All posts tagged: bcm112

BREAKING NEWS: Trolls escape from living under bridges! Now residing under keyboards!

What is your online identity? For many of us, it will be our Facebook profiles, our Instagram pages, and our own digital make-ups of our personalities. But for a few individuals, this is not the case. These people are no longer hiding under bridges, but are now hiding behind keyboards and screens. I am of course talking about ‘cyber trolls’. With the minimal gate keeping on the Internet now days, we see these trolls spreading hate and bullying others daily. But what do they get from doing so? One cannot escape bullying anymore. It is in our own homes, on the iPhones, Macs and iPads we hold so dearly. Doing some further research, I found examples of online bullying on Instagram with ‘Hot or Not’ accounts. Photos of individuals are uploaded and users worldwide critique them and personally, I think this is appalling. Online misogyny has also become apparent in this convergent world of ours, which I just do not understand. Regardless of your gender or any other factor as a matter of fact, we …

1 ‘Like’ = Clicktivism or Slacktivism?

Can a simple ‘like’ spread awareness of an issue? Can uploading or sharing a photo appeal to the ethics or moralities of humans around the world? Well, the answer lies somewhere in between yes and no. In the 21st century, we welcome clicktivism, the use of social media platforms to spread awareness of issues happening around our globe. In our society, so heavily influenced and surrounded by technology, one can understand the impact that clicktivism can have. For example, look at the campaign ‘Bring Back Our Girls’; celebrities and ordinary people alike are uploading photos, spreading the awareness of the recent kidnappings of 300 schoolgirls in Nigeria. Now whilst intentions are good, we must ask ourselves, what good is really coming about in uploading a photo of ones self? I mean, sure, you are spreading awareness of the issue, but are you really contributing in a meaningful way? Personally, I believe we are. When tragedy strikes, humanity is never more together and with social media, we are not only able to connect with individuals on …

It’s a Transmedia World Out There, Best Enjoy It.

Henry Jenkins (2007) describes transmedia as a ‘process where integral elements of fiction get dispersed systemically across multiple delivery channels for the purpose of creating a unified and coordinated entertainment experience’. Now this all still seemed a little fuzzy to me until I began to look into a certain case study, the world of Harry Potter. Starting off as a series of seven books, the world of Harry Potter has since grown and developed. Eight movies have since been developed; games – both board and electronic have been created; a theme park in Orlando has been built but most recently, Pottermore was launched. Pottermore is an online interactive site giving fans another medium to explore the series that they all know and love so dearly. It is here that Jenkins’ (2007) ideology that each next text is ‘making a distinctive and valuable contribution to the whole’. One key, valued contribution of Pottermore for example, is that fans of the boy wizard are able to interact with each other and explore this new digital world of …

I am media. Media is me.

With many different platforms in today’s society, we, as people are no longer just consumers. Gone are the days when we used to just listen or view content via institutional media forms. We have further developed into becoming social prosumers. We are now not only consuming, but also producing content. At the slide of an unlocking iPhone, we are able to deliver news or content to audiences whilst also reading or viewing what others have uploaded. Our media world now has moved from being just monologic and is progressing to dialogic. With such social platforms as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter people are now able to act as citizen journalists, recording events and also being able to interact with other users on issues too. We are able to ‘like’, ‘comment’, ‘share’, ‘retweet’ and even using hashtag platforms to find conversations which we take a certain liking or view too. The world of the gatekeeper has disappeared. In the monologic and controlled media world, information was often regulated before being published though now with it is as …

‘We are doing it because we love you’ – Apple

How much control do you really have over your device? Surely my iPhone is my own, but is it really? I mean, I can’t personalise it, and Apple still maintains control over it. So it is here that I arrived at a crossroads. Some believe that our media and technologies are out of control, but others disagree. Ultimately, Henry Jenkins poses the thought that ‘some see a world without gatekeepers, others a world where gatekeepers have unprecedented power.’ (Jenkins, 2006) Now think of Apple and Android, two devices that share the same media platform. However, one can be viewed as an open device whilst the other cannot. Guess which one is which. Congratulations, you’re correct! Android offers its consumers the luxury of having the ability to modify the device to their personal needs, whilst Apple has a closed environment, taking the stance that ‘we are locking this device for your own good’ (permission culture). Here are two very different ideologies and I believe there is no right or wrong answer, it is rather subjective. Personally, I am an Apple …

Copyright. I can say that? Can’t I? ©

Safe to say, this is how I felt after our copyright lecture. I’d always known about copyright, but never truly understood the complexity of it. Who knew I couldn’t play music that I had bought, in the public domain for others to listen too? This lecture really had my head spinning. What was I? A cold blooded serial downloader, guilty of copyright crimes. Surprisingly I didn’t have more of an in-depth understanding of copyright, it’s not like it is a new concept! It has been around since the Enlightenment Period in which the notion of property now included thoughts and expressions! With the invention of the printing press, copyright was now in full swing. Charles II became concerned with unregulated copying of books and passed the licensing of the Press Act, 1662. Copyright laws have since become more regulated, with such acts as the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the Mickey Mouse Act. Now this is where I become conflicted. Copyright protects the media that we all know and love, but these laws are only …

Instagram – the 21st century window.

Instagram is by far my favourite social media platform and as an active user, I love uploading my own photos/videos as well as browsing through that of my friends, celebrities and companies profiles. It wasn’t however until I saw this image and read this particular quote that I knew that Instagram should be the platform that I choose to follow for my duration of studying BCM112. ‘ You are what you share.’ – Charles Leadbeater, We Think: The Power of Mass Creativity. The image and quote really got me thinking about the impact that Instagram has had upon the 21st century and furthermore and what it actually is able to achieve and develop into. Instagram, since its creation by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger in 2010, has since become an international phenomena and continues to develop and challenge social media platforms. Instagram, having been active for the past four years has already transformed within itself, as well as transcending to impact other social media platforms, and I am eager to follow this platform for this semester …

An Awakening

Greetings and welcome to my blog for BCM110! My name is Blake Justin Stanbridge and I am studying Communications and Media this year at UOW. I am 18 and have always lived around the Illawarra, currently residing in the Northern suburbs! I have recently just graduated from Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts, where I was both a music and drama student and am now eager to begin my studies at UOW. I have always been an avid reader and had a keen interest in media and communications. Ideally, once I graduate I would love to work in Public Relations, but that could very well chop and change as my degree progresses and as I continue to broaden my understanding and skills. I also hope to travel the world, Europe in particular and would also love the spend time studying abroad! My passions include music, acting, reading, history and watching TV shows. I also believe myself to be creative, ambitious and quite competitive person. I do look forward to meeting more people throughout this …