Archive for August, 2013


Hey Communicators

We’re talking Politics this week. (Insert groans here). This is a very topical issue at the moment because, in case you haven’t noticed, us Aussies are nearing the end (thank God) of an Election campaign. Or Election complain, depending on how you look at things. It’s actually a sad state for Australian Politics, this election is basically been reduced to a popularity contest. Neither party is willing to take a risk, you only have to listen to the debates to notice that. It’s an eye-rolling bore.

However, there is at least one innovation for this Election.

A tool for tracking your Political inclinations is an interesting invention by the Australian ABC called the Vote Compass. How it works is you have to answer a series of questions on various Political topics like Asylum Seekers, The Carbon Tax and Same Sex Marriage, to name a few. It also asks you personally rate the 3 leaders in Rudd of Labor, Milne of the Greens and Abbott of the Liberals. By the end of it you end up with a map of where you sit in comparison to the 3 Major Parties on specific issues, plus how closely you identify with them in terms of their Political agendas.

My results were not completely shocking, but I was interested by the fact that I identify the most with the Greens on most political issues, followed by Labor and then Liberal. I also rate Greens Leader Christine Milne above Kevin Rudd and followed lastly by Tony Abbott. My results can be viewed here:

http://www.abc.net.au/votecompass/?hash=99973fee7e6c1cdfd1d2abf8632213d1f545f6811121377752222

Meanwhile, in the United States, President Barack Obama was addressing a large crowd as they commemorated the 50 year anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King II “I have a dream” speech.

I took the time to tweet him about the importance of freedom on the internet. (Unfortunately I couldn’t embed this tweet. I tried on a number of occasions, but no success)

Relating closely to that topic is Australia’s attempt to censor the Internet. The idea was introduced in 2009 by Stephen Conroy, Australia’s Communication Minister at the time. On the surface the idea of it was to protect young children from seeing undesirable things on the ‘net. But there were concerns that the policy was disguising the real reason it was being introduced, which was that it would end up censoring everyone’s internet activity.  As we are a democracy, I don’t think there is place for censorship in this country.

Who are my local, state and federal reps?

My local MP: Margaret De Wit (LNP)

State MP: Bruce Flegg (LNP)

Federal MP: Jane Prentice (LNP)

Last time MP spoke in Parliament: 25th June 2013, the subject was sport in the local community

There was no definitive date or year set for the NBN, only that my area will be getting it.

Reference list:

http://www.nbnco.com.au/when-do-i-get-it/rollout-map.html

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/backgroundbriefing/conroys-clean-feed/3138034

http://janeprentice.com.au/

http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/members/current/list

Cheers

Diva

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Hey Communicators

Well, it’s been a long 5 week wait, but we can get to talk Social Media!

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, tumblr, Snapchat, Linkdin, Spotify the list goes on. And with most of us having the Apps for these sites on our Smartphones, it’s quite incredible how we manage to look up at people during the day. Or get much work done.

By now most of us are us some sort of Social Media moguls. If you’re like me you can hardly make it through the day without checking at least one of your Social Media pages. Maybe not even every hour.

We were asked to create a survey to analyse people’s Social Media habits, the results of my survey are as follows.

An overwhelming 85% of respondents still list Facebook as their preferred Social Media site, with most of them listing it as a great way to keep in touch with family and friends, but it still wasn’t their preferred method of keeping in touch with loved ones.

When asked how frequently they check their pages almost 40% of respondents said up to 7-10 times a day.

Only 40% of respondents have met friends/partners through Social Media sites

If you’d like to partake in the survey for fun:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/MySurvey_EditorFull.aspx?sm=FF3cZafwUfbBdf8Vwsaz972JiGBtyGkjzRyXPnhFt_2Bg_3D

Cheers

Diva

 

Hey Communicators.

This week we looked at Cyberspace and Cyberpunk, what the difference between these two notions are and had to create a timeline for the history of something falling in the Cyberpunk category.

The definition of Cyberspace, according to the Oxford Online Dictionary: the notional environment in which communication over computer networks occurs. Some examples of cyberspace would be Email and Social Media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

A Cyberpunk defintion, from the same source: a genre of science fiction set in a lawless subculture of an oppressive society dominated by computer technology. Some examples of this would be films like Bladerunner, Alphaville and A Clockwork Orange

I decided to choose Television as the basis for my timeline, because it interests me the most.

Check it out on Timetoast!

http://www.timetoast.com/timelines/a-brief-history-of-television

Cheers

Diva

Reference list:

http://www.thehistoryoftelevision.com/

http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/cyberpunk?q=cyberpunk

http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/cyberspace?q=cyberspace

http://televisionau.com/timeline/1980-1989

http://televisionau.com/timeline/1990-1999

http://televisionau.com/timeline/2000-2009

http://televisionau.com/timeline/2010-2019

As I mentioned in last week’s blog,  I use my phone A LOT. Followed closely by my laptop and television.

