All posts by KARLI

Student at University of Wollongong, Studying Media and Communications

Contextual Essay – Vitality Through Veganism

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My Digital Artefact, “Vitality Through Veganism”, aims to explore what the future of the meat industry will look like in the next 5 to 50 years. In relation to the subject of “Future Cultures”, stepping into the shoes of a futurist helped me to forecast what the future will look like if we do or do not progress towards a more vegan based lifestyle. 

Concepts such as Multiple Futures and Forecasting were the main focus of the Digital Artefact. These concepts directly relate to the future of the meat industry as they explore several different possible outcomes and allow for potential planning. Multiple futures prediction is “critical for making intelligent and robust decisions in complex dynamic environments” (Tang, et. al. 2019). Making intelligent assumptions based on science to predict multiple outcomes in an important practice when it comes to the survival of the human race. Forecasting is also a…

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Analysing My Thoughts…

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Throughout the semester, I have been challenged to question how film depicts the idea of the ‘future’, and how it possibly influenced several concepts which are present in society today. Below is a self reflection of my learning, engagement and contributions throughout the subject.

Screen Shot 2020-06-03 at 10.56.34 am   Left: “The Oracle” from The Matrix (1999).  Right: “The Great One” from Dr Strange (2016).

Whist viewing The Matrix (1999), I believed this was a clear example of Techno-Orientalism.  I made this connection due to the knowledge I have gained from my BCM subjects. Common themes like the bald head, reference to”Higher Powers” and costuming connotes to ideas present in Buddhism and Hinduism. Since these religions originated in Asia, I made a clear connection to these scenes and Techno-Orientalism.

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During the screening of Robot and Frank (2012), Cooper challenged the class with an interesting ethical question. My initial reaction…

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Responding to your work – Part Two!

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Again, I have been given the opportunity to peer review some of my fellow students work. The task is to create a Digital Artefact about a concept, and how it will change or influence the future.

Comment 1: Cybernetic Church – Ethan Jack Crawshaw

Ethan’s Digital Artefact, Soul Revival Church Online, is an outlet where followers are still able to practice their faith within the restrains of their own home. They have set up a number of platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Podcasts and Youtube, to allow easy access for followers. Ethan expressed that he would see a decrease in viewership as the live-stream progressed, so I provided links to websites that explain why he is losing viewership, as well as suggest some solutions to this issue. I believe Ethan’s DA is on track, and clearly relates to how society have been forced to progress towards using…

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Vitality Through Veganism – Update

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Vitality Though Veganism is a website that aims to explore the future of the meat industry as well as the repercussions that will occur if the population doesn’t start progressing towards a meat free diet. 

Since my previous blog, I have developed a prototype to give the audience an idea of what my final Digital Artefact will look like. I have also applied the feedback given to me by my fellow students and tutor to best showcase information regarding the future of the meat industry.

Throughout my BETA, I felt as if I took on the roll of a Futurist when applying already gathered information to make an educated guess on what the future will look like. Throughout the reminder of my project, I will continue to explore the multiple futures the world has to offer in relation to our dominant meat eating society.

Here is a video that…

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Responding to your work!

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I have been given the opportunity to review some fellow student’s work in relation to my University subject of Future Cultures. After writing my own Digital Artefact Pitch, I found it extremely interesting to view how other students are approaching the same task but in a completely different way.

The following consists of the feedback and suggestions I made in relation to my peers work, including a brief summary of each pitch, as well as a critical self-reflection on each of my comments.

Comment 1: BCM325 DA PITCH – Imogen Cunningham

Imogen decided to expand on a previous digital artefact from BCM112 – Emergent Media. I checked out her Instagram page and it seems to have a good foundation. After reading her blog, I made the suggestion that she should determine a more specific audience to target so she can analyse of the preference and trends of that audience…

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Future but History?

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Watching films that were made in the past but are about the future is an interesting but confusing concept to grasp. Now that I am reviewing my tweets and interactions, I am able to see connections and connotations in regards to the Future Cultures lecture content.

Here are some of my most prominent tweets and replies, including how I reflect on them days after posting.

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Relating to Frtiz Lang’s 1927 film, Metropolis. I feel like this strongly related to the concept of “Future History”, as the movie was made in 1927, in black and white and silent. However, it discusses the underworld of mistreated workers in a futuristic and stylised city. I also saw subtle connections to Jordan Peele’s 2019 film, US, distinguishing between the lower class living/working underground, and upper class living above ground which also communicates Future History as the actions made in the past directly…

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Vitality Through Veganism

Finally gained access to the blog 🙂

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I first found interest in the future of the meat industry after watching an episode of the Netflix Original Series  “Explained”. In the episode titled “The Future of Meat”, they had several scientists explain how meat is not a sustainable way of life and will eventually lead to the downfall of the human race.

When analysing already collected data, numerous scholars all agreed that meat was  not going to be as present in our diets as it is today. This is due to a variety of reasons including:

  • It takes 75 times more energy to produce meat than it does to produce a vegetable. (TheWorldCounts, 2020)
  • Takes up a large portion of land mass. (TheWorldCounts, 2020).
  • 75 billion animals are killed each year. (Netflix, Explained, 2019).
  • 50 percent of meat eaters would rather go vegan than kill an animal themselves for Food (Loria, 2018).
  • Increasing its consumption of meat…

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