Month: October 2017

JRNL102 Assignment 3

The MMA Hour: https://www.mmafighting.com/mma-hour

The MMA hour is a journalism website which covers all news within the sport of Mixed Martial Arts. Not only does it cover fights within the UFC which is the most popular company, but all other companies such as Bellator, Pride, WEC and more. The site is managed by several journalists within the sport, but one of the key and most popular journalists that runs the site is Ariel Helwani.

The main attraction to the MMA Hour are the podcasts and interviews made by Ariel Helwani. With Ariel holding immense respect amongst the majority of fighters in the UFC and other organisations, he is able to generate first hand content from important perspectives when covering a story or event as he immediately contacts the fighters, trainers, or managers, to organise a call that will be made for the podcast. Apart from these podcasts interviewing fighters first hand, the breaking news and announcements within the sport of MMA is always tweeted immediately on Ariel’s twitter account which is embedded on the website, as well as The MMA Hour twitter itself. The use of twitter by the site is extremely important when covering live MMA events as the tweets recount immediate results of fights, as well as any backstage news that people are unable to see.

The MMA Hour utilises different social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Youtube to produce content, and how they intertwine these platforms is important to generating attention. A tweet will usually have a quote by a fighter that would be borderline clickbait, and it would come with a link to the interview on Youtube. An example of this is:

 

I believe the use of all these social media platforms to generate content and attention is vital to the sites success as the content is targeted primarily to MMA/Fighting fans, as well as sports enthusiasts.

Full podcasts go for over 4 hours long with different interviews with fighters throughout, but when uploaded to Youtube, they upload each individual interview, and usually titled with a eye catching quote such as this:

The podcasts are very enjoyable as Ariel uses a laid back approach and mixes interviews with both serious and humourous questions. However sometimes the nature of Ariel’s interviewing like many journalists may cause drama within the podcast, one notable example is this:

 

While the MMA Hour have primarily Ariel Helwani produce the podcasts, and ultimately be the face of the website, there are a range of journalists hired to create written articles which are found in the “News” category of the website. Each day there are several articles which cover every aspect of MMA news such as rumours, reviews and interviews. I find this extremely effective as it broadens the content to not be limited to one perspective, and the site would be more complete through covering all news.

The MMA Hour have sparked controversy before through Ariel Helwani angering the UFC so much as to ban him temporarily from UFC events as he ruined the surprise announcement of the return of Brock Lesnar in UFC 200. In UFC 199 it was planned that a promo trailer for UFC 200 would be played to the crowd, and at the end would reveal the unexpected return of Brock Lesnar. This plan was ruined however with Ariel tweeting about the news (tweet was deleted) before the official reveal which does show how ethics play into his work, which really is that he hears news, and reports news immediately.

 

The website I personally believe is really well done as they check the boxes on all the needs for a successful journalism website. A good layout, enjoyable content, various types of reporting (Tweets, podcasts, articles) and effective use of social media to get the news out there to MMA fans.

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Critical Reflection MEDA202

My idea for my device of wonder is a hanging torch which shines on a canvas with holes spread on the surface, and the result is that the light creates a euphoric kind of moving image on the floor it shines in.

The context of my work is heavily based on a quote by a popular artist who uses lights which was: “My work is more about your seeing than it is about my seeing, although it is a product of my seeing. I’m also interested in the sense of presence of space; that is space where you feel a presence, almost an entity — that physical feeling and power that space can give.”. The idea that space can in itself be an entity, a presence, is what I find very interesting and highly relevant to my project. The moving image created by a torch light simply shining through holes in a canvas is euphoric and becomes “almost an entity”.

Turrell says: “My work has no object, no image and no focus. With no object, no image and no focus, what are you looking at? You are looking at you looking. What is important to me is to create an experience of wordless thought.” This essentially is the goal for my work.

The prototype I used however was just a torch and a piece of paper with random holes poked through it, and I showed my tutor my prototype simply by pointing the torch at the paper in a dark room, rotating the paper and it creates a moving image through the lights on the wall.

The feedback I received was helpful as back then it was just a idea but through the advice I knew how the final result would pan out. The advice I received was to hang the torch from the ceiling, pointing down on a rotating canvas with holes poked into it. through the advice by my tutor I was able to inevitably envision how it would look like in the end, the the contextualisation of my piece became more clearer through the explanations he provided.

