Identifying Music in Any Surrounding

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Many people today and in the past seem paranoid when they hear a song they like and they do not know anything of it. It can be frustrating when your hear a song without knowing who the artist is or the name of the song or even what album it is from, but there is a solution for this in today’s new media technology. The solution has been apps and software features on smart phones or any sort of portable device that can record sound. Shazam, Soundhound and MusixMatch have been the apps that have been the solution to identifying music in our current surroundings. They maybe more apps that can carry out the similar function as Shazam, Soundhound and MusixMatch, but it is well known that these three apps are the best for music identification. I personally love thee apps and the ones I use are Shazam and Soundhound since they are Apple apps on my iPhone. These apps tend to identify songs from a given database such as iTunes, Amazon, YouTube, etc. When the apps identify a track within the area they will list the song along with the artist, known album (if any), and a link to purchase the song. Sometimes the app may not retrieve all the information on the song and this just depends on the database. The database is always being updated and sometimes the apps need to be updated as well.

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The benefit of having multiple identifying music apps on your iPhone or any portable device is if one doesn’t recognize a song the other possibly will. New music is coming out every day and yet Shazam or Soundhound still surprise me when they can still recognize what I am playing. It may not have all the information but it is impressive how technology in our media changes every day. The fact is that something as powerful as a sound recognition feature is easily accessible in common devices used by millions of people today. As this technological trend continues where common people have access to higher levels of technology who knows what type of technology is in development right now and its magnitude of impact.

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A Forced Fine Line Between Facebook & LinkedIn

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I strongly believe an emphasis needs to be made on the difference between Facebook and LinkedIn because both of them are different social networks meant for different purposes. The reason why I believe this is because when I go into business I do not like the idea of other people in my job environment trying to friend request me on Facebook. Following me on Twitter is ok and adding me on LinkedIn is completely professional, but that is as far as it should go. I do not believe deleting my Facebook just to save myself from an imperfect image, as I do not have any inappropriate content, but I have other personal things. I have of cursed on my Facebook statuses like many people have, but that isn’t the issue as I also have a variety of friends on there as well. Many of my friends in the past have been good to me and important parts of my life that words cannot explain and in the business world if they are dressed a certain way then they are profiled and so will I.

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Everyone of my close friends are the reason I am here in college today. Some of my friends who are older than me who never thought about pursuing college have shown me its consequences not just by that action alone, but by what they told me about regretting that choice and how it was a big mistake. These friends were also there for me when I struggled in many aspects of my life early in high school. The safe thing that is encouraged is to take down the pictures with them that lead to profiling of my character in negative ways, however those pictures are memories of mine and I feel like I would be insulting those people who were there for support. Instead I believe a fine line should be established that nobody working in a business environment should be encouraged to look at other employees Facebook pages as it is personal. There should be no friend requesting on Facebook of people within your business environment unless your employees are already personal friends. Some employees, managers and bosses will friend their employees and those employees will feel bad for rejecting their friend request as Danah Boyd pointed out in his essay, Friends, Friendsters, and MySpace Top 8: Writing Community Into Being on Social Network Sites, on page eight. Boyd says that “it is socially inappropriate to say no because you know them” (8, Boyd), but I say that it is completely inappropriate to friend request someone you only know in your work environment. The solution for socializing online with someone you strictly know as a work colleague is LinkedIn and this should be emphasized in our new media more than it may already be. Facebook is should strictly be for having people you know personally in your life or at least went to school with.

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New Media Effect on Professional Athletes Character and Profession

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Today’s new media have truly affected how athletes are perceived and it allows fans to figure out what type of people they are in life outside of their sport. Not many people could really guess how Michael Jeffrey Jordan’s character outside of basketball was. All they knew was that he was a fierce competitor, hard worker, and a trash talker on the basketball court. Fans can easily follow their favorite athletes on Twitter and some of them even have YouTube accounts where they have videos of their life.  Athletes have pressure to maintain good character in the media or else they could get fined and scrutinized. This can be seen as fair or unfair because everyone should still be allowed to be themselves, but at the same time they have to be professional at whatever expectation given because many people are watching these athletes. Athletes and coaches have said things offensive such as cursing on Twitter and some of them have been fined in many cases if it is against officials.  Athletes can be professional and still show their true character and one player in the NBA that does that is Kevin Durant. On YouTube Kevin Durant has episodes (35th Hour) recorded of his life and many fans including myself can check it out and figure out what type of character he is.

