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Peer Review: Online Communities (The Food Culture Project)

Over the past year, I have been following the work of Irem Kirman as she explored the worlds food culture within the online community of Reddit. She utilised the online platform to connect with people in different countries to gain first-hand knowledge about ingredients and where they were sourced from. This semester, she has iterated her trajectory to compile the Reddit threads into a website. Originally, I was going to review Chloe Ianni’s project around cyborgs as it is a topic that I am really interested in, however, I believe doing a peer review on Irem’s work will be more valuable as I have been able to witness its growth from its original inception in the second half of last year. Irem’s project is a cohesion of two parts, the threads on Reddit and her comprehensive website.

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Godzilla, a visualisation of Japan in 1954

When I think of Ishiro Honda’s 1954 film, Godzilla, I immediately visualise images of destroyed Japanese towns, a fire-breathing monster and terrified people. The classic combination for a Sci-Fi Horror film.

Before today, I hadn’t watched any of the films under the Godzilla umbrella because I wasn’t allowed to watch it.

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Growing up as a young ethnic-Australian girl in the late 1990s, my parents  Italian/ South American parents were strict in regards to what we watched. At the time our television screens were filled with Japanese manga and cartoons with slight undertones of violence and destruction.  My mum banned my brother and I from ever watching shows and films like Godzilla or Japanese manga or cartoons because there was too much violence for impressionable young children.

After watching Gojira, i’m glad I didn’t watch the film when I was younger.

Through the lens of the New Historian Literary Theory, Godzilla was created as a product of the historic events which it was created in. If I was to have watched the film when I was younger, all I would have seen was scenes of destruction and over-dramatised acting. I wouldn’t have appreciated the history and underlying themes that capture the culture’s struggle surrounding the events that took place around WWII.

The film was different to what I had expected. It deeply explored the effects of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs which ravaged the Japanese towns causing years of after effects, contamination and radiation. It also played on the social anxieties surrounding the U.S atomic bomb of Castle Bravo which detonated in 1954,  the same year Godzilla was released.

Godzilla itself was a motif for the unstoppable effects that the atomic bombs continued to have on the Japanese population.

Upon watching the film, I came to notice the theme of Human vs. Self where the community (human) vs. Godzilla (self) . Godzilla is a representation of the persona that humanity has created with the intention to be the better version of humanity and take over, in turn causing destruction.

This draws parallels with Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein where the monster becomes a product of its creator. In this case, Godzilla is the product of humanity and its desire to have control. It plays with the idea of humanity tampering with technologies beyond their power so much so that they create a monster.

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This is accentuated by the films nior and its black and white nature. Godzilla seems to come out from the shadows in certain scenes where the lighting techniques added to the dramatisation of the film.

Overall, I really enjoyed the film and how it played with certain themes, issues within Japanese culture and history as well as advancements in science and technology.

This film presented the fears, struggles and lives of Japanese people who were forced to live with the effects after the war and radioactivity. Thus, it provides a window for western audiences to view these struggles through the film.


Sources:

Honda, I 1954, ‘Godzilla’

Mambrol, N  2016, ‘New Historianism,’ Literary Theory and Criticism Notes <https://literariness.wordpress.com/2016/10/16/new-historicism/&gt;

Shelly, M 1818, ‘Frankenstein’

 

 

Social Media Mythbuster: Aesthetic

Instagram is a platform based within the premise of being a photo sharing network. Therefore, it is important to post content that is visually appealing. However, what’s visually appealing to some may not be visually appealing to others.

As a brand, social media sites like Instagram are the face of the company. For most followers, they will never met the people behind the brand, therefore, their only association with the brand is what they see online. As a result, consumers/ followers make up their mind about a brand based on what kind of content they see. This proves that the aesthetic of an Instagram profile as a whole has a huge impact on the perception of their consumers.

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Nick Murphy responds to fan confusion about his name change

Nick Murphy, formerly known as Chet Faker, took to https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FChetfaker%2Fposts%2F1146758122028801&width=500” target=”_blank”>Facebook earlier today to explain to the world-and to himself-the reason why he ditched his nom de plume.

His announcement last September shook the Australian music scene when he told the world that her will no longer be using Chet Faker as his stage name. I think a little bit in all of us died as we started to wonder if we’d ever see his unique style of music again.

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Camden Community come together to knit blankets for stillborn babies

Women from all over Camden have dusted off their knitting needles and taken out their wool after a Facebook post inspired them to knit blankets for stillborn babies.

Sharon Taylor took to the Camden-Narellan Community Noticeboard to ask the community to lend their time to make blankets or donate wool to support the Angel Blankets Australia Organization.

After posting to the Facebook page Taylor was inundated with requests of people wanting to help out.

“I didn’t think the response from the community would be so overwhelming but I’m just glad that we can come together to support such a great cause,” she said.

Taylor hopes to continue knitting with the help of the community to provide homemade blankets for still born babies.

What does your tweet mean anyway?

Everyone is entitled to an opinion, but it wasn’t until Twitter came along and provided us with a platform to express our views on. So in a world where everyone can create content and participate in online conversation, the value comes from sorting information.

This is where we, as users become the gate watchers.

When trending topics appear on twitter, they are only live for a certain amount of time, meaning that we only have a small window to participate. This is because the speed of access becomes valuable.

In this time we respond to the production of an idea or event and then we voice our opinions on Twitter, where an aggregation of thoughts begin to emerge. But it is the users as the gate watchers who curate the tweets by liking, responding, re-tweeting and by bumping the topic into Twitters line of vision to then declare it as a trending topic.

Without a hashtag attached to the tweet and the curation of tweets on the trending topics link, the tweets would make no sense. This is because an individual tweet is worthless without a curation of aggregated tweets that provide its value and meaning. It provides context.

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Lets look at this weeks trending topic: #InternetTVshows which was created by the comedy show midnight.

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People were tweeting what they thought were good remixes of TV shows and the internet.

It wasn’t long until Trump made an appearance!

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But all of this wouldn’t make any sense on each persons individual news feed. It would look like someone took to twitter after a few drinks. But the sum total of everyone’s tweets that were curated by gate watchers created a bridge of pebbles.

But the trick here is to be fast because in the blink of an eye a new topic is trending and this topic is old news.