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.

 

Intersectional Future – Where I’m At

This post is a little catch up on where I’m at with my project Intersectional Future. So far there is definite room for improvement, in which I have outlined a few ways I have addressed some issues that were highlighted by myself and by my peers. I hope to continue my work in highlighting the many intersecting forms of oppression that many people face, how they overcome it, how it’s shown in the media 10 years ago, how those facing oppression are reported on in the present, how those facing oppression will be reported on 10 years into the future and if we are on the right path towards equality (Carastathis, 2014).

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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 3 May. 2019].

News about digital Marketing applications on Facebook. (2019). How to create a hashtag for Twitter and Instagram campaigns. [online] Available at: https://www.easypromosapp.com/blog/en/2015/01/how-to-create-a-hashtag-for-your-twitter-and-instagram-campaigns/ [Accessed 3 May 2019].

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.