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Humans of Technology

Each individual has a story, a tale of how they see or embrace the world. Our world has now become incredibly dependent on the advancements of technologies, so they have inevitably become apart of our stories. It has entered nearly every aspect of our work life, education and social lives. They have essentially redesigned the ways in which our society runs, as well as the very relationships we have with other individuals and our own digital devices. It was these thoughts that inspired the creation of @tech_humans. For the digital project, Monique and I thought it would be best to create an Instagram to photograph people in their everyday lives. As we would ask their permission to take their photo and explain to them the aims of our project, we would begin to conduct a small and simplistic interview, asking them a bunch of questions. From here, we would then take the most interesting quote that they said and use it to accompany the image of the person, both of which would then be posted to …

We Are All In This Together: A Reflection

I have now been a blogger for a year and a half, though I can truly say that it wasn’t until this semester that I truly began to understand what it means to hold the title of ‘blogger’. I feel like our tutors have taken us under their wings to refine our skills and now we are being set free into the blogging world. Thank you master. I will try to make you proud. In all honesty though, I never truly realised the intricacies in the art of blogging. My blog layouts have always been simplistic. I love the colour white (I know, how boring) but to me, the colour white has always been so elegant and classic, elements which I hope will be evident in my future career. I also loved the professional layout of the premium blog that I purchased (I was a WordPress snob and succumb to the pressure to buy a theme, but I have no regrets). I was able to incorporate so many more widgets and customize my site more freely. …

Smile! You’ve Just Been Spotted!

Technologies have in most recent years successfully invaded and integrated themselves into contemporary social spaces. Audiences are constantly consuming information from laptops, mobiles and tablets and as it would appear would much rather converse to our friends in the screens, than the real and living people who surround us, which arises the question, are we anti-social or social? As technologically savvy as we have become, are we possibly redefining the traditional social and public space as ‘people make places, more than places make people’. I for one know that I always have my phone on me, even though I may be in a social space. If I am on the train heading into university, I will be texting my friends arranging where to meet and possibly even scrolling through my Instagram, uploading photos taken as the day goes on. However I am also often using the app snapchat, where I am able to send quick snapshots of photos I have taken accompanied with text and whilst the majority of the time, these snaps may be …

An Exploration Into the Capacity of … Um … Yeah …

Attention and distraction. As university students, never have we been so familiar with the two. One minute you are touch typing fantastic study notes, whilst reading the upcoming slides and acknowledging the lecturer. The next you are in another world. Most probably a digital one. Arranging to catch up with our friends after the lecture for a coffee, though where is the best place on campus for a coffee? Suddenly however you drift back into the surrounding of the lecture hall trying to catch up with what you have missed. The decrease of attention spans in younger generations is often credited to the rise in technologies. Now one would think that technology has made us brilliant multi-taskers though as Microsoft has researched, it appears that human attention spans have dropped below the level attributed to a goldfish. Previously, I had just thought that there was attention and distraction, however as Sohlberg and Mateer have suggested, attention can be understood in three different forms, these being sustained, selective and alternating. Sustained attention is more commonly referred to …

A Trainwreck Movie Visit

Having to go to the movies for research; who can really complain? I mean, for myself, the cinema has always been a great way to go and unwind, forgetting about the stresses of the outside for a few hours, so I definitely believe that this little trip was a well deserved study break! But who’d have known that a simple trip to the movies rely on a serious of other factors. Torsten Hagerstrand, a Swedish geographer developed a theory of three key human constraints, believing that ‘time has a critical importance when it comes to fitting people and things together for functioning in socio-economic systems’. These constraints lie within the capabilities of the event (how to get there), the coupling (getting there at the right time) and authorities (whether or not you are allowed to be there). So with this explained, my sister and I decided to head to the movies to see Amy Schumer’s newest hit comedy ‘Trainwreck’. The movie was playing in Warrawong Hoyts and we also had to meet up with our friends beforehand, so we …

Internet: The Creator of Family Feuds, Communication & Narcissism

The internet. It is one of those technological advancements which either lights up the eyes and minds of younger generations or gives older generations the shakes. Why is this? How is it that two generations can exist within contemporary society and have completely contrasting ideas about the internet. Firstly, it is no surprise for you, my dear reader, to learn that the internet is everywhere. I mean, right now you are on my blog for university, reading a post. The internet has saturated every aspect of our lives from being social, to the way in which we are now being educated. It has ultimately became an extension of our very minds. I mean, when I don’t know a fact or figure, I instantly google for the answer and BAM – there it is! Returning home to talk to my Dad (Carl Stanbridge), Mum (Narelle Stanbridge) and sisters (Shannon and Aimee) I was eager to find out how they felt in regards to the internet as a whole and they ways in which they have access to …

Ethno-huh?

Ethno-who? Ethno-what? Ethno-not-my-problem. As it turns out though, ethnography is my problem. As an aspiring journalist and communications and media student, ethnography lies at the heart of these communicative fields. Ethnography in its most simplest form is the study of how people see and make sense of the world (Northey, 2012). Here, as a researcher one is able to have the luxury of looking into thoughts, feelings and ideologies associated with particular audiences. Ethnography ultimately has such a profound significance, which is why it is so incredibly important to understand the stories and perceptions of audiences. Collaborative ethnography can be successfully used when analysing contemporary media through the collections and analysis’ of stories from people of different background and generations. It furthermore requires the researcher to actively work with the subjects through means of engagement (Lassiter, 2005). Interviewing my father last week about the introduction of television gave me understandings of his feelings and perceptions, which were also through later discussion, very similar to many other members of my family. As the interviewer, I was also even able …

Through the Looking Glass: An Introduction to Television.

Imagine being present during the introduction of television into Australian society. Here is this grandiose invention, a new way of seeing the world. Would you be one to look through this new looking glass and fall into a new and modernising world? For my father, Carl Stanbridge, 50, the introduction of television into his life was something that he will always remember. It was in his family home in Thirroul, when my grandfather, Cyril Stanbridge brought home a television. Cyril, his wife and my grandmother, Penny, my father and his brother, Ross, all eagerly awaited the unveiling of this new television and in doing so, the revelation of this new era which they were entering in their lives. “The television that Dad brought home was a small box. We really couldn’t afford anything more, but it was a symbol of stability for us. We were able to own our very own television”. Whilst the introduction of television did not alter family routine, with my father and his brother continuing to play outside until the streetlights …

I Bet You Thought You’d Seen The Last Of Me.

Well, I am back into it! I have finally finished my first week back at university and it feels so strange. I have spent the past month and a half travelling the world and now I am back into the world of blogging, but nonetheless I am motivated as ever! For the past 5 weeks Europe and New Zealand have been my playground and I have definitely had the time of my life, though travelling really put into perspective the significance that the media space has upon myself and my life. Whilst my trips were filled with laughter, amazing friendships and sleepless nights, they were also filled with various wifi battles! It is funny to see how quickly a friendship disintegrate when you find wifi access, though the connection is only strong enough for one person at a time. Social media generations have become so immersed into the online world that we feel that we must continue parts of our lives on platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. Seriously, give me mediocre wifi connection, my …