The way that people consume news has experienced major transformations throughout the years. The technology that allows the people of today to share information and receive information are continuously improving. For instance, moving typing was an advancement on earlier printing techniques, the telephone is an enhancement to the telephone, and television was an improvement to the radio. Social Media and Virtual news are two important factors which are shaping new societies.
The overall trend has been towards the creation of a globalized environment. But the technology has not achieved this as effectively than the Internet.
In the past, a few 100 years back, the majority of newspapers were focused on local news. Any foreign news that was big enough to be featured in the newspapers was usually delayed due to slower communication methods. Compare this with today where it is possible to read events that took place halfway across the globe in within a few hours after it happened.
Before the invention of the telegraph around 1830, there was no way to communicate news rapidly, so local papers covered local information. Even after the invention of the telegraph but there were limitations in the speed at which information could be passed around.
A message was written by the sender, and then transmitted via Morse code (which is a method of identifying each letter in a separate manner) by the operator of the telegraph, and recorded by the telegraph operator who received it, who had to locate the recipient and send the message. Additionally, since messages from telegraphs were sent through letter, long messages (or many messages) were cumbersome and costly.
Printing also created some obstacles for journalists. Before 1800 printing presses were manual controlled, which imposed restrictions on the number of sheets could be produced within an hour. In the 19th century, the introduction of steam-powered printing presses, as well as other advancements let printers more than quadruple the amount of printed pages in one hour.
In the end, newspapers were readily available in the 1890s, from mid-to-late. People were more likely to learn how to read newspapers, and more people were reading the news than they had ever done before.
In the beginning of the 20th century the advent of the radio transformed the character of news forever. By 1910 radio stations had begun broadcasting talk and news. Although the evolution of news radio programs was delayed due to World War I, it quickly compensated for the lost time and, by the 1930s newspapers began to be afraid of the competitors. This was for a reason. Radio allowed listeners to access news without delay and without the expense of it. These were two of the main advantages of print newspapers.
A few decades later television introduced a brand new way of getting news. The first major television news show, “Hear It Now,” began airing in 1951. It evolved to what we see things today as a series of evening and morning news shows that make it much easier for the public to learn the happenings in their own communities as well as around the globe.
The expression “around the world” is important. Television and radio enabled people to listen to foreign news without much of a wait. The first time ever in history of the world, common people could keep up with the happenings in other countries without waiting for the next paper or pay for it.
Innovative developments in communication and printing resulted in major changes to the way people received information in the 18th century. Television and radio brought greater transformations in the early 20th century. But nothing compares to the impact that the Internet has had on how we receive news.
The Internet offers all the same features that radio and television offer. It’s instant, free and long-lasting yet even more. For instance the Internet does not require waiting for a regular newscast.
The articles published on a news website are instantly accessible to everyone around the world. Additionally, although certain news websites have tried paying subscriptions but the majority of news is accessible at no cost.
The broader spread that is the Internet has led to concepts like globalization, the notion that all people around the globe are connected and being part of a larger (albeit huge) community.
The Internet can do many other things to the news, too. In certain ways, it’s brought back the concept of the newspaper, as we are able to look up news stories. We also have less intrusive advertising
Newspapers as well as the Internet offer the option of not watching commercials, whereas television and radio require users to watch scheduled commercials.
However the Internet is also continually evolving and changing, so the look of news on the internet is constantly changing as well. Videos are now a popular feature on the Internet and a lot of news sites are beginning to utilize video clips to enhance or even substitute for written reports. Other websites, like NPR offer the possibility to play audio recordings of radio shows that have already been broadcast.
I read an article on CNET’s news feed which I found fascinating and alarming. The title of the article was Hackers put porn videos on Sesame Street’s YouTube channel. You can tell from the title alone the article talks about a single or small group of hackers that have uploaded pornographic video content to YouTube, a channel for children’s video streaming.
When I first read the headline, I’ll admit that I laughed at the wondered “what kind of stupid prank did someone pull now?”. In general, when I see these kinds of articles on my news feeds, they tend to be garbage or unimportant material, and I don’t give them too much consideration. When I read this story, I was shocked.
A significant part of what bothers me regarding the “prank”, is that I am a member of a community organisation for children. Naturally , as part of our job we utilize a range different educational tools, and in most cases, electronic resources, for the delivery of many the programs we offer and provide services.
Although I haven’t accessed Sesame Street’s YouTube Channel in particular, Sesame Street YouTube Channel specifically I can only imagine the amount families who have exposed their kids to this specific channel frequently (I also grew up watching Sesame Street). This is the reason that I believe that this particular episode hit near to my heart.
It’s hilarious how random the information we have access to is. I’ll discuss a few incidents that happen to be completely coincidences, yet ironic in their own way and worthy of mentioning when I got to the point of having to read this news article.
At the end of this week, a student from one of my on-line computer-based training programs (who I haven’t spoken to for months) visited my office in tears due to the fact that her email account (Hotmail to be precise) was compromised.
She was unable to access all of her email accounts and was waiting for the responses to the job ads she had submitted applications for. The incident led to a discussion on how she could be more secure online, and also an in-depth explanation of how servers-based e-mail systems work. not connected to her computer.
In the afternoon, I came across an article on a woman from the UK who had her email account stolen (much as my student) and had to interact the “attacker” trying to reason with them in order to recover her account and be able to understand the reason for what occurred to her. (In the end, she managed to receive her account back, but did not receive an explanation regarding the reason the reason why the hacker didn’t have a option but to providing the access she needed to open her account, without any form of payment).
I found this post on Sesame Street YouTube Channel couple of hours after having read this article about a female from UK.
The reason I think these incidents are hilarious is that I have no respect for those who attempt to steal information from other systems in a malicious manner. This is why it is my perspective that I pay only a small amount of focus to the study of their activities in causing chaos for others online. In a strange turn of events I’ve been able to draw attention away from what happens to these people by referring to these three incidents.
I’ve been a strong advocate of the concept of virtual worlds as the predominant reality for certain people. The norm has been to describe the physical world as one we reside in, inhabit and breathe. I continue to work on developing ideas about how this notion about “reality” is being blurred and transformed by virtual identities.
This incident on that of the Sesame Street YouTube Channel is a key illustration of how actions of the virtual world produce results (whether either positive or negative) within real life “real/physical” world. An interesting argument was made by the hacker as well as the female from UK in the piece I mentioned previously, the hacker had justified his actions as not being that dangerous because they didn’t physically rob someone.
What I was able to observe about this was the lack of understanding by the hacker of how their actions physically affect the victim, even when they haven’t attacked them or caused bodily harm , as could usually happen in an incident of mugger.
Similar mentality is shown by individuals like the individual(s) who took over this channel. Sesame Street Channel. There is no understanding of what kind of content can influence a child’s mental state while watching it.
If someone had brought physical pornography , such as magazines or videos to the park, school or other location in which children gather, there could be no doubt the possibility of an arrest and most likely the charges would be filed as sexual offenders.
It leaves you wondering what they are thinking about. doing these things on the internet in a virtual space is equally incorrect and has the same negative physical damage as allowing this content to be available in a classroom.