Week 15 Discussion

Posted: December 11, 2012 by andrewf03 in Uncategorized

Over the past semester, what did you find most interesting, and what was least interesting, about the course?

I think the concept/ idea that I found the most interesting during this course was the ability to make a blog. At the beginning of the semester I thought it may be more difficult or complicated to make and constantly update a blog of my own. However now I know that it is very easy and it gives me the skills to make another blog if I ever need to for a job or other event in my life. I think the least interesting was posting comments on the blogs. I know it was to try to engage us in talking with our group about the concept or discussion question but it seemed more just like “busy work”. I like the idea of it but for me it just didn’t pan out like I think Professor Schriner was hoping for. Overall I believe its a good class that just needs a few tweaks here and there to make it a great class.


Copyright can me a lot of things. Most commonly a copyright only means that you own said material. Copyright means nothing without a Terms of Usage Rights agreement. These can be “rights reserved”, “public domain”, or a various amount of others. Public domain is most often seen in photography I feel.  Of course a copyright doesn’t give you ownership over something unless it has a way to be entirely yours. Often a copyright is used on a name brand more than anything.


For an example, I am using this website which discusses or gives hints about how to work copyright on photography.

Week 14 Discussion Question

Posted: December 4, 2012 by sherwoodywood in Uncategorized

What rights and responsibilities do you have to protect your privacy on the Internet?

What rights and responsibilities you have to protect your privacy on the internet is all up to you. Let’s be honest, there aren’t many of us that actually read through the “Terms and Conditions” that we all agree to when signing up for a new website or account. If you truly want to know what kind of protection of your privacy you have, you can find out easily by reading through that. You have to take your protection on the internet into your own hands. 

When I think of Copyright, I think of the little “c” in a circle symbol that you can find on almost everything these days. The reason that this symbol is found on everything is because by using that, the creator of the product or idea is claiming ownership of that product or idea. The point of this is so that other people can’t take other people’s ideas and use them as their own. Not everything is copyrighted, though. If literally everything were copyrighted, there would be no way of using another person’s example freely without their permission.

The example I chose for this concept is a story from the New York Times discussing Facebook and a copyright hoax that is circulating. It helps people to understand what rights they actually do have to their postings on Facebook


Week 13 Discussion Question

Posted: December 4, 2012 by sherwoodywood in Unit 3, Unit 3 Discussion

Based on your media log, and the kind of media you use on a regular basis, what are your responsibilities in using media?

When looking at my media log, it is clear that my main type of media usage is social media. I am most often found on Facebook and Twitter. Other types of media that I use include other internet usage which, in my case, would include Netflix and Tumblr. When using different types of media, you have to be careful of what you say and do. You can not take postings, pictures, or even movies and shows that aren’t yours and call them your own just because you found them on the internet. This is the biggest responsibility that I think I have when using media. There are plenty of other things to think about while online, most of them being questions of ethic. As long as you use your common sense and are respectful, you should always be responsible while using media.

Week 14 Discussion

Posted: December 4, 2012 by andrewf03 in Uncategorized

By Andrew Frost

What rights and responsibilities do you have to protect your privacy on the Internet?

Some rights you have to protect your privacy on the Internet include global privacy policies and data protection regulation.  Both of these “rights” are in the making with leaders from the US and the UN working to try to create a global private policy that will be unified and protect all Internet users around the world.  Some responsibilities you have when using the Internet is to be wary of what information you put out there and who you give it to.  The Internet is as safe as you make it. If you cautious about putting personal information on websites such as Facebook or email then you would have an increase in privacy. However if you are like some on Facebook who post anything and everything than your risking your privacy and opening yourself up to getting “hurt” from the Internet. I believe the Internet is very useful, almost essential nowadays, and it is as safe and as private as you make it.

The word copyright in the simplest sense is a law that gives the owner of a written document or other creative work the right to decide what they can do with it.  Today you see copyrights on everything, from water bottles to television shows. Everything is copyrighted so people can’t use that idea without paying a sum to the owner of the creative work. There is a little leeway in the definition with the idea of fair use. If everything was copyrighted a professor couldn’t quote an idea from a textbook without asking for permission of the owner, so the idea of fair use allows people to copy a very small amount of work to use in reports or lectures. Copyright gives credit to the original owner for their work and protects the work from being used by others unless they consult the original owner.


Above is an example from CNN that states that internet providers such as Comcast and Cablevision will be monitoring your internet usage more using a program that can spot illegal downloading. Illegal downloading bypasses the copyright law by taking other creative works without compensating the original owner. This can range from downloading music from a website illegally to pirating a movie or TV show. This is an effort by large corporations to cut down on illegal downloading and also educating the public about copyright and how it is necessary. If these corporations to not cut down on illegal downloading them themselves can get in trouble with the copyright owner of a specific work for not trying to prevent such illegal actions to occur.