Category Archives: Online Media

Thoughts on Social Media (Revisited)

Over the past four months social media has become a substantial part of my life. I have spent countless hours browsing, researching and writing about countless different social mediums. Generally, I received the different mediums well but I found some a little tedious. I genuinely believe platforms like Linkedin, Facebook and Twitter generate great opportunities. However, I personally think some mediums like Foursquare and Flickr are monotonous.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that I think social media, social expression and having a social outlet via the web are positive things. I just think some mediums do these things a lot more effectively than others. Flickr is great for photographers and people interested in browsing pictures and categorizing them. For people outside that specific niche though, it is pretty useless. Foursquare is good for showing your friends where you are, finding friends and stalking people. I might be old school, but I think that’s kind of scary.

All these mediums allow both independent business’s and large corporations to connect with there costumer base, which is generally seen as a good thing. They allow regular people to connect with their friends, family and colleagues. They give opportunities for people with similar interests to make connections. However the different levels of effectiveness in these mediums is overt. Facebook added a Foursquare type application inside of it called places and has millions more photos than Flickr. The general usefulness of Facebook or Linkedin in comparison to Flickr and Foursquare is not even debatable.

Thoughts on Flickr and Buhduh’s Photography

When this assignment was handed to us, I had no idea what Flickr was. After spending a few hours on the site, I honestly grew to enjoy the content. The content on the network is posted by people from all walks of life. From the tourist with a Nikon to legitimate professional photographers. It is unique in that anyone regardless of skill or ability is able to get involved and be recognized. Programs like Instagram for mobile phones have really helped photo sharing networks by making it extremely simple for anyone to take an aesthetically pleasing picture.

Buhduh’s Flickr page consists of mainly original content. His photos have a large variety of different subjects but he is primarily posting travel related photos and vintage audio equipment pictures. I decided to pick him more based on the pictures of his vintage equipment. There are pictures of vintage turntables, receivers, radios, tube amps as well as a variety of more unique items. Buhduh’s eye for making these items look good in a picture is very well established. His photos of his travels are also incredible.

Buhduh. Turntables. 2011. Flickr

Realistically, I don’t see Flickr having real longevity in the world of social media. This is because platforms such as Facebook have much more photo sharing activity. Flickr is great to kill time on. However the fact is that Facebook has million more users, pictures going up, applications and content on it already. I truthfully can’t see Flickr thriving, much less surviving.

URL to Buhduh’s Flickr Account: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bede/

Jakyll and Hyde – Flickr Gallery

The photos in this gallery range from fiction film characters like Travis Bickle and Walter White to musicians like Scott H. Biram. The people and characters in this gallery’s actions behavior or opinions have impacted in me some way. Whether this impact has been positive or negative is another story entirely.

There is a stern variety of content in this gallery. It is in no way, shape or form suppose to linear. However, if a theme for the gallery was to be chosen, I personally believe it would be strongly based on chaos and leisure.  The gallery’s pictures are either chalk full of disorder and chaos, or they are at the complete opposite end of the spectrum. At this end we find the individuals and characters calm and relaxed. This speaks to the duality of man.

Overall, I don’t really think this gallery will have much meaning or impact on people other then myself. It’s a series of loosely related pictures of which a majority people will not be able to identify with. Its a lot easier to sift through if you keep the Jakyll and Hyde dynamic in mind though.

Here is the link to a gallery about few people who have influenced me over my life: http://www.flickr.com/photos/christiancantarutti/galleries/72157629731515125/#photo_2159926524

Stuff You Missed in History Class – Podcast Review

Stuff You Missed in History Class

Stuff You Missed in History Class is a Podcast funded and produced by howstufworks.com. The Podcast is currently written, produced and narrated by Deblina Chakraborty and Sarah Dowdey. It explores history from all over the world with some focus on North American history. This is due to the fact that North Americans are their primary listeners.

The show does exactly what the title depicts; it tries to educate the audience in past events that their high school history curriculum most likely have left out. The show explores various topics such as How the Spanish Inquisition Worked, Belle Starr: A Bad Rap for the Bandit Queen, Leading the Charge: The Massachusetts 54th, A Jewish Pirate’s Life and 5 Sinners in Dante’s Inferno.

