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.

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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.

REFLECTION

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I am very proud of the project I have put together. I am proud of the work I put in to get the information I needed for the end result and the answer to my question. I stepped out of my comfort zone and got in contact with other people and worked on my communication skills to gather the information needed. I worked hard on analysing what I have found and making sure that all my information came together at the end.

I first conducted a survey online that got 38 responses, I was very happy with that and was not expecting that sort of result. It made things easy when looking into the answers. I had more opinions and more information to grab from. I posted the survey on UOW pages, twitter and Moodle to gain interaction. Within a few days I got my answers and I started to work with them. With the many opinions I got, I wanted to get some sort of confirmation on what was being asked, from people that do study via distance. I then decided to conduct my interviews.

I conducted eight interviews that went very well. The interviews were all with students that study via distance. They were not hard to find as I am from a small town and was going back there in the mid session break. I got in contact with some people and they got me in contact with others, which worked really well for me. The interviews all ran smoothly and confirmed any answers collected from the survey. The information was their opinions but answered the questions I had about the path that they are taking. All answers were pretty similar which was good for confirmation.

Then I conducted a focus group in class with 11 peers, which also ran very smoothly. They all spoke with their opinion and experiences of what they heard about people they know that study via distance. All their insight came together with my survey and interviews to give me one solid answer to my question.

The methodology that I took with the interviews, survey and focus group was taken as I thought the more opinions I got the more it would come together to answer my question. I made sure after each step, I had time to analyse what I had found so that at the end before the final project was due, I had everything I needed.

My main problem with my research was my flexibility. In the lecture for week 8 flexibility was spoken about. When relying on things for information things can wrong and you have to take a few other turns. Depending on the one week in Dubbo to conduct my interview was risky. A few didn’t work out but I got eight, which I was happy with. This also led in to negotiation. Being professional I made sure the time was right for the other person but I had to change things around a few times before I got them all. I had my method set up so that I had everything done in time to submit. Some things fell into different times but it all come together in the end.

In my research insight was a key that developed different opinions on my question. People that study on campus, have a different opinion on studying to people that don’t study at all. I needed the interviews with the students that do study via distance to give their insight on what it really is to study via distance and not only clear up others opinions but to also clear up my own. I then had to make sure that what I collected clears up to audiences reading my research.

I have learned many things throughout conducting this research project. I learnt on ways to gather information and the risks that come with it. I learnt that to get information, you have to go out ad get it. I had to work around other people’s schedules and be available. In my future research practice I will make sure I am a little more organised. Conducting research takes time and I have to make sure I have a plan for getting the information and then analysing it all in organised steps. My information was conducted all over the place and I got confused when looking at different aspects of things. I think interviews are a great way of discovering information. Speaking one on one with someone really gives you another aspect of things and can help to get better information out of someone.

This project was a great learning experience and I hope to only get better as I try again. I learnt aspects that I would never of thought of while conducting research.

ONLINE PERSONA AND STUFF THAT TWEETS.

Hey everyone, welcome back to the week 11 blogpost. This is the last one before submitting them all for online presence in BCM112. Exciting stuff.

We all know we have some sort of online persona, even if we think we are completely ourselves. I know personally that on Facebook and Instagram, I make my life look fun and exciting at all times. I never post anything about the boring things I do or half the time when i’m doing nothing at all but lying in my bed. I don’t post the stuff about having to go to uni and studying and going to my weekend job. It’s all out with friends either eating or partying.

As said in the lecture, having an online persona is like wearing a mask and wearing clothes. There’s so much more to a person that you don’t know about when you see them from a social media platform. Which I guess is a perk when wanting to design your own life and feel good about yourself, but there also needs to be a reality check on that.

In an article by the Huffington Post, it is said that maintaining an online image is becoming so important as it now promotes a brand and and helps expand you social network. You see this through YouTubers, especially vloggers and lifestyle bloggers. Their life and image has to be exciting enough to maintain audience interaction with their content.

We all have an online persona, no matter how hard we try to keep it as real as possible there are things we post for a reason and things we don’t post for a reason.

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