Digital Artefact Idea- How’s the Binge

The way we consume media has changed drastically over the last few years.  With the emergence of streaming juggernauts such as Netflix and Amazon Prime, people no longer consume entertainment the same way. By that, I am, of course referring to the act of binge-watching.

During my mid-semester break, I spent most of my time, (when I wasn’t working) binge-watching Sons of Anarchy. One day, after finishing my 3rd or 4th episode of the day, I thought back to the way I watched the masterpiece that was Twin Peaks: The Return. Now, when watching that, I could only watch an episode per week, as the episodes were released weekly and although I found myself impatiently waiting for the next episode, I realized that it was not the binge-watching type of show, mainly due to its overwhelmingly cerebral nature.

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This leads me to my idea: a blog that evaluates the binge-worthiness of certain shows. People are always looking for new television shows to binge, and with so much content being released and created daily, it can be very overwhelming to know where to start. Therefore, I believe that is project would have a social utility.

Now, at this stage I am still unsure as to what platform I would use for the project, but at this stage it is more likely to be through a blog.

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BCM112- Introduction & DA statement

So, here I am, another year of uni and therefore another year of blogging. Not that I don’t enjoy doing it. I very much enjoy it. It’s just that, after a 4 month break, it takes a while to get back in the groove. Anyway, let’s get to the point: this semester I’m finally doing BCM112 and have found myself reunited with Ted, which is great. This also means another semester of dank memes and discussions about all things related to the Internet. However, much like DIGC202, it also means developing a digital artefact. Having not been consistent with my Sims project, from last year, I’ve decided that this semester will be different. I intend on being committed to what I end up doing. Basically, I’m in it for the long run.

For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Max Clement and I am a 4th year Media & Communications/International Studies student. I am a lover of things Cinema, and write regularly for Chattr. I promise I’m friendly, so if you’re ever around Uni, hit me up on twitter: @max_clement. (Stop it Max, you’re acting desperate. Play it cool)

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As for my BCM112 DA, I am considering joining the established Faces of UOW project, and using the work I produce for them, as my digital artefact, although it’s more of a digital portfolio. Why am I doing this? Simply because it will make for a good starting point that could lead to further opportunities in the future and to develop my photographic skills (of which I don’t have, yet!).

 So that’s it for this week, I hope you enjoy my blog and that you are having a nice day (or night, depending on when you’re reading this)

 Peace out

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.

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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?

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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?

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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?

 

Is Freelance Work the future?

Everyone knows that desk jobs are incredibly boring and draining. Being stuck in an isolated work cubicle, for 6 hours, who really wants that? Luckily, there is an emerging market for Freelance work, which not only allows you to be your own boss, but it also allows you to work on-the-go (providing that you have internet access). So, why exactly is freelance work on the rise?

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With the increasing amount of technology available and access to internet from pretty much anywhere (except rural and country areas), it is incredibly easy for people to work outside of the office, which many would say is a great thing. I mean, who would choose working in a bland office over working outside in different areas (possibly even different countries!).

 

Freelance work, at the moment, is particularly significant in the journalism industry, which has gone through significant change in order to keep up with new technologies, bloggers and “citizen journalism”. Journalists are no longer obliged to work for one particular media outlets and can even just blog, which allows them to report things as they please.

 

Journalism, though, is just one of many industries that are associated with freelancers and you can bet that freelance work opportunities will only increase.

Unfriended: The Demon of Cyberspace

The concept of Cyberspace, created by William Gibson in his novel Neuromancer to describe a society connected entirely through computers, is one that is no longer a vision but rather a reality. Since the emergence of the internet, our interactions with others has changed significantly and as we technologies continue to emerge, our relations become increasingly virtual, to the extent that even sexual intimacy have become possible through cyberspace. Now, although there are many positives to Cyberspace, there are also major concerns that surround it, particularly that of Cyberbullying. Because after all, we are (still) human, and not everyone is so nice. For this post, I would like to discuss the darker side of Cyberspace, by talking about a very interesting horror film called Unfriended.

