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Technology Timeline – Digital Story Telling

Everyone has something unique to show throughout their daily routines. Whether it’s a certain app, or game or time they’re awake! Throughout their day, they tell their own story using technology to shape and show the space technology has made in their daily routines to exist.

Through the creation of technology, we are able to speak to people across town – even though we are unable to be there in person. Through our own media practices, we are able to establish our own audience experiences. Apps like YouTube mean that no longer is media defined to a singular physical place, but instead technology and the evolution of the internet has enabled us to evolve into existing in a metaphysical audience space.

I’ve asked 5 friends the following question:

 Using only technology describe your daily routine in dot points with rough times.

Since they are friends, the question is colloquial, and the responses were aimed to be informal. I then utilised their answers to form narrative responses (or in Jake’s case, I typed as he spoke) and used this to tell a story about how their media practices exceed their spatial limitations and enable them to seek and become global audience members.

The relaxed way in which I asked the question means that they were able to tell me their schedule for the day without fear of judgement. All participants have consented to being used in this assignment, and blog post. Through this I was able to track their metaphysical audience space and how each individuals’ media practices differed.

However, throughout all answers, I realised that technology has indeed, enabled our generation to overcome the physical spatial limitations of the past and evolve into a metaphysical media space!

Jake, 19, UOW Student

At 12pm, I wake up and turn on my iPad. I scroll through my Facebook feed to see what’s going on in the world before getting up and moving towards my computer. Once my PC has turned on, I sign into Discord (an app for gamers to communicate via voice and chat). Depending on who’s online, I’ll either join the chat and talk, or just watch YouTube videos instead.

Today I joined the chat and just waited for someone else to join while I watched my YouTube videos- I didn’t have anything else to do today. It’s currently 10pm, Jessie just signed in and after she’s finished her assignment, we’ll be ready to play Overwatch until around 3-4am! I only ever really use phone when leaving the house, I use my iPad mostly as my second monitor and have no real need to be on Facebook for long since most of my friends are online gamers as well. The only time I ever leave my computer during the day is to eat and poop.

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Kira, 20, UOW Student

I usually wake up at around 9am. I pull my phone from underneath my pillow and check Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Once all the notifications are cleared, and I’ve replied to the messages that have accumulated overnight, I switch over to YouTube! This is usually at around 10am, I watch mostly K-pop and Vine compilations. At around 12pm, I turn on and play my Nintendo Switch. I recently purchase Mario Odyssey and have been obsessed with trying to finish the game.

At 3pm it’s time to start getting ready for work. I turn on Spotify, get dressed and then keep the playlist going as I walk to work.

It’s 11pm and work was exhausting. I wash up, and climb back into bed before checking all my social medias accounts again after work, and following it up with YouTube around an hour later.

It’s 2pm and it’s time to sleep with Spotify playing softly in the background. I use my phone 24/7 and staying in touch with friends and news via Facebook is very important to me. I live far away from most of my friends so social media is one of the few consistent platforms of communication I have with them. I rely on Facebook for making plans, and updating my friends throughout the day!

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Amy, 18, UOW Student

My alarm causes me to groan before I roll over to turn it off. I make sure to turn my phone on, and scroll through YouTube and Facebook to stay awake. It’s 7am and I move onto Snapchat– sending a photo of my half open eyes glaring at the light to the people I have Streaks with. 200 days with my boyfriend and counting <3. My entire day is spent utilizing the UOW Moodle site for homework and checking Facebook every 5 minutes to check my Newsfeed and messages! I enjoy keeping in contact with my friends at all times, and organising a meet up for the weekend. I finish studying at around 9pm and then climb into bed, finishing off my snapstreaks and watching YouTube videos so I can finally fall asleep ahaha.

My parents are really strict, so they have a set time they want me to be awake and asleep by. It’s hard to organise meeting up with friends when my parents monitor everything I do. I use my study time to keep up my social life and balance.

