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.

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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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TRAJECTORIES OF CONVERGENCE: PART 3.

Welcome back to the week 10 blog post. Three more weeks and i’m not looking at my computer or emails for a month. Woooo 4 week winter vacay!!!

Anyways, this weeks topic is part 3 of trajectories of convergence. Part 3 includes hardware platforms, permissions and ideologies.

I’m going to use Apple and Android for this blog. Both technologies provide content platforms. Then we have the permissions, so, what apple and android LET users do on their devices. Then ideologies, your choice of device, WHY?

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What are you most likely to see in a dull lecture room? A heap of lit up apples. Apple is one of the most popular brands and that’s what it is – A BRAND. So many people buy Apple for the name and look, not for what it can produce. A lot of people buy apple because they generally have an iPhone and like to keep them all together as you can use iCloud and have everything connected in a weird tech way. But Apple control the content on all of their devices. They control what the device is as a whole and what it can do; what can be used on the device app wise and anything you want to do on it. Why do people pick a product that controls what you do on it? According to Barbara Findlay Schenck in her book “branding for dummies” she believes Apply buyers buy because of it’s brand. “Apple stands for fun, smart, sleek. It makes people feel good about who they are and who they want to be”.

So then if people pick Apple for the brand, why do people pick Android? According to Amanda, it’s affordability is a big factor. But it also comes back to it’s operating system. You can modify an android, you can download whatever you like for anything you want on an android. It’s a big thing for gamers with androids to be able to play games that would not be accepted on an iPhone.

What you buy and why you buy it comes back to your ideologies of brands and what you want in a device. Choose wisely.

This is just a little skit video I made for this week.

TRANSMEDIA STORIES

Hello everyone and welcome back to the week 9 blog. So crazy how quick this semester has already gone. Right, so this weeks topic is based around transmedia storytelling which, to put it basically is where bits of a fiction get distributed across multiple delivery channels to create a certain entertaining experience. But each medium has a unique bit of the story that’s unfolding.

So to explain all of this – I’m going to use my favourite example, The Kardashians.

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So obviously the Kardashians have their TV show – Keeping up with the Kardashians.

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Which is aired on Foxtel’s entertainment channel E! But then also runs on free to air channels at different times. The show is the main source of all things Kardashian but then many things run off the TV show.

So we have social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram all have Keeping Up With the Kardashian accounts as well as each family member running their own person pages. All post snippet videos or gifs of episodes there coming up or previous episodes promoting the drama.

Then we have the Kardashian personal apps of each family member. The apps promote different things for each members personal likings and what not. Also promoting their show and their lives. Gives a different insight into their word but all connects back to the show and what you see on there.

Then we have the massive Kardashian brand which is beauty products, clothes and then personal brands such as Kylie Cosmetics – Kylie Jenner’s beauty line and Good American – Khloe Kardashian’s jean brand and Kim Kardashian perfumes. These brands also promoting each member in their own individual way but also giving another bit of content connecting to their world and show. Then with their brands they have their Dash stores – which promote the Kardashian style and world.

Then next we have the Kim Kardashian game in iPhone and android which Kendall and Kylie also have a game also, Both reflecting the lifestyles that the girls live.

And then finally we have their books. We have Kardashian books that are all about their lives and then books that are stories written by the girls. Khloe Kardashian has her book ‘Strong looks better Naked’ and Kim Kardashian has her ‘Selfish’ books. All reflecting their lifestyles.

All these different platforms use different things to reflect the main platform of their lives but each give audience members a different experiences. Kardashian is a huge name and having everything they have produced all located back to one story of their life of a huge famous family.

TRAJECTORIES OF CONVERGENCE – PART 2.

Hello everyone and welcome back to my BCM blog after the recess week we all needed and deserved. This weeks topic is part two of trajectories and convergence topic that we spoke about in week 5 but we are focusing on the intellectual property paradigm and the content control industry.

