Commenting On My Comments – Deux

Catching you up from my last commenting reflection post, I was assigned another three digital artefacts to relay my renowned wisdom and feedback unto and theirs unto me. Each project was fairly clear as now they were in the Beta stage and thus more developed than the pitches. This means that for each comment I made I outline the traits of the project I found interesting and if there were any topics or information that related to their project they might find useful.

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Felicia’s project explored the the future of A.I.  in journalism through interviews and gaining opinions on the subject. In this comment, I thought it might be helpful to investigate the ethical concerns of A.I. in journalism. I gave a link to an ethical checklist for robot journalism discussing… and a link to a paper that discusses the ethics behind the person creating the algorithms for automated news.

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Georgia’s project focuses on the physical and psychological effects of image manipulation. This project although a good idea, lacked any diversity and so far has not shown how image manipulation and beauty standards are oppressive towards minorities in western society. Therefore I gave a couple of links that discussed issues with photo augmentation through filters used on media such as snapchat. One article the the problematic nature of gender swapping through a filter while transgender and gender non-conforming people are very much criticised and ostracised for this behaviour. Another discusses the issue of skin lightening through snapchat filters that are supposed to nix your features of “flaws” which is highly problematic given dark skin is definitely not a flaw.

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Phillip presented an interesting project that he utilised well for developing his profession within the music industry. He chose to develop his Instagram accounts while studying how there is a possibility for change in focus for Instagram onto aesthetics rather than likes in future. I suggested to perhaps looking into cross promotion as he was looking into gaining a wider reach for his record label. Therefore I gave a couple of links on social media marketing that hopefully would be useful for his project.

Again this exercise has been useful to develop my own project as well as hopefully helping with my peers’ projects. The feedback on my project outside of this class has been quite minimal so this exercise has been quite informative as I have again gained more insightful feedback for the final developments on my project. I felt that this time the feedback would be more helpful if I gave suggestions on how to develop rather than concentrate on any appraisals or criticisms I had on the project or the Beta delivery. Overall, again this has been quite a valuable experience and I’ve found this exercise very helpful in developing my skills. I hope that my input helped my peers in finalising their digital artefacts and perhaps giving them a suggestion or resource that they haven’t previously thought of before.


The Live Tweeting Experience – Deux

For the remainder of the semester, I have continued to interact with the futuristic and cyberpunk films that we have viewed in class via #bcm325. I’ve taken on board the feedback I received from the last post I made and attempted to interact more with my classmates and provide more informative discussion. I still am not a huge fan of this genre, however I have tried to increase engagement through more academic sources and opinions rather than memes like my last attempt of live tweets.

During week 8 we watched I, Robot (2004) and I used the live tweeting space to raise theories surrounding human obsolescence in the uprising automation of a capitalist society and what it could possibly mean if an A.I. entity could gain sentience. This was drawn from Asimov’s three rules of robotics, which were a heavily featured theme throughout I Robot (2004).

The next week we watched Robot and Frank (2012) in which focused on a companion robot for an increasingly senile father and notorious jewel thief, Frank. As the film progresses Frank realises that the robot has the capacity to help him commit crime as it cannot distinguish them morally from legal activities. I used the twitter space to raise points about A.I. currently being used as tools to assist dementia patients. Additionally, as the film progressed I pointed out some ethical conundrums if a robot was to commit a crime and what that could mean for the legal system we currently have instated.

Marjorie Prime (2017) follows a woman who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and her son gifts her with an A.I. hologram “Prime” system that takes the likeness of a loved one that you could relay memories into, and in this case that was Marjorie’s late husband, Walter. I used the Twittersphere to raise philosophical questions surrounding memory and what distinguishes humans from A.I. when they can absorb human traits and personality and exhibit them.

Bladerunner 2049 (2017) was quite long and I found it hard to follow even though I saw Bladerunner (1982) weeks ago, thus resulting in a little less informative tweeting and reverting back to humour and memes. However I did manage to find an interesting paper that drew similarities between Bladerunner 2049 (2017) and Hesiod’s Theology as it discusses the philosophy behind reproduction and death.

In our final week, we watched The Matrix (1999) and finally I was gifted with some queer content. WhichI took full advantage of for using the twitter space to “drink I love trans ppl juice” and provide information about trans issues and how The Matrix (1999) could be viewed as a metaphor of how transgender and gender non-conforming people use virtual spaces to present as their gender. I also provided a paper that discusses the link between Plato, Descartes’, and The Matrix (1999):

I felt that this time round I tried to include more academic and other reputable sources to bring informative tweets in order to start more conversations and ethical debates with my cohort. Which was effective in some cases, but I still feel as if the engagement portion of my twitter output was still a little lower than what was expected of me and of what I would have liked. Overall the experience has been enjoyable and the Twittersphere is definitely a space where I see and interact with my peers’ differing points of view.

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.