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I Like The Real You More Than The Instagram You

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A persona is defined as “the public image you present to the world.” However, social media allows us to become the gatekeepers of our own life deciding what makes the cut and what doesn’t, and therefore alters our ‘online persona’ in comparison to our ‘real-life persona.’

And as Erin Pierce states in her article Picture Perfect: How Social Media Skews Our Perception Of Reality 

“A picture is worth a thousand words… or is it?”

She questions if we really think about what we post online before we post it. For example, take an Instagram post from your summer break such as a photo on a road trip with a friend. Were they as accurate and fun as you filtered them out to your followers? (Engage in the comments or on twitter at @katee_scott) and don’t worry if you have, I’m guilty of this too, but this represents just how easy it is to alter your persona online.

Take the instance of 18 year old Australian teenager Essena O’Neill who with over half a million followers on Instagram quit the platform as she described it as

“contrived perfection made to get attention.”

By making an income through marketing products on this platform, Essena took to the Instagram by manipulating photos and captions to represent how individuals strive to be ‘popular’ online to validate themselves. It illustrates how individuals feel ‘happy’ and ‘idolised’ by there followers when in reality none of that truly matters, and therefore reflects on how her online persona became too fake and she was no longer her true self online.

References:

Frohlich, T 2015, Social Media: Reality vs. Perception, OdysseyOnline, viewed 10 May 2016, <http://odyssey.antiochsb.edu/slideshows/social-media-reality-vs-perception/>.
Hunt, E 2015, Essena O’Neill quits Instagram claiming social media ‘is not real life’, The Guardian, viewed 10 May 2016, <http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/nov/03/instagram-star-essena-oneill-quits-2d-life-to-reveal-true-story-behind-images>.
Pierce, E 2015, ‘Picture Perfect: How Social Media Skews Our Perception Of Reality’, Read UnWritten, viewed 10 May 2016, <http://www.readunwritten.com/2015/08/11/social-media-skews-reality/>.

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You Don’t Have To Be Trained To Be A Citizen Journalist of #FERGUSON

References:
Bruns, Axel (2007) Produsage: Towards a Broader Framework for User-Led Content Creation. In Proceedings Creativity & Cognition 6, Washington, DC.http://eprints.qut.edu.au/6623/1/6623.pdf
Kalter, L 2012, ‘With one photo a day, citizen journalism project rallies a community’, ijnet, 19 July, viewed 3 May, <https://ijnet.org/en/blog/one-photo-day-citizen-journalism-project-rallies-community>.
Martin, G 2014,’3Qs: Citizen journalism in Ferguson ‘, News@NorthEastern, August 20, viewed 3 May, <http://www.northeastern.edu/news/2014/08/3qs-citizen-journalism-in-ferguson/>.
Sawers, P 2012, ‘Two worlds collide: Twitter, the butterfly effect and the future of Journalism’, thenextweb, 15 February, viewed 3 May, <http://thenextweb.com/media/2012/02/15/two-worlds-collide-twitter-the-butterfly-effect-and-the-future-of-journalism/#gref>.

 

Taking On Remix Culture Obama Self

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Remix culture‘ is defined as the “act of rearranging, combining, editorializing, and adding originals to create something entirely new.” Henry Jenkins states

“I believe there is no artistic work in existence that everyone on planet earth would unanimously agree is ‘good.’”

This is due to the net result of the medium evolving, and with this in mind we are able to establish the concept of remix itself as including anything from music-mash up, to political parodies, even extending to fan made videos.

When looking at political parodies as a form of ‘remix culture’ it engages with the use of satire for entertainment purposes by creating work to imitate, make fun of, or comment on an original work. For example, the political remixes of Barack Obama use satire to voice opinions and give individuals the chance to be heard. The plethora of these remixed videos were created before the US Presidential Elections as a tool for communicating a message to empower individuals in the digital age, and I believe it allows a wide audience to perceive serious issues in a different way. Below is an example of Barack Obama’s speeches remixed to create Drake’s original song Hotline Bling.

