Monthly Archives: January 2015

The Uses of YouTube.

One of the main digital communications I use is YouTube.

I do not have a YouTube channel although I have thought of creating one, but I like watching videos on it, and mainly listening to music – listening to any of the new songs out. The reason I like YouTube is because it is also easy to access on my phone, on the computer or at college so if my iPod has run out of battery, it is easy to gain access to other music and it is all free unlike other music sites.

YouTube is also a great way to see the adverts for any of the latest films out in the cinema, as it is quick and easy to search for films on. However the main problem is the fact that there are so many adverts on this website, near enough after every song; on the other hand, you can usually skip these after five seconds.

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Digital Communications – The on-line revolution in the British Press.

Task One: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-18013662
Media now days has a massive impact, not only on the public, and a change in our daily lives, along with giving us fast news, but it also has a massive impact on businesses, and changes how they run their jobs.
Technology has been a great help, giving journalists sources to base their next column on, as soon as a story breaks out. However, although the media can be vastly beneficial, they can damage, as much as they can help. This was found when a film and TV programme company Netflix informed their customers that their pricing structure was being changed, their customers got so annoyed, that 82,000 negative comments got posted on the internet, and they lost 800,000 customers in months. Not only did Netflix lose customers though, two-thirds of their market value got lost too. This just goes to show that although media can make businesses, it can also break them.

Pros:
• Quick information on the latest breaking news for the public to find out first hand.
• Quick and easy to contact friends, family, work and businesses.
• Benefits businesses, providing more advertisement, and to link in with their customers via Facebook, Twitter and with their own website.
• Helps provide journalists with quick news from their boss, or other branches, via email, on information from their next news story.

Cons:
• As much as it can make businesses, businesses can also be broken from damaging comments, provided by their customers on the Internet.
• Once information is on the Internet, it gets spread quickly, so is hard to be removed, if though of as unethical.
• Do we rely upon the Internet too much? How would we cope, if technology broke at work? It would take longer for journalists to find a new story to write for the news paper due to be released the following day, and it would be harder to contact people.

Task Two: http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/30780010 – Cadbury’s Crème Egg outrage and other ‘ruined’ recipes.
I found this article interesting, because of how customers react when food recipes are changed, and how the internet now has much more of an influence on this. For instance, now that the Cadbury’s Crème Egg recipe has slightly changed, where as people back when Twitter or Facebook did not exist, would just avoid the food, as they no longer like it, people now days would leave a comment on the business Facebook or Twitter page at how much they dislike the food. This creates harder work for the business, as not only do they possibly have to revert back to the old recipe (to gain customers back) but they probably lose loads of customers, just because they read the comments, and decide to no longer buy that brand of food, possibly without even trying it!
This story has not been updated. The links of the Related Stories are relevant to the topic of the story you have just read. With this story, you are unable to leave a comment, however you are about to share it across the Internet. With this website, you do not need to pay a subscription to view it.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30790412 – Paris attacks: ‘I am not Charlie’
I thought I would choose this story, as it is one of the latest most known news, as this has been one of the worse attacks in France for 50 years. There has been a lot of shootings and hostage attacks in Paris recently, and people are often checking the news to see if there have been any updates on the news, and changes in France. This particular story actually has been updated. The links at the end of the story are extremely beneficial to anyone who wants to find out more, as all the links are about different people involved in the story, about the religions involved etc. There is not an opportunity to leave a comment at the end of the story; however, there are links at the end, to share the story. You do not need to pay a subscription to use this website.

Task Three: http://www.bbc.co.uk I would like to use this website regularly, as they post the latest news, extremely quickly, to inform the public of the latest breaking news. I feel this is extremely important, as you never know what could be happening near you, and the risk people could be in. For instance, the shootings and hostage attacks happening in Paris. If someone was going on holiday to Paris, after hearing that, they would likely want to change their mind.

Homework: The social media has improved the rate of journalism, making it easier for journalists to gain information on the latest stories happening in their area of work. Also, with the help of emails, and devices like the mobile phone, and voice recorders, journalism has greatly improved. This has made it quicker and easier for journalists to hear from their boss’s and any companies they are in contact with, when they get some news for a column; also with the help of a voice recorder, it has improved on the efficiency of their work, making it easier to take notes, and to improve on the accuracy of the information taken down for the story.

