Internationalising education & cultural competence

issheaderStarting at university as a first year can be incredibly nerve racking for an individual. However, if you are starting at a local university it becomes a lot easier to make friends and is a lot easier to find common interests. For an international student it is twice as nerve racking as opposed to a domestic student. Researchers have conducted case studies to see the affects that a student transferring to an international university goes through. These studies also demonstrate how important it is to welcome and help international students with their transition. Marginson (2012) states that “research suggests the pathway to improvement lies in lifting the interactions between international students and local persons, especially students”. As domestic students, we have a role to help international students feel more welcome at university to make their transition easier.

International students are an  important part of Universities income due to the fact that they pay for their degrees up front instead of relying on HECS debt like domestic students.

International students face many struggles with their transition into University. They often struggle with adapting to the accent in Australia than adapting to the English language itself. This especially applies for Asian International Students, who find it difficult to keep up with the fast paced Australian accent.

In this short documentary created by University of Technology students, international students from a number of countries are asked why they chose Australia as their study destination. Many of which state that it is the “multicultural aspect” and the “cultural variety” which is prominent in Australia.

There are many highlights and lowlights to studying internationally, Universities such as the University of Wollongong and University of Sydney offer services  such as student support services. There are programs students can volunteer for, which involve domestic students spending an hour or two a week talking to an international student about how their transition to university is going and if there is anything that you can do to help them.

Links of support services

http://getstarted.uow.edu.au/how-uni-works/services/index.html

http://sydney.edu.au/campus-life/health-wellbeing-success.html

http://www.westernsydney.edu.au/campuses_structure/cas/services_facilities

http://services.unimelb.edu.au/finder

References

Marginson S 2012, “International education as self-formation”, University of Melbourne, viewed 20/8/16

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Keeping Up With Online Personas

How to be Kylie Jenner:

  1. Change your hair colour every day
  2. Say everything is ‘dope’
  3. Have big lips
  4. Address yourself as ‘King’

Just Kidding!

The Kardashians are one of the, if not biggest media personalities today. Kylie Jenner is particularly liked for her iconic Snapchat stories which let you in to the ‘secret’ and ‘amazing’ life of Kylie Jenner. However, Kylie’s online persona that she has created through the means of social media, is far from reality. No one is perfectly done up everyday, and her online persona somewhat sets an unrealistic expectation. Kylie Jenner herself said in her Snapchat story that she doesn’t show the world who the real Kylie Jenner is because is makes her feel vulnerable. Also because Kylie’s life is very much public, she feels that her personality is very sacred to her and that she want’s to keep her online self and her real self separate.

Creating your online persona is a bumpy process because you are unsure what you are happy to make public and what you want to keep private. A key component to creating a successful online persona is to maintaining a consistency across all social media platforms. You have to be the same ‘person’ on all of your social media platforms in order to gain the most followers and to have a successful online presence.

Kylie Jenner has to maintain her online persona as a young fashion icon who likes to where things out of the ordinary such as the iconic ways she changes her hair colour.

To prove exactly what I mean by Kylie’s online persona not being her but just her brand, I have made my own little parody based on her snapchat story. Enjoy!

(it’s all just for a laugh, if I offend anyone it isn’t my intention so please don’t take anything I say to heart xxxx)

 

The Rise of Citizen Journalism

Citizen Journalism is becoming a more recognised term within media today. However it faces many challenges due to the fact that people working in professional journalism refuse to view it as REAL journalism. They believe that these citizen journalists do not provide real news as they are ‘incapable’ of obtaining adequate evidence. Professional s journalists are constantly at war with the community because the professional journalists have dedicated their time and money to becoming a journalist, when there are people claiming the title with no educational background. And these ‘citizen journalists’ are also considered more influential than the professional journalists.

Citizen Journalism has grown from a few little blogs to a collective intelligence all due to the rise of social media and technology. Just the other day I was driving to uni and saw a car in flames, holding up traffic and by the time I got to uni I was able to search this particular incident on line whilst it was still happening. Citizen Journalists are just everyday people that are able to produce news that they perceive as important and what people want to hear. It’s such common place for people to purchase the daily newspaper only to skim through all of the news headlines that they have no interest in. With technology and citizen journalism the extents that news can reach is inconceivable.