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Tayla, 20, UOW Student

On an average day, I’ll wake up at around 9-10am and check for messages from boyfriend and reply if any are there. I’ll then go back to sleep until around 11am where I’ll scroll through Facebook on my phone until I wake up a bit more. After I’m awake, I’ll check for updates on any of the YouTube series I follow and watch them.

Between 12-2/3pm is when I’m out running errands, so I’m limited on my technology usage except for checking the time, changing the song, and replying to my boyfriend. I’ll also be sending snapchats throughout the day to make sure none of my streaks end. Once it hits around 3-5pm I begin checking Facebook more regularly, and I usually only check Instagram once every few days, but if I do check Instagram it’s around this time.

6pm is time to take a break and have something to eat! I’m in bed by 7pm. I use this time to inbox my friends, text Aidan, scroll through Facebook and check my emails. I also do my online shopping during this time! I’ll usually be watching a movie or something during this time also. I think it’s important to maintain contact with those who matter the most to you. Replying to people who message me is very important, and not replying is quite rude.

I’ll usually continue the above until it’s time to sleep!

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Helen, 20, UOW Student

It’s 6am, so my alarm is going off! I use my phone to check Twitter, Instagram and Facebook until 6:30am when I have to get up and start getting ready for university. At 7am I read or write some of my novel while on the bus to class. I arrive at around 8:30 and make my way to class! Between 9am-2pm I’m using my laptop. I mostly try to stay on task and use Moodle, OneNote and Google Docs to finish homework and assignments but if I get distracted, you’ll find me on Tumblr or Facebook. I’m also always checking Facebook Messenger to chat and see what my friends are up to.

At 3pm it’s time to head home! I use Facebook Messenger and Twitter to chat and check my feeds while on the bus home. Once home I do some housework for my parents, finish off some work and do some drawing on my tablet if I have time.

At 8pm I’m usually on YouTube and Tumblr, the prelude before climbing into bed at 10pm and reading on my phone, doing one last social media check before heading to sleep. For me, social media is about interacting with both the local and international community- it’s about talking to the people I only know online, not just those who are close to me.

Something all five people had in common, was the fact that they used the media to communicate with others outside of their physical space. Helen in particular, communicates with a very global audience. All of the answers focused on the fact that through apps and social media they were able to watch videos and movies without being in a single place. While many spent the majority of their time in their bed- they weren’t using a TV or stationary object in their room- they used portable devices.

I believe that the media practices above demonstrate a very open, and metaphysical space for interacting and consuming media.

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Reflection – and Determination

When I started at university last year we were required to set up a blog and use it to write weekly blog posts. Through this I’ve posted weekly for 2 years now, for various topics. I’ve seen my blogs evolve from blank text posts to utilizing hyperlinks and images, sometimes even other media forms like Podcasts and videos. The utilization of the blog has forced me to stay up to date with the content from my classes, which I would otherwise not do, and would end up failing my classes. My utilization of the blog, is not as a portfolio but rather, as a platform for me to study and voice an opinion with. I have recently begun working for Design Marketing, and they have a very strong voice on blogging and what I’ve learnt from my weekly blogs has helped immensely with the upkeep of the company blog and increasing our followers and interactions.

However, before I go into details about what research blogging has taught me, I need to describe some complications I’ve had. I have very few blogs available for this subject, since I only just realised I was confusing it with another BCM subject. I also have been having trouble keeping up with all 5 subject this semester due to my medication causing extreme drowsiness. This has affected a large amount of my assignments, as well as my management of posting the weekly blogs. I will be spending the remainder of this semester catching up on the content and blog posts. For this report I will be using my work in the other blog posts for this semester to describe how I post/research as well as their effectiveness in a professional setting.

