American Psychological Association (APA) as a Resource

The American Psychological Association is a very useful source for keeping up on current research and news in the world of psychology. Although it is the American association, much of the news is international. I especially like the organization’s mission of expanding knowledge psychology and engaging students and professors, by creating content that is clear and understandable. They also provide a Publications and Databases section with detailed suggested materials to find further resources.

In terms of how engaging this source is with its readers, I haven’t seen much in the way of comments on the site’s articles. However, on Facebook and Twitter it is very active with a lot of curated materials.

As a student interested in psychology and still close to the beginning of learning more about the field, I have found it very helpful so far. The research available through PsychINFO for public access is a great resource to double check facts I may have found on other sources or to further back up something that I read. The page Science of Psychology has also been a great resource as it divides the information into the different field of psychology such as brain science and cognitive psychology.

One thing I would say that the site could improve on is perhaps being a little less overwhelming. I know this might be hard because there is so much information for this organization to include on its site as psychology is such as massive field of science. At times I felt like I had to do some digging before I found anything that could be of use, mostly because it has a lot of things that are for sale available, which essentially is my issue. The Psychology Topics page is the best example of how the site solves this issue well through organization that makes sense to people who don’t know everything about the field. This is where I usually go when I’m specifically interested in a topic and want to learn more.

Other sources to check out that are similar and also informative are The American Art Therapy Association and the International Art Therapy Association, as these are more narrow in subject matter.


Alternative Theories on the Evolution of Media

Photo:CC0, Unsplash, 2015

The following videos from 1981, 1994, and 2015 each described an evolution of digital media: Report from KRON in San Francisco“The Tablet Newspaper: A Vision for the Future”“EPIC 2015”, respectively.

In the KRON report, we can see the beginnings of internet journalism as an experiment that the creators were solely testing and not looking for a profit. Their idea of an electronic newspaper was accurate, however quite costly and a bit inconvenient. The paper would need to be ordered over the phone and take about two hours to download onto a home computer. We can see from this video that they were on track to discovering that online news would eventually take print away and that journalists have been thinking of digital resources for quite some time. All in all, the ideas were there, but the technological progress was not up to their speed.

Roger Fidler, often referred to as the man who created the tablet before Steve Jobs. In this video, Fidler introduced interactivity of newspapers, including touch screens with maps and videos, and advertisements and articles catered to personal interests. Basically, a smart tablet of today. He was right in that the resolution was a lot better than today’s devices and he predicted that papers would be eager to get rid of the cost of printing. However, without wireless internet, the kiosk idea was a bit strange and didn’t catch on. A great take-away from this video is that physical papers need to evolve.

Finally, the EPIC clip voiced predictions for the future of Google (and Amazon.) The video was accurate in that it showed how interconnected everything would eventually be as it is today. To have Google with other platforms that eventually connect to a device (modern day smartphone) and for things such as podcasts and location indicators becoming popular. It was a little off in describing the way that everything evolved but the general ideas remain true.

Overall, these videos contained some accuracies that became untrue mostly due to technological advancements.