WATCHING: Collaborative Digital Media Project

By Ashleigh Negri, Kurtis Jones, Sarah Cayless & Adam Turner

Collaboration whether it be face to face or online is such a vital part of the media and communication field. For our group project we had to use a plethora of different online platforms to get in contact with each other and share our ideas and content.

The first contact made with the group was via Twitter but we soon realised that not everyone could be found on Twitter so we moved to Facebook’s Messenger app. Initially Messenger was a great platform to use as it was very user friendly we all used it on a daily basis. We did know however that Messenger does have its disadvantages and we decided to move to a more collaboration friendly platform; Google Hangouts.

The first contact we had on Hangouts was a video conference, this was a bit awkward at first as it was our very first meeting as a group and it took a while to get the ideas going. The face to face aspect of the Hangout was a bit confronting and embarrassing at first but after a few laughs we felt more comfortable and the ideas started flowing.

After this first Hangout we decided this would also be our platform for messaging each other too, as it was more collaborative then messenger.

We also used Google Drive to send and share videos with the group. Adam who had most of the footage on his computer from filming day, uploaded it all to a Google Drive and Kurtis then downloaded it as he was to do the editing on the video.

Overall we feel that we collaborated well online in this project, we would have liked to use a scheduling platform to organise meetings better and will keep this in mind for future collaboration projects.

 

As a group, we considered a few different options for the video. We threw a few ideas around before we determined which idea we wanted to run with. For this stage, we predominantly used Google Hangouts to discuss the ideas. We knew we wanted (and needed) to follow along the lines of digital surveillance, but the question was what and how. We began with an idea that we wanted to do a video about the self-locking doors or the availability of the security staff on Campus at Deakin, Burwood. However, it progressed into something a little bit different as the rest of the group pitched in.

 

We formed the solid idea of the comparing a lack of surveillance to possibly having an over-supply of surveillance. We decided that the best place to film this concept was Deakin, Burwood. There is surveillance in every building, but no surveillance down by the creek when crossing between the university and the college.

 

The lack of surveillance interested the group because when you look at Deakin, which is a university that relies on technology very heavily, it can be seen to be lacking technology which could potentially prevent deviant behaviour between the two campus areas.

 

This idea mainly came around from hearing about occasional thefts and assaults via Deakin email from Deakin officials. We believe that highlighting the lack of CCTV cameras by the creek may prompt action. Not all assaults and altercations get reported, to security. Therefore, we decided that we would raise awareness that CCTV footage along the creek would prevent or at least record these altercations. The Security isn’t always going to be able to do too much after an incident, unless there is some kind of digital record of it (footage, particularly of the perpetrator).

 

The intended messages and meanings that have been conveyed in the video is all about the way CCTV cameras are used to prevent and solve crime, as well as help out with the safety of patrons. The video also wanted to convey a message where it shows the way in which there quite a contrast between having a lot of security and having none.

This also has to do with the place where the security cameras are located. In some instances, such as buildings and on campus at university there are a plethora of cameras. However, in parks, and locations that at some point in time can be deemed to be dangerous or risky, such as the walk between Deakin University’s Burwood Campus and Deakin College at Burwood, there is a dearth of security and CCTV cameras.

 

This is risky because not only does it not have security cameras, but it is a public park also, therefore it is not limited to just students crossing between the campuses. This video shows the issues, and the risks people face when there is a lack of security in the form of CCTV available to protect people. This shows that there are threats to society and people when there are no security cameras.

The intended meaning behind the video explores the way in which CCTV cameras are there to help us, and what is done when there are none around. This is shown through the use of friends, who are around to help people who feel threatened, but also security guards.

The concept of safety and a lack of CCTV can be seen in the film especially in the areas which are not built up, an example is right at the end where a hand comes into shot from behind the girl, the camera then cuts out leaving the viewer to interpret what happens after this.

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HELLO WORLD, I’M HERE

GEOTAGGING AND SURVEILLANCE

Screenshot Geotagging photograph from my Instagram profile Location Map @ashleighnegri by Ashleigh Negri, 7 September 2016

Social networking has become an essential part of our daily lives. Geotagging has become something that is offered to show our friends and family on social media platforms where we are and what we are doing, with the addition of adding our location.

