Are gamers more social?

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I must admit I’m not much of a stereotypical gamer. Or a gamer at all. Does playing Monopoly count these days? One question that appealed to me in the week of studying digital games is the view of games being a social activity. Here’s something to ask yourself (courtesy of my Uni tutor, Eleanor): What do you think makes a game ‘social’ – is it the type of game, who you play it with, or something else? (Is there a line between playing and being social, or are they part... Read The Rest →

Everything is a Remix – A Collection of Videos

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On music last week, I came across a lot of great videos on YouTube covering the remix culture within music. Here are some of the highlights: Everything is a Remix Part 1 from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo. Part 2 of the Series above, this video touches on remixes in film: Everything is a Remix Part 2 from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo. An extended extrapolation of the Kill Bill references from Everything is a Remix Pt 2: Axis of Awesome’s 4 Chord Song, showing how most of the popular songs in... Read The Rest →

Digitisation and Being a Pirate

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This week, we looked at music. It’s been a topic I have looked forward to discussing, as through online platforms like MySpace (which funnily enough, I am no longer a member of), I was able to connect to many commercially successful artists as a fan and able to meet them personally, attend their gigs for free and bring my friends too. In hindsight, you can easily see this was a great way to promote themselves in cities across the world – connect with your biggest fans with followers and let... Read The Rest →

Digitisation and convergence in Film Quotes – #WEB207

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Rather than answering the uni questions, I want to highlight some of my favourite quotes from readings this week. From Desktop Productions: Digital Distribution and Public Film Cultures (Chuck Tryon, 2009): “Somebody else’s straw is in our milkshake, and they’re drinking it up. That straw is movie theft” - John Fithian on Piracy. “Hollywood [is an] old guard hopelessly stuck in the past, aware perhaps that the game has changed bu unprepared to do anything – other than making draconian but ultimately ineffective legal and technological effort — to adjust.”... Read The Rest →

The Tyranny of Digital Distance – #WEB207

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Part 3 – this weeks reflection of the digitisation and convergence of television via Tama Leavers paper, “Watching Battlestar Galactica in Australia and the Tyranny of Digital Distance”. Has your viewing been impacted by the problem of ‘digital distance’ and, if so, how?  Were you forced to find a way around the problem by less-than-legal means? I often don’t contribute or search for content that has overflowed from the television screens, so this is usually not a problem. However most international shows that I do watch is by less than... Read The Rest →

Expansion, Overflow and Synergy #WEB207

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Here is part 2 of my musings on the digitisation of television [Part 1 can be found here] Have you interacted with any forms of overflow from television programmes and did it impact on your viewing experience? In terms of television overflow, my participation in overflow is minimal. I partake in the occasional official hashtags for programs that are time dependent (e.g.: Eurovision, My Kitchen Rules or Amazing Race) and read up on gossip blogs and tabloid magazines to find out more about stars only when I really want to... Read The Rest →

Time Shifting and Advertising – WEB207

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This week, we covered Television. Here is part 1 of my musings on the convergence of Television, time shifting and advertising. Has your television viewing experience changed over your lifetime?  Were you ever tied to the broadcaster’s schedule?  Do you now use any of the available methods (personal recording or online catchup etc.) to time-shift your viewing to fit your own schedule? Most definitely. I was a child who loved television in the afternoons – I’d race home to watch my favourite cartoons (or soaps as I got older!) so... Read The Rest →

Intro to WEB207

It has been quite some time between my last web musings, having had a study hiatus for a 12 month period. I’ve picked up where i have left off, having just completed NET204 (Internet Communities and Social Networks) where we held a successful online conference looking at streams of Community, Web 2.0, Identity and Social Networks. You can find my conference paper on Social Networks here. This study period, I face one of my most anticipated subjects, “WEB 207: Web Media”. In this unit, we are to compile a pitch... Read The Rest →

Practical Steps to Identifying and Engaging Influence

It’s been a while since I’ve come across a presentation as informative as Brian Gieson‘s 360 Degree Digital Influence Practical Steps to Identifying and Engaging Influence. With questionable gauges of influence in social media with trends like Klout and Kred, just why is influence playing a part in the digital world we live in today? This presentation gives a good insight as to why it’s important, and why you should care. Brian Giesen Ogilvy 360 Degree Digital Influence Practical Steps To Identifying And Engaging Influence View more presentations from Beth... Read The Rest →

Google Opens up to Everyone, and for some, again

All the cookies in the world couldn’t remind Google+ that I was already a member, and that I was signed in. Perhaps G+ are feeling like they need a bit more of the social limelight with Facebook revamping their recent posts section, to funnily enough look more like Google+. Or perhaps I need a bit of a reminder, as I haven’t made use of Google+ since logging in, making a few posts and then leaving it to the chirping crickets. How long do you think Google+ will survive? Place your... Read The Rest →

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