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My name is Emma Sloane and I am a student in my third year of studying a Bachelor of Communications and Media (Dean's Scholar) at the University of Wollongong, Australia.

The Up on It Podcast Contextual Essay

The Up on It podcast was designed with the purpose of influencing the future landscape of sex in two ways. Firstly, this podcast aims to create a future where conversations around sex aren’t considered taboo, particularly from the perspectives of women and people in the LGBT community. My aim to achieve this was by creating a women-led sex podcast which would then normalise women creating conversations about sex. Secondly, the Up on It podcast also aimed to predict the future of sex tech, sexual practices and societal norms regarding sex, and discussed how these changes might impact our society.

The Up on It podcast began as a collaborative project between my friend Lizey and I as I thought if the audience was listening to two women discussing sex would encourage the normalisation of women talking about sex. I considered the first episode to be successful for a first-time podcast run by uni students and it currently has almost 70 listens combined on our two platforms. These listens have also been steadily achieved overtime, meaning that people continue to discover and find interest in the podcast. Through the discussion of teledildonics we also caught the attention of an open source sex-tech enthusiast who sends tweets through a butt plug, which will be of importance later.

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I received a lot of good feedback from the first podcast episode, mostly involving audio quality (which we were aware of) and the fact that we went on a lot of tangents and didn’t stick to the topic of sex consistently. With this feedback in mind Lizey and I attempted multiple times to record a second episode of the podcast together to no avail, and Lizey decided that it would be better if I continued this project on my own.

From this point I decided that it would be a good idea to have a new guest on most episodes of the podcast. I made this decision as normalising discussion about sex between two people is an important aspect of this podcast. I also think that getting fresh perspectives of sex in every episode will only make the podcast more enriching for myself and the viewers allowing us all to learn more. However, these podcast episodes do require a lot of research on very niche topics so I will be recording some episodes by myself where I can really geek out about sex with my audience, without having to prepare someone else with my extensive notes.

For the second episode of the podcast ‘The Future of Sex in Gaming’ I asked my friend Maccy to guest star. I thought that Maccy would be a good choice of special guest as he is an avid gamer and would also provide a gay man’s perspective which is something that I cannot do. Furthermore, the podcast hadn’t touched on a lot of LGBT sex conversation yet, and that was one of my aims.

The second episode of the podcast was only released yesterday however, I have already gained a few new followers on our twitter page. Notably, @buttplug.io created a twitter thread sharing podcasts who discuss sex tech/teledildonics and my second podcast episode was first on the list. This in itself I feel is a great achievement, and it could potentially bring a larger audience to the podcast.

Overall, I have had many struggles and successes in producing this podcast. I feel that the change to online learning during COVID ended up inadvertently affecting the direction of the podcast a lot. I also feel that if I had produced more consistent episodes of the podcast that I genuinely might have a small audience by now. However, I am still extremely passionate and proud about this digital artefact, which is not something that I have experienced with any of my previous digital artefacts. I plan to continue this podcast as I do believe that it has potential to positively impact the way we think and feel about sex in our society. My next step is to put the podcast on platforms that will be more conveniently accessed by my audience, including SPOTIFY which is a consistent request. Please follow if you are interested in seeing the future of this project.

Episodes one and two can be found here:

BCM 325 LIVE TWEETING CRITICAL EVALUATION WEEKS 6-12

Emma Sloane

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This semester’s live tweeting has been a really fun experience, and a great way to interact with my peers during the covid-19 isolation. I have found that my skills in multi-taking improved greatly during weeks 6-12 and it has been much easier to pay attention to the films whilst sourcing information on them.

There were three main predictions that I had for my live-tweeting experience in weeks 6-12:

  1. To include pre-research into my class preparation.
  2. To maintain a large majority of my tweets to have a theme surrounding feminism or sex.
  3. To begin “looking at technologies in other ways and begin to explore how other future inventions may potentially hurt or harm people in an sociocultural sense.”

Ironically, it is safe to say that non of these future predictions were correct, and in fact the opposite happened in every case.

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Firstly, my motivation this semester has dropped considerably. I have…

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BCM 325 PEER COMMENTARY ON DA BETA’S

Emma Sloane

The Future of Artificial Intelligence

https://futurecultures.blog/2020/05/08/d-a-beta-presentation/

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Taylor’s digital artefact consists of a three-part video essay series in an exploration of the world of artificial intelligence. Specifically, these three video essays discuss; the history of artificial intelligence, the predictions for the future of A.I in the home and how A.I is perceived in popular movies. So far, only part 1 of her video series ‘the history of artificial intelligence’ has been uploaded, which can be found here.

Taylor explained that her video had received 3 views, all of which might have been her and that she was considering turning to Reddit for more feedback. Due to this I shared with her three sub-reddits, one about futurology and two about artificial intelligence where she could post her video essay’s and receive views and feedback. Secondly, I also shared an article and quote from The Guardian regarding future predictions of A.I. I…

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Up on It Podcast BETA

Emma Sloane

The Up on It podcast is a sex futurology podcast. In this podcast we discuss the current sexual climate, and make predictions about how we see this changing.

It is currently week 8 of the semester. As per my previous digital artefact plan I am scheduled to be just about to release my third episode of the podcast. However, I am only just about to release our second episode ‘The Future of Sex in Gaming’. There have been a couple of setbacks so far in the podcast production. The main problem being the effects of the corona virus.

This global pandemic has really turned everyone’s world upside down. It has sometimes proven quite hard to be motivated to stay focused on uni work. This is particularly difficult when doing a group project with another person who is not taking BCM325 themselves, and has their own assignments and life to prioritise.

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BCM 325 Peer Commentary on DA Pitches

Emma Sloane

The Future of Artificial Intelligence in the Home

futurecultures.blog/2020/03/20/da-bcm325-pitch/

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Taylor is producing a three episode video series discussing the future of artificial intelligence in the home. Her series will closely look at the history of A.I. technology, where we are now, and what is expected for the future. each video essay will be approximately three to four minutes long.

In my comment I provided multiple resources which I think will greatly help Taylor in her research for her videos. In particular the research article “I’d Blush if I Could” will prove to be an incredibly good resource in multiple areas as it provides current statistics about household A.I. technology, it discusses sexism in A.I. designs and also gives many relevant examples of A.I. in media such as HAL 9000 and Cortana. In all honesty I probably went a bit overboard in the intensity of my comment. I spent about 500…

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Pitching the Up on It Podcast

Emma Sloane

The concept of the Up on It podcast is to create conversation and to potentially impact  the future of sex in our society. This podcasts covers a wide range of topical issues which ranges from the future of rape culture to the sexual rights of AI and sentient technology. We aim to discuss how we foresee the sexual landscape to change, and also actions that we can take today that will positively impact the future of sex.

Originally my co-host Lizey and I were planning to record our episodes in the Radio Suite on campus. However, due to the corona virus and social distancing we don’t think that this will be possible. We were then planning to kick it uni student style and record the podcast on a mic on my bedroom floor, although, now we are considering to record it via the internet. Our first episode will not be…

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