Happy Potter Strikes Again

Find where I posted it on Imgur Robert Entman suggests that “to frame is to select some aspects of a perceived reality and make them more salient in a communicating text.” That means, to choose key parts of something’s identity and piece them together to create a story which highlights those particular desired aspects. This process … Continue reading Happy Potter Strikes Again

When the Cathedral meets the Bazaar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppKohUQPx6U&feature=youtu.be When applying it to the field of communications and media, we like to think of Eric S. Raymond’s concept of the cathedral and of the bazaar as two binary poles. That we can only have one at the exclusion of the other. It is easy to think this way. The cathedral is symbolic for … Continue reading When the Cathedral meets the Bazaar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gRblfAQKbI In 2017, this Ultra Tune advertisement was aired Australia-wide. It racked up no less than 357 complaints, one of which described it as a “disgusting portrayal of women pandering to a supposed male sexual fantasy about dumb sexy women having a water fight.” The advertisement was found by the Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB) not … Continue reading

A New Reality

Find my .gif on Giphy Academics like Henry Jenkins tend to highlight the logistical elements of transmedia narratives. Generally, this includes things like “creating different points of entry for different audience segments” and the creation of “complex fictional worlds which can sustain multiple interrelated characters and their stories”. Admittedly, many popular franchises come to mind … Continue reading A New Reality

You Wouldn’t Steal a Hedwig

Copyright aims to control the spread of memes because the industry wants to control content and ideas. My remediation this week is an example of how this model of highly restrictive copyright is incompatible with the internet. The internet is open source, no matter how much big businesses try to create control and scarcity. Produsers, … Continue reading You Wouldn’t Steal a Hedwig

World of Internet Warcraft

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0tqJ3vXxuk The rise of digital and social media has led to a change in how messages, ideas and ideologies are propagated. Anyone with these technologies can produce, aggregate and curate content, without being a professional communicator, and I was inspired this week to do just that. The information people want to portray can be easily … Continue reading World of Internet Warcraft

We Are the New Media

Find where I posted it on Imgur The post-industrial digital-age has enabled citizen-journalists and media makers to be considered respectable, or at least view-worthy, authorities because they are unique in their production style. Audiences appreciate the unpackaged, unfiltered style of citizen media as it affords the proliferation of both a diversity of perspectives and of … Continue reading We Are the New Media

The Digital Public Sphere

The digital age has given Habermas' classic idea of the ‘public sphere’ a face lift. No longer do we learn about and discuss the news, current events, and social/cultural/political issues of the moment solely from physical sources (legacy media) and face-to-face interactions. Digital and social media have heralded a new age of discourse, allowing us … Continue reading The Digital Public Sphere

The Internet: Connective, Collective

In 2018, the internet dominates over legacy media. Its network configuration affords dialogic conversation from many people to many other people. Media can now be consumed, produced and remixed by anyone, due to its inherent ubiquitous connectivity (i.e. it is cheap, participatory and immediate). Social networks allow for a new mode of participation where we … Continue reading The Internet: Connective, Collective

Puppets and Our Masters

GIPHY made by me, images: Stokes , Murdoch , Singleton , Gordon Bruce Gordon, Rupert Murdoch (and Lachlan Murdoch), John Singleton, Kerry Stokes and CBS. They’re the purple circle of puppeteers who manipulate our legacy media. They’re Australia’s media industry owners, and by extension, they own our thoughts, our actions and our attitudes, all in alignment … Continue reading Puppets and Our Masters