Monthly Archives: May 2013

Reflection for #bcm112

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BreflectionCM112 for me has been a very interesting subject and also a great introduction into Media Practises. I am happy with the type of assessments that are included (not so much the essay), in particular the blog approach to get an online portfolio, which is a great central location for the students/my ideas.

The medium is the message: trajectories of convergent (Week 2) brought to my attention the word ‘convergence’ and the triangle of creation (Technologies, Audiences and Industries) to show me the ever changing approach to how content is created and distributed. The act that global business are going further then just creating content to watch but to play with, change and edit. Week 2 was also the first week I started my blog, so it is good to see the change from week to week.

Copyright (Week 3) had an interesting impact with the technology that I follow (YouTube). I was always interested in understanding why certain content from a game could be reproduced, such as the game Minecraft – a widely played game where people play the game and film themselves then post it on YouTube. The creators of Minecraft realise people will film and share what they do so the creators allow for this, mentioned in their terms. I find it interesting that more gaming companies allow for the film and sharing of their content online, which is a good step in understanding why big business’ can not control everything that is being put online.

Week 10s #mencallmethings: identity and difference online was interesting. I never really took note to the idea of specific webpages for each gender; what attracts the specific gender and the contribution that males/females make to the site that they regularly visit and to ones they do not.

BCm112 has been an enjoyable subject that pretty much has set in what I want to do at University and a stepping stone to what I want to do in the future.

Lucky to be born a white male

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The Internet – a place in which people around the world can communicate. There has always been an issue about the freedom that the internet provides. The anonymity of posting and responding to any comment that someone has made – changing the idea of ‘creative criticism’ to outright abuse.

Lucky to be born a male; any abuse made would be quite different when having an opinion, compared to that of a women. The internet is being used as a tool for the possible ‘suppressed’ misogynist that is present in the average male. The faceless interactions, lack of regulation and the inability to do anything by the target, leads to a public outcry. Brought to our attention is the website ‘The Anti-Bogan’ which highlights the offensive and abusive messages said by Australians to other Australians. Is there a transition, a ‘fine line’ from when free speech becomes hate speech?

Looking at the difference between the abuse that men receive compared to the abuse women receive over the internet is of some concern. Women are more common to get abusive messages relating to sexual acts, either by rape (human, animal or object), mutation of sexual organs or the accusation of being ‘whores’, ‘sluts’ and ‘slags’, for example (the abuse isn’t always just from men).

A majority of the internet exacerbates the issue of sexism, such as through humour with the following e-cards and memes:

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There seems to still be an inequality when it comes to certain issues, much like the case of women on the internet, the specific sexual abusive messages that they receive and the portrayal of women on social media.

When does the abuse become too much to handle for an individual? The female personalities on the internet need to be aware of certain opinions that may fuel a ‘flame war’, which could easily get off topic – changing from creative criticism to just abuse.

Digital Activist

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Activism and politics for the modern student has been seen as a problem, there is little to no public meet-ups protesting against “the man”, the government or the elitist, so what has happened? Where are the opinions and expressions of “Generation Technology”?

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Social media, not just an excuse to play games and watch kittens play (no matter how cute), but an infinite opportunity to create and be a part of something bigger and better than what you could do without the global connection. The internet is where we are all going to have a voice and we are proving to have an opinion on the issues of today, being apart of the “clicktivism” culture. Websites such as Change.org and GetUp! provide a central location to sign petitions dealing with issues of today such as the petition “Facebook: Immediately remove the racist page called “Aboriginal Memes”“, which was seen as offensive and prejudice to Aboriginals. With the collective and active voice of one person, they stood for something and brought it to the attention of others… and they succeeded, the page and any other copycat groups have been deleted.

With regards to the petition sights (Change.org and GetUp) you can view any campaign that is brought up and any campaign that has been successful, however, I do not see any option that shows the amount of issues/campaigns/petitions that failed – trying to put a contrast on what people are interested in and the statistics to show how successful these sights are.

The activism from generation to generation has changed dramatically. Today we are a participatory culture that utilizes social network to voice our issues and concerns with global issues – seen through Kony 2012 and The Occupy Movement, each utilizing social media (Twitter, Facebook and YouTube) to get a message across. Then getting picked up by bloggers, television stations and radio stations to spread and emphasize the importance of what is happening and to do something about it.

There are times when the support on the internet and the ideas for change do not cross over to “out-on-the-streets” protests in attempt to get changes, highlighted by this article on the Aljazerra website by Jesse Strauss, establishing that a cause on social media, like The Occupy Movement isn’t always thought through and the idea for an outcome is seen through hope, patience and determination.

To say “Generation Technology” are not in touch with politics and activism seems to be untrue. The dedication and passion is present, the causes are true and the global awareness is possible – just, maybe the execution is off. It just gets done in a different way!

Re-mix me a word

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Free of restrictions and limited resources comes a new wave of engaging with content and an audience – in the way of the remix culture. Far from the ‘copyright police’ comes a creative, rebellious and inspiring look into the development and representation of what we know the media to be.

Getting a hold of content and creating a new meaning and representation of that content is ideal for the remix culture. Allowing for the spread of personal content so others can use and create is beneficial for both bringing out creativity and expression, but also being an influence on the democratic – popularizing the freedom in producing content and collective intelligence in creating content.

The remix culture has always been around (well for me it has), it has been in the music industry with music artist Weird Al Yankovic. Who produces parodies of other artists music such as the following video, which is a parody of Lady Gaga’s song “Born This Way” called “Perform This Way”.

Other remixes have been in movies such as the Scary Movie movies which deal with a satirical look at multiple movies and celebrity personalities put together to poke fun and take a look at the obscure ideas some of the movies represent.

Today’s technology has given us the freedom to channel what we want to say and send it out to the world for others to learn and watch and if they so choose, to add, and so this cycle of creativity and distribution continues. YouTube and many other mediums give people the opportunity to share what they have created and explore what it means to be in a technological world; only if it is free though. Unlike YouTube, corporations and thus artists (some) still stand against the idea of their work used by others to produce something new and creative, hindering true creativity.