Digital Love [BCM112]

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Let’s Be Friends [BCM112]

So your sitting at your desk, quietly going about your own business when, Pop! You get a friend request notification. You more than likely know that it isn’t going to be a one of your real friends and that chances are your contact with this person/s was brief. It does sound extreme, but isn’t it the truth? All to often we are faced with this notification and the decision to allow this person we barely know to view our private information about our location, photos and lifestyle and a whole heap more.

I would have to admit; nine times out of ten I would be quick to accept this person as my ‘friend’. Up until this post, I haven’t really thought about any of the implications surrounding my Facebook privacy settings. Sure there are certain people that have limited access to my information but could my ignorance in overlooking privacy settings lead to dramatic consequences in my social or work life in the future? Well if you believe Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg this experience is becoming quite common. “People have really gotten comfortable not only sharing more information and different kinds, but more openly and with more people. That social norm is just something that has evolved over time.” The statistics don’t lie. It seems that more people are sharing the most intimate details with those they consider ‘friends’ more and more everyday. Photos, locations and even private phone numbers.
For example, up until last week, I was blissfully unaware that my mobile number had been public for over five years!
Social networking is the way of the future. It is the undisputed king of communication and we must all learn to value our role in this revolution. It is up the users to protect their content and it is up to the social networking companies to protect the rights of its users. With a greater understanding and cooperation from both parties, the possibilities for the future are infinite. 🙂
Is your Facebook privacy secure? Does your curiosity and boredom over-ride your safety barrier on Facebook?

Mark Zuckerberg: Inside Facebook [ABC iView]

If I Could Turn Back Time [BCM112]

If there was one statement that sums up the new age of convergent media technology it would be this one by Clay Shirky. “In a landscape where media is global, social, ubiquitous and cheap.
After 10 weeks of lectures, countless readings of articles, journals and scouring the Internet for the latest information on current & emerging media platforms, I can finally say that I understand the power of convergence.
It is probably no surprise to any of you that my favourite three blogs explore the ideals of copyright, ‘nerdism’ and the art and progression of the remix culture. Having been an avid user of SoundCloud previous to this assignment, I knew the potential of the platform in trying to develop my understanding of convergence. The two main values that I tried to encompass and stress to the readers of my blog were the dramatic shift in the way that society now values communication and the power of infinite creativity.
“By enforcing these backwards pieces of legislation, you strangle creativity and our inherent right to learn and participate in a society where possibilities are only restricted by our imagination”. This was a statement that I wrote in Copy This [BCM112] and it still rings true to me all these weeks later.
We have been given an opportunity by convergence to make a difference. To reach a global audience and share content for the greater good. It is exciting, it is fascinating and it also remains a daunting experience for some. In a forever-changing media landscape it is now up to both industry and users alike to work together to help shape the direction of digital communication for the present and for future generations to come. I am excited to continue my research and involvement surrounding convergent media. I hope you all look forward to reading about it too. 🙂

Here are a couple of my favourite YouTube clips from the materials. What were favourites?

A Fair(y) use tale – creative introduction to the Fair use copyright clause

Everything is a Remix (Part 4)

I Live In Anemone. No Wait… Anonymously! [BCM112]

If you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all. That is the sentiment shared by most intelligent and decent members of society. However, there will also be a minority of people who choose to humiliate, discriminate and ostracize others based on their differences. The power of convergence and the growth of social networking have seen a dramatic shift in the way society values communication. Users are now faced with the ethical and moral debate surrounding social networking/civic journalism and the exponential rate of ‘trolls’ who post inflammatory, extraneous or off-topic messages across the Internet.
Should we have the right to post any content we want? To me that comes to your own moral code and ethical standards and it relates back to the age-old saying that I mentioned at the beginning of this post. Just because we have the ability to capture and share our thoughts at the click of a button, should we actually do it? People need to take account of their own actions.
The media platform SoundCloud where I host all my online music content has a feature to leave comments and feedback. In my experience, it has been extremely useful. It allows content creators the avenue to receive critical and constructive feedback which in-turn creates a positive user experience. The most important and critical part of the comments feature of SoundCloud is that it doesn’t let you post anonymously. The user must take responsibility and be prepared for the consequences. Karalee Evans, a reporter for ABC’s The Drum “Men call me things: it’s not as romantic as it sounds” concurs with my argument. “We all need to take responsibility for our own behavior online. What would your wife, girlfriend, sister or mum think if they knew you anonymously posted comments telling a woman they’d be better off dead, or should get back into the kitchen? The example is extremist, however it makes a great point. If your mum would be angry. Don’t post it!

