Commenting On My Comments

Continuing on from my last post, during BCM325 I have also commented on my classmates’ project pitches for their digital artefacts and vice versa in order to gain a scope on how well our ideas are communicated to a public of our peers. For each comment I outlined what I thought what was done well, if there was anything that could use clarification or improvement, an offered hopefully something useful they could explore in relation to their topics of interest.

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Matilda’s project was exploring and investigating where the print media industry will be in the future with a specific interest in magazines. In this comment, I thought it might be useful to investigate zines as a sub-genre of magazines especially since they mentioned an interest in independent magazines. I gave links to an article focusing on the resurgence of zine culture, an article about how zines have evolved over time, and a link to event information to the Sydney zine fair.

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Tahlia’s pitch was to researching futuristic technologies and incorporating that research into their blog. I raised my concerns with the clarity of their methodology as I wasn’t sure how they planned to execute their project. They outline a particular interest in A.I. goggles as well as a background in writing. Taking this on bored, I suggested that perhaps they could look into how A.I. is affecting their field. I gave them some links surrounding A.I as content creators and how content can be automated and what it could mean for humans in the industry.

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Taleasha’s digital artefact reflects on the widening gap between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians, offering her own perspective on the issues that circulate our society as an Aboriginal woman. As a non-indigenous person I felt I couldn’t offer much to work with as it is quite a personal project for Taleasha. However, she did mention wanting to incorporate different media into her blog in so I suggested the podcast Wild Black Women as a potential source of input on social issues that Aboriginal women face.

This exercise has been an informative experience as not only did I get to see and express my own input into my peers’ interpretation into the project, but I also received some great input from my peers about where to take my project in reciprocation. In reflection, I have learned that the commenting process is one that needs to be taken with care and consideration as the more thoughtful the feedback is the more helpful it is to learn and develop these digital artefacts. From this exercise, I have gained insightful feedback on how to develop my own project and have hopefully done the same for those projects for which I gave my own feedback.

In future, I will try to make more in-depth appraisals and criticisms as I feel that the ones I gave during this exercise were quite superficial and could’ve concentrated further on the project itself rather than just the delivery of the information. Overall, this has been a valuable experience and I hope the feedback I gave was as insightful and helpful as the comments I received.

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The Live Tweeting Experience

Throughout the semester, we have been interacting with the futuristic films shown to us during class via the Twitter hashtag #bcm325. Attempting to create both informative and engaging content while also doing my best to keep track of films in a genre in which I often lose interest in fairly quickly, has been quite the challenge for me. The result was memes and historical/intertextual references:

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Tweets like those above were informed and feature some knowledge of prominent figures in computer programming and mixed with pop-culture references in an attempt to get a conversation started – rather unsuccessfully if threads are any evidence to go by. However, they were not the only content I was producing during these live tweeting sessions. I also tweeted some spicy takes concerning the lack of diversity ft. my disinterest in white men on screen (and all the time):

I noticed that I was more engaged and engaging when I expressed my opinions and interpretations of the text. Thus, I was able to continue a conversation through Twitter threads – in this case concerning Bladerunner (1982):

I unfortunately missed the screening of Ghost in the Shell (1995) which I was excited to see as I’m sure it would’ve been a much more enjoyable change from the regular white straight male (or masculine presenting in the case of Bladerunner) protagonist in which we had seen in previous weeks.

Through this task I’ve learned that attempting to live tweet is not an easy feat. Often failing the challenge of twenty interactions or when I do meet the challenge, the majority of the interactions are passive such as a like or a retweet without adding anything to the conversation other than a simple share. I also learned that I need to create more engaging content and be fast about it, because comments become old news faster that you can type.

Although this experience was difficult it was interesting to see my peers’ thoughts relayed out into cyberspace in real time. I will admit that it is a lot easier to articulate my opinions and knowledge clearly to my classmates as I can curate them to be as effective as possible even with the limitations (i.e. time, characters, etc).

In future, I will attempt to engage further with my classmates, bring educated comments into the mix in the hopes of creating a more informative conversation. Although memes and jokes are fun and more entertaining for me, more often than not they fail to contribute to any further discussion other than a few likes. There have also been a couple of times where I have made a couple of errors in my tweets, whether its spelling mistakes or forgotten the hashtag. In future, I will try to be more careful when writing my tweets before posting as there is no editing mechanism once it’s posted other than deleting it all together.

Overall, live tweeting is definitely a skill I need to develop throughout the rest of the semester. Hopefully, this will heighten the engagement with my fellow classmates and encourage better conversations and making better use of the time spent in class.

 

#INTERSECTIONAL_FUTURE

Intersectionality is a term that was coined in 1989 by Kimberlé Crenshaw and has since gone on to elaborate and evolve the term to how it is used today. In its simplest form, intersectional feminism attempts to address that oppression is not through single characteristics and that they often intersect in a person. That many different forms of oppression such as racism, sexism, ableism and queerphobia can intersect and therefore marginalise a person further (Carastathis, 2014). However, through the social movement #intersectional_future (and @intersectional_future) I hope to bring to light the many faces of those in defiance of intersectional oppression and working towards holistic equality.

Insta: @intersectional_future

 


REFERENCES

Carastathis, A. (2014). The Concept of Intersectionality in Feminist Theory. Philosophy Compass, 9(5), pp.304-314.

 Crenshaw, K. (1989). [online] Chicagounbound.uchicago.edu. Available at: https://chicagounbound.uchicago.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1052&context=uclf [Accessed 21 Mar. 2019].

 Obst, M. (2018). The Future Is Not Female. [online] Beta.upgration.de. Available at: https://beta.upgration.de/details/the-future-is-not-female.html [Accessed 21 Mar. 2019].

Ruiz-Grossman, S. (2017). You Don’t Have To March To Be In The Resistance. [online] HuffPost UK. Available at: https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/disability-activism-resistance-alice-wong_us_59270f76e4b061d8f8201e8f [Accessed 21 Mar. 2019].