Trusting information

Last week we talked about the idea of how can we trust the information we receive on the internet. Whilst I feel this is an interesting and a worthwhile topic to discuss, but at the same time, although we’re talking about networked media, I feel trusting information in general is important to talk about. Especially in circumstances where reliable networking is not available. An example of this is North Korea claiming they won 7-0 to Japan, 4-0 to the USA and 2-0 to China in the world cup, even though they did not even participate.

You can also talk about ideas such as other false governmental claims that are uncovered by whistleblowers such as Edward Snowden. How can we really trust any information we are receiving, when even our Governments are keeping secrets and lying to us?


So, we’ve been learning HTML, barely. I know it is supposed to be a starting point for people who have not worked in HTML before, but as far as I am concerned what we learnt is fairly useless.

I have been doing web design for 4 years, and I seriously don’t see why we only learnt about such small trivial things in the whole context of HTML. Learning how to align images is helpful, but when working in programs that are constantly trying to make this easier, I don’t see the point. Again with adding links to images and text, as far as I am concerned, a waste of time. Though it gives us the knowledge of how to edit our code directly, widespread and highly used clients such as Dreamweaver are moving towards making this knowledge redundant.

We are using text wrangler, and in reality, most web designers and people doing anything related to web will use professional programs like Dreamweaver, which makes it possible for us to not really know about this knowledge, which should take much less time than we took.

Social media’s power

Check out this article

Its about a man who fell in love with a woman on an airplane and his journey to track her down. He used twitter creating the hashtags #LoveAtFirstSight and #findkatie. Low and behold, he ended up tracking her down, is in contact with her and is meeting her soon!

This demonstrates the absolute power of the internet and social media, making it possible to track people down from across the globe with only their first name.

RMIT is smoke free, right?

Bit of an unrelated post, but is it just me or is there signs saying RMIT is smoke free, don’t smoke on campus etc. everywhere?

Yet, I still notice a large number of people doing the discourteous act of smoking on campus, even staff members have been caught in the act. I am just questioning how are they enforcing this ban on smoking? cause it seems like your doing a pretty crap job.



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Thepiratebay vs Foxtel, your thoughts?

Ellen makes a great point, I don’t think I could have said it any better.

It is not that many Australians don’t see what they are doing (in terms of pirating content) as illegal, they whole heartedly realise that. I talk about it as a collective, as Australia has the highest rate of piracy world wide.

I think Ellen’s point that Australians would be happy to pay for they TV programs (at a reasonable price that is), rather than pirate them. It is rather pathetic that we have to wait so long for some shows, and sometimes never get them unless we have Foxtel.

One thing that Ellen didn’t mention (nor did I expect her to) was the AFL. I personally, find it disgraceful that “Australia’s Game” as it is always so kindly put, is near impossible to bearably watch without paying for it. Coverage by the low quality channel 7 is not enough, and people don’t want to buy Foxtel or AFL live to watch something that many believe should be free. Who want’s to watch standard definition crap on channel 7, and not even see their team play?


Check out Ellen’s post here if you want to hear her thoughts on Piracy and subscriptions.

Week 3 Questions

Questions from class

  1. How can we trust the validity of the information we engage with on the internet?
  2. Can blogging be put into a specific formula, like how we put a formula to essays?
  3. a. How does network literacy differ from print literacy? What limitations do they share? What strengths help compensate for each other?
    b. Can they work together? or are they always going to be separate
  4. Can network literacy be taught formally, or does the ever changing form of the internet make teaching and learning network literacy redundant?

Extra question

  1. If the essay is redundant in everyday life, why has some form of assessment not been developed that evokes the writers ideas in a relevant way that may be used in later life?

Are the beds still burning?

In politics we were talking about talking politically, and I thought it was interesting how talking politically doesn’t have to be limited to actual political talk, rather it can span form almost anything.

Here’s a video which you should know, and speaks greatly to this idea of talking politically.