This weeks topic, spoke about the Internet of Things and also how it relates to our political system. After reading a few blog posts, I came to realise a few things:
- Even though we are in a social media age, there are still millions of people that do not in fact use social media; these means that while describing a “majority of Australians” that like something on Facebook- unless you can get 11million people to like a post… You’re lying.
- One of our sources talks about self-tracking and how we record information about ourselves and then make adjustments or changes based on this; we do this on social media as well. When we post a status, and receive no likes/comments, we usually delete it after realising we didn’t say something “cool” enough. The next time we post a status, we change the content and post again.
- There are also more ways to track other people. You can start a diet with other people and track what they’re eating, if they’re losing weight and especially what they eat- this is in terms of dieting of course but also, we are losing a lot of our general privacy through the expansion of the Internet of Things.
With K-pop, especially as an admin, my role is to update the groups I run, on what their Idols are doing. I have to post where their next concert is, where they’re performing next, photos of them at the airport (when applicable). This is high-key stalkerish but with the internet, it’s just too easy. These people are in Korea, and I am able to tell you where they ate lunch, and what they’re doing tomorrow.
It gets worse.
As an admin, I am expected to know literally every last detail about each member. Birthdays, Blood types, favourite colours and even if they have any siblings, and their siblings names. If I don’t, I’m seen as a bad fan, or a “fake stan”.
Thank you, internet.
Through the growth of social media and the general technology of the internet, you’re literally losing your own privacy, and gaining someone else’s.
Here’s a google doc where I typed out basic profiles for the three youngest members of BTS within 5 minutes:
Guess what I did? I started trouble and I blame the tutors but honestly, it’s my fault for posting it all over Facebook.
I created a page called UOWLeaks on Facebook. The aim of the page was to target feedback given by tutors in classes that was… lacking.
Travis was my first example!
“Your meme’s need more magic” does not help me in the slightest- I already know how not-dank I am. I was sick and tired of receiving “comments” that weren’t relevant or helpful at all. I am here to study, not to be giving stock comments from years ago (ty Travis for that info).
The results from the page were HUGE. I had all kinds of people angry-keyboarding at me on Facebook; some of which were UOW staff (lol). But the exciting thing was how people reacted.
I revealed my identity and similar to one of our sources – this was to gain attention. I had no actual malicious intentions other that to –pardon the language- fuck shit up.
I succeeded. Even got a Twitter message from Ted and found out I was now an example in class and to be honest; I realised a key reason why hackers do what they do.
To be the topic of conversation, to have people praising what you are doing, for speaking out and rebelling against something – and getting abnormal amounts of attention for it; is great.
While hacking and releasing the personal information gained is very bad; I also understand the thrill and want behind it.
It’s a protest.
Okay so, I am super excited by a new opportunity coming my way. Who would’ve thought that by admin-ing and being knowledgeable about K-pop; I’d get the opportunity to volunteer at a radio station!
Basically, a post came up from the station asking for people to apply; I sent in an email; they were impressed and boom! The start of a career!
The radio station is called Asian Pop Radio, they’re Melbourne based and need someone to help them in their online presence and content creation. While, I’m not sure if I can help them to the extent they need; I can definitely give it a go!
My roles will be to update their social media accounts, and website (as well as learn how to re-vamp said website to make it more interactive.) I will also be responsible for editing and creating articles and content.
I have to start working out a game plan and the first thing to aim for is; more content tailored towards a general audience. APR wants to be a station that is inclusive of ALL Asian music styles; but the money is in K-pop and the fans here.
I think I’m going to aim the content towards them, and the fan groups on Facebook- so that then it will be spread and shared amongst just over 10k people.
Most K-pop fans aren’t actually on Facebook – so I’m going to suggest we set up a group of people to go to events and do in-person promotion, as well as more vlogging style videos (they want to be more present on Youtube)
APR hope to compete with other companies like K-Music and SBS PopAsia; it seems impossible to be honest. The collage below compares all three… I have a big task ahead of me.
This week’s topic discussed social activists and the impacts of social media in important events – as well as building up a personal public sphere! This is what I’ll be doing for APR and basically the success of this radio will rely on their social media presence, which I will be building up.
