Month: September 2016

Social Media and Protests

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Social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter provide users with a platform to express personal opinions which generate discussion or debate. This can relate to social and cultural issues, controversial events, and politics. Much content in this nature may seem to be the opinion of one, but the culmination of similar opinions about issues in masses can generate greater discussion, and in many cases result in protest movements. An example of this is the ‘Keep Sydney Open’ movement.

The Sydney nightlife as of recently has been bombarded with laws and regulations which as a result are slowly killing the once lively nightlife that Sydney is popular for. These laws are a counter act by the government to make Sydney safer due to high reports of violence and danger, but consequently these laws have left many people outraged.

Like all protests, it all starts with the news of the laws being made which lead to social media outcry, leading to mass amounts of people unhappy with this law, and then subsequently a movement against it is formed, and then leads to the ‘Keep Sydney Open’ movement.

This movement has created several protests in the street and also has a website now which promotes the movement, as well as provides information on how it will benefit Sydney, and how safety is being promoted.

 

 

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Assessment 2-Digital Coding

This art was influenced by workshop 6 specifically as we explored repetition and variation, an essential component to the theme of iteration. All aspects within the sketch repeat, such as the triangles which repeat diagonally, the patterns of the circles, the straight lines across the sketch, and the background which repeats on adding circles and eventually fades the red lines. There are also variations as seen with the triangle’s contrasting direction, colour and shape, and colours of the circles. Upon beginning this sketch I was influenced by Andy Warhol’s artwork and style, but as I progressed I made it my own. Workshop 7’s exploration of colours also allowed for me to determine as colour style and range for this work

 

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Code:

float flash = 1; //speed of flashing
int y;
int x=0;
int diam=80;
int xax=0; //x-axis for circles

void setup (){

background (0); //black background
size (500,500); //large size of screen
noStroke(); //no dark lines accenting shapes

}

void draw (){
fill(420, 0, 0); //dark red colour
if(frameCount%(2*flash)<flash) fill(800, 0, 0); //flashing effect
ellipse(xax, 120, 50,20); //positioning of circles from left of screen to the right
ellipse(xax,220,50,20);
ellipse (xax, 320, 50, 20);
ellipse (xax, 420, 50, 20);
xax=xax+5; //rate of circles running across screen from the x axis

if(x > 800)
background(100);
fill(250);
if(frameCount%(2*flash)<flash) fill(127, 0, 0); //flashes on dark red colour
triangle(50, 50, 100, 100, 150, 50); //triangles positioned within parameters of the circles running across screen
triangle(150, 150, 200,200, 250, 150);
triangle (250, 250, 300, 300, 350, 250);
triangle(350, 350, 400, 400, 450, 350);
triangle(450, 450, 500, 500, 550, 450);

fill(800, 1000, 0); //Yellow colour
ellipse(250, 75, 50, 50); //circles positioned evenly amongst triangles
ellipse(100, 175, 50, 50);
ellipse(100, 275, 50, 50);
ellipse(250, 375, 50, 50);
ellipse(100, 475, 50, 50);

fill(255); //colour white
ellipse(400, 175, 50, 50); //circles completely opposite to yellow circles
ellipse(400, 275, 50, 50);
ellipse(400, 475, 50, 50);

fill(800, 650, 0);
if(frameCount%(2*flash)<flash) fill(700, 0, 0);
triangle(450, 100, 400, 50, 350, 100); //Triangles positioned to be completely opposite to other triangles
triangle(350, 200, 300,150, 250, 200);
triangle (250, 300, 200, 250, 150, 300);
triangle(150, 400, 100, 350, 50, 400);
triangle(50, 500, 0, 450, -50, 500);

fill((int)random(350),(int)random(480),(int)random(78),10); //bunch of colours
ellipse((int)random(width),(int)random(height), diam, diam); //positioning of these eclipses
x=x+1; //the rate of how eclipses fill the screen

}

 

“Filter it out” getting Filtered Out

 

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This week  we were introduced to the idea of gatekeepers and gatewatchers in the internet.

Gatekeeper: Filters information

Gatewatcher: Observes the information flow

In the traditional form of journalism such as articles in newspapers and news broadcasting, the content that would be created were observed by the gatekeepers. These are the personnel who decides how content and information that is related to the story can be brought out to the public, or the gatewatchers, to ensure great and authentic quality articles.

However through our abilities as prosumers and consumers, and the presence of citizen journalism, the way content is filtered has slowly and slowly faded to the point we are at now, where any content can be posted and there is no filter of quality or appropriation

Journalism has changed from what it was many years ago before all these technological advancements; In the past authors publish at a cost and if content is not high quality, then you have no audience. Now there is no cost to publishing online, and there is no filter for quality

In the end the nature of journalism is summed up by what Ted said in the lecture:

“When information is scarce-content is everything
When it is abundant-coherence is everything”

Apple vs Android

Ahhhh, here we are again, “Apple vs Android”. Another throwback to BCM112. The general idea is:

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Apple: Closed off
Android: Free

Instead of essentially copying and pasting the blog I wrote for this in BCM112, I’m going to implement the idea of the walled garden from last week into this.

