Regulating Media Use.

Hello everyone, welcome back to the week 9 blog for BCM241. This is the last blog for the overall topic of Media, Audience and Place as from here I start doing weekly work on my project. So stay involved and keep on reading for the next  movements of this topic.

This weeks topic is about media regulation which actually is common on so many platforms. There are rules set by higher authority but then also personal authority in households and what not. This weeks task for our blog post is to discuss an instance of media regulation and what I think this has to do with space and place.

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I’m going to discuss the very popular snapchat feature of snap maps to describe a media regulation within space and place. Snap maps came into our lives a couple of months ago and for those that don’t know what snap maps is, it is a feature on the app Snapchat where you can  go onto a map and narrow it straight down to a street to see where your Snapchat friends are located. For some – great, for others – there are worries.

There’s an option to be on ghost mode where you can see where others are but no-one can see you. That’s where you decide and be your own media regulator. Some people want the satisfaction of others knowing where they are and who they are with. Space and place 100% effects our media use, again as mentioned in previous posts, we are obsessed with sharing our lives for others to see and this is just another option of sharing but also can take sharing to an extra level where is may cause danger.

Check out this video of Snapchat maps and how easy it is to find people.

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Attention, presence and place.

Hello everyone, welcome to the week 8 blog post for BCM241. This weeks topic as seen in the heading is all about attention, presence and place. In this day and age it’s obvious that the three are all effected by the way we use our media sources. We are addicted to posting about where we are and what we are doing and showing the world our day to day lives.

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This week a task for our blog has been to create a fun and informal test to see what happens to others attention spans while different media devices are around us. My idea was to keep a close eye on what happens to my friends while we are either at home or out somewhere when there are media devices around and keep a record.

The first test I did was in my lounge room at home with my roommate. Around dinner time we sit together and eat and put on the TV but we usually just have it as background noise as we eat. I put on Gossip Girl, which is a TV show we both LOVE. And noticed that while we were eating dinner, I would start different conversations and her attention was 100% not on me. She would finally take her eyes off the TV and say “Sorry, what did you say?” But when the TV isn’t on we are usually very chatty and have one another full attention. I find TV with children also a major distraction when trying to speak to them.

I then also went out for lunch with another friend. When we got there we chatted and ordered food but her phone was on the table the whole time and as she received some sort of notification, the conversation would stop and and she would check her phone and then get involved again. Then we would eat and after that all conversation was dead and we both sat there checking all social media or posting photos of the food we just ate.

Even at the beach where it’s probably not a convenient place for technology to be. We take photos and then post them and show off what our day has consisted of.

So, to wrap things up here, it’s obvious that our attention span has shortened since the rise of media. We are worried about saving the memories and capturing them, rather then living in the moment and enjoying that particular moment and savouring it in our hearts. The place, does not matter, all media types are used everywhere and people are sentiently distracted.

For yourselves, next time you’re out and about or just hanging out with friends, take a look around you and see what people are doing in those moments of life.

Day trip to the movies, gone wrong?

Hello all blog viewers, welcome to the week 5 blog. I’m extremely late on writing this post. I’m usually on my blogs every week, excited to write and get it out there but unfortunately life has gotten in the way these last couple weeks and the blogs were pushed back. But never mind, i’m back now, so lets get this party started (Que. P!nk).

This week we were asking to write about our cinema experiences. Good or bad experiences at that. I can say i’ve defiantly had both. I’m going to tell a little story about the bad experience and if you have experienced something similar, I would love to hear about it. Tweet me or leave comment on this blog.

I’m going to start with the bad experience and this happened to me when I was very young. It would’ve been one of the few first times I had ever been to the movies. It was the day that Finding Nemo came out and at Dubbo Reading Cinemas, this was a big636236400547910118283113540_finding-nemo-poster.jpg event. My mum, was a day care mum at the time and she looked after six kids a day plus my brother and I. Her day care group of friends met us at the cinema and all of us together there would’ve been around 30 kids. My mum and her friends are buying the tickets and there was only enough tickets left for the kids and not the parents. The cinema employee walks my mum in to sit us all down but after that she had to leave as did the other day care mums.

About 10 minutes into the commercials I see my mum and her friends running up the stairs covering their faces. I remember saying to my mum “I thought you didn’t have a ticket?” And she replied, “I bought one to Scooby Doo but came in here instead.” I laughed it off and got stuck into the movie. About halfway through the cinema employee is doing the rounds of ‘get your feet of the seat’ and ‘please be quiet’ and then she notices my mum and her friends sitting on the stairs and not seats. This leads to the employee asking mum and her friends to leave the cinemas and for breaking the rules are band from the premises.

