Author Archives: Edwin Munet

And the search continues…

Thanks to Badke, my online search for information has improved from I search for information in my earlier research papers that i have dealt with. But now the biggest obstacle for me is finding scholarly sources since this is my first time ever trying to find one. Also this is my first attempt to creating a annotated bibliography. I was not here last class but I am trying my best on where to find said scholarly sources. I Know i can find some through a website called JSTOR but I am not familiar with this website and i certainly dont want to subscribe to anything.

Research proposal difficulties

Choosing a topic was difficult enough for me but when it come to narrowing it down and trying to get the information needed to write this 5 to 8 page paper will be even harder. But thanks to Badke I am able to narrow down and find the information that i will need when I try to search it in the frustrating search engines. Now i can use different strategies like using the word and, or, not to find the proper info i need for my research topic. Probably the most difficult part for me would be the annotated bibliography because it would be my first time in doing it.

Is the search engine a good thing or a bad one?

We use the internet search engine to look up information that we need to complete our work, projects, or find the knowledge that we are looking for. But sometimes we dont get what we are looking for. Sometimes we get things that are related to what we are looking for but not exactly what we are looking for. But thats because we dont make use of the advance search options that are provided with the search engines that are provided to us, for example something like google and their advanced search options. If we were to use the advanced search options we would have a better and easier time finding what we need.

Information leads to knowledge which leads to power or a felony

Its funny how people say that “Knowledge is power” which makes other people want to gain more knowledge(hopefully), but when we want to gain knowledge there is always an obstacle in your path when we try to gain or pursue it. In “Aaron Swartz: Opening Access to Knowledge” the article explains how Mr.Swartz wanted to share information with everyone that can give them knowledge but people would have to subscribe(such a horrible word these days, makes you cringe right?) to a digital library such as JSTOR. Mr.Swartz wanted to share this information and he did, but when he did somehow under vague wire-fraud and computer-abuse laws, he was charged with 13 felony offenses(and here I thought sharing was caring).

Why cant information just be free? Why is it that we the consumers must pay to receive information that can one day help us? 

Oct 2nd Hw: Plagiarism

Plagiarism is something that we as readers are unaware of until we notice a sentence or quote that belonged to another author or until we go looking up similar novels and find out that the author we just read from took the ideas of a different author of a different book or article. To me plagiarism is taking someones words or writing word for word and claiming it as your own. But writers tend to take other writers ideas or thoughts and tend to “alter” them and make them their own. I would not call that plagiarism, as long as the writer who took the other writer’s ideas and thoughts and not copied it word for word.

Copyright Laws: Sept 25th HW

Copyright laws have been with us since 1710(O.o wow thats alot). Now in the video of “Copyright: Forever Less One Day” it explains the process of how copyright laws were established and extended for the authors who create magical and awesome creations for society’s wonderful imagination, even though the authors need to keep creating things so no one will remake any of their works unless the authors give them permission to do so(sucks to be them).

What i would like to know is, how does the copyright laws really work?

Is it only up to lifetime+70 years after your dead or do the authors keep it and no one can take their work and remake them?

Once given permission to remake, can you remake the whole work of the author or only some parts of their original work?

A Vague Term: Sept 23th

The term “Big Data” is a vague term that is used carelessly in our society today. But this term means three different things. The first thing is that it is a bunch of technologies put together which is all the old and new sources of data such as Web pages, browsing habits, sensor signals, social media, GPS location data from smartphones, genomic information and surveillance videos. Second, it is a potential revolution in measurement. And third, it is a point of view, or philosophy, about how decisions will be — and perhaps should be — made in the future(from text of Sizing up big data, Broadening beyond the internet). Even though we use big data in companies and security,what else can we use big data for?

Is it reliable? Does it provide us with proper facts?

If it does become a revolution in measurement, will it be a good thing? A bad thing? How will we benefit from it?


Sept 18th HW – Zines

Zines used to be a strictly underground culture phenomenon, but with an estimated 20,000 zines in existence it is now a significant part of the American cultural landscape. The word “zine” comes from the Arabian word “makhazin”—the plural of “makhzan,” meaning storehouse. Also zines are self-published prints by one or more people which can contain a massive amount of information and creativity based on the topic the person or people chose to talk or print about. According to the text “A zine is produced for purer, personal reasons—the only demand it supplies comes from the creator’s imagination and not the marketplace”. My question is what kind of personal material would people put into zines? Why would that specific material be important enough to share it with the community?

Sept.16th Homework

In the introduction of the text of “Content, Computing, Communications”, Meikle and Young both explain how Itunes went from a software where you can put and organize your music into a software where media content is now converged into its space.

In 2001, Itunes was introduced by Apple as a means for Macintosh computer users to rip, mix, and burn their music collection. But then in April 2003, iTunes became a networked media environment thanks to the introduction of the iTunes music store where now you can buy music, watch tv, listen to the radio and even buy and watch films. Now you can even view and share pictures.

But what i want to know is why did Apple take a simple software where you can store and organize your music and converged it into the social media field? Why did Apple not simply make another software?

Media Convergence: Sept. 11th

In the introduction of the reading of Media Convergence, the authors Graham Meikle and Sherman Young both explain how media has become an important factor in our life. In the text, it says “the average person spends almost nine hours a day using media – watching tv, reading newspapers, listening to the radio, texting, gaming and using the internet ” (Meikle and Young, 2nd page). We are spending more of our time on media than we are spending when we are sleeping, and when we are at the workplace (2). “The media are no longer just what we watch, listen to or read – the media are now what we do” (Meikle and Young, 2nd page).