Hi, today will be my final post for everything about the Internet. However, learning does not simply stops here. So first off I will do a recap of all the topics I have done up till now.
In the very beginning, I talked about what I learnt in the first week of COM 125 class. That is the origin of the word “Internet”. Words and common terms like this are taken for granted in our everyday lives. We used them so frequent that we forgot how they come about. Maybe sometimes, for us to obtain knowledge, we must be able to see the ‘hidden’ knowledge amongst us.
Week 2’s topic is about the comparison of web 2.0 VS web 3.0. We are now at a transiting phase between these two. From just empowerment of users on the Internet (web 2.0), we are moving into an era where objects/machines understand meaning (web 3.0). Life would indeed be made easier when objects around us understand the meaning we assign to everything in life. We will then be able to ‘communicate’ with objects and machines which would bound to make everything more efficient than it is now. After all, we are living in a fast pace society where time is a valuable asset.
Discussion of the social networking sites is topic I talked about in post #3. The power granted to social networking sites are increasing as even businesses are trying to understand how to wield this powerful weapon. However, great risks are always associated with great power. Thus, by not handling this powerful weapon properly, the users might end up hurting themselves.
Topic 4 is about the discussion of e-business. Some strategies of how to use e-marketing effectively are being discussed. Like any other traditional business, one must know what he/she is doing before diving head on into the unknown. I have friends that are obsessed with the potential gains from doing business and dived head in upon knowing that online blogs are cheap to set up. These friends of mine suffered a great deal as they did not know what they plan to do, or what they are doing. All they care about was to get their hands on the potential gain that they are expecting, the money. Needless to say, without a clear plan and knowing exactly how to achieve your goals, you are in fact drifting further away from making money.
Post 5 is about Microsoft upcoming product, the Microsoft Surface Technology. Potential issues with regard to the launch of Microsoft’s product is being discussed. At this point, no one is exactly sure why Microsoft wants to launch their new product even though they are risking the relationships with their OEM partners. Perhaps Microsoft feels that no matter how unhappy its OEM partners are, they have no choice but to obtain Microsoft’s software technologies anyway. Therefore, even though Microsoft competes with them by launching a hardware product, its OEM partners still have to get Microsoft’s software.
Topic 6 is a short little video that my friends and I created. We experienced how it was like to be our own director/producer/scriptwriter/editor and maybe even actors/actresses. Initially, we wanted to just create a video so as to learn about the different functions of editing with the software. We did not expect to have so much fun in the process. Even though it is a short video, the hard work behind making the video is definitely more than that few minutes. With that in mind, I can never say that I fully understand the hardship that the people in the movie industry experienced so as to bring entertainment to all of us. To all moviemakers out there, keep up the hard work!
Post 7 is about cybercrimes. In that post, I showed an example of a cybercrime in Singapore where the victim is extorted a total of $50,000 when he became obsessed with a girl he had met online. The girl made him stripped and used his naked video to extort money from him. In conclusion, one has to be very careful when using the Internet.
The attitude of youths towards politics were discussed in Topic 8. Based on the past few elections in America, we can see that a new trend is emerging. Candidates are making use of the Internet to win votes and spread their influence over the other candidates. Like everything else, Internet had enabled the spread of information faster and better in terms of interactivity.
I talked about the future of journalism with the influence of Internet for Topic 9. I predicted that the accuracy of content and information will decline with the rise of Internet as the pressure to produce speedy news will be more important as compared to accurate news. Who knows that in the future, there might be a software that is invented so as to verify the accuracy of the information by running a background check of the sources. The software might be able to make sure everything is credible and accurate and yet be as fast as Twitter or other new means of spreading information. Hopefully something like that might happen and everyone would get fast and accurate news.
In Topic 10, I discussed on how the use of multimedia is able to increase in the persuasiveness when it comes to product marketing. I believed that in the near future, multimedia would evolve by having a mix of augmented reality. That is to say, interactive hologram of the product would be available to us. As of now, we can only see this much of a product. Different angles of the product on a screen. With interactive hologram, we can ‘touch’ and interact with the product and maybe there will even be a hologram person to explain the use of the product to us. With that, I believed that persuasiveness of multimedia would reach a whole new level.
I would say that I had benefited a lot from COM 125. The most enjoyable things that I took away from this module are the anticipation of what the future brings. The endless possibilities created by the Internet are something that our forefathers would never have imagined. Five decades later, the future that our descendants are anticipating would be totally unimaginable to us now. Internet will continue to evolve and it is definitely the key to innovation and new ideas in the future.
Here’s some 9gag post about the usefulness of the Internet before I end off.
Sometimes, the Internet just don’t feel like it.