BCM 112

Convergent Media Practices

My digital artefact: WWYD8

It’s the last week of uni and I’ve been really hammering my 3 dating profiles (Tinder, OKCupid and Plenty of Fish) and even getting some submissions! Check out the Tumblr here:

Click the picture to see the Tumblr!

Click the picture to see the Tumblr!

And there’s also a Facebook page and a Twitter account to expand the audience reach!

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Inkstagram

When I think of online persona, something that sticks in my mind are tattoo artists. If I’m planning a new piece or simply want to gaze at beautiful images I head to Instagram. Instagram has become a veritable cornucopia for users to find tattoo artists. The image-oriented media platform is perfectly formatted for curating a gallery that showcases their skill and artistry and contributes towards their online persona in a way that is not quite so necessary or ideal for other professions.

Instagram is a linear feed structured much like an image version of Twitter. With the exception of the Explore function in the app, it’s quite difficult to locate a specific user or image type without having to sift through vast quantities of other content. As such, apps like Iconosquare have emerged to make navigating Instagram’s content en mass much more streamlined.

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Screenshot of my personal Instagram account’s statistics profile on Iconosquare. This service is free and available to any Instagram user.

Iconosquare also provides a grouping feature; this allows users to sort their “followings” into one or more groups of their choosing and thus filter their feed to show that predefined group of users’ images.

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Screenshot of my “Ink” feed

Now I have a personally curated feed full of tattoo artists’ online personas!


Interesting side note: Last month Iconosquare updated their website and changed all the features mentioned above to be part of a paid subscription. After much dismay that was apparently conveyed to them, they reverted back to the site seen above. More evidence of the audience’s changing role in the media?

Candid Conversations with my Mum Part One: How to make a podcast.

I struggled for months with the thought of having to make a podcast. Then I realised: if you can blog about blogging, you should be able to podcast about podcasting. My mum and I have some interesting chats.

I hope you learned about how making a podcast is related to craft and digital making. Or had a bit of a laugh at our expense. Either or.

It’s all connected.

(More information at https://www.facebook.com/AgentsofShield/videos/891730420891807/)

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. have been thrashing this phrase for at least a month now in the lead up to Marvel’s The Avengers‘ premier. The main reason behind this big marketing strategy is because of the significant impact the premier of Captain America: The Winter Soldier had on the landscape of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe this time last year with the disbanding of the S.H.I.E.L.D. organisation. What if I told you this was all an example of a transmedia narrative? More about that in the video below.

How do I get involved?

This is what we’re supposed to say about charity and fund-raising things right? Wrong.

This is about FANDOM. How do you get involved? Well, the first thing you can do is start a YouTube channel. Then, pick a fandom – Supernatural always works. Download some clips and REMIX THEM INTO A MASHUP.

The following Prezi is all about getting involved with music and other pre-existing content, remixing, remediating and mashing it up into new and exciting content. Adding your own pizzazz.

Click the image to see the Prezi!

Click the image to see the Prezi!

If only there weren’t so many legal ramifications for “getting involved”…

Back to the Future…of media?

Back to the Future 2 screenshot

It’s 2015. I know this is significant to those of you who, like me, have seen Back to the Future 2 and are wondering where your hoverboard is but also slightly relieved we’re not dressing like this. What I’m more concerned about is this:

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Meme made by Kae McKenzie

This is my friend’s baby girl and she is not going to grow up as a couch potato victim of monological media (monological meaning one-way conversation and typical of broadcast media). She’s going to know what it’s like being a “prosumer” – this new-fangled word where we are both consumers and producers of media content. And she won’t have to navigate this bumpy transition like we did because it will have already happened. It is happening now though. I’m particularly moved by this evidence of dialogical exchange between a TV show producer (Marc Guggenheim of Arrow) and a fan on Tumblr.

Okay.  That’s fair.  What did he do that was problematic and/or threatening?

