All posts by Mia Iorfino

Current Uni student, studying a double degree of Communications and Media/Journalism. Aspiring to be a Sports Journalist

The Tweeting Experience

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Technology has improved and widened our abilities to communicate, interact and learn.

Sally Stearns says that “live tweeting is a craft that takes focus and creativity, and when done well provides a great social power”. This semester it proved to challenge our abilities to analyse and review a film in real time, while post appropriate comments, links and content in relation to what was going on and reflect on key themes that were spoken about in the weekly lectures.

Twitter is not my platform of preference, however this weekly task pushed me to step out of my boundaries for the better (well you can judge). My interactions with others was most prominent through ‘liking’ and ‘retweeting’, I rarely commented because I was simply too shy despite hiding behind my computer….

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Ghost in a Shell.

First week viewing was of Ghost in a Shell – anime style…

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Investigating the Cyborg Athlete

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Have you ever invested so much time and energy into a topic? Understanding the ins and the outs, how it works and what it means? Well that’s me when analysing the influence technology has on sports.

For the purpose of this blog post, I want to take a particular focus on the research surrounding the topic of Cyborgs in Sport and the Olympics.

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What are they? How do they work? Are they ethical? Does technology have to be obvious and mechanical or subtle and technical?

According to the Oxford Dictionary the term ‘cyborg’ is defined as “an integrated man-machine” and “a person whose physical tolerances or capabilities have been extended beyond normal human limitations by a machine or other external agency that modifies the body’s functioning”.

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The application of technology in sport raises anxiety, analysis of different articles and journals shows a divide of…

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Sports In The Digital Age

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Technology is revolutionising the world, and the way in which we operate. Cybernetics is easing the way we do things through the science of communications and automatic control systems in both machines and living things. Together these concepts have and will continue to change the way we do and experience things.

Sports, for example, have been heavily influenced by technology and cybernetics; it has changed our viewing, participation and regulation of sport. According to Andy Miah, “sports is described as existing on a continuum of technological change”, the essence of sport is being modernised in many ways, and it interesting to break down some of the many components and investigate their future developments and enhancements to the sporting world.

The question has been brought to the forefront of the investigation of sports, technology and cybernetics. Does this mean our athletes are becoming Cyborgs in the sporting world?…

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