I had previously been using Tumblr to write and post my blogs but was forced to change to WordPress and struggled to understand the format and how to make it aesthetic or inviting to readers. I’m still unsure of how to change the tabs in the top of my screen- however, keeping the page updated in this way is important. Otherwise my readers will be unable to view the content for a specific subject and will instead have to scroll down my main page. When I initially formatted my blog, I think I locked the tabs so they’re not manageable. I’ve been looking into how to change this but instead, I may transfer my posts/contents onto a new site next year, and start over. For now, though, I’ll make sure to tweet/update when I post so the content is easily updated and categorised. In terms of my other subjects, doing this is easy- since everything (per subject) is under a hashtag – so my tutors can easily find my blogs and see how often I am posting. Some important sources on the importance of the aesthetics of blogging are here and here.

Hashtags are an important part of promoting my blog and making sure that people who are interested in reading the content are able to do so.  The hashtags must be relevant to the topic, as well as the subject the blog post is for. This increases the amount of readers because it will show up in relevant searches, as well as when users have the hashtag saved for updates and recent posts. I found that most viewers for my blogs were students doing this subject, as well as those who were monitoring the tags I used. This works in a professional stand point too, since YOAST works out our SEO and manages which tags we should be using, as well as which tags are working the best. Although I don’t use SEO tracking on my weekly blogs, it does help and improve the professionalism of the blog and how it is run. Articles on hashtags here and here!

Something that has improved since my first few blogs, is my inclusion of images and hyperlinks, as well as external media. I utilize images to improve the look of the blog and also add some automatic visual reference to the content- when people are scrolling through the hashtag- they will see my attached image and if it’s something they know, then they’ll be able to read and comment on the post. The image acts as the hook to draw the readers into the content. While the readers are reading the blog, I use hyperlinks on certain words, if they related to an article I’ve read that has a similar point or opinion to my own. This gives the readers the opportunity to connect closer with my reasoning behind my argument. I also utilize a bibliography at the end- just so that if the reader is interested in the topic, they have the means to study it further.

Lastly, I would like to discuss my professionalism and how my writing has changed while writing these blogs. I feel as though, during my first year the blogs were all just a summary of the content discussed in class- there was no personal voice or chance to voice my opinion. Through constantly writing these posts, as well as through discussing my writing with tutors, I’ve begun to do more than just recount. I make sure to form an opinion on the topic, and then back this up with a story or idea of my own- I feel like this encourages more readers since I’m offering something different to the other blogs. In this subject, I was able to talk about my Grandmother and her experience with TV- her opinion was different to many, in that she didn’t care about it much at all, nor did it change her life in anyway.

Through the subject blogs, I’ve been able to gain knowledge on WordPress which has then helped my professional career – my tone of writing has improved, I know how to use hashtags and hyperlinks! I do need to be more organised, and consistent with posting- as well as with updating the blog itself. However, through creating a new blog account, next semester, I hope to improve even further.

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What our Film Industry is Doing Wrong

This week we did a case study on the co-production treaties! We looked at a few honestly terrible films that had been completely government funded and then we tried to find the cultural aspects of the film that demonstrated the intercultural relationships in the film.

“Screen Australia offers funding and resources to support the development, production and marketing of Australian screen content, as well as for the development of Australian talent and screen production businesses.”

To gain funding from the Australian government to produce a movie, there are a few guidelines you need to follow. Such as employing Australian actors, and ensuring that you’re promoting Australian to international audiences in a positive way.

In class we discussed a few common theme between movies, and none of these really fit the true Australian community. Things on this list included:

  • Excessive alcohol and swearing
  • Overbearing men and trashy women
  • VB
  • Dingos
  • The sand / beach / outback
  • Kangaroos

Through these films there’s no actual demonstration of Australian lifestyle and ideals- aside from maybe the constant inclusion of the beach and man-eating animals (Australia is dangerous!) and a lot of our international image is negative. I think that overall, we really need to step up in terms of our international image and our choice of stereotypes promoted in our film industry.

Personally, when it comes to TV shows, I think we are generally more realistic in terms of our lifestyle in TV. Since these are generally more targeted at Australian audiences, they’re more lowkey in terms of stereotypes and focus more on telling a story, Australian audiences will enjoy. In films, I feel like they’re more geared towards entertaining people who enjoy our stereotypes and are more inclined to ridicule us for it.

