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Media Diary Part One (Cont’d)
December 5, 2010, 9:14 pm
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24 Hour Media Usage – Wednesday 1st December 2010

6:30 – Woke up to alarm on mobile phone, reset for 7am, pressed snooze till 7:30 (not unusual for me….)

7:30 – Checked what to eat for the day from eating plan printed out from online (it’s working, too!)

Logged onto laptop, checked 3 email accounts, WEB207 site, Facebook, Yahoo chat, looked at shopping, real estate and another social networking site I belong to.  Sent text to sister via mobile phone.

Country drive to work, so no signage apart from passing a few shops – instead green pasture, cows, flooded lake-type thing and black swans (sometimes there’s a white goose among them too, I’m sure he thinks he’s a swan.  We have bets on how long he’ll last at Christmas time!)

8:30 – Logged on to PC at work.  Checked backup to make sure all okay.  Opened Outlook, MS Office, Firefox.  Turned colour printer on, checked for messages on answering machine.  Swapped external hard disk drives for backup tonight.

9:00 – Helped staff member with activation key for MS Office 2010 (which reminds me I need to put it on my laptop!)

Throughout the day – processed volunteer claims for fuel reimbursement and client assessment requests sent via email using printer and MS Office (networked)

Made/received multiple phone calls via bluetooth headset from clients, potential clients and volunteers.

Collated/distributed 200 newsletters that had been printed on another Providers’ printer (Publisher (eeew!) document sent to them via email).

Photocopied relevant work stuff on multifunction centre.

Accessed relevant info about volunteers on internet via google alerts.

Responded to SMS from sister on mobile phone.

Checked Facebook, Hotmail and the bulletin board.  Checked bank balance online, checked Odesk (virtual worksite) to see how many hours I’d worked for my e-boss this week. (Shhhh, don’t tell anyone!)

Swapped texts with my daughter about her exams and boyfriend about everyday stuff via mobile (He’s in WA so we have to utilise every bit of technology we can to stay in touch!)

Added new client to database.

Accessed database for network support specialist who was setting up a couple more computers.

4:45 pm – went to gym, watched cardiotheatre and listened to ipod shuffle while cycling (Yes, I’m behind the times – bills keep getting in the way of me updating my music technology!)

6:00 pm – Got home, updated exercise so far this week on healthy lifestyle website via laptop.

Received text from work colleague about breakfast date in the morning.

Rang Mum and spoke to her on cordless phone for 30 minutes (Aaaaaw)

Texted sister to and fro about her operation today (she didn’t feel up to a phone call)

9:00 pm – checked e-work email, started updating website content for e-work, liaised with developers in India via email/Skype, sent updates to e-boss.  (Regularly scheduled Skype conference with e-boss cancelled this week).

Chatted with boyfriend via Yahoo instant chat for a while

11:00 pm – checked Facebook, hotmail, Thunderbird, gmail and a couple of social networking sites

Contemplated playing Luxor 2 but too tired.  Turned everything off for bed at 11:22. (Thought about listening to a meditation on the ipod as I slept but ear phones too big and hurt my ears after a prolonged period).

7:45 am – Logged on to laptop, checked Facebook, hotmail, yahoo and email after re-setting alarm from 6:30 to 7 and snoozing until 7:15 (Groundhog day……….)





Media Diary Part One
November 27, 2010, 10:43 am
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Today I commenced reading for WEB207.  One of our assignments is to create a diary of our media consumption over a 24 hour period.  Wow!  Just thinking about it makes my mind boggle, and I don’t see myself as a huge consumer of media.  However when I start to think about what I’ve done just this morning – mobile phone both talking and texting, checking email – outlook and hotmail, checking facebook and msn messenger, chatting on yahoo messenger, re-familiarising myself with twitter and my wordpress blog……  It makes the mind boggle, really.

