BCM 112

Emergent Media

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Craftsmanship of the 21st Century

    This week’s BCM 112 lecture focused on Digital craft and its aesthetics But what is Digital craft? From my understanding, it’s the ability to create new or remediate existing media into original content through the use of an electronic contraption. With the final product providing some form of use or relevance for society. The ability to do this is highlighted by my remediation piece below. It demonstrates how in today’s digital world anyone, even those with a lack of media creation experience or technical skill (ME!!!), can in some way, shape or form create an original piece of media content by using an electronic apparatus. Furthermore, the use of social media…

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    The Medium is the Message

    When l first heard this statement…. I’m not going to lie but, it completely flew over my head to the point where I sat in the lecture theatre merely watching Travis’s attempt to explain the contradictory statement to my sleep-deprived self. So once I was awake and ready, I decided to find the simplest definition of “the medium is the message” to have any chance of getting my head around it. One Google search later, I arrived at Dictionary.com, who find the statement means “that the form of a message (print, visual, musical, etc.) determines how that message will be perceived”. Furthermore, “McLuhan argued that modern electronic communications (including radio, television, films, and computers) would have far-reaching sociological, aesthetic, and philosophical consequences,…

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