On the 23rd August 2012, a new NSW Labor Bill was introduced
On the 23rd August 2012, a new NSW Labor Bill was introduced
Question Chosen: 1. ‘It makes increasingly less sense even to talk about a publishing industry, because the core problem publishing solves—the incredible difficulty, complexity, and expense of making something available to the public—has stopped being a problem.’ (Clay Shirky, ‘Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable’,www.shirky.com/weblog/2009/03/newspapers-and-thinking-the-unthinkable /). Are digital and networked media dismantling the “publishing industry”? Is it being replaced? If so, what is replacing it? If not, what is the publishing industry becoming, and how is it doing so? Are there new difficulties and complexities or expenses involved?
I have chosen to publish my work through flickr, the link is here, http://www.flickr.com/photos/feliciapserras/sets/72157630003637461/
my story uses current and past examples to illustrate what has become of the distribution of the publishing industry today, enjoy! 🙂
So, this is my final blog for Advanced Media Issues, and I thought it would be a good idea to wrap it up, with a summary of the course. In particular, what I liked about the course, and some aspects of it that i really found interesting.
First of all, I have to admit when I first started the course, I did not know how much I was going to like it, to be completely honest, most of the core media subjects tend to be very repetitive within a 12 week time frame, and quite frankly you don’t learn a lot about media in general. What I liked about this course is that it was very diverse. I can honestly say, that over 12 weeks, I was able to look at a range of issues, and it was in this way that I realised that media well and truly is absolutely everywhere. Media is found in the stereotypical platforms, such as tv, radio, newspapers and so forth, but did you know that media is also found in fashion? it’s also found in exciting new video installation projects, artwork, and in order to create new sounds through utilising a person’s brain.
This course made me really think, what is media, what can be it’s true definition when it well and truly is present in absolutely everything? I mean how do you define a term that is so ambiguous and unique as media? After a lot of careful consideration I believe that media is pretty much, ‘anything entailing creativity.’ Seems really broad ay? It’s probably cause media is, but when you think about it the hidden theme in all aspects of media is creativity, and how to in a way bring about new life to an old process. Such as with fashion, and installing hangers to stream how many ‘likes’ a piece of clothing got.
So I would like to finish this blog by saying thank you to my tutor Pablo, and Andrew Murphie for putting together a course that really is exciting as it allowed me to experience current media issues, and develop a deeper understanding of the term media. Oh also thank you so much for introducing me to diigo.com, I am addicted!
I’ve always been interested in art. To me, a great artwork can evoke emotions, and this I believe is important in a world where people are too busy to appreciate anything. Abstract and innovative art however takes my interest in art to a whole new dimension. I’m always interested to see how artists transform things to create a truly unique experience. So you can imagine how excited I was for this week’s explorations.
For starters, I especially loved the work of Marik Miori in Tida Dome. I’ve always loved water, so aesthetically I honestly just fell in love with this work. When I read more about the work, I found that the dome changed colours with the tide, meaning it was literally personifying the human breath. The work is generating the link that nature in a sense helps people get in touch with their bodies.
Speaking of bodies, another interesting piece, that actually comes from Australia is intimate transactions. This video installation project, which took four years to complete creates a virtual world where two people are able to interact with each other, BUT these people are not in the same room. It’s an interesting piece that shows how the use of the human body allows a person to effectively communicate with other people, despite their location. If you want to know more about this work, click here.
Lastly, and definitely not least, Luciana Hail has taken advantage of electroencephalography (ECG) to take brain scans, and then uses these scans to make musical melodies of the human brain. Hail, who has a background in interactive art says that, ‘the left and right side of the brain can independantly control eight tracks.’ It is just amazing to think, that something like scans can be transformed to create an innovative artwork piece.
What all these artworks have shown, is that through the use of technology, artists have been able to take their work to a whole new level. In particular, they are able to utilise the human body as a generative muse for their art. This is because, it is noticeable that each artwork is based on the human body, and one can argue that this is what distinguishes ones artwork.
That’s because when you think about it, the internet is not based on a particular topic, it has pictures, articles, hyperlinks, information and just about anything else your dear heart will desire on just about any topic. So for now, I guess a better term to describe what is the world wide web is aninternet of things.
