The Hope of the Future: Digital Predicitions for the Year 2025

It is crazy to imagine the possibilities of what our society will be like in the year 2025 when so much has evolved technology wise in just this past decade alone.

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Do you have any of your own predictions for the year 2025?

In just ten years, we have seen the birth of social networking, the size of television screens expand at the same time as their widths becoming thinner, and the physical and technological features of our cell phones changing drastically. We have come such a long way since 2005, which is why it is so hard for me to grasp the idea of what my world will be like by the time 2025 comes around.

In PEW Research Center’s article, the expert contributors spoke about the changes they think our digital world will face, and how the Internet will become “like electricity that is less visible, yet more deeply embedded in people’s lives for good and ill.” They presented 15 these about the future of the digital world, some “hopeful,” and some “less than hopeful.”

Signs of Hope

The common subject matter of thee themes were connectivity, and the easy access people will have to information all over the world. Bryan Alexander of the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education wrote, “It will be a world more integrated than ever before.” They spoke on the realization people will have of their world, and on their behavior, and that users will become far more aware of the consequences for our actions.

The thesis that gave me the most excitement was that of the idea of wearable devices being able to have such a huge impact on our personal health.

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Wearable technology is inching even closer to going mainstream with the launch of a number of new smart watches from various high-end brands.

Having access to devices in which will promote healthier lifestyle changes, closely monitoring and giving feedback on our daily lives could cause our world to see a drastic change in the overall well being of our society.

Hopelessly Failing

The downsides that were pointed out to the progression of our digital world revolved around concepts such as user regulation, and unfair wealth opportunities to those of high classes. In regard to abuses and abusers, the evolving internet will give the “bullies” a new capacity to make life miserable for their victims, exposing people to threats they had not been exposed to before.

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Bullies of all sorts like to use social media to attack their victims. 

People will also be able to make trade offs for privacy and various governments and nation in order to implement their own policies in regards to the digital world.

Things are Looking Up

Overall, I would have to say that the hopeful possibilities far outweigh the less than hopeful, however that is up for everyone’s own interpretation. The only thing we can do for now is be thankful for the opportunities the Internet have awarded us, and look forward to the possibility of transformation in this next decade.

Twitter an Advantage to ISIS?

Social Media the New Weapon for Extremist Groups

Many forms of Extremists are beginning to use social media to recruit, radicalize, and raise funds for their organization. In particular, the Sunni militant group ISIS, formally known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, has began to use social media to their advantage to influence our modern day world. Most recently, they started posting pictures on Twitter of an alleged mass shooting of Iraqi soldiers

The Dawn of Glad Tidings

One of ISIS’s successful attempts to to attract followers is an Arabic-language Twitter app called DAWN.

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When you hold a DAWN account, you let them have access to all of your personal information.

DAWN keeps its follows updated wight he latest news in regards to the jihadi group. Hundreds of users have signed up for the app, and when they do they are asked to give a handful of personal information.

The app immediately begins to post tweets to your account, with the content being decided on by someone in ISIS’s social media operations. The Tweets are the same as everyone else who holds an account, but are spaced out as to avoid triggering Twitter’s spam-detection algorithms.

An example was when the extremist group was reported to have advanced towards Baghdad, hundreds of DAWN users began “tweeting” and image of an armed jihadist gazing at a flag.47812369e

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The use of organized hashtag campaigns also magnifies the group’s message. Similar to how Western corporation ‘s that we are used to seeing use social media to advertise their company, ISIS uses hashtags to foci- group messaging and branding concepts. ISIS is able to project strength and promote engagement online with its supports, as well as spread pictures of graphic violence, attract new fighters, and incite lone wolves.

Much of the media today has began to focus in on ISIS’s use of social media to spread wariness for their extremist organization. They have successfully been able to promote their cause through the use of advancements in technology, just as we all do on an everyday basis.

The Beauty of Sound

I have a problem, and I think it’s a problem many people, especially my age, would agree to have as well. I have a short attention span, or how I like to put it, I’m easily bored. I start something, whether it be a new TV show, a book, or even an art project, and before I know it I’m ready to move on.

