Communication Major

Book-

Collins, P. (2011). The murder of the century: the Gilded Age crime that scandalized a city and sparked the tabloid wars. New York: Crown.

Journal Article-

Conant, E. (2010). Pot And The Gop.Newsweek156(18), 30-35.

Newspaper Article-

Elliot, S. (2013, September 25). A Big Week for the Advertising Industry, in Many Ways. New York Times, p. B7.

Net Neutrality

When we log on to the internet, you and I think and know that we can get to any site and look at virtually anything on there.  But what if there was a network force field blocking out some of those websites from the viewers personal use?  Net Neutrality is what preserves the free and open Internet for the public and keeps it safe.  It means that Internet service providers can not discriminate between all kinds of content and apps online.  Net neutrality makes sure that theres a balance between all websites and internet devices.

SOPA(Stop Online Piracy Act) is an act that addresses a legitimate problem.  SOPA is made to shut down the online international embezzlement which is a 10s of 100s of billions dollars a year issue which is of primary concern.  It targets individual websites that are dealing with illegal uses.  Its plan is to protect the intellectual property market and industry, jobs, and income.

PIPA(Protect Intellectual Property Act) is a government issued act, like SOPA, to give the government and the copyright holders power of protection from illegal websites that deal with counterfeit goods.  PIPA and SOPA protect the public and individuals from dangerous sites on the web and from illegal substances.

Open Source Software

Open Source is a computer software where the software code is publicized to anyone on the internet.  The copyright owner provides the rights to change the software to anyone and for any use; its basically user-generated content.  There are some pros and cons about how this software operates. Some good things about this open source software is that its easy to access and manage while being hands on and not too costly for the most part.  But unless you know someone who actually knows the ins and outs of this software then it’ll take some time to understand.  I like how open source is free for the public to mix around with and manipulate, all that different content is info to know.

Edward Snowden

 Edward Snowden did something that many people may feel is an act of betrayal.  He was in the CIA where he was exposed to many confidential files and reports that are not supposed to be known.  Snowden leaked these confidential files to the news in May 2013.  He is known in many places as a hero, and others as a traitor.  He basically breached to United States intelligence and made confidential files public for everyone to see.  He is looked as an enemy to the state and can not be trusted with information.  I just recently have been made informed about Snowden and i am very shocked by what he did and think it was a cowardly act that needs to be inforced properly.