#TMD: A Future Series

HELLO AND WELCOME BACK!

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Over the last couple of weeks I have been on an interesting journey to define my D.A. Although BCM325 is not my first Digital Artifact subject I quickly how I would have to mold my D.A to address the relevant issues to this subject. In hindsight, I think I was too concentrate on keep my D.A the same in fear of changing the message. After evaluating the advice I was given after my first pitch I decided that I could still mold and develop my D.A in a way that addresses both the near and distant future.

I will be posting my final D.A over the next few weeks in three stages:

PODCAST:

VIDEO:

BLOG POST:

Let me know what you think and if you have any questions regarding the future and the migrant experience, please comment down below!

FOLLOW MY D.A:

IG: themigrantdiaries

FB: themigrantdiaries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOURCES USED (references from previous feedback):

http://www.multiculturalaustralia.edu.au/library/media/Video/id/1494.Laura-Mecca-on-Post-World-War-2-Italian-Migration-to-Australia

http://www.bpb.de/gesellschaft/migration/kurzdossiers/168685/global-migration-in-the-future

https://iamamigrant.org/stories

https://liveinmelbourne.vic.gov.au/discover/migrant-stories

 

 

Feedback and Comments : My Perspective Part 1

This week I was able to view and evaluate my peers first pitches.

The entire process was a very interesting and refreshing learning experience. I had the opportunity look at new pitches and and research new ideas:

First Comment: (For some reason I was not able to post my comment but here is my feedback and response)

Hi Trang!

Wow really interesting concept. I myself am not very familiar with the concept of Holographic however i have come across it from time to time. Our subject BCM325 is a perfect example of how University resources are moving more online with the way we interact. For example, online lectures and live tweeting.

Your D.A pitch has encouraged me to think about the future and where holographic fit in our current learning model in tertiary education.Although currently it may seem a little too far out of our reach with such displays of holographic are concerts and opening performances I wonder what will the next step be.

Here is a link to a video I found  discussing the future of holograms you may want to check out:

I really like the questions you are asking but perhaps you might want to consider discussing the ethics of Holographic s and some issues it might present.

Here is an article I found about holographic s being used during performances of celbrities. Although it may not completely correlate I thought it might be a good place to start.

The Ethics of Holograms: Celebrating a Legacy vs. Exploiting The Dead?

I am really excited to see where you go with this!

Nothando 🙂

https://trangbonglantrungmuoi.wordpress.com/2019/03/22/bcm325-pitch-using-holography-in-improving-lecture-attendance-of-students-studying-on-different-uow-campuses/

Second Comment on:

https://breakingin2016.wordpress.com/2019/03/22/bcm325-pitch/

Hi Naomi!

This sounds really cool and I think you have brought up some very important and relevant points about beef cattle not being sustainable for the future. I was thinking maybe you could look at some recipes that are already well established in social culture that include insects and how people have responded to them?

Perhaps by introducing some recipes you can use your survey to ask your respondents if they would be interesting in trying any of these recipes. That way you can gather a small pool of data on how people view insects as food for the future.

Here is a link to some insect based foods that might impress meat lovers

https://www.inverse.com/article/53196-future-food-bugs-insects-recipes

I look forward to watching your D.A grow!

Nothando 🙂

Third Comment on:

digital artefact – virtual reality gallery.

Hi Brooke!

What an interesting idea! I know I definitely never would have thought of it. I myself have never have much contact with VR but I really like your idea to create a tutorial and there is definitely space for that type of content in the public sphere. Although creating a tutorial sounds great I always find sometimes when I follow a tutorial the steps are not very clear and concise so I thought I would link you a step by step VR tutorial I found. Maybe you could use it to guide you and make sure your tutorial is easily accessible even for beginners to the VR World.

https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Create-a-Virtual-Reality-Exhibition/

I’m interested to see how you go!

Nothando 🙂

 

Although these comments where quite late I hope this feedback will also be useful for the future and perhaps I was able to shed a different perspective to help further develop these final digital artefacts.

 

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Live-tweeting!

It is an interesting phenomenon, one that is fairly new and recent in the way it is happening today.

To be able to watch something and comment on the subject live adds a whole knew perceptive in the way we discuss what we are viewing. Television has used the introduction of #’s  and to assess conversation with their viewers in a way that proved almost instant feedback from anytime and anyplace.

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Despite the fact I have in fact been using twitter since 2012 I had never once before engaged with the process of live tweeting. I have seen it occur online and on TV numerous times but I never felt adequate enough to contribute to the conversation.