Unfriended is a film that is about a literal ‘ghost in a machine’ that begins to terrorize and kill a group of teenagers, on the anniversary of the suicide of one of their class-mates. The film explores several different ideas regarding cyberspace, such as the psychological effects of Cyberbullying, as well as our inability to disconnect to our screens, even when we know that it’s the best thing to do in certain situations. Additionally, the film reminds that what we reveal in Cyberspace can never be erased and everything that is said or done can be retraced. Oh, and the film takes place entirely on a single computer screen, which makes every sudden Facebook or I Message notification even scarier. Most importantly, however, it acts as a sharp reminder that in Cyberspace, there no boundaries between private/public information.

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BCM332 Case Study Pt. 1-Gender Representation in the News Media

Organisation: The GMMP (Global Media Monitoring Project)

The issue of gender representation in News Media is well known and has been researched for many years, yet it still remains an issue to this day. So, for my case study, I have decided to research the Global Media Monitoring Project, which has focused on changing the way women are represented on the news.

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Since its inception in 1995, The GMMP have released reports every five years regarding the role of women amongst men and gender bias in the newsroom. (Who Makes the News, N/A). Participants range from different areas, age and status, weather it is university students, media practitioners or even women activists’. The project is the largest of its kind and is in fact working with Who Makes the News and the World Association for Christian Communication to end news media sexism by 2020.

The 2015 report, which marked the project’s 20th anniversary, featured an unprecedented 114 participating countries. In the foreword of the report, Margaret Gallagher states that “the media as both powerful institutions and power-defining mechanisms – are fundamental to the ways in which women’s status and gender inequalities are reflected, understood and potentially changed” (Gallagher 2015, pg.1). The media undoubtedly has a great amount of influence on the way we think and behave and so it is, much like Gallagher states, essential that we improve the way women are represented in the media, particularly when it comes to the news. However, the research presented in the GMMP report is worrying, with women only making up 24 % of the people heard about, read or seen in newspaper, television and radio news, exactly as they did in 2010. (GMMP 2015, pg.8). What is incredibly alarming with this result, is that there has been no progress in the 5 years since the last report.

 

In Chapter 6 of the report, the GMMP introduces five objectives which they hope will lead to their penultimate goal of ending news media sexism in 2020. The targets are as follows (GMMP 2015, pg.99):

 

  1. Newsrooms that support gender equality: 100% of national public media and 40% of private media in each country.

 

  1. Overall global presence of women in the news: 50%.

 

  1. 30% global average of news that clearly challenges gender stereotypes

 

  1. 30% global average of news that highlights issues of gender equality and inequality

 

  1. 30 % Global average of news reporting that is anchored in a critical (women’s and marginalized groups’) human rights perspective

Now, considering what I previously mentioned regarding one of the findings from the researched, it is fair to say that these targets are very ambitious.  Yet, these goals seem to indicate that the GMMP remain optimistic about change in the future and with an increasing amount of digital news platforms available, this may force traditional news platforms such as television to adapt and maybe then we might finally see some progress in representation of gender. But for now, we can only hope and imagine.

References

Gallagher, M 2015, ‘Foreword’, Global Media Monitoring Project 2015, World Association for Christian Communication (WACC), pps. 1-3

Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP) 2015, Global Media Monitoring Project 2015, World Association for Christian Communication (WACC), pps.8-99

Who Makes the News N/A, GMMP, Who Makes the News, viewed 9th August 2016, http://whomakesthenews.org/gmmp

 

 

Polar Opposites- MEDA 101 Final Project Statement

For my final project, I was very motivated to create a similar atmosphere to my previous projects, though much more cinematic. The idea for the project emerged when I was taking photos for my last assignment at Guest Park in Fairy Meadow. My project, titled ‘Polar Opposites’ explores the way our perception of the places around us change, depending on our state of mind.

A major cinematic reference for the project was Duncan Jones’ 2009 sci-fi film” Moon”, which although features a fairly conventional series of shots in the opening scene, still manages to successfully blend a series of extreme wide shots, mid shots and close-ups to produce an incredibly melancholic and isolating atmosphere, which was what I wanted to achieve with this project.

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