A big problem with informational Podcasts is they can be extremely dry. Deblina and Sarah avoid this problem by staying upbeat and not remaining on the same subject for too long. The show is constantly flowing and changing which keeps listeners captivated. Another way the producers keep their audience engaged is by choosing topics with feedback from the fans. This not only allows Stuff You Missed in History Class to build community with their listeners but it also ensures that their subject matter continues to be both entertaining and educational.

The show does a superb job of educating its audience on various topics. The two hosts do a magnificent job of presenting information while still remaining engaging. The two hosts of the show are very engaging and pleasant to listen to. They share valuable information while remaining candid and without any bias.

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Warning: Extremely Volatile – A Facebook Page Review

Warning: Extremely Volatile – A Facebook Page Review

Breaking Bad is an Emmy Award winning television series aired on the American Movie Classics Network. The AMC network primary airs films but features a limited amount of original programming. These productions include critically acclaimed series like The Walking Dead, Mad Men and Hell on Wheels. The official web domain and Facebook page dedicated to the Breaking Bad series is exemplary by today’s social networking standards.

Breaking Bad primarily follows protagonist Walter White. White is a high school chemistry teacher living in the heart of New Mexico with his wife and two children. He is diagnosed with stage III lung cancer and given two years to live. White’s medical prognosis, along with his motivation to gain financial security for his family, lead him to the world of methamphetamine production. The series chronicles the journey of an ordinary man in this extraordinary situation.

AMC’s utilization of Facebook as a marketing and networking tool is absolutely outstanding. They effectively maintain a sense of community, and generate hype through the use of social media. Their Facebook page provides videos, interviews, photos, sneak peaks, summaries, forums, games, and longer descriptions involving the series. AMC is extremely dedicated to keeping the Breaking Bad fan base in touch with the characters, directors, and writers involved with the show. They consistently update their domain with new material surrounding the show. AMC also uses Facebook as tool to sway traffic from one page to another. Whether you are surfing ‘The Walking Dead’ or ‘Mad Man’ webpage, a ‘Breaking Bad’ link won’t be too far from you. This is an effective way to generate new viewership.

The American Movie Channel’s Facebook pages are all excellent examples of how to successfully employ the many opportunities social mediums have to offer. AMC possesses a substantial web presence and they have a firm understanding  of the benefits social networking has to offer. They continue to impress their followers with frequent, relevant, and free content.

Visit Breaking Bad’s Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/BreakingBad

Don’t think twice, it’s alright?

Managing ones online reputation can be a daunting task. Going out with colleagues, having a bit too much to drink, or having an opinion someone doesn’t agree with can now destroy an entire career, and/or degrade everything a person has ever worked to accomplish. Censorship and self-regulation is a strong part of any individual’s or business’s daily routine in our society of political correctness. If these entities expect to be successful, they must remain neutral and indifferent while using social networks and other mediums. Due to the potential backlash surrounding social media, it is completely understandable why people and companies alike are frightened of a negative online reputation.

The story of someone’s life being flipped upside down for the worse because of a poor decision on Facebook or Twitter has been told a thousand times. A person writes a contemptuous message about their job online, only to find that they have no job the next day because their employer has read the message. It can’t be stressed enough how important it is to recognize the content you are posting, and the intended and unintended effect it may have on your peers. The age of an anonymous internet is dead and what you post and write online follows you forever.

That being said, the obsession with reputation today is seen by some as a human fault. This paranoia by masses of people over how they are perceived by others can be incredibly destructive to the ego of any individual. Investing a great deal of thought and time into a project or opinion, and then having your audience or consumers reject it can destroy a person’s sense of self. This is especially true in the world today where one’s reputation can be can be lost without deserving, simply manufactured and often goes without merit.

Reputation management has been a part of society since the dawn of civilization. Whether it is right or wrong, people will judge you based on every single decision and action you make in life and there is no getting away from it, not even online. Opportunities can be squandered because of a foolish decision on the web. All in all, it can be said that people will get a more realistic and sincere online experience when people think twice about what they say.  Maybe Bob Dylan was wrong on this one folks.