– ROLE –
I like the way our groups are formed – not by nametags drawn out of a hat, but instead we all came together out of common interest. We were all interested in the same research topic when we explored and discussed ‘Online Distribution (mainly Netflix and TV culture)’ in class weeks before; this helped to minimise a lot of potential conflicts. The biggest problem for me is that I don’t feel confident in my writing and I write extremely slow. Hence, I tried not to take on too much responsibility in terms of writing the content. However, I am very fascinated and interested in researching on this topic and tried to commit to the workload as much as I can. Due to the natural of our project being that we all came together already having a rough research direction that we wanted to explore further, we decided not to set fixed roles to each of our group members so that we are all in the same common ground, sharing the same roles (researchers) and the same goal: A deeper understanding of the online distribution shift in television, hoping to have a clearer view of the direction its heading. Fortunately, our research directions didn’t overlap and kind of formed itself quite well. Matt was interested in exploring the correlation between online music stream services (Spotify) and online television stream service (Netflix); Tom Russel was interested in the role that advertising plays in this online shift; Jeffery was interested in the logistics, economic side of the shift; I was interested in the television sector (How it was changed and what is happening now) and Tom Pike was in charged of the overall, filling the gaps of our research while keeping in connect with our progress.
Matt: Spotify and Netflix
Tom R: Advertising and economic solutions
Jeffery: Economic issues
Tom P: Culture and Community
Scott: TV evolution (Past - Present)
– Progress –
In terms of progress, I have put in quite a lot of effort into this research. Even though it would seem very minimal from a ‘word count’ perspective, I still spent a lot of time in reading articles and journals in my spare time, I generally really like our research topic and would like to explore more on the possibilities that lies beyond this shift. The beauty of this topic is that, it is always in a state of flux; there are so many new information and news updates everyday that would provide new insights and perspective to our study. I find that the most efficient way of research for me is to read articles and then discuss them we my group members. I find that it is through discussion, sharing our research with each other that we learnt the most (person to person, groups, and also online). We all came together interested in the same topic, but our direction was very vague at the start. We began our study from the research on Netflix, attracted by its content ‘House of Cards’ and the new distribution model. However, after we had done some research, when we come together to discuss our progress, we realised that we shouldn’t be so quick to judge and rely on our own speculations. The future is yet to be in our hands and the best thing we can do now is to be prepared. With every change, lies a new opportunity. We are always living in an exciting time if we are constantly searching for new possibilities. Even though our website is done, our research is never done and the discussions will never end.
– Strategies –
I like the way we tackled this research – not from an observer point of view where we simply summarise our findings, explaining what is being happening; but instead, we tried to tackle this topic (online shift in television industry) from a point of view as if we are part of the work force, hence, being critical of the potential risks as well as constantly seeking out new opportunities and possible solutions to minimise risks. We had our own exploration phase at the beginning where we encouraged everyone to search and read on anything relatable to our topic while keeping in contact with each other. After that, through discussion, we share and compare each other’s findings and began to shape our arguments for further research either backing up or redefining our claims. Although, it got a bit hard to keep track of everyone’s progress because we don’t see each other that often, but at least we have an idea of where everyone is researching, because we had many great conversations. I wished that we had recorded some of them, but I would probably be so nervous and the discussion wouldn’t be as natural. I think the discussion is just a thought process to shape our understanding better. I had a good experience collaborating with the group and I learnt a lot in terms of how to communicate an idea better and to be more precise with providing concrete evidences and arguments.
– Problems –
As a group, I think the biggest problem is that we couldn’t meet up together with everyone all the time. It was very hard to find a time that suits everyone. I think the solution we come up with is to talk to each other online, through our facebook group. We also try our best to talk to each other about our progress whenever we can. I think that talking with other group mates are the best way for me to reflect on my study. I could sit in front of the computer for hours, but it wouldn’t be as useful as to when I talk to my group mate about our findings on facebook. Tom and I had a great chat on facebook about binge viewing and the way it can affect our experience of show. Nevertheless, I see this as only a temporary solution to my problem, I still need to work on improving my writing skill, and so I can write better and become more efficient. I have since tried to blog more after our annotated bibliography. I find that if I type it in a colloquial way as if I’m talking to someone, I could write a lot faster, in synch with my thought process better. What I found interesting is that when I start writing some reflections down on my blog before we have our discussion; it became more fluent when I try to communicate an idea with my other group mates, so practising writing more frequently does help a lot, not just in terms of writing skill but also self-expressions.
– Connections and Interactions –
Overall, I feel like that I grow to see the value of reflections and research more. It seemed very challenging at the beginning of the semester, mainly because I felt that this course would required a lot of academic writings and critical analysis. I did not want to let my team down, because I can’t produce decent academic content. I tried to make it up by providing more insight and do as much research as I can to really dig into the core of our subject. It is far more valuable to be able to identify and spot out potential opportunities from research, discussion and reflections. I feel like that writing takes time to improve, and it is a slow process that requires consistency and a lot of patience, working out a way to express myself more fluently. I enjoyed a lot with our group discussions, just evaluating different strategies and potentials issues in terms of working in film/TV industry in the future. The term ‘Media Industry’ really frightens me, because it feels so immediate, in a sense that it inform to us that we are no longer freshman university student, but are entering the work force very soon. I definitely still need to improve on my communication and writing skills. This course taught us how to push ourselves to me more self-motivation, finding out what is the best way for us to grow and improve. It is great for the tutors to guide us, providing a working space for us to collaborate, giving us the opportunity to find our own orientation. This was quite a beneficial learning experience for me, and I actually enjoyed the research journey a lot more than I thought, I just need to document and reflect on it more through the writing, because it does help to make me organise my thoughts better.
– GRADES –