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Kevin Garnett: Professional NBA player (Power Forward)

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Many athletes can be role models to their fans just as they can be bad influences as well. In the professional business field employees are warned about things they have up on their social networks. If employees in any sort of business field are caught with some inappropriate pictures on their online social network, professional or unprofessional, they could be potentially fired. It makes sense that athletes in professional sports should be held to a similar standard because they are in a worldwide entertainment business. The sports entertainment tries to maintain a clean image so more fans of all levels of maturity can watch the games. Blogging is also a major contributor to how athletes are perceived because any small rumor, story or lie that transpires can be blogged about and assumed to be true. Jalen Rose and Bill Simons discuss how a supposed incident between Kevin Garnett and Carmelo Anthony transpired during a Knicks Vs Celtics NBA game where Kevin Garnett insulted Carmelo’s wife Lala Anthony. They mentioned how this incident was blogged and many people assume it is true even though Kevin Garnett denies it to the media. Another thing that transpired is that an NFL team organization, New York Jets, acquired Tim Tebow and his role was undetermined. Tim Tebow was accused by many sports analysts of using Twitter for popularity gain to start as the New York Jets starting quarterback.  In a way new media puts more pressure on athletes to maintain good character professionally throughout their life, especially on social networks, because they may go through some unwanted scrutiny if they don’t maintain good character.

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Small Instances of Social Network Profiles in New Media

Social network profiling is defined as the assumption of certain interests that somebody has based on their online history and intersts expressed on social networks online like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc. Hugo Liu talks about social network profiling in his essay Social Network Profiling as Taste Performances and he says that “up through the 19th century in European society, identity was largely determined by a handful of circumstances such as profession, social class, and church membership” (252, Liu). Circumstances can be certain instances today online such as videos watched, searches, music and even what type of friends you have on a social network. Believe it or not the small pieces of social network profiling are important and they are viruses and certain trackers that spy on what a user does in many instances online to eventually get their attention. One example of this is YouTube and how it attempts to commit social network profiling by showing recommendations on a user’s homepage based on what they have watched and searched for. Many people may only believe this is true if they have an account on YouTube. However, if a user who visits YouTube frequently doesn’t have an account can they can still eventually see recommendations and be socially profiled. I am a victim of social network profiling because I visit YouTube frequently and see recommendations of videos and other accounts recommended for subscribing. I may check out a certain video once that is unrelated to my interests because a friend of mine recommended it and next thing I see is a bunch of videos listed as recommendation on my home page assuming I am interested in viewing more videos like the one I have just viewed.

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A typical online scam

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Anyone who looks at my laptop while I am on my home page on YouTube can make assumption on my identity, especially online. This can be classified as social network profiling and they are even viruses that can lead a person to a page stating that they are single women or men in your area and often these webpage’s will have the information on your precise town location. This can be quite scary, but nothing to panic about since it is extremely common and must be ignored as it can lead to unwanted trouble. Even on my new Twitter account I have followed many of my favorite athletes and I recommendations of other athletes who I should follow. It is nice I receive this and it is helpful but I know and have an idea of who I need to follow on Twitter.

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Sports Media, Twitter and Blogging

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Much of today’s sports media has been covered by many online sources and Twitter is definitely one of them. The sport I follow the most is NBA basketball in addition to some college basketball and some NFL. YouTube can also be helpful if you’re a subscribed member to a numerous  amount of sports accounts because then you can attain the latest video footage on athletes and sports highlights. Twitter is the best by far for sports media today because you can follow all your favorite athlete’s over the world unlike Facebook that has a friend limit capacity. In addition to knowing what your favorite athlete’s are up to, you can follow all the professional sports analysts to know what “buzz” is going on in professional sports. By saying the word buzz means trade rumors, practices, player workouts and health in addition to how they feel about the current team they are on and opponents they are about to face.  Twitter is also faster and more efficient to discuss sports with your friends than Facebook because then you don’t get many people just fighting over one status. Instead they just talk directly to you.

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I had attended the Celtics versus Heat game late in January and during halftime I was on Twitter and I found out that our star player Rajon Rondo will miss the remainder of the season due to an ACL injury.  I found out this information from NBA analysts I follow on Twitter and one of them is David Aldridge. I was still new to Twitter so I asked some people during the game about Rondo’s MRI report as the game resumed and many people didn’t even know Rondo was even getting an MRI or knew he was injured. I have found out trade’s that have happened in the NBA before they are officially announced on ESPN or any other sports radio stations.

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They are of course sources outside of Twitter that can help people follow their favorite sports teams. I have had accounts on some of these sports site blogs even though I almost never commented or made my own blog. The sites I follow information about the Boston Celtics on are Redsarmy and CelticsLife. From these sites I learn all the trade rumors and free agents out that the Celtics are scouting, information on press conferences after games and practices. Twitter today is a huge contributor to Sports media, but you cannot ignore other sites and blogs because they have important information as well.

