PorcelainPrincess On Places to Get Help

I tried something new and made a storify board. Many People Suffer from eating disorders, this board is to prove that you are not alone. There are many places that people can get help, many different outlets people can use to express their feeling and emotions. As you guys have read through several of my blogs and even heard me talk about different eating disorders as well as causes and symptoms, this board is just to reaffirm through different outlets the various people suffering from eating disorders. It was great to see how many people make posts on twitter about how eating disorders are not a joke. I chose this topic because it is close to my heart, as I have had my own personal experiences with an eating disorder. My main purpose is to show you all that you are not alone. Click HERE to check out my storify board.

If the link above doesn’t work copy and paste this…
http://storify.com/PPrincess101/porcelainprincess-101-on-places-to-get-help

Stay Happy, Stay Healthy, Until Next Time.

XoXo

Porcelain Princess Follow-Up 5

I just want to start off by thanking everyone for taking the time to read and comment on my posts throughout the term. I hope you enjoyed reading my posts as I have truly enjoyed reading each of yours.

First I want to comment on the comment written by MarMar. When I mention moving from an amateur to a professional, I am not saying that each person who participate in citizen journalism will become a professional, what I am saying social media has created a platform to which amateur’s who are interested in seeking a professional career are able to use social media as a portfolio, they are able to use social media to gain a voice with followers, they are able to gain experience and their own style. I completely agree not everyone will become a professional, but it is a stepping stone. I do completely agree with MarMar’s comment when she mentions validity. That is not always found in citizen journalism I agree.

Secondly I want to refer to the question asked by Kathy. I Think this course has opened my eyes to new possibilities of things I never knew existed in the online community. Do I think as of now I will participate in citizen journalism probably not at the moment; BUT if I do some reading or hear something I feel worthy of writing about, now I feel I have a certain online voice and all the tools necessary that I would eventually participate in it.

After reading Koooch’s blog, I think she had similar views to mine in regards to citizen journalism and democracy. It is a great read, click the link above to read for yourself! Citizen journalism does give us all an important voice which is the purpose of democracy.

After reading Live In Equality Blog I think she put it best when she outline the previous ways of expressing opinions such as news papers, and magazines; each are ways that would be very difficult to have a piece of work published. Great way to put it in perspective. She also brings up great points about credibility. Click the link above to read her post!

Something surprising I have learned after doing all these readings is that I have read many articles that would be considered citizen journalism, I have read many posts that would be considered citizen journalism. But I never knew there was a name for it, or what it was called.

Stay Happy, Stay Healthy, Until Next Time.

XoXo

Porcelain Princess On Citizen Journalism

Since social media has become so popular and widespread each of us was given a new voice, a voice we may not have been given if it weren’t for social media and the internet. Things like Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and blogging gives each and everyone of us the tools and power to spread our views and opinions amongst anyone willing to listen. Brund and Highfield refer to this as the “cult of the amateur” in the article Blogs, Twitter, and breaking news: The produsage of citizen journalism. Although they may be correct in saying that people who express views and opinions via social media are amateurs it gives us a voice, and the knowledge to eventually not be an amateur, it gives each of us the potential to become a professional.

I feel as though the question of whether or not these opportunities encourage us to participate or not leads back to a previous blog of mine about consumer and produsers. I feel as though to me personally it would encourage me to participate; but that is because I feel I have stepped away from solely being a consumer to becoming both a consumer and produser. Click here to find out more about produsers and consumers in my previous blog.

In reading titled Reinventing participation: civic agency and the web environment, Dahlgren gives an explanation as to why it is encouraging participation is citizen journalism. Dahlgren states, “The tools are more and more effective, less expensive and easier to use; access and collaboration are increasing and we are evolving from mostly media consumers to many media producers.” (Dahlgren, 2012). Which is exactly what I had stated above. In my opinion it really comes down to the individual. But if the individual we are speaking about is naturally a produser OR could be swayed to become a produser then the emergence of social media has definitely encourage me to participate more. Take me personally as an example of this; before social media I was strictly a consumer, but now I find myself participating a lot more.

In the article titled The Digital Revolution, the Informed Citizen, and the Culture of Democracy it talked about different uses for the web in reference to politics. A few examples being Bush and Gore used the web to make sites which called “e-buttals”, how the internet was used for pre-voting of elections. These are both examples of citizen participation, which could lead to journalism.

