Online data – creative but risky

There is an increasing use of iPad applications for learning and creating(Chip Chicklets 2010)

In his seminar titled ‘Making is Connecting’  held in Denmark, David Gauntlett used Legos to demonstrate linkage and importance between making and connecting.

He suggested that teaching is no longer effective with the “sit back and be told” culture, where students are taught what to think, passing knowledge directly from teachers or television. He believes “making and doing” culture should be used, which gives our next generations tools and let them be creative in learning.

They connect to others in networks, both physically or virtually, and they will end up building and nuturing their own unique global network. For example, David used climate change as to illustrate how audience can achieve by self-learn with tools available, and the evidences are all online data, no matter its an opinion piece or a graph, a pie chart or a colour-contour map, these is all produced and shared among people, without boundaries through the internet. David believes ideas are out there for people to understand, and their mind-set will be change, to become concern of the issue, and even start campaigning for a change.

I think using tools, one can get creative, and changing others mindset is easier than ever, espcially with the well-established social networking sites. Nowadays more and more schools start to use different tools such as computer and interactive board to aid students learning. And the latest technology, is to use the iPad2.

“It’s not just the device that has an effect but how it gets used, the way students think about what they’re doing”, said Peter Goodyear, professor of education at the University of Sydney. It showed that private schools are expanding the use of new technologies in classrooms, rolling out iPads to help teachers and students with teaching and learning. Further information about this can be found in this article published on Sydney Morning Herald in January.

However several issues come to my concern, these include:

1.   Persistence of the data.

All data is being released into the digital sphere and will be kept there forever. Joe Salvo mentioned that the Information Age has ended, and he believes we are at the System Age. The information Age a period of history of separations between people because the existing data tend to be low-value ubiquity. The Systems Age is new data processing period, including sensing, collecting, and manipulating, which occurs at real-time with little or no human supervision. And hence all data once published can always be retrieved even I try to remove them.

2.   Searchability and replicability

The internet is a world of resource without boundary of countries, and it is easy to download or share files even they had copyright, including movies, songs, books. Bloger Coturnix raised the issues of the ways our connectedness affects book publication, as the internet offers writers more ways to start writing, get noticed, self-publish and embrace new forms

3.   Invisible Audience

The information may be useful for my assignments or even beneficial to the society. For example, Aleks Jakulin he thinks that “keeping medical data public would allow massive advances in medicine”, but there is struggle between data privacy and publicity, in understanding the diseases, the information of the patients will also be leaked out.

Try Google your name, you might find your own electronic footprint that you have left unconsciously, and it might not be compatible with the image you want to present to others, and might get your unemployed! So, readers, beware!


The fall of print and online publications, the rise of eTablet applications


Print publications are considered out-of-date long time ago and it is reported on the front page of the Sydney Morning Herald on 8th this month, that UNSW has threw away libraries books that no one has borrowed for five consecutive years. However you didn’t, hear me wrong, online publications are also considered as out-dated.

From the readings this week, David, C. (2010) reported that Rupert Murdoch, CEO of News Corporation, is going to introduce charges for access to all his news websites, including the Times, Sunday Times and the News of the World. Also, the New York Times is planning to introduce a pay wall to its website later this year after being freely read online since the establishment of its website.

What does this imply? People are now using eTablets such as iPad, Kindle and so on to get free or a minimal subscription fee to gain access to applications for various newspapers, books and magazines.

“Online measurement is going through rapid change, and that has huge implications for media planners and buyers. In some ways it will make their work easier, but it will also present new challenges” written by staff of the online magazine, Media Life (2010).

With the instability in market of the traditional publication companies, they can’t just wait until bankrupt but to start putting works into the electronic format, adding new interactions functions, and videos to accompany the content. Some companies even published eBooks only, reducing the price for the publication process in order to survive in this competitive environment.


First Japanese anime applications for iPhone, iPad (photo: From 2010,, 25 October)


Not only American publications are made into electronic applications, even the Japanese has participate in this media revolution. Ishaan (2010) has reported that not only American magazines, but Japanese magazine has launched their own electronic applications. ASCII Media Works, the Japanese publisher of Gunslinger Girl and Yotsuba!, are set to launch a new digital manga magazine titled Dengeki Comic Japan, the magazine will launch on the iPhone and iPad and will later expand to the PC platform.

