Our First Anniversary!

I’d like to start by wishing WordPress and myself a happy one year anniversary!

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I logged on today to write a post about how it’s going to be a ‘new uni session, new blogging me’ type year and believe it or not, that notification actually inspired me to try harder.

So here we go:

First things first, this is my 3rd year of uni, second year in this course and I did come into this session as excited for my classes as when I began. Yes, I am a loser, I am aware of that #JustBCMThings. But there are a few things I know that I am going to have to work on this session.

    1. This morning on my first morning walking to my tutorial I saw what I assume was a first year walking to class wearing booty shorts and high heels. I am not here to judge but please, first years, relax. This session I will not make a disgusted face when I see that at 8:30am again. People will be people, I wear jeans and a shirt, she wears high heals, It is not my concern. But also:

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    2. When I come to the library to do my reading report. I should do my reading report, not procrastinate by writing a blog post whilst watching Married at First Sight.

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    3. I have said it 4 times now but 5th time’s a charm, I WILL attend my lectures. For once I have no reason to skip my lectures. They fit in with my timetable perfectly, this is my year! I can do it (ignoring the one lecture that I have already skipped on Monday, oops).
    4. And lastly, this session I am going to enter group projects with a positive view. Yes, in the past, they have had their negative points but if I can be more positive, it will make the whole experience more pleasant for everyone. No one likes it but we all have to do it so we may as well try to make the best of every situation!

So there are my goals, I guess we’ll soon find out if I can follow them or not. Stay tuned for new blog posts as often as I can be bothered to do them.

Good luck with the new session everyone! May we all at least pass our subjects.

 

 

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I Learnt the Hard Way…

You know when you make a social media account and you get told to have a strict password with a certain amount of characters – letters and numbers? Well it turns out that is for a reason.

(Here’s a link to a password generator for your use)

I remember when I had my very first Tumblr account. Oh what fun that was, anonymous from all of my friends and family but somehow had an amazing 20,000 followers.

In a world of online presence, I can only suggest that you go onto your networking sites right now and make sure you have a nice level of security, because that is how my account got stolen.

It was a lovely Friday night when I was a 14 year old angsty teen. I decided to log onto Tumblr and I realised that I couldn’t get into my account. My email address completely erased from the site and when I typed in the URL, the layout was completely changed. Turns out, someone figured out that my email address was on my Facebook page (still not sure how they found that) and my password was… wait for it, Tumblr1.

Luckily this was just a site where I reblogged and posted some random pictures, imagine if it was one where I had personal information.

Here’s a quick video on protecting yourself online.

The Big Question

We are all guilty of it (unless you’re ‘above’ it and haven’t reached the peak of amazing technology yet), the big debate of which is better. iOS or Android?

Well I am here as an Apple user to, well, sit on the fence. This debate is getting rather old, why can we not just let people use the technology that they want to use or that fits them best instead of fighting that you’re superior because your tablet is going to blow up on planes (I’m looking at you Android users).

Jokes aside, both sets of technology are designed so that people can use them with ease.

The iPhone is a locked or closed appliance which put simply means that Apple has complete control over the device, making it clean and easy to use as everyones has the same features and ways of working, an iPhone is designed to be the same for everyone making it easier to navigate and use.

Android takes a different approach and is a generative or open appliance. This means that there is no central control and the user can customise or tailor it to their wants or needs.

The real question is – what technology would you prefer to use: Apple or Android? Join the debate here: http://www.debate.org/opinions/is-ios-better-than-android

Transmedia Storytelling

You know when you’re on Facebook and you see a screenshot of text message posted on tumblr, screenshotted then posted to twitter and then the tweet screenshotted and posted onto Facebook? Well that is Transmedia Storytelling.

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Transmedia storytelling is exactly what it sounds like, storytelling through multiple platforms of media.

BUT… It’s not always as annoying as people reposting or copying the same thing across multiple social media sites; it can include:

  • A TV show using social networking to interact with viewers.
  • A book being made into a movie or TV show.
  • Or in the case of angry birds, an app/game being made into a movie and then being made into a TV show.

Transmedia Storytelling is prominent in todays age and can be seen everywhere once you know what you are looking at.

Sharing is Caring.

Joe: “Alfie, You can’t go through someones private messages.”

Alfie: “Ah,  freedom of information. We deserve to know the truth, Joe, this is Wickers leaks, information belongs to everyone.”

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Some of you may have seen this episode of Bad Education, but did you think about copyright the way that I did?

Copyright is “the exclusive and assignable legal right, given to the originator for a fixed number of years, to print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material.”

Listen to my voice (complete with a cold) for why it is important.

 

R-R-R-Remix Culture

I used to think it was stupid that people would take a scene from a movie and make it into a gif that had nothing to do with the movie scene but then I saw the light.

That’s right, this is remix culture; and it is one of the coolest things to happen, ever.

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Let’s face it, we have all heard of remixing, whether it is the (wannabe) DJ kid next door or going through your playlist from when you were 13 and finding this gem.

Remixing is everywhere, not only the songs you hear at clubs but you see them with memes, gifs and a lot of videos.

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We are all Produsers in some way, this means that we are at times the ones who are adding our thoughts or changing what we’re reading in some way to make the media a different version of itself, remixing.

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Check out this trump youtube remix that I tried to make below.

 

Meme Warfare

Upon reading The Guardian’s article on Meme Warfare I really began to think about how real it is that they are used as a medium in politics. We’ve all seen them, but how often do we look at them and realise that this is a form of propaganda.

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When we look at American Politics, our first thought is Trump Memes. When Trump got voted in we were hit with a wave of Memes about WW3. This is a prime example of Meme Warfare.

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In this Vice article, it is explained how Memes are now being compared to IEDs. This is prominent in todays meme culture as Memes are becoming more recognised than legacy media in todays world and are being used as an extremely powerful medium.

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Look at the ALP Spicy Meme StashThe Simpsons about Liberals or even the best meme page of them all, Clive Palmer. What do they all have in common? They all use memes as a medium to inform their audience of political views and because of this are becoming a method of modern day warfare.

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