‘A little about Web 2.0′
This is one of my earliest post. It contains only text with no images or links.
This blog post, I wrote about how people should limit how public and personal their blog should be, and that this goes the same for social networking sites like facebook.
‘Food Journalism, possible?’
In this post, I wrote of a possible career that I can pursue as it has something to do with one of my passions – Food!
I wrote about having a go at the Mortensen and Walker reading and then realized that I rarely included links in my blogs, adding that Mortensen and Walker mentioned that one of the primary uses of blogs is a diary of links. I then linked to a blog of my friend, Jing, to illustrate one of the points that Mortensen and Walker mentioned – “A paragraph is enough and there is no more needed”.
This is one of my favorite posts as I managed to include an image, put an external link and practice my html. I’ve since started to manually code to insert links and images into my posts. and oh, Seth just commented that this is a good post as I have made a correlation between blogging and song covers.
‘Blogging by Jill Walker’
This isn’t one of the best post but I’ve made use of the blog as a ‘notebook’ or ‘journal’ to jot down the notes that I’ve gathered from the first chapter from Jill Walker’s Blogging. I read Blogging as part of research for my individual essay on links. I’ve also visited the blogs that Jill mentions in her book and have included external links to them in this post.
‘Ideas Run Free’
In this post, I discussed about the usage of the Blackberry smartphone in Lady Antebullum’s ‘Need You Now” music video on YouTube, and how it will affect the ‘currentness’ of the video. I then elaborate that YouTube has many similarities to blogs as most sites provide external links, commentary system; where users can leave comments and create new discussions, and so on, which leads me to conclude that blogs are where ideas run free. This is proven because I jumped from talking about the video’s temporality to ideas about YouTube being like blogs.
I was browsing through Twitter when I came across Xia Xue’s twitter profile, which then lead me to her blog. In this post, I discussed about the influences of her blog, to an extent that even my Australian tutor know about her. I also comment on the characteristics of her blog, and bringing in ideas that I’ve learnt about while researching for the individual essay. Certain ideas that I’ve gathered about one month ago no longer appear relevant as the blogs strive to be more and more influential in our lives every single day.
This blog post is a combination of lecture notes and blogging. I commented that the ‘Online Hypertext Lecture’ reinforces of the idea that Miles makes in the video as this video is actually made available online. I then draw on a YouTube video on a Volkwagon advertisement and discussed how the film edits are like links in a hypertext.
This blog post is somewhat a continuation of ‘Online Lecture’, as I draw on more ideas that can be related to what Miles said in the lecture about links and distance in Hypertext. Ski Yoghurt has a very catchy advertisement, being a compilation of multiple single shots, each shot is individual but when played all at once, are linked and makes plenty of sense.
‘Three Years. One Photo’
In this post, I included an external link to website of photos. But where I want to draw attention to is Michael Wesley’s three-year exposure photograph. In this photograph, I can see a infinite numbers of lines. Lines that result from the movement of the sun, moon, destruction and building of a new establishment and so on. The lines are somewhat like blogs and its blog post. As time past, more and more posts will be archived and soon, there will be countless of posts.
Katy Perry seeks revenge on Elmo
Recently, Katy Perry grabbed headlines when she wore a very low-cut Elmo t-shirt on SNL to poke fun at Sesame Street for banning her ‘Hot n Cold’ music video with Elmo. I sourced this news article from theage.com.au in which it has many similarities to a blog. The article includes images, a video and even a commentary system.
Firstly, I would have to admit that in Week 7 and 8, I did not manage to publish any blog post but have now posted more blog entries to compensate for that idle two weeks. I have to say, that I’ve come a long way in terms of my blogging style. I now put in more effort, particularly in including external and internal links in my blog posts. I would love to include images more frequently but since learning about the importance of attributing images and the usage of copyright photos, I could only include photos of my own or photos sourced from royalty free photo websites like morgueFile. Furthermore, ever since learning the basics of HTML, blogging has been more fun as I now know how to manually insert images and links, bold text and even turn an image into a link. The first few blog posts that I’ve listed above are not the ‘bloggiest’ but it is an evidence to show how I’ve developed in producing ‘bloggier’ blogs into the first few weeks of the semester. My later blog posts all have links to somewhere, whether internal or external, and may or may not have images depending on the subject matter. I have also tend to make connections with the subject discussed, back to ideas brought up throughout the course. In terms of writing style, I tend to write a little more formal than how I would in my personal blog as this is after all, a university blog that would be assessed. Apart from the inconsistency of the number of blog posts, I would say I did an acceptable job on blogging.
It is already week 12 and this is the final participation blog post in the lab!
Earlier in the semester, we were asked to write a blog post that included 6 criteria for participation.
Do read my Online Lecture blog post to see how I’ve incorporated class materials and ideas from external sources to illustrate my participation in class activities. In this blog post, I blogged about the online lecture video that was posted on the Networked Media website. I practiced Doctorow’s ‘Outboard Brain’ by jotting down notes in a form of a blog as opposed to writing them down in a notepad. I then incorporated a video I found on YouTube in which some ideas can be linked to what Adrian Miles said in the Online Lecture.
Song Covers is one of those blogs that illustrate what I’ve learned in class, more specifically – HTML coding. Since learning how to do basic coding in Networked Media, writing blog posts has been much enjoyable as I now know how to include other media like links, images and videos, into the blog through manual coding. It gives me a better understanding of the ‘computer language’.