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Friendster and Facebook Concepts on Friendship

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Based on the essay Friends, Friendsters and MySpace, from Danah Boyd, the online social network known as Friendster is very similar to a popular social network used today known as Facebook.  Facebook and Friendster are very similar with the concepts they have behind them in social networking and how they build different degrees of friendship. Friendster is not popular or maybe not even used in today’s popular social media culture, but its accomplishments, usage and ideas have not disappeared. One important thing that Boyd said about Friendster and social networks is that “based on an internal understanding of the audience, participants override the term ‘Friend’ to make room for a variety of different relationships so that they may properly show face. Their choice in how to do this is deeply influenced by the technological affordances of a given system and their perception of who might be looking” (Boyd, 3). They are many opportunities for people on social networks to interpret how friendship and mutual connections with other people. Users or any people new to the idea of social networking tend to assume that everyone on someone’s social network is their close friends who talk to them every day. The truth is that a social network can be exactly what any user wants out of it. Some people only want social networking to be something that can allow them to communicate with their distant and close friends or just a way to be socially engaged with their surroundings regardless if they lack any personal relationship with who they listed as friends.

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Facebook allows users to distinguish between certain friends they have listed into categories. These categories can be brothers, sisters, parents (mom or dad) and close friends that can only see your posts that you wouldn’t want other people to see. Boyd is definitely correct about how the word “friend” in social networks like MySpace or Friendster have extended its meaning to something that isn’t just a certain kind of relationship (Boyd, 3-4). I do not believe this is the worst scenario because it is quite helpful to have people in your community, even if they are listed as friends, on social networks like Facebook, Friendster or MySpace because it is easy to get in contact with them in a time of need. For me I like having friends on Facebook outside of people I have a certain relationship with such as students in my classes. The reason why is because I may need them to help me study for an exam, work on an assigned project and to know what is going on within our campus and community. Boyd mentions Adams and Allen’s argument of friendship and how the term is viewed differently in different cultures (Boyd, 3). These different cultures include today’s new media and social culture so friendship, especially on these online social networks, can be interpreted as far as anyone wants to and how they choose to show friendship.

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Crowdsourcing in the Making and Finish

In the essay Un(der)paid Innovators: The Commercial Utiliza-tion of Consumer Work through Crowdsourcing from Kleeman looks into the topic of crowdsourcing. Kleeman talks about a variety of different types of crowdsourcing in his essay, but I would like to focus on it only within the business and not outside such as customers and consumers. For those of you that is not fully aware of crowding sourcing,
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Crowdsourcing is a business plan that surrenders the task of one employee or individual to a massive group of people. This is obviously done in the belief of quicker productivity and less time wasted. In many cases crowdsourcing is more efficient and this is always something I believed in taking courses at college, especially computer science, which working in groups is more effective. I mean it is understandable that professors at colleges and universities have to challenge what students are individually capable of so it is unrealistic for students to always be able to work together since they are sharing their diploma. However, when students graduate school, get all their necessary diplomas and are in the business world of labor they will always be working with other employees in almost all challenging tasks. Certain employees can show off their talents by completing their necessary work on their own to show their value and that’s where going to good colleges and universities pays off. However, a company can be more productive and make better time management to have a team of people get the necessary elements of their project done before a certain deadline.

The big disadvantage of hard ego people or more qualified employees in general is that they try to get big tasks done on their own and then get beat by another company of people who may not even have as many talented individuals. I have seen this happen from my father’s experience in the business world. He used to work for a company of many highly qualified computer scientists and initially he had great success, but then they went out of business because many of the employees tried to overrule each other and use their own dominant ideas of projects instead of working together.

I ask many of my friends who have graduated or have been employed in the computer science field of how they are able to do so much work on their own? They look at me saying “what are you talking about all the projects are cooperative.” My reaction is that many of my assignments were substantial and the only way I was able to complete them was cooperating with other students. My friends who are already employed or have done internships have practically told me that crowdsourcing is the way to go in the business field because you have more people and a variety of different minded individuals giving their perspective. I am a Film & New Media Studies major, but computer science is a big interest of mine as well as music history and business. In my video production class when I worked with students on film projects it was frustrating working on the story board because we all had our own ideas and I preferred the entire group followed mine. This obviously isn’t right or fair but crowdsourcing does have its disadvantages and the instance where it shows is in management.

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Kleeman in his essay or article reminds us that workers can be underpaid in the instance of crowdsourcing so it is somewhat justified why some people decide to work on their own. I like how Kleeman discusses the working consumer in terms of crowdsourcing by saying “Since the 1990s, the internet has been playing an important role in expanding forms of cooperation between firms and consumers in the production process” (Kleeman, 6). It is interesting how consumers and customers are also a part of crowdsourcing especially through the internet, but do many of you believe crowdsourcing is necessary or not?

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