People are engaged with citizen journalism and are their own citizen journalists because they see it as they are producing what the public want to hear or what the public care about. 20 years ago people weren’t concerned about what was going to be done about minor government decisions or whether or not a woman’s dog was found or not. But due to the rise in social media, it has become commonplace for people to post on community notice board pages about a robbery in a local street or where is the nicest place to get Mexican.

For example, The Camden and Narellan community notice board is a Facebook page created by locals to initiate an online community for the people that live in the Camden and Narellan community. It’s main aim is for local’s to communicate with each other about various things such as local deals with sports clubs, when local markets are on and about any crime happening in the area that people would like to know about. These pages are effective because it uses social media’s popularity to enhance communication within the community.

Camden and Narellan Community Notice board

The rise of citizen journalism is an up and coming business and is slowly getting treated with the recognition that it deserves. Who knows, maybe one day there will no longer be journalism degrees.

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References

http://nofibs.com.au/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margo_Kingston

http://eprints.qut.edu.au/6623/1/6623.pdf

 

 

 

Its the REMIX to ignition

To many of us music lovers, we sometimes love the remixed version of a song better than the original. Or we may not even know the original even exists. Never the less, remix culture is a strong commodity within the media community.

There are many YouTube videos on the internet that go through the step by step process of how artists remixed various different sounds and songs to create their own song. For example, artist The prodigy’s song ‘Smack My Bitch Up’ is a remix of many songs. These are all combined together to create a unique sound. This video is an example of the creation of the remix that is this song.

Meme’s are also an example of ‘Remix’ within today’s society. These memes are created from normal photos to then add text to create a whole new meaning. One of the most popular memes on the internet is the photo of Jean Wilder as Willy Wonka:

Willy Wonka Meme

If you search ‘Willy Wonka meme’ in Google Images, this is what comes up and more. However, are remixes of songs and creating memes infringing copyright? When artists Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams released their song ‘Blurred Lines’ in 2013, it became an instant hit. Climbing the iTunes charts quickly to number 1, however the more times that this summer hit was played on the radio, Marvin Gaye had decided to sue both Thicke and Williams for copyright. Marvin Gaye and his family believed that ‘Blurred Lines’ was very similar to his song ‘Got to Give it up’. However, when referring to the copyright act involving songs, one can only be legible to sue if the other song copied lyrics or snippets of the music, Gaye claimed that ‘Blurred Lines’ had the same ‘vibe’ as his song. In saying this, your initial reaction would be ‘Oh so, Robin Thicke and Pharrell won the case’, WRONG.

The jury sided with Marvin Gaye as they believed it infringed copyright due to similar vibe. This case is further elaborated in this article.

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References

http://www.businessinsider.com.au/blurred-lines-case-music-copyright-2015-12

Glitch Art

Glitch Art

Photo retrieved from; tonyhughesdesign.com

The ‘glitch’ is a digital and analog error which was a common occurrence due to a technological malfunction. Before technological advancements that lead to the LCD TV which now the glitch is not a common occurrence. However now people now view the glitch as an aesthetic component and have created “Glitch Art”.

Glitch Art is very popular within pop culture and is used when editing photos. Glitch art is also used to create a scary effect in certain videos which are called ‘wild glitches’. It is also considered a material transformation as the audience has changed their perception of it. Now that they are no longer plagued by the glitch on their tv screens its now viewed as a sacred piece of imagery. Glitch art is ambivalent, it confuses the relationship between signal and noise (Betancourt, 2012). Personally, I believe that ‘Glitch Art’ is considered ‘Art’ because when looking at the image it makes you think and question it. This art form makes you think about what the artist is trying to portray with its use of digital techniques. The Guardian has written a very informative piece on Glitch Art and how its weirdly wonderful and how it turns ordinary photos or videos into “visually arresting pieces”.

