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Diagnosis: Technology Addiction

March 19, 2010

London has recently become the first city in the UK to start treating “technology addicts”

Capio Nightingale hospital is emitting patients who abuses the use of social networks, the internet and video games. (Yet so far only private patients are treated).

Apparently the way to spot an addict, according to Dr Richard Graha the mastermind behind the treatment, is if they are acting “chronically agitated or irritable” after being away from technology for too long.

The treatment is said to last about 28 days, in which hopefully the patient learns not to avoid technology, but to know how to control their use.

Dr Graha says the danger of being addicted to technology is that it affects other aspects of your lifestyle, causing you to do less physical activity and have less social encounters, which are both important for physical and mental health.

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Blogs

March 12, 2010

Blogs have become something so popular, and have come very far from where they first started. They started out almost as personal electronic diaries for people to write about, and only family and friends would read. However now there is a lot of money generating around blogs.

Here are three which I found that are worth mentioning:

http://theparamedicsdiary.blogspot.com/

http://prattlenog.com/

http://chasingvenus.wordpress.com/

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It’s official, online has taken over.

March 5, 2010

Pew Research Centre an American research company which looks at the public and press, recently found that online news is more popular than print and radio

With 61% of people using the internet for their daily news, online has crawled up to the third position ahead of newspapers and radio.

Online has news has exploded over the years especially with the development of technology. Smart phones have become so popular as a medium to control all aspects of your life in one device. They allow people to have access to online news 24/7.

Society’s relationship with the online world is becoming stronger everyday, more and more people are getting involved in citizen journalism and using social networking sites like Facebook to “share information and stories” to their social circles.

Pew also found that “37% of internet users have contributed to the creation of news, commented about it, or disseminated it”.

Lets be honest, in the fast pace world we live in it is easier to have all of the information you want available to you at anytime you want. Yet, is it too much?

Apparently 70% of the people who were questioned said they felt overwhelmed with the amount of information they had access to. It is true, information has begun to spread at the speed of light, or of a click. We are all entering in information overload mode, and there is not much we can do about it, but accept it, and try to read a newspaper once in a while.

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Prepared to be charged for news?!

February 26, 2010

Until now we have taken for granted the amount of news and information we have access to online for FREE.

Yet this could all end with some newspapers considering making people to pay subscription to their online outlets to read their websites.

The main media conglomerate behind this threat to newsreaders is News Corp, owned by Rupert Murdoch. This involves news outlets including The Sun, The Time, Sky News and many more might undergo a ‘pay-wall’ system, where readers have to buy each article inorder to read them. A lot of money has been lost because of the internet dominating news reporting, along with societies dependence of the internet, people are buying hard-copy newspapers less. The internet provides fast, 24-hour news, which is what society expects and now has grown accustom to. People don’t even always accept the free newspapers given out on the street, will they start buying newspapers if they are charged on the internet as well?

If it was all up to Murdoch(which it kinda is) “the current days of the internet will soon be over.”

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How to be a journalism student?

February 19, 2010

Second semester of the second year of my degree has just begun, perhaps by now I should know what it takes to be a journalism student..but I can’t say I do.

This was written a few years ago by Paul Bradshaw on his blog Online Journalism Blog giving his opinion on what he thinks it takes to make it in one of the most competitive degrees.

Now three years later, a lot still applies..what do you think? do you think the survival strategies and ideas are still the same?

September 25th, 2007 by ojb

A colleague of mine once wrote a hugely entertaining blog post entitled ‘How to go to uni‘. As the new term begins, here’s my supplement: How to be a journalism student.

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    Safer Internet Day

    February 12, 2010

    Surfing the web has become just as dangerous as surfing the biggest waves in Australia.

    Safer Internet Day took place on  Tuesday 9th February. It was a day dedicated to teaching people who to smarter while on the internet, especially children. It was a chance for schools and parents to work together and show children the benefits and dangers of the internet.

    In the society we live in almost every five-year old knows what a computer is. Not sure if this is a positive thing or a negative thing, but either way we have to embrace where technology has taken us and still try to keep children’s’ innocence as long as we can.

    Various charities, computer industries, and the government have advised parents to tell their children to keep their passwords private, to not chat with any strangers, or people who they feel are bullying them, and most important to frequently ask if there is anything online that bothered them.

    For more information on how to keep your online experience safe for you and your child click here

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    Clip Of The Week

    April 25, 2009

    With Swine Flu going around, would’nt want to stand next to anyone whose sneezing. But you just can’t resist with this one.