A TV show I enjoy is Puberty Blues- my mother enjoyed it too. While the film is still not 100% accurate it does use less of the typical bogan-Australian outback image the film industry promotes.

I also believe that overall we need a better image of how multicultural and amazingly diverse our nation is.

For this weeks reading we were supposed to look into co-production treaties but I feel like it’s more important to analyse the issues within our film community.

In terms of our co-production treaties, they don’t seem to highlight much of our culture either nor particularly combine them very well with another. A lot of these movies still predominantly utilize our Caucasian actors, and amazing beaches. Rarely, are they even filmed in Australia!

We have treaties with over 12 different countries, and after an extensive Google, I still can’t find a movie that seems worthy of watching or that won’t make me cringe. There are so many pages encouraging Australian film makers to work with other counties but if Australia wants to move forwards as a film industry, I think we need to start focusing more on who we really are, and not who the world wants us to be.

 

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My Pitchhhhhhhh!

We were asked to write a proposal pitch, and I’m honestly completely unsure about what I’m going to do. I’ve looked at our weekly topics, and found one that seems simple and effective in terms of the method to carry it out and also to see effective and insightful results.

The Pitch:

I would love to look into the consumption of media in relation to area/special limitations and requirements. To make it less formal, and go further into detail. I plan to look at the relationship between devices and certain events and places and whether this is a common thing or if it’s a singular event.

An example of this would be the location of TV’s in a household. Are all TV’s placed in the loungeroom only? If there is a common theme between the location of the TV’s in the household, why is it like that? Is it due to the parents or is that just the most convenient location for the TV to be placed?

I would easily be able to compile this information through a survey and interviews- the information also isn’t too intrusive and would follow the Ethics guidelines.

I was also thinking of asking participants to take a picture of their TV- to see if it’s in the centre of the room, or in the corner. This will demonstrate how the family/environment is affected by the device being placed in the area. The model of the device will also be telling in terms of if the device holds a high importance in the household.

Another example I would like to consider is the use of phones. Most people are on their phones 24/8 but it would be good to look into which locations/situations would cause these people to NOT use their phones.

For example, these days on many wedding invites, the bride and groom will request that you don’t use your phone to take pictures and that you let their photographer show them the memories first. I would be interested to see if people would respect this.

Also at concerts and museums- when the signs ask you to not take any photos; is this respected or do people disregard it? I would also look at the phone model people have and if it’s important to them that they have the newest model, and if they look after their phones; since this will show how important it is to the interviewee.

Research:

I’m interested to explore other research in this area since it will also give a further, educated insight into the findings I receive. I haven’t looked at many sources, since I wasn’t sure if this is what I was going to do. But here are the three I’ve looked at briefly:

I think to make the research more balanced, I should ask people of a varying age group and those who are from different monetary backgrounds. This will ensure that I’m obtaining research from a variety of people and not a singular- type of person and also allow me to note any external factors affecting their use of technology.

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Inter-cultural TV Audiences !

So this week we discussed the concept of region/country specific Tv shows becoming popular in other markets. I wasn’t too sure about what to write about for this topic, but went with the idea of discussing the ways in which a TV show marketed towards a specific country can have a huge demographic and popularity outside of that specific country/region.

I decided to look into something that I’m interested in to make this more interesting for me to look at. I want to look at the international interest with a Korean reality show called Produce 101.

Produce 101 (Hangul: 프로듀스 101) is a 2016 reality TV survival show on the Korean channel Mnet. It is a large-scale project in which the public “produces” a unit girl group by choosing members from a pool of 101 trainees from 46 entertainment companies as well as the group’s concept, debut song, and group name. The Korean consumers vote to decide which trainees become part of an official K-pop group.

This show was only available to watch officially to those in Korea, only those who resided in Korea could vote to choose and the entire show was in Korean.