What have I done well?
I have to say that I’ve learned the basics of HTML well and have excelled in the previous HTML test. This made me feel comfortable when working with group members on the Hypertext Essay.
What could I have done better?
I have to certainly say that I’ve not been meeting the minimum blog count number. I wished I had done better a better job in maintaining a constant number of blog posts each week.
Last week, The Age reported that Katy Perry was in the lime light seeking revenge on Sesame Street’s Elmo. On Saturday Night Live, Ms. Perry posed as a 16-year old librarian who wore a Elmo-printed t-shirt with a plunging neckline, frequently bobbling around in her seat.
Ms. Perry was invited to produced a kids-friendly version of her hit single “Hot n Cold” with Elmo. The video was uploaded on YouTube to give audience a sneak preview. However, Perry has since received harsh criticism from some parents with claims that Ms. Perry’s dressing which exposes her cleavage is inappropriate for the young viewers for Sesame Street.
The criticism from these parents then encouraged further discussion on this issue as other parents rebuts, snapping at the thoughts that other parents would think their kids at such young age would see Ms. Perry’s cleavage as a sexual object.
Comments were posted on The Age‘s website itself using the commentary system provided. This somewhat has much resemblance of that in a blog. One person comments on a post, a second person comments on the same post and a conversation grows forth.
Furthermore, the Katy Perry article that was published on The Age also resembles much like a blog post as it sometimes incorporate images and videos. The slight difference is only that online newspapers do not usually contain external links within the published content. It is more common to see internal links to other similar articles when browsing an online newspaper article.
I was looking at Nelson’s desktop background on his MacBook Pro and noticed an amazing looking black & white photo. The photo clearly looked like it was taken with a long exposure. It was a photo of a city view, with fine lines all over the image.
Nelson said that the photo was taken with a 3-year exposure. 3 YEARS EXPOSURE?! he wasn’t joking. He googled it to prove it to me.
The photographer’s name is Michael Wesley and that amazing photo was taken as part of a project for the Museum of Modern Art.
I was so amazed by this photo, I just had to blog about it.
Wesley’s 3-year exposure photo can somewhat be related to how blogs work. The infinite numbers of fine lines in the photo is the result of the capturing of movement over a 3-year period. This includes the movement of the sun, the erection of buildings and movement of cars and people. The ‘fine lines’ in blogs would refer to the post that have been published. Over a 3-year period, an average blogger would have accumulated a substantial number of blog posts in his or her archive. The date of publish on each post is like the ‘movement’ of people and cars in Wesley’s photo, a proof that there was development and movement across time.
Looking back at the 6 criteria that I’ve set earlier back in the semester. I’m actually quite happy with my progress in Networked Media so far (well, apart from the inconsistent number of blogs in the past weeks). But I’ve definitely varied the content of my blog post, incorporating images, internal and external links increase the ‘bloginess’. I’ve also been frequently doing manual codes where applicable as it is good practice and fun.
It’s probably not the my first watching Ski yoghurt’s advertisement on TV but I’ve just realized how brilliant it was.
The usage of multiple non-linear shots of ‘cling’ sounds as a result from spoons coming in contact with plates, teeth and even table tops, are edited in such a way that it produces a rhythm in the audio. The marketing phrase ‘can’t get enough’ is cleverly presented in a way that each word is spoken by a different person i.e. multiple shots of different people saying a different word but brought together to produce a sentence that made sense. The result is a fast-edited advertisement with a catchy tune that is eye-catching.
This TV advertisement reminds me of the Miles’ idea of the Hypertext as I’ve blogged about in ‘Online Lecture’. Referring to links and distances, he said that links that might not relate to each other are brought together in a Hypertext to form a connection between them.
Facebook has got to be my favourite social media tool.
It helps me keep in touch with friends regardless of where I am in the world. It’s so easy because this media tool allow us to drop a message on their profile ‘walls’ which appear very casual and spontaneous. It is definitely a way to reconnect with friends whom we are not very close back in earlier days.
In addition to that, we can be updated with our friend’s lives by browsing through their photo albums or even be notified of the Facebook games that they are playing. There is also a live chat service that allows us to communicate in real time.
There have been massive debates on the privacy issue in Facebook as users are increasingly putting their lives on the internet. I strongly believe that there is a fine line between private and public on what we put on our Facebook profiles.
Do take a look at my recent blog post on Online Hypertext Lecture to get a better idea of what I’m learning in Networked Media. In this post, I jot down notes from a video recording of a lecture that has been posted online. I also bring in my own example to better illustrate what I’ve understand from the lecture.
A few problems that I’ve encountered when blogging:
Some of my blog posts are not ‘bloggy’ enough in a sense that they either do not contain enough links, images or other medias. For example, ‘Blogging by Jill Walker’, this is a post where I jot down notes from a book reference for the previous individual essay.
On the other hand, some blogs have very little or no relation to course materials. For example, ‘Pawpaws’, in this post I wrote about my love for this Aussie tropical fruit which is not available in my home country.
Hello! My name is Celine and I’m a second-year Professional Communication student at RMIT University.
This blog is a space for me to jot down notes from lectures and labs as well as to bring in ideas from external sources.
This blog also serves as a platform for me to practice HTML and read blog posts of others.