These day care mums then go into full blown mum mode and start an argument with the employee. We then all have the leave the cinema, I didn’t get to see the end of Finding Nemo AND I left my bloody popcorn on the seat. I was livid.

So I can tell you, that cinema experience was one of kind but these days, I can’t tell you if there would be that many people there or if what happened to my mum and her friends would happen. Relating to Hagerstrands constraints and cinema attendance, they’re all pretty relevant.

  1. Capability constraints – For the finding memo experience this was a big thing to do physically. My mum and her friends had to plan the day accordingly. Make sure each child and money to get a ticket and something to eat. How they were going to get all the kids there and be there at a certain time. It’s mayhem and a lot of people wouldn’t bother doing that.
  2. Coupling constraints – Timing. It’s everything, especially when it comes to the movies. Who has the time to go let alone with a thousand kids.
  3. Authority constraints – As my mum experienced the authorities would not let her see the movies as there wasn’t a seat for her. And then she got in trouble for doing so.

These all make sense and effect the way people go to the movie and why they would.

Have a thing about your personal experiences and what you have had to do to go and watch film.

See you all in my next post, as crush would say, fin, nogan, dude.

Research Project Pitch.

Hello all, welcome back. If you are reading, this is a project pitch for BCM241. Our topic this semester if you don’t know already is media, audience and place. So sit back, relax and have a read. If you have any comments or suggestions about the pitch, I would be happy to hear them. Either tweet me or leave a comment at the bottom of the post.

So, i’ve been thinking about the whole media, place and audience thing and ultimately the place where I see most people using media is at university.

Last year was my first year of uni and I rocked up with my note book and pen and nearly 90% of the students either in tutorials or lectures had their laptops open and ready to go. Personally I like using pen and paper as I find for me, it’s the best method of remembering content but also it’s reliable enough to know it’s not going to shut down any second and lose everything I have.

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Sometimes, I find myself taking my laptop to uni if I feel like I just want to chill out on it or if I know in class we will be using the computer to do some work and I don’t want everyone to see what i’m doing on the big iMac.

Then after that you go home, open the computer back up and keep on doing what you are doing with your other 1000 tabs open, looking at Facebook, talking to your friends, absolutely anything.

So for my project, I would like to gather data from student resources. Focus groups with students from my classes grabbing their opinions on media at the university and what they do with their laptops while in lectures and tutorials. I would also like to collect data from each lecture I attend and see hoe many students in each one have their laptop open but to also catch a glimpse of what each of them are doing during the class.

I would like to set up interviews with students to understand what personally they do with media while at university and studying. Understand how long it takes them to do something at different times. Weather they sit in front of the television while trying to study and weather they go back and forth from social media sites.

I would like to ask students to participate in an activity of using pen and paper all week for classes and see what the difference is in their techniques of study. Weather they felt they worked better or learnt more without technology interfering.

I would like to post my experiences on an active blog through  out my research, with videos and photos to update and keep people involved and interested.

Lets jump into and see what students are actually learning and how long it takes them to finish work without technology involved.

 

How should we monitor media audiences?

Hello all and once again, welcome, welcome, WELCOME to my blog for my week 3 post for BCM241. Literally I cannot believe how fast this year has gone, let alone this semester already.

Anyway, let’s jump straight into topic. So if you haven’t seen already, last week I did a post where I had a chat to my grandma about television in her era and what it was like when she was growing up. I was surprised to find out that her first proper television was when she married my pop in the 60’s – Crazy! Her family had their jobs of maintaining and working on their farm, which obviously kept them all busy but no only that, they never had the money to go out and buy a TV at any random time. Having a TV was an absolute luxury for her. I also mentioned in the post that grandma now has a smart TV but does not know nor want to learn how to use it.

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I read some of my fellow class mates blogs and the students that have interviewed a grandparent about television in their era have had similar experiences to my grandma. It was such a privilege to be able to watch some TV but to also own one. They were all working jobs from a young age and money was not like it is now. In class, a group of us also discussed what it was like for our grandparents and parents as TV was evolving. It was interesting to chat about how our grandparents all find great difficulty in working a TV now considering it’s what our generation naturally knows how to control. Elderly people find themselves being old fashioned and don’t want to bother learning something new that they barely use. Other elderly people love the fact that they are getting the opportunity to learn and live in the new communicating world. They love the TV, the iPhones and the iPads. It’s the same with our parents. My mum is up to date with technology and my dad can’t even write a text but also has no interest in learning as his way of doing things still works.

