Week 2 Discussion Questions

Each week, I capture discussion questions from your blog posts:

  • Adam:
    (1)Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going? – Considering Gauguin’s painting Where is electronic communication? Infancy? Adulthood? Near death?
    (2) Since the advent of the railroad, electronic communication has depended on transportation infrastructure. Will Transportation ever depend on communication infrastructure? [Closed]
    (3) What will eventually kill VOIP?
  • Adriana:
    (1) How and why have we capitalized (and developed enormous industries from it) the basic and “free” act of communicating with one another?
    (2) Can, and will, the commercial communication industry coexist with the non-commercial communication activity on the same “stage”? [Closed]
    (3) Can the unorganized and uncontrolled nature of the Internet continue to survive in the face of the organized power of capital society? [Closed] And what will we miss out on, if this does not happen?
    Comments: ChrisC
  • Amy:
    1. Will companies affected by the internet be wise enough to recognize ‘Disruptive Technology’, and/or be strategic enough to take part in ‘Disruptive Technology’ as a means of offsetting their potentially obsolete current technology? [Closed]
    2. Did the ‘digital age’ begin with the discovery of how to dynamically use electricity, with such inventions such as the telegraph? [Closed]
    3. Have we evolved to the point where all future ‘ages’ will be driven by consumers and their behaviors rather than on available technology and its impact on consumers?[Closed]
  • Annie:
    Can we truly live a life full of virtual relationships in the future? [Closed]
  • Bonnie:
    (1) If technological advances are, as Winston suggests, based on seismic cultural activity, then what’s next? (2) What social upheavals are happening today to create the development of tomorrow’s technology?
    Comments: Mark, Corey
  • Brian:
    (1) What other factors are truly driving this technological revolution other than social necessity?
    (2) If the Internet remains mostly unregulated by laws established to protect pre-existing corporate institutions, will we see more disruptive technologies wiping out behemoth corporate institutions at a much faster pace? [Closed]
  • Carie
    (1) Do you feel communication technologies have enabled greater understanding or just greater communication? [Closed]
    (2) Is it beneficial for incumbent technology owners to suppress new technological adoption and diffusion? [Closed] If so, beneficial to whom?
    (3) Why are technology standards important? What is the value in having standards? What are the disadvantages to having standards?
    Comments: ChrisE
  • ChrisC
    Is this communication continuing along its evolutionary path as our society moves toward being more dependant on the internet, or is it truly the “death” of the telephone as we know it? [Closed]
    Comments: Adriana
  • ChrisE
    (1) What information distribution system was more revolutionary for its time: the telegraph, or the World Wide Web? Why?Do you think another “mediamorphosis” is possible within the next 50 years? Will a communication system ever “replace” the Internet? Will all advances from this point on merely be an extension of the Internet? [Closed]
    (2) Since most telephone companies already provide broadband Internet service, is VOIP really that much of a threat to their business? [Closed]
    Comments: Annie, Maury
  • Corey
    (1) How has the technological evolution affected developing countries, if at all?
    (2) We read that, in the end, advertisements over broadcast radio prevailed to much dismay. After several decades, the introduction of satellite radio rid this revenue stream necessity. With the DVR and TiVo technologies allowing audiences to bypass ads, in what ways do you think this disruptive technology will change the marketing landscape?
    (3) Amateur bloggers are really stirring things up in the journalism industry, questioning the validity of professional journalists and their practices. We read a similar thing about radio (Hams) and Morse, who was a talented artist and only had an informal understanding of electricity. In what other areas of digital media do we see amateurs setting new standards, or stirring up the norm?
    Comments: Mark
  • Garrett
    (1) What are ways in which companies can remain innovative and flexible? Is it possible (especially when the business model relies on outdated technology)?
    (2) Given the relative shortsightedness of the 19th century’s funders of technological innovation, and the market forces that seek to impede technological progress today, can there and should there be a place for true public funded technological innovation in the United States?
    (3) Does the widespread diffusion of technical knowledge help create potential markets for products not yet produced? Does it allow for new technologies to be more rapidly assimilated? [Closed]
  • Jody
    (1) I get this question often, and struggle with a definitive answer… What is digital media? Breaking it down, digital is expressing information in numbers, and media is a means of mass communication. But what should be our quick and easy definition for this question when it comes our way?