Consider the explorations for this week, they are all about a wide range of topics, metaphorically and physically showing the dynamics of the internet. They all however make us think about the future of the internet or better yet about the future of media in itself.
My personal favourite was the google glass article, titled ‘could this photograph change the future?’. For those of you who do not know what this is, its ‘basically a particular pair of smart glasses that can give you a virtual overlay of the real world, sort of like you’re wearing your android device in your eyeballs.’ This handy new gadget takes pictures like the one on the right. See how cool it is? It captures photographs from a point of view stance and not to mention takes unique photos. But, what does this mean for the future of photographers or film makers? Better yet what will happen to the older technologies will they become eradicated?
On a completely different topic, I found Jane McGonigal to be a interesting woman. She’s a gaming designer and effectively shows how gaming is not a complete waste of time, as in fact when we are engaged with a game, we are very productive. I have to agree with this woman, as when I play games, I know I am very productive, doing everything I can to get to the next level. So what does this say about gaming? Can Mcgonigal create a game that increases productivity? What does this mean for the future of gaming?
Now as you can see, just through exploring two of the examples from this week you can see how the internet of things not only provides us access with a variety of information, however it also exposes us to many questions regarding the past, present and future of not only media, but also different industries.
‘We live in a world of flows, that is a world where information is everywhere…’
– Hubert Guillard
At first, you may read this quote and think, big deal right? But if you’re a media student, you get all excited and start thinking, ‘YES! this is going to make my job so much easier.’ Well you see, just because information is everywhere, it does not necessarily mean that this information is correct. This you see, is one of the issues with the contemporary ‘Systems Age’ an age that involves sensing, collecting, and manipulating data in real time with little to no human supervision. What this new technological age has brought to society is a new platform that essentially alters, or better yet dismantles the previous technological systems. The best example that i can think of to illustrate this implication is wikipedia. It has become an online tool that students in pretty much every faculty turn to in order to get a brief run down on their subjects. And why shouldn’t they right? I mean it conveniently breaks down everything and even has user friendly sub headings so that you can get to the information that you need nice and quickly. But what should happen if all this information was wrong? I’ll tell you straight up, your assignment is pretty much screwed! Because chances are, if you continue using the online medium as a prime form of research, you are bound to get conflicting ideals on just about every subject.
This is not necessarily a bad thing, because as David Gauntlett puts it, ‘making is connecting’ and platforms quite simply flourish because they allow people to do what they want to, which in a sense is important as it allows people to create their own work and not just be consumers. This, Gauntlett believes has been the prime reason as to why society has flourished. Plus, next time you write that assignment, the conflicting ideals will allow you to see every angle in a story, and help you to make your own decision, making your work, well unique.
The readings for this week had me a little confused to be honest. I was going through each one and thought, wow why is everything relating to science? I’m pretty sure I am studying media…
Needless to say, it appeared that the more I looked into it, the more I realised, media has become so powerful that is is now impacting every single industry, literally. I know this sounds like a big claim, but it really is true.
Consider the scientific industry for example. Previously, it was an industry that was focused on ‘data hoarding’ as to publish a scienitifical article cost money, and scientists had to be right in as little words as possible for this reason. In addition, research papers were set to private, however now this is all changing. As John Willibanks simply puts it, ‘new business models are emerging to challenge the industry.’ This means that scientists are now starting to publicize their results, and they are doing this through taking full advantage over the many different media platforms available. In a way, I guess you can say they are now moving towards, open science.
Some scientists may look at this process and freak out, however as Elizabeth Pisani states, this change is not a bad thing, in fact it really is quite the opposite (a comforting thought considering most people tend to assume that most relationships with the media tend to have a negative impact). Pisani states that now what we will coin open science, scientists will be able to make ‘faster progress, leading to better quality data.’ With this improvement in data, Pisani continues to make a big claim, stating that the sharing of information can be very powerful, as it will in a sense, ‘fasten the pace of discovery and cures.’
Let’s hope with this faster pace, that a cure for cancer finally comes out.
The aim for my visualisation project was to create a unique way to present the statistics of NBA players, in particularly, who would win the MVP award?
