Daily Archives: May 17, 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:

sexist ecard

sexist meme

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.