    (2) The Economist article on Skype is dated September 2005. What has been the upshot of Skypes VOIP approach on the telecoms? Has it really changed the way we access, use and pay for voice communications? [closed] Is this model being embraced, or has it become just another mean of communication? [closed]
    (3) Looking over the years, I’d surmise that the main uses of media have been news, entertainment and interpersonal communication. Are there other obvious subjects that I’m overlooking? Is my appraisal too broad? [closed]
  • John
    (1) Can the rapid changes of the current state of technology be applied to the former way tech has changed over the years? [Closed]
    (2) Will there be a backlash to the overabundance of advertising on everything? [Closed]
    (3) Will technology have a disruptive enough of an effect to allow the individual to overcome the suppression of the corporation? [Closed]
    Comments: Sarah FL
  • Katie
    (1) What are we struggling with right now that we won’t be able to live without in the future? Is it a hot social topic like stem cell research? Is it on demand video clips like YouTube? Downloadable music?
    (2) eBay bought Skype for the reported reason of a “click-to-call” button on their auction site. Since anonymity is one of the best features of eBay, do you suppose this is the real reason they purchased Skype? [Closed] Could they be developing a new product/business that they’re unwilling to share? [Closed] What else might it be?
    (3) Do you think we are more open to new inventions now than society has been in the past? [Closed] Why or why not?
  • Keiichi
    (1) My question is, what is the best strategy for VOIP to dominate the market?
    (2) What is the advantage of traditional telephony? Compared to VOIP?
    (3) Is there any disruptive technology other than VOIP?
  • Kirk
    (1) If the expansion of communication networks continue, won’t the spinoffs from increased networks more than make up for the loss of revenue and jobs by current stake-holders in the long term? [Closed]
    (2) At what point will the amount of information created overtake our ability to transmit and sort it through technological means? Will we be able to find the needle in the haystack if the haystack grows exponentially?
    (3) What is the psychological capacity of the individual to manage their social and informational networking? At what point will network burnout occur?
  • Mark
    (1) How would the development of the telegraph been changed if Morse and Cooke had early regular communications?
    (2) Will the speed of change introduce a new dynamic? In the world of digital media, will there ever be periods of stasis again?
    Comments: Bonnie
  • Maury
    (1) First, If someone had been there to carry on the work of Babbage and Byron when they passed away how much sooner would the electronic computer have been invented?
    (2) Second, Why is the stereotypical nerd a male, when women were at the forefront of this information society?
    (3) Finally, I believe Wintson’s model or flow-chart is generally correct but are there certian technologies and devices developed outside of the model making them the exception that prove his rule?
  • Nate
    (1) How is the struggle between “supervening social necessities” and the “law of suppression of radical potential”, as described in Winston’s book, currently shaping the availability, popularity, and formats of e-books?
    (2) Are there lessons there we can take away that might help us address current issues such as net neutrality? [Closed]
  • Sarah Frost L
    (1) If this pattern continues, what will happen to all the amateurs currently using the Internet as its true potential being discovered? How will the internet as we know it change as it is more tightly regulated and controlled by large corporations and the government?
    (2) Why is the Internet not following this pattern? Will it eventually as corporations and the government become more involved? [Closed]
    Comments: Jody
  • Sarah Funk R
    Comments: John
  • Thaara
    (1) The question here is whether VOIP will wipe out traditional telephony, how quickly it will do so and how it will be?
    (2) Some people declare that technology is a double-edged sword, why is that and in what areas this phrase may apply?
    (3) Does the continuous development of technology going to affect technology users? [Closed] In what way? Is it a negative or a positive effect?
  • Yen-Ching
    (1) Is the “Information of Revolution” really the wrong word to describe the change in the way we communicate to each other from technological perspective? [Closed] Why?
    (2) Are there any other examples of the survival and delayed adoption principles in mass communication history?
    (3) What could the mobile operators do besides buying Skepe when they face the rise of VOIP?
  • Yi-Jen
    (1) What do you think about the perspective of Wi-Fi phones for Skype? Do you agree it will become the main trend of telecommunication or you think it is popular at beginning but it will fade out at the end? [Closed]
    Comments: Carie
  • Yu-Lan (Sharlen)
    (1) 1. Could it be possible that certain “ideation” hasn’t become “technology” is because people hasn’t think about the necessaries yet? [Closed]
    (2) Can we say the “suppression of radical potential” might because of some sort of ignorant by the government? [Closed]
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