First off, I just want to say that I think it’s hilarious that you’re asking what he did that was problematic or threatening, when you have actually responded to women giving you specific examples in the past with scorn and a certain level of derision, but for the sake of discussion, I’ll lay it all out anyway. (click to read more)

I wouldn’t have known about this particular exchange if it hadn’t been reblogged by my friend on her Tumblr and then shared to me in a TV shows discussion group on Facebook. This is only further evidence that we not-so-audience aren’t isolated anymore! So you’re telling me I can talk to anyone about TV???

Not another rant about Apple!

I said I wasn’t going to do this. Everyone has talked about the iOS versus Android debate. It’s not really remixing, remediating or reflecting on the lecture content when you just list the same things Ted does. But this entire debate has taken on a new meaning in my life as recently as yesterday.

To be clear, I live my life blissfully in the middle. I love my MacBook Pro (2011) till death do us part. But I’m quite a fan of my Samsung GALAXY S4. Part of the reason I jumped ship from the iPhone 4 when my 2-year contract was up was because I was so disappointed with the minor changes that separated it from the 4S, 5 and 5S. Obviously, iOS 8 and iPhone 6 (and it’s various incarnations) has finally reflected something of Apple’s former glory.

Nevertheless, here is the story relevant to you.

I had been overseas last year, dropped my phone (for the umpteenth time) and smashed the screen to the point where I was picking miniscule shards of glass out of my fingertips and cheek with tweezers (in the hotel room of a foreign country no less). My hasty fix job with 3 pieces of clear packing tape was short-lived and I had to send the phone away for repairs by the Samsung centre when I returned home to Australia. (Don’t even get me started on the myriad of ways in which this was an unsatisfactory service experience.)

Anyway, I reverted back to the aforementioned iPhone 4 during the time my Samsung was at the repairs and this was fine albeit slightly challenging in the transition from huge screen to tiny screen, completely different predict-a-text programming and limited 3G network among other drastic changes. When I finally received my freshly repaired Samsung (complete with complimentary screen protector, thanks guys), I did not realise for several weeks that some of my friends’ messages were not getting through to me. This is because the current iPhone iOS Message settings are defaulted to iMessage at all times. You have to manually go in and select “Use SMS messaging when iMessage is unavailable”. This means that Apple is assuming iPhone owners’ contacts ALL have iPhones. Because, if you don’t have an iPhone and your mate sends an iMessage, you won’t get it.

My poor mates, stuck inside their closed appliance while I’m able to message whomever I like with my open platform Android phone. Seriously, Apple, you have not monopolised the market like you think you have.

The dichotomy of good and evil: where binary oppositions are the name of the game

It seems the great debate of closed appliance versus generative platform or commercial media versus collective intelligence will always have an abundant reliance on binary oppositions. True, most authors on the topic are merely trying to generate discussion and binary oppositions will always provoke some kind of reaction in readers.

technolocigal convergence prezi

(Click to view Prezi @ prezi.com)

However, this Prezi is based on an article published 11 years ago and we are still discussing the same binary oppositions today in terms of media and technological convergence. I think this is not a case of one side triumphing over the other. It is a set of compromises wherein we satisfy both sides’ needs.

I don’t own this post.

On the subject of intellectual copyright:

I had just finished writing a blog post for BCM110 and showed it to my mother for proofreading and general feedback (because she’s no expert on media and communications unfortunately). And then she said, “Will someone take your blog post and repost it as their own? What will you do if that happens?”

Super valid point, Mum.

Even though I have a hazy right to my material for the next 50 years – because posting content online is considered “publication” unless explicitly stated as part of the public domain – it’s pretty easy for someone, say a student, to see my blog post and Ctrl+C Ctrl+P that s*** into their own blog.

WordPress even has a page dedicated to keeping your posts safe from plagiarism. So on the advice of WordPress itself, I’m going to be adding the following caption at the bottom of my blog and consider adding it to the bottom of each post (although I’m disinclined):

© Karina McKenzie and stutterstumblewritings, 2013-2015. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Karina McKenzie and stutterstumblewritings with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.