Thailand is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world with people coming from all over the world to see temples, beaches, culture and animals. The animal entertainment industry within Thailand itself is often pushed by tourism marketers as once in a lifetime opportunities to encounter tame wild creatures without risk. What is commonly not known is the long suffering that these tigers are often put through for this once in a lifetime opportunity. Now the World Animal Protection are taking a stand to protect tiger species from cruel conditions and illegal trafficking. Ethically the mistreatment of these beautiful species is so wrong, so it is important to understand the facts of what truly happens in the animal entertainment industry.
This blog post today is a little late, I could come up with many excuses for why this is but my current one is that I just have no idea what to write. The idea of poverty porn and witnessing sad traumatic events really pulls at my heart strings and I often don’t know if my opinions are morally or ethically correct. I just want to be able to help everyone and make the world a better place but often we do not know if our generosity is being used in the right places.
It’s humouring to think that in the 1400’s Renaissance was the distinct style of art that was attractive to the human population. Nothing says fine art like a naked body and some angel wings. But in todays society almost anything can be interpreted as art, even the naked selfie.
Blog writing has become a staple in my University degree and though at times I may think of it as the worst thing I have ever encountered I also know its importance as the career path I wish to follow. My processes reflected below have been challenging at times but I believe the overall outcome is something I know that I have worked hard to achieve and am proud with its results.
We are well and truly in a digital era, our space and place is wholely consumed by technology. Even as I sit currently in the library people surrounding me are on their phones, their computers using them for studying and socialising. We are fortunate to live in a society that has quality access to the internet and the sites we want to and need to view. Regulation though frowned upon by users can actually sometimes be in their benefit, though few would happily admit to this.
Australia now has one of the most concentrated media environments (Phillips, 2015). In the cases of newspapers this may be an okay thing, by preventing one entity to control all of the news we receive we are offered multiple opinions about politics and have the freedoms to make our own decisions. It was important for the government to make changes in regulation due to advanced in technology that allows the public to have access to digital content from anywhere in the world instantly.
As another semester draws to a close it is time to begin thinking about final projects. Recently I have found and read a few articles about snapchat and its controversial, but user favourite, filters. Snapchat has now become a dominant platform within the social media sphere. Celebrities use it, so does the every day individual, even businesses use the little ghost to spread word about their products. The accessibility and controversiality of the app used by 100 million people daily (Snider, 2016), is the drawing force for my digital story telling project.
Last weekend while home in Canberra I went to the Floriade Tulip Festival. An annual event in the Canberra calendar, my friends and I were eager to attend and see the same things we see every year… flowers, flowers, more flowers oh and a gnome…