Demystifying Media Reflection 1/17/2018

I figured it would be best to use some of the space in my first blog reaction to describe what exactly I am reflecting on, and how I am finding the things with which I am reflecting on. It sounds like a mouthful, but I think it will provide a good path moving forward. Not just for you — the reader — but for myself. I think if I can keep a firm grasp on what I am supposed to look for and do, it will help me stay on target. The first part of my entries will focus on what I have learned from conversation in class the week prior to the reflections. For example, the entry that I am currently writing will focus on what was discussed last week in class. I am hopeful that the 6-day turnaround period won’t be too enticing for me to do the majority of the entries the day they are due. If so, I’d need to keep diligent notes on what was discussed, because I’d probably forget a sizable chunk of the information.

The thing I specifically remember from the first class period was Professor Radcliffe’s PowerPoint presentation that was part of a TED talk he gave. The presentation was a good overview of trends in digital media that are happening right now. What fascinated (and perhaps terrified me) most about his presentation was how prevalent mobile technology has become in such a small amount of time. I also found the examples of how production techniques are moving toward reaching a mobile audience. As someone who teaches a bit of video production, I have always been told that shooting video vertically is almost a crime against humanity. It was interesting to see that companies are shooting in that format (as opposed to vertical), to better showcase the traits of the mobile technology. Another part of Professor Radcliffe’s presentation that took me back was when he discussed social media platforms (many of which I had used) that are almost dead. It was an interesting showcase of how fickle and fast-moving technology is.

The second part of my reflections will focus on the readings I have done over the course of the week on the media platform I was given during the first week of class. That platform is TechCrunch. To be honest, I am not a big fan of TechCrunch. It’s not because of anything on the platform itself, but it is because I’m an not an avid-enough technology person to care about visiting the site every day. Aside from a few technology relation topics that I am interested in – like blockchain and cryptocurrency – many of the article have a hard time getting my attention. For example, there is an article published about how Apple is rerouting employee shuttles after someone attacked their shuttles over the past couple of weeks. The story is sort-of interesting in that it is telling us Apple employees are being attacked, but how Apple employees function, or how Apple responds to crises like this isn’t all that appealing to me.

TechCruch is all about cryptocurrency though. That came as a nice surprise to me. This week TechCrunch featured stories on how BitCoin is declining in price, how Ethereum’s co-founder has moved on to another project, how the creators of Ripple are now investing in other projects, and perhaps the most surprising article to see was about the death of BitConnect. BitConnect is, or I guess I should say was, a BitCoin lending platform that some people considered a Ponzi scheme due to its referral structure. The death of BitConnect is hot news in cryptocurrency circles, so it was nice to see that TechCrunch has a pretty good story on it. Although I’m not too thrilled about general tech news, I’ll be happy to keep reading what they include for crypto.

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