Week 8 – Questions

Here are the questions for this week:

  • Brian:
    1. Why shouldn’t governments/colleges/institutions keep every record possible?

    2. Should the US government control other methods of communication like it does with the radio spectrum? [CLOSED] Why or why wouldn’t this be in the interest of US citizens?

    3. Does new technology actually degrade the family unit or is it just the usage that degrades the family unit? [CLOSED] Why is this a recurring theme with technology?

  • Chao-Wei

    1. In response to “Afterword: Media Monopoly”, the competition between media has become much severer than the time when the essay was published. No matter the quantity of media increased or the invasion of new media all result in tense competition. What is the best way for major media to explain to the public that commercialize is the necessary evil for surviving the awful environment?

    2. The influence of major media has decreased a lot since the Internet came into play. How do major media re-position their roles in this new environment as a way to regain their significance?

    3. How do major media strike a balance between commercialization and public interests?

  • Christy:

    1) If the information discussed is so crucial, why wasn’t it’s archival discussed before it was only documented online-only?

    2) How does the tough decision of what to keep and what to throw-away in the digital world differ from the hard-copy world? Presumably the same decision must be made considering physical documents. Based on what records needed to be kept pre-Internet, it seems as though it would be fairly simple to know what online documents to print and archive.

    3) Do we really need archived documentation of these items? [CLOSED] Our culture (and that of Sweden and Germany) value written documentation much more than other countries. In areas like the Middle East, word-of-mouth agreements are valued with the same emphasis we place on written legal documents.

    4) Why would you agree or disagree with the importance placed on keeping long-term records of grades? If they were archived for a year or two, wouldn’t that be sufficient?

    5) Why not just print out copies of anything that needs to be archived?

  • Pei-Chieh
    Q1. How Christensen’s the disruptive theory will be applied to the ecords-management for archivists?
    Q2. With the development of technology, how media will continues its monopolization or diversification?
    Q3. How does/might WiFi technology  affect NTT DoCoMo service in Japan? How might the adoption of WiFi  be different based on different culture?
  • Ross:

    1. Broadcast television has lost viewers and market share since Bagdikian’s book was published. What is the current state of the media monopoly?

    2. Bagdikian wrotes approvingly of the Fairness Doctrine, a Federal Communications Rule which required broadcasters to air both sides of a controversial issues. Broadcasters pressured the Federal Communications Commission to repeal the Fairness Doctrine, paving the way for politically one-sided talk radio formats. What are the best reasons to re-instate the Fairness Doctrine?

    3. What are the best reasons to not reinstate the Fairness Doctrine?

  • Suna:

    1. In the Afterward of The Media Monopoly, Bagdikian states that
    “Television produced a radical transformation in the way American families arranged their lives.” How is this different from how mass radio changed people’s lives?

    2. Will websites ever have the requirement to “act in the public interest” like television stations do? [CLOSED] Is it possible? [CLOSED]

    3. Have attitudes changed toward archiving of media, now that media has become more electronic and thus more ephemeral? [CLOSED] Is it necessary? [CLOSED]

  • YuHsuan

    1. Today digital technologies are so pervasive that the storage medium for digitized data is getting comparative crucial. What kinds of mediums are robust, cost effective, long-lasting and efficient enough to store large amount of “individual” digitized data? How about DVDs, hard disks, microfilms or something else?
    2. Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK) is working well in Japan and BBC is fruitful in the UK as well. All these are initiated in the United States but prosperous in other countries instead. Why these creative systems couldn’t practice well in the United States? What policies or regulations should a government follow or enforce to assist the media industry?

    3. How the culture factor will affect the gratification-opportunities in predicting new media usages? Just like the Apple’s Mac is so popular in western countries but not in Asia.

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