Despite the show being region locked, the TV show had huge international popularity. Every week international fans would seek out streaming websites kshowsonline and kshow.net to stay updated. They would of course have to wait for the subtitles, or if they were eager they could watch the live stream in full Korean.

Despite the show obviously being aimed at a Korean audience there are a few reasons it held so much popularity among international fans.

  • The show was music based; since many of the covers on the show were of legendary Western favourites, like Say My Name; it was easy for international fans to recognise the differences in performance
  • The acting community that created subtitles enabled the community of viewers to be widened since even if you didn’t speak Korean you were able to watch and understand
  • Social media, such as Twitter and Facebook enabled international fans to make communities to discuss what was going on in the show and create a bond and social aspect to viewing the show
  • Due to the increasing popularity of K-pop idols, the idea of watching one be formed would be a unique experience for many fans who are otherwise unable to be involved in the creation of their favourite K-pop groups and bands

All of the above points are reasons why the show is popular internationally despite the fact that Produce 101 had a completely different target audience.

Proof of this is the fact that the final product, IOI, was able to have their first win as soon as they debuted + perform at KCON LA with one of the biggest turn outs of the groups that performed. IOI has numerous international fanbases that operate and support the group exactly as the Korean fansites do- this shows that the international audience was just as actively participating and enjoying this Korean-based TV show.

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Media Space: Library

According to the all-knowing Wikipedia

Media spaces are “electronic settings in which groups of people can work together, even when they are not present in the same place and time. In a media space, people can create real-time visual and acoustic environments that span physically separate areas.

This means that a media space is an environment where multiple people are using a device to consume media.

This week we were asked to talk about our experiences within a media space and I’ve decided to speak about a single building with juxtaposing media spaces. Which is the library! Even though we now have an actual area called the ‘media space’ – I’m going to talk about the area external to that.

There are 3 main floors of the UOW library and each floor has a very different media space.

There’s the foyer- which is more open and rushed. People who have 10 minutes until their next class and need to finish the last 200 words of their assignment or rush to print its pages (since some subjects are still ancient and require it). There’s minimal chatter between those sitting or standing at computers but it still manages to be full of low-key chatter.

There’s the book shelves around the back of this floor which are always deserted or filled with couples trying to be sneaky- or there’s the computers scattered around. It’s a luck of the draw as to whether the computer you turn on will have a working mouse and for some reason all the seats are missing but whichever section it is- the first floor doesn’t seem like somewhere you can sit and take your time. If you can even find a seat since it’s always packed.

The second floor is one I actively avoid. It’s the quiet area that has air so thick and tense I’m worried that if I sneeze too loud someone’s going to fail their assignment. This area is usually only mildly full, and dead silent. There’s dead media (aka books) lining the walls and desks, where students take notes (on paper!) and people who are managing to somehow type silently.

The atmosphere of this floor reeks of people who are going to do well- or who are just trying to find a seat and are desperate enough to risk getting a SHHHHH if their phone vibrates.

The third floor is the one I’m most acquainted with; the conference rooms! This floor is a mix of the above two- in that most group work occurs here but they’re also people you have to work with on a group assignment so you don’t talk much as you work. Each of you have your own laptop and phone, that you use sneakily text/ tweet shade at your group members for their dumb suggestions and false enthusiasm at the assignment when you know they’re going to flake out until the night before.

Overall, my opinion of media spaces are demonstrations of both an open and closed space. While you are in fact surrounded by people, you’re also ignoring all of that to focus on the media in your device instead of the actual people in front of you.

Not that that’s a bad thing- they’re probably grateful for the silence.

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The Message Behind Godzilla

Digital Asia

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My personal context did have a very direct impact on my interpretation of the original Godzilla film.

Other than the obvious impacts, in that the film was created before I was born and thus the cinematography is dramatically different to what I’m used to. There were a few things that stood out to me that had more to do with information and language.

While I do come from a very Australian background, I have spent a very long time studying and enjoying Asian cultures and its entertainment industry (Japanese culture in particular). So there were a few things in this film that stood out for me and may have been viewed differently.

