We’re all a little famous

Fame and fortune are no longer out of reach! Everyday people are beginning to gain fame. How, you ask? MEDIA PERSONAS! It is as simple as creating an account (persona) on a media site(s) and becoming a micro-celebrity by distributing digital objects online; eg. videos, images, etc. But when posting to media using a persona, are we really portraying who we truly are?

When posting to media platforms we usually only represent parts of who we are and everything else is often influenced by celebrity personas.
An example of this is fitness personas on Instagram. Katya Henry is a clear example of a media persona. Who Instagram consists of workout images focused mainly on her butt! By using fitness as a base for her online presence she has gained plenty of followers and her images have been shared on many media platforms – I suppose having a perfectly toned butt is just a bonus!



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A world of Journalists

Nowadays everyone is a journalist. From real life reporting journalists to teens with mobile phones using social media sites. With the growth of technology, everyone with a mobile device at reach can report the news – whether it be bullying/fights in schools or something happening down the street. Posts on social media platforms seem to now be more persistent than news broadcasts/newspapers. ‘News’ reported on media/”immediate” technologies is now posted to an audience a lot quicker than it is even received by a news company. Blogs, YouTube videos, Tweets, etc., can often act as platforms to post ‘news’; but can citizen journalism always be relied upon? With everyone now being ‘journalists’, it is a little harder to seperate fact from fiction, therefore making it harder for reporting journalists to lead a believable story.

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DA Annotated Bibliography

Digital Artefact: VoxPops – interviewing students in regards to their thoughts and opinions on current news issues.


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A journalism tutorial which consisted of doing VoxPops sparked an idea when needing something to do for my digital artefact. When thinking about it I had no idea what kind of VoxPops I would do, until we started doing weekly news quizzes in class. By doing VoxPops I knew that I could get other people, including UOW students, involved in my artefact idea – it also helped that I love to talk and was willing to utilise that quirky personality trait.

In my first BCM112 lecture we watched a few videos from some students who had recently done the subject and had done some VoxPops as a part of their digital artefact. This got me thinking about including UOW students in my digital artefact. I liked the idea of having an open range of things to talk to the students of UOW about. When watching the videos I thought “Hey, this could be interesting. They could literally talk about anything!” It then got me thinking about what other ideas/topics could be discussed with students and what would really trigger a reaction with them.

Once I had a few friends on board with the idea of news based VoxPops, we formed a group and I started researching some topics for us to focus on. When looking for ideas for discussions I thought what better place to look then on social media/media in general. I looked through these Facebook pages/sites and was overloaded with ideas – but then I started thinking about what kind of audience we were targeting and what their interests/concerns would revolve around, and decided to focus on topics that applied to university students. Being a first year student it proved to be a little difficult at first, but then my 18-year-old self kicked in.

After deciding on doing VoxPops as my digital artefact, and deciding I would play a role in the interviewing, I then started looking further into the interviewing process. I looked up what I could do to keep people talking as well as how I could approach someone and get them interested enough to do an interview with us. When we first started we weren’t so lucky with luring people in – I got quite a few rejections! But after following the ‘How to Interview’ tutorials I was able to approach people and get them interested in our weekly topics enough to do an interview.

When doing some research on discussions for the videos, these topics stood out to me. When thinking of university students the idea of the age limit on alcohol consumption being changed, early lock out laws in clubs/pubs, and receiving a fine for texting while walking, screamed controversy to me. I was interested to find that the younger the people I approached, the more of a negative opinion I received when talking about the first few topics about alcohol and texting; whereas when I approached older students I was either turned away or received comments about changes in laws being a positive.


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The manipulation of music

When hearing a remix of a song it is usually upbeat and almost always makes you want to get up and dance. Basically anybody is able to manipulate sounds and alter parts of a musical item in order to create something different. Remixes are made using all genres of music, not just pop music. Remixed music is often used in clubs in order to encourage dancing, as youths are the main audience for this style of music.

Is remixing still a form of creativity? Personally, I believe it is. Using aesthetics, different forms of music/sounds are recycled, manipulated and remixed together in order to create a new form of music – thus creating something different. But how did the manipulation of music begin? After becoming interested in this particular topic, I thought I’d look further into the origin of remixed music and was intrigued to find that it started with the manipulation of vinyl tracks in the 60s and 70s.
The manipulation of music and sounds definitely brings something different and unique to the world in my opinion!


