Come out come out where ever you are … Troll.

Misogynist: “A person who dislikes, despises, or is strongly prejudiced against women”.  Today, living in the 21st century allows a world where all individuals are connected online. Due to this, misogynist statements are almost never heard face-to-face, rather anonymously online. Although these statements are made online and the troller is usually not stated, these comments still have the same effects on the person being attacked as if they were receiving these insults in person. Megan Tyler from ABC news states that online Internet “creates a hostile culture in which sexism and woman-hating can be freely expressed, if not praised, and this ultimately works to exclude and silence women”.

Blogger Courtney Stanton spoke to ‘Sydney Morning Herald’ about how trolls attack her online. “Most of the trolls hoped Stanton or her mother or her daughter would be raped and/or killed, while many also called her fat and ugly and ‘too repulsive to be raped’” (Griffin 2011). Stanton goes on to explain her plans of ‘naming-and shaming’ the men who had made these comments to her. However refused to as the thought of it “made her too sad” (Santon 2011).

In the aim to defeat online trolls, as well as emphasise the effect of misogynist statements a hashtag (#mencallmethings) has gone viral on twitter. This hashtag increases awareness of attacks, threats and harassment’s that women receive daily, in the hope to take these men down.

Now is the time where women need to speak up about these issues. Online trolling is a serious offence, which needs to be directed immediately and effectively. The only reason this behaviour is seen online “is because men are empowered with safety of their anonymity and computer screen and are acting out long-held feelings of disgust over women” (Evans, 2011). Women would not tolerate these comments if they were received when dinning or at the gym so what makes it tolerable online. Nothing.

CAN WE FIX IT?

YES WE CAN!

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References: Evans K 2o11, ‘Men call me things: it’s not as romantic as it sounds’, abc, Viewed 15th May 2014
http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/3659712.html

Meagan T 2012, ‘Trolling, misogyny and porn: the perils of being a woman online’, abc, Viewed 15th May 2014
http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/4369562.html

Griffin M 2011, ‘Troll attack campaign goes viral’ , The Sydney Morning Herald, Viewed 15th May 2014
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/trollattack-campaign-goes-viral-20111108-1n4j4.html

 

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Oh Mr president!

Ahhh the world of politics! It seems our brains (well my brain at least) are forever trying to keep up with the crazy logic behind politicians’ proposals. Politics are run by individuals who think they have the brain capacity to keep the world in order, when sometimes all the world might need is some well deserved TLC.

Until now, I have only just realised that the vast majority of people involved in politics are over the age of 35. Well what about the rest of us huh? Are we not smart enough or something? Daniel Wittenberg (a 16 year old aspiring journalists) speaks “young people like me must be granted the opportunity to discuss current affairs and take notice of the policy areas where we have an important perspective (particularly as many 16-to-21-year-olds are more than willing and capable of doing so)”. Today’s youth are more powerful then ever due to social media as it has allowed for a space where individuals can voice their own opinion about any world wide or personal issues.

Barack Obama’s 2012 election turned viral on the media platform ‘Twitter’. He even knocked out Justin Bieber’s world record for the “most widespread social network messages in 24 hours” (Prigg 2012).  During the time of Obama’s election there were more than 327 452 thousand tweets per second, with more than 455000 thousand people retweeting his celebratory message.


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This graph represents that 95% of teenagers aged 12-17 are connected online. Highlighting that our youth contributed to those millions of tweets on Obama. However they were not just tweeting about Obama, rather contributing too! Early in Obama’s campaign, political pollsters were observing that Obama was “rocking the youth vote”. This was proved true: exit polls on Tuesday revealed that “Obama had won nearly 70% of the vote among young Americans under 25 – the highest percentage since US exit polling began in 1976” (Fraser & Dutta, 2008). Also, further stating that he enjoyed having support among the Facebook generation.

Politics are world wide issues that should be addressed and approached by not only the mature aged but also youth. Social media has now allowed our youth to voice an opinion. Politicians need to acknowledge their opinions because if these teenagers are anything like me, then they can be very persuasive! In my opinion, our youth does play a role in political activism however it is not recognised as much as it should be. Come on adolescents its time to show them what we’ve got!

References:

Fraser & Dutta, 2008, ‘Obama’s win means future elections must be fought online’, the guardian, Viewed 8th May 2014, http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2008/nov/07/barackobama-uselections2008

Blame it on the pop!

DJ Earworm.  If any of you have heard of this name before, then you will know that it has nothing to do with worms in your ear. However DJ Earworm (whom also goes by the name Jordan Roseman) uses his DJ  name as a metaphor which;  “comes from the german word ‘ohrwrum’ meaning a melody that gets stuck in your head and you can’t get it out no matter how hard you try” (Piazza, 2010). 

