In Technology Era Style of Virtual News

The way we consume news has experienced major transformations throughout the years. Technologies that enable the people of today to share information and obtain information are continually getting better. For instance, moveable typing was an advancement on traditional printing methods, telephone is an enhancement over the telephone, and television was an improvement over the radio.

The general trend has been towards an increasingly globalized world. But there is no technology that has achieved this as effectively like the Internet.

In the past, a few century ago the majority of papers focused on local news. Any international news large enough to be featured in the newspapers was usually delayed in order to accommodate slower communication methods. Comparing this to the present where it is possible to read events that took place halfway across the globe, just only a couple of hours after it happened.

Prior to the invention of the telegraph during the early 1830s there was no way to communicate news rapidly, so local papers covered local information. Even after the invention of the telegraph but there were limitations in the speed at which information could be transmitted.

A message was written by the sender and then transmitted through Morse code (which makes each letter individually) by the telegraph operator, then read and written by the telegraph operator who received it, who had to locate the recipient and send the message. In addition, because messages from telegraphs were sent through letter, long messages (or many messages) were cumbersome and costly. Social Media, WhatsApp and Virtual news are important factors which are shaping new societies. 

Printing also created some obstacles for journalists. Before 1800 printing presses were manual controlled, which imposed strict limits on the number of sheets could be produced in one hour. In the 19th century, steam-powered printing presses, as well as other technological advances let printers more than quadruple the amount printed pages within an hour.

In the end, newspapers were readily available in the 1890s, from mid-to-late. People were more likely to learn how to read newspapers, and more people were reading the news than they had ever done before.

In the 20th century’s early years The advent of radio revolutionized the way we receive news forever. By 1910 radio stations had begun broadcasting talk and news. While the growth of news radio programs was delayed due to World War I, it quickly compensated for the lost time and, by the 1930s newspapers began to be wary of competitors. This was for a reason. Radio enabled readers to access news without delay, and without having to pay for it. These were two of the main advantages of newspapers printed in print.

In the following decades television introduced a brand new method of getting the news. The first broadcast news program, “Hear It Now,” was first broadcast in 1951. The program evolved into the format we see things today as a series of evening and morning news shows that make it simpler than ever before for the public to learn the happenings in their own communities as well as around the globe.

The last expression “around the world” is important. Television and radio allowed people to listen to foreign news stories with no need of a wait. The first time ever in history of mankind, everyday people were able to keep track of the happenings in other nations without having to wait for the next paper or shell out money for it.

The development of printing technology and communications led to major changes in the way people received news throughout the early 19th century. Television and radio brought more radical shifts during the twentieth century. But nothing compares to the impact that the Internet has had in the way we consume news.

The Internet includes all of the same features that radio and TV offer. It’s immediate, cost-free and has a long reach yet even more. For instance it is that the Internet does not require waiting for a regular newscast.

News articles posted on a website are instantly accessible to anyone around the world. In addition, while certain news websites have tried out subscriptions for paid subscribers however, the majority of news content is available at no cost.

The broader coverage internet has Internet has led to ideas like globalization, the notion that all people around the globe are connected and being part of a larger (albeit huge) community.

The Internet has also done various other things for news, too. In certain ways, it’s revived the notion of the newspaper as we can once more are able to read news articles. Also, we are less blatant advertising

Newspapers as well as the Internet give you the choice of not watching ads, while television and radio force you to listen to scheduled commercials.

However it is true that the Internet is also continually evolving that means the format of online news is always evolving too. Videos are becoming increasingly popular on the Internet which is why a number of news sites are beginning to utilize videos to supplement and sometimes replace written articles. Other websites, like NPR provide the option to play audio recordings of radio shows that have already been broadcast.

I found an article on CNET’s news feed, which I found interesting as well as troubling. The title of the article was Hackers put porn videos on Sesame Street’s YouTube channel. You can tell from the title alone the article talks about a small or lone group of hackers that have put pornographic content on YouTube, a channel for children’s video streaming.

When I first read the headline, I’ll admit that I laughed at the wondered “what kind of stupid prank did someone pull now?”. When I typically encounter these types of stories in my news feed , they tend to be garbage or unimportant material, and I don’t pay too much attention to them. After reading this piece, I was shocked.

The main reason that bothers me regarding the “prank”, is that I work for a local organisation for children. Naturally , as part of our job we utilize a range in educational materials, and in the majority of cases, e-resources, in order for the delivery of many programmes and other services.

Although I haven’t accessed Sesame Street’s YouTube Channel in particular, Sesame Street YouTube Channel specifically however, I can imagine the amount people who introduce their kids to this specific channel regularly (I was even raised on Sesame Street). It’s because of this that I think this particular episode hit near to my heart.

It’s hilarious how random our information access is. I’ll describe a sequence of incidents that happen to be completely coincidences, yet ironic in their own way and worth noting as I got to the point of having to read this news article.

At the end of this week, a student from the one of my online computer-based training programs (who I haven’t seen for months) visited my office in tears due to the fact that her email account (Hotmail to be precise) was compromised.

She was unable to access all of her email accounts and was waiting for the responses to the job ads she had submitted applications for. The incident led to a discussion on ways to keep her safe online, and also an in-depth explanation of how servers-based email systems are not connected to her computer.

In the afternoon, I came across an article on a woman from the UK who had her email account stolen (much as my student) and was able to communicate in a dialogue with an “attacker” trying to reason with them in order to recover her account and be able to understand the reason for what occurred to her. (In the end, she did recover her account, but was never given an answer regarding the reason the reason why the hacker didn’t have a choice but providing the access she needed to open her account, without any form of payment).

I found this story on Sesame Street YouTube channel a few hours after I read this article on the lady from the UK.

The reason I say these incidents are hilarious is that I have no respect for hackers who steal information from other systems in a malicious manner. This is why it is my belief that I devote the least amount of my time to reading about their activities in causing chaos for other users online. In a strange turn of events I’ve been able to distract attention from what happens to these people in light of these three instances.

I’ve always been a huge advocate of the concept that virtual worlds are the predominant reality for certain people. The norm was to present the physical world as that our bodies are able to inhabit, live in and breathe. I continue to work on developing ideas about how this notion that we call “reality” is being blurred and morphed into virtual identities.

This incident on YouTube’s Sesame Street YouTube Channel is a key illustration of how actions of the virtual world result in results (whether either positive or negative) on reality “real/physical” world. An interesting argument was made by the hacker and lady from UK in the piece I mentioned previously, the hacker justified their actions as not as dangerous because they didn’t physically rob someone.

What I was able to observe concerning this incident is it was that there wasn’t any awareness of the hacker about how their actions physically can affect the victim when they haven’t attacked them or caused bodily harm , as could usually happen in an incident of incident of mugging.

This same type of mindset is shown by individuals like the individual(s) who took over this channel. Sesame Street Channel. There is no understanding of how the content might influence a child’s mental state while watching it.

If an individual had carried physical pornography like magazines or videos into an area like a park, school or other place in which children gather, there could be no doubt whether an investigation would take place and most likely the charges would be filed as sexual offenders.

It leaves you wondering whether these people are aware that performing these acts online in a child’s virtual space is equally incorrect and has the same negative physical damage as allowing this content to be available at a school.

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