Technological World

Vodafone has received a ton of criticism regarding their services as they have failed to uphold their promises. The media has covered this issue focusing on vodafones failures and a lawsuit. Due to their failing services Vodafone offered a day of free texting however most people on the plans and caps already have free texting making the free day of texting irrelevant and useless.

A Vodafail page has been launched which shows a news feed,common complaints and problems and also how to complain about the services. There is also a vodafail twitter feed on the page.

The Australian post jumped on the bandwagon posting about the vodafail site. The Age  posted an article about Vodafail the musical, a parody created to mock the failing network and has spread rapdily through social networking.The main coverage of the issue being about the failure of the network. The news covered the issue adding quotes from the company:

”(We) have been working with customers that have contacted us directly to understand the exact nature of the issues they may have encountered and provide appropriate information and solutions,” the statement said today.”We are pleased with our progress in optimising the network following our issues last year.”While we will keep working and investing heavily in further improvements, drive testing results to determine actual network performance has been very encouraging.”

This is in comparison to the other articles which merely point on the faults and complaints. The Sydney Morning Herald talked about the complaints over SMS, using tweets from Vodafone users to emphasise the unhappiness. The Herald Sun’s rather short article announced the free text period and lacked much information.
It’s clear that Vodafone isn’t receiving much positive media coverage due to the faults in the network.

The news of Osama Bin Laden’s death has spread like wild fire, flooding the airways. Technology has allowed the news to spread as rapidly as it has across the globe.

Obama’s speech has been shown via youtube, reblogged via twitter and played on the news. It is said to be seen as a speech that will go down in history,that this event will forever be remembered. Obama’s speech regarding Osama Bin Laden:

”Justice has been done”

Obama used youtube in his campaign and has used it the internet once again to spread the message rapidly. He gets his message across and creates a sense of victory and unity.

This quickly spread to facebook, immediately groups were created such as

‘osama bin laden – champion of world hide and seek since 2003’

Obama got Osama

and many more pages.

The Herald Sun wrote of the world leaders welcoming the death but warning of a revenge attack. They added a video (which is by the australian) which shows images of 9/11 combined with a voice over announcing that Osama Bin Laden is dead, video plays in the background of Aljazeera with subtitles showing him justifying 9/11 and then a clip of 9/11. A crowd is then shown cheering and celebrating Osama’s death and cheering ‘USA’. The video evokes a sense of justice and nationalism. Quotes are used from a variety of country figureheads all supporting his death. The article definately aims at creating a sense of rage at the attacks on America and a sense of justice at Osama’s death.

The ABC like the Herald Sun cover the angle of welcoming Osama’s death however they talk of the restrained reaction in Europe. Similar to the Herald they talk of the death as a step against terrorism, however the focus remains on a continuing battle and a possible attack in reaction to the death.

The Wall Street Journal used a soldiers point of view drilling home the idea of relief,victory and justice. The common theme in the articles is summed up by these quotes used:

”I’m worried about retaliation, but I’m happy.”

“I feel a sense of relief”


”It’s a win psychologically. I do feel safer.”

Viewing of the Osama mission

The Telegraph had ‘live coverage’ adding pictures of the event. The telegraph has an extensive timeline with video’s and pictures of media coverage,jokes made and quotes. People around the world adding things to tumblr such as showing Obama and Hilary Clinton viewing the mission:

The amount of articles,tweets,facebook status’s, youtube videos, tumblr posts and news reports doesn’t comprehend the immense amount of media coverage and the speed at which the news spread. Social networking, technology and the internet has allowed this issue to be known world wide and is a perfect example of technology playing an important role in society.

Everything these days is connected to the internet,its the one thing linking everyone, particularly social networking. Although the Japan disaster was a while ago, i was reminded today of the disaster through tumblr. A wide variety of people, particularly teens use social networking sites. When tumblr stopped working this popped up:

This is reaching a younger and wider audience, raising awareness and asking for help. It was quite bizarre to see this at first as it was incorporated with the over capacity notice but as you look into it there is everything from newspapers to blogs that covered this issue. This is because it is a conflict and has human interest. It’s not recent, as in the past week but things such as the tumblr message remind us of the impact and consequence of the disaster.

