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Easter Holidays

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The Easter holidays run from the 20th March and we return on the 15th of April. The first session will be 22nd April.

Over Easter you need to be working on your own research in relation to one of the questions that are set in the Module booklet that is available on this blog. The questions are very broad so you should easily be able to follow your own area of interest in relation to Information Societies.

Andrew and I will be available via e-mail to help with any queries and I will be able to offer some tutorials during the Easter holidays at agreed times.

You will use your blog to present your essays and will again create a separate page on which they can sit.


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February 25, 2009 at 12:07 pm

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Your presentations will be next week, on March 4th in the ICE building starting at 1pm. In order to get through all of the presentations in the time we have we will be splitting you into two groups. The Media Production MA will be with me and the other Group will be with Andrew.

Make a separate page on your blog for the presentation

Use your blog as the tool to present from. It needs to be your own words and you need to reference your sources correctly and you can also link out to things that have informed your view. The presentations can be no longer than 5mins. We will look at them in more depth after the presentation itself.


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February 25, 2009 at 12:02 pm

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Some extra links

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This week on take21

Origins of the credit crisis in graphics, The crash in words and pictures, Editors discuss the future of newspapers and Facebook, cancer, Daily Mail.

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February 22, 2009 at 6:22 pm

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Money Programme – Media Revolution: Tomorrow’s TV

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BBC’s Money programme available on iPlayer

Information Societies students should watch this. You may find examples for a blog post or presentation.

If you wonder why much broadcast TV seems formulaic, this programme explains why: it’s supposed to be, because the TV formula is an essential part of the business. A TV formula is valuable intellectual property, Who wants to be a millionaire? is a global brand.

This programme explains the importance of the formula in raising money and the reduced role of direct TV production funding as a proportion of costs. Charts the decline in TV ad revenues as advertisers migrate to the internet – down £100 million in a few years- and the appeal of internet distribution for advertisers and some programme makers.

Covers the usual broadcasters’ claim that file sharing distribution only represents lost revenue, and contrasts the internet-aware view that file sharing tells programme makers where there is a new audience and  new revenue opportunities.

Some sections of the industry look to targeted ads based on your viewing history as the future business model for programme makers. Also, introducing product placement (currently illegal under UK broadcast regulations, but legal for internet distribution). Others, and a majority of the viewing public, value public service funding as an important factor in the quality of UK programme making

The economic value of TV programming to the UK economy is clearly a major factor in the way the Carter report Digital Britain approaches copyright regulation. Programme makers and the public need to make their views known through the consultation process and MPs if the public interest in diverse and high quality programme making is to be protected by legislation.

Watch via iPlayer

Money Programme – Media Revolution: Tomorrow’s TV

Download Digital Britain report Download the report for print and offline reading

Comment on Digital Britain

Your MP They work for you

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February 20, 2009 at 12:55 pm

Pirate Bay: some charges dropped

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Out-law reports:
‘Prosecutors have been forced to drop their more serious charges against file-sharing links site The Pirate Bay in a dramatic climbdown in the closely-watched trial in Sweden. Around half the charges have been dropped.
Prosecutors have had to drop the more serious charge of ‘assisting copyright infringement’ and try to prosecute the men on the charge of ‘assisting making available copyright material’, according to news reports from the trial today.’
Additional detailed commentary from one of Pinsent Masons IP lawyers Struan Robertson on how the Swedish case may affect case law in the UK.
Half of Pirate Bay case dropped in courtroom drama

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Wednesday 18th Session In ICE

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Todays session will be in the Postgraduate Centre called ICE. It is near the techno centre and the room is the Media Production basse room on the first floor.

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February 18, 2009 at 11:58 am

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To Do Tasks

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By Week 4 you need to have completed the following:

Set up your blog

Post a short piece. 200 words on one of the topics covered in the lectures so far:

1. Digital Rights Management and creative content. (Music, iTunes, Kindle)

2. Creative Commons licenses

3. Science Commons, IP and licenses

4. Comment on the plan for ISPs to disconnect file sharers.

Creative Commons

Science Commons

Download An Introduction to Science Commons John Wilbanks and James Boyle

Out-law on file sharing and ISPs

5. Read the Carter Report on Digital Britain, section 3 Digital Content. Post a piece (200 words) in response to one or more of the paragraphs.

Download the report for print and offline reading

Alternatively read the report and other people’s comments. The numbered paragraphs will help us keep track

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February 17, 2009 at 5:30 pm

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