. I was telling a story about a mean bear when we heard a noise come from the darkness. I rounded the boys up and told them we need to investigate these sounds. My kids grabbed flashlights and we were off to find out what was making these strange sounds, We walked 50 steps from the camp fire when all of a sudden a huge roar emerges. If you could have seen these kids faces when they say my friend in the bear custom. They took off running in the opposite direction toward the van. My son was first onto the van leaving his sisters and mother behind him!
I think this fun event took the place of video games. According to the book 22.5% of american house holds spend 8 hours per day on the internet social networks and blogs. 9.8% spend there time on line gaming. 7.6% checking e-mails. 4.4% Videos/movies and 4.0 on search engines.
I have learned that social networking sites have become the biggest,most relevant sites on the internet today. Their impact is felt everywhere from Wall Street to all corners of the world. Facebook has over one billion and growing users. Social media impacts individuals, politics, business/brands, education, and healthcare.

Blogging

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Blogging is awesome! Things people blog about is a different story! People have the right of freedom of speech. There are some mean and cruel people in this world. People tweet or blog  on so many different web site that’s it’s hard to believe the truth. This is the case for South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley. Tax fraud is a federal offense and to be wrongful accused of that crime is harsh. I enjoyed blogging because I respect my readers. Never would I</p><p> </p><p>publish false or misleading information. I also believe blogging can make you feel good about yourself. It represents you!  <img alt=”” src=”http://www.blogdefined.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/positve-negative.jpg&#8221; /></p>
Blogging has definitely impacted our society. It’s a fast way people can express themselves without leaving home. Some people can explain things better when they write there thoughts on paper or type them on computer. Although a lot of people have negative thoughts and negative thinking, just as many maybe more have positive thoughts and positive thinking. I think blogging is here to stay for many more years to come. I think blogging is here to stay because younger people love blogging. Studies show 42% of Americans under age 25 are the main bloggers. Age 45 and up 13% are blogging.

Blogging can create major problems! It can damage a persons life. Mental abuse can come from blogging. I feel sorry for some entertainers and athletes. The life were everything you do is published leaves you with limited privacy. I like the fact I can use blogging to express my personal feelings. I admit I was victim of a bad blog. I tweet something before the UofL LadyCards final four game that I now realize, it was mean. Once I seen the Golden Bears of California I tweet “Lets go LadyCards, beat these men!” Not nice! I’m sorry for that but we won! 

Technology Privacy

In researching internet privacy, I found so many things interesting and scary. One billion people, 240 billion photos and one trillion connections, steady changing on Facebook.  It’s all about the data we process on the internet. The “Like” pages we click on Facebook.

Marketers make money from advertising products to us. We purchase these products as we get new emails, coupons and more ads by postal mail. As I received mail and coupons to restaurants ect. I would always wondered how did they find me? How does these companies know I reside here?  Let’s talk about a Kroger card. I always wanted to know, why doesn’t Kroger just make discount prices for everybody? Why do I need to give you all my personal information just so I get a discount on my purchase? Just like Facebook, Kroger acts as a connecter. They take your information and sale it to the companies with out our consent. I feel as if I’ve been fooled!

According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, movie studios, record labels and publishers lose $135 billion a year in revenues due to privacy and counterfeiting (Kang, 2011). This is another scare. Identity thief is devastating crime. The Protect IP Act or PIPA would allow the government to seek a court order against a foreign website suspected of privacy. The Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) has similar restrictions but includes more criminal penalties for online streaming of copyrighted material (Yeh,2012)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rR-tNWjr4VM

Above is G Data security.

 As mobile ads take off and location data gets factored into the mix, it raises all kinds of privacy questions — like whether tracking data can be linked to people’s identities, and what other things this data could be used for besides advertising. The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) allows the U.S government and agencies such as the military, along with private technology and manufacturing companies, to share information related to “cyber threats” to the United States.

In conclusion I have really thought about how I am protected. I’m not! The government can find out any and everything they want to know about me. This data can be breached for criminal purposes. The cameras as a walk down the street, mobile phones I use, bank cards and internet usage insure me I have no privacy! Watch what I post on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

 

Video Games

Research states 68% of American households play computer or own video games. This is over half of the U.S. population. I think we live in a society that embarsses video games however there is some negatives and positives about video games. I believe some video games help develop children’s movement skills. An example of this bowling/ tennis on the Wii. Games like Michael Jackson Dance and Just Dance 1-4 guarantee to you get in shape. These games are physical work outs. I believe some games can increase your movement skills.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGgjjVRmKGs

Now that was a workout!

Not only do I believe some video games will whip you in shape but there are some games that can help you increase your motor skills. They can even translate into helping you make quicker decisions. I believe games like Sparx help with eye coordinaton as well. Researchers have approved that playing certain video games help improve vision of adults with amblyopia or “lazy eye”. Studies show the average game player is age 35. 25% under 18years, 49% age 18 -49, 26% age 50+ and 25% age 51 +.

All ages purchase video games.