However that all changed with #BCM325. At first I was terrified. I felt as though I wouldn’t have enough to say and I wasn’t sure I would be able to explain what I was thinking within 140 characters.

The first viewing came and went and I have to say I was impressed. Not only with myself but with my class and how engaging everyone was.

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I quickly learnt not to stress too much about what I was I was tweeting, but to think about it as an online journal where I comment and ask questions about what I am watching.

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When I started to use twitter as a journal to document my thoughts of the movie I was watching it became a lot easier to explain what I was thinking how I felt watching these films.

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Looking back I noticed that I found and highlighted a number of issues during the screening of West-world early on in the semester.

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As the weeks progressed I felt the act of live tweeting encouraged me to engage more with what I was watching. I felt positioned to want to question more things and discuss why characters where saying the tings they where saying and why the cinematography was the way it was and how that pertained to the past, current and how it may pertain to future culture.

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I found that reading tweets from my classmates triggered thought and allowed me to look at the film from many other perspectives.

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After I saw this tweet I was prompted to look online and search for any articles addressing this issue. Fortunately, I was able to find something and shared the article on twitter for the rest of my class to see.

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I really enjoyed the way reading my class mates responses to the viewings encouraged me to look at the film and ask new questions that I perhaps would not have if I was not live tweeting.

 

Here are some of my favorite engagements so far during this semester.

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I found live tweeting to be a useful tool when I felt confused about the viewing my classmates tweets would be very helpful in aiding in my understand of the film we were watching.

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Live tweeting has been an interesting way to engage with classmates perspectives of each screening and I have found how easy it has been to continue discussion:

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All in all, I have surprisingly really enjoyed live tweeting and the process of it all. The entire journey has helped me experience a new way of watching film.

 

Nothando

Xo

THE MIGRANT DIARIES – YEAR 2

And we are back! This time last year in BCM112 I created a digital artefact called “The Migrant Diaries”.

The essence of my DA is interviewing both 1 and 2nd generation migrants about their experience moving and settling to Australia.

Australia has an incredible history of migrants with so many different stories. And although there is lot to be said about migrants both nationally and internationally in the media, there is beauty in hearing the stories from the mouth of those that have experienced it first hand.

In a world that is Globalising at a rapid rate migration is a topic that will continue to be relevant both in the short term and long term future. (Walsh, 2012)

My main mediums are both Instagram and Facebook because it was what I was more familiar with. However I am looking to expand these platforms to Youtube or Vimeo to post video content from my interviews.

 

REFERENCES:

WALSH, J. (2012). Mass Migration and the Mass Society: Fordism, Immigration Policy and the Post-war Long Boom in Canada and Australia, 1947-1970. Journal of Historical Sociology, 25(3), pp.352-385.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-21/australian-immigration-what-do-the-numbers-tell-us/10919970

http://theconversation.com/refugees-are-integrating-just-fine-in-regional-australia-101188

 

THE IDEA BLOG – Black Hair In The Work Place

In a number of completely different topics it can be difficult to decide on a subject that you have not explored or discussed in lectures or tutorials yet. However this approach allowed me to zone in on a specific angle under a very broad and general topic.

Initially I wanted to explore the human body as a medium for communication. I was interested in the many ways we use our bodies to convey information to those around us and on social media. However this idea was a bit too general.

Where would I start and what would I research specifically, with fashion, tattoos, gender, accent, colour, shape or hair? After conversing with my tutor who mentioned the subject of hair and encouraged that I narrow down on a particular group of people and time.

This advice got me thinking about an interesting debate that I feel I have been involved in both voluntarily and involuntarily for a long time.

HAIR!

 

An example of a “protective hairstyle” 

Hair has always been a strong pillar of my identity growing up as a Black, African and British female that has now lived in Australia for the last five years of my life.

I started to explore the idea of black hair in the workplace.

The future and the workplace are two very important factors for students like myself, are either in their third year of University or just beginning.  Ultimately it is to be expected that anyone currently studying or aiming to study at a tertiary level has concerns about the future of the workplace in Australia. Over the last few decades diversity in the workplace has tremendously increased.

Personally I have heard stories of how black hair has impacted employment opportunities from family and friends but also on social media. Has the media moulded what we as a society deem as “professional hair” in the workplace? And if so has that allowed discrimination against Afro-Caribbean hair in the workforce?

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“Breakfast at Tiffany’s: an Afro illustration”

Whilst I acknowledge that a lot of my ideas stem from incidents that I have encountered recorded within the African American community in America and Black British community in the United Kingdom; I believe there is room to explore whether that is the case of modern day Australia in a ‘melting pot’ society.

