Analysis – Cell Phones

Cell Phone Analysis

Cell Phones have developed in the last 15 years, and is seen today as a crucial necessity in order for our economy to survive. Our world depends on technology like cellular mobile to communicate and interact with business, family and social lives. The telephone requires a radio signal that can be accessed from virtually anywhere unless out of range of the satellites, and sometimes underground. The article, The Mobile Phone meets the Internet, written by Malcolm W. Oliphant, speaks on how the telephone has come a long way from what it was; as before 15, the mobile required only physical use of dialling and no digital information, as it very greatly thrives on today. Oliphant separates the mobile eras into three generations, the first generation consists of analog cell phones, the generation is made up of similar phones but with digital radio built in, and making the smartphone era as the third generation. “These trends should last into a fourth generation of even better spectrum efficiencies, higher radio carrier frequencies, even higher user data rates, and a blizzard of new non-voice applications plus the terminals to support them.” There is much took look upon in the future of mobile phones, and growth of our society with the help. it was when the internet was integrated into the mobile phone, that increased its popularity, along with convenience.

The article, Cell Phones + microwaves + other radiation = Disease!, written by Michael Wald, discusses the opposing side of the opinions of the cell phones in this time. By already seeing the title of this article, you can understand that Wald is firm on his beliefs that the cell phone, no matter what it has done for this society, will not benefit any of us if the health effects are so harmful to us. He starts off the article by saying “The use of cell phones is associated with an increased risk of brain tumours after 10 years of use, according to the journal Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy”. It is puzzling that cell phones have the power to cause us so much potential harm. This article also speaks about how the use of a landline or a wireless headset can easily reduce the amount of radiation near the head of the user. “There is no way of knowing what this “individual tolerance” limit is for each of us, but it is prudent for us to take these reasonable, “natural” precautions and use our common sense”.

Both these two articles read make powerful statements on the pro’s and con’s of cell phones and their uses. The Mobile meets the Internet, by M.W. Oliphant, clearly states that the cell phone has revolutionized the way we live today, as everything we need is so portable, and accessible to us. On the other hand, we have to think about the health hazards, and Cell phones + microwaves + other radiation = disease!, by Michael Wald discusses how unsafe having open radiation close to our heads can be, and what it could become. While both articles make concrete arguments, my opinion of it is that we should be looking on what the cell phone has accomplished. It has restructured our day-to-day life. The cell phone can hold your entire life in a pocket-sized case, including communication, internet use, and recreational uses.  The cell phone is a much more important part of our life than we think, and it will remain this way as it grows and expands with research in the future.

Works Cited

Wald, Michael. “Cell Phones + Microwaves + Other Radiation = Disease!.” Original Internist, June 1, 2012.

Oliphant, M.W.. “The Mobile Phone Meets the Internet.” IEEE Xplore, August 1999. (accessed October 30, 2013).


the Library

For all my life, I would use the Toronto Public Library, which is a couple blocks north of my house — up until this year, where I have now used the resources of the university library to retrieve my information. After the “research skill workshop”, I am not much more informed of how I can help myself find the information I need. I have learned about the online resource which is available to anyone in the Ryerson database, online, so users can be informed as to if their search of book in available for them to be taken out when they wish. We were taught how to search and understand our search information in the workshop taken in September.

Article Reflection

The article Media Culture Society, written by Eugenie Shinkle talks about the power and effects that video games have on our society, and how they act as a “sixth sense”; mind simulation. Apart from the endless amount of time consumed by these video games, the idea itself is revolutionary and is already starting to change the world. It combines touch along with sight and spatial awareness to create a virtual simulation into the digital world. A much different concept than world we know, the user is able to have full control over a subject’s actions and decisions.

“Taking its methodological cues from the linked domains of phenomenology and cognitive neuro- science, the following discussion examines perception and gameplay in terms of the relationship between the body, the emotions and the proprioceptive senses, sketching out some of the possibilities for emotional expression offered by a generation of video game controllers that engage the human sensorium in a newly extensive way”, says Shinkle. He uses this concept in referring to an interaction that the human mind is unfamiliar with. The endless amount of time invested in producing these games has been recognized by the users, as the high quality and level of sophistication are apparent. Games such as car racing, sports, and adventure-based games, using your fingertips, are almost life-like. The graphics, layout, and interactivity of the games have become seamless and it seems that there is no stopping this type of simulation; the expansion and world-wide interest will soon transform this idea of a virtual world to a world of endless possibilities.

