Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Reflection on YouTube Video

Making this video has given me the opportunity to reflect upon key issues explored whilst researching online privacy, security and reputation.
Attitudes on the subject seem to vary from highly fuelled to flippancy, with a range of opinion spanning the uncertain mid ground. It seems that there remain many unresolved questions relating to measures of privacy and safety.
To what extent do we have true control?

Yes, there are steps we can take to be fully informed about the terms and conditions, and the privacy policies for social networking sites. Yes, we can follow guidelines for setting privacy limits on the sites that we use. Yes, we can conceptualise our online reputation – we can monitor it and if we feel the need, provide a “defence” or engage in a conversation of challenge.
However, as our online and off-lines lives converge and as we increasingly become a society of online networks, what can such safeguards really guarantee?
It is clear to see that sacrificing our privacy/safety, in part at least, brings all the rewards that social media and the Internet has to offer. I find the sociological impact that the digital world is having on our increasingly networked lives very interesting.

I have drawn my inspiration for the video from Andrew Keen’s article, “Sharing Is A Trap”, featured in this month’s Wired Magazine. Andrew Keen is a great and often controversial commentator on all things web2.0. The themes and flavours of my video are based on this article.

Andrew Keen’s article, “Sharing is a Trap”

To find out more about Andrew Keen

Andrew Keen’s website/blog

I found iMovie fairly easy to use, once I had familiarised myself with all the functions and features. I would have liked more control over the text – so apologies for the small captions (not a chance of seeing the credits). I experimented with a few screen-casting tools to incorporate into the video. I had problems downloading screencastle in order to import into iMovie (due to flv files). In the end, I turned to SnapzProx, on a 15-day trial. I will have another go at screen casting in a more instructional way later. I used lots of YouTube videos to guide me through the process of compressing and uploading my iMovie into YouTube.

1 comment:

  1. Lisa, i agree with your assertion "It is clear to see that sacrificing our privacy/safety, in part at least, brings all the rewards that social media and the Internet has to offer."

    My feeling is that although we do value our privacy, safety and reputation and even though we have doubts about how well we are protected that it is such a powerful medium of communication in many ways you cannot afford not to engage. That's from a learning, keeping in the know and a professional point of view. Having a good idea of how to work online is especially useful (and maybe essential in some areas) life skills in the 21st century.

    It's finding that balance that suits you on the visitor & residents continuum - thanks for thr link to Andrew Keen, he is indeed an interesting author