Glitch Art is a strange yet wonderful commodity to the artistic, pop culture world that we surround ourselves in. In a crooked world, its mystifying to gaze upon a piece of digital art that makes you seriously question its message.

-Kathryn xo

References

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2013/oct/25/rise-of-glitch-art

http://www.hz-journal.org/n19/betancourt.html

http://www.glitchet.com/resources

 

The Return of Transmedia

“Transmedia Storytelling” as defined by Henry Jenkins, “represents a process where integral elements of a fiction get dispersed systematically across multiple delivery channels for the purpose of creating a unified and coordinated entertainment experience”. So, in other words, it is where different stories from the same ‘fictional world’ are told on different media platforms to create a unique experience.

A prime example of this is the million dollar franchise that is ‘Star Wars’. Star Wars has been around for decades and was first introduced to the entertainment world as films. George Lucas, the creator of the masterpiece that is Star Wars (no bias there!) admits that in creating Star Wars there were many inspirations. One of the main ones being a 1958 Japanese film “The Hidden Fortress in which the characters of this film inspired many of the characters used for Star Wars such as Han Solo and C3PO.

All fun facts aside, Star Wars is considered ‘Transmedia Story telling’ as companies and fans have appropriated the concept of ‘Star Wars’ and have warped it into creating their own side story within the Star Wars world. Outcast- Starwars

Companies have also created video and computer games which are telling a different story but still remain within the Star Wars universe. Such as the game created called “Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles”. These many components have helped Star Wars build on its story across multiple media platforms and mediums. Because of these appropriations, Star Wars is considered an example of “Transmedia Story Telling”

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See more at: http://henryjenkins.org/2007/03/transmedia_storytelling_101.html#sthash.tuROKBPl.dpuf

http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/History_of_Star_Wars#History

https://www.quora.com/What-are-some-good-examples-of-transmedia-storytelling-1

Annotated Bibliography – Positivity!

My Digital Artefact for one of my university subjects is all about how being positive and happy can improve your life in many aspects. These following sources assist in the explanation of why i chose this topic.

  1. Clear, J 2013, ‘The Science of Positive thinking: How Positive Thoughts Build your Skills, Boost your Health and Improve your Work,’ ‘The Huffington Post’, 7th October, viewed 10th April 2016 <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/james-clear/positive-thinking_b_3512202.html&gt;

This article written is about how positive thinking influences your health. This article, written by James Clear, outlines the impacts of what a positive mindset can give you and how it helps you develop skills and opens your mind up to new opportunities.  This article relates well to my Digital artefact because it is all about how being positive and happy improves your quality of life. This article is clear and concise and provides a perfect source in order to back up his statement, whilst also introducing new concepts for the audience to think about.

2. Frederickson, B 2001, ‘The Role of Positive Emotions in Positive Psychology’, ‘The Broaden-and-Build Theory of Positive Emotions’, vol. 53(6) pp. 218-226. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3122271/&gt;

This article was hyperlinked within the previous source. This source is about Psychologist Barbara Frederickson’s “Broaden-and-build hypothesis”. Frederickson’s theory is that “positive emotions asserts that people’s daily experiences of positive emotions compound over time to build a variety of consequential personal resources”. This text is relevant to my digital artefact because it provides a case study of which proves that when people are experiencing positive emotions they feel that they are able to achieve more and are open to new experiences. Fredericton’s hypothesis suggests that positive emotions momentarily broaden people’s attention and thinking. This article relates well to my digital artefact because it demonstrates with evidence that having a positive mind can broaden your opportunities. Highly recommend the read 🙂

3. Bradberry, T 2013, ‘How (And Why) To Stay Positive’ , Forbes, viewed 10th April 2016, <http://www.forbes.com/sites/travisbradberry/2013/08/08/518/#2b4d5526236a&gt;

This article is very interesting and is very useful in relation to my digital artefact. It highlights the fact that the real obstacle to positivity is that our brains are hard wired to perceive and focus on threats. This article references many psychologists such as Martin Seligman and how he worked with researchers from Dartmouth and the University of Michigan to conduct a study on the results and ramifications of positivity. The downfall of this article is that it doesn’t go into deep explanation of the sub topics produced. For example, it highlights the fact that positivity is linked to a person’s performance. He then discusses a study conducted by Seligman, however he doesn’t discuss any of his own thoughts, only what was discovered from the study. Personally, i believe that if Bradberry had discussed the subtopics in his own words more as opposed to relying on the discoveries of others that it would be a more engaging to the audience. Overall a very interesting article.