Feedback from my peers also guided me into knowing what I need to get done and also gave me confidence that my idea was certainly a device of wonder.

Essentially the further work I need to get done is to find an effective method of shining the light on the canvas, in the sense that should I have the torch moving around on a still canvas, or have the canvas rotating or moving within a still torch. After deciding that, I need to figure out how to do go about with the canvas. I also need to make the project aesthetically pleasing which I’m sure I can sort out.

What’s Hidden?

A tale that holds a special place in the hearts of me and my interviewee Dom. The story revolves around the other 2 mates in our high school group Adrian and Fletcher who unknowingly were in love with the same girl, and unknowingly competed against each other in a battle of “Who could write the most cringiest anonymous love messages on Ask.fm” back in year 9. Adrian, being closer to Dom made his activity secret between them, and Fletcher who was closer to me, made me keep this secret between us. They never ended up revealing their identities to this girl who now probably has her own “What’s Hidden” story to tell. But could their secrets remain hidden forever? probably if it weren’t for alcohol

Featuring once again my best mate Dom, the topic of the day is “What’s Hidden”, and immediately without much thought, the love triangle tale between our good friends Fletcher and Adrian and a girl they were both secretly in love with was the story he wanted to tell. I too feel, this was a good choice for this topic.

During our year 9 years there was a highly popular social media site called ask.fm wherein users were able to anonymously ask someone questions. Most of the time they were innocent questions such as “What is your favourite colour?”, but with the nature of the site being that the person wouldn’t know who was asking, there were surely some interesting situations that arose from people using the site. A lot of the time the anonymous messages were a means of cyber-bullying to hurt the other user. And sometimes people used it to proclaim their love to someone they liked. This was the case with our mates Adrian and Fletcher. With the same girl. Without each other knowing. 

With Adrian being closer to Dom, he sought help with Dom about messaging this girl anonymously, and at the same time, Fletcher, who I was closer with, came to me for help with messaging the same girl. Both Adrian and Fletcher found themselves stressing not only about how they would get this girl’s attention, but also about this other user on the ask.fm who they both saw as competition. My personal experience with Fletcher was hanging out with him after school getting subway, and him telling me over and over again that he wants to reveal himself to this girl, but is too scared. Much is the same with Dom.

All in all, in the end, both of them never revealed themselves to this girl, and in time the issue was forgotten, until a few years later. In a night of heavy drinking with Adrian, Fletcher, Dom and I, Fletcher reveals to all of us when we asked him to tell us stories of his cringiest moments with girl, that he was on this girl’s ask.fm back in year 9 writing love filled messages to her, and notes that there was another guy on her account as well who he was competing with. None of us could have predicted, that the other guy on that account was someone in the room.

Fletcher and Adrian, anonymously messaging the same girl, and unknowingly competing against each other on who could send the most cringey messages, was what was hidden, and to this day is still a funny story we love to bring up when we are all together.

BCM241 Assignment 2

This semester for BCM241 we were given weekly tasks of creating a blogpost for our blogs in relation to weekly subjects. Whilst in the past sessions in uni with other BCM subjects we were to blog, in this subject the posts were more specific. On the Moodle site the instructions were more specific whilst in BCM112 and DIGC202 the blogs were more free as there was a topic, but we had freedom about what aspects to go on. That was much easier for me I found.

In the first few weeks I found difficulty, despite the tasks not being complicated, more the full on nature of it I found was challenging. For example is for week 2 and 3 we had to interview other people and base our blog around our findings, and around other’s findings and what we learn from them. The topic of week 2 was Television Habits and my blog for that week can be found at: https://illmindofryza1.wordpress.com/2017/08/06/bcm241-week2-television/

This blog post was very informal, through use of colloquial language, and how I spaced the sentences and constructed them, to make it more interesting. As the blog went on, it slowly turned more formal and formal, which I feel was a result of the word limit I had to reach. What I noticed from other people in that week’s blog was that they had a formal interview where they recorded and wrote down every word that was said, whilst mine was just recounting a conversation with my dad and uncle.

