Category Archives: BCM112

Fake it ’till you make it! (on Instagram)

Thanks to the Internet we no longer have to be ourselves. We can now hide behind our Internet identities and construct idealised personas for other people to see. Through photo editing such as filters and Photoshop we can alter our appearances to look more “beautiful” or “attractive”, we can deliberate posts for hours thinking of the most witty, or insightful things to say. Thanks to the Internet we can become someone else entirely. Some people (my friends included) even withhold posting something until “prime-time” hits, i.e. The time when they are guaranteed more likes on their selfies! If I like a photo I’ll post it, I don’t particularly care what time I post it or if it gets “likes”. In this way social media and the internet personas we present to others online have very much become an act of validation. We want to lead people to believe that our lives are “perfect”, when it’s just not a realistic mentality.

Amalia Ulman, an Argentinian born artist explored these notions recently through her elaborate Instagram masterpiece titled “Excellences and Perfections.” Over the course of five month’s Amalia’s 89,000 followers, naively followed her move to Los Angeles, lush cafes and restaurants, hotels, selfies, foreign countries, cute animals. Amalia then breaks up with her boyfriend, gets a boob job, takes drugs and has a breakdown. She then attends rehab, and posts photos of her juice cleanse, yoga and body wellness. One thing she deliberately doesn’t mention to her followers until her project is complete? It is all an elaborate hoax designed to shed light on both the unrealistic expectations of femininity and the stereotypical way that young people choose to represent themselves online. You can read more about her project here.

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Are you guilty of portraying yourself a certain way online? I’d absolutely love to hear about it in the comments below.

– Lizzellbee 🙂

References:

Moore, C 2016, Stuff that tweets, lecture notes, BCM112, University of Wollongong,May 9th <https://esplay.uow.edu.au/ess/echo/presentation/5b03a2f5-6f06-46b7-8582-ed2ca6f48ed4?ec=true&gt;

Zhang, M 2016, ‘This Artist got 90k Instagram Followers With Photos of a Fake Lavish Lifestyle’,  PetaPixel.com, 23rd January, viewed 21st May 2016, <http://petapixel.com/2016/01/23/this-artist-got-90k-instagram-followers-with-photos-of-a-fake-lavish-lifestyle/&gt;

Chang, C 2016, ‘Could Amalia Ulman have produced the first Instagram ‘Masterpiece’, News.com.au, 21st January, viewed 21st May 2016, <http://www.news.com.au/technology/online/social/could-amalia-ulman-have-produced-the-first-instagram-masterpiece/news-story/366f6dc00db28a46cfe6ca3870d928cc&gt;

Journalism- Is this the end?

For years the standard industrial model for journalism has served us well; legacy media gets their revenue from advertising, they print the stories for their passive audiences to consume and package it all up in a neat little news bundle. However, with the rise of the technological age there has been a paradigmatic shift (I seem to say this often in this subject) in the way we consume our news, and it is one that makes me quite glad I recently dropped my journalism subject!

Already this shift is in action. People are not solely reliant on legacy news companies anymore to find out what is happening in the world around them. More extensive information can be found by a simple Google search, through twitter or Facebook. This is a problem for legacy new paper companies because as a result of glocalisation (McLuhan 1964) , we are finding out information much quicker than the papers are able to print it. Additionally as we access information elsewhere there is no longer much benefit for companies to advertise in the papers, thus they loose revenue. In Australia alone this has eventuated in the firing of almost 5,000 employees in the last four years from Fairfax media.

Another problem legacy media faces is the fact that nearly every single person has access to an electronic device. We have the affordance now to be able to record things happening to us in our area and the capability to document and share it to practically the entire world via the Internet. This is what can now be called citizen journalism.

“Citizen Journalism fundamentally disrupts the industrial model by employing its users as journalists and commentators. Citizen journalism is discursive and deliberative, and better resembles a conversation than a lecture.” (Brunz 2007)

Just one of the many examples of citizen journalism in action is the case of Isobel Bowdery. She was just a fun-loving twenty- two year old who decided to go to a concert in Paris, she unwittingly became a first-hand witness to the November 2015 Paris terrorist attacks. After the events she took to Facebook to share her story . She describes some horrific details including:

“It wasn’t just a terrorist attack, it was a massacre. Dozens of people were shot right in front of me.”