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Fast Car – Tracy Chapman (remix)

Fast Car – Tracy Chapman (original)

Ghost – Halsey (remix)

Ghost – Halsey (original)


The progression of ‘Maze Runner’

The progression of ‘Maze Runner’ over multiple platforms happened quickly after the release of the book. Things such as comics, games, movies, and the film’s soundtrack were quickly circulated. But why? Why was this book scattered over many channels? To gain the interest and engagement of a broader audience! By spreading the text across further platforms, it became viral – receiving a greater fan base. With the distribution of images, memes, parody videos, etc., the Maze Runner community grew, and is still continuing to grow. Creating a connection with the audience led to a community based engagement. A larger fan based community leads to a greater revenue for those involved with the making of the book and film.


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The perfection of a glitch

When researching glitch art I came across a quote by glitch artist Ben Baker-Smith, which I felt thoroughly explained glitch art: “The Internet itself is both a medium and a platform for media—a very accessible and flexible one… So in one sense it functions like other mediums, providing a range of documented and undocumented material potentials that can be manipulated to artistic ends.”

The idea of a glitch being anything other than an annoying error on forms of media, never seems to cross many people’s minds. But what about glitch art? Personally, I agree with Gene Hirsch when he says “We are entering the Age of Integration! The digital artist is the vehicle to that kind of cultural change. We are the first generation of this new breed and we will most surely be remembered…for we bring a quake of expression and technique that makes the art world very uncomfortable and that is as it should be.”
What defines art? Why can’t a glitch be considered art? Although a glitch is often considered to be a ‘malfunction’, it can also create something far beyond spectacular! Taking an ordinary image and creating something so unexpected.

(Image: Tony Hughes)

(Image created on: https://snorpey.github.io/jpg-glitch/)

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Consumer to prosumer

Social media plays a large role in our society and is highly utilized. With the mobilization of Facebook, coordination of Twitter and dissemination of YouTube, we, the consumers, are able to become the producers of media/content. With the internet being dialogic by design, it leaves room for anyone to broadcast. Whilst there can be many complications when publishing, social media’s gatekeepers may tend to be weak, if not non-existent in comparison to others, thus allowing for content to be uploaded by consumers (in-ubiquitous connectivity) – therefore making them prosumers. With consumers posting vigorously, it leads to an increase in media use; resulting in the internet becoming a main source for news – so rather than having one person publish something and many others reading/watching it, we have multiple people sharing one sources publication – this then going from ‘one to many’ to ‘many-to-many’, as the publication is being altered as it is being re-posted.

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A Continued Battle

Apple vs. Android. A battle of the fittest; one that has continued over the last decade.
But when it comes to picking between these two products, which is the best? After a little research online I compared the two and began wondering whether my choice in an Apple product was the right one? Being the proud owner of an Apple device myself, I naturally assumed that my choice in the closed appliance was the correct one – but am I right? Perhaps not. My research showed that whilst Apple devices are better at the basics, e.g. phone calls, text messages, and music streaming; the open source Android devices proved to be a better device for things such as the camera, emails, directions and notifications. After reading this comparison I was left a little divided as I had thought that my Apple device was far more superior than Android devices, when in reality it apparently has far less pros than Android.



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Research: http://money.cnn.com/interactive/technology/iphone-android-comparison/


Copyright is such a terrible thing when trying to review a video game on YouTube or post a Flipagram video on a friend’s Facebook wall for their birthday.

When thinking of copyright I thought of Authors and Music Artists, not bloggers. Before going into detail about copyright I wasn’t completely aware of the extent of it.
The transformation in copyright is huge when you think about it; I mean going from the notion of property related only to scarce resources, such as land, to copyrighting minuscule things such as the rights to a song or a quote.

After the lecture on copyright I was stuck with a quote by Lawrence Lessig that played on my mind – “Free cultures are cultures that leave a great deal open for others to build upon; unfree, or permission, cultures leave much less. Ours was a free culture. It is becoming much less so. “ This particular phrase left me wondering how much more we can throw a copyright symbol on before having nothing left to share and build upon.

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“The medium is the message.”

“The medium is the message.”
I’ve taken my time to blog about this particular post as I wasn’t quite sure how to grasp McLuhan’s phrase. When first hearing this phrase I was very unsure how to perceive it, but after some time thinking it over I’ve come to a conclusion. During a BCM112 lecture we were told that something such as a lecture room could be a medium, and that when taking away objects within this room (such as chairs, risen floors, etc.) the message may be perceived differently but will still have the same effect – this message being a place of learning. I have also come to understand that the medium is an extension of the message, for example; a spoon is an extension of a person’s hand.
I guess what I received from this weekly topic is that the form of a medium will always be rooted in the message, and that the message will always be influenced by the medium no matter how it is portrayed.



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