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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! ❤

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Week 7 : DA Update

Here we go, this is the latest update for my DA. I was supposed to film  vlog this time, but on the day of the concert I was too busy and then after that I managed to get sick from being surrounded by a bunch of people in a tiny mosh pit and couldn’t film this video until yesterday.

Great, considering this was due on Friday.

After this vlog, I’ve decided i would rather not do anymore vlogs. Which leaves me with little to work with in terms of informing people of what it is that I do and how to do it. It also requires a lot of time and the correct lighting/ actually caring about my appearance. There’s also a lack of anonymity which is something I would rather have.

The podcasts were okay; honestly a good idea for when I’m not unwell and have a quiet place to record.

I do prefer typing everything out; but that is more time consuming and written form is a dying media so realistically it’s not worth doing blog posts either.

Relating this to free labour; the communication I do while working at concert events is a very good example of Youth these days and how we’re doing a lot of work for little or no return. But in that case; isn’t doing this DA just supporting the unpaid labour system? if anything it requires me to work harder because I have to recount everything I’m doing.

I’m really not sure where to head next for this project but I will start researching where I should go from here.

In the meantime; here’s a recount of what happened at the GOT7 concert!

 

Part 1 https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B6ciqjCPYo9ER1RiOTY1dE1qVlE

Part 2 https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B6ciqjCPYo9ER1RiOTY1dE1qVlE

 

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BCM212 – Assignment update

Hello everyone! It’s your favourite procrastinator back with an update~

Basically, it’s taken me a long time to come up with a new question because I clearly wasn’t paying enough attention and missed the fact that we could only interview UOW students so; question change.

I decided to go with something more specific and a bit easier to research; what effect does social media have on how you study/learn at university?

I think this question hits very close to home for a lot of us, especially in the BCM where we are encouraged to incorporate it closely with our studies.

For this question, I plan on doing a survey, as well as asking a few friends because I know they’re more likely to be a bit more honest about it. All verbal interviews will be recorded and they can have access to them.

I will probably upload them all to Google Drive and then link each person individually, or have a question at the bottom asking if they wish to receive updates and then send an email? I’m not too sure yet.

A lot of the sources I’ve read have been positive, and a lot of the negative ones were written by older people who don’t have much direct contact with media students. In DIGC335 the other day, Chris was saying that the older generation have trouble understanding technology, and thus have trouble passing it down and keeping up with younger students who are more adept than them at using the tools.

I think this will also be reflected within the sources I research, especially in terms of education. (as it has been shown so far)

At the moment, this topic is really interesting to me, since it still related to something that I am involved with every day and I think this topic will also help more people understand both the pros and cons of social media within education!!

[NOTE: Will update this post with the survey once it has been finished]

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This semesters DA and Podcast #1

Okie dokie, yo. 

This semester I am trying something new; podcasts! 

Which i uploaded on Google Drive until I get my act together and can post quality content on Soundcloud. 
Basically the text here will be what I didnt say in my podcast, and it will probably become a permanent fixture for my DA. 
Forgotten things:

– all research for my DA comes through personal experience and the guidance of other fanoage admins who are kind enough to help me

– i will avoid mentioning names of promoters and those who help me because i would rather not disclose that information 

– i will vlog the concerts I go to and the upload them onto a YouTube channel. 

– might have a hashtag for people to ask me questions on; and run it through my uni Twitter account to build a business OP
Here is the podcast: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6ciqjCPYo9ESDc5b203Y3M4TWs/view?usp=drivesdk

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Week 1 : An introduction and a throwback

Introduction: Jessie, 19, international media major (I think)- my twitter is here and clearly, this is my blog.

I’m in the media and communications degree because it sounded interesting, and I showed up to my first year lectures and was told that apparently the weird k-pop shit I do on the side is actually a possible future career and so here I am.

A 2nd year in a 3rd year subject, really confused but definitely trying. At least I didn’t do this last semester, that would’ve been a mess.

So to start off, basically I run a variety of online forums and groups. Mostly Facebook and Twitter, also lately I’ve been looking into an app called Amino- since it’s heavily k-pop based.

Online through just groups and Twitter accounts I have an audience of around 15,000 people. I am also in frequent contact with promoters and other official-type people which is not as great as people think.

I’m also volunteering for a company called Asian Pop Radio to boost their social media activity. Not to gloat (well, I am slightly) but within the span of 3 days, I boosted their social media presence by 786%. I think this is an achievement.

A problem I have is that i’m very blunt online and when I am trying to be positive it can come across as sarcastic… which isn’t good considering my line of work but I’ll work on that.

In terms to my blog posts, i’m more comfortable with typing and hyperlinking than creating images/videos. AND TECHNICALLY i’m not acting any lesser because the blog itself is still media.

I’ll be dividing my blogs into sections so it’s easier for me to study later on, and probably easier for you to follow since my brain tends to jump between topics often.

Does anyone else crave Garlic bread like, ALL THE TIME????

This weeks lecture:

Cyber-culture is the reaction to the constant and evolving presence of technology within the everyday world. The media created based on this concept often represents the present worries and not the actual future.

Source opinion of the week: Visit the Museum of Media History (as imagined in 2004)

This video was surprisingly accurate in that it predicted Google becoming the main source of information on the internet. However, Google has surpassed Amazon in terms of populating search results based on preferences since it partnered with Twitter. Although that partnership fell apart, it would have benefited Google a lot to view the hashtag and following system Twitter implements.

Surprisingly, the video didn’t predict the importance of social media sites nor the implementation of a site like Facebook. Although, Facebook and Google aren’t officially connected, there’s no surprise to be gained if Google was making use of the free information Facebook provides.