Through all the readings in the articles there was a strong correlation or connection to the idea of social activism or citizen journalism to democracy. If we didn’t live in a democratic society we would not be able to participate equally. Since I live in Canada and we live in a democratic society social media has encourage me to participate. But if I lived in other parts of the world without a democratic society then I probably wouldn’t participate in citizen journalism since participation would be restricted.

For the short and simple answer Yes, the emergence of new opportunities such as Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and blogging I am able and encouraged to participate more directly with citizen journalism!

Stay Happy, Stay Healthy, Until Next Time.

XoXo

References:

Jenkins, H. & D. Thorburn. Introduction: The Digital Revolution, the Informed Citizen, and the Culture of Democracy. in Jenkins, H. & D. Thorburn eds. (2003). Democracy and New Media. Cambridge MA: MIT Press. p1-17.

Dahlgren, P. (2012). Reinventing participation: civic agency and the web environment. Geopolitics, History, and International Relations. 4.2, p27.

Bruns, A. & T. Highfield. (2012). Blogs, Twitter, and breaking news: The produsage of citizen journalism. pre-publication draft on personal site [Snurb.info]. Published in: Lind, R. A. ed. (2012). Produsing Theory in a Digital World: The Intersection of Audiences and Production. New York: Peter Lang. p15-32.

PorcelainPrincess Pod-Cast on Eating Disorders

Below is my first Pod-Cast I hope you guys enjoy! It is a little longer then I intended it to be, but all the information is very important and I didn’t want to shorten it for that reason. The article I am reading is from The Eating Disorder Foundation.

The Pod-Cast will talk about different eating disorders, signs, symptoms and body image. As well as personal experiences that I have gone through, with suggestions on how to handle situations if friends or family members are going through an eating disorder. I chose this specific article because it gave so much information about each eating disorder, it gave very interesting facts; it was much too long for me to read the entire article, but if you have free time its a great informative read. I suggest checking out the article.

Reference:

The Eating Disorder Foundation. (2005). http://www.eatingdisorderfoundation.org/EatingDisorders.htm

PorcelainPrincess Follow-Up 4

It’s sad but exciting, this is our second last summary post! I enjoy reading each of your posts every week, I learn something new that I didn’t really think of myself.

After reading each of our blog posts a common theme was the Jessig video, each of us seemed to have related to that video the most. It made things more clear cut, and put it in perspective with real life examples.

For a great easy to read, funny blog click here. Chelsea does a great job right at the beginning outlining many reasons why people chose to lean towards the side of piracy then the legal way. And these are so true, because at some point in time one of these excuses came out of my mouth. In Chelsea’s blog she too uses the Lessig video when he states that people remix as a tool of creativity. They remix to express there own emotions about something.

I received a comment about how can it be real creativity if they are using the music of someone else? The answer to that I feel is, it talks a lot of work to remix, although the words used are the same or similar, the beat of the song changes, the pace of the words change. If something sounds loud and upbeat, this usually fits with the emotion of happiness. If something is slow and sultry, this usually fits the emotion of sadness. This is how they express creativity and tell there own story. You can click here to find another blogger Jenna who has similar views as mine, maybe she can explain it clearer.

Something that I found really surprising, and I also got a lot of comments about were about all the questions I was asking throughout my initial blog post. Each of us has watched a few videos, read quite a few articles; but we are all still confused to some degree about copyright and piracy. Still confused about the fine line between legal and illegal. I feel like thats what makes this topic so interesting, we each have our own opinions, and none of them can be right or wrong since we can’t really answer these questions just yet.

Stay Happy, Stay Healthy, Until Next Time.

XoXo

PorcelainPrincess On Copyright

I want to start off by stating that this post will mainly focus on my opinion of copyright in regards to non-commercial file-sharing and piracy.

What is copyright legislation?

An example of this is The Digital Performance Rights in Sound Recording Act of 1995. This act states that “Authored works are covered for the life of the author plus 70 years, corporate-owned ‘works for hire’ for 95 years.” (T. McCourt, P. Burkart, 2003). Now what exactly does the term “covered” mean? What does it mean in terms of privacy? Can it not be remixed? These are all questions I’m looking for answers for, I will try to shed light on this with my own opinions through various readings done in the course.

According to the video by Larry Lessig titled Laws that Choke Creativity he states that Remix is not piracy. He says that remixing is “(re)creating- using other peoples content to say things differently” (L. Lessig, 2007). By that definition would it not be illegal in regards to what we all know as copyright?

Copyright as a Culture?