Firstly, the use of more Kanji characters in signage was important. In more modern films, and in Japan itself- most signs are written in Hiragana and Katakana- since it’s easier for the public to read and understand. It…

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Translation of Comedy and Drama

For this weeks topic, I decided I would dissect a popular anime adaption to try and demonstrate it’s inter-cultural TV audience and how the show changed based on this.

Firstly, Itazura na Kiss was a popular Japanese anime released in 2008. The story line follows Kotoko Aihara as she’s forced to share a roof with the smartest boy at her school, Naoki Irie. The plot of this story becomes dramatic when it’s revealed that in the past, Kotoko had given a letter of Confession to Irie – one that he rejected.

Initially, this was a manga work published in 1990, and because very well known around Japan- and caused the artist to rise in popularity. From there it began being adapted into Live Action dramas all over Asia:

  • 1996, Japan
  • 2006, It was adapted into TWO Taiwanese dramas, It Started with a Kiss and its sequel They Kiss Again,
  • 2010, South Korea, Playful Kiss
  • 2013,  Japan, Mischievous Kiss: Love in Tokyo.
  • 2014, Japan, a sequel -Mischievous Kiss 2: Love in Okinawa
  • 2015, Thai, Kiss Me รักล้นใจนายแกล้งจุ๊บ
  • 2016, Taiwanese, Miss in Kiss

I want to analyse what it is about the plot that has caused it to be so successful- because even with all of these adaptions- these dramas have never been cancelled or had any trouble with ratings.

How is it possible for the plot of a manga written, 26 years ago still popular?

I believe it is a few things:

  • The female trope who is at first rejected and then accepted by the “ideal man”- who later turns out to love her and prove everyone who doubted him wrong. This is definitely a stereotypical romance plot.
  • The easily adaptable generic female character; she’s relatable and seen as an “average girl”; which is popular among female audience’s due to being relatable. This is also enhanced by the fact that in each adaption, her character is played by an actress from that country.
  • The main male character is ALWAYS SUPER ATTRACTIVE! HELLO!
  • In these adaptions, there are subtle differences that cause it to suit the culture differently, most of these roles are played by well-known actors in the designated country; especially the male lead. This means that the drama creates a fantasy sort of concept in which fans watching the show for the male protagonist can easily place themselves in the shoes of Kotoko and therefore invest themselves further into the plot. This is especially strong due to idol culture in Japan and Korea.

Overall, between all the different versions, the generic characters and plotline are really what I think causes this manga/anime/drama to be so popular in Asia- not to mention that it’s a staple watch for all three categories.

It was one of the first animes, and Korean dramas I ever watched- I didn’t even make the connection until halfway through when the plot seemed reeeeally familiar and I decided to google it.

More in-depth comparisons of the series can be found here:

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My Grandmother x TV

It’s definitely a delayed blog post; but I finally had time to visit my family this week. I was originally going to interview my mum but Grandma showed up and I figured that would be more interesting.

My grandma didn’t want to reveal how old she was, but she did say she was around 10 years old when tv first came out. That was in the 50’s and her family didn’t buy one right away because they couldn’t afford it.

It was in black and white, and you had to get out of your chair to change the channel (she complained about this and then went on to talk about how lucky we were that remotes have been invented). She says that the first channels were channel 2, 9 and then channel 7. SBS and channel 10 came later – although she never watched anything except Mickey Mouse Club House.

My grandfather chimed in to say that musicians used to go on TV when they were just starting out and that was how they knew whether they would make it big or not. He said at the start, they would let just about anyone broadcast- and it wasn’t until much later that it became a lot more exclusive.

In her household, they didn’t put much focus on the tv. Her time would be spent at church in the mornings and then the afternoon with her boyfriend and then probably back to church after dinner to see all her school friends. She’d always get frustrated because anytime Mickey Mouse Club House came on she would be asked to do chores! Most of her time was spent helping around the house and when she wasn’t doing that she was out of the house with friends. She does mention that her family only ever had one TV- and that her parents weren’t worried about the “uprising of technology” and just that it was something new and interesting.