What are your thoughts? Should people be convicted for posting on the internet? 🙂

You Read My News! [BCM112]

The coming of the digital age has seen a dramatic shift in our cultural values. The emergence of user-friendly technologies and the power we have as a participatory culture, has seen more and more users varying how they view and share relevant information.
In the words of Jack White (former lead singer of The White Stripes) ‘Everyone’s got a story to tell’.
This statement defines the current state of the global media landscape.
Given half a chance, there is a narrative in all of us. You only need to look at the success of Facebook and Twitter to understand the supremacy of user generated content and it’s ability to shape and determine the minds of users worldwide. Social networking and the sharing of information have become apart of our lifestyle. We now live a society that values social connectivity and public participation and no longer looks to mainstream media to form the basis of our opinions.
Have decades of corrupt media ownership, unbalanced and biased reporting taken its toll on the people of the world? Does this spell the death of the professional journalist? No. As much as we all like to use our collective intelligence on issues and broadcast them through civic media, the fact is that we receive that story to report about through mainstream channels. Ellen De Generis (The Ellen Show) doesn’t create news; she simply uses her power as a highly respected comedian to relate the issue back to her audience.
We are so busy in today’s society that we only want to view and discuss events that are relevant to our own lives. We make choices to view and read the material that will only impact us and forget about the rest. As much as many would like to consider Ellen a professional journalist, she is a prime example of the power of civic media. She is professional comedian broadcasting issues and events that have been discovered by mainstream media, which are current and relevant to her audience. It is her influence in forming opinions that makes her such a powerful figure in civic journalism.

It is this notion of influence that has many professional journalists divided over civic journalism. Without gatekeepers, it is impossible to adhere to code of ethics. Without a code of ethics, we are saturated with miss-information, which ultimately influences our opinions on important matters.
Having been born into a generation that still values the nightly news, it is now up to both professional and civic journalists to find a way to co-exist as neither looks as though they will be defeated. If anything, professional journalists must work harder to return the integrity lost back to their profession. We will always have news told to us. The difference is convergent media gives us a democratic space to practice and participate.

Fluke – Rip, Copy, Remix (Fluke’s Textual Dub Remix) [BCM112]

I have always wondered to myself, how in this day & age could there be possibly any riff, drum beat or synth sample that hasn’t been used in modern music?
I listen to a lot of music every day and being a DJ, the core element of my work consists of manipulating other people’s creativity. Whether it be sampling G.C. Coleman’s Amen Break (The Winstons) and layering it into some fresh 90’s acapella’s and uploading it as a remix to SoundCloud, the possibilities for me are endless. It is this concept of ‘endless possibilities’ that drew me to music production in the first place.
From day one of our lives we are programmed to copy. We learn how to walk, talk and think by copying those around us. If we learn an instrument, we are taught how to play other peoples songs before we can even consider creating our own sound. It is the idea of Social Evolution that highlights to us that we are born with the unconscious skills to copy others. It is how we learn, it is how live and it is how we evolve.

Creativity is the main aspect in life that gives us our individualism. Whether it is in the kitchen, behind a camera or on a stage, your creative nature is what makes you different, and we all the right to protect that. “In a world where media is global, social, ubiquitous and cheap”, the power to create has never been stronger. However, the laws governing Intellectual property rights have failed to evolve with the progression of the digital age.

Remixing is an art. Some people do it well, others… well they have at least they gave it a try.

Some of my favourite remixes!

Royksopp – What Else Is There? (Trentemøller Remix)

The Killers – Mr Brightside (Thin White Duke Remix)

Coldplay – Fix You (Ali Wilson Remix)

Leeerroyyyyy!!!! [BCM112]

I thought that this weeks post would be the easiest one for the semester. It turns out that trying to discuss ‘nerd’ culture is a bit harder than first thought.
So when does someone become a nerd? Is there a certain age where you go from a fun loving obsessed child to full-blown, ‘grade A’, World of Warcraft fantasy loving geek? I would like to consider myself somewhat of a ‘nerd’ but not in the sense that most of you (and myself) would stereotype me out to be. Apart from Star Wars, I loathe science fiction and the realms of fantasy. I have never read comics or set out on a quest for the hidden sword of I havebetterthingstodowithmytime (yes, I could have gone with something less attacking but it is my blog). The concept of avatars and a virtual world where I can be a muggle hunting liger has absolutely no appeal to me what so ever. Yet interestingly, I still know all these terms and a few more. Through use of the Internet, the label of ‘geek’ has been almost removed. Given a global audience, everyone can now participate in the cultures that were once somewhat ‘underground’ and are now seen as ‘cool’. As Ethan Gilsdorf states in his book Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks there are many reasons why people try and connect their real life to one of fantasy. I guess I have never really been interested in having a second persona. I enjoy the reality that I have and see no need for escaping it. It seems to me that as technology evolves, the line between what is considered nerdy becomes less defined. Am I a nerd because I am interested in technology?
Quite simply I am just embracing the rapid rate of technological advancements. Whatever your ‘poison’ may be, everyone has the right to indulge in whatever they wish, that’s what makes my reality so important to me. 🙂