Monthly Archives: April 2015

Virtual Culture

Virtual Culture

Identity and Communication in cybersociety p1-55

Steven G Jones

This book is about the way the internet and other computer communication technologies are being used by various people. The author writes how this development of technology has helped in the development of Western society. He goes on to say that the internets development did not require independent structure but used existing infrastructure like the telephone system

and existing cable television installations. He writes that we are now all connected in cyberspace and when we are not communicating with each other then we become distant from each other. Time and space has no meaning whilst online because the internet can be used anytime and anywhere. It has also come to isolate individuals.

Various communities have been created through the internet. People finding each other in chat rooms, reading the same pages online or showing an interest in similar topics have created groups of people who otherwise may have never interacted. We also lose ourselves as individuals in these communities. Cyberspace provides us with a public space to express ourselves creating many different personalities of ourselves in different communities. We can also remain anonymous in communications and disappear from communities as quickly as we appear in them with just the push of a button. Jones continues to say that individuals full potential can not be realised without the community they are part of guiding them.

The internet comes with its own laws and legislation. The author explains it is a difficult field to regulate and their have been many debates as to how, when and why to do this. Censorship is another issue and though the internet is a public forum providers have to determine what messages to post. Jones believes there is a collective group within the computer mediated communication that believe in the freedom of speech and individual liberty.

The author believes that the advancement of communication technology has resulted in a new community in cyberspace which has opened up new debate about behaviour, rules and regulations.

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Be Watched

What do I think about being watched? It doesn’t really matter what I think as Big Brother is always watching anytime and everywhere. Having an opinion on this topic will not change the fact that in the UK we are caught on CCTV about 70 times a day. (Previously rumoured to be about 300 times a day). Cameras can be found just about anywhere, license plate readers, public cameras, shops, restaurants, airports and on public transport. Facial recognition technology adds an extra element of security. Surprisingly information about you is also collected on the phone, while you watch TV, sitting at your computer, sending and receiving emails, surfing the internet and when you use credit and loyalty cards. Every form of technology has the potential to be watching us.

Every time you use the internet, data is collected about your search. Before long this data is responsible for sending you adverts regarding your online browsing.

‘Cookies’ allow this to happen. Some would argue that it makes your internet browsing a more enjoyable experience but others do not agree with the amount of information collected and stored by companies about them. Every time you use an app it announces your location and other useful information to different marketing companies.

Opinion polls have shown the majority of the population want more surveillance rather than less. We feel safe and secure in the knowledge that there are cameras everywhere watching for any problems that might happen and also deter crime.

As with everything there are advantages and disadvantages to ‘being watched.’ Crime prevention, easing of traffic problems, easy access to information and better user experience on the internet but on the flip side being watched all the time there is no privacy and freedom of speech is also restricted.

The world we live in today with all the terrorism scares and child pornography provides a valid reason for all the ‘watching’ that goes on. I can understand it would be almost impossible for the government to be able to filter whose emails and texts they monitor from the hundreds of millions out there and have to accept that for my own security this is now part of everyday life. It might not be fair that we can not access the governments information as they can ours but at least we have the chance to live in a safer environment. The information collected by companies whilst we are browsing or using our phones is just another thing we have come to accept as technology becomes more advanced.

Processing – Week 7

After we came back from the Easter holidays we continued learning about processing called local & global variable and IF Statements.

Local & Global variable 

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This is code of local & global variable in processing

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The image changes different colours when you click the play button in processing.

IF Statements

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This is code of IF Statement in processing to show the square  changing colour from red into green by mouse X and Y.

 

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This is how the image looks when it changes colour from red to green.

Information Arts, Intersections of Art, Science and Technology,

Art and science as cultural acts is an article about the merging of art, science and technology. Wilson believes that the artist does not just use established science and technology methods in their work but help to move this forward and discover new ways with science and technology for their own art works. He believes in the union of these subjects and that they are not independent of one another. He believes and his research has shown that the future of all these disciplines will be enriched by this amalgamation. Wilson says that science and technology can be analyzed like art and therefore discussions and research can happen to develop more modern techniques for the art world. He asks lots of questions in this article to understand how art and science belong together in the cultural world.

Contemporary artists use various disciplines e.g. Sciences and information technology and their studios are more like science labs then just art rooms with only pots and paints. Wilson mentions lots of artists who use the latest technology and scientific research to create art like never seen before. He goes on to state the similarities and differences between science and art.