Apparently, people didn’t start getting paranoid about technology until the mobile phones and Laptops were invented.

She mentions that back then they were a lot more innocent – they acted their age and didn’t mature as quickly as youths do now (“or so they think they mature” – Grandma) and while the tv was exciting it wasn’t as critical in daily life as our phones and laptops are now. As an example, she remembers the queen’s coronation, but not from the TV. She was outside watching it in person.

She couldn’t remember any events on TV – she just wasn’t interested in it.

The TV wasn’t implemented into the education system at the time. They weren’t shown films in class or told to watch certain movies to help their learning. All information came from the encyclopedia and books. She says that “TV was separate from education… Something you do at home.”

It was interesting to talk to her about it, I am a bit sad she couldn’t remember many key events – but it does give a different perspective than others.

Here are the notes I took from the interview.

I also don’t have a picture since she requested that I don’t include one!

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Research Reflection

Finally, although delayed, my research report is complete and despite feeling as though I could’ve done more, I also feel as though if I had, it would have been too much content to fit into the required word count.

I will quickly summarize the changes and final result of my research report:

  • I changed my question to simply point out the positive aspects of utilizing social media in education since I felt like I would be able to explain this point more in depth and with genuine interest in the topic, although I tried to set the theme for the piece as informative rather than persuasive. Despite my personal opinion, I did still keep the negative effects of social media in my mind while writing.
  • I focused more on discussing the survey results since I believe first hand opinions are more important. There’s no real point in discussing the effects of social media on students, if the results you include and use aren’t from the students themselves.
  • I didn’t use many statistics or any images because I personally feel like the report didn’t need them and I would rather use the full word count. A lot of the statistics were also more generalised and I wanted to use more opinionated information.
  • All of the survey responses had a positive view of social media within education and wanted to expand its use outside of the BCM subjects at UOW and that really helped me to cement my thesis and decide exactly what I wanted to write about for this assignment.

Only one of the people who filled in my survey requested to be updated with the final project, so I will email them a copy of my final research report.

While looking into the ethics of research, it was interesting to see how thoughtful these guidelines are in terms of where the boundary lies. It was also interesting to see statistics and surveys that went against the ethics and look into the repercussions of breaching the ethics.

I faced a lot of issues with finding sources that weren’t written by people who were out of the generation in which technology had an influence or wasn’t seen as a scary thing. I tried to look for sources written by students who were still studying since they would be in a similar situation when writing their reports which would then make their opinions more relevant to my own topic. Ultimately, I gave up on this and focused on the survey responses, but it was good to read a few different points of view.

The reflection on this project comes at a point where I just remembered how passionate I am about studying and learning. Having to do most of this semester while battling health issues and not having a reliable laptop literally stripped any sort of enjoyment I would have otherwise gotten from doing this assignment.

However, the past few days, I’ve travelled 4 hours to my parents house to camp out and get this assignment done and while I once again, couldn’t do much background research, I feel as though my personal experience in this topic, when paired with the results from my survey were enough to at least pass. I’m thankful for previous studies I’ve done on this topic and the fact that this allowed me to fully form my opinion on using social media early, and then follow this through with research that initially made me question a lot of the positive views I had.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my classmates who filled in my survey, and I also appreciate the fact that your opinions matched my own.

I hope that in the future I’ll be able to look deeper into this, and be able to explain more in depth about what myself, other students and previous research. Something that this assignment definitely taught me was that the most reliable source of information comes from the parties who experience the topic of research directly, or those who are in a similar situation. In the future I hope that researchers who study the effects of social media in education, ask the students themselves what they think of it since the people who filled in my survey were honest about the negative impacts of Social Media in education.

Lastly, thank you to Renee and Kate who have been amazing teachers this semester, and very understanding towards my personal circumstances. You’re the best! ❤