 

 

However, due to the filtering technology it becomes hard to determine whether the creators of the ingenious videos are wrongfully exploiting aspects of copyright infringement and ethical problems. However, I believe when making any form of remix it is important to take into consideration previous work and qualities of the original author. Do you believe that remixes do violate the copyright in pre-existing work? Or do you think there should be a different way for copyright laws to address what constitutes a remix being considered copyright?

References:
Jenkins, H 2008, What Is Remix Culture?: An Interview with Total Recut’s Owen Gallagher (Part Two), Confessions of an Aca-Fan, viewed 21 April 2016, <http://henryjenkins.org/2008/06/interview_with_total_recuts_ow.html>
Jessell, M 2013, Remix Culture: Rethinking What We Call Original Content, Marketing Land, viewed 21 April 2016, <http://marketingland.com/remix-culture-rethinking-what-we-call-original-content-41791>
Powell, V 2015, Obama Remixes Drake’s ‘Hotline Bling’ – Hilarious!, Inquisitr, viewed 21 April 2016, <http://www.inquisitr.com/2636596/obama-remixes-drakes-hotline-bling-hilarious/>

Source 10: The 10 Most Annoying Things About Using WordPress

Ewer, T 2015, The 10 Most Annoying Things About Using WordPress (and How to Make Them Go Away), Wpmudev, weblog post, 12 August, viewed 18 April 2016, < https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/annoying-wordpress/>.

Tom Ewer examines the use of WordPress as an online medium. In his weblog he highlights problems that are commonly experienced. In particular, WordPress offers flexible constructs, and enable users to rapidly create data. However, limitations are faced when managing a WordPress blog including slow loading images, Facebook posts not displaying correct images, and themes that look awful on mobile devices. The weblog concludes that, problems are “certainly not impossible to solve”. Here it becomes useful to consider and determine how WordPress could have a negative effect on the overall outcome of this project, and therefore the research behind using this platform to communicate our message concludes that it may not be ideal, and another platform could improve the overall outcome and audience engagement.

Source 9: 9 Tips on Conducting Great Interviews

Israel, S 2012, 9 Tips on Conducting Great Interviews, Forbes, viewed 16 April 2016, <http://www.forbes.com/sites/shelisrael/2012/04/14/8-tips-on-conducting-great-interviews/ – 1491d6ba387a>.

Media consultant Israel identifies tips in which he believes are successful when undertaking an interview. The author uses his personal experience when conducting and participating in interviews within his media profession, and identifies ways to enhance both the interviewer and interviewee’s experiences through ideas such as using a personal approach, open-ended questions, and letting the interview wander for a bit. The article is useful to my research topic, as Israel suggests numerous ways to conduct a great interview. The main limitation of the article is that it is restricted to in person interviews, and focuses mainly on business and employment, thus indicating that further, more extensive, research needs to be undertaken to suit the way we may wish to approach the target audience. This will contribute to the types of questions, and the way in which we may form a discussion with the interviewee, however it will be better used as supplementary information.

Pokémon: Gotta Transmedia ‘Em All

Henry Jenkins defines transmedia storytelling as “a process where integral elements of a fiction gets dispersed systematically across multiple delivery channels for the purpose of creating a unified and coordinated entertainment experience.” The development of transmedia provides the audience with the option to participate and experience stories rather than just observe them.

Take Pokémon as an example. By examining this robust transmedia through the consumer phenomenon that began as a piece of software to be played on Nintendo’s Game Boy, it takes it subjects through storyworlds, gamespaces, consumer practices, fan communities, and other hybrid ontologies. It becomes clear how globally diversified Pokémon has become (and check it out in my Prezi here) as we examine its development into comic books, television shows, a movie, trading cards, small toys, stickers, and other products such as backpacks and t-shirts,

The YouTube video below is just one example of how Pokémon has become dispersed for entertainment purposes, as 20 years of Pokémon becomes celebrated though the ‘2016 Pokémon Super Bowl’ with the option for an audience to participate in conversation by using #Pokemon20 on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

 

References:
Davinheckman, (2014). Community Post: A Thousand Pikachus: Capitalism And Transmedia. [online] BuzzFeed Community. Available at: https://www.buzzfeed.com/davinheckman/a-thousand-pikachus-capitalism-and-transmedia-12rd3 [Accessed 13 Apr. 2016].
Jenkins, H. (2007) ‘Transmedia Storytelling 101’,http://henryjenkins.org/2007/03/transmedia_storytelling_101.html
Transmedia and Crossmedia Convergence in a Connected World. (2016). Mario and Pokemon. [online] Available at: http://convergenceishere.weebly.com/mario-and-pokemon.html [Accessed 13 Apr. 2016].

