Your organisation and digital media

Many governmental and corporate offices choose to be present in social media, and to share and gather information here. Internet services such as Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Youtube have enabled organisational bodies to participate on an arena where also individuals are contributing, commenting and sharing content. Are you working within an organisation being present in one of these arenas or other. Then I want to get in touch with you.

  • On which platforms are your organisation present, and how?
  • How is your organisation organised around these platforms?
  • Which department is responsible for your organisation’s presence on digital social arenas?
  • Are social media just used for external communication, or do co-workers also communicate internal within your organisation using these?
  • What is your organisations official view on social media?
  • Are employees using different social media as a tool in their regular working day?
  • Do your organisation use digital media to surveillance comments and opinions on your organisation online? Which tools are you using to do this?
  • How do your organisation share information online?
  • How do your organisation gather information online?
  • Is digital media a part of your organisation’s branding strategy?
  • What information do your organisation mainly share online?
  • What information do your organisation mainly gather online?

These are just some of the answers I want to know. If you want to contribute, please let me know by contact me through the contact form provided here, on my twitter page or just by sending me an email.

PS: This questions are just meant as examples, if you have any other comments to contribute with you are welcome to do so. I do also want any good stories about digital media.

Reserach proposal: The Digital Age

The perception of our own time in history is always a topic beckoning many opinions and explanations. What is typical for the people living now? How will our culture and ways of living be described in a 25th century school book, and how does this fit with how we picture ourselves in our time? Many more questions could be asked, and they could be more specific, but until further I enjoy the comfort of a new semester to find out in what and how I will narrow down my interest in the field of Digital Media to a master thesis.

My assignment could have a historical approach. Just over two decades ago the world’s majority believed in a divided world, in which two dominant ideologies tried to prevail. Today the political situation is different. Also within the field of communication many things have happened since that time. When Tim Berners Lee wrote HTML and HTTP as a internal information system at CERN I guess he did not know how popular this technology would be just twenty years later. It has also happened a significant change in how we do things in our day to day lives. Communication is more fragmented and the homogenious information of the national broadcasting that provided all with a small amount of news, education, entertainment and weather forecast is long gone. Today information is available on the internet 24/7 and it is on-demand rather than in a scheduled broadcast plan. Does this change who we are? And if it does, how?

My assignment could also have a geographical approach. Many services are now online, but how Digital Media is used variates from country to country. How many are using internet based banking in your country, and how do you vote? Is Facebook more commonly used in individualistic cultures, and what are the impacts on collectivistic cultures as digital media is introduced?

It could also be interesting figuring out how new technology changes the way we use “New Media”. When Steve Jobs announced the iPhone he also opened a whole new world of small application trying to fill the needs of everyday life. From banking applications to “how to cook you egg properly”, it is out there. Which new needs are created, and which are becoming fulfilled?

This are just some of the different approaches I could like to follow. Hopefully I will be able to narrow down a field I could write in my master thesis, but for now I will just share some ideas.

This post is also published on the e|thos blog at the University of Edinburgh. The E|thos blog is a part of the master program in Digital Media and Culture where I am a student. The picture is found on Flickr, and is a screen dump of a visit to the University of Edinburgh in Second Life. The picture is a work by GeoShore.

Master studies

After one and a half week with nervousness and uncertainty I finally got an answer to my masters application yesterday. For the next year I am going to live in Scotland, more precise Edinburgh, where I will be studying Digital Media and Culture at the University of Edinburgh. Earlier this summer I got my conditional offer, but in order to make this unconditional I had to prove that I had satisfying skills in the English language. Because of this requirement I had to take an IELTS test. I took this test at Folkeuniversitetet in Oslo, and got a result higher than the minimum score needed to begin studies at UoE.

The masters is a combination of culture studies with an emphasis on Digital Media. It is also an introduction to research, since the last part of the degree is to write a paper on the subject. Hopefully I will find something interesting to write my thesis about. I will also try to update my webpage with interesting things from my studies and from my year in the Scottish lowlands.

Yesterday I also got the itinerary for the flights to China, which Jules and I won earlier this summer in a Huawei competition on facebook. So finally the pieces are falling into place.

I promise to update posts from my studies, and also from the visit to Shanghai. Stay tuned for more!

The picture used to illustrate this post is found on Flickr. The picture is a work of Extra Medium, and is licenced under  a Creative Common licence. More information is available from this link.