domingo, 18 de abril de 2010

The other day my father sent me this email.
Anoche mi madre y yo estábamos sentados en la sala hablando de cosas de la vida.... entre otras.... estábamos hablando del tema de vivir/ morir.
Le dije:"Mamá, nunca me dejes vivir en estado vegetativo, dependiendo de máquinas y líquidos de una botella. Si me ves en ese estado, desenchufa los artefactos que me mantienen vivo. "PREFIERO MORIR".
!!!Entonces, mi madre se levantó con cara de admiración.... Y me desenchufó el televisor, el DVD,EL CABLE DE INTERNET, EL PC, EL MP3/4, LA PLAY-2,LA PSP,LA WII,EL TELÉFONO FIJO,ME QUITÓ EL MÓVIL,LA IPOD, EL BLACKBERRY Y ME TIRÓ TODAS LAS CERVEZAS!!!

After reading it I started thinking and answering myself if the situation described in the email was possible.
Nowadays it is said that young people have replaced life by technology. The question is: Is this normal? Is our behavior a simply and necessary adaptation to the this new times?

Internet governance?

"As the most participatory form of mass speech yet developed, the Internet deserves the highest protection from government instrusion"(Judge Dalzell)
Is it possible to govern the Internet?
This is a question that arises avery time it raise the issue of internet and its increasing power in today's society.

If the answer is yes, who should govern it?The particular governent of each country or a comittee created specifically por this?
On the other hand, if the answer is no, how do we prevent the publication of innapropriate content like: child pornography, defamation...?

Personally, i think we should stop using the word "Internet Governance" and replace it with "Governments and the Internet". Instead of governing internte, governments should support interntet. Logically, when they do it, they must participate side by side in the task. All contries without discrimintion, in a balanced and transparent way.

Internet is the network of networks. It is a agreement between users and existing networks...there is no central core, so there can't be a central governorship. It is no governable, as a country, or posiibly the planet, because there aren´t things to decide jointly, each network makes its decisions. The only possible way of governing the internet is by a self-government. Each user, each navigator...should apply its own code of conduct to prevent misuses of the internet.

Click here if you want to know more about the situation in China.

sábado, 17 de abril de 2010

Digital challenge

"The more elaborated our Means of communication, the less we Communicate" (Joseph Priestley)

What is the future of journalism? Is there a future' How can we obtain profits from digital medias?

That times are changing is an evidence. Each dy hits the market a computer, a mobille or any new electronic device. te question is, to what degree are we affected by this steady progress? How do these changes influence journalism?

It is sais that traditional journalism is dying, that today anyone can access the information, document and publish it, that blogs are replacing newspapers.From my inexperienced point of view, all this progree does not necessary means a setback for journalists. Time have always been changing;the clock of history has never stayed still. Since its begennings, journalism has shown great versatility and adaptability to changes. Why would it be different now?

The journalist's objective is to collect, classefy and process information, especially about current events, to finally publish it in various media. In other words, to transmit the reality as precisely as possibles. To tell the truth. All this ith one goal: the good functionin of a democratic society.

The democratic state is a regime of public opinion governed by majorities. So freedom of expression and information are prerequisitesfor those majorities to be legitimated. In this way, plurality is indespensable, however, nowadays plurality is an aim difficult to achive due to holdings.

At this point, with the internet everything is resized. New technologies are inhrently democratic, becouse they provide acces to new sources of information with totally freedom.Journalists must learn to seize the opportunity that the internet offers them: many sources, no politicized media, feedback...

Blogs, websites and digital newspapers, etc permits the journalism and the society in general to have more information about the place in where they live. So while it may be a challenge for information professionals, internet is a reality to the one we need to adapt.