The footage in this video was gathered and recorded over 3 days using webcams, camera phones, compact cameras and a Skype video recorder. The music was obtained from Garageband and the footage was put together in iMovie.
‘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.
I was just watching Lady Antebullum’s ‘Need You Now’ video on YouTube. Without paying close attention to the lyrics, it is a great song for a rainy day when on the bus home. Well, at least for me.
Into the first 18 seconds of the music video, we see an image of a Blackberry Smartphone on the bed. Seeing the Blackberry, we can tell that this video is produced quite recently as Blackberries are very much in trend (in competition with Apple’s Iphone) at the moment. This video was uploaded on YouTube on 25th March earlier this year.
So why bring up Blackberry in the video? What’s the big deal?
I was just thinking, it is the Blackberry that makes this video look fairly recently produced. But what happens a few years later? By then, the Blackberry might have look entirely different and this video will look outdated. If so, why did the producer of the video include a shot of the phone? Was he being paid by Blackberry as a form of advertisement? Did the producer wanted to preserve the ‘age’ of the video by showing a technological device that is relevantly popular at that point of time?
Many ideas arise just from a single image from a video clip. This works just like how blogs allows users to have their ideas run free (what I’m doing right now). The video on YouTube has similarities to a blog. Underneath the actual video, there is an enternal link to iTunes, where interested people can purchase the song. Also, there is another external link to Lady Antebullum‘s official website. I just have to say that the Internet is just amazing, you can start off surfing the net from one location, and can never predict where you’ll end up.
What struck me with Lady Antebullum is that it is a band, and not the singer’s name. (I’m of course, thinking of Lady Gaga). The lead female and male singer’s name in ‘Need You Know’ are Hillary and Charles, if I’m not mistaken. There is another guy named Dave in this band.
This blog post really has no specific topic of discussion. I’m jumping from video temporality to the similarities between blogs and YouTube! But hey, ideas are allowed to run free on blogs, aren’t they?
I haven’t got a reply from my group members yet regarding my suggestion to use the blogging article to write our essay on. I guess they’re busy over the weekend?
I know getting ourselves into the assignment mood in week 2 isn’t easy. All of us are probably still in our holiday mood, and some of us home sick, I know I am. I just miss home. I came from Malaysia. And I’ve gone home to my home country 3 times now, that’s since I first came to Australia to study. And each time I have to leave for Melbourne again, I have a deep feeling of unwillingness to leave.
But after leaving 3 times, I’m back in Melbourne for the 4th time. Melbourne is a wonderful place to learn about new cultures and being exposed in a different learning environment. As much as I long to be back home, I truly appreciate the learning experience I am now going through.
Alright, it’s Monday again tomorrow and is kicked start with a Network Media Lecture. I’ll probably ask my group mates about the essay topic suggestion in tutorial on Tuesday!
1. I will attend both lecture and workshop each week.
2. I will make a minimum of 3 blog posts each week.
3. I will improve on my close critical reading skills through the upcoming assessment task.
4. I will learn to code through activities in class and the usage of learning websites listed on the networked media blog.
5. I will communicate with group members to create a group project that is consensual.
6. I will jot down notes in both lectures and workshops so I can refer back when I have difficulties.