There are definitely advantages and disadvantages to geotagging. Safety is an obvious factor when it comes to geotagging. Yes it is great to tell people where you are through Instagram posts, Snapchat location filters and Facebook ‘Check-in’s’, however in a way the more people know, the worse it is.

Tweet imbedded from my Twitter profile @ashleighn2495

The surveillance issues are a worry for daily lives, because of the lack of privacy people have when they do post their location, however I think the onus is somewhat on the person who is posting to social media. I do think there are positives to posting about your location online. It keeps your friends and family up to date with what you’re up to.

I think it’s great when people add their location on an Instagram post, especially when they’re overseas. Not only does it allow for them to remember where they were when they go back looking on their social media profile, but it also allows their follows to know where they are, and give them insight into the location. However, this is where surveillance issues come into play, because people are posting about being away, it is basically promoting that your house is possibly free, which is when crime such a breaking and entering and theft can occur.

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Screenshot Geotagging photograph from my Instagram profile @ashleighnegri by Ashleigh Negri, 7 September 2016

Sloane & Morgan (2015, p.2) state “from a social science perspective this location data is incredibly valuable as it enables us to establish the geographic context”. In a way this is something that is somewhat of a marketing advantage, because people are basically advertising their location to their followers.

With the increased rise of social media, geotagging has become a trend which has also increased as people are obsessed with letting everyone know what they are doing, and where they are. Humphreys and Liao (2011 p. 409) state “one increasingly popular trend in social computing is tagging, the ability to annotate online material or digital objects”. This is extremely evident online nowadays.

Tweet imbedded from my Twitter profile @ashleighn2495

You only have to look at Instagram and Facebook, and see people posting locations on their pictures, or posting a ‘Check-in’ status.

It is almost inevitable that geotagging has become popular, as social media sites are somewhat encouraging people to post this information.

Van Laere et al. (2014, p. 221) states “the advent of mobile devices has gone hand-in-hand with an increased interest in geographic information retrieval”.

Van Laere’s (2014) statement presents the advancements of technology of mobile devices, which is evident when I look at my camera roll on my iPhone and it can tell me what location I have taken a photograph, and at what particular time it was. This is what I find quite scary. Essentially if your phone can find out where you are at a particular time, what else can they find out.

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Screenshot from my iPhone camera roll ‘Collection’

With the increased use of social media, and the obsession with showing people where you are, geotagging is something that will continue to become more popular and used at a higher rate. Surveillance will still continue to be an issue because of how public people can make their ‘location’ known.

 

Reference list:

Humphreys, L, & Liao, T 2011, ‘Mobile Geotagging: Reexamining Our Interactions with Urban Space’, Journal Of Computer-Mediated Communication, 3, p. 407, Academic OneFile, EBSCOhost, viewed 7 September 2016.

Sloan, L, & Morgan, J 2015, ‘Who Tweets with Their Location? Understanding the Relationship between Demographic Characteristics and the Use of Geoservices and Geotagging on Twitter’, Plos One, 10, 11, p. e0142209, MEDLINE Complete, EBSCOhost, viewed 7 September 2016.

Van Laere, O, Quinn, J, Schockaert, S, & Dhoedt, B 2014, ‘Spatially aware term selection for geotagging’, IEEE Transactions On Knowledge And Data Engineering, 1, p. 221, Academic OneFile, EBSCOhost, viewed 7 September 2016.

 

 

 

 

I’m Your Biggest Fan I’ll Follow You Until You Love Me

THE CELEBRITY CULTURE AND PAPARAZZI

They have to expect it, and they may not like it, but it comes with the territory of being famous and being a celebrity.

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Paparazzi by Aurelijus Zemgulis (CC BY 2.0)

Celebrities are always wary of the paparazzi. They have to be, especially when they are constantly followed, and constantly having their photograph taken in the public eye. They understand people need to make money, but when it is at the expense of their own life, they know a line needs to be drawn. However, this is potentially never going to happen.

