The way we consume news has experienced major transformations throughout the years. Technologies that enable people to connect and obtain information are continually getting better. For instance, moveable typing was an advancement over earlier printing techniques, the telephone is an enhancement over the television, and the telegraph was an improvement over the radio.
The overall trend has been towards the creation of a globalized environment. But the technology has not achieved this as effectively like the Internet.
A few century ago all newspapers were focused on local news. Any international news large enough to be featured in the newspapers would often be delayed in order to accommodate slow communication methods. Compare this with today where it is possible to read events that took place halfway across the globe, just within a few hours after the event took place. Social Media, Facebook and Virtual news are important factors which are shaping new societies.
Prior to the invention of the telegraph around 1830, there was no way to get news out rapidly, so local papers covered local information. Even after the invention of the telegraph but there were limits in the speed at which information could be transmitted.
A message was written by the sender and then transmitted via Morse code (which makes each letter individually) by the telegraph operator, then recorded by the operator receiving the message who had to locate the intended recipient and then deliver the message. In addition, because the messages sent by telegraph were delivered through letter, long messages (or many messages) were not practical and cost a lot.
Printing also presented some challenges for journalists. Before 1800 printing presses were manually operated, which placed strict limits on the number of pages were printed within an hour. In the 19th century, the introduction of steam-powered printing presses as well as other technological advances let printers more than four times the amount printed pages within an hour.
The result was that newspapers were readily available in the 1890s, from mid-to-late. People were more likely to learn how to read and read the news than they had ever done before.
In the beginning of the 20th century the advent of the radio revolutionized the way we receive news forever. By 1910 radio stations had begun broadcasting talk and news. While the growth of news radio programs was delayed due to World War I, it quickly recovered the time lost in the 1930s, and by then newspapers were beginning to be afraid of the competitors. This was for a reason. Radio allowed listeners to access news without delay, and without having to pay for it. These were two of the main advantages of newspapers printed in print.
A few decades later TV introduced a fresh way of getting news. The first television news show, “Hear It Now,” began airing in 1951. It evolved to what we see things today with a variety of evening and morning news shows that make it much easier for the public to learn what’s happening within their local communities and across the globe.
The expression “around the world” is important. Television and radio enabled viewers to get access to foreign news without much of a wait. In the very first instance in history of the world, common people were able to keep track of the happenings in other nations without having to wait for the paper of the next day or shell out money for it.
The development of printing technology and communications resulted in major changes to the way people received information in the early 19th century. Television and radio brought greater transformations in the early 20th century. However, nothing is as significant as the impact that the Internet has had in the way we consume news.
The Internet includes all of the same functions radio and television offer. It’s instant, free and long-lasting yet even more. For instance the Internet does not require waiting for a scheduled newscast.
News articles posted on a website are immediately available to everyone around the world. Additionally, although certain news websites have tried out subscriptions for paid subscribers but the majority of news is accessible to anyone at no cost.
In the end, the vast spread internet has Internet has led to ideas such as globalization, or the concept that all the people on earth are connected, being part of a larger (albeit huge) community.
The Internet can do various other things for news, too. In certain ways, it has brought back the concept of the newspaper as we can once more are able to read news articles. We also have less blatant advertising
Newspapers as well as the Internet offer the option to not look at ads, while television and radio require users to watch scheduled commercials.
However it is true that the Internet is constantly evolving that means the format of online news is always changing as well. Videos are now a popular feature on the Internet and a lot of news sites are beginning using video clips to enhance or even substitute for written articles. Other websites, such as NPR provide the option to play radio recordings shows that are already airing.
I found an article on CNET’s news feed, which I found fascinating and troubling. The headline of the article was Hackers upload porn on Sesame Street’s YouTube channel. It is evident from the title alone the article talks about a single or small group of hackers that have uploaded pornographic video content to the channel of a streaming video for children.
When I first read the title, I’ll confess that I laughed as I was thinking “what kind of stupid prank did someone pull now?”. When I typically encounter these types of articles on my news feeds, they tend to be rubbish or not newsworthy content and I tend to not pay too much attention to them. When I read this story, I was shocked.
The main reason that bothers me regarding the “prank”, is that I work for a local group for young people. Naturally , as part of our job we make use of a variety different educational tools, including in most cases, electronic resources, for the delivery of many programmes and other services.
While I’ve not used Sesame Street’s YouTube Channel in particular, Sesame Street YouTube Channel specifically however, I can imagine the amount people who introduce their kids to this particular channel frequently (I was even raised on Sesame Street). It’s because of this 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 worth noting as I came to going through this news report.
At the end of this week, a participant in one of my on-line computer education programs (who I haven’t seen for months) arrived at my office crying due to the fact that her email account (Hotmail to be precise) was compromised.
She was unable to access all her e-mails and was waiting for the answers to job postings she had submitted applications for. The incident led to a discussion on ways to keep her safe online, and also an in-depth explanation of how servers-based e-mail systems work. not linked permanently to her computer.
Today, I read an article on a woman from the UK who’s e-mail account stolen (much as my student) and had to interact the “attacker” trying to reason with them in order to recover her account, and also comprehend why this occurred to her. (In the end, she managed to recover her account, but was never given an answer on the reason why the hacker didn’t have a option but to giving her the access she needed to open her account, without the payment method).
I found this story on Sesame Street YouTube Channel few hours after I read this article on the lady from the UK.
The reason I say that these situations are funny is because I have very little respect for hackers who steal information from other systems in a malicious manner. This is why it is my belief that I devote only a small amount of focus to the study of their activities in causing chaos for others online. In a strange twist of fate I’ve been able to draw attention away from their actions people by referring to these three incidents.
I’ve always been a huge advocate of the concept that virtual worlds are the main reality for some people. The norm has been to describe physical reality as that our bodies reside in, inhabit and breathe. I am constantly working to create ideas about how this notion about “reality” is being blurred and transformed by virtual identities.
The case of YouTube’s Sesame Street YouTube Channel is a key illustration of how actions that occur in the virtual realm produce results (whether either positive or negative) on real life “real/physical” world. A fascinating line was used by the hacker as well as the lady from UK in the piece I mentioned previously, the hacker had justified his actions as not as dangerous because they didn’t physically rob the victim.
What I was able to observe about this was it was that there wasn’t any understanding by the hacker of how their actions physically can affect the victim although they might not have physically assaulted them or resulted in bodily injury as can usually happen in the event of a mugger.
This same type of mindset is evident in those individual(s) who took over this channel. Sesame Street Channel. There is no understanding of how the content might affect a child’s psychological state when they watch it.
If someone had brought physical pornography , such as magazines or videos to the park, school or other location in which children gather, there is no doubt the possibility of an arrest and most likely the charges would be filed as sexual offenders.
It leaves you wondering whether these people are aware that performing these acts on the internet in a virtual space is equally bad as it is and can have exactly the same negative physical harm as allowing this content to be available at a school.