Tuesday, September 23, 2014

China clamps down

Read this story from the New York Times, and comment below about these questions:
China clamps down on Google

1. What does this tell you about how media has changed?
2. What are the effects of global media?
3. Are countries becoming obsolete?

By 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24.

15 comments:

  1. Media has changed in the sense that it can reach around the entire world in seconds through the Internet. Search engines, like Google, provide people with news. Some effects of global media impact countries, such as China, who don’t always want their citizens completely informed. That is why many times countries censer what their public can and cannot access. I think the countries becoming obsolete are those who try hiding and hiding their citizens from truth. I don’t necessarily think China will become obsolete, but more extreme censored countries, perhaps.

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  2. Definitely it tells that Internet plays a crucial role in connecting the world together. whether you're conducting a business, a research, or having an international company with many offices around the world as the article states, it is very hard today to think of a world without internet. for example Chinese exporters suffer from restrictions over internet communications which tells us that internet with all of its social media from E-mails to Facebook to google Ads is a very powerful marketing tool for business people to promote their business for example. or the Biotechnology researchers in Beijing who had trouble recalibrating a costly microscope this summer because they could not locate the online instructions to do so. this tell us that there is a world change over the past couple of decades. 20+ years researches, business people, or any other social media user did not have the luxury to get instant information from anywhere in the world. they had to spend a lot of time and efforts to get what they needed. As of today and how communications, or the media, etc has changed no country i believe can succeed by isolating their people from the rest of the world. for a government to isolate its own people from the rest of the world by authoritarian laws, restrictions, and so on there have to be no democracy instead a rule of one or few where they can control everything...obsolete or not this has to be changed...!!!

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  3. This tells me that media has changed by the fact that it can reach people globally from any other place in the world. Many countries allow global media into their country but places like China seem to want to keep their people from knowing everything. The Chinese government seems to want their people to know only what they want them to. I believe it could possibly cause countries to become obsolete if they shut themselves off from the rest of the world.

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  4. 1. As we've discussed throughout class, the media today is a product of trying to keep up with a constantly changing landscape as technology has progressed dramatically within the last 20 years. While countries increasingly improve their infrastructure to allow access to high speed internet connections (for a variety of reasons, including China's use to better connect their government and the censors they employ) they also have opened the floodgates to the new incarnation of media, where any and all of the latest information is instantly pushed through, rushing like medicine through a tapped vein into the blood stream. For countries like China and others that want to remain in complete control, it has become a double edged sword.
    2. Optimistically, I would like to think the effects of a global media are positive. In effect it has made this world increasingly smaller, and allows anyone to have a voice and to make their voice heard when highlighting important events and social injustices. A prime example are the voices of the Chinese in the New York Times article, including the CTO of the startup and the archaeologist, who are both able to report on the difficulties they face as China continues to maintain a stranglehold on the internet. From a negative viewpoint though, the flood of information will also lead to continued conflict as people of the world become more informed and choose to enact change.
    3. This question is one of the hardest for me to wrap my mind around, in a sense it begs a bigger question, what is a country? Historically, countries and their borders rose and fell as factions fought each other to increase their power, to the victor go the spoils. Today I would say as the world has become increasingly smaller due to technological advancement, through navies, airplanes, and now the internet, it almost seems to me that countries serve mainly within the role of the guardians of culture and tradition. The world for the most part today is gridlocked, with very few exceptions of fluidity, such as the recent grab of Crimea by Russia (but even then, go back a few decades and realize that it had been a part of the Russian empire going back to the 1700's, only to be given to the Ukraine under Soviet occupation and then to become free of Russia after Ukrainian independence) I still struggle to take on this profound question, but in terms of countries being obsolete in the face of the spread of information, I would say no. There will always be a deep social need to have an established state that will (as all countries do) control the populace. Rules, culture, tradition, and borders give their inhabitants a sense of security, and without them we would devolve to a tribal world. I do not think the evolution of the media will ultimately bring that into being.

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  5. Media has changed drastically and it will keep doing so. It's crazy to know that the government can only allow you to see and read what they like. I think that the effects would be that people are lacking information from other countries such as China because of censorship. The censorship denies the lack of information to the public. I don't think it will become obsolete, just more strict.

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  6. 1. I think since the internet first came out, it has grown exponentially, and now we tend to take it for granted. I use Google multiple times a day, and it is truly awesome that we have such an easy access to information.

    2.Some effects of global media are international communications, sharing of scholoary articles and research, easier business transactions, access to international news....the list goes on. The effects are really crazy when you think about who could be accessing this information and what we could do with it. Globally, we could make changes to our world like food sustainability efforts, cures to diseases, etc.