The international business times used elite persons (Lady Gaga and Charlie Sheen are mentioned) in their article to add interest and importance to the story highlighting the outreach internationally. They add in a quote from the Chinese Premier

“We will provide more as Japan needs it and we want to continue to help as necessary.”

and goes on to mention the other countries sending aid. The article also mentions how Lady Gaga has created bracelets that will support Japan, also how Charlie Sheen and P Diddy use twitter to raise awareness. The focus mainly being on elite persons and their role in the disaster. The article goes into depth about the technologies and how they were used in relation to the disaster.

BBC News chooses to focus on how the UK charities are helping Japan. They include the quote:

People’s desire to help is overwhelming and understandable”- DEC spokesman.

The issue in the article is that the British want to help Japan but are limited in their actions until Japan asks for more help. Unlike the Business Times the BBC mentions Japans position in the world, the position in the economy, the charities supporting the disaster and problems that might arise when helping Japan.

The New York Times covered the Japan disaster from the citizens point of view and how they used social networking. The article shows a picture taken from a citizen that posted a picture on their twitter. The article uses tweets from different people as examples, however the article mentions that the majority of Japan use Mixi and only 2% of the population use facebook emphasising the different technologies and social networking of the country. The article differs from the previous two as the focus of technology is mainly on Mixi and twitter while the BBC focuses on Britain and the charities (less technology) and the business times mentions a variety of technologies and focuses on elite persons.

The Australian covered the issue focusing on how technology is being used as a lifeline in the times of crisis while Computerworld covers how the Federal Government created the DFAT as a tool for Australians to help Japan, the technological way to help.

Mashable reveals 7 ways to help Japan via technology while One Green Planet lists 10 ways to aid Japan victims, these are less technological ways.

Basically all of these articles reveal the need to help and how the internet, technology and social networking has allowed society to become more involved and opened up new ways to help. The issue is covered from the citizens point of view to Australians to the business side of the disaster, all of this aims to highlight the role of technology in all aspects.

 “Communication is changing so rapidly that we have to keep up with it and it presents us with huge opportunities.”

This quote was found in a technology article discussing how technology is used by ministers to tend to flocks,it also ad, resses how churches are using technology in religion. The article is fairly short, has some depth but lacks an authoritive tone. The quotes and information are useful but in the end just mention the consequences  of technology like cyber bullying.

The issue of churches integrating technology is addressed in The journal of technology, theology and religion. Religion is being put onto the internet into a virtual world called second life. This idea is the basis of discussion in the article. The article highlights the use of technology in religion:

”Virtual worlds can be seen as means for supporting individual participation, and also for negotiating expressions and content in contemporary religious life”

The two completely different formats, one being an online article and one a academic journal article both relate to the idea that technology is allowing participation and is changing the ways in which we communicate, also how religion has evolved due to these changes. Technology concors the problem of distance and allows international communication and interaction.

These articles could be built on by addressing other ways that technology has influenced society and changed the original structures, not just religion but other aspects such as business and how that world has changed the way companies work.

Technology intergration is just one issue of many being covered in news at the moment. International technology and competition, the release and production of new gagdets and developments in technologies are also being covered.

Lately the media’s coverage of technology, specifically gagdets is mainly highlighting the release of the iPad2 but for a while now the media has put their two cents in about anticipated release of the iphone5. Most publicity involves the rumour mill and sorting the facts,lies and flaws. However the media is always covering the new,better versions of old scraggy gagdets that become outdated the minute they are released and a new version is alerady being talked of. It seems these communication devices will get a complex never being good enough,always having a flaw and then a newer, better and less faulty version comes along and it goes on and on and on.

An online article from hubpages talks of the now older version of the iphone already being replaced:

 ‘As if the iPhone 4 wasn’t groundbreaking enough, the iPhone 5 is going to revolutionize the world of cell phones” and  ”If you’re thinking about buying the iPhone 4, you’ll be better off waiting for the iPhone 5 instead.”

This article talks up the iphone5 and undermines the iphone4. 