“cries of grown men who held their girlfriend’s dead bodies pierced the small music venue.”

“the way they meticulously aimed and shot people around the standing area I was in the centre of, without any consideration for human life.”

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Image courtesy of Facebook.com

This is just one case where citizen journalism is much more authentic and raw, rather then the gatekeeping nature of legacy media.

So what are your thoughts about citizen Journalism? Is it spelling the end for traditional journalism practise? Feel free to let me know below.

-Lizzellbee 🙂

 

References:

Mitew, T 2016, ‘From Citizen Journalism to Collective Intelligence, lecture notes, Wollongong University, 2nd May, <https://esplay.uow.edu.au/ess/echo/presentation/5b03a2f5-6f06-46b7-8582-ed2ca6f48ed4?ec=true&gt;

McLuhan, M 1964,Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man.McGraw Hill. New York.

Bruns, A 2007, Produsage: Towards a Broader Framework for User-Led Content Creation. In Proceedings Creativity & Cognition 6, Washington, DC. http://eprints.qut.edu.au/6623/1/6623.pdf

Isobel,Bowdery 2015,’You never think it will happen to you…’Isobel Bowdery, Facebook post, 15th Novemeber,<https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153885227089893&set=a.10151158218589893.466517.516674892&type=3&theater&gt;

 

Harry Potter and The Order of the Remix?

I truly believe that everything is a remix. After all every new idea has to have been influenced by something already in existence. Which is part of the reason I find it quite baffling when someone says ‘remixes are un-original, they are just re-hashing old content’ because by its very definition this is exactly what remix culture is. However, the point is not to re-hash old content but to use old content or ideas to create and embellish a new meaning onto something.

I know have used Harry Potter examples quite a lot to prove my point, but this fan made video by Thewlix Rox illustrates remix clearly. In this video he has taken clips and content from the original film and transformed it through editing techniques to produce a completely different trailer This movie in its original context is a dark fantasy film and through the use of music, and selective choice of clips he has changed the overall context of the movie, displaying it as a teen romantic comedy.

 

This has clearly resonated with audiences as it has almost two million views on YouTube, demonstrating that new meaning can be found from old content. It also highlights my other point that we like things that are familiar to us. Why else would pop music use the same four chord progressions? Or the entertainment industries continue to use the blockbuster movie formula?

People recognise this because it is Harry Potter and appreciate what has been changed about it to create a new meaning.

If you are interested there is a great video about remixed content here . So what are your thoughts about remixed content? Feel free to let me know below.

-Lizzellbee 🙂

References:

Powell, J 2009, ‘Harry Potter: The Big Repeat music Video’, YouTube Video, 13th July,Youtube, 19th May 16 ,< https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXzdDRnWFqs>

Ferguson, K 2016, ‘Everything is a Remix’, Youtube Video , 19th May, Youtube , 19th May 16,< https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKvsc6a03Es>

 

Transmedia Narratives- The Power of Storytelling

Ever wondered what Star Wars, Disney, Marvel and Harry Potter have in common? check out the Youtube video below and find out! Also feel free to comment on your experiences of Transmedia Narratives, I’d love to hear your opinions on this phenomenon.

-Lizzellbee 🙂

References:

Mitew,T 2016,’Transmedia Narratives’, lecture notes, BCM112,University of Wollongong, April 11th 2016,<https://esplay.uow.edu.au/ess/echo/presentation/2d5d80bf-6d4b-4d8b-b7f7-b179a7b69d13?ec=true&gt;

Procrastination, 2016,copyright free music, Kenny Segal, https://soundcloud.com/majesticcolor/kenny-segal-procrastination

 

Arts and Craft in the Digital Era!

 

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As the societal paradigm shifts so too does the way that we make and produce creative works. Take a lil’ squiz at the prezi to find out more!