    3. I don't believe countries will become obsolete. If you look at all these countries, they all have different histories, religious affiliations (especially important in the Middle East), languages, and cultures. People have never been good at trying to understand these differences, and that's not going away anytime soon. Through the internet, though, information kind of globally melds together. So digitally, yes; physically, no.

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  7. 1. It tells me that some countries are willing to cut off our connections to information like this, making it difficult to communicate. It's scary. This is why everyone was against SOPA because it would censor the internet, and thus censoring several forms of communication.

    2. Not every country has the same views about media, and thus it can be harder to communicate information in certain countries, like what the article explained about China blocking all of these services.

    3. I wouldn't say countries are becoming obsolete. We still need leaders to lead nations, but the way they handle how we communicate with other countries and even amongst ourselves is vital. It can be great one day and then absolutely changed the next.

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  8. 1. Since the dawn of the Internet, media accessibility has exploded. We can instantly know what is happening on the other side of the world within seconds and millions of people can have access to it. China's government is extremely controlling on its state and international media. As the world becomes more and more connected, China is becoming more and more censored.

    2. The ability to communicate across the world instantly has many authoritarian governments on edge. To control people, the government has to control what they see, hear, and say. Global media can share news and stories across the planet about uprisings and revolutions. This is particularly "dangerous" for countries like China.

    3. I do not believe countries are becoming obsolete. While many barriers like language, race, and intelligence are being overcome by technology, countries are rich with culture and history. Though we may not have borders on our computers and phones, there are still physical borders between us all.

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  9. 1. Chinese authorities correctly perceive that advances in technology make it easier to connect groups of people together, who might never have been able to meet in real life. This is not replacing the traditional top-down media but this new source of information is removing the chaff from it.
    2. That's a broad question. Global media is both good and bad. It does make the world a smaller place and bring people together. But also, because the media tends to dilute complex stories and situations into simple narratives, we get the theme park version of what's happening "over there". We'll often miss a shared cultural experience that might provide a better explanation for why it's happening.
    3. Countries, as nation-states, aren't going anywhere. but the media is making it much more difficult for leaders unresponsive to the needs of their citizens to remain in power. We lambast ISIS for it's use of social media and forget that social media was the liberator that gave Middle East and North Africa its Arab Spring.

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  10. The Internet is a powerful tool used for information of all sorts. The Chinese government is taking this action because they don't want to look bad. The people still have other sources to get information though it may be skewed. They will find a way for the truth, just like us, I'm sure they have fight. Let this form of censorship remind us of how good we have it.

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  11. Media can be spread anywhere nowadays thanks to social media. News about a country can be read by anyone anywhere at anytime. The effects are not good for journalism in a way. Countries are now more controlling of the media more than ever so they do not ever look bad. These same countries are more likely to become obsolete than other countries.

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  12. Social media has really taken off, and opened up the ability to access information anywhere, and quickly. Global media is only fed by social media. It is now easier than ever to read about happenings in the middle east. You can do so on your smart phone at any time. I believe that the real effect of social and global media is a desensitization. We receive so much information on a daily basis now. As a whole we no longer feel as shocked when global atrocities occur. We are constantly bombarded with frightful news and violence, so we just turn off the switch that allows us to care. I don't think countries are becoming obsolete, but instead, I feel the governments are slowly losing their grasp on those they govern. When countries step in and try to control the media, they are censoring citizens out of fear.

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  13. Media has changed in the sense of how easy it is to access anything and in how fast you are able to obtain information. Social media is one of the main ways to get information these days opposed to just newspapers and television. Global media allows us to stay connected with the world and makes it a much smaller place. We are able to get information from around the world in the blink of an eye and for some countries that is not what they want. I don't believe that countries are becoming obsolete because the amount of culture and heritage and the surroundings are still there. They are connected to each other more than ever through social media and the internet.

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  14. Through reading this post, I realized that media has changed significantly since it first began. Especially the use of social media enables information to travel in a split second. Leaders around the globe have realized just how powerful the internet is and know that it can be used as a dangerous tool. I think there's a definite possibility of countries becoming obsolete because of the huge spread of social media some places but the absence of it in others.

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  15. News has definitely changed in the sense of how fast news can be given to those all over the country so easily and in a matter of seconds. Global media has so many positive parts of it including uniting the country. Us here in America can know what's going on half way across the world with no effort at all. I believe countries that try and protect everything from their citizens will become obsolete because its impossible for people to keep up with the times if they are unsure of what is going on during the times.

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