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Digital Democracy

Throughout this course, I have learned about the impact of digital media on democracy and vice versa. The influence of Digital Democracy is vast; it influences e-commerce, marketing and social media. In this class, determination of political outlines and how politics is implemented in DM were considered such as political blogs and forums/ websites, political advertising, news sites and more recently open source software news sites.

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People of Change

Yesterday was the most exciting political experience of my life. I witnessed something different, something I’ve always longed for–change.  The United States of America has proven to the world that it is different from any other nation. I have always known the U.S. to be a multicultural country; yet I’ve also been cognizant of the fact that power has rested mainly with the white majority. Not anymore.  Today the United States is a country where the presidency is accessible by individuals of all races, cultures and beliefs.

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Comment on Chris’s Entry

Hi Chris,

1. Tell what you think about Rheingold’s 8th point?

Well, I think those points are very general statments. It could apply to more than one giving technology wether now, in the future or even to our previous old technologies in many different societies. Basically, those points didn’t add any thing new to me, it just worked as a reminder of some facts that people must consider with any emergence of a new technology.    

2. How do you feel mobile technology has changed your life?

Mobile technology made our lives easier and smoother by all means. Not only our social daily lives that benefit from this burst technology, but also our profissional implementations. Consult this web page, “6 Mobile Innovations That Will Change Your Life”,

 http://www.informationweek.com/news/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=191900161   

3. Why do you believe there is a “matter of literacy” dividing those that use mobile technology and those that do not?

I found this explanatory article that might give you some insights,

http://mobileliteracies.blogspot.com/   

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Comment on Amy’s Entry

Amy, I think you have a very analytical point of view. I have always liked your analysis in our previous course. And, yes I totally agree that the digital media nowadays is completely different than before in its application but its similar in being consumer driven. 

I believe your approach to the “specific topics” that you brought up is very effective. Your analogy between the internet and the railroad is brilliant; it really gave me a clearer insight into the topic.  

You also brought up a very important topic in the mean time which is how we solve the problem of the disruptive technology, but also it is very important to know who is responsible for that, is it the government or big businesses?  

Good Luck 😀 

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As I came across Justin’s entry, I found it very simple, neat, and direct. I think it is very brilliant idea to start with a personal experience and connect it with the reading. Justin gave a clear definition of The Long Tail under the light of the new economy which is the economy of abundance. He states that technologies have been developed to connect niche with people (as he got connected to Banana Man episodes), and therefore our economy is changed totally. Gradually, the attention of the majority has shifted from hits toward non-hit markets.

Justin points out at the author’s elaboration on the effect of the Long Tail on goods within the entertainment industry rather than other industries. I admired Justin’s analytical point of views, as he mentioned the reasons why consumers are moving toward niches. He says we are living in a different and in the same time familiar world, a world where goods become easy to produce, market, distribute, find, consume, and re-purpose.

Justin clarifies that Anderson didn’t argue the ending era of hits, but, instead he argues the monopoly of the hit is dead as the niche market grows. Justin says that the last sentence of his reading is the underlying thread of the Long Tail which is the long tail is about choice. Everything is possible on the long tail since we have got the variety and the freedom of choice. People are free to choose either markets hits or niches which suit their needs. Justin assures that Anderson is advocating the idea of the abundance of choice, “when the choice is meaningful, more is better” (175).

Justin acknowledges the great work of Anderson, saying that it is the most valuable work to professionals working in digital media. Justin covers entirely all the important assents of the book. He elaborates on the most important conceptions of the book, like the majority is shifting toward the new economy which is the world of niches and why, and also he emphasizes on the idea of choice which is the main stream of this book.  

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I wanted to reflect on Justin’s article for several reasons. First, what he wrote made a lot of sense to me. Second, I found a lot of similarities between my scholarly article that I chose and the scholarly article that is chosen by him.

In Justin’s article, Dempsey argues that the current library system should adopt new techniques that would help in lowering transaction costs and bridging the gap of supply and demand. Those techniques are basically existed in the network environment. In my article, Mitchell describes the mechanism of the Data Fountain technique that is used in digital libraries. This technique is basically a new service that helps people to find what they seek, by adopting an open-source-software. As Justin says, it is not enough for the content to be present; instead it needs to be findable and available immediately to its consumer. This is what the Data Fountain technique provides to consumers.

Then, Justin describes the three-must-do-thing that comes in Dempsey’s article in order to close the gap of supply and demand and fulfill the premise of Anderson’s The Long Tail. First, digital libraries must offer a tool that searches the whole library and delivers all the resources available. Second, libraries must host their inventory in large facilities that can increase delivery time and save on transaction cost. Third, utilize transaction behavior to help the system evolve and adapt over time. I think Justin did a great job in analyzing Dempsey’s article. Also, he made a great connection between the three-must-do-thing and Anderson’s theory. And since I wrote about digital libraries too, Justin enhanced the Data Fountain theory by illustrating the three-must-do-thing. Dempsey and Anderson both urge libraries to use the new technology to lower the transaction costs and cover the gap between supply and demand. 

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