Obviously if I had created something that was so incredible and an audience loved it and I was making money from it, then I would want to own it and not have anyone else with my creation and making money off it either. If you have an idea and you’ve worked hard on it, for someone to take it and use it then that’s not satisfying for any creative person which is why it’s good that copyright laws have come through.

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Land Down Under is an iconic Australian song yet so is Kookaburra Sits In The Old Gum Tree. Copyright laws are made to protect anything created by someone so that it remains yours. Something so iconic like these songs and to have such a large audience to then years later have a dispute about a ‘flute riff’ used in Land Down Under that is originally used in Kookaburra Sits In The Old Gum Tree, is a good example of stealing and using someones original creation.

Is it too far to sue a band for a flute riff? Not at all – Land Down Under topped charts world wide and really it was getting all this fandom when it contains parts of another popular song, it was not 100% original.

How far should copyrighting go though? As Ted mentioned in the lecture, a man got sued for the bird noise in the background of a video that he has no control over.

Be careful kids, is anything out there really yours?

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BCM212 – PROJECT DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT.

Hi all. Here today I am posting to inform you all on a project I am conducting. My project is based around my curiosity to the question ‘Do students that study via distance miss out on professional guidance and experiences. Coming from a rural town with a University that only conducts 3 courses, gives students from rural areas more of an opportunity to study online as a lot of students have difficulty with the moving away from home process and wanting to continue to work or have families.

I have conducted many interviews with students that study online and gotten their thoughts and what they seem to manage with while studying online. A survey will be created within the next week also for absolutely anyone to move froward with more opinions on the matter. I will be posting the interview outcomes on my blog regularly so audiences can grab more of an insight to each individuals experiences.

I will be communicating with you all through Twitter, Facebook, Moodle and this blog with regular updates and research found that is connected to my project and what i’m trying to discover here. The research I have already conducted are very relevant and have helped me kicked off this project and put me in a direction and what I want to figure out.

With my survey information I will be able to gather statistics about the topic and put together the final thought of if online study is effective to students and if it’s really worth going to actual university if you can just study in the comfort of your own home. I hope for all of you to keep in the loop of my project process and are continuously interested. Any questions to be asked just contact me through any social media platform.

Enjoy.

Music Sampling and the rise of remix culture.

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We all know the old classic turn table DJ set where they had to change records and work really hard to create a unique sounds but these days, hand someone a laptop with internet access and you have a DJ. Coming from a small town where every second person you met thought they were a DJ, I was like surly it isn’t that easy but yet it is.

The world of music is absolutely insane. There is one song released and the second it is, you better believe that it’s being remixed straight after. Audiences find art in taking something and making something out of it, weather that be to change it to their particular taste and style of music or to generally play around with what they have and make it their own, yet entertain an audience.

Soundcloud is a website where i generally find most remixes of songs as anyone can upload to the site and anyone can listen for free. Many people do remixes, mash-ups and bootlegs as DJ’s that want to create a fan base with their original sounds. With these kinds of things though comes copyright issues. Usually a remixer will have to have permission from an original owner to use their sound. A remixer should always give proper credit to an original artist before making something that is technically not yours, yours. But depending on what you’re making will depend on the law of copyrighting.

Where does all this music remixing bring us? Back to the point of media convergence and the fact that user empowerment is blowing up and will continue to do so with the rise of technology. It was so easy for me to google how to remix a song and find out step by step how to. I also found I had a free DJ app on my mac and you can drag any song into the app and play around with it and change the way the song sounds and what not.  The same with absolutely anything else you feel the need to make. The audience has the power to take anything and make it theirs with the big wide web in hand.

Some remixes that I have found on Soundcloud that I enjoy:

MOB – Tkay Maidza ( Joy. Remix)

Drop Your Love – Young Franco (Jafunk Remix)

Sexy Back – Justin Timberlake ( RICCI Bootleg)

Follow me on Soundcloud for more.