McNamara (2011, p. 515) states “the paparazzi have generated global interest in the visual culture surrounding celebrities”, therefore the celebrity culture and the paparazzi culture is still thriving.

It is understandable that for celebrities to stay present and relevant they have to be in the public eye constantly and by photographing these famous people, the paparzzi are somewhat helping them. McNamara (2011) explores the strategies that celebrities need to use to stay in the public eye, and also states “the paparazzi pictures we see of celebrities ‘on location’ be they at work or on holiday, can act as a tracking device, mapping celebrities travels” (p. 521).

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12740038 by moodboard images (CC BY 2.0)

An interesting point which McNamara (2011) makes is “publicists work with paparazzi agencies because they know the value of their news power, driven by the web, with pictures and news stories able to be distributed around the world in as little as 12 seconds” (p. 522).

12 SECONDS…. 12 SECONDS

Can we all just take a moment to think about that? 12 seconds is a very short amount of time, so for news and images to travel that quickly from place to place makes it extremely difficult for celebrities to stay out of the public eye for a certain amount of time and especially if they want to be out doing what regular people would do. Instead they get bombarded.

In a sense, I like the paparazzi because I’m interested in celebrity culture and reading celebrity news online, however I do understand the celebrities disregard and disinterest to the paparazzi because of the way they are constantly followed and the danger it not only puts the celebrity in, but also the people around them. (remember the death of Princess Diana was supposedly cause by paparazzi).

In a world where they are expected to be in the public, celebrities need to understand they are going to get photographed. I think this is partially the reason why when we see photographs of celebrities, particularly the Kardashian family, they are dressed up, with full faces of makeup most of the time. Meaning, they dress like they do, and go out in public the way they do because they know they are going to be photographed and followed by paparazzi. Murray (2013) states “celebrities need paparazzi to keep them in the spotlight… once someone because a celebrity, he or she forfeits privacy forever.” (p. 870).

Overall, in my personal opinion I think the paparazzi are good for the general public because it allows us to catch a glimpse into the ‘real’ life of a celebrity, however I think when it dangers the celebrity, such as through car chases it is bad.

Celebrities need to expect to be followed to keep relevant.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Eternal City

ROMA

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The last stop on my 5 week holiday is the beautiful Rome! I’ve been to Rome once before and was blown away by the beauty and history, I just had to come back (and I guess the coins I threw in the Trevi Fountain all those years ago have made that return to Rome come true).  Although I have seen a lot of Rome’s Historical Centre, I have also seen places on the outskirts of Rome, such as Tivoli and Villa Adriana which were both beautiful. As I was on a tour last time, and had access to many places, I am very excited to visit these places on my own and at my own peril.

At the top of my list is;

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The Spanish Steps and Piazza Di Spagna. I just think that area is so pretty and so full of life with so many tourists that I just want to sit on the steps and soak up the surroundings, as well as do some window shopping along Via Condotti (don’t think my university budget will be able to afford any items in those designer stores, especially on the last leg of my holiday, however a girl can dream!).

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The Trevi Fountain. STUNNING. I just loved it! Now that it is supposedly fully restored I can’t wait to visit it again. I aim to visit the fountain at night, as I have seen the beauty of it during the day, and only seen images of it at night, it gives it a totally different atmosphere and just another element of beauty that I can’t wait to see. I also hope to get a gelato from the famous gelato shop just to the left of the fountain. And, I will definitely be throwing some more coins into the fountain.

Running in close behind these two include;

  • The Colosseum (I mean who goes to Rome and doesn’t see it!)
  • Campo De Fiori
  • The Pantheon
  • Trastevere, which is known for being a popular neighborhood for many

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I know there is much more of Rome there is to see, however only being there two days doesn’t give me a lot of time, but also I have seen it before.

I just feel as though Rome has so many beautiful little neighborhoods which makes it such a beautiful and unique city.

Anyway guys, looks like my last stop is done and dusted, however onto more exciting news I’ll in Spain this time next month! (WOO)

I’m sure I’ll speak to you all soon, updating you on my travel essentials and what I’ll be packing in my suitcase.

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