Lessig brings up something which, I see as key, while watching his speech in the video it really did open my eyes to new ideas. The key term which he brought up was culture; two specifically. Read-Write (RW) which is based on the culture of participating in creation and the re-creation of culture. The second type he brought up is Read-Only (RO) which is the idea that creativity is consumed, but the consumer is not creative. (L. Lessig, 2007) What really pulled the RW and RO and really put it in perspective for me is when Lessig says, ” we (parents) made mixed tapes, they (kids) remix music; parents watch TV, Kids make it.” (L. Lessig, 2007).

The internet is what has made it possible for so many people to express there creativity, not for money; but simply for the enjoyment of either making music, making videos, etc. Things like Youtube, Instagram, Twitter allow each of us to spread our creativity for everyone to hear, watch or read. It is the internet which will allow our culture to go back to a RW culture. Why was music created to being with? Not for money, for the enjoyment of the artist, and the enjoyment of the people listening. The internet and things like Youtube is bringing the true meaning back.

How To Deal with Piracy?

I agree with Lessig when he says the key to this is balance. He states, “the artist and creator should embrace it, they should freely allow non-commercial amateur use; the businesses should embrace RW opportunity and allow free content to grow.” (L. Lessig, 2007) I completely agree with this statement, it is very similar to my opinions experessed a few blog posts ago, feel free to check it out here. This will allow each of us to express our creativity, allow each of us to create something we can be proud of, allow each of us to develop the skill it takes to be able to create something of our own. What is the harm of remixing another artists material for non-commerical use?, what is the harm of using the music of another artist in the background of a non-commerical use video? Wouldn’t this only give the real artist more exposure? The only difference and complaint the artist could have is they aren’t making money off amateur use, but isn’t the point of making music to express creativity, emotion, and allowing others to enjoy the sound; not to make money?

Stay Happy, Stay Healthy, Until Next Time.

XoXo

References:

McCourt, T., P. Burkart. (2003). When Creators, Corporations and Consumers Collide: Napster and the Development of On-line Music Distribution. Media, Culture & Society. 25 (3), pg. 333-350

Larry Lessig: Laws that choke creativity. TED Talks (2007). Filmed March 2007, posted November 2007.

PorcelainPrincess on Anorexia and Bulimia

Below is a short video I have created. The purpose on the video is to show pictures that the Media shows. These images are of unrealistic women which, we are used to seeing daily (especially if you are a women). These women are all either size 0 or 2. Unrealistic images of what “regular” women look like. Followed by pictures of women who suffer from sever eating disorders such as Anorexia and Bulimia, while the pictures are playing there is a brief description of what each of them are. Followed by pictures of Marilyn Monroe. A natural beauty. She was always in the eyes of the media, she is real, curvy and beautiful. After the picture of Marilyn Monroe are real women with real bodies. This video is to show all women are beautiful. No matter your shape or your size.

I created this video on iMovie on my Mac. I looked online through many pictures and chose ones I thought would best fit this video. I used a song in the background which I saw fitting as well as techniques of voice overs as well as transitions into different photos.

I hope you enjoy.

Stay Happy. Stay Healthy. Until Next Time.

XoXo

(I developed a cold before recording, I apologize for the raspy voice)

PorcelainPrincess Follow-Up 3

I just want to start off again by thanking everyone who took the time to read my previous post as well as take the time to make comments on my posts.

Most of the comments mentioned how they like how I linked the course readings and videos to personal views about videos I’ve watched on Youtube about eating disorders. I figured what better way to gain an understanding about copyright; and also better way to determine my views about copyright then to do some primary research.

After writing my blog post, it was time to view all your blog posts and right comments on yours. I found a common similarity between that of mine and that of Koooch’s Blog. We both comments on writing papers in University and how it is so important to reference the sources used. We both didn’t completely use them in the same context, but it was interesting to see how we found a similar link. I still stand behind the theory that it shouldn’t be considered copyright if the appropriate sources are referenced. Similarly to the pictures I post here on my blog. Some are photos I have created myself, others are pictures that I have taken from other peoples work. But each time I used a photo that is not mine a source it. I give credit were credit is due.

Something new I learned from watching one of the videos for this week, which wasn’t completely new but very surprising was the number of songs that are knock-offs of other songs. In the Remix Part 1 of the videos they played about 5 songs in a row and the background baseline was the same throughout various songs I believe it was the song Good Times by Chic. I would not have noticed it myself had they not put them together. I usually am only able to tell when a song is remixed, where it is clear through the words and beat that the song had perviously been written.

Another thing that I found very interesting after watching Remix Part 1 was the amount of copyright songs that have either kept the same name; or the band had similar names to the band which they had copied the song from.

