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.

 

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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].

Is Australia A Boundless Place To Share?

Although Australia has a long history of a society built on multiculturalism, those who are too busy patting themselves on the back for living in a more forward-thinking and inclusive nation tend to ignore the barriers that still exist. I love living and studying in Australia, and there are many benefits to living here but I have no idea how it feels to be an international student, who may not speak the language, or understand our societal do’s and don’ts. Understandably, for international students, it can be difficult to integrate into Australian culture and the experience is often diminished by the closed mindsets of the locals. However, I can try my best to make international students feel welcome enough to enjoy the experience of living in Australia.

 

The language barrier alone proves to be very difficult for those who are trying to study in Australia. Along with the already very confusing grammar and rules for national language of English, there are also Australian colloquialisms that an international student may find difficult to get their head around (Vogl & Kell, 2012). Additionally, studying in today’s society, an international student also may need to decipher millennial slang which only makes that language gap a little bit bigger.

 

Along with language barriers, there are many obstacles that international students face which may hinder their potentially rich intercultural experience (Marginson, 2012). Cultural conflicts and racism also play a huge part in hindering the experience of their intercultural and potentially fulfilling experience. While Australia and more specifically Sydney is generally deemed as a desirable and safe location to study in, a minority of students report exploitation by employers and landlords, discrimination and isolation (Munro and Ng, 2017).

 

Small minded locals often make being an international student much more difficult than it needs to be and internalised hatred towards other cultures often result in racism fuelled attacks on international students. In 2009, there was a series of violent attacks on Indian students in Australia which was kept very quiet with police and policy makers initially denying that these attacks were racially motivated. This damaged Australia’s relationship with India as the safety of International students was jeopardised which subsequently plunged Australia’s education into turmoil. This video shows the full strain in the relationship between cultures this violence caused. Less violent forms of racism are most prominent when most international students want and prepared to take risks to achieve closer connections with local students but locals are often uninterested and are likely to avoid interacting with international students (Vogl & Kell, 2012).

 

This issue of discrimination and exploitation does not assist in making a safe community for all. If you are a domestic student, try to understand where an international student is coming from and help in any way possible to make the global education experience as rich and fulfilling as it can possibly be. You may even gain some new friends along the way.

 


References

Marginson, S. (2012). International education as self-formation. 1st ed. [ebook] Wollongong: University of Wollongong.

Kell, P. and Vogl, G. (2007). International Students: Negotiating life and study in Australia through Australian Englishes. Sydney: Macquarie University.

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