Shinkle’s article defines well the use, purpose, and future hopes for video games in this generation. He explains that the concept of a video game, unfamiliar to the human mind, will change the way the world views media interactivity. The concept was recently introduced to the digital world, and acts as a revolutionary idea for our upcoming years as a nation.


Works Cited

Shinkle, E. Video games, emotion and the six senses. Media Culture Society. November 2008 vol. 30 no. 6 907-915

Digital Identity

Digital identity is important, because your professional makeup is found on the internet, so friends, family and potential employers even have access to the information released into the world of the internet.

Information found on my partner: Gianluca Fillipetti

His birthday is March 10, he is from Woodbridge Ontario. He is a white, single male, who goes to Ryerson University. He has 1153 friends on Facebook. From looking at his photos on Facebook, he has been to Italy, Washington and Toronto. His high school, the Country Day School, appointed him athlete of the week on February 25, 2013, and they have published a short article about Gianluca’s athletic, as well as academic experience. He listens to Tyga, who is an up and coming rap artist. He enjoys playing video games, watching TV, and hanging out with friends. He plays the trumpet and clarinet. When it comes to Hockey, he is a fan of the Montreal Canadiens. He also has a tutorial published on YouTube, on the steps of how to properly kick a soccer ball, and this video was posted for a project in Physical Education.

Article Synthesis

The World Wide Web serves many purposes, one of these being a source of involvement to a community that is popular across the world. The internet is a great place for people to connect with other, and for individuals to build their digital identity. Three articles were read for today’s blog post relating to the discussion of online identities. The first article, “Online Identity: is authenticity or anonymity more important?” written by Aleks Krotoski for The Guardian, following “Career Coach: Know Your Online Identity” written by Joyce E. A. Russell for The Washington Post, and finally “Businesses, not just governments, have a role to play in helping web users prove their identities” written for the Economist. All the articles discuss the pros and cons of our online identities.

Authenticity plays an important role when referring to the privacy that comes with every online identity. In the past, it has been simple to identify yourself online as something you are not; this is known as fraud. This issue has been taken into great concern in the past, but laws and regulations of the internet have been altered greatly. Today, it is much more difficult for users to give false or fraud information over the internet. Krotoski’s article speaks about identity as a privilege, and how identity can be mimicked and used to spread false information across the web. “The old web, a place where identity could remain separate from real life, is rapidly disappearing from the computer screen” says Krotoski.

To conclude, we have learnt that the internet is a safe place if we use it with caution. It is important to remember that once information is released into the public, it is impossible to reverse that action. The idea of fraud identity on the internet is vastly being diminished. It will soon be impossible for users to thoroughly get away with a fraud identity, since the security and requirement of information for identity is becoming more specific. Most people do not understand the fact that once information is released onto the internet, it is there for the public. My guess is that if potential employers are doing research on you, and comes across inappropriate pictures or references that you have posted on the internet, they will not hire you. An online identity is a professional identity, and professional identity, and remember that when you are about to post something that should not be posted.

Web Literacies

It is difficult to detect whether a website is fraud or not. This is determined by accessibility, layout and presentation of the website. To be able to detect whether what you are looking is fraud or trustworthy takes time. A trained eye will know the difference, as it is simple to see. You want to make sure that a website is secure before citing it, straining information from it, or invest any money into it. is a website created for exchanging, selling and buying all from the public. This site does not sell anything, as it is just used as a messenger from buyer to seller. This website is not always considered trust worthy, as it can put you in touch with people who will sell you fraud. is a website that does not look very official. The advertisements, poor layout, and sketchy design suggest that the website is less than worthy of being used for data. is a website that is extremely official. It is accessible, appealing design, and clean layout. Costco is one of the leading  Wholesale warehouses in Canada, and is known to be very reliable.

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Self Directed Learning

There will not always be teachers to pass their knowledge to you, in a situation where you need to complete a task that is unfamiliar to your knowledge. Self directed learning needs to be put into play here, as there will be no one to help you on the task at hand. As you may or may not know it, you are learning new things everyday and by living life, we are adapting and learning on our own, even without the realization that we are learning. Learning does not necessarily mean only “textbook learning” nor does it mean going onto the internet and pinpointing an answer for yourself. There is much to learn in life that cannot be taught by a teacher in a classroom but that you have to go out into the world and figure out for yourself.

Teaching yourself a new concept can be difficult and might take time, therefor we know how to teach ourselves. Whether it be reasoning, or trial and error, or any other tactic of learning you have in mind, there is always a way to teach something that is even a new idea to yourself.

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