4. Rimer, S, 2011 ‘Happiness & Health’ Harvard Public Health, 2011, viewed 13th April 2016, <http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/magazine/happiness-stress-heart-disease/&gt;

This article written by Sara Rimer who is a journalist and author based in Boston was very interesting. It highlights the ups and downs of being positive and remaining positive. Rimer states  that is is impossible for someone to not worry. Rimer also annotates various case studies conducted by researchers, with one in particular to which it states that optimism reduces the risk of coronary heart disease by almost half. This piece is relevant to my digital artefact because it highlights the possible outcomes of what being negative can do to your body with trustworthy sources. This article is quite extensive, however the writing flows well and is clear and concise which engages the audience in wanting to read more.

5. Conrad, L 2014, ‘Tips and Tricks: How to take the perfect Instagram’, ‘Lauren Conrad’, blog post, 29th April, viewed 13th April 2016. <https://laurenconrad.com/blog/2014/04/tips-tricks-how-to-take-the-perfect-instagram/&gt; 

This online blog post is all about how to make the perfect instagram. This article relates well to my digital artefact because it will assist me in gaining more followers for my digital artefact by learning all about how to ‘take the right photo’ and how to ‘get the right caption’. This blog is clear and concise in its writing and the photos used to demonstrate ‘the perfect instagram’ makes the post a lot easier to understand. Conrad makes a point about when taking a photo of an object, to use a simple background as to not upstage the object that you are photographing. This is a helpful tip for anyone wanting a successful instagram page and I will be sure to follow some of her tips in my digital artefact.

6. Frederickson, B 2014, ‘Barbara Frederickson’ ,  The Pursuit of Happiness, viewed 14th April 2016 <http://www.pursuit-of-happiness.org/history-of-happiness/barb-fredrickson/&gt;

This source analyses Barbara Frederickson’s ‘broaden and build theory’ a little further than my first source. This articles  dives into the study that when faced with positive emotions such as joy and contentment, our brains are open to new possibilities and ideas. This piece is important in regards to my digital artefact as Fredrickson analyses how experiencing positive emotions to negative emotions in this approximate ratio leads people to achieve optimal levels of well-being and resilience (Frederickson, B. 2013). I believe that this source is well written and discusses Frederickson’s theories and ideas in depth whilst still easy to interpret for the audience.

7. Villarica, H 2012, ‘How the Power of Positive Thinking Won Scientific Credability’, 23rd April 2016, viewed 14th April 2016 <http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/04/how-the-power-of-positive-thinking-won-scientific-credibility/256223/&gt;

This article is mainly about a study conducted by Michael F. Scheier and Charles S. Carver in 1985 titled “Optimism, Coping, and Health: Assessment and Implications of Generalized Outcome Expectancies”. This whole article is about dispositional optimism. Scheier and Carver delve into the concept that a reason that many people are optimistic is that it has to do with their characteristics (internal). Scheier and Carver also state that they know why optimists do better than pessimists. They state that “Optimists are not simply being Pollyannas; they’re problem solvers who try to improve the situation” whereas Pessimists will dwell on the tragic situation. Personally, i believe that this article could have used a few more examples to consolidate their argument, however this is a very useful article for my digital artefact because it explores one of the many avenues that come from positivity.