I cant wait to watch all your videos as I’m sure they will all be interesting and fun to see.

Stay Happy, Stay Healthy, Until Next Time.

XoXo

Reference:
Everything is a Remix Part 1 from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo.

PorcelainPrincess On Producer-Consumer

This post will mainly focus on Youtube and the Idea of being both a producer and consumer; but also how it affects copyright laws. To start off I would like to quote L Hilderbrand when he states what and why copyright laws are all about. “At the base, copyright allows rights owners the right of publication and in exchange for offering cultural works for public consumption, of profiting from such publication.” (L. Hilderbrand, 2007) My basic understand of this is that the sole owner of such public is the only one allowed to profit from such work; thus making it illegal for other to profit or benefit from re-making or re-posting.

Personally I have taken the time to watch Youtube posts on eating disorders, both for my own personal knowledge, but also to gain more information as I am writing a blog about eating disorders. Most of what I found on Youtube in regards to eating disorders were TV clips from talk shows about people sharing their own experiences of eating disorders, TV clips about talk shows blaming the media for eating disorders, a personal diary entries and videos about ways to get help. Most of which would be considered copyright. But I do think to take videos down with such substance, as these could be detrimental. Of course people with eating disorders can read blogs such as this, but something about watching a personal speak about it, being able to see the emotion really hits home.

Now if it would be detrimental to take these important videos down, how can we abide by copyright laws and still have these videos up for everyone to see? To answer this question, I look back at all the school papers I have written. The various articles which I have quoted, the authors, which I have paraphrased. Then I think what made that so different? Each time I used and article or quoted an author I had to reference each source. Each time I post a picture on this blog that I have not created myself, I need to reference it. Therefore in the case of video’s posted on Youtube could they not just reference where the video was taken from? In an article written by Jenkins he states, “Some fear that media is out of control, others that it is too controlled” (Jenkins, 2004) By removing all videos by the request of the owner if proper referencing wasn’t in place I truly feel that it would control the copyright issues, but not control the creative behind the people that are making their own Youtube videos.

Another way Youtube could work toward building a robust and freely accessible cultural commons is by removing the idea that people get paid for videos. Know this may seem extreme. But it would be copyright or pirating if someone were profiting off the works of other people. I do not think that people would stop using Youtube or stop making videos if they were not paid. People would be so lucky to make good money off of Youtube, and the only way to make real money, good money, is to have a video go viral which not everyone that posts video has done, or may be capable of doing.

Finally, I think Youtube is a great tool, it can be very informative and very fun. There has to be a way to work together in the sense of copyright laws. I truly think that if a video is properly references it should no longer be considered copyright, just as in all the previous papers as well as this blog I’ve written. And perhaps lose the idea of getting paid from video views; which eliminates people profiting off of other peoples works. These are just ideas I’ve come up with. I just know to take down such important videos as the ones I’ve viewed on Youtube about eating disorders would be a big mistake as they are really informative.

Stay Happy, Stay Healthy, Until Next Time.

XoXo

References

Jenkins, H. (2004) The Cultural Logic of Media Convergence International Journal of Cultural Studies March 2004 7: 33-43.

Hilderbrand, L. (2007). Youtube: Where Cultural Memory and Copyright Converge. Film Quarterly. Vol. 61, No. 1, 48-57.

New Light On Wikipedia

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Having personally suffered from an eating disorder, I think that Wikipedia is a great place to learn about various eating disorders, learn about the consequences from having an eating disorder and even the potential reasoning behind it. In my previous two posts I was completely against using Wikipedia for scholarly purposes; which is still the position I hold, although after doing more primary research on my own I am less sceptical to use Wikipedia for personal use. In the blog titles Tainted Love I think she puts it best when she says it is best used when feeding curiosity.

I was actually quite impressed with the Wikipedia page about eating disorders. It listed many eating disorders I have never even heard of. It listed important things such as: Classification (different types of eating disorders), Causes, Symptoms, Complications, Diagnosis, Prevention and Treatment. Not only is this a great source for someone like myself having suffered from an eating disorder, but this is also great for people who have friends or family members suffering from one. The Wikipedia page also gives references to other webpages and articles where more information could be found. Which not only did I discover for myself when searching the reference pages of the eating disorder Wiki page but Koooch’s Blog also suggests this.

Now most of you must be thinking why such a flip from the previous two posts?
The answer is simple. “Talk” Page. For those of you who are unsure about what a “talk” page is Jensen defines it as, “The most remarkable collaborative nature of Wikipedia editing comes on the talk page. Every article has one, where anyone can comment on or complain about the article.” (Jensen, 2012) This has single handedly changed my views about Wikipedia for personal use.