The week 3 blog found at: https://illmindofryza1.wordpress.com/2017/08/13/week-3-reflection/  completely strays away from the style from week 2 as it is formally constructed, there was lesser use of colloquial language and there were big paragraphs rather than spacing. I found this makes my blogs inconsistent in style as one week I’d have a fun and very informal blog and the next week I had made one that was boring.

After the submission of the first assignment with the 3 blog posts, from then on I feel started to get into the rhythm of blogging and I feel my writing got better for different reasons. Firstly I feel without a word limit that I have to reach I don’t feel inclined to drag out my blogs, putting up useless information to reach the word limit, so I can get straight to the point and make it simpler. When it comes to writing informal, straight to the point and simple, I feel that’s where I strive. After receiving the feedback, I realised I needed to use links and sources, so I started doing that, and while I honestly don’t feel it adds too much to my writing, it makes the blog more coherent and a bit more interesting.

So the blog posts following the submission of the first assignment, I notice in style and quality they were getting more consistent. The links I’d use rather than give me an opportunity to drag out the blog, I feel I used very well as I related them to the topic and the experience I would recount, and they made the blog more fun to read. My blog for week 5 which is found at https://illmindofryza1.wordpress.com/2017/09/12/week-5-cinemas/ was about a past experience in a cinema. I go to the movies often, and I’ve had the occasional unsuccessful or successful story to tell such as tripping down the stairs in the theatre, or winning a free movie ticket, but I recounted a pretty funny story of me when I was 14 and trying to watch an MA15+ film called American Pie: Reunion. The style of writing, while very informal, short, and very simple, heavily complemented the nature of the story. A quirky and humorous writing style, definitely tells a quirky and humorous situation very effectively.

With the success I found with week 5’s blog, I continued to go and write in that style as not only do I feel I write better with it, I actually have fun writing it. As the week’s went on I feel I needed to implement more sources and links for my project to create further audience engagement. For week 8 the topic was Attention, Presence and Space, and that blog is at: https://illmindofryza1.wordpress.com/2017/09/19/week-8-attention-presence-and-space/ . For this week the topic highly intrigued me and I had a lot of fun with it. During tutorials we watched a bunch of videos which would test our attention to a situation. The task was to create our own test and then write about the results. I couldn’t really think of one as complicated as the videos we watched, but I made my one to be myself observing my family watching a horror movie, and counting how many times they’d lose attention and go on their phones. On my blog I didn’t write the number of how much because I myself, found my attention drifted from the experiment to actually enjoying the movie. All I documented was that only in the first few scenes they checked their phones here and there, but for the rest of the way their attention was locked to the screen, and so was mine. I was very happy with this blog as well, and to promote the movie, I added a link to the trailer which would give the audience context, mostly on how intense the film was, and this would be evident by watching the trailer.

The topic for week 9 was Regulating Audiences, and this topic I didn’t have too much fun with to be honest because it’s not really a hands on kind of topic, more research based. Because I didn’t enjoy it as much, I noticed in my blog I started to drift into a more formal style again, and wrote in fair sized paragraphs. However, upon noticing this, I just altered some of the writing, and while it still is more formal than previous weeks, I was still happy with the writing. The link I used was to a video that showed all of the banned commercials in Australia and it makes for a funny and entertaining watch. Most of the blog was just a recount of my research regarding banned films and that provided a lot of interest for me in the end as I do love watching films. I presented facts about the banned films, as well as information of the nature of these films, and a scenario of how the regulation of audiences was effective which furthers my point. This blog can be found: https://illmindofryza1.wordpress.com/2017/09/19/week-9-regulating-audiences/

All in all, I realise my writing isn’t to a scholarly standard, and for that I feel in realisation of that, gives me an advantage as I now sought to create very interesting and simple blogs that come off as humorous at many times. My biggest improvement comes with the realisation that my best blogs are the simple ones and are informal. Blogs don’t have to be formal, they are not essays I learnt through asking around tutors and other students, so I figure the informal route is the way for me to go. Funnily enough, this blog itself drifts more to the formal route, but I believe it couldn’t be done without it being so. I further used research and sources to complement my writing, rather than just add to a mess of information.