I think with media research amongst generation X and elderly people, interviewing one on one is a good method to find out more about your topic as an interviewee feels comfortable and like they are having a conversation. The more they speak about something, memory sparks and they can give more information. It can give an interviewer the most information out of any type of research. The problem with the interviewing method is that how many would you have to do to find a result that you are happy with? One on one interviewing is time consuming, although it could potentially provide some of the best and accurate results.

This is a happy little video to watch about what elderly people think of modern day things. This is exactly what my grandma is like. Although she also says “Oh gosh Rebecca, that is ridiculous” Whenever I (try) to teach her something.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old School Television.

Hello all and welcome back to my week 2 post for BCM241.

For this weeks exploration of the topic media, audience and place, we had to speak to someone older than us about their experience with television. I decided to speak to my Grandma, Flo Ashby this week about what television was like for her and her family when she was growing up. I’ve heard bits and bobs about her childhood. She grew up on a farm with her parents and two sisters but I have never got on to the topic of technology in her era.

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It was interesting to find out that Grandma never had a TV in her home that she grew up in, in Queensland. They weren’t around for a long time and when they FINALLY were, not everyone could afford them. Grandma’s childhood was working on the farm she lived at and rounding up the cows daily. It was so intriguing to hear all about her childhood and how much she loved working on the farm and being with her family. No technology at all. It’s hard to imagine that’s how she grew up, compared to how myself and my brother have. Much to grandmas disgust, we grew up watching all kinds of shows and channels. Lucky enough we always had pay TV, so we had as much as you could imagine. Somehow, with all the entertainment we had, it seemed to never be enough, where my grandma was just happy to round the cows everyday and be with her family.

Grandma went on to be a nurse after her days on the farm and lived at the nurses home. They didn’t have a TV there either and yet she still felt like she hadn’t been missing anything. The wireless was their main source of news and to this day she would still prefer to listen to the wireless rather than watch TV. The first TV she experienced was after living in the nurses home she went to live with her family again in Southport and they had a black and white TV that they rarely watched. She said that the only thing at that point she remembered watching was skippy. She would watch it with her sister and they would sit on the floor in front of the TV.  Her first TV she owned was bought with my grandfather when they married in 1965 and she had that TV until the 2000’s.

Grandma currently has a flat screen smart TV that she only turns on at half past 5 somedays to watch The Chase and The News. She never has it on during the day and if she wants to watch something that is based on the Royal family and she has to change the channel, my mum goes and gets the channel ready so when she turns the TV on it’s ready to go. She has no interest in learning about technology or the internet and is happy living in her old fashioned lifestyle.

Obviously it’s interesting for myself and any other baby boomer, to listen and understand how someone was raised in a completely different era without any technology and still not feel the need to have any and go through life without it. I use various devices every day for different things and find myself not coping without them. I talked to my grandma more about her childhood and I could forever. I would have loved to live in the era she did. She remembers everything so deeply and holds her up bringing very close to her heart.

 

Hello semester two, nice looking at ya’.

Hello all, welcome back to the blogging for semester two. Look, the month break was really rough and I did not enjoy it at all (Is that what i’m supposed to make you think?) But I am excited to be back at it and getting my mind functioning again.

I’m here blogging for my class this semester – BCM241 – obviously lectured by the one and only Sue Turnbull (Love your work) This class is all about media, audience and place. I hope to figure out the inner workings of the three and how they all connect. Anyway, lets jump into the blog shall we?

This is a little introduction of myself being in a media space.

I find personally, that I am always in a media space. If I am in my room, i’m on my laptop watching something on some form of media, or on Facebook with my friends. Then wherever I go, I have my phone in my hand. I connect on many different platforms of media on my phone. Tweeting about my day, Instagraming pictures of my day, Snap chatting things i’m doing during my day, messaging my friends on Facebook. There is no way i’m never not in a media space.

Snapchats latest update includes an option to go onto a map and pin point down to a street name of where one of your Snapchat friends are. You can choose to have your platform on ‘ghost’ so people cannot see where you are but if you’re public, they can see where you are. If I have that option on, I continuously am in a media space, where my every move is followed. I find it scary in some cases but other wise I find it intriguing and astonishing to know this is the world we live in now. There are so many ways to do different things and how we connect together to one media platform is incredible. 20464247_1744228059212166_107106370_n.jpg

My current Snapchat map. I can see all my friends from home (Dubbo) and were they are and who they are with. But, I can also see a few of my friends in Europe, America and Thailand. It shows when someone is in the car or even in a plane. Therefore this media space is constant and no matter where I am or what i’m doing, i’m connected.