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We are constantly wanting to know what is going on in the world, as well as on our social media accounts!       Source: The Odyssey

Let’s face it. FOMO isn’t fun. It’s hard focusing in on one particular thing when we know there is just so much out there to explore. Thanks to the many breakthroughs technology has made, we now have access to so many resources at the palm of our hands, and we simply do not have enough time to pay attention to everything in its entirety. Hence why many media producers, strive to create a “hook” that successfully pulls in an audience.

In it to Win It

A good writer, photographer, videographer, or any media producer for that matter, knows how to attract their audiences’ attention. They are constantly on the hunt for new techniques and angles to approach a story, specifically ones that will captivate the interests of the reader. Surprisingly enough, everyone, whether they are a writer or not, already has the tools needed to create a good story. When creating, your mind and your heart are the two primary tools. As well as these essentials, you may also want to try and obtain:

  1. Persistence
  2. Passion
  3. Patience
  4. Ability to observe and analyze
  5. A sense of drama and moment.

If you can acquire all of these items, man are you good to go.

Is a Picture Really Worth a Thousand Words?

Photography and video are commonly seen as playing necessary roles in the media world, but the use of audio is just as important. Sound can be incorporated into all forms of media and successfully creates a virtual reality for the reader. Audio is personal. People like personal. They can relate best to sound because it is what is most natural to them. Sound is something that is always around us.

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Sound is something that comes natural to everyone. We are born with it.                 Source: Sonologue

Let’s Be Real.

Interested, Organized, and Authentic. These are three factors found in Sound in the Story that are stated as being crucial in audio storytelling. If you don’t like or show interest for your topic then why should your audience? Here are a few tips to make sure your story is as efficient as possible:

  1. Be prepared before you record
  2. Make sure your gear is in order, that you have enough supplies and that you’re ready for whatever conditions may await you
  3. Take good notes along with your audio
  4. Remember that there are ethics
  5. Only use sounds gathered on site
  6. Don’t put words in people’s mouths
  7. Don’t stage events

With these key concepts in mind, one can discover ways in which to attract an audience, but more importantly, how to keep them interested and possibly even coming back for more!

 

 

Let’s Get Moving

We all are guilty of it. We sit down to go on the computer, whether it be to type up a paper, check our Facebook page, or binge watch our latest Netflix addiction, and before we know it hours have gone by. Hours of our eyes pinned to a rectangular sheet of glass. Hours of our bodies sitting still, while the rest of the world keeps moving around us.

Sitting still for a long period of time is just not good for us. It stops our brain from functioning to its full potential, and even though we think we are accomplishing the task at hand, we would be even more productive if we got up and moved.

As emphasized in Austin Kleon’s book, Steal Like An Artist, movement is key to accomplishing one’s work. “We need to move,” Kleon states. “Work that comes from your head isn’t any good.” In order to get our creative juices flowing, we need to be active. You can’t accomplish anything if you just sit at a desk all day letting a technological device do everything for you. Yeah your finished work might be pretty decent, but I can almost guarantee it could have been better. To improve the efficiency and quality of our work, we need the incorporation of movement.

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Taylor Swift knows how to get her move on!                     Source: GIPHY

Now how you get moving is completely up to you.  Whether it be doodling on a notepad that you have sitting next to your computer, or getting up and walking around every half hour, we need to make sure we are not just sitting still. Here, Buzzfeed gives us a great example of how we can get a decent workout in while we watch our Netflix show of choice!

One Step at a Time

When writing, one suggestion Kleon has is separating your creative station from your digital station. Do all of your brainstorming on a notepad, or anything that involves physically writing out your ideas. Once you are complete, you can then sit down and transport it into the computer. Physically writing out our work gives us greater freedom when it comes down to expressing our ideas, whereas a computer is limiting.

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Olivia Newton-John can teach us a thing or two about staying in motion.               Source: Pati’s way thru life

Tom Gauld describes it as, “Once the computer is involved, things are on an inevitable path to being finished.” Handwriting gives us endless opportunities. In the words of Olivia Newton John, LETS GET PHYSICAL!

So think twice the next time you sit down to go on a computer. Is the computer absolutely necessary? If so, find a way to incorporate activity!