In this lecture, Adam discussed several topics:

He first spoke about internet filters that Senator Stephen Conroy wants to introduce.

He also spoke about Facebook and how it could be owned by the C.I.A in trying to track everyone. He then went on to say that there is no way of knowing whether or not facebook is evil.

Week 9 part 2


This is an internet site that i found very usefull as it just poses some quesitons about citizen journalism and its affects.

We the media – Dan Gilmor

This book is very interesting as it is about grassroots media for the people and by the people. He is a columnist who tells a story of how the media has shift and how we consume the news.


This article gave me some insight into how citizen journalism has helped is getting the right information fast and giving it to the media when they can’t get to it. Such as photos taken in the london bombings and the worlds trades centre.

Week 10 tute task

I will be angling my discussion towards how citizen journalism is both good and bad to the media and the community. I got this idea from reading numerous news articles of disasters that have happened in the world, such as the bombing in London and 9/11. It was evident through these readings that the majority of information portrayed to the public was founded by ordinary citizens, who have either taken  photos of the incident, blogged about it or sent in emails. This in some respects is seen as a positive thing as citizen journalists have the advantage of being in the action when it happens, when news reporters aren’t allowed on the scenes or don’t have access to it. These are only a few key factors I will be writing about in discussing the advantages of having citizen journalists involved in the media. 

I will also be discussing the negative impacts citizen journalists have on society and the media. Some of the negative impacts are that citizen journalists write their opinions rather than seeking the facts, especially when it comes to politics and the election. This in turn positions the reader to their side, which can cause issues especially if the facts aren’t right. This can also cause issues towards a professional journalist who has all the facts, therefore causing confusion to the reader of what to believe is right or wrong.


Week 9 Part 1

Due to society always seeking the best and the quickest forms of communication it is only in our nature to want it. This in general means that we throw out a large amount of electrical devices. However, in a bid to save our environment we can now recycle alot of items that we sue form day to day, such as paper, metals and now our old mobile phones and computers. 

Technology changes form day to day, causing us to chuck in our old phone’,s computers and TV’S for the latest gadgets and gismos. It has now come to the point where you can walk into a phone store and find a bin for ols phone to recycle them. There have been large amounts of conspiracy theories towards phones and whether or not they are linked to cancer. Despite there being no grounded evidence of this, we must keep in mind that the human body was not made for sitting down to watch tv or holding devices to our ears that give of radiation signals. Therefore we must ask ourselves the question of is it really worth recycling our electrical devices even if they are a hazard to our health?

Week 8 task

I have chosen for my Essay topic question 6;  Increasingly mobile devices are an aid to the gathering and reporting of information, both by professional journalists and “citizen journalists”.  Outline the advantages and disadvantages of this sort of news gathering. How might it impact on journalistic practices and news values and ethics?

Wk 9 lecture notes

This weeks lecture was interesting as it explored cyberpunk and a man named William Gibson. Here are some notes that i took form the lecture.


“we don’t need science fiction anymore - we live in the future” - words said by the lecturer.

Cyberpunk - about the difusion between man and machine. Technology is us.

  • A gritty aesthetic: shadows, decay, lust (for profit), capital;
  • Some high technology: human fused to machine;
  • A questionable morality-opportunism, theft, murder.

A hybrid genre:

  • hard-boiled detective fiction (ie anti-hero protagonist, crime, betrayal) means: clean view on reality.
  • Film noir (lust, money, power, seduction, murder.)
  • Original home (where it comes from - science fiction)
  • Literary postmodernism

New science fiction of the 1990’s = trans/post

Cyberpunk authors:

  • William Gibson (wrote Neuromancer, Burning Chrome)
  • Bruce Sterling (wrote Mirrorshades)
  • Neal Stephenson
  • John Shirley
  • Lewis Shiner
  • Rudy Rucker

Burning Chrome - William Gibson

Aesthetics: gritty, tech, heavy, seductive

Genre: hybrid

style: prose is written

Cyberpunk as a lingua franca of dig culture.

Wk 8 Lecture

Here are some of the key aspects that we spoke about in week 8:

Virtual Reality

VR is a system that enables one or more users to move and react in a computer simulated environment.

Alternate terms

  • Artificial Reality
  • Virtuality
  • Anthropocybersynchronicity

How does it work

VR works by:

  • engaging the senses through various hardware including goggles,headphones, gloves and body suits to the exclusion of the real world
  • convergence of techniques used in simulation, animation and computer games - entertainment as the catalyst for other purposes.

Types of VR

  • Desktop VR
  • Immersion VR
  • Projection VR

Elements of Virtual Reality

  • Vision
  • Sound
  • Touch
  • Taste
  • Smell


  • Graphics not developed
  • Input lag
  • Perspective does not match that of reality.
  • Simulation sickness
  • Motion sickness
  • eye strain
  • Headaches/diziness
  • addiction
  • brainwashing

Week 6 task

My daily media consumption consists of the  television, Internet and my phone.

I usually start the day off with watching the news or Sunrise which goes for about 2 hours. I go on the internet at the end of the day to check my facebook and any other site that might come to mind. I use my phone the throughout the day to send texts and make phone calls.

The internet is what I use the most in accesing information for assignemnts or to read up on social and news events that I may have missed out on.  But most of all I use the interent for facebook as it allows me to connect with my friends via messages, as I don’t get to see them as often anymore. Facebooks statement of rights and responsibilities is very clear and very similar to that of other social networking sites, such as tumblr and myspace.  They do not allow any fraudulent, abusive or other legal activity. The user cannot use tumblr to send usolicitied e-mails, bulk mail, spam or other materials to users of the site or any other individual. And they cannot harass, threaten, stalk, or abuse. In terms of photos it is up to the user for what  he or she decides to upload. In saying this if it is a photo of someone else without there consent or even a pornographic image, facebook will ask you to  remove it, or in a worst case scenario remove your page completely.

Week 6 Lecture

In this weeks lecture we learnt about the difference between virtual community and individual identity. Virtual identity was described as a group of people who communicate through the internet. Whereas Individual identity is the way a individual expresses there self through the internet.We also discussed Ego-centric social network, identity play and Web 2.0.

An Ego-centric social network is a term used to describe a change in focus from groups of people with equal interests to mutual friends. They are also known as people tend to connected to you through a network such as Twitter and or Facebook.

Indentity play is basically summed up as someone who is pretending to be someone else. FInally Adam spoke of Web 2.0 is a technical term for technical work. Web 2.0 is able to organize knowledge, user-generated, conect-people, create photos, images, videos, text and can put it on the net.