Social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others all hold Walled Gardens, as they are centrally controlled, and all users of these platforms operate in the platforms own little world, otherwise known as the Walled garden. Not only is the idea relevant to social media platforms, but also to companies i.e Apple

It is clear when I examine my friendship group that Apple is the most popular product, out of 15 people I can think of that I’m friends with, only 2 own an Android phone, and the rest own Iphones. This leads me to think that the development of media today has shaped humans to rely on centrally controlled products or platforms rather than free? or maybe they just like Apple?

Apple has really created a Walled Garden for their products and users, as you can only sync music from Itunes into your Iphone, and connect the Apple Watch and now, the bluetooth Apple earphones for Bluetooth. While Android has some of these features, it has a lot more freedom in their products and applications to be able to be used more freely.

International Education and Cultural Competence

A fundamental part of globalisation is education, it is what sparks the growth of intercultural understanding, cultural awareness and knowledge. International education refers to when an individual or group from any culture, travels to another country of different cultural traditions and studies there.

It’s importance lies not only for the benefit of the individual person, but to a worldwide scale, it’s effects are:

  • Brings cultures together through equal education
  • Globalising industries
  • Creates an international and diverse work force
  • We are able to understand global issues

However like all movements that revolve around globalisation, international education does have it’s issues, mainly based on; ethnocentrism and parochialism

Australia being a country which hosts a great amount of international students is a great example of how parochialism is present in the attitudes of Australians. As according to Marginson; “Australian’s are often too parochial, trapped within an Australian-centred view of a diverse and complex world”. The consequence of this mindset in a large amount of Australian students is that the international students who come to seek understanding of Australian culture will find difficulty or little success as the local students seek little to no interest in learning of their culture.

While it’s clear this mindset is still present, I do believe there is a shift away from parochialism as worldly affairs and events that have occurred, as well as reported incidents in other countries as well as our own, resulting in mass interest and subsequently, cultural understanding. However this also may boost the ethnocentric attitude of many.

The decrease of both these attitudes within Australian students, and as a population in general, is important to help accommodate International Students and make the effects of International education come to fruition.

 

Global Film

Cinema and the art of filmmaking to many cultures are a detrimental part of their national identity. Through film they are able to express political and social issues within their country, as well as simply providing entertainment to their population. It is clear however that western influence is prominent in Global films, and this arguably seems to be just nature, as the roots of cinema are in Western culture. When one examines a film from another culture, there are clear aspects of the picture that would be found in a Western film, however done with the technological capabilities of the country.

Let’s take a look at Nollywood as an example. The term Nollywood refers to the Nigerian film industry which is the third largest film industry in the world. It’s emergence dates back to the early 1990’s. Nigerian films are never showed in Cinemas as they are all made straight to video. What is so unique about Nollywood films is that they are able to produce full length pictures in a a small amount of time. “Small amount of time” in Hollywood would be deemed 3 months give or take, while Nigerian filmmakers have from days to 2 weeks. Thirty new films are delivered to Nigerian shops and market’s every week. That is a significant amount especially when you think about how many new hollywood movies come out monthly.

Here are some trailers for some popular films:

When watching these two trailers, the influence of Western cinema is clear, but still the film is an embodiment of their culture through the setting as well as the political and social situations.

 

Walled Gardens

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Feudalism is a dominant social system which has existed for centuries, especially in medieval Europe wherein the nobility held lands from the crown in exchange for military service, and vassals were in turn tenants of the nobles, while the peasants were obliged to live on their lord’s land, and give them homage, labour and a share of the produce, notionally in exchange for military protection.

While you don’t hear of this kind of living anymore…..or you’d hope you wouldn’t. Feudalism is on the rise in the digital world. In this week’s topic, Ted delved into the idea of Walled Gardens. Walled gardens are in regards to social media websites and apps such as Facebook, Instagram, Apple App Store, Google Play and Amazon. Aspects of these websites are it’s curated content, their control of how we interact with the content, licensing fees that come with the content, copyright controls. Essentially Walled Gardens are centrally controlled, hierarchical and closed of.

The walled garden controls the information, surveil information flows and censor information. This displays the rise of feudalism within the digital world. A different kind of walled gardens is the stack, otherwise known as vertically integrated wall gardens. Aspects of this is that it has a proprietary operating system, has it’s own cloud, has it’s own mobile device ecology, and has it’s own currency.