A new kind of human specie called ‘Camera Man’.

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     Since 2009, Apple introduced the first iPhone, camera have been perceived as an essential part of every smart phone. None smart phone has been sold without camera. It has transformed digital environment all around the world. Sharing has been enhanced. As we all know that only one picture can tell the whole story. People share their experience by taking a picture, or video, and upload it on their social media sites which is easier than writing one paragraph story. Typically people tend to share content related to their daily basis, well decorated lunch or impressive gift for instance. However some people seem to be addicted to this activity. Despite the situation needs their participation in term of help, car accident or  bullying for instance, they still consider taking a picture or video as the first priority.

     The term of the word ‘Camera man’ in this post is different from the term of the word ‘Camera man’ that we usually use to explain a person who responsible for taking pictures or videos in the media industry. ‘Camera man’ in this post defines an individual who does not work as professional journalism but like to produce contents even in inappropriate situation. For example In a situation of car accident, this kind of people prefer to produce contents than help.

     An existence of ‘Camera man’ is a byproduct of combination between digital camera and smartphone. It has been enhanced by  User generated content phenomenon, Culture of sharing and Social support.

     Digital cameras enhances people to gain power on digital environment. It has been accessible for them to express their opinion and attitude. As mentioned by Niroshan(2009), Technology is one essential factors enhance users to generate their own contents. Developing in consumer electronic goods, digital cameras and high-speed internet for instance, converges our life and digital in term of accessibility. 50 years ago, create and publish contents were responsibility for professional journalists. However, since consumer electronic devices were developed, consumers have occupied the power back. Monopoly power in media environment has been gradually destroyed, anyone with digital camera can produce contents.

     Combining between digital camera and mobile encourage sharing culture. Previously, the bridge connecting between producing and sharing content was rugged. People can easily create contents by using digital cameras. However, the process of sharing contents was not convenient like today, despite the fact that social media has been exited. Contents have to be transferred to computer then shared on social media. Combining between mobile phone and camera, to be smart phone, enhance sharing culture. While creating contents and sharing are one, ‘Camera man’ is born.

     In addition, supporting from digital population encourages ‘Camera man’.  Many people consume and support this contents as an entertainment. Providing a good feed back toward contents  means supporting.

      However, it’s difficult to judge that being ‘Camera man’ is good or bad. Some people may say that taking video or picture doesn’t make situations get better, participating and helping are useful. On the other hands, Some people may argue that ‘Camera man’ can fulfil tasks those professional journalists can’t do, many situations occur in the place and time that journalists can’t reach.

Facebook messenger App raises users privacy concern.

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     On last month( August 2014), All Facebook mobile user was given a message which requires them to download the Facebook messenger application, separated from Facebook mobile, otherwise they would not be able to use messaging function in Facebook mobile. This application asks a permission to access several user’s private areas, contact list, calendar and phone memory for instance. This requirement causes many criticism from a number of users.

Here is the list of requirement that the application asks for permission to access.

1. Identity ( Find and read contact in your device)

2. Contacts/Calendar (Read you contact)

3. Location (Identify your location on network based or GPS network based)

4. SMS (Be able to edit, read, receive and send you text message, including SMS and MMS)

5. Phone (Be able to directly call phone number and read phone log)

6. Camera/Microphone (Be able to take a picture and video, and record audio)

7. Wi-Fi connection information (View Wi-Fi connection)

8. Device ID&Call Information (Be able to read device status and ID)

9. Other


     You can see full detail of requirement here http://bit.ly/1ssyF9y (For Android). However, I have to say sorry for iPhone user that I can’t access to Term&Agreement of this application on iOS platform.


     This application offends many users by the reason that it intervenes user personal area, Personally identifying information(PII). This is an information that can be used to identify and individual, for example contact list and location. People believe that Facebook would collect this information and sell it to business companies or government organisations. Furthermore, the issue is exaggerated by user’s belief that their SMS and MMS can be accessed and edited, their devices can be hacked and call to somebody, and their device camera can be activated without their permission. Users concerning are driven by anxiety.

