My Media Use #1.

Day One.

This blog post is just the beginning of various posts to come. I will be observing and documenting my media use and then delving into why I did what I did. As I write a list of all things I did in the last 24 hours, I realised that it wasn’t as much as I thought it would be. I conclude that it’s because I was at university all day and by the time I came home I barely had any time for myself. However, in such a busy day I still managed to be online.

I was able to use platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Spotify, and Gmail. I used Gmail to check if I had any new emails on both my personal and school email. I then proceeded to write two emails. On Facebook, I scrolled through my newsfeed to check out any interesting videos or posts that had caught my eye (mostly about animals). I then ‘reacted’ to these videos and news articles by liking, loving, or placing a sad face. I did this to contribute to the post as well as letting my friends know how I felt about said video or news article. I also shared an event that I thought would interest some of my friends on Facebook. Alongside that post I also wrote a comment to tell my friends what I thought of the event. This was done by initialing following the venue’s Facebook page and then sharing the event from their page to mine. I did this as a way of promoting the event further as I know some of my friends don’t all follow the venue’s page.

I spent the rest of my time on either google docs (for a group project) or on WordPress trying to finish up any other blog posts I needed to complete. Once completing each blog post I placed it in its category and also used tags, as found on the sidebar when drafting a post. As I worked on the blog posts I would sometimes find myself grabbing my phone and going on Instagram, mostly because a notification would let me know if someone liked a photo I posted from a few days back. Although not spending a lot of time I noticed a few posts made by Drake about his release of More Life; It was then that I decided to open up Spotify and listen to Drake’s new album as I continued working on my blog posts. I did this not only because I like Drake but also because as a Music Industry student its important to be informed on all things music, especially if its within a genre that interests you. After working on the posts I watched one episode of Daredevil on Netflix, and then just before I decided to stop myself from using anymore media I scrolled through Instagram once more; Liking photos from people I follow as well as liking photos that would come up in the browse section (found when clicking on the magnifying glass at the bottom of your screen). Although there were a few other apps/websites I clicked into, these were the main few that I spent most of my time on.

– S.

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Tag! You’re it!

When the days of tag meant chasing after your friends in the school yard–but now, all I think of are endless one-worded hashtags to chase people to your Twitter or Instagram post. My life can either be summed up into 140 characters or can be found in a vigorous amount of photographs posted onto Instagram. This social platform has allowed me to share key moments of my life with friends and strangers. By using words that are frequently searched or used into tags, people from all over the world are able to see what I have uploaded.

It’s the same thing with my blog. In this post I’m using tags such as ‘uni’ and ‘Instagram’. This is because it’s relevant to what I’m discussing in the post itself, as well as being a piece of university work. This is so if others are interested in my uni work or are interested in what I’ve got to say about Instagram, they’re able to easily find this post.

Sometimes there are specific tags people enjoy following, for example, I like to search the word ‘ootd (outfit of the day)’. This is so I can follow what kind of outfits people put together so that I can find inspiration as well as identifying trends. So if you come across an eager blogger with an infinite amount of tags, don’t fret, they’re just playing the game. #Youreit.

– S.

 

 

 

 

 

Ethics.

Being a blogger isn’t just about writing and posting whatever you like. There needs to be some ethical thought behind each post–is it offensive? is it a lie? will you lose respect? It’s these questions that need to be seriously thought about as a content producer. It seems pretty simple right? But sometimes we may not realise our actions, so it’s important to have an understanding of the ethics behind blogging.

As you may or may not know, there was huge controversy over a video made by the number one most subscribed YouTuber, PewDiePie. Without diving too deep into the controversy, a joke was made and it didn’t turn out too well; people left hate comments, big news outlets portrayed him as a terrible human being, and even YouTube made the decision to pull his videos off of YouTube Red. There’s a lesson to be learnt from all this. Although PewDiePie felt his ‘bro army’ would understand his humour, he failed to think about those who wouldn’t understand and find the joke offensive. Being a blogger or an internet figure requires diligence no matter how big or small your audience is. At the end of the day our work is exhibited for everyone to see, and with that much power comes great responsibility. Even if you have no ill intention, as shown in PewDiePie’s case, it can still be hurtful.

In the past, I didn’t really think too much about ethics however, reading up on it has made me think about how important it is for any blogger to take a second thought before posting.

– S.

 

Copyright.

9 letters that completely change the game.

So there’s this thing called copyright. If you don’t know it. You should. It may just save your life…Ok, I’m being a little dramatic, but it is pretty important. In today’s class we discussed what copyright allows and doesn’t allow us to do. We were able to find all the information needed from RMIT’s copyright for blogging page.

There is so much content on the internet that anyone can get anything from anywhere. This puts content creators in risk of having their work altered or taken from them without any acknowledgement, this is where copyright comes in. It is a law that protects a creator’s work from internet trolls.  As a blogger, I have become a contributor to the online space, which means there are certain responsibilities that I have been bestowed to me. If I decide to use a image, that image would need to my own or taken from a Creative Commons database. I haven’t used much content from this database but I’ll definitely be looking into it further. In the past, I’ve mostly used my own photos or credited/linked others work from my blog. I’ve always tried to be careful when dabbling into the copyright world.

Lastly, copyright allows embedding! Yay! So if I wanted to share a video or a song with you, I’m able to link it here and not get it into trouble. Embedding is the key!

– S.