DJ Earworm is well known for mashing popular pop songs over a specific year into one big song. One year (2008 mashup), my sister and I became so obsessed with his mashup. We memorised every word of his remix and would not stop singing it around the house for hours on end. His catchy tune was literally stuck in our head day in and day out until mum finally had the nerve to tell us to polity SHUT UP.

However, why are artists letting him steal their work and re-sell it? “Roseman’s take on sampling other people’s creative content is that you have to cooperate with an artist who feels that their copyright has been infringed upon” (Piazza, 2010).  “I think if you transform it enough it’s ok. I have always cooperated in the theoretical possibility that someone would want me to take it down, but mostly people want me to help them so it is kind of the opposite of what you may think. People are for it” (Dj Earworm, 2010).

I strongly believe that artists just like DJ Earworm are taking something that is already great and making it brilliant. Axel Bruz sums remixing up perfectly by relating it too produsage – “songs are unfinished products which are continuously under development towards evolutionary, iterative paths”. As people are becoming more heavily involved with online music consumption, we can only expect that the creative minds out there are going to mix and mash what they hear and make it something of their own.

All in all, re-mixing and re-mashing is a big YES from me, and I can’t wait to see where it will take us in the future.

Referencing:

Pizza J, January 25th 2010, ‘DJ Earworm: Man behind viral year-end mashups’, CNN, Viewed May 5th 2014, http://edition.cnn.com/2010/SHOWBIZ/Music/01/25/dj.earworm/

Brunz, A 2010, Distributed Creativity: Filesharing and Produsage, Viewed May 5th 2014 http://emerymartin.net/FE503/Week6/Bruns-Distributed%20Creativity%20-%20Filesharing%20and%20Produsage.pdf

 

 

 

Prod what now?

Produsage. If any of you are reading this are alike me, you would have no idea what this word means. (Trust me its definition is a lot more exciting then it sounds.) Dr Axel Brunz defines this word as; “the collaborative and continuous building and extending of existing content in pursuit of further improvement”. Brunz states that there are 4 key characteristics of produsage; organisation shift, fluid movement, unfinished and permissive. I notice that these characteristics play a large role in the contribution of produsage for my chosen platform. Vine.

Consumers are greatly involved with the creation of ‘Vine’. Yes, the media platform ‘Twitter’ owns Vine, however they are not the sole influences. Vine was technically invented by Dom Hofmann, Rus Yuspov and Colin Kroll whom play a significant role in functions and features of the platform. However it is not just these big names who own this platform, rather each individual that downloads the application on their phone. For example, the original owners are not the ones producing the content, thats you! Producers heavily rely on consumers to use and advertise their product in the hope that it turns viral.

We, as consumers play an immense role in the fluid movement of ‘Vine.’ I’m not saying all of us are the ‘Nash Grier’s’ of ‘Vine’ (Nash Grier is famous in the world of ‘Vine’ having  more then 7 million people following his posts!… I’m kind of jealous) but we all contribute to the platform by downloading, updating, rewinding, replaying, sharing, retweeting and so on of ‘Vines.’

To be honest with you all, I personally think that ‘Vine’ will forever be undergoing updates until well, it becomes (god forbid!) outdated. ‘Vines’ most recent update now lets you edit videos and save them as drafts. Matt Johan’s article speaks that ‘Vine’ “has been slowly but steadily adding features since it launched early this year — most notably a front-facing camera” (Johan,2013). These improvements make it almost impossible for this platform to become obsolete.

Brunz’ last characteristic is ‘permissive’ which I have previously touched on in my ‘Copying, borrowing or stealing blog’. But for those of you who can’t be bothered clinking my hyperlink and reading it, I’ll give you a quick run down. Copyright laws DO apply for ‘Vine’ even though they are only 6 seconds long.  In fact “Your Vines are commercials and require the same kind of copy clearance a television advertisement would require” -(Kile-beth Hilfer 2013). So alike anything else in the world ‘Vine’ needs to obey the laws of copyright.

So there it is, Brunz four characteristics presented within ‘Vine’. Hope you guys were as interested as I was.

References:

Bruns, Axel (2007) Produsage: Towards a Broader Framework for User-Led Content Creation. In Proceedings Creativity & Cognition 6, Washington, DC.