 

Source 8: CIA’s Torture Cast: Where Are They Now?

Franceschi-Bicchierai, L 2014, CIA’S torture cast: Where are they now?, Mashable, viewed 12 April 2016, <http://mashable.com/2014/12/12/cia-torture-report-people-where-are-they/#3lgxW7bnkkqs>.

In the tech-blog written by Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, he examines where the CIA’s torture cast figures are now. The report focuses on the government officials who created a secret program and examines how agents had brutally interrogated prisoners. In particular, the ‘where are they now’ concept represents how experiences have influenced and shaped the direction in which individuals have reflected upon in their lives. Moreover, its focus is placed on the central intelligence agency and prisoners, opposing to our focus on students and education. Therefore, while the article is useful for analysis of personal experiences and influences, the limitations of it will require some adaption to meet the needs of this project.

Is Broken Beautiful?

 

Is a glitch just a headache or rather an aggravating moment, or is it technology coming apart at the seams to form modern art?

Glitch art occurs as the result of turning computer errors into something that is visually satisfying, and generally relies on a technique known as data bending. It aims to ‘subvert your expectations’ and create a nostalgic feeling to represent the times of the VCR and early computer and gaming malfunctions.

Briz states

“The process is more important than the result.”

Therefore to explore the concept of glitch art I decided to use the app ‘GlitchVideo‘ to alter the nature of digital technology as a semiotic system to produce a video for engagement with an audience. By creating a YouTube clip of my dog that ultimately looks like a mistake that is broken and fragmented, and in its own way becomes unpredictable, it becomes a visually arresting piece that begins to question the forms and traditions of art by using digital techniques.

Do you believe the creation of glitch art will pass its peak of popularity and success due to the captivated tech-savvy generation of artists?

 

Source 7: How To Create A Facebook Page

Eves, D 2013, How To Create a Facebook Page, online video, accessed 3 April 2016,
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4N0yyB6hE8>.

In this how-to-video, composer Derral Eves takes viewers through the stages required to set up a Facebook page. Eves focuses on the importance, and ease in which can be taken when setting up a page for a business, public figure, charity or cause, or any other reason. Although, this proved effective when engaging with the initial set up of a Facebook page, as the project progressed it became impractical as it did not focus on the content on, or maintenance of the page, thus the author indicates that further videos may be required to understand and further improve this. The video will not form the basis or information of my research, but will be used in the initial development of our media platform.

Sorry Australia: No Netflix and Chill…

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Internet gatekeeping; the process through which information in publication, broadcasting, and the Internet is filtered for dissemination. Netflix is one of the many major gatekeepers that today’s generation encounters on the internet due to a users location being determined by the Netflix server as they access a computers IP address to determine a users location before outlining the content they are able to access from this.

To demonstrate this, Netflix recently announced a crackdown in order to stop people accessing television and films not licensed to their specific region. For example, Australian Netflix differentiates itself from American and the UK versions as access to shows such as Breaking Bad, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sherlock and Gilmore Girls becomes restricted. To put more simply Joanna Robin states that:

“Sadly, Australian Netflix sucks.”

Although does this really stop Australians from accessing these shows as savvy individuals work to access networks and catalogues outside of Australia through proxy servers and ‘unblockers’ such as ‘Hola’, and in response David Fullagar Netflix’s Vice President of content-delivery architecture states

“We look forward to offering all of our content everywhere and to consumers being able to enjoy all of Netflix without using a proxy. That’s the goal we will keep pushing towards.”

From this it is clear Netflix is trying to rule out the use of proxies to access its content from false locations, however do you think this is due to them wanting to keep control of gatekeeping and the content we have access to?

References:
Robin, J 2016, Sorry Australia, you can’t watch American Netflix anymore, Mama Mia, viewed 31 March 2016, <http://www.mamamia.com.au/australians-stopped-from-watching-american-netflix/>.