Kayleigh Milas - News from the Net

1. TECHCRUNCH - “Why does there always have to be an app for that?”

The article discusses the necessity of smart phone apps for every aspect of life. The author recognizes the importance and benefits that come along with them but also argues “efficiency” shouldn’t be the goal of an app, rather “joy”. I would have to agree with him, however, I still see the benefits. 

He points out an app that allows people to order drinks from the bar so they don’t have to deal with the messy line. It’s called “Coaster”. He points out, “It’s just the latest example of this craze to digitize all the fun out of life.” He understands the benefits of a app that hails a cab or books a hotel, as it may be easier than talking to someone on the phone or waiting for a customer service holding song. 

However, it makes me wonder if we’re all getting too lazy to function. If we’re too dependent on our technology, what happens when fails? Are we becoming less social as humans?

He ends on “People connecting via technology, not technology replacing people”, which I think is smart. 

So… yes there is a huge advancement in technology with all these new apps, but are they really helping? I think that’s an interesting question.

2. LOST REMOTE - “Bringing your social graph to TV, meet Stevie”

So. This sounds pretty awesome. It’s an idea that combines TV and social media, which is exactly where news is heading, isn’t it? Stevie is a “personal TV experience” created around your social networking (FB and Twitter) and what your friends are saying. It provides videos and news articles. The latest development is information surrounding Tuesday’s election. I’m all about this creation. Rather than just sitting there consuming the news or videos like people do while passively watching TV, people can be a part of the discussion while it’s going on. It’s active. It’s engaging. 

What I’m not certain I understand if this is on a computer or on the TV, but to me, it seems like it’s on a computer. If it’s not on TV… it should be. Imagine watching a show and having related Twitter and FB posts pop up or other stories and you could use your remote to click on them. I know the article also mentioned use on X-Box which might be more conducive to what I just suggested. Either way. I think this is going in the right direction in terms of journalism. It’s all going to the web anyway, right? Why not try to merge the two while we still can!

3. MASHABLE - “With Sandy, Instagram Gaining on Twitter for Citizen Journalism”

Citizen journalism exploded when Sandy hit last week. The article discusses how people used Instagram to share the damage on the east coast. However, people still use Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr to share those photos they take. There are also still a lot of people (like me) who don’t have smart phones and can’t use Instagram.

Still, people snapped thousands of pictures with Intagram, so it can’t be ignored that it’s building in credibility. 

Citizens played a huge role in telling the story last week by using hash tags and personal photos. People had access to things that journalists didn’t. People on the outside could see what was really going on. The citizen journalism and journalism in general last week was incredible (except for the false information and pictures going around, but that’s another story). Technology really is amazing!