It can be seen that traditional and pure online publications are now facing serious threats from application developers. I predict that in the near future, they will get out compete and be eliminated by the market. As the Apple products keep on updating and having more and better features, launching from originally once a year to once a few months. Probably iPad10 will be launched sometimes next year! Can you image what will our next generation be reading? They might not even know what a book is!


David, C., 2010, ‘Dialing in a Plan: The Times Installs a Meter on Its Future’, The New York Times, January 20, viewed on 13 March 2011, < meter-on-its-future/>

Ishaan, 2010, “ASCII Media Works Launching Digital Dengeki Mag”, weblog, August 14, viewed on 13 March 2011, < >

Media Life Staff, 2010, “What the future holds for online measurement”, Media Life Magazine, June 10, viewed on 13 March 2011, < >

Magical interaction with tablet publications


The Daily Prophet, the wizard newspaper agency, has its publishing secret leaked out from the magical world when J. K. Rowling wrote the Harry Potter series. So, on 2nd Feb 2011, the News Corp. and the Apple Corps. Ltd. has created an iPad eNewspaper app called The Daily.


Unlike a printed version or a digital online eNewspaper, subscribers can interact with the interactive graphics, 360 degree photos, Sudoku or crossword puzzles. And they can leave comments in written or audio form on the news articles. Its new mode of publishing definitely gives us a brand new experience in reading newspaper! As for eBooks, David Eaglemsn’s Why the Net Matters developed especially for iPad impressed me so much.
He has demonstrated how we should use or read his book:

The ‘reading’ process has now taken new dimensions and incorporate reading, listening, touching, commenting, note-taking , copying, editing and exploring the content of the book and accessing internet links on related topics. From now on, we do not simply read books— we ‘interact’ with eBooks! As  journalist John Naughton said, “the iPad is altering the very concept of a ‘book‘”.


From the printing press to the online newspaper, different modes of publishing changes people’s way of engaging with the media. Now with the increasing popularity of portable tablet devices such as Amazon Kindle Series, SONY PRS Series, Nook, iPad 1 and 2, more and more apps were developed in bringing convenience and enjoyment for people. Users can flip the page simply by dragging the virtual page with one’s fingertip.



The portable pad are becoming smaller and lighter. Launched just last week, the iPad2 is 15% lighter than the earlier model with added new features and functions. People, whether or not already Apple users, are fascinated by those novel features and multiplicity of functions in the new gadget. I got myself an iPad a few months ago, and I am reading more news than I used to. I have taken some photos comparing the use of iPad with viewing tablet news, printed newspaper and laptop online news. Do take a look and decide for yourself whether reading with iPad is an better option.


From now on, information and knowledge can be accessed and transmitted instantly. Textbooks or fictions from bookshops, newspaper and magazines from news agencies are now available for download by a few touches on your eTablet and you may even save them up. Your handbag or pocket is now carrying a library with tonloads of all your favourite collections!  These great inventions allow people to read anytime and anywhere.


With this new way of publishing, it is predicted that print publications may eventualy die a natural death. Barnes & Noble, a global large bookseller, has already closed down business. More are expected to follow. The Donald W. Reylonds Journalism Institute has conducted a survey in December 2010 at the University of Missouri. It found that iPad news apps may diminish newspaper print subscriptions as iPad news consumers prefer newspaper apps to printed newspaper or those on the website.



To me, reading is an unique experience. I feel quite excited about the new interactive ways to engage with these portable electronic gadgets as I can interact with the graphics, processing and accessing  books and magazines in it without buying and storing them. The most wonderful thing is that I can read the newspaper now with the new eNewspaper App on iPad, where I can zoom in and flip the page with its multi-touch system.


However I do enjoy reading a real book. I love the smell of the pages and inks, I love the physical page turning, I love the feeling its hard cover, especially those covers printed with different texture with protuberant and indentations. I am currently subscribing to the The Sydney Morning Herald and Daily Telegraph. I do hope they can survive in this competitive market, and I don’t mind paying to support the printed publications. How does having your own portable library with magical interactive books and newspaper sounds to you? Do you think the print publications are not replaceable?




The ‘reading’ process has now taken new dimensions and incorporate reading, listening, touching, commenting, note-taking, copying, editing and exploring the contents of the book and accessing internet links on related topics. From now on, we do not simply read books— we ‘interact’ with eBooks! As journalist John Naughton said, “the iPad is altering the very concept of a ‘book‘”.