There is always a new version, a better version. Technology is constantly growing and evolving.  Techradar has an article that compares the new gagdets, mentioning the ipad2,the iphone4 and talk of a smaller version of the iphone5 (ALREADY) called the iPhone Nano . Despite this the iphone5 is still being talked up and has even included a digital wallet where it will be able to act as a credit card.  Near field communication

The article clears up rumours of the iphone5 and updates the audience on the new improvements and where it stands in relation to other releases such as the ipad2.

The media has covered the advantages, the rumours and now he iphone5 even has its own blog that isnt afraid to point out the glitches and problems caused with apple and android saying that 

”Apple could suffer an even worse disaster with the iPhone 5, if for no other reason than the fact that iPhone users are early anticipating NFC technology on the next iPhone”.

Which brings me back to the constant updating of technology. There is always faults that can be improved on and i think the iphone5 blog gets it right when it says:

”It’s just a good idea to recognize that, if the iPhone 5 is more than a simple refresh, more things could go wrong.”

Technology is always improving and moving forward but at what point will the media and the public get sick of always having a new gadget, a new technology or a new social network to master. It seems we will either continue to evolve or revert back,either way the media will be there to point out the advantages and disadvantages and help us along the road towards or away from technology.

    New technology and gadgets are constantly emerging from iphones to ipads as well as issues about the way they are used and how they affect the world, the media seems to offer different angles. The main concerns of consumers are how much they cost,are they worth purchasing , what are the faults and what are the improvements.

 The media has taken full advantage of societies interest. This is evident in the release of the ipad2. The faults and improvements are argued thoroughly through different media. Faults, flaws and talk of an ipad 3 are one angle taken while a more technical and helpful aspect informs the audience of battery life, applications and other tests. The Detroit Free Press points out all the problems and developments but focuses more on the advantages. 

Different people have different opinions which means the media covers a range of aspects of the product. Alternative approaches and angles are taken but all conform to what the consumer wants. The main concerns are the problems with the phone and the cost as well as how the product connects the user through social networking, calling, messaging or skyping. Its important that the media covers this product and its issues because its a source of communication and connecting to eachother. Technology closes the issue of space and time but now its more of a competition to have THE BEST product that has the most advanced technology creating the arguement of advantages and disadvantages. There is always going to be a problem found by the competition who can use this to their advantage (For example the ipad vs the rivals article) . The media’s insight into this helps the public understand which benefits their decision making into what commucation device to buy.

The media also covers how these devices  linked to social networking have helped natural disaster situations. By covering news about new gadgets, it raises awareness of the functions [social networking,connecting]. The latest disasters in Christ Church and Japan are prime examples of media technology coverage, mainly the role in which it has aided families. CBS News highlights googles role in helping Japan’s struggle as well as twitter promoting a new movie, the selling of the iPad2 and issues with amazon and xbox. This is a perfect example of how the media is covering technology and the range of topics involving social networking,disasters, communicating and the interaction of these components. Not only covered indiviually as nations but internationally covered, evident in the international news coverage. This highlights media’s coverage of twitter, google and other social networking sites involvement and how it has affected the world and how we handle these situations. It all comes down to connecting and communicating with and through the use of technology. The media uses the technologies and covers these issues and situations highlighting the disadvantages and advantages of the gadgets themselves, the use of social networking and how it affects society.

It is said that we are living in a ”MediaSaturated World”. Howevereverywhere we go, everything we do. There it is –Technology. How do we find out about these things? The media. Its a combination of the two, a relationship. There are many platforms and catergories but how do the media cover technology? From tech and gadgets to business and marketing to social media, all catergories national and international are on the media’s radar. The media’s close interaction with technology makes it important.

  The media’s focus on coverage of social media and how it plays a part in everyday life and also how gagdets are integrated with these developments reveals how its important to stay connected in the modern technological world.

 The media covers technology issues ranging from teens and younger children using the internet to how it plays a part internationally with natural disasters to which ipad is better. There is even coverage on what gadgets are best to take on holidays. Notice that this article also has twitter and facebook interactions, so you can like and share. This shows how media combine there own personal use of technology to cover issues regarding technology, how to use technology and keeping the public informed on all the developments and issues regarding technology.