Bar codes being introduced in print media?

April 8, 2009

The arguments about how online journalism and the internet in general will change the media in the coming years are many, however there are few who would dispute the fact that there are advantages to both print and online media.

Perhaps the way forward is to marry the two forms of media and have them work side by side. <
you can read about a North American newspaper that has adopted barcode scanning to bring together the print and the internet.
Readers can scan a bar code in using their mobile phone and access special online features. To me it seems that this could be adapted by newspapers across the board to save the print media and the advantages that it provides for readers and media outlets, and to blend it seemlessly with the advantages of online journalism.


Comment approval systems on blogs:

March 23, 2009

One way in which blogs and online media seek to include readers, and hope to introduce interactivity is through enabling users to comment. There is however the two sides to this argument. On one hand there is the approach on a site such as Youtube where the users comment area is a veritable free for all, with a system of reporting offencive comments and of rating comments, essentially resulting in the users themselves being the main and often only possible way of controling the quality of comments.

Recently I was looking at blogs on the The Irish Times where those leaving comments are required to enter an e-mail address along with their comment which presumably is only disclosed to the blog's moderater. The blogs comments on these blogs are only approved upon viewing by the blog's author. There are a number of problems with this, but a massive problem is that many users repeat the same points and can't interact with each other, as in many cases their comments take hours to be approved, so it is difficult for users to address eachother's points.

Is the resession hitting bloggers?

March 10, 2009

Irish Times journalist Jim Carrol has been reporting on his blog On the Record of a number of bloggers hanging up their boots and calling it a day.

Though these bloggers were mostly music bloggers, is this a sign of things to come?
Some of the bloggers said that they decided to call it a day due to job pressures, also saying it had become too impersonal and time consuming.

The reality appears to be that writing a blog with a successful and regular readership is difficult at the best of times, and that when the feeling of impending doomb caused by the resession sets in, bloggers conclude that a blog is no longer a necessary pressure in their life, and people lose faith in the format.

Perhaps the limitations of the blog, and its short life expectancy are summed up here in this U.S. blogger's retirement post.

Choice over input?

March 10, 2009

There are many promises that go hand in hand with new media technologies,. One promise is an interactive media with the partisipation of the user.
Though this is popular to an extent in radio and television with phone in's and with audience comments by text and e-mail, there still seems to be a large proportion of audiences that prefer to have their content handed to them.

The popular support amung the masses seems to lie with choice of content. People want to choose what they take in, but more importantly, they want want to choose when and how they receive it.

This has lead to developments such as Sky Plus and similar advances in television.

The BBC has many options for Radio audiences, with podcasts and other content on their website such as their Music Week which is just one of many podcasts, which can be downloaded, with another full version available by live stream including all extra content, in this case all the songs played on the programme . All this live streaming is available through BBC's inovative I player. The BBC provides content in Podcast, Analog radio, digital Radio, Mobile stream, I player, and its many TV channels.

Newspapers are struggling to compete in the new meida environment, and up to recently have merely been using online platforms minimally, with the same content from the print aditions being dropped on the website.

It would seem that choice is the order of the day rather than increased interactivity or increased audience input. The choice of how content is received, and when content is received would appear to be more important than what is being received in the New Media environment.

Is television being redefined?

February 26, 2009

As the boundaries between the internet and other forms of media become increasingly blurred, what now defines television for us?
One website that has been drawing much public attension, particularly in the music and arts genre is Balcony TV which broadcasts from its own website and Youtube. This querky style of presenting live music sessions may seem home made, but it is gathering momentum and has already expanded to London and Berlin also.
So how does this compared to television content produced by RTÉ or other television stations. The style may be different, but the format has its own merrits and has proven popular so far.
Here you can see Irish band The Script performing on the Balcony.

Code verification to plague internet users even further

February 19, 2009

In the care free days of 1990s World Wide Web things could only get better. Each year saw new developments and inovations which enticed more and more internet users to spend more and more time browsing the web.
However, recently something called “Captcha image validation” has been severely inhibbiting some internet users and creates great annoyance amung the rest.

Captcha image validation will be a familiar concept to anyone who has used social networking sites such as Myspace,BeboorFacebook. These internet users will be familiar with the process of typing the letters and numbers they see in an image, aimed at preventing automated programmes for infiltrating the sites. However now it is not just users of Social Networking sites who will have to contend with these code verifications, many blogs now require code verification to add comments, and even Google has added code verification to randomly appear for those using its search engin. The developments are particularly worrying for anyone with a visual impairment, as many of these sites using Captcha image validation do not allow for an alternative method. Is this a sign of things to come on the great digital platform of the internet. If it comes to a stage where one has to fill in one of these verification codes for most pages on the internet, will they be pining, full of nostalgia for the days when our entertainment, information and education was all based around the virus free environs of the Newspaper, Television, Radio and Library.