While the only hardware I’ve used has been my mobile and my laptop, the amount of information I’ve been exposed to and the various ways in which I’ve had contact with people is astonishing.  Once again I can feel my brain expanding from study, giving me new views on things I just take for granted.  Can’t wait to actually make a start, but I’m thinking perhaps Monday would be a good day to officially commence my diary.  For now, the weekend calls – gotta love work/life/study balance!

Topic 1.2 – Music: I Want My MP3
February 7, 2010, 9:51 pm
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What role does music play in your life and does it mesh with any of the practises and meanings described in the readings?

Music plays a definite role in my life.  Laughey discusses the use of music to set moods and differentiate between and cross gaps into private and public space.  I use music to set moods and to create a particular mindspace or atmosphere.  Examples are when studying I like to have something soothing and tranquil without lyrics to create an atmosphere conducive to concentration, when exercising I like to listen to upbeat, motivational music with gutsy lyrics and a good beat, when preparing/practising ritual I like to listen to ambient, soulful music to create a transcendent mindset or to meditate when going to sleep.

Are your tastes shared with other people or groups that you are in contact with? Do you download music, watch videos with music, reveal your tastes in online profiles and applications?

I share some of my musical tastes online through Finetune with my own playlists and via Facebook and Stumbleupon.  Musical preferences are usually something I actually discuss in person.  My daughter and I may swap video clips and music tracks of artists we both like and do it using digital technology, but nothing else really.  Before I split with my partner we used to swap videos and music of new artists that we’d found and thought the other might like all of the time.

How do you usually ‘pick up’ a band or song?

Certain groups of friends may post things from time to time on Facebook and I might pick something up I like from there, or I might conduct a music search for a specific genre of music to see what’s new.  I still listen to the radio a lot and my daughter listens to a lot of music so I may pick something up in that way as well.

Discuss your responses and the degree to which people’s responses match those described in the readings and/or the closest match to your own tastes and practices.

Topic 1.1 – Dating, Sex and Porn
February 7, 2010, 2:56 pm
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During week two we were required to discuss the following topics:

1. How far would a partner/spouse have to go online before it is considered cheating?  Up to what point is flirting online acceptable?  How “real” is cybersex?

Quite an interesting discussion took place on the discussion boards, however the majority view appeared to be that if one acted in such a way that might cause their partner distress, then it was cheating.   This applied to any form of online interaction, as it does in real life.  I have personally had many offers to participate in cybersex, but the thought of just typing about it really does nothing for me – I much prefer the real thing!

2.   Read the Pascoe chapter above and discuss dating, romance and intimacy in the context of the internet.

One of the first thoughts I had when reading Pascoe’s description of how Jesse and Alice conduct their relationship without their parents’ knowledge was also how much easier the internet makes it to cheat on one’s partner.  While it may be easier to cheat on one’s partner as a result of interaction via the internet, Pascoe’s article also illustrates how easy it is to keep tabs on a partner as well.  This is particularly so when there are expectations between a couple in terms of password sharing and access to those areas of the internet that can be manipulated for others to see.

He refers to “boundary work” which are activities related to setting boundaries and what is/isn’t acceptable regarding the use of media in intimate relationships.  He quotes Brown as stating that “romance is a public behaviour that provides feedback from friends and age-mates on one’s image amongst one’s peers”.  This seems to be even more the case in terms of social networking technologies and rituals that have arisen as a result.  There are implications here in terms of those who are socially isolated and what happens when one’s online image doesn’t match with one’s real life image and whether this enhances or detracts from self esteem, something the majority of teens already struggle with in real life without further pressure from electronic communications.  Pascoe proposes that “casual internet-driven use of new media might be a form of informal learning through which teens develop literacy…”  What then, of the teen who does not have the same access to the same technology.  Are they then at a social disadvantage as a result?

