• BCM 112

    Framing culture over social media.

    Framing is defined as the packaging of information in a way that dictates how the content is interpreted. This is achieved by either creating new information or by manipulating an existing view and/or stereotype. From a political organizational stance, framing can be an incredibly effective tool for manifesting one’s perception or understanding of another. However, to put this in perspective often we all frame something to express a desired idea or perception towards our audience, by this I’m referring to our online identity. As we now, its common practice to frame something using social media. By displaying who we interact with, how we interact with others, and the interests we…

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  • BCM 112

    The Never Ending Story of Social Media

    In the lecture, this week we looked at media technologies, in the form of social media platforms. These days, we find it difficult to detach ourselves from our devices because of them.  The internet today is saturated with various social media platforms. However, to begin with there were only two, Facebook and Myspace. Thanks to rapid and frequent updates, Facebook were able to develop a more user-friendly experience. And so, they maintained and quickly increased in popularity over Myspace. Through frequent updating, social media creators aim to maintain a sufficient service for their users. By ensuring the platform runs smoothly, and successful integrates with the upcoming trends and desires of…

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  • BCM 113

    Sources & Confidentiality: The ABC Cabinet File’s impact on the future of journalism (Ethics Explainer).

    For journalists, sources of information are vital to the media’s functioning (Butler & Rodrick, p. 461). Often informants provide journalists with key details on various stories. However, there are some circumstances where informants wish to maintain a level of anonymity (i.e. whistle blowers), due to the controversial or shocking nature of the information they possessed and the consequences that might arise from communicating it. This refers to the idea of confidentiality, an ethical dilemma that journalists often must deal with. The MEAA code of ethics states that journalists must respect confidences that were accepted, under any circumstances. So, what protection is there for journalists that wish to maintain the confidentiality of…

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  • BCM 112

    Transmedia Storytelling: The Future for Fiction.

    If a form of content is good enough, it will eventually receive the attention it deserves. However, any amateur could produce content designed to be systemically scattered over multiple distribution channels or mediums with the objective to engage with audiences at various points of interest. This process is known as ‘Transmedia Storytelling’. It aims to create a coordinated and unified experience for audience members by creating a world across multiple mediums (TV shows and film, comics and graphic novels, video games, and even stage productions). When l was thinking of an example to demonstrate the success of this process, I thought of Star Wars. However, its only recently been successful…

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  • BCM 112

    How Attractive is Copyright, in the Digital Age?

    As we all know, copyright laws aim to protect the works of its original creators or owners. The law exclusively allows the copyright owner the ability to reproduce their material towards the public, but it also grants them the right to prevent others from reproducing, communicating or remixing their work without the owner’s permission or sale of its rights. Sadly however, myself and others believe these laws restrict the ability for future and like-minded creators to publish their own works, in fear of being sued for breaching such laws. The internet is the number one resource for knowledge, but “the internet is a copy machine” (Kelly 2008) and its core…

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  • BCM 112

    Memetic Warfare and the Battle for Democracy!

    Memes! The entertainment and pass time for internet users everywhere. So, what is memetic warfare and why does it pose a threat to political organizations? Memetic warfare is a form of information and psychological warfare created through the propagation of memes across various social media platforms. Memes are products of remix culture and from a tactical perspective the nature of remix and mashup culture can allow for the manipulation and eventual distribution of information (in meme format). By manipulating memes, a creator can frame them to express an ideology or political, social or personal view. Ultimately this concept looks at the weaponizing of memes as a form of propaganda. For…

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  • BCM 110

    The internet, Australian Media Laws and Mr. Murdoch

    The internet Being a millennial, my source for news stories and information generally through social media and then the internet itself, due to the convenience. However, due to the number of news sources and ‘fake news’ online. I often verify the information I encounter by looking at a variety of established news publishers (The Guardian, Sydney Morning Herald, and The Daily Telegraph) to confirm the reliability of the information l come across. Australian Media laws ‘2 out of 3’ rule meant that media owners couldn’t own more than 2 traditional media platforms (radio, television channel, and newspaper). ‘The Reach’ rule stops any media company from broadcasting to more than 75%…

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  • BCM 110

    Media Representation and Interpretation

    “An individual’s interpretation of something depends heavily on their knowledge of the subject being presented.” Our lecture this week drew from this point as we explored the representation and interpretation of ‘signs’ within media, signs being anything that conveys meaning. The theory of ‘signs’ is known as Semiotics, it looks at a ‘sign’ in two parts. However, people can interpret ‘signs’ differently due to their characteristics and beliefs, thus leading to them holding a different opinion on the subject being presented. This blog post will demonstrate the previous statement as l deconstruct a complex/controversial image (advertising), for what it presents (denotation) and represents (connotation). Denotation: The image above displays a…

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  • BCM 112

    Collective Intelligence and the implications of 4Chan

    Collective intelligence refers to when people engage in shared or group intelligence by contributing and collecting their efforts to achieve a certain goal. The very nature of forum sites, like 4chan, evolve around collective intelligence and present various implications for political organizations and legacy media (i.e. news media). Firstly, 4chan is based on an involvement model. The anonymity of the site allows various users to post information without it being traced back to them, ideal for whistle-blowers. It thrives on the idea of content being a conversation, by allowing open access it provides any user to have their moment in the spotlight. With no hierarchical structure present this means those…

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  • BCM 112

    The Future of News Media?

    Hello again, My remediation for this week’s lecture (above) focuses on news media corporation’s struggle to maintain authority within the digital environment. As we all know the internet over recent years has become the number one source for information, particularly news stories. With the internet being an open mechanism, this has allowed for user participation by empowering them (the users) to produce, curate and aggregate their own content, specifically in the form of news media.  “Citizen journalism is when the people, formerly known as the audience employ the press tools in their possession to inform one another.”                          Jay…

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