-Lizzellbee 🙂

References:

Mitew,T 2016,’Craft and Digital Making’, Lecture notes, BCM112, University of Wollongong,4th April 2016, <https://esplay.uow.edu.au/ess/echo/presentation/373abf79-9a50-4056-af00-8fb3876395a9?ec=true&gt;

Bunnell, K 2004,’Craft and Digital Technology’, viewed 17th May 2016 <http://www.autonomatic.org.uk/archive/team/kb/craft%20and%20digital%20technology.pdf >

Modern Times 1936, Film,Charlie Chaplin, USA.

Domino, B 2015, ‘The Biggest Global Collaboration Song EVER (probably)’,Youtube video,10th November, Viewed 17th May 2016, <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DK8xcdEEvQ&gt;

 

 

 

 

The Age of the Prosumer-Audience Empowerment and Participation

Just as dinosaurs went extinct at the dawn of the ice age so too has passive consumerism. Thanks to the rise of the Internet we are no longer the passive consumers we once were, rather we have become the almighty “PROSUMERS” those who both consume content and produce our own content to be consumed. Thus, there has been a paradigmatic shift from a largely monologic media dominated society to a dialogic society. For example where once we watched the tv in isolation from one another, now people’s live tweets appear on our tv screens while we watch (whether we like it or not). This new format of media engagement fosters conversations amongst like-minded viewers and now anyone can voice their somewhat irrelevant opinions to the world! ( thanks facebook and twitter).

“People formerly known as the audience wish to inform media people of our existence, and of a shift in power. Think of passengers on your ship who’ve got a boat of their own. The writing readers. The viewers who picked up the camera. The formerly automized listeners who with modest effort can connect with each other and gain the means to speak- to the worlds, as it were.” -Jay Rosen.

One recent example of audience empowerment I’m sure you’ve all heard about is the Arnott’s shapes debate. For those of you who hadn’t heard about the national crisis that rocked Australia, Arnott’s recently decided to toy with the recipe of their beloved shapes varieties to make them supposedly “new and improved”. The result? Outrage and outright betrayal. Many disgruntled consumers, or rather prosumers took to Arnott’s corporate facebook page to voice their opinions. Some of my personal favourites include:

 

“What have you done?!?!?”

“YOU ARE TOYING WITH PEOPLES EMOTIONS AND MEMORIES!”

“You have destroyed everything I love!”

And perhaps my personal favourite purely due to the fact this guy is so true blue it hurts; this gem.

This epidemic has affected people to such an extent that some people are literally stockpiling the old shapes until Arnott’s restore the flavours to their original glory. As a result of this Arnott’s has released a statement promising to make the old flavours available once again. Thank’s Arnott’s! This is a solid example of Australian prosumerism, and clearly demonstrates not to mess with Australia’s nostalgic lunch box snack.

-lizzellbee 🙂 

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References

Ted, M 2016 ‘Audience Empowerment’, Lecture,BCM112, University of Wollongong, March 28th 2016  <https://esplay.uow.edu.au/ess/echo/presentation/f4f0562f-e738-460f-baf6-1e456bf98da8?ec=true&gt;

 

 

Annotated Bibliography-Digital Artefact

Source 1

https://www.triplejunearthed.com/comps-and-resources/about

Triple J Unearthed is a website where up-and-coming Australian musicians can have their music listened to by a global audience. Through this platform artists build a fan base, perform at music festivals and record professional standard music. This source is relevant to the digital artefact as our blog aims to promote local musicians and gigs in the area. Therefore this is a good source as it has essentially the same objective but on a wider scale. Where Triple J unearthed includes music from all over Australia, our blog focuses on up-and-coming gigs and musicians from the Illawarra and Sydney areas.

 

Source 2

http://national.thedelimagazine.com/homepage

The Deli mag is an American site that locates gigs and performances according to specified areas. It covers the twelve North American music scenes through twelve different blogs, focused on exposing unknown musicians to American audiences. As our digital artefact is a music blog dedicated to finding new and up-and-coming artists this is a relevant source. Although this source is less effective in terms of location relevance, the general idea of the Deli Mag can be utilised within our digital artefact through the incorporation of tags and categories for the different area and subjects we are covering.

