The Internet of Things – It’ll make us really fat

The thought of being able to make each and every inanimate object become living things or more exactly ‘digitally alive’ is on the one hand very exciting, but also very concerning. This is what’s often referred to as the internet of things and it is quickly being made into a reality. The internet of things…

A Battle of the Ages: Android vs Apple

Some open sourced enthusiasts predict that in the not too distant future closed sources of information and software will diminish and will not be able to compete with open sources. In the mobile world, many android enthusiasts voice their dislike towards the closed and rigid structure of closed systems such as the Apple iPhone with…

Twitter: The Superhero of the Digital Realm

Some people have come to the conclusion that Twitter and Facebook led to the uprisings that have taken place in some North African states over the past few years and which are commonly referred to as the Arab Spring. Others claim that without these social media platforms, these revolutions may not have occurred. However, I…

Wikileaks: The Secret Killer

For those who have not heard about Wikileaks, it is a non-profit organization whose aim is to inform the public of news and information. It provides an “innovative, secure and anonymous way for sources to leak information to our journalists.” Wikileaks’ founder, Julian Assange has claimed to be a journalist, but also acts as an…

Citizen Journalism: A Blessing

The arrival of the internet has led to a decentralized flow of information. There is greater participation by the public in the flow of information. Citizen journalism is a product of the new internet environment. Axel Bruns (2009, p. 13) describes citizen journalism as “a continuing and necessarily unfinished coverage of topics and events inviting…

Books – Things Which Don’t Grow Old

To be affronted by the fact that the work I’ve done writing this blog will most likely not realize to any monetary return is a sad thought. However, it is a fact that Clay Shirkey (2002) suggests I should come to terms with. The blogging platforms on the internet such as WordPress and Tumblr give everyone else…

Convergence: Coexistence not Minimization, weird right?

Many people mistake convergence as being old technologies and media being replaced by an all-encompassing device of convenience that will fit your pocket. However, Jenkins opposes this idea and instead states that convergence is altering “the relationship between existing technologies” (p. 15) as new ones are introduced. It is the restructuring of old technologies and…