Hern, January 25 2014, ‘Vine’s co-founder Colin Kroll: ‘Six seconds just feels right’, The Guardian, Viewed 12 April 2014 http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jan/24/vine-video-flickr-colin-kroll

Honan, October 24 2013, ‘Vine Update Lets You Edit Videos and Save Them as Drafts’, Wired, Viewed 13 April 2014 http://www.wired.com/2013/10/vine-adds-two-new-editing-features/

And thats a wrap.. for now.

A few weeks ago I touched on my opinion about Miley Cyrus controversial image of her dancing on stage at the VMA’s. For those of you who can’t remember (better not be many of you!) I’ll recap.  Miley Cyrus’s VMA performance turned viral as she exposed herself on stage twerking and grinding with little to no clothes on. My opinion on this topic was that Miley’s performance captured her new ‘bad girl’ personality perfectly ( strictly based on my ideologies towards Miley.. I’m a fan). She received feedback left, right and centre on her performance, putting her in the spot light of every magazine, newspaper and news channel around the world.

I believe that this topic immensely links with the topic ‘Children in the Media’. I’m not sure if many of you are aware of the television show ‘Toddlers and Tiaras’, but if you are I know that you would have an opinion. The American television show ‘Toddlers and Tiaras’ provokes the idea that young children should be judged on their “beauty, personality and costumes” (Rebecca Drobis). ‘Toddlers and Tiaras’ television show isn’t just focused on the competitiveness of the toddlers, however the parents are more often then not, worse then their children. 

You might be thinking that I’m strange for saying so, but I truly believe that ‘Toddlers and Tiaras’ and Miley Cyrus have a lot in common. They were both raised within and around media. Miley Cyrus has been born into a media ridden world with her first big break (at the age of 12) scoring the lead role in Disney Channel’s show ‘Hannah Montana’. Ever since, she has had the media two steps behind her every move. Similarly, the children in  ‘Toddlers and Tiaras’ have been brought up to believe that appearance is everything. (I mean, it would be great to say that you won a beauty pageant, but putting that on your resume probably wouldn’t score you many jobs that actually contribute to our economy). Children that have been brought up in the media at such a young age I believe, hold a great deal of power to influence. These sensations may contribute to how an individual acts, thinks or views. My worry however is; how much media involvement can these sensations face before rebelling? I strongly believe that these celebrities or now even ‘toddlers’ become too involved with media that it wrecks them.

Children and the media simply do not mix. They should not be the spotlight of topic nor be mesmerised in the opinionated views of media. When beginning writing this blog post I didn’t think that I would come to this conclusion. Yet after researching, I have realised that the media holds authority of these sensations representing them in a particular way regardless of their individualism. This blog post speaks of my most favourable topic (controversial images) in relation to children in the media, further deepening my knowledge and understanding of how the media carries such control over individuals. Over the past six weeks I have enjoyed (more then I thought I would) voicing my opinion on various topics through blogging, and I am more than excited to find out where my future blogs will take me! (Maybe some day you’ll see me on the media for my famous blogging… don’t worry I’ll tell them you guys were my very first audience.)

Thanks for listening:)
Talia xx

References:

Rebecca Drobis, About Toddlers and Tiaras, Toddlers and Tiaras, Viewed April 8 2014 http://www.tlc.com/tv-shows/toddlers-tiaras/about-the-show/about-toddlers-and-tiaras.htm

 

 

JB’s ‘bad boy’ image.

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Justin BeiberFor many of you reading this I’m sure this name represents; hair that shines like the sun, the voice of an angel and eyes of a goddess. But for ‘Fox News’ this name means the complete opposite. Justin Beiber has grown up and swapped identities, from the innocent 14 year old singer to the outrageous 20 year old pop star now known for partying and drink driving. Greg Gutfeld from ‘Fox News’ describes Bieber’s new look as a ‘Jersey Shore souvenir shop that threw up on a shrub’. (‘Belebiers’ out there please don’t hate me for say this but I’ve got to agree, Justin it’s time to either wear a belt or pull those pants up!) 

‘Fox News‘ rips Bieber’s reputation to shreds as they criticise his recent behaviour as being ‘A total jerk’. Although, Gutfelt makes it clear that it is not all Beiber’s fault, rather his female fans for encouraging his dress code and bad boy behaviour.

‘Fox News’ is an extremely known American channel ‘landing in the top 5 among all cable networks in total day’ – (The Deadline Team 2014) meaning that what ever news they cover, it will be received by a large audience. Gutfeld leads the conversation by asking direct questions to his work colleagues on the panel, forcing them to rebound of previously made comments to direct the topic of conversation. The audience is then encouraged to perceive Beiber just as ‘Fox News’ does; ‘disgusting’, ‘dumb’ and ‘just a boy’. Justin’s reckless behaviour has bought up issues of drink driving, drug use, drag racing, public urination, spitting on fans and the list goes on, all in which the media has spoke, re-spoke and then spoke a lot more on.

