Dr. Google

Without a doubt I’m sure we have all opened up the trusty Dr. Google and searched why we have a headache, chest pains or even seeing things on our bodies we have never seen before. The internet has given us the option to find out more about these mysterious symptoms with the speed, convenience and ease of access to direct information unlike trying to book an appointment with the doctor.

Although this alternative may seem like the comfortable way of the future for how we take care ourselves medically, we must always remember the internet is not 100% reliable.

The internet has indeed started “encouraging people to take an active interest in their own health maintenance” and it has already been adopted by the younger users as a means of achieving their desired health “lifestyle”  (Lewis 2006, 4 -13) , whether that may be searching information for physical fitness or losing weight.

There is of course always the risk of running into false information which could worsen one’s well-being. This increased level of trust being placed on health sites can damage the once common patient-doctor relationship (Wyatt, Harris, Wathen 2008, 193), considerably the more intelligent choice when experiencing greater pain.

I guess my stance on internet self-diagnosis is the matter of common sense. I think we should appreciate this level of freedom we have when it comes to health self-management as long as we always remind ourselves to be critical in evaluating sources and you should actually visit the doctor when having a stroke.


Lewis, T. (2006).   Seeking health information on the internet: lifestyle choice or   bad attack of cyberchondria?    Media, Culture & Society, volume 28, issue 4:   521-539.

thishourhas22minutes. 2008. “Internet Self-Diagnosis.” YouTube video, posted July 23. Accessed March 30, 2012. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjW11wxMApM&feature=related

Wyatt, S., Harris,   R. and Wathen, N. (2008). The Go-Betweens: Health, Technology and   Info(r)mediation. In    Mediating Health Information: The Go-Betweens in a Changing   Socio-Technical Landscape. Sally Wyatt, Nadine Wathen and   Roma Harris (eds), pp. 1-12. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.


The Benefits of Internet Freedom


Week 4: New Media, Beliefs, Politics & Ethics

“True information does good” – Julian Assange, 2010

Wikileaks founder, editor and fellow Queenslander Julian Assange explains in his 2010 interview with The Economist (2010) that his intentions for the creation of Wikileaks is to expose highly confidential and controversial information to the general public, hoping they would further engage with the reports and strive for “political reform”. I believe Wikileaks is one of the many success stories of using the internet for the exposure and participation for political and social agendas.

I believe the internet has become a valuable asset in a modern world of growing corruption and injustice as it has revolutionised the way we learn, communicate and participate when it comes to politics. Ivan’s post elaborates how the internet has brought us closer together due to the growth of networking, resulting in increase engagement as a collective group for the same cause.

Shirky also explains, (2011) “social media have become coordinating tools for nearly all of the world’s political movements” , further mentioning the recent political turmoils in Egypt, Spain and the Philippines as examples. Hanan’s post describes the importance of internet freedom as the deny of access can lead to situations in Iran where the people are silenced.

I believe the internet should be the one place in our lives where we have ultimate power to expose and have access to completely uncensored, unfiltered and honest material. It has become a new and powerful form of freedom of speech which should never be taken away.


EconomistMagazine. 2010. “Tea with Julian Assange, editor of Wikileaks economist.com/video.” YouTube video posted July 28. Accessed March 25, 2012. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_HPLHIBTtA

hananlau. 2012. “Imagine Being Dictated Regarding Your Freedom Online…Pure Injustice…”, March 24. Accessed March 25, 2012. http://hananlau.wordpress.com/author/hananlau

ivan7cth. 2012. “The New Media — A Greater Connection Between Politics and Public.” The New Media World — We just sharing, March 25. Accessed March 25, 2012. http://ivanbloggggggg.wordpress.com/

Shirky, C. (2011). The Political Power of Social Media: Technology, the Public Sphere, and Political Change in Foreign Affairs. Volume 90, Issue 1; pg. 28.

Sharing Creative Expression in the Social Media Community

ImageWeek 3 – The New Media Amusement Arcade: Music, Games and Films

I don’t think many of us would have been able to predict or even had any idea on how the internet would have changed and looked today if I asked you about it ten years ago. In less than a decade the internet has rapidly morphed, transformed and evolved into something that has essentially given every internet user the power to be heard and seen in an increasingly connected and globalised online community. The website Internet Killed Television (2011) strives on the idea how we can become broadcasters.Adam Ostrow (2009) reports how YouTube has become the most innovative social media project of the decade, revolutionising the way we watch, share and interact with entertainment. I think we adore it so much because it has given everyone of us the freedom to upload whatever we want and say what we really want to say.

One of my favourite examples which I believe uses entertainment in a social media context successfully is the YouTuber KSIOlajideBT’s videos all relating to his favourite video games as he spices things up with his hilarious racial humour. What makes him so appealing to me is how an ordinary guy who is the same age as myself and is located all the way from the UK can post funny videos for the world to see with such ease. He’s proving that amateurs can be entertaining. It influences me to try and do the same in some way.


Charles and Alli Trippy. 2012. “Internet Killed Television.” Accessed March 13, 2012. http://internetkilledtv.com/?page_id=3002

KSIOlajidebt. 2011. “KSIOlajidebt Vlog’s | The History of my Name.” YouTube video, uploaded on August 15, 2011. Accessed March 15, 2012. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOMANYBXtSM

Ostrow, Adam. 2009. “YouTube Is the Top Media Innovation of the Decade.” Accessed March 15, 2012. http://mashable.com/2009/12/22/youtube-2010/

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