This learning process, particularly when interacting with people one has not yet met in real life, must raise concerns about safety, particularly if interaction then progresses to real life, particularly in a situation where one’s parents may not know the meeting is taking place.  The ability to maintain a virtual private space influenced only by peers and unsupervised by elders raises implications about ethical and moral standards, as well as concerns over cyber-bullying which has garnered so much recent media attention lately.  Is there a danger here of teens not having enough adult guidance, or are the majority mature enough to be able to handle this form of interaction without adults being involved.

Being “facebook stalked” in order to find out more information about someone before approaching them for a date is one thing, but the implications of posting too much personal information on social networking sites could lead to much more harmful activities by those with less than pure intentions.

Pascoe states that: “It is important, however, to recognize that these forms of literacy are not a “dumbing down” of language but a contextually specific literacy practice, acutely attuned to the particulars of given social situations and cultural norms.”  I disagree with this.  While these may be contextually specific when used online, the forms of literacy he refers to are pervading other aspects of life.  Exactly who is promulgating this remains open to discussion – is it the teens themselves or are marketers aiming for the teen market perverting traditional forms of language in order to attract the money of our youth?

Pascoe  also describes new media as being important tools for gay teens wanting to date.  I suggest this is the same for any non-mainstream community and that these tools are also utilised by others such as transgendered people, the BDSM community, followers of alternate religions, etc.  Questions regarding the use of new media as a tool to justify and propagate things such a paedophilia, however, are the downside to this.

As Pascoe points out, it is a paradox that the internet and associated technologies on the one hand allow the development of identity and the learning of how to interact with others, but on the other hand creates anxiety and vulnerability in terms of how the rest of the world judges a person and the types of relationships (both desirable and undesirable) that can be pursued.  (p. 15)Group: discuss in your tutorial the acceptability of online dating amongst your friends and family. Do you know of anyone that’s met someone online and then gone on to date them face to face?

3.   Group: discuss in your tutorial the acceptability of online dating amongst your friends and family. Do you know of anyone that’s met someone online and then gone on to date them face to face?

There was much discussion in our group about whether internet dating is acceptable or not.  A general consensus was that it is a lot more acceptable than it used to be, with the majority of participants knowing someone who had used it in the past to meet people offline and conduct relationships, if not having done so themselves.

NET12 – Study Guide to Module One
December 12, 2009, 11:22 pm
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Upon finishing our first week we were required to answer the following questions:

1. Collaboration: Mindmap It!
Using Mindmeister I contributed to the mindmap of The Internet and Everyday Life. It was interesting to read others opinions and I also had the experience of chatting to a fellow student while we worked on various aspects of the map. His suggestions were most helpful.

2. Individual: My own experience of the Internet:
a. How did I first encounter, hear or read about it?
b. When and how did you first ‘go online’ and what did you think of it?

I first came across the internet back in the late 80’s when I purchased my second personal computer. The previous one had been DOS-based and I hadn’t known about bulletin boards, however my new PC came with a GUI (graphical user interface) and a floppy disc that had mIRC (a version of internet chat) on it. I’d actually purchased the computer to research alternative spirituality as I’d come across a concept in a theological bookshop that I wanted to research more and the library computers were too slow and too much in demand for my liking and I wanted something I had access to all of the time. Being a single parent, it was difficult to get out and about to socialise with other people, particularly at night, so IRC became my means of meeting people from all over the globe and from then on I was a firm internet devotee.

c. How do you use it nowadays?
d. Do you think of it as different or part of your everydaylife?

Nowadays the internet pervades my whole life. I use it to keep in touch with like minded people and meet new ones, online dating and chat, to stay in touch with loved ones, shopping, paying bills, utilising email at work and home, general browsing (love stumbleupon as a great means of procrastination), social networking and instant messaging. It’s a vital means of study and will also the means of my future employment as my ultimate aim is to have my own web design/programming studio. I use whereis and google maps to get from one place to another, I book concert tickets and download music and research places to go camping and 4 wheel driving. Any queries I have about anything and everything I turn to the internet for answers. I use it daily for just about everything.