     On the other hands, Facebook announced their explanation toward this concerning. Firstly, about requirement on android platform, it mentioned that this requirement, which is used by almost android application, does not reflect the way Facebook do. Secondly, All these required permission would enhance features in the application and create the best experience for users. For example the application access to user’s contact list in order to allows users to add their phone contact as messenger contact.

     This concerning is heightened by leaked information about NSA surveillance program on last year, consumer’s trust toward Facebook is reduced. On june 2013, Edward Snowden released the information that american people, and other countries, are observed by NSA surveillance program. This phenomenon also provoked privacy concern toward several giant technology companies, which is including Facebook. Despite an effort to declare that they prioritise user privacy trust toward brand is in danger.

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     This issue, however, may not strongly impact a number of Facebook user. Many people are concerning about privacy of their online information. Many people are, on the other hands, still disclosing their personal information on social media, especially teenagers who don’t perceive this issue as a problem. This situation is called privacy paradox. Facebook, hence, may be affected by this problem, but the damage may not be considerable.

     Facebook messenger application, which mobile users are forced to install, raises privacy on many Facebook users. They concern about Term&Agreement of this application which requires a permission to access personal area of users, contact list for instance. Even Facebook attempts to explain the appropriate reason to its users, user’s attitude still be difficult to change. Nevertheless, this issue does not cause severe damage to Facebook, by the reason of privacy paradox.

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An impact of Virtual Reality(VR) technology to Social network.

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Hello everybody.

Two weeks ago I found one interesting piece of news from BBC technology. Let’s check this out.

http://bbc.in/1nt3Ee7

This is a project that aims to employ Virtual Reality(VR) technology to creates a new experience of watching news.

Moreover, I have a second video to show you. This one is OCULUS, a goggle device that can bring you to VR world. It’s not a fake or just only science fiction gadget anymore. 

What is OCULUS?

     It’s formal name is OCULUS Rift. This is the goggles device, which is developed by Oculus VR company in California,USA. It can create a stereoscopic 3D view, which deploys the same mechanism of real eye watching. Moreover, it has a motion sensor to detect you face movement and sync this data with an image perspective of your goggles. However, if you want to get full experience of VR, you are required to buy one more high power computer and movement sensor. It obviously does not seems to be a device for everyone at this time.

More detail : http://www.oculusvr.com/

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What is Virtual Reality (VR)?

     Virtual Reality is defined in several definitions. One definition for Virtual Reality is defined by Jonathan Steuer, Stanford University, the particular system which includes computer for real-time animation processing, a set of wired gloves and movement tracker working as a controller, and big goggles with stereoscopic display. Other definition illustrates that VR technology is a space which is created by computer program  and make individuals perceive that they are in particular immersive space. From several definitions, VR technology includes virtual place, goggle device which allow user to see virtual place and movement sensor to detect user movements.

How can VR impact Social network?

     VR can enhance social network experience by allowing users to have an engagement further than past. Normally communication on social network relies on several kinds of media, video, picture or text for instance. These allow users to be only watcher or listener. On the other hand, VR can reach further than that, by expanding user engagement ability. VR would create the second world, which is able to response to users actions,through a particular goggles device. Applying this concept to social network, users would be able to communicate with their friends by body language, rather than only text and voice. They can create and participate virtual physical activities, sports and recreation activities, with their friends which is almost the same as they do in the real world.

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     On the other hand, VR also brings challenges to social networks. As we know that virtual world is mainly created by computer program. This means any kind of human identity can be reproduced in the virtual world. It leads to a question related to human identity, Do individuals have right on their real world identity in virtual world? By the reason that real world  identity can be reproduced in virtual world, which means anyone can reproduce other identity in virtual world. To make this idea clearer, imagine that the situation has 2 guys, A and B. Both of them do not know each other. In one day, A creates his virtual avatar by using identity of B, whether it is an accident. Everything that A’s avatar, which is covered by identity of B, do in virtual world can be misleadingly perceived as an action from B, even B does not participate in virtual world at all. In conclusion, identity would be challenging issue from this technology.