 

Source 3

https://www.facebook.com/ChattrPresents/

http://chattr.com.au/

Chattr is a Wollongong University based website that posts weekly Vox-Pop videos related to different topics. This is a relevant source to our digital artefact as we want to post Vox-Pop videos onto our blog but with questions focused on music, such as favourite road trip songs or a musician gone too soon as examples. Therefore this source is useful as we intend to incorporate music-related Vox-Pops into our blog to make it more appealing and entertaining. This is also a useful source in terms of online presence as Chattr have a strong presence on all social media outlets and we intend to do the same thing.

 

Source 4

https://www.periscope.tv/

Periscope is an app available on Android and Apple, which enables people to experience events as they are happening through live-streamed video. This effectively offers audiences a first- person experience of the events taking place. This source is extremely relevant to our digital artefact as we can integrate live footage from the gigs we go to, along with our reviews of the gigs we attend. Therefore this source is highly useful as we are able to show audiences these performances as they are happening, allowing our readers to form their own opinion of the music we review.

 

Source 5

https://www.imforza.com/blog/growing-a-social-following-from-scratch/

This is a web article that provides readers with advice on how to build an online fan base from scratch. This is a relevant source for our digital artefact as we are curating a local music blog and in order for our blog to work as intended it is reliant on a local, online following. Therefore this source while predominately directed at businesses is still fairly useful to our digital artefact, as we intend to build a strong online presence and audience through the incorporation of various social media platforms. This will make our blog more engaging and achieve more web traffic to our site.

 

Source 6

https://www.reverbnation.com/main/local_scene?geo=local&geo_country=AU&geo_state=NSW&geo_city=Sydney&page=1&range_type=today

This website locates local gigs by typing in your area and country. It shows you all the artists and details about the gigs they are playing. This source is highly relevant as we will be reviewing and informing people about upcoming gigs. Therefore it is important to have accurate details regarding when and where they are performing. The only concern with this source is while it is useful for more well-known bands, it would be impossible to know if this site covers every possible gig in the area, especially new bands. It would also be interesting to know how often this website is updated.

 

Source 7

https://soundcloud.com/stream

SoundCloud is a website that offers musicians a free platform to post their music and have their content listened to by wider audiences. This is an extremely relevant source to our digital artefact, as we want to preview the music of the bands we review so readers can form their own opinions. We will also be using SoundCloud to interview bands and to explore the topic of music itself more broadly through podcasts on specific topics. This source will be of use to us if the bands we review have a SoundCloud artist page, if they don’t then the music can be sourced by other means.

 

Source 8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoBzn1nyONw

This is a short YouTube informational video by Alex Miotto, which provides advice on video editing. Miotto gives a rundown of the basic editing technique using iMovie. This is an extremely relevant source to our digital artefact as we have not had much experience with video editing and we definitely want to incorporate video content into our blog. This is a relatively useful source as it gives a first person perspective on editing techniques. However, in this same respect it is a limited source as this is just one person’s opinion and there are many different techniques and styles of video editing.

 

Source 9

http://www.npr.org/sections/music-interviews/

NPR is a music website which encompasses a wide variety of genres and aggregates them into a musicians network where like-minded people can share and discuss musical content in the form of video, articles, interviews and podcasts. This is a relevant source for our digital artefact as we intent to utilise these different platforms to get people’s attention about what gigs are happening in the area as well as fostering conversation about music in general. Therefore this is a useful source as incorporates all the different elements of music that we likewise want to include, particularly the versatile range of genres discussed.

 

Source 10

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kI2ucw7hP34

This is a YouTube series by Vogue that asks famous celebrities 73 questions while the interviewee goes about what they are doing. This is relevant to our digital artefact, as we want to incorporate interviews with the bands we see and I like this particular natural style of interview. There is a hand-held camera, impromptu questions and one-answer responses. Therefore in consideration of those elements, it’s a good source. However, there are aspects I didn’t like and would change, such as the irrelevant questions. We would have questions focused on their music such as what their influences are, when they first started playing an instrument etc.

-Lizzellbee 🙂