Demystifying Media Reflection – Week 9

Week 9 Class Discussion

In class last we, we got to see and hear presentations from our fellow classmates about their “Hot Topic” assignments. This may have been one of my favorite days in class so far, because it aligned more with my interests as a researcher, and it gave me some presentation experience (you can never have enough).

I presented on the top 5 cryptocurrencies in the market right now, and where the blockchain space was going in the futre. It was the first time I had presented anything on the crypto space. The feedback was very helpful, and the questions gave me a sense of what worked in the presentation and what didn’t. I figured the questions that were asked were of specific interest to people, so I made notes of what people asked, so I could focus more on them in my “Hot Topic” write up. I think they’ll be useful for future research as well.

I was impressed with the quality of presentations. In my undergraduate experiences, I never had to produce a PowerPoint or Keynote presentation, so I never developed those skills. I consider myself computer literate, but some things, like creative presentations make me anxious. I am impressed at the quality of presentations that undergraduates are producing. I think it’s a skill that will benefit them in the future.

My favorite topic that was discussed was about surfing. I know little to nothing about surfing, but after the presentation was over, I felt that I had learned quite a bit about this history of the surfing magazine space. I know I would be terrible at surfing, but when I see high-quality photos of surfers doing their thing, it makes me feel like I could do it. One of the sites that was presented showed a live feed of a surfing beach. I never thought that I could see myself subscribing to something like that, but the view of the beach was nice.

The other presentation that I liked was about the 3rd Party political parties. While there was some improvement in the actual presentation that could have been done, I was impressed that the presenter chose a hot political topic to talk about. I feel that I need to nurture that sense in people when they feel fired up about something. I was impressed that it was a “Hot Topic” for him, and it wasn’t what was typically presented by undergraduates.

TechCrunch Week 9

Twitter vs. Crypto Scammers

Twitter announced this week that they are going to be taking a harder stance on cryptocurrency advertising. According to the TechCrunch arctile, Twitter is specifically is specifically looking to halt advertising that is geared toward initial coin offerings or ICOs.

According to Twitter’s rules, the platform forbids, “Ads for products or services that are potentially unsafe or deceptive.” It also forbids, “Ads making misleading or deceptive claims, such as ‘get rich quick’ offers.” Twitter seems to be cracking down on the cash-grab predatory practices of some ICOs as of late. Described as “shit coins” by crypto insiders, the ICOs of shit coins are meant to be a quick way to grab large amounts of cash — all under the guise of being the next Bitcoin. Once the ICO is over, the coin (and its makers) may disappear, or they may function on the market for a short amount of time before going out of business.

This seems like a good move on the part of Twitter to protect its users, but one has to cast a dubious eye on the crackdown. The myriad of multi-level marketing tweets on their platform, which arguably violate the same rules, but occur on a much larger scale, are still firmly in place on their advertising structure. Doubts are cast about Twitter’s intent, when the “ban hammer” isn’t applied equally.

You’re Cool With That, Right?

It’s not often you find the largest video technology company in the world, who is controlled by the largest information company in the work, making a gigantic decision that makes you go, “What? Seriously, what are you thinking?”

YouTube announced this week that they would start including Wikipedia information alongside videos of a more controversial or conspiratorial nature. Yes, this isn’t from halls of The Onion. A staple of the “YouTubeiverse” is being forced to partner with Wikipedia. Actually, Wikipedia is being forced to work with the conspiracy video makers.

According to the article in TechCruch, YouTube’s CEO Susan Wojcickias said that conspiracy videos would start containing “information cues” from Wikipedia while the videos are playing. It’s not quite confirmed what the cues will look like, but it could be assumed that they would resemble the informational pop ups that users create in videos.

If you’re looking for a perfect example of a tech company passing the buck, this is it. Instead of taking responsibility for the crazy stuff found on YouTube, or taking steps to actually address the issue of what people upload, YouTube is placing the informational responsibility on Wikipedia. It will be entirely up to Wikipedia to make sure the information on the controversial subject is correct and “fair.” The article also mentioned that Wikipedia had no idea that it was joining in this partnership with YouTube. It’s widely known that Google searches are favorable toward Wikipedia information, and they have been for a long time. Maybe Google is finally expecting something in return?

Stay tuned.

Get Your Snorkel Ready, We’re Headed for a Dive

Google announced this week that it was banning all advertising related to cryptocurrencies on its platforms. The move comes as the crypto space has continued to be extremely volatile over the last couple of months.

The article quotes Google ad executive Scott Spencer who says, “We don’t have a crystal ball to know where the future is going to go with cryptocurrencies…but we’ve seen enough consumer harm or potential for consumer harm that it’s an area that we want to approach with extreme caution.”

Like Twitter’s crackdown on ICO advertising this week, Google is taking the move try curb the instances of scammers taking advantage of unknowing investors. While Twitter is focusing on just scammers, Google chose to implement a blanket approach of banning all crypto advertising. The cryptocurrency space is mostly unregulated, and Google says that until there becomes some sort of normalcy in the space, the ban will remain.

I’m not completely sure how to feel about a blanket ban. It sounds like the same type of thing a high-school principle would implement for risque clothing or something. It’ll work, but alienate the student body at the same time. The ban also keeps legitimate crypto and blockchain companies from the advertising space, and if legitimacy is the ultimate goal of the crypto space, bans like this harm that goal.

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