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…
Bush, E., 2016. Floriade. [photograph] (Eliza Bush’s own private collection)
Last week we have all been treated to a trip down memory lane. Reminiscing the fond memories of our childhoods when television was an occasional activity, saved for before school and Saturday mornings. Now television shapes our lives and consumes use wholely even when we are unaware of it. We are fortunate enough to often have more than one screen in our households so it has been interesting to delve further into the world of parents and grandparents and understand the complete change television had on their lives.
In 1955 at ten years old Mary Jennings (now Bush) listened to the radio. In these years the radio was a source of education and entertainment, a favourite evening pastime. She can still hear the announcers introducing ‘Blue Hills by Gwen Meredith’ a daily serial that was her favourite played for only 15 minutes every day. Television was coming though and everything was soon to change.
From as early as 1935 Television was experimentally broadcasted in European cities and was a great success. A success until World War 2 struck and all television sales and broadcasts were put on hold. By 1940’s television resumed and it wasn’t long until Australia joined in with the rest of the world.
Who doesn’t love space! It has so many meanings with different interpretations. From the stars in the sky to the open plains around us I want to welcome you to my ‘space’. In this sense it is my blog, but my space is also many other things.
It has been a year and a half since I have moved to Wollongong and I always find myself coming back to my space in my bedroom. For a while it was quite empty, all my personal belongings had moved with me and the room was bare. It has always been important for me to come home to Canberra and reconnect with my family and friends. I much prefer seeing them in person than simply texting or having phone calls with them.