Talk about pressure…
“the internet is more important and disruptive than [its greatest advocates] have previously theorised”. Well, duh.
Through the internet, it’s possible for both amazing and not-so amazing things to happen.
Yes, we can organise large amounts of people and protest and highlight important issues within the world…. But we mostly use it for sharing memes and what we are thinking about even though no one really asked.
The internet itself is a giant ball of different threads, sometimes important ones are withdrawn and passed around but unless it strikes a chord with the person pulling it out, then it’s just going to be returned and no real-life action will be taken.
In regards to the internet and politics, well, you just have to look at Facebook to see the U.S Debate spread everywhere.
While some posts are highlighting how useless both Hilary and Trump are and giving you important facts and making sure that you know who the lesser evil is and why…
The majority of the posts are meme’s. Hilary is being bombarded with pepe and well, Donald is pulling handkerchiefs from his nose (I’ve managed to utilize my amazing photoshop skills to k-pop-ify this fad!!).
I think our sources are very focused on the serious effects of events social media has, which is fair enough but the reign of social media will soon fade and what the massed will remember, isn’t the protests, but the dank memes and friends.
Today, I’ve decided (randomly) to discuss my first flop of a DA. So basically, it was a Twitter account called @k_withj. It was aimed at writing tweets to inform a target audience on how to admin Facebook and Twitter accounts properly- since that’s literally what I do with my life.
Technically, I was doing my own kind of citizen journalism- I was creating and writing informative content. You could find similar things in books and articles but no, I posted it on twitter. This is really similar I think to citizen journalism in the aspect that, you don’t know who I am or if my information is legitimate. It is, but that doesn’t mean I have any credibility to what I say; just that I do it every day of my life.
In this aspect, legacy media would come from someone who has gone through a media degree already or who studies how these groups work. Someone with an actual education on the subject.
I’m posting without this certification and to be honest, my content would probably have been more useful.
This is also my view point on traditional vs citizen journalism- citizen journalism is sometimes more realistic and down-to-earth, often it reflects more personal accounts of what went on which makes it easier to understand in some cases. It also allows you to ask questions to the person releasing information which is something traditional journalism doesn’t have nor have the potential for.
To be honest, the account flopped. The only interaction I received was from friends after I posted everything onto my Facebook groups #getthatpromo.
I am an android user!
The experiences I’ve had with Apple devices are limited to their Ipod’s and I wasn’t impressed.
Apple devices are the communists of smart devices. They limit what control you’re allowed, what you can add to the device and also what you are not allowed to modify or change.
With an Ipod, you can only use movies downloaded from the iTunes store, in a specific Apple format. The same goes for books. This is basically Apple allowing to continue to encourage the purchase of music, but there are also loopholes for this such as importing them from a media storage. You can’t download 3rd party apps, or change your theme or source code.
Getting rid of the AUX port is literally another way of controlling what and how people use smart phones. You now HAVE to purchase the wireless headphones.
Then there’s Android, my child. You can download whatever you want, create apps, download 3rd party apps, change your theme and literally do almost anything. This is where I put most of my music and videos- I can download YouTube videos without an app, because Android is great.
For example, every Christmas, there is a family member who gives me an iTunes card. Last year, I received a total of $150 worth of iTunes money. I don’t use my iPod anymore.
Instead, when my K-pop group had a comeback, I downloaded their album, and Music video (to support their sales) onto my computer and then downloaded it for free off 4shared onto my android.
Android is definitely more convenient.
To relate this to k-pop, here’s a comparison between two different EXO logo’s :’)
This week we watched the documentary Searching for Sugarman and it was a really meaningful documentary for me in terms of the topics it broached.
The idea of a musician selling 6 records in his own country, believing his music career to be over, only to discover years later that he is a legend in another country is the kind of story you would read in books. It’s an unbelievable idea- and very unrealistic in this day and age.
Back in the 70’s- they didn’t have iTunes or Spotify, it wasn’t as easy to track where your music was being heard. For Rodrigues, he had no clue, his music company had no clue0 the only people who knew were those in South Africa.
