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There is a ghost lurking behind your Twitter feed

With social media seeming like it is running the world, do we really know who is behind the screen?

Artists such as Britney Spears and Fifty Cent don’t really navigate their own social media outlets, and instead use a ghost writer to impersonate their personality.

“It’s OK to tweet for a brand but not OK to tweet for an individual. But the truth is, they are a brand. What they are to the public is not always what they are behind the curtain. If the manager knows that better than the star , then they should do it”- Joseph Wejaman( Britney’s former Consultant)

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Toto, i dont think we’re in the material world anymore!

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In an evolving world it may seem that digital is overtaking material, however as guest lecturer Jo Law stated; “digital and material work together“. From here I went to research the term phygital where it is the mergence of physical and digital as both have great values that when put together better enhance the experience of the world. Continue reading “Toto, i dont think we’re in the material world anymore!”

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Who said comic books were a thing of the past?

Comic books are what initiated the world that is Marvel. he comic books revolutionised the genre that is the ‘superhero’. The characters each with their own unique qualities mimic qualities that are found within humanity.

So why just leave them in the confines of the few pages of the coloured comic? Marvel has used these comics as a basis for the new universe that they have created that has put the whole world in anticipation for what’s next.

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Have you Marveled?

Marvel has become one of the most successful transmedia franchise of all time.

 The ways that the transcultural flows of popular culture inspire new forms of global consciousness and cultural competency.–Jenkins

Growing from comics in the early 1940’s, the franchise has re-vamped the ideas within the comics and translated them into the big screen. They haven’t simply just ‘copied’ and ‘pasted’ the comic and made it into the movie. They have created something entirely new where key characters are written into new worlds, interacting with new characters, worlds and issues. This has grown to further television shows, a Netflix series, individual mobile apps for each character, video games, movies and the growing collection of comic books. Marvel is able to dance the fine line between entertainment and advertisement to create engagement.

So why didn’t Marvel just do what Twilight did and recreate the world of the book onto the silver screen? Continue reading “Have you Marveled?”

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So, did you stab Edward Cullen with a pencil or what?

I have to admit, when Twilight was mentioned in this week’s lecture I fangirled…just a little bit. Ok a lot, but I promise it was just nostalgia from my pre-teen years where I was immersed in the not only the world that is Twilight but that of the remixes that accompanied it. Continue reading “So, did you stab Edward Cullen with a pencil or what?”

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Are you a citizen of Android-Ville?

BREAKING NEWS!

Is Android really on top? (Sorry to all you Apple users, the answers in the facts!) After all, they have created the best always-connected consumer experience!–Dr. Paul Jacobs. Chief Executive Officer of Qualcomm

This is why:

  1. Customization! You can change any aspect of the phone and its software whereas Apple ios is locked, forcing users to consume and experience the world through the same device, in the same way. In order to customise an iPhone, one must jailbreak it (since when did customisation have the connotation of jail in it?). Thus the notion of a shift in media ownership patterns to a handful of people controlling the media platforms people use everyday Androids allow the user to add widgets anywhere on the phone that can practically do anything. This can range from being able to view your email, flipboard or having access to thousands of books all on your homepage as a widget other than an app! This allows a live stream of content on the homepage.
  1. You have all the storage in the world! Meaning that once you’ve used all the memory in your phone, you can just insert an SD card and PRESTO extra storage space! (That’s right, more room for selfies!)
  1. You can download any app.Apps from the Apple App store need to be reviewed and tested before being released—controlling what the user sees and how they use content. Android have an open garden of apps from independent android markets thus advocating product connectivity.

I have used this animation to visually reflect on the absence and affordances incorporated in both the lives of Android users (Android-Ville) and Apple ios users (Apple-Nation). This, in my opinion—as a citizen of Android-Ville—believe that life beyond the walled-garden allows me to have endless access opportunities and shape my phone into the very device that suits my lifestyle. If I were to migrate to Apple-Nation, I would feel restricted with a loss of control over the way I interact with the world.

This too is reiterated with the application that I used to create this video–GoAnimate. This app, in its free user form doesn’t allow the user to download the video and share it on any platform–thus an example of the absence of affordances and choice. However, I was able to record the video using Android where I could insert the SD card into the laptop and upload it to youtube. Just that simple!

Refrences:

D’Onfro. J, 2015 15 reasons Android phones are better than the iPhone. blog post, viewed 26 March 2015

Jacobs.P Open Handset Aliance. member quotes, viewed 26 March 2015 <http://www.openhandsetalliance.com/member_quotes.html&gt;

Johnson, S 2010 What does “generative” mean anyway?, blog post, 11 April, viewed 26 March 2015 <http://www.stevenberlinjohnson.com/2010/04/what-does-generative-mean-anyway.html>

Mead-Green.R, 2014 iPhone(or iPad)? The pros and cns of ios jailbreaking, viewed 25 March 2015 <http://www.macworld.co.uk/feature/iphone/ios-jailbreaking-pros-cons-jailbreak-iphone-good-bad-3491721/&gt;

Tubbs.D, 2013 What is flipaboard and how to use it to build content, blog post, viewed 26 March 2015 <http://www.meersocial.com/2014/05/what-is-flipboard-and-how-to-use-it-to-build-content/&gt;
Zittrain. J 2008, ‘Introduction’ The future of the internet and how to stop it. New Haven, Yale University Press pp.1-5 http://yupnet.org/zittrain/archives/6
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Please Sir, may I have some more?

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http://moniquelombardo.imgur.com/all/                                         CC supporting the read-write culture!

Why has it taken this long for copyright laws to reach a happy medium?

The audience consumer value has changed to that of a prosumer status calling for a change in copyright.

People participate in the creation and recreation of their culture-Lawrence Lesig

In the eighteenth century, copyright laws were almost non-existent in the public domain before the introduction of content copyright of fourteen years after it was published. Then, copyright laws went on a rampage after Disney pledged for the copyright time to be extended.

Society saw it change to 50 years, 70 and now ultimately 120 years for corporate authorship! Just insane to think that the brilliance encapsulated within the content produced under these laws can not be explored further and become something spectacular.

This is just limiting the consumer–or now prosumers– creativity and freedom. When  in fact the internet emulates a sort of false scarcity in the midst of its free flowing content ability.

Over the last 10 years, a new balance has been created with the introduction of Creative Commons (cc). This new license allows artists, companies and creators to permit the use of their content to the audience and allow them to remix, remediate and recreate. Although, some rights are still reserved, it encourages this read-write culture.

Now that we have received a sort of offering (as the meme suggests) from Creative Commons consumers are cherishing the new freedom that they have to explore areas past their previous confines.

One step forward for consumers!

Refrences:

2007. Creative Commons-Get Creative, online video, 10 April, viewed 17 March 2015

Saloon.O, 2011, Creative Commons101: An introduction to CC licences, Blog post, viewed 18 March 2015 <http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2011-12/13/creative-commons-101&gt;