All posts by Sophie Jayne

The Future of Bodyboarding // Contextual Essay

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The future of bodyboarding incorporates many factors which I am passionate about. I always strive to incorporate bodyboarding into my university assessments. Whilst creating this DA, I originally aimed for one 10 minute video, however I think that this content is genuinely useful for bodyboarders and therefore I created 3 videos and 3 interviews, covering many topics and recommendations for the future…

Contextual Essay

As stated in my pitch: “Throughout this digital artefact, I’m going to consider what the future of bodyboarding might look like through numerous predictions. I will observe the history of bodyboarding and attempt to make some predictions for the future. I will also include in-depth research of the current information on these technologies and their impact and issues.”

This is what I have done, as I have created a series of videos about the Future of bodyboarding by conducting background research, interviews and creating my…

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Future Cultures: Beta Comments and Self-Reflection

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Throughout #BCM325, I am continuing to develop my knowlegde of Future Thinking and Future Cultures. It became evident within commenting on Beta posts, that I am able to connect my learning throughout the subject, particularly when commenting on Aysha’s post and linking it to the Week 10 screening of Ready Player One. This was an important learning moment which demonstrates my understanding throughout the subject, and my ability to use and adapt the knowledge accordingly.

The most influential quotes between the Pitch and Beta timeframe are as follows:

  • “The future must be linked to a social responsibility and to ethical values” Elenora Masini 1982
  • “To undertake a project, in which you persuade the world to move towards a more pluralistic future through creative and imaginative analysis and productive action. A futurist must do as well as imagine”Elenora Masini 1982 
  • “The past is not a guide to the…

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Live Tweeting: Multitasking at its finest #2

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Throughout the semester, I have improved my skills of live tweeting. It’s hard and I learnt quickly that it was necessary to prepare beforehand. You can see my highlights from the first 5 weeks here. The films we have been streaming are science fiction and have explored many different future concepts in different timeframes.

“Science fiction does not predict the future, rather it represents how a possible future can be imagined by making specific changes to current conditions. ”

– Chris Moore, Wk 2 Lecture 

Tweet Highlights 

In this example, I used a quote from the lecture and found a relevant GIF to help the tweet stand out. Using a quote from the Week 9 lecture, I was able to tag my tutor Chris, who then retweeted the post. I continued to try this tactic over the following weeks, however this post was the most successful. I feel…

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The Future of Bodyboarding Just Got Beta

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I have made some changes to my DA since my pitch, which you can find here.  Below is my Beta presentation where I have identified feedback channels which have assisted in the development of my background research and future thinking.

Wave Pools:

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  • This source discusses the technology behind wave pools including:  “Compressed air, levers and paddles, giant plungers and, of course, a submerged block pulled along a track, all produce surf.” 
  • Prediction that there will be individual buttons to change the wave they are riding 
  • Future of competitions held at wave pools in a controlled environment
  • Combination of wave pools and new camera technologies to provide more data

Camera technology:

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  • This source discusses a camera which tracks/films each of your waves. I think it’s safe to say that yes this is possible, probable but not preferable as it may result in crowded beaches. I will share this source…

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Live Tweeting: Multitasking at its finest

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Live tweeting is multitasking at its finest. Without preparing beforehand, its only a thousand times harder. I found this out the hard way during week 1, as we watched Metropolis, a silent film. Keeping track of the film, researching, creating tweets and interacting on twitter is hard to do when you need to be watching the screen to keep up. This experience prompted me to change my approach when preparing.

 

  1. Watch subject lecture and note down main points
  2. Research movie plot and background information/reviews/fun facts/quality news/popular media/other sources
  3. Create some tweets and schedule using Tweetdeck
  4. Collect images to create gifs and wait for scene to be live before posting

Engagement on Twitter: What works, what doesn’t

I always enjoy creating GIFs for tweets, as I think they offer a better aesthetic and attract attention within a newsfeed of many peers using the BCM325 hashtag. However, in the examples below…

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Future Cultures: Pitch Comments & Self Reflection

SOPHIE LEATHERS

Prior to BCM325, I had some imagination of what the future might involve, but didn’t have a solid foundation of understanding future thinking. This has been impacted upon most throughout the lectures and certain quotes such as:

  •  “The past is not a guide to the future” – Wendell Bell
  •  “The future is little more than the transformation of society by new western technologies” – Ziauddin Sardar
  •  “Almost all new ideas have a certain aspect of foolishness when they are first produced” – Alfred North Whitehead

This development of understanding future thinking, has enabled me to approach the subject with a clearer understanding of the tasks and learning outcomes. I aim to develop strategies for future thinking, to have a deepened understanding of how the future will look, sound and feel in different contexts. 

With a focus on science fiction films, I understood we would be looking into…

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The Future of Bodyboarding

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Throughout my digital artefacts in my Digital and Social Media Major, I always strive to find a way to link it to bodyboarding. I am passionate about this sport and therefore want to continue to develop ideas through different subjects and how I can link them to bodyboarding. You can find my past DA content here.

Throughout this digital artefact, I’m going to consider what the future of bodyboarding might look like through numerous predictions. I will observe the history of bodyboarding and attempt to make some predictions for the future. I will also include in-depth research of the current information on these technologies and their impact and issues.

Bell’s theory states that “the past is not a guide to the future”. However, I aim to cover a brief history of bodyboarding to identify historical trends and pinpoint its current state in 2020. Further, it is quite clear that…

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