This had a huge impact on his life- the lack of availability of his albums meant that bootleg copies were bought and sold. His album sold millions of copies and yet he did not see a single cent of it. This to me highlights the importance of Copyright and enforcing it so that artists gain the income and recognition they deserve. Eventually, he does begin earning a profit but that doesn’t take back the years of hard labour he undertook or the lower-class lifestyle he and his family lived under for the years in between.
This movie highlighted and made me fully appreciate the ease at which international music and other media is now readily available. If this were to happen in modern day, Rodriguez would be able to gain most of his profits through iTunes or other digital singles- and would also have accurate information on where his fan demographic was located. His music would also have been automatically spread to a wider audience.
I think Searching for Sugarman is a brilliant example of both the reasons for copyright and also evidence to support the growth of digital music and its progress.
Our weekly topic on internationalising Education opened a few doors for me in terms of plans and things to be wary about in the future.
We were talking about the show ‘Dumb, Drunk and Racist’ and I remembered watching that with my family once while on holidays. My family had found the show hilarious- seeing these foreigners experience “Australian Culture”. To be honest, I viewed the show as a joke but after discussing it further in class, I realised the social and economic impacts this has on the world’s view of Australia.
To relate this to international students in Australia:
- Due to shows like this, Australians are broadcasted as violent and unaccepting of other cultures. This will deter international students from visiting the country as they will fear an attack or instigation of discrimination.
- This will have an impact on Australia’s economical standing, as international students make up a large percentage of our educational income.
- Tensions between other countries will rise as other countries are unable to feel safe within Australia.
Shows such as this one show a definitive negative view of Australia, sometimes we have instances and events where this view is earned, but overall we need to work to improve our international image does not become too negative.
Another thing we discussed was the amount of international students who do not interact often enough with the native people. Although many of the students (based on statistics) enjoy their time in Australia, they need to interact more with Australians to guarantee they are gaining the most they can from the experience.
This will also improve our international image as word will spread of kindness and positivity instead of dumb, drunk and racists.
Being an avid fan of Korean media, the idea of comparing this to the lesser-known but definitely bigger Nollywood was a really interesting topic for me.
There are a lot of similarities between the two. Both focus on highlighting important cultural issues and concepts of their individual countries.
- Familial relationships and;
- The changing/evolution of cultures as they progress into modern societies.
The South Korean production rate is a lot smaller, with only 151 films being released in 2015. Where as in Nigeria, there are almost 50 films a week produced (which adds up to roughly 2,600 per year) this difference in production rate, makes Nollywood the second highest in the world in production, only behind Bollywood.
However, this comes at a disadvantage to Nollywood- while they do produce more films they’re often low quality. This is due to time and also the lack of funding available. The actors will be reading off sheets (due to not having time to learn their scripts), the cameras are not of the highest quality (sometimes the films are even recorded on mobile devices) and also most of these movies never make it to the cinema and are broadcasted on the streets or mostly just put straight onto DVD’s.
Whereas South Korean cinema has the highest quality of cameras, production, actors, costumes etc. The quality of Korean films is on par, if not better than Hollywood films. Although they do not produce as many movies; they 100% make up for it in quality.
A good movie comparison of this is the Nollywood film One Dollar and the Korean film The Miracle in Cell Number 7.
Through this, when comparing the two, in terms of production quality, South Korea is the front runner whereas in terms of production quantity, Nollywood comes out on top.
This weeks topic focused on Intellectual Property (IP). One of the sources mentioned Disney and (I hope you all know by now that Disney is the Satan of mainstream media.) They have a habit of taking urban legends or traditional stories and then appropriating them into the mainstream blockbusters they are today.
A movie that will soon come out is called Moana and it is about a Polynesian demigod called Maui – a costume was released for public purchase and not-surprisingly received a huge amount of criticism.
It’s encouraging the “black face” costume trend, enforcing the idea that you can use another cultures appearance for aesthetic/recreational purposes. The sample image of Maui himself is controversial due to his obese stature and reinforces offensive stereotypes.
When using the stories of other cultures to make movies and a pop culture- does Disney then claim ownership of this culture? I think not.
Showing some diversity within the Disney Princess brand is important but so is the idea that Disney need to know what is okay, and what isn’t.
Holding Intellectual Property rights to a movie is not the same, nor does it allow cultural appropriation or cultural ignorance.