 

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Australia as a “melting pot” illustration.

If the workforce in the United Kingdom and the United States of America has been subject to such discrimination, prejudice and bias it is important to me that I research if this too can occur on Australia and where these perceptions arise from?

Who decides what type of hair is professional and therefor what is allowed in the workplace? And why if it does, does this category exclude Afro-Caribbean hair?

There are many questions that arise when exploring the social, moral, intellectual and political significance of this topic.

In Australia we are fortunate to have an array of different people who experience both acculturation (the process of adopting the cultural traits or social patterns of another group) and enculturation (the process whereby individuals learn their group’s culture, through experience, observation, and instruction).

Moreover on an intellectual level does ones hair type affect their ability to be intellectual and thus complete their professional duties?

Eventually after exploring this idea under the topic “The Future of Work” I decided on a research question:

DO EMPLOYERS DISCRIMINATE AGAINST BLACK AFRO HAIR IN THE WORK FORCE?

Upon conducting some initial research I found a few interesting articles that I plan on analysing and drawing data from. Kobena Mercer, British art historian delves into the politics of black hair in Great Britain. He explores how “the black body and black identity has been commercialised across the United States and Britain for centuries” yet somehow be deliberately left out the “professional” narrative.

With this question I aim to explore and analyse nation wide research while conducting my own research by carrying out a number a intimate interviews that directly respond to my research question.

I’m really excited to see how this research unfolds and what information I find!

REFERENCE LIST:

Innes, C. (2003). Black British Culture and Society: A Text Reader (review). Research in African Literatures, 34(1), pp.191-192.

Walcott, R. (1996). Book Review: Welcome to the Jungle: New Positions in Black Cultural Studies, by Kobena Mercer, New York: Routledge, 1994. Critical Sociology, 22(2), pp.141-144.

 

 

Nothando Moyo

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PROJECT REPORT – FANDOMS

THE TWILIGHT SAGA : MY FANDOM EXPERIENCE

For my project report I decided to create short video of my experience viewing Twilight for the first time in Cinema and my online experience through different forums. In my blog post I use to study why I myself as a Fan reacted the way I did to seeing watching twilight and how my connection with the mass media as a twilight fan affected my experience.

 

 

American media scholar and Provost Professor of Communication Henry Jenkins has has been a devote analyser of all things fandom from, fan economy to fan culture. Over the years he has been intensely engaged with Fan studies.

In his research Jenkins explains how Humans are communal animals.

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We have always had the need to be in community however unlike before when these communities had to be about close proximity now with Mass Media this is not necessary. Communities like Fandoms can build social structures through their overlapping interests and similar context. Therefor these Fan communities can be formed regardless of distance.

Fan Pages online are still responsible for spreading information about Twilight 10 years on. Jenkins explains how mass media has allowed Fandoms to exponentially expand. I myself have experience this having followed different fan pages owned by people from America, Europe and Canada.

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In my video I explain the feeling of feeling connected to those I watched Twilight with. As though it was a reunion even though I knew no one in the Cinema. Jenkins says this is what make Fandoms so powerful their innate ability to connect people because of one shared interest.

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Fans have the power to give something longevity hence the 10 year reunion in Twilights case. The feature at the beginning of the special screening was testament to that. 10 years later in Oregon, America people are still visiting set locations from the Twilight Saga.

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All in all the the project was very enlightening. Being able to experience something I was so passionate about again but through a different perspective was interesting and very educational. Reading Jenkins research and his studies has been a great eye opener and has made me understand why Fandoms are successful and why humans engage with them so intensely.  But more importantly I have learnt about the role mass media played in my Fandom experience.

 

Nothando Natasha Moyo :  Student No. 5515671

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRODUSERS TO PRODUCERS – WEEK 5

“The prod user: a paradigm where the former consumers are now also the biggest producers” – Ted Mitew #BCM206LECTURE

We have moved into an era where as people with an online presence we don not just sit back and engage passively. Now more than ever it is encouraged to produce content rather than just consume it.

We have migrated from a centralized society where we participate with media passively, simply watching without getting involved. Now we have entered distributed community  where anyone who can consume can create and share their creation. The paradigm has switched, as long as you have WiFi connection and a device create content for consumerism has almost become too easy.

For example take a look at the “social media influencers” they all began consuming content, liking, watching and now they make a living of create content for others to do that same for them.

My remediation this week is shows how we can all become producers, in fact we already are. We have all been guilty of it, taking a picture of our food or maybe you hate it but you have a friend that does it every dingle time without fail, regardless there is a market for that now – people make content for food blogs and people happily consume it!

Nothando

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