8. McGinty, J 2015, ‘On Gauging The Pursuit of Happiness’, The Wall Street Journal, viewed 15th April 2016, <http://www.wsj.com/articles/on-gauging-the-pursuit-of-happiness-1440149401&gt;

This article by Wall Street Journal is all about happiness and positivity across the globe. It talks about which countries are the happiest. The author that has dictated the research points out that the richest countries are not necessarily the happiest. Which is where the cliche “Money doesn’t buy happiness” becomes very much a reality. For example, Luxembourg is the wealthiest country in the world  by GDP per capita however it is not listed in the happiest countries of the world. This article is very interesting to read and provides the audience with some very helpful information. It is useful to my digital artefact as it explores the cliche of “Money doesn’t buy happiness” of which people tend to overlook.

9. Holmes, L 2015, ‘How Our Family Affects Our Happiness, In One Chart’, The Huffington Post, viewed 18th April 2016, <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/how-our-family-affects-our-happiness_us_560ed2d9e4b0af3706e0b07b&gt;

This source is simple and basic, however still conveys their argument towards the audience affectively. The author introduces their argument about how our family impacts our wellbeing and then proves this statement with the following chart with numerous statistics about how having a good relationship with your family members makes you a more positive person. This article is relevant to my digital artefact because it explores one of the many avenues that relate to a persons’ positivity. Overall i believe that this article could use an example or two of some case studies conducted by researchers, however it is still a very interesting read 🙂

10. Smith, E 2013, ‘Social Connection Makes a Better Brain’, The Atlantic, viewed 21st April 2016, <http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/10/social-connection-makes-a-better-brain/280934/&gt;

This source is all about Mathew Lieberman’s study on how our social connections make us happier people and assist in keeping us grounded. Lieberman states that “Just as human beings have a basic need for food and shelter, we also have a basic need to belong to a group and form relationships”. To anyone who has not studied this theory, would automatically believe that placing social relationships on the same scale of importance as eating is ridiculous. If you refer to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs which is not mentioned in this text, you will see that to have love and belonging, you must first have safety. If you look at Lieberman’s concept from that perspective, it doesn’t seem so farfetched after all. This article is admissible to my digital artefact because it refers to how having a social life and being social makes us happier people with relevant sources to back up the argument. Very interesting to read 🙂

Citizen Journalism & Video Blogging

Citizen journalism has got to be one of the easiest concepts provided throughout my course at university so far!

Basically it just encapsulates the fact that due to the development of technology over the past decade and the speed at which we receive information increasing ten fold, anyone with an internet connection can be a journalist. Mainstream online journalism is often accused of being slow to respond to events and issues within the media. Because of this people have started citizen journalism. Citizen journalism is an effective form of journalism as it consolidates the publics opinion and views within the articles.

Henry Jenkins is an advocate for citizen journalism. Jenkins runs an online blog in which he delves into certain issues such as video blogging and citizen journalism; called ‘henryjenkins.org’. In one of his posts he recounts an interview with John Barth (from Public radio exchange) and Steve Garfield (who is widely credited for the video blogging movement). Throughout this interview, Garfield and Barth discuss the many pros and cons of video blogging and citizen journalism. The pros stated within the article include that when reporting an event, you can get 5, 10 or 15 people blogging about the same event and with this you are able to get a good sense of what happened at the event. Another pro is also that you can video blog however you want, you don’t have an editor telling you what to say and what side of the argument you should be for. Its all your own opinion, your own voice.

Cons mentioned within the interview include the fact that video bloggers and citizen journalists do not have the money or resources that mainstream news media outlets have. Citizen Journalists have to utilise what is readily available to them such as social media. Some people may also see that the lack of credibility is a con, due to the fact that video bloggers tend to report on their own views and their opinions, they rely on the trust of their audience.

Its also a way to get information out to the community quickly through means of social media. For example there are many online community board pages such as the ‘Camden & Narellan Community Notice Board page’. This community notice board page is used for many different things such as alerting the area of any fireworks being let off and to ensure that dogs are looked after. To tell the community of any discounts that people may be interested in from places such as Coles or Woolworths.

 

Link to Prezi: http://prezi.com/kmaoyhpo1ovv/citizen-journalism/

 

Does it matter who owns the media

Does it matter who owns the media? Yes, it does matter.