With social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, and with newspaper websites, it has also made it easier for the public to find out the news quicker, especially as people on Twitter and Facebook, share the stories making it spread quicker, to more and more people. Some newspapers even have their own mobile app, so as soon as breaking news reaches the BBC, people get sent a notification to their phone, improving on the efficiency of how they work. It is now probably more rare for people to find out the news in a newspaper, because of the TV, mobile and social media sites. However, due to so much of the work we now do is online, this could lead to us relying upon social media and technology too much.

Good and bad websites.

Bad websites:

1. http://www.pennyjuice.com/htmlversion/whoispj.htm
This website is too colourful! Although it is good to have a bold, eye-catching website, this website has used too many colours, and is too bright to look at. It is even hard to read the text on the page, as it is too colourful!

2. http://www.arngren.net
This website is way too cluttered with images, making it hard to find what you are looking for unless you use the search bar at the top of the page. There are images and text everywhere, too tightly squeezed together!

3. http://www.lingscars.com
The website is too bright, with too many advertisements. There are also too many different text styles, and animations on the page, making it difficult to decide where to start looking. With some of the advertisements and animations, they also cover up some of the text making it even hard to read.

4. http://www.tgantt.com/treegrid/www/Gantt.html?gclid=COaevqPW0sACFSdp7AodcFMAdw
There is so much text on one page and a lot of it is so small, that the text seems overbearing, making it hard for people to know where to start reading. People are more likely to go off the website because of the quantity of text.

5. http://www.leoneck.ch/en/
The website only really has animated images or paintings rather than actual pictures of the hotel, which means less people are going to rent rooms from the hotel, as they are not entirely sure of what the actual hotel looks like, or how good it is.

Good websites:

1. http://thenostalgiamachine.com
This website is easy and simple to navigate. All you need to do is put in the year of music you want to listen to, and select the songs that you want to hear! This is easy and perfect to use if you cannot sleep.

2. http://www.calm.com
This website allow you to set a timer for however long you want to relax (for up to 20 minutes) and it plays relaxing music, with calm backgrounds, to help you drift off. This is also available on iPhone and android, and it also has a Facebook and twitter page.

3. https://www.netflix.com/gb/
This website offers a free month subscription to the website, to see whether or not you like it, and it lets you see loads of different TV programmes and films as and when you please! It’s even available on smart TV’s!

4. http://www.facebook.com
This website is brilliant, as the features on it allow people to talk to each other, even if they are on the other side of the world. You also have your own profile, so you can put statuses, videos and pictures up for everyone to see, and it is easy to use. You can even get the app on your phone.

5. https://www.mathway.com
This website is able to solve any maths problem at all, whether it is basic or trigonometry. It instantly solves the problem, and if you upgrade you account, it will show you the steps on how it solved the equation.

The Difference Between The Internet And The World Wide Web.

The difference between the Internet and the world wide web is that the Internet is a network, which holds the connections over all the computers, linking them all together, to allow them to communicate to one another if they are both connected through cables, or a wireless signal. Compared to this, the web is the digital pages available to be viewed on the Internet.
To browse the web, there are browsers available, such as Firefox and Internet Explorer, to gain admittance to the web pages – these are more formally known as web documents – which are hyperlinked to each other. Not only can you look at web documents on the Internet though, but you can also add your own page.
The web has also become greatly useful, with the use if email pages, Facebook and so on; all highly used pages for communication, allowing us to all contact each other no matter how far away we are from one another. Emails are probably most important out of the two, as they are more importantly used for work, and are a vital piece of communication, which is greatly relied upon.
The Internet is also used for communication such as sending a message or transferring a file. The internet has greatly developed, allowing us to get access through it to the web, via our mobiles, tablets and laptops, through wireless communication, where as, you could originally only gain access to it through a computer, linked up by wires, to the Internet.

Who Uses WordPress?

WordPress is available and useful for people of any age to use, whether for owning a website to be a hobby to show off your creative skills, for displaying art online, or allowing people to read your stories and poetry online, or whether you want to use the website to build a business.

WordPress is more suitable for people from the age of 16 to use, as it can be confusing to understand how to add pages and post pictures on the site.

This would be an ideal site for students to use, if they want to use it as a blog to post all of their college work on for the teachers to mark, as once you understand how to use it, it is not too hard.

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