Video Game Sales by Genre

 Parental Awareness and Use of Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB)

Source: Entertainment Software Association,

 Dr. Keith Ablow argues that we are in a video game crisis. Vice President Biden arranged a special task force targeting video game violence. I think that video game violence all result to lack of parenting. NPD report states sales on violent video games such as Grand Theft Auto and Halo fell 22% because of violent acts in the U.S.

 Results from a 2007 Poll to the Question: “Do you Think Violent Movies and Video Games Inspire Mentally Unstable People to Commit Acts of Violence Like the Shootings at Virginia Tech?”

 Dr. Keith Ablow discusses video game violence.

http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/2088493429001/what-role-do-video-games-play-in-gun-violence/

In conclusion, I think video games impact everybody. In observing my family play video games I found that feelings can change. Winning always help the soul and losing dampers you. Its good when video games and help you ease pain. Take your mind off certain stressful situations. We as adults and parents just like we do for movies, we need to monitor what our kids play. A lot of the video games are structured for adult entertainment.

Let’s do a better job in raising our children not to see these images!

Refresh

I remember the first apple computer! It was slow and bulky! Then, Apple launched Macintosh in 1984. Its debut was announced by the now famous $1.5 million television commercial #1984. It was directed by Ridley Scott and was aired during the third quarter of Super Bowl XVIII on January 22, 1984.It is now a huge event for Apple’s success and a “masterpiece”.

Although Apple was expensive, I think this company provides the best product. To this day, I call on my son for assistance, operations various technologies. A long time ago, I sat at my computer and kept re-typing urls. Once again my 12 year old comes to the rescue. “Dad, here’s the refresh button”. I just shock my head. Everyday since I “refresh” on my computer. I really feel like that was a life changing moment. A lesson, that something as small as learning how to “Refresh” gives me a super fast knowledge!

As mentioned earlier Apple products are expensive but by 1997, the majority of American households with annual incomes greater than $50,000 owned a personal computer. According to A history of communication technology those sold for about $2000, exceeding the reach of lower income groups.    

I want an “Apple” PC badly but because the computer I like is $3000, I cant afford it! I know this will be a wonderful investment. I feel that if the Lord wants me to have it, he’ll make a way for me to own and appreciate the computer. Trust and faith! 

    

Technology

For years I have marveled over the rapid growth of technology. I think technology is great! It has came so far dating back to the world war II age. The first radio and tv now we have smart phones and smart houses. I do not believe robots will be take over earth but I think robots will help make our lifestyles easier. I watched a movie called       I Robot. This film starred Will Smith, a story about his nightmare. Will Smith was en voled in a life changing accident were his car and a another crash into a river or lake. While both cars are steady sinking a rescue robot is first on the scene. Based on some a stat, the robots realizes he has to make a decision on who to save first. The robot elected to save Will Smith when the other car had a little girl screaming for help. Will Smith tries desperately to tell the robot to save the little girl but when a machine has made a decision, it supports that decision. Will Smith is saved with minor injuries while that little girl doesn’t survive.

I think eventually we will have to share a place in society with robots. Sometimes I think robots are the future. Factory workers are being replaced by robots. Assembly lines are computerized. Its intresting to see smart houses on youtube. A house that is sleep when you away but wakes when you arrive! Whats next for the future, flying cars?

 

Home Video Technology

I believe home video technology is very important! I think it is important in peoples lives because it captures the moment. You can watch your kids grow to become adults, you could help people by filming yourself then uploading your instructional video to you tube. You can film home birthday parties, graduations or even normal day to day things. People use different technologies to capture these everyday life changing events. Some people like digital cameras. Digital cameras works in a similar way to a digital still camera but enables moving images to be captured as a serious of still digital images. Advantages:1.Portable and more resolution compared to webcams 2.Rich features like zoom, video editing etc. 3. Both have online and offline capabilities. 

Disadvantage They are more expensive than still cameras and web cameras.

Advantages of Emerging Video Technologies over Traditional ones

  • Provides markedly better picture (and sound) quality over analog technology
  • Provides more programming choices over analog technology
  • Provides more control and flexibility of viewing schedules over analog technology

Disadvantages of Emerging Video Technologies over Traditional TV

  • Equipment costs are greater than traditional analog technology
  • Service costs are greater than traditional analog technology

I think majority of the people who make home videos, do not know how to properly make a video nor do they know how to properly tag a you tube video. People are not aware of the violations and terms when uploading a video to you tube. I have witness some crazy homemade videos on this social media site.   

Technology is the “New Literacy”. We need technology and need to be aware of the constant changes and upgrades in technology. I feel as if this is the way of the future. I found a link below titled “Smart House”, this is the future! 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i73n-LTXPIM

I believe it is important as a communication major to learn the proper way to shoot and edit video. I think some were in the communication job field there will be a time in which cameras  and technology will play a role in success. I feel as a broadcaster, anchor, radio personality or host you will be filmed and you want to be filmed correctly.  Video is the most powerful communication tool since move able type. Our society has become obsessed with the internet, so much that it was initially created for personal use and entertainment and turned into mass media.