In my opinion, Justin is the real mediator in this equation. I believe that his actions were specifically performed to the media to give them something to talk about. As Oscar Wilde said; “There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about”.  Beiber missed out on adolescent experiences due to his successful career so maybe he is catching up on lost time, only now experimenting with life and experiencing rebellious behaviour. There has been countless newspaper, magazines, television and article reports of Beiber and I bet money (not that I have a lot to bet) that is there is thousands more to come. In my eyes, Justin Bieber is the puppet master of media, fans and reporters.

References:

Gutfeld G, 2013, ‘ Greg Gutfelt BLASTS Justin Beiber’s Bad Behaviour “The Five” – Fox News -, online video, July 10th 2013, ‘Fox News’, Viewed, April 1st 2014,  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WWIbYmA60E

‘The Deadline Team’, Tuesday 28th February, ‘Fox News Channel Extends Cable News Ratings Winning Streak in January’, ‘Deadline HollyWood’,  Viewed 1st April 2014, http://www.deadline.com/2014/01/fnc-extends-cable-news-ratings-winning-streak-in-january/

Omg did you hear!?

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“Television, and the other media, tend to destroy the very public space of dialogue they open up, through relentless trivialising, and personalising of political issues.” – Werner A. Meier. (Yes another quote to start my blog, I’m sorry I think I am becoming obsessed). This quote however stuck out like a sore thumb compared to my other findings. Today’s lecture made me realise the extent to which the media personalises not only political, but general world wide issues brainwashing our minds to think a particular way. My tutor then spoke of an excellent point; ” Would we stop thinking globalisation is such a bad thing if the media told us differently?” My brain just went ballistic, not once had I thought from this viewpoint.

Yet, who owns the media? Who tells them what to say and how to say it? Yes we all know that there are a handful of people that technically own their share’s in the media, but in my opinion, I believe we as a society own the media. (You probably think i’m crazy for saying so). But here is why I think this way; In today’s day and age the vast majority of us are all connected to media through some way. We so desperately strive knowing the latest information as soon as physically possible, and then love running off either to Facebook, Twitter, texting or word of mouth to give a personalised input about the matter. The media has perfected their tactics to engage us with their one sided opinion, and we as a society fall for this trap every single time. In my opinion the media is not the biggest problem in the equation. However it is us, for being to eager to hear the ‘gossip’ of the media, rather than taking time to researching the matter allowing us to gain an opinion for ourselves rather than being shadows of the media.

The reason I have included this clip is to represent how fast it takes society to cling to the latest from of media. This video shows that to be considered ‘cool’ amongst adolescents it is priority to be updated with the latest form of technology, keeping us connected to media, friends and opinions. This clip highlights how quickly individuals swing from one media site to the other, trusting its ‘reliable’ information, yet only as long as everyone else is joining also. So how can the media be blamed for something that we pine for? Really, they are just putting media platforms in front of our nose because thats what we asked for.

Thus, the next time I log into Facebook or Twitter and read individual perceptions on political and worldwide matters I will be sure to double check their source of information before I believe them. (I hereby promise that I will now know that all forms of media I trust are sure owned by millionaires, but also us as a society and what we strive to hear).

References:

‘Teens Migrating From Facebook To Comments Section Of Slow-Motion Deer’, March 20 2014, ‘The Onion’ American’s Finest News’, viewed March 25 2014,
http://www.theonion.com/video/teens-migrating-from-facebook-to-comments-section,35583/

Miley’s big bang theory

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Miley Cyrus’s famous stunt pulled at the Video Music Awards (VMA) went down in history. Celebrity Miley has stripped her innocent ‘Hannah Montana’ doppelganger trading her in for the ‘bad girl’ image. “Miley Cyrus has twerked, gyrated and grinded her way into a new look faster then you can say MTV Video Music Awards” (Peacock and Kerr,  2013). What I want to know however, is why is it that this particular performance received such controversial reactions. It did not take less then 24 hours after the performance for all forms of media to erupt with footage of this young celebrity expressing herself on stage.

Miley’s performance has reached more than 1 billion views (a few of these being myself) on Youtube,  yet I wonder if any of these billion viewers have ever looked into the deeper reason why Miley performed such ‘out of character behaviour’. After reading the comments made on the video I noticed that we are quick to jump on the fact the Miley is no longer ‘a good girl’ and that ‘she has changed for the worse’. But who are we to know the real Miley? We perceive such dramatic behaviour change because we have only ever known Miley to be the cute quirky girl we use to watch on television every morning. Yet to Miley, this behaviour may be representing her true identity off camera.

