Digital Entertainment

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/12/science/studying-the-effects-of-playing-violent-video-games.html?_r=0

This article from the NY Times talks about the effect of violent video games on players and if they actually make them more violent or not. Of course, the NY Times is very trustworthy as it is internationally acknowledged as one of the best news site in the world.

This article is about a very controversial topic. Many violent acts are blamed on the aggressor playing violent video games. The article tries to see if this is true or not, but does not arrive to any concrete answer. It is very difficult to measure this in short term. The Mortal Kombat and hot sauce example given, in my opinion, is pathetic. As a person who regularly plays these violent video games, I can tell you that they do not make me feel more violent. Shootings or other violent crimes are not to be blamed at violent video games. A person who commits such crime must have a prior psychological disorder, and happens to play these violent video games. Violent video games make you no more violent than violent movies. They may give you a temporary adrenaline rush, but if sane, not make you more violent.

Published and Broadcast Information

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/09/education/09textbook.html?_r=5&

This article from the NY Times is very interesting. Of course this site is very trustworthy as it is one of the most important news papers in the whole world.

It talks about the importance of digital textbooks and how they are slowly replacing normal textbooks. This, in my opinion, is a positive thing. An obvious advantage is the amount of space you save. Sometimes textbooks are very big and heavy, and it is a real pain to carry them around all day. With this, you can carry them in a device as big as your palm, along with several other things. Another advantage mentioned in the article is the amount of money you save. In California, they will give free math and science digital textbooks. Textbooks can be really expensive, but the digital world allows us to buy in much cheaper, even get it for free like in California, because the production costs are much less. Also digital courses are a very good idea, as you can have them any time you feel necessary. You can also go back to a part you didn´t really understand. This article states a very positive thing which will basically make our lives easier and more efficient.

Hardware, software and networks

http://www.crestron.com/controleverything/#welcome

Crestron is a brand that allows portable digital devices (iPhone’s and iPad’s)  to remotely control other devices, IT-enabled appliances. Such as lights, TV, DVD player, security system and thermostat. Using their application, the user can experience a SmartHome by controlling most of it with their cellphones.

The links below mention and comment Crestron as one of the leading brands in the building of a SmartHome. Considering the prestige of The New York Times and Forbes as sources, I think that this brand would be reliable and valid for use.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidewalt/2011/11/16/crestron-electronics-george-feldstein-manufacturing/

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/18/garden/18smart.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Digital Policing

Every author or inventor is the exclusive owner of his work, invention or discovery, for the term granted by law” says article number 17 on the Argentine Constitution from 1853. This law was later adapted for patents and copyrights. With the rise of the internet, also rose the copyright violation of these laws. Users upload copyrighted videos, images and software. Digital Policing started because of this. In the article below SOPA(Stop Online Piracy Act) bill is explained. This bill tried to increase Digital Policing and combat copyright infringement. It tried to close website such as US’ PirateBay and Argentina’s Cuevana. Websites that exposed copyrighted information for users to download or stream.

http://money.cnn.com/2012/01/17/technology/sopa_explained/

I think this article is reliable because it is from CNN, one of the most viewed news channel in United States. Therefore, the authors they hire must be reliable in order to maintain their prestige.

Published and Broadcast Information

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2011/feb/20/what-effect-internet-on-journalism

This article is relevant to the topic studied because it analyses the effect of the internet on Published and Broadcast Information. During this article, the author(Aleks Krotoski), analyses the importance of internet-based journalism nowadays and how it has damaged old-fashioned press practices.  “The web’s effect on news reporting is considered the most clear evidence that this is a revolutionary technology: news editors – and in some cases, the governments that they observe – are no longer the gatekeepers to information because costs of distribution have almost completely disappeared. If knowledge is power, the web is the greatest tool in the history of the world.” says Krotoski. With this paragraph, she exemplifies her general view in relation to the topic.

As mentioned in previous posts I think we can consider this site as a reliable(valid) article.This article is reliable because it was published by The Guardian, which is a newspaper that was founded in 1821 and is one of the most read newspaper’s in the UK. This is also one of the 5 most read news website in the internet worldwide and has more than 4 million followers in Google+.

Social Networking

http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2014/feb/04/facebook-in-numbers-statistics

This article exposes information on one of the major social network in the world: Facebook, and shows impressive figures about their 10-year old company. During these years Facebook has impacted on society greatly, most of the people in the world use Facebook. More than 1 thousand million people access this social network every month, and 556 million access it from their cellphone EVERY DAY. An unbelievable fact is that 8 years ago Facebook had just 12 million users: 0,01% of what it has today.

This article is reliable because it was published by The Guardian, which is a newspaper that was founded in 1821 and is one of the most read newspaper’s in the UK. This is also one of the 5 most read news website in the internet worldwide and has more than 4 million followers in Google+.(Nothing in comparison to the numbers presented in relation to Facebook users, but enough to make it a valid source). Because of these facts I think we can consider this site as a reliable(valid) article.