It has almost become a common thing: giving a comment to an article and letting people hear our own voice about matters we are interested in. Then someone else responds to your opinion and gives his/her own opinion.
You can find this phenomenom almost everywhere nowadays, but this hasn’t always been like that. A few years ago, people could not simply publicly give there comment on news articles. This only started around 2005. Since then, we no longer have to rely on the general media and the biased view of the publishers.
Even official newspapers joined the world of User-Generated Content (UGC), allowing readers to comment on today’s matters. People can comment on the quality of the news as well, so news writers can take that into account and improve their newspapers. Stores also use this more often. People can comment on their products and give advice to the distributer to improve their products.
Facebook, Flickr and Youtube are examples of sites existing of UGC. People can post all kinds of media freely and this allows other people to look in their lives as much as the publisher wants them to.
Unfortunately there are also disadvantages to UGC, because the data published on the web could be violated and used for unintended purposes. Another problem is that everybody can add their comment or edit informational sources, such as Wikipedia. This causes the level of professionalism and truthfulness on the web to drop.
Because of this, it is unsure whether the publisher is actually basing his comment or judgement on factual data.
Another criticism would be whether the posts are all legal issues or should some of them be blocked from the audience?
Watch the film to have some more info on the subject, discussed by Tom Murphy of Revenue at SES San Jose 2009
So, UGC allows us to comment and let everybody hear our voice about any subjects we’re interested in, but is it a problem that ANYTHING can be published?
Computer technology has become more and more important in the past few years. Factories use computer technology to produce their products faster and more efficiently. Not only factories use computers, schools also have started using computers to teach students the material they need to know. This has caused some schools to use digital books instead of regular books.
Of course this change has pros and cons.
One of the advantages is that the students don’t have to carry all their books with them anymore, because the books are on the Internet anyway. Or students could take a USB-stick with them with all their books on it.
One of the disadvantages is that student are completely dependent on computers which is very expensive for both schools and students.
If the school would have to buy enough computers to provide all of their students with access to a computer. Moreover, if everything is digitalized, the school actually has to buy a computer or notebook for every single student. Schools simply don’t have enough money for that.
And if students all have to buy notebooks that would be a problem too, because students don’t have the money either.
Another aspect would be the education quality. Would digital books improve the quality of education or would it actually worsen the quality of education?
Of course these examples are just a few of the advantages and disadvantages of changing from regular books to digital books.
So please tell me what you think about this change and why you think that.
If you have questions about the subject you can ask me as well, and I’ll be glad to answer them as best I can.
Underneath, you can watch a videoblog about this topic as well:
Also, click this link to have some more info on the topic: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2006/jun/05/bookscomment.mediaguardian1