Society today is obsessed with knowing what is going on around the world. Collectively we all like to know how other countries are progressing politically and we like to know of anything that should possibly worry us. The majority of people know that it is Fairfax that owns the majority of news media such as local newspapers and the Daily Telegraph. The matter of who owns the media is important to the public because if it were all owned by the one person or company, the articles produced are more than likely going to be subject to bias. However, just because the media isn’t specifically owned by the own company or person, doesn’t mean that news articles are not subject to bias. Prime Minister Robert Menzies went to Federal Parliament in order to stop a British company from buying out 4 radio stations, it was his belief that such a strong tool for propaganda shouldn’t fall into foreign hands. He also believed that this form of media shouldn’t fall into the hands of a special interest group that are narrow minded and more likely to produce biased articles. It is writing an article that is neutral so that both sides of an argument has been discussed and they are neutralised in order for the audience to devise their own opinion of the issue is what makes an article successful. It matters who owns the media because without the variation and acknowledging fact versus opinion within an article, Australia would all have the same view as opposed to devising their own opinion on the matter.

For example, whenever it comes time to vote, newspapers tend to publish stories that make the party that they’re voting for look better than the other. Newspapers will also post stories for the opposite parties which can hinder their reputation. A prime example of this is when it came to the election in 2014 between Rudd and Abbott, the Daily telegraph posted newspaper headlines in order to make Abbott look like the better option for parliament against Rudd:

The market is too narrow for newspapers to play to the centre ground, it’s the outrageous headlines such as ‘Kick this mob out!’ With a photo of Kevin Rudd and headlines like ‘Australia Needs Tony!’ With a photo of Tony Abbott that catches the audiences eye. Headlines like ‘liberal and labor: both beneficial’ aren’t going to make the audience want to read the article because they have already formulated their opinion and are more than likely not going to agree to anything that the opposition has to say. However if the headline were to relate to a robbery or a plane crash with a neutral slogan, the audience is more likely to read the article due to the fact that they have no knowledge of the story.

Example

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Overall, it matters who owns the media because the public needs to learn about the events happening around the world but need to do so without the excessive amount of bias that would come if there were only to be one man or company owning the media.

-Kathryn

References

http://www.crikey.com.au/2007/06/26/crikey-bias-o-meter-the-newspapers/

http://theconversation.com/malcolm-fraser-does-it-matter-who-owns-our-papers-yes-it-does-7738

http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/Media-Bias-Is-Real-Finds-UCLA-6664

Save the whales- Controversy has been super sized

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Save the whales! Go vegetarian!

Or in other words; Lose your excessive weight and stop eating meat! Advertisements are notorious for over stepping social boundaries and pushing the buttons of various social groups. However, juse because it is the minority that is the loudest does not mean that they’re the majority. This billboard was erected Jacksonville, California and caused a stir almost instantly. Controversial advertisements such as this billboard produced by PETA are created to cause a stir within the community and to get people talking about it.

This billboard advertisement is controversial because it manages to address various different controversial topics such as body image, societal standards and political correctness.

The denotation presented on this page can be interpreted in specific ways. At first your eyes are drawn to the large caption saying ‘Save the whales!’ With your eyes following to the drawing of a large lady after you read the caption. Immediately your thoughts are drawn to it being offensive and rude.  The connotation of this advertisement is that it is trying to increase the amount of people that are signed up to PETA and to become a vegetarian to improve their campaigning.

Not long after this billboard was released in 2009, it was replaced by another billboard by PETA: image

This billboard also gained a lot of attention from the media and from onlookers who after seeing these billboards, decided to become vegetarian. Many people feel that the billboard’s statement saying ‘lose the blubber’ with a photograph as a larger lady was cruel to the obese and tampered with advertisements need to target many audiences. On the other hand though, many people called in to take the 30 day ‘Pledge to be a veg’ challenge.

It just goes to show that people will take controversial images in many different story ways and it has to do with how they interpret the connotations and denotations of the image.

-Kathryn