This idea came about when my partner, Alejo Rodrigues and myself were discussing basketball. It was at this point that I realised I had nowhere near as much knowledge as him in the subject, and just through looking through the statistics, I realised that I was so lost, and that it all looked like a massive case of mumbo jumbo to me. I mean c’mon check out the statistics for the NBA players here, how complicated does it look? There’s a whole bunch of different terms and everything, how are you meant to work out what is important?
Anyway, Alejo on the other hand looked like he was in his element, happily stating which type of statistic
was important, and which wasn’t. So then, we decided to carefully select a bunch of statistics, that were in Alejo’s opinion important to the game, and through this we were going to find out the top 10 players in the NBA and then rank them from 1 (most likely to win MVP) to 10 (least likely to win MVP). So in a way, our visualisation is all about carefully selecting statistics to help make a prediction.
So, these are the statistics that we have found:
Player Ppg FG%
Apg Rpg Spg Bpg
Leborn James 27.1 0.531 6.9 7.2 1.8 0.8
Kevin Durant 28 0.496 2.8 6.6 1.3 1.2
Kobe Bryant 27.9 0.43 4.7 5.3 1.2 0.3
Chris Paul 18.8 0.478 9.8 3.5 2.4 0.1
Tony Parker 18.3 0.48 7.7 2.9 1 0.1
Kevin Love 26 0.448 2 13.3 0.8 0.5
Rajon Rondo 11.9 0.448 8.1 4.8 1.9 0.1
Russel Westbroke 23.6 0.457 5.5 4.6 1.7 0.3
Dwayne Wade 22.1 0.497 4.6 4.8 1.7 1.3
Dwight Howard 20.6 0.573 1.9 14.5 1.5 2.2
Oh and don’t forget to stay tuned to see how we will put this together in our visualisation presentation(s), I’m actually really excited about it! 🙂
When I first heard/read about the visualisation project, I instantly started to think that it was a complex project, that required a great deal of technical expertise. However, boy was I wrong. You see what the project actually called for was something that presented something in a simple, creative and effective manner.
This week’s readings and explorations is what ultimately helped me reach this conclusion. One website in particular that helped me realise this was http://www.infosthetics.com, in particular the ‘how does 200 calories look like’ article. For those of you who are unaware, the article compares different foods, and does so through showing their calorie content. What was found was that a lot more healthier foods were required to make 200 calories, however what some people would call ‘junk food’ made 200 calories very quickly, and in tiny portions. So simple, yet so effective, I loved it! (Also helped me think about my food choices a little better to).
Other articles that I found particularly useful on the website included:
Organise, it’s a term that when first considered, shares connotations with successful and methodical. Organise, can be directly and indirectly related to numerous topics and for this reason it is no surprise that it has been the undercover meaning in al of the readings for this week.
For instance, in ‘Against Transparency’ by Lawrence Lessig, the issue at hand is, how to organise an organisation, in particular, should transparency into the official work lives of each of the members of congress be available to the public? Most of us, would instantly scream ‘yes!’ when thinking about transparency in politics, however as Lessig quite logically puts forward, ‘we are not thinking critically enough about where and when transparency works, and where or when it may lead to confusion, or worse’. You see, to me I read this as if to say, there is a reason why everything is organised in a certain way, and I guess there is a reason as to why politics do not have complete transparency.
In addition, with respect to the article, ‘Sleepless in canberra’ by Bob Ellis, he compares Kevin Rudd’s political life, to that of jet-lag. Interesting? Well I sure think so. At the heart of this article, Ellis discusses that politicians just like Rudd are now unable to do something that most people should be entitled to, sleep, and this, he argues is because of the media, and the way in which they organise time. He discusses in a paragraph, that is exhausting to read, let alone live, that from 6am, the life of a politician starts, and it doesn’t finish until 2:30 am the following morning. He then completes his article with powerful words, ‘The larger question though of sleepless politicians, and therefore burnt-out politicians and policy incompetence and the current ruinous way of doing things, needs a whole change of culture i fear.’ – stating that the way in which we organise the time of politicans needs to be changed, however this fear can leave some of us uneasy.
So, what do you think? Is there always an underlining issue as to why and how we wall organise our time?