DIGC202- #BlackLivesMatter and Social Media

Since the invention of social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, there have been many protest movements that have been either formed or boosted through the use of social media. From the Arab Spring to the Black Lives Matter campaign, many recent protests have used social media as a tool to create and spread awareness. The question that remains, however, is whether its’ truly effective.


The Black Lives Matter campaign began in the summer of 2013, with a simple hashtag #blacklivesmatter, posted by Alicia Garza, a labour organizer from Oakland, California. It says a lot about how we take social media for granted, that a simple use of a hashtag, can evolve in the space of 4 years, into a globally-recognized protest movement. The success of the movement is also an example of how globally interconnected we have become and the significance of social media.

DIGC202- The Dark Side of Citizen Journalism

In a society where we have instant internet access and high-quality cameras on phones, the journalism industry was always going to struggle. Now, we live in an age where the line between everyday journalism and professional journalism has become increasingly blurred. Citizen journalism, for all the good it does do, does have a very dark side.

For those of you who haven’t seen the excellent 2014 thriller “Nightcrawler”, there is a very real industry of people who literally ‘chase crimes’ and film said crime scenes, which they then sell to local television networks. Now, these crime-chasers often push moral boundaries, like arriving to a crime scene before police and taking shots rather than helping victims. It’s a very dark area of journalism and worryingly anyone with a camera can participate and in this age that would be almost anyone. Everyday, we see videos of public racism, abuse and violence. The question we always ask when seeing these videos is: why are you filming when you can be helping?


MEDA 102- Colours of Autumn (Digital Coding)

For my first dynamic sketch, using Processing 3,  I was very much inspired by the simplicity of iteration in Vera Molnar’s Des(Ordres) . The loop of squares within squares in Molnar’s work, was something I was keen to replicate in my work. In the sketch I titled “Colours of Autumn”, the autumn-like colours within the circle  are constantly changing (if a little bit slowly). Much like Molnar’s work, my piece is all about the  use of both randomness and repetition. The randomness in the piece is represented through the change of colours, while the repetition is represented through the loop of circles. Its also through these characteristics that my piece really reflects the idea of iteration and variation. It was a good introduction,for me, to processing and I look forward to increasing my skills in coding.




static image of dynamic sketch


void setup(){
  size(400, 400); //Sets the size of the canvas
  loop(); //Establishes the loop function
  background(#EAEAB6); //Sets the background to beige
  smooth(5);// Adds smooth edges to circles

//creates grid parameters
int cols = 6;//sets 6 colomns of circles
int diam = 100; //sets the diameter of circles
int rows = 6; //sets 6 rows of circles

void draw(){
  stroke(0.5); //creates thin outline for larger circle 
 float f1 = 3;
  for(int i = 50; i < 1000; i++) //sets the number of iterations
  fill((int)random(200), (int)random(200), 20, 20);//sets the colour to 
  for(int y =0; y < cols; y++) { //Creates the grid 
  for (int x = 0; x < rows; x++){
  ellipse((x+1)*(width/(cols+1)), (y+1)*(height/(rows+1)), diam, diam);
  //Draws the circles and places them into a grid
  {float f2 = 0.5; // Declares value of f2
  for(int i = 0; i < 10; i++){ //dictates speed of colour change in circle
  fill((int)random(200), (int)random(200), 20, 20);
  for(int y1 =0; y1 < cols; y1++) { //sets up the  2nd grid of circles 
  for (int x1 = 0; x1 < rows; x1++){ //within the original grid of circles
 ellipse((x1+1)*(width/(cols+1)), (y1+1)*(height/(rows+1)), diam/4, diam/4);}
// draws smaller circles within the larger circles


DIGC202-Battle of The (mobile) Operating Systems

Coming off Apple’s highly anticipated IPhone 7 launch a few days ago, now is a perfect time to re-examine the long-lasting battle between Apple and Android.

Everyone knows that in the market of mobile software, Android and Apple are the major figureheads. I mean, honestly, does anyone actually use a Windows phone? However, the debate still goes on, regarding who is better than who and the fight for total market dominance continues. For a number of years, particularly in the last decade, it always felt like Android were playing catch-up to Apple. Yet, in the last 5 years, Android have started catching up and the two have never been closer until now. But what are the differences?


One of the major differences between Android and Apple is the open-ness of its operating systems. It is well-known that Apple is very restrictive with customization and general content, whilst Android is generally more open, to an extent.


To conclude, I’m going to leave you with a question: Do we choose safety or do we choose freedom?


DIGC202- Walled Garden

Remember the frustrating moment when you were in high school, when you would come across the blocked site page when trying to access sites such as YouTube or Facebook? Yeah, me too. It was everyone’s pet peeve. Talk about first-world problems.  This is what is often referred to as the walled garden, where certain areas of the internet were restricted by a particular internet service provider, such as the infamous DET portal.


Facebook also has its own form of wall garden, in that it monitors all information and data uploaded on the platform, and will remove and censor any “dangerous” or “inappropriate” information that is uploaded. Whether we like it or not, within these “walled gardens” we are always being watched.

Jackie Chan meme


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