The reason I got a laptop was because I needed one for Uni, so it was mostly for convenience sake. Another reason was because it made internet access in my house a lot easier, rather than having to wait for someone else to finish up on the home PC, I could start it up in the loungeroom in front of the T.V. and browse it to my heart’s content. I probably use my phone and laptop for much the same reasons, such logging on to my social media accounts, but I  use my laptop more for browsing the web because I find the mobile versions of most websites annoying.

I got my first Smartphone nearly 2 years ago. I was a little bit later than some people to venture into the Smartphone market but it wasn’t a hard choice. The reason I ended up going with Android was because my parents and a couple of my friends were users of it’s technology and that’s what swayed my decision. Plus everyone else had iPhones and I’m anti-establishment. I use my phone most because I text or message my friends via Facebook constantly and every once in a while I’ll call someone too.

Lastly I watch television quite a bit because it’s still where I get most of my news information from. And having Foxtel feeds my uncontrollable sports addiction, as well as my penchant for trashy reality T.V. (Real Housewives, I’m looking at you).

The issue of Privacy is an interesting one. I’d like to think I’m really vigilant when it comes to disclosing information to companies, but the truth is that they know a lot more about me than I care to acknowledge. I recently found this out when I noticed that the images for ads of asos dresses that were showing on my Facebook Newsfeed were the same I’d been looking at on the actual asos website. To say I was a little freaked out by this is an understatement.

Having joined the ranks of Tweeters a few months ago I’ve some to realise that, apart from 3 people I now have about 60 or so followers whom I’ve never met in person. I know, or have met, all of the people I know on Facebook and Instagram. I think that Twitter is a lot more specialised in that way, most of the people I follow, or who follow me, are people who are fellow sports enthusiasts. My privacy settings on Twitter aren’t as stringent as the ones I place on Facebook or Instagram. I guess the most important reason for that is because I would like to reach a bigger audience on Twitter so I don’t restrict myself as much. Whereas I regard Facebook and Instagram as a much more personal space, so I put a higher price on them.

That’s week two done!

Diva

Hey Communicators, welcome to Week 2.

This week we explored through some of the key inventions and landmarks in Communication history.

A key concept which was produced in the lecture this week was that there is a common link shared through words such as Communicate, communion and Commonwealth. The lecture slide read,

“They are all based on the conjunction of the Latin words com(with, together) and un (one), and show the intimate connection between the community of language and the community of politics. The interesting question is how the profusion of languages (computer, technoslang, pidgin, patois) will affect the emerging global politics and the kind of lives we lead.

It’s interesting to know that a lot of the key industries which have flourished during the 20th Century, such as Journalism, Advertising, Cyber and Web Studies, are part of the Communication umbrella.

I had a close look at a website called Topsy, a website that analyses all things trending around the web. I chose to analyse Twitter, and more specifically, tweets about the Australian Federal election. It shows that there have been over 1 million tweets about the Election over the past month, a lot of them talking about asking people to register, but most just giving the Politicians a hard time. I also looked at the “Social Analytics” page on the site and it showed that there were over 3 million tweets a day about Starbucks, Coca-Cola and Pepsi over the past month. Starbucks came in first with over 2.7 million, Pepsi came in second (rather surprisingly) with over 620 000 and Coke in third, with just under 500 000.

Also included in Pt 1 of Week 2 is this cute video I saw on YouTube that documents the History of Communication. I chose this particular video because it is engaging, both visually and with its content. It doesn’t contain any vocabulary, but has an emotive track for its soundtrack and also has figures in it, rather than actual people. Also, it only goes for just under 2 minutes, so you don’t have to make a particularly big investment in it in terms of time.

I hope you enjoy it, I found it really beautiful to watch.

Week 2, Pt 1 done! Stay tuned for Pt. 2

Cheers

Diva

Hey Communicators, welcome to Week 3.

This week we take a look at how to use the Universities Library page and Database better. We use some of our Lecturer, Stephen Stockwell’s, books as the basis for our research. We also looked at a clip for an interesting movie called Alphaville and find a book to help us in researching it.

Q1) WHich of Stephen Stockwell’s books are in the Griffith library?

Stockwell, S  and Scott, P 1961, All media guide to fair and cross-cultural reporting: for journalists, program makers and media students, Nathan, Qld, 2000

Stockwell, S 1954, Political campaign strategy: doing democracy in the 21st centuryMelbourne, Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2005

Isakhan, B 1977 and Stockwell, S 1954, Secret History of democracy, Basingtoke, New York, Palgrave Macmillian, 2011

 

Q2) Cite 3 academic books that might provide useful material for an essay about Jean-Luc Godard’s Alphaville. On which campuses do they reside?

Brody, Richard 2008, Everything is cinema: the working life of Jean-Luc Godard, New York , Metropolitan Books

Available on the South Bank Campus

Temple, M, Williams, JS, Witt, M 2004, For ever Godard, London, Black Dog

 Available on the South Bank Campus

Wheeler, D 1997, The films of Jean-Luc Goddard,  Albany, State University of New York Press

Available on the Gold Coast Campus

 

Q3) What is a book that will assist you to find out about possible research methods to explore social media?

Stevenson, N 2002, Understanding media cultures : social theory and mass communication, London, Sage.

 

 

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