Continuing on with the same subject as the previous two projects, this piece always had the intention of being a very reflective piece. This was the main idea I was working with from the beginning, with the hope that this self-reflecting piece would explore the very reasons he may be seen as a rebel. This developed greatly when the filming process began, and I was able to once again witness him in his most comfortable state, away from all the distraction and pressures he faces. To fully explore this idea, I featured a sit-down interview, which along with the film being captured, was my best chance to convey the message.
From the very beginning, I wanted this audio piece to take the listeners on a journey, from start to end. To do this, I felt the need to incorporate three different layers throughout the piece, that being voice, atmosphere and foley. The audio piece is follows the subject of my rebellion series, carried on from my last project, which focused on a University student using sport to rebel against expectation.
The creation of a photo series, portraying the concept of a living ‘rebel’ was one in which put forward several challenges, but as a whole, presented an opportunity to create a series using techniques and skills that were only just beginning to be developed. Considering who may be a suitable person to participate in this photoshoot proved to be one of the more significant obstacles throughout this process, as it was crucial to truly understand the idea of a rebel.
Last year, in one of my very first subjects, we were asked to create a digital artefact. This would be something created by me, that was online, and could be seen by the general public.
Globalisation can be defined as the:
“… broadening, deepening and speeding up the world-wide interconnectedness in all aspects of life, from the cultural to the criminal, the financial to the environmental. At issue appears to be ‘a global shift’; that is, a world being moulded, by economic and technological forces, into a shared economic and political arena.” (Held, D. et al, 1999)
There is no doubt that globalisation has had a great impact all over the world – impacts that are often debated as to whether has been a positive or negative. You only have to take a quick look around the room you are currently sitting in to see the different examples of globalisation. From the clothes we wear, to the way we now communicate, globalisation is highly apparent. The positive impacts named often include creating a better economy, living standards have risen, and a greater cultural appreciation. On the other hand, loosing national integrity and mental pressures on companies have been labelled as negative impacts of globalisation.
‘International education is not the rich intercultural experience it could be’ – Marginson (2012)
The above quote is a reflection on how the current state of international education is viewed by many. Speaking from my own experiences, I’ve never travelled overseas on any sort of exchange program, and as such, I have no first hand knowledge of what it is like to be in a foreign country, away from all that I know, to undertake a form of study. However, unlike me, who quite frankly is not brave enough to undertake in this kind of adventure, there are great numbers of individuals who are currently studying abroad.
I’ll be perfectly honest, I had actually never heard of ‘Nollywood’ until I read the term in the subject outline at the beginning of the semester. I had of course heard of Hollywood, and Bollywood was a term I was familiar with, but somehow, I had absolutely no knowledge of the world’s second largest movie industry. A quick Google Search told me that ‘Nollywood is a colloquial name given to the Nigerian film industry’. Further reading, however, revealed that ‘Nollywood’ is in fact a very captivating, but unique film-making industry.
A repeated theme in just about every blog I’ve written is how technology, whether we like it or not, is continuing to evolve. As such, we too as a society has to evolve with it. A clear example of this is the emergence of social media, the most popular obviously being Facebook and Twitter. With 310 million users on Twitter and an amazing 1.65 billion users on Facebook, for a lot of people, every aspect of their lives is willingly available online.
In this modern age, it is thought that 90% of of employers will do a simple google search of a possible future employees name. With so much of our lives online, online personas and digital footprints are easily available to be found. For me, I’ve only just started using Twitter this year, primarily to live tweet in lectures I should really be paying more attention to. Even though I don’t tweet often, and I barely post on Facebook, I’ve already begun creating an online persona for myself. For others, their entire life is online, including questionable photos, videos tweets and statuses.
A recent study has stated that up to 70% of employers who have used LinkedIn say they’ve chosen not to hire a person based on what they’ve found out about them online. Our online personas continue to grow day by day, and as such, we need to be careful as to what we put willingly onto the internet. Due to convergence, everything we need to create an online persona (whether that is on Twitter or Facebook) is available on a smartphone. While this is of course convenient, it obviously causes problems. While you may think it may be harmless to tweet a video of yourself doing something that can only be described as stupid, a future employee may not think the same way you do. Being able to manage the online identity you have created is absolutely vital in this current society.
Convergence continues to change the way individuals live their lives. In this current age, the term ‘journalist’ has very much evolved from what is once used to be. In the past, the only source of news that held any source of accountability was a considered, observational documentary broadcast on a traditional television channel. However It is safe to say that in this digital age, it is increasingly hard to judge the value of amateur eyewitness film shot on a mobile phone and posted on the internet.
The idea behind citizen journalism is that any individual, no matter the training they may have, can use the tools of modern technology and the global distribution of the Internet to create, augment or fact-check media on their own or in collaboration with others. The use of blogs and commentary online has allowed citizen journalism to appeal to a wide range of people online, and to continue to grow in popularity.
Of course, there is controversy behind this new concept, as is the norm in our modern world. Many professional journalists believe that only a trained journalist can understand the ethics and rigours involved in reporting the news.
However, Josh Stearns has said that, “There’s nothing quite like live video to put people in the moment when it comes to breaking news.” This quote effectively sums up one of the major advantages of citizen journalism, which is that unlike the news, which has a natural delay on events, citizen journalists are able to report live, on the spot, with many different angles. We, as a society, has evolved to the point where just about anyone with a smart phone, with access to the internet, can in a way, become a journalist.
I’m sure a lot of people go into supermarkets, and really enjoy the music being played as they shop. Whether that is current hits, a possible ‘Flashback Thursday’ or ‘Disco Friday’, every supermarket will have a constant loop of songs ready to be played day by day. The people who enjoy these songs probably don’t work at a supermarket, and thus have to listen to the same songs over and over again. I can now recite every word of ‘Shake it Off’, thanks to the radio at my job.
However, while I may complain about these songs, they actually do serve a purpose. A paper written by Nicolas Guéguen, Céline Jacob, Marcel Lourel and Hélène Le Guellec has put forward the idea that the music being played will have an affect on the shoppers, in a number of different ways. Fast tempo songs cause the shoppers to move faster, while classical music will cause the shoppers to take their time, and possibly deter younger shoppers.
This type of music sampling is in affect every single day, and for the most part, it goes unnoticed. There is not a day that goes by (except possibly public holidays) where individuals will not be subjected to this, and it goes to show that music actually does have a powerful effect on so many different individuals. Listen to the above podcast to hear more about this.
Disclaimer: I apologise to anyone who heard the first version of the podcast. The quality was not great at all. I’ve since replaced it. Sorry for any inconvenience.