The video itself enforces the concept that cyber media is based on the present and not the future- as in 2004 Google would have worries a lot of people (including dead media)

DA ideas:

So, after picking up this subject on request from Travis, I walked in to happily realise that Chris already knew what I was doing in terms of my k-pop management and within 10 minutes I’d already been sold on the idea of podcasts.

I don’t like the sound of my own voice, but I hate typing copious amounts of words more. I will definitely be willing to give it a shot and if it doesn’t work, then FEFO and let’s move on.

I’m hesitant though, to let people know how I do things because it is competitive and at the moment, I’m probably the 3rd best at it in Australia and I’d like to keep it that way until I graciously retire at the age of 22.

I don’t want to spend my whole life managing Facebook pages but something on the side, that I could do while working another job would be absolutely amazing.

I keep being told that what I do is a career, but it’s not one I want to be honest. My work hours are 8:30am – 4am every day and there are no breaks. Add on a double degree and part time online work and it isn’t enjoyable.

So in that case, maybe I should teach someone how to do it in moderation; to not let them get to the point I’m at but also to be more efficient.

Just an idea at this point~ onto the next!!!

 

 

 

 

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The Future of Employment- Research Proposal

After being asked to decide on a proposal idea, as stated in my last blog post; the future of work interests me the most. Social media and the internet is having a huge effect on how we work and especially on how long we work for.

The working hours are no longer 9-5 and instead we are online and working almost 24 hours a day. This lack of rest can have huge detrimental effects on those who are working and it’s important that these effects are identified and treated.

My question would revolve around whether or not the rise of social media and the newer technology made available to us has had a positive or negative affect on us psychologically. And whether the positives out-weight the negatives.

This topic is something i’m knowledgeable about because i do work with social media and know first hand of the effects it has- it would be interesting to study this further and see if there are any changes that can reduce the psychological stress.

My approach to this will be looking through studies conducted on social media marketers and people who run paid social media accounts. This would provide a basic understanding of their circumstances and enable me to make comparisons to come up with an answer for my question.

I will be able to conduct interviews and also compare this to my personal experience with social media. This will enable me to have a more in depth analysis of what effects it has on people and whether or not it’s beneficial  in the long run or too detrimental to the psych of those employed in this way.

It will also be important to compare the older ways of employment to the newer form so that I’m able to accurately answer my question. I think that it’s important that I get a lot of my information from first hand sources since it will be more accurate and provide a larger variety of information.

I will also have to clarify what is included in social media work. is it being paid or just working towards a certain goal using social media?

Personally, I manage and run approximately 9 different online forums and I often go with minimal sleep as I have to remain active longer than the majority of the members to ensure that the group is running smoothly. The impacts the world of social media has on a person is something affecting me personally and I hope to study this further to prove that social media and technology are affecting how we work.

 

 

 

 

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Reflexivity and Research ideas

Reflexivity is cause and reaction. To relate this to curiosity; Curiosity is the cause and reflexivity is the reaction.

If research is formalised curiosity then the products of our research are another form of reflexivity of which the product is beneficial.

This class requires us to follow our curiosity into a research question. Of course instills curiosity.

Our questions are pretty broad:

the future of work
the future of universities
the future of information

Two of these interest me, and it isn’t the future of university. Well, it does, but lowkey compared to the other two.

I think that the way we gather information is already advanced but also very flawed. It’s made us lazy in that we expect the information found on the internet to be true and rarely in everyday life do we bother to seek further resources to clarify the information; especially when it comes to news articles.

Then again, it was probably like that before new media came into play anyway.

I think I’m most interested in the future of work; especially in relation to social media and the job opportunities coming from it.

i personally am looking for a job in this role, and am currently volunteering for a radio show to increase their social media presence… It’s pretty obvious where I started working for them haha. So I hope to use this reflexivity to produce a project that also benefits me outside of the course.

Their social media links are here and here.

The first image to show up under reflexivity: escher-drawing_hands

 

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An introduction to my curiosity

Curiosity is this.

But to me it’s motivation. Curiosity is the reason  get out of bed every morning, it’s the reason I agree to random tinder dates and it’s the reason I enjoy studying.

The world has endless things to be curious about. Like this, and this. But have you ever thought about this? It is the cause behind the 3 hour long YouTube rabbit hole of cat videos; you’re curious about what it will do next!

The endless Wikipedia procrastination and the reason why I know there’s 6 Billion people in the world who don’t use the internet and the Japanese word for apple is ringo, which is also a popular girls name.

It’s the motivation to learn so many languages that I will probably never use.

Curiosity is the reason why you clicked on those links. It over takes you like a twitch, something you can’t help but it will continue to happen, sometimes it leads to embarrassment and other times it leads you to the answer you’ve been waiting for.

I think it’s important to be curious. It’s important to have that thirst for knowledge and to find out exactly what happened to Marilyn Monroe (conspiracy!!).

Lack of curiosity shouldn’t exist. If you aren’t curious, are you even living?

This website hereeeeeee; enforces my idea that curiosity makes you smarter. Why learn about one thing when you can know everything?

I’m not sure if this is how I’m supposed to be writing in this subject but here it is; this is me.

My name is Jessie, I’m 19 years old and I look forward to being in BCM212 with you all~!

Last thing: this is the first picture that shows up when you Google curiosity! #explore.

download

 

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My Opinion on Other Opinions (Losing privacy means taking someone elses)

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:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/113U4fKi9hqzO51G8vZ3xO02t-jsn1ppYwQfvA5YxSlo/edit?usp=sharing

 

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UOWLeaks; I understand hackers

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.picsart_10-20-07-08-43