Most of the items found on the “talk” page for eating disorders were things such as vandalism; this makes it easier for editors to pinpoint the errors and make changes quickly. Jensen being an editor for Wikipedia suggests that most of the vandalism done on the pages are people say ” (Name) was here”. (Jensen, 2012) Having read that it assures me that most young pranks are nothing that couldn’t be easily visible to anyone with any type of educational background. Other items found on these “talk” pages were various peoples suggestions about opinions they have on certain topics, and things which they find hard to believe. Which after reading the article by Jensen, that is not the point of Wikipedia, it is not for opinions but rather factual information that can be backed up by secondary sources. Another thing I noticed when looking at the “talk” page was a lot of the issues were formatting based. Whether to merge topics together and have one category instead of two; with various peoples opinions on whether to merge the topics or not. And the most common post was related to grammar and use of words. Not exactly what I thought was meant by changes in articles, or anyone has access to change anything. It was great to see many people working together to try and get the most relevant, reliable information without being biased.

A post which I find most “juicy” within the “talk” page of the eating disorder pages is under the category Night Eating Disorders. This probably got the most attention out of all the posts since it wasn’t simply a formatting issue. It was basically a section written about bing eating at night, and how it is recognized as an eating disorder. A link to a source is also listed to make the point more relevant. The post suggests that most people tend to eat later at night; right before unwinding to go to bed. This point got interesting push back in my eyes. Someone made a comment pointing out the effects of doing shift work; or working nights. Although further comments have not been made on this it would be interesting to read; since I work at a restaurant which is open till 2am. I may have to go off and do my own research on this.

The next “juicy” topic is related to the why do people have eating disorders? section. This section I would consider the most biased out of all. Although some posts had links to secondary research, such as an example about the increase of eating disorders within the Japanese culture. Other posts were linked to eating disorders being a psychological issues; while others stated it being a problem due to media. But none of these comments had secondary links to refer to research done; which to me makes it seem not credible. However, had they shown research as to how media has had a major impact, or research based on psychological problems they would not only be more interesting, but they would appear more credible.

I was reading another students blog titled Finding the Courage to Heal and she suggests the army of editors which Wikipedia has. When I was on the “talk” page to the eating disorder Wiki I noticed comments from a variety of people suggesting changes that in my opinion where only trying to benefit the page. This to me is exactly like the idea of Van Dijck and Nieborg when they relate editing Wikipedia as being a prosumer. A producer and consumer. Which I completely agree with. These people put a lot of time and effort into making changes to not only benefit the other readers, but to also benefit themselves as they too are the readers.

“Wikipedia is specifically intended as a work of reference, whereas using a search engine is not.” (Royal, Kapila, 2009). Although Wikipedia can be used as reference, it does give lists of sources for each article, which allow the reader to more fully investigate the article and see whether the quote was taken out of context or not.

I can only specifically speak from the Wikipedia page on eating disorders, but I can say that I was more then impressed with the article itself. I feel that it fits into the category of a “good article” based on the Wikimedia criteria which states, “the criteria for “good articles” are that they are written very well, contain factually accurate and verifiable information, are broad in coverage, neutral in point of view, stable, and illustrated, where possible, by relevant images with suitable copy write licenses.” (Jensen, 2012). The eating disorder page fits hand in hand with this description. Although I must point out that many of the comments on the “talk” page were personal opinions; which are obviously subject to bias.

All in all I must say by doing my own primary research I am now more comfortable using Wikipedia for personal use. I also think that anyone suffering from an eating disorder or knows someone who is, can and should do some research including Wikipedia. I found it helpful and I think others will too.

Stay Happy, Stay Healthy, Until Next Time.

XoXo

References

Jensen, R. (2012). Military History on the Electronic Frontier: Wikipedia Fights the War of 1812. Journal of Military History. 76, 1. pp 1165-1182

Royal, C. & Kapila, D. (2009). What’s on Wikipedia, and What’s Not . . . ?: Assessing Completeness of Information. Social Science Computer Review. 27, 1. pp 138-148.

Van Dijk, J. & Nieborg, D. (2009). Wikinomics and its discontents: a critical analysis of Web 2.0 business manifestos. New Media & Society. 11, 5. pp 855-874.

Other Student Blogs:

Tainted Love: http://cm11ud.wordpress.com
Koooch’s Blog: http://koooch12.blogspot.ca
Finding The Courage to Heal: http://jw10fq.wordpress.com