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I am a current university student in the second year of my degree at the University of Wollongong. I am studying a double degree, a Bachelor of Communications and Media Studies/Commerce. I enjoy writing about all of the things that I observe in every day life, and I want to write these pieces in hopes that it will make a change in our current society.

Blog Post 3: Peer Comments

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Beta one: Emma Moser

After viewing Emma’s beta video, I gathered that she was basing her DA on the near future of the UOW Visual Arts Society. Emma is the president of the club and wanted to focus on creating a marketing plan for the club to promote it and gain more members. Throughout her process, Emma questioned two things to herself. After watching her beta, I believe that her marketing plan will help to achieve her end goal of the society being known on campus. Emma highlighted her concept, process, and goal for her DA very clearly and ensured that she accompanied this video with a detailed yet concise essay that really helped me as a viewer to understand her views.

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The way in which I could improve on this comment is summarised in a few dot points:

  • Perhaps I could have pulled out more specific examples from her…

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Blog Post 4: Live Tweets

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Throughout the remainder of the semester, two weeks stood out in terms of tweets and replies for me personally. These weeks being the screenings of week six and seven.

Week 6 Screening: Blade Runner 2049

This week, I believe that I was able to relate my tweets to the subject matter in a way that was concise and tied in the screening and the subject topics. With my first selected tweet, I tried to incorporate some articles that related to both the topic for the week – this week’s topic was Futurists – and to tie this in with the film. My three other tweets were more so personal reflections and questions that were aimed at my peers, to provoke some topics and prompts for discussion. My tweets this week also gained some engagement from my fellow peers which provided me with some awesome insights and feedback into what other…

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Contextual Essay BCM325

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Summary of DA

When undergoing the ideation process for this digital artefact, I had to question what was truly important to me and what I was interested to see the future of. In this case, politics, and the way that society works has always been a point of interest for me. Thinking of societies around the world that currently live under a different political regime to myself made me question what these political regimes would look like in the future if they were to become global. I picked four regimes, however I ended up doing three as they were most prominent in media examples that I found. The three were Capitalism, Socialism and Communism.

Relevant Subject Concepts

In each screening shown over the course of the subject, a recurring theme was that of politics, and the power that it held over the public. Movies like Metropolis, The Matrix…

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Blog Post B: Live Tweets

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This blog is a self-reflection on my abilities to live-tweet whilst viewing screenings for Future Cultures BCM325.

Week One Screening: Metropolis (1927)

Week one, we viewed the 1927 silent classic, Metropolis. Being the first live-tweeting experience, I had, this was an overwhelming process. My tweets that were engaging with the contact lacked the connection to lecture materials. They were mainly observations on moments in the movie and didn’t relate to any sources that I found externally. 

Although my tweets for this week received engagement through likes and some comments, it didn’t spark a deeper conversation. Furthermore, my…

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BCM325 Blog A: Peer Comments

Reblogged to Future Cultures

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Comment One:

My first comment was on Lia Kim’s pitch. Her DA is based upon the future of vlogging. Her pitch detailed all of the points that needed to be covered. She clearly outlined her concept and highlighted her methodology. Her methodology is to film and edit videos weekly and then upload them. This process is the same as her production timeline, as she will get more feedback as each week goes on. It was a simple approach, which allowed her to clearly communicate the plans for her DA project. The only suggestions or criticisms I expressed was that her future time frame and public utility was not detailed enough.

The way that I could have improved my own comment on Lia’s post can be summarised in some dot points:

  • A bigger focus on referring back to the subject lectures whilst providing feedback on the pitch execution itself.
  • Articulate how…

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The future of politics: Where will we be in 50 years?

  • MY DIGITAL ARTEFACT IS GOING TO BE A VIDEO SERIES BASED UPON THE CONCEPT OF WHAT THE POLITICAL LANDSCAPE WILL LOOK LIKE IN 50 YEARS. EACH VIDEO WILL FOCUS ON ONE OF FOUR POLITICAL STANCES:
  • Capitalism
  • Nationalism
  • Socialism
  • Communism

The key methodology that will be required to complete this task is extensive background research. This includes researching the historical significance of politics and scholarly predictions for politics. It also involves drawing examples from different sources of media (movies and TV) to assist the audience in visualizing the theories and predictions presented in each video. 

Below I have provided an example of my production timeline:

Weeks 4-5Focused on in-depth research into the historical significance of politics, and the origins of the four “isms” in which my project is based around.Focusing on planning some prototypes for video series.
Weeks 6-7Focused on in-depth research into scholarly sources about the future of politics and drawing some rough predictions from these.Starting to develop some predictions to include in my video series.
Weeks 8-9Begin to draw specific examples from media to back up final predictions and conclusions for each video.Begin preparing Beta, ready to submit.Release first video as a “tester”.
Weeks 10-11Release video series and await engagement.
Weeks 12-13Finalise video series based upon feedback and final comments.

Finally, the public utility of my DA can be summed up in a quote from Plato; “One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors”. 

References:

Walt. S., 2015, Foreign Policy, viewed 18/3/2021, https://foreignpolicy.com/2015/05/12/what-will-2050-look-like-china-nato/

Choudhary. S., 2017, Legal Bites: Law and Beyond, viewed 18/3/2021, https://foreignpolicy.com/2015/05/12/what-will-2050-look-like-china-nato/