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Current situation

4 months ago, OCULUS was acquired by social network main player, Facebook. This can be predicted that VR technology will be developed and introduced to social network in up coming future. This emerging can bring benefits and challenges to social network, for both users and service providers. It can create new experience of using social network, enhance user engagement. However, It also raises a question toward virtual identity, which can relate to individual identity in the real world.

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I’m addicted to social networks.

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     When was the last time that you pick your smart phone up and browse  through your social networks, without any particular purpose? How frequently you take a picture of your meal before upload it on your Facebook(or Instagram)?

     Today, social networks are an aspect of our daily life. They provide a space that we can share several stories about our life, upload several pictures from our weekend trip, contact and keep update with our friend. Moreover, They’re a convenient tool to exchange an information, for instance news and promotion, with many people.

     However, nothing is perfect, spending too much time with social network can ruin your life. It’s called ‘social network addiction’.

     What is ‘social network addiction’?

     Due to its informal definition, it explains the habit of excessively using social network, which leads to some problems in your real life. Nevertheless, it isn’t formally defined as medical decease, disorder or even pathological habit. By the reason that It’s difficult to precisely define who is addicted, no one can draw the clear line to separate between addiction and non-addiction. Therefore people can be admitted to be social network addicted when their social network behaviour jeopardise their social life, academic or working performance and recreation activities. Moreover, a research illustrates that social network addiction has a potential in co-occurrence with other excessive sedentary behaviour. For example overeating and over internet using.

social-media-addiction     Who are risky to be addicted?

     According to a research done by Daria and Mark, it mentions that people who has low level of self-esteem or introvert, especially an adolescent, would be easily addicted. By the reason that this group uses social network as a compensation, to fulfil the hole in their social life. Furthermore, they connect feedbacks, received from their social network friends, with their self-esteem. Self esteem will raise when they acquire a positive feedback, comments or ‘like’s. On the other hand, it will fail if they get a negative feedback, ignorance or criticism.


Online Social Networking and Addiction – A Review of Psychological literature by

Daria J. Kuss * and Mark D. Griffiths : www.mdpi.com/journal/ijerph


 

      When people addict to a social networks, their life can be ruined. For example, relationship, academic or working performance. Addicted individuals usually spend enormous amount of time, daily, with their social networks. 24 years old Australian woman claims that she spends 4 hours in each day on her social networks, which ruin her study(http://ab.co/1oLl3QV). Even she doesn’t has anything to post or particular thing to do, she find herself scroll down through her news feed. In addition, a study examining relationship between academic performance and Facebook usage in university students shows that students who get higher score and spend more time with studying do not use social networks, student who is heavy user tend to obtain lower score. By an explanation that student who get lower score may be distracted by social networks when they are studying via an internet.

     Relationships are also broken by this addiction, especially in closed relationship. For instance family, couple or closed friend. Because they spend more time for online, and reduce their time for offline relationship.

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     However this addiction can be prevented.

     Firstly, If you have been addicted already, you need to accept the fact that you are addicted to it and desire to quite. This is the most essential part for problem solving.

     Secondly, before logging in to your social network, ask yourself for the reason or purpose of using it. Why do you need to use it? Considering the reason or purpose of each using can prevent you from wasting your time. If you can’t find any reasonable reason for logging in, just leave your devices there.

     Thirdly, estimating the period of time that you plan to achieve your task in social networks. It can prevent you from spend too much time on it.

     Finally, log out from your account after finish your task, in order to remind yourself that your tasks have been done.

If you can’t find any inspiration, perhaps this video can give it to you.

Look up from your phone, shut down the display. ^_^

                     Pasit Sararueangpong.