This theory may also be incorrect. Maybe all Miley Cyrus wanted was attention. Celebrities continuously climb a media ridden ladder to get to the top. At the top of this ladder a prize awaits them that includes a week or two in tabloids, everyone talking about you, your face splurged over every news channel in the region and millions and millions of Facebook status’ and Tweets about you. Miley Cyrus was sure to claim all these prize’s after her performance, therefore being the most talked about celebrity until the next one tore her down to get to the top. Celebrities strive for attention and we love handing it to them which was exactly what Miley sought out to get.

In my opinion Miley Cyrus’ performance for the VMA’s was an excellent way to grab the attention of everyone in the room as well as everyone at home and the media. I strongly believe the purpose of her performance was to get out there and knock everyone off their feet so that in end, she would reach the top of that ladder. However this is only the way I interpret her performance, many people think or know differently due to their depth of knowledge on Miley. For me, her performance was exhilaratingly fun and well deserved for everyone to be talking about. Im sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to find out what to expect out of her next. Keep us on our toes Miley.

References; Peacock, L & Kerr, Isabelle, 2013 ‘Why everyone’s talking about Miley Cyrus and that performance’, ‘The Telegraph’ 27/08/2013 , viewed 18/03/2014
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-life/10267842/MTV-Video-Music-Awards-2013-Miley-Cyrus-and-that-performance-the-reasons-why-everybodys-talking-about-it.html

Media, media and more media.

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Video games, television shows, newspaper articles, magazines and social media websites can be summed up under one word. Media. Individual’s heavy consumption of media immensely influences not only their behaviour but also what they stand for. Whilst walking out of this mornings lecture, I immediately started to question why individuals continuously clone what they watch or hear through the media and the effects of this.

Alfred Bandura’s Boo Boo doll experiment’ identifies the measures between children and their ability to imitate actions and behaviour of adults through witnessing their movement. Banduara’s experiment led me to think that if the child sees the adult attacking the ‘Boo Boo Doll’ they must assume this action is tolerable. With children thinking this, they are then lead to believe that performing these actions upon others is allowed, yet it is perceived as the complete opposite, attacking and offensive. So who is to get the blame is this scenario? The aggressive child? Or the media’s influence upon the child?

This million dollar question is what constantly leaves my mind twirling round and round. I have found myself trying to answer this question more and more regularly, especially on the social media site tumblr. Tumblr is an online blogging page commonly known for re-blogging pictures or quotes of interest. This site allows expression of individual desires to be released. However, it is no secret that girls expressing them self through social media can cause conflict. The never ending war of bullying is confronting to most but life threatening to others. Does it make it okay if everyone else does it? And who is responsible for when things become out of hand? I believe that too much exposure to media holds the power to wreck people.

The media is often being blamed for negatively influencing the ways in which individuals interact. With this being said, it is not often taken into consideration that each person takes a different approach to what they observe, brainwashing them singularly. Furthermore in my (trusty) opinion, it is invalid to voice that the media intentionally demands society to think, feel, act or believe in a particular way. Yes, the media influences us, although it is hugely dependent on the consumption each person inhales.

Talia J..

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I’m one of those people that have never really been interesting in posting my personal details online. It’s not that I’m against online blogging, in fact I envy the people that find the time in their life to share with us their thoughts and opinions on this crazy world we are all living in. In starting this blog I hope to warm to the idea of strangers getting to know me through the form of my writing. So here goes the first blog that I will write about myself…(wish me luck!)

My name is Talia Johnston. I have recently turned 18 (February 12th) and am currently experiencing life as an adult… scary I know! I recently went into Dan Murphy’s for the first time and before even placing my alcohol that I was holding so proudly on the counter I got asked for ID. I think my baby face and 12 year old body features that gave it away. Iv’e chosen a degree in ‘Communications and Media  Studies’ in the hope to nurture my sense for direction. I will be using this blog for BCM 110 as well as BCM 112.

I like to say that I am good at dancing, but in all honesty I’m nothing less than pathetic. However the thing I love most about dancing and watching people dance is the way each individual adds their personal interpretation of the movement, yet expressing as a whole.

ANNND CUT!!!!!!!!! Pheww, my first blog post is done and dusted! Its kind of scary to say that I actually enjoyed expressing myself. Guess I’ll be talking to you soon enough. Love and kisses Talia. xx