In Agreement With Roger

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From a personal perspective, going to the movies was always a favorite past time as a child. However, after the countless trips with primary school best friends feeling grown up going somewhere with out parents around, to high school boys in order to get away from the watchful eyes of parents, to actually going with parents… my interest of going to the movies has highly decreased. The way I see it is why spend the absurd amount of $15-20 on a ticket to sit on a chair that’s going to make my behind numb in under ten seconds flat only to view a movie with groups of random people around me (public space)? When I can just wait an extra few months to download a half decent copy of the movie spending $0, sitting on a chair that I could spend years in with a happy behind, and watch it with family and friends, or in the glorious company of me, myself and I (private space).

However, for the purpose of this blog task I decided to put movie woes behind me and put both my wallet and behind on the line and make my way to a movie. After a rush home through the Shell Harbor to Wollongong traffic at approximately 7 pm, post an eight an a half hour shift meeting every customers coffee demands, to beat four other roommates to the shower I successfully made it to the 8:40 screening of “The Inbetweeners 2” at Wollongongs Event X cinema.

According to urban planner Torsten Hagerstrad there are three human constraints that change the way social planning works; capability, coupling, and authority (csissclassics.com, 2014). During my movie experience I endured these three elements, and here is where I will break them down for you.

Capability describes the idea of if a person can get to the location. I decided to go to the movies with a friend that was free the same night I was and had the same desire to see the newest British comedy that awakens the inner immature humor majority of my generation have. Both said friend and I have cars and licenses and just so happen to live at the same university accommodation, therefore walking the few meters to their room to meet them and another few meters to my car wasn’t a challenge at all. Wollongong’s Crown Street Event Cinema was the closest movie theatre; therefore the choice of location is pretty self explanatory.

Coupling is the ideology that surrounds the concept of getting to the destination at the right time. My movie goer friend and myself chose the late time of 8:40 for our movie screening as it gave him the right amount of time to get study done and me enough time to get home from work without rushing.

Authority is the final constraint which defines if a person is allowed to be at the location. Considering my friend and I, aged 20 and 21, are legal consenting adults holding Australian citizenships and aren’t Bonnie and Clyde running from the law it is same to assume and acknowledge we had authority to go to the movies.

My adventure to the Cinema surprisingly reminded me of how good a movie experience can be. Both my friend and I were fans of sitting in the middle row of seats just about half way down from the back for the purpose of getting the best view, and as it was a Friday night there were a fair few other people surrounding us. I had forgotten how much funnier movies can be when there are other people laughing in hysterics around you, sort of like a sub conscious reassurance that the sense really was funny and your sense of humor shouldn’t be questioned. Although my experience was enjoyable, I still cannot picture myself doing it all to often in the near future due to the high prices and discomfort factors. Within the next 5-10 years I believe the cinema industry will decrease as it has done this decade, according to various blogs across the world wide web, specifically that of Roger Eber, there are 5 factors that cause such a decline:

1. Ticket prices are too high
2. Distractions in theatres such as noisy fan girls and cell phone users lighting up the entire room with their text messages
3. Refreshment prices are boarder lining ridiculous (I think house deposits are looking cheaper than the popcorn)
4. Competition from online streaming and downloading
5. Lack of film choice (the movie theatre may have 6 movies showing at the moment, but my online torrent site has probably 60,000)

And in conclusion, Roger and I are in complete agreement.

References:

CSISS Classics . 2014. Torsten Hagers Time Geography. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.csiss.org/classics/content/29. [Accessed 31 August 14].

Roger Ebers Journal . 2012. I’ll tell you why Movie Revenue is Dropping. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.csiss.org/classics/content/29. [Accessed 31 August 14].

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Home is Where the Wifi is

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Home is where the heart is. No wait, that’s not how it goes these days is it? Let me rephrase that to something slightly more accurate… Home is where the wifi is.
The common household atmosphere began to change when the television was introduced where families began listening to people speak on a box in front of their eyes instead of talking and listening to the actual people around them. Antisocial behavior became more and more popular within households where more televisions made their way into the house so different members of the family could watch different programs at different times, taking away the only social element of sitting and admiring together away. And then computers were introduced, followed by the internet. And now, in this 21st century age this ideology has only been furthered with the phenomena of “Wifi”.

I decided to again call my mother, whom I interviewed two weeks ago regarding the introduction of television, however this time to ask about the copper cables connecting my home of Tasmania to the other half of Australia and the rest of the world alike through Wifi. She informed me that the NBN has still not reached all parts of Tasmanian and therefore she is insistently waiting on the promise of faster and cheaper internet to ring true, also known as “the copper countdown” (NBNco.com, 2014). My household foresees the growth of Wifi to provide the ability to pay all types of bills online, as well as downloading all entertainment (legally of course) and the newspaper. As a result this could mean the end for video and gaming shops alike, as well as paperback form of newspapers that you need giant arms to open fully and juggle whilst trying not to spill your morning coffee all over the kitchen table (this is definitely a positive for faster internet). Although my family sees the increases in broadband to be a positive influence on the efficiency of how their day to day life operates, they also believe it has the antisocial negativity impact tagging along for the ride. My mother believes people are beginning to prefer messaging for its convenience rather than calling, which is forcing communication to lose its personal touch. I myself have fallen victim to the power of Wifi when rather than getting up from my room and going into my brothers room to tell him something, I simply sent him a message over Facebook. I found Kathryn E. Jones also agrees with my families views of there being both positives and negatives for the uproar of the internet in the journal “Four Key Dimensions of Distinguishing Internet Addiction” (tandfonline.com, 2012). Another really interesting view this writer brings to the table is the way that the keybord provides a space for people to develop relationships based on emotional bonds rather than physical attributes (Henline & Harris, 2006).

I decided to add an extra generation into the mix to investigate any differences and asked my pop about his Wifi experiences. When asking pop what his thoughts on ADSL2 were, his response was a simple “what’s that? A new movie?”. So I decided to go for a different approach and ask him if he likes the internet and what does he use it for, where this time he told me “oh the internet, online stuff, yeah I like that it means I can email people and check the bowels results whenever I want to, and it also keeps your nan quiet with playing bingo on MY ipad”. From this I found my pop was more online savvy than I had given him credit for, and although it has its uses for that particular household it has no power for the functioning of day to day life or the atmosphere of the family. Whenever at my grandparents house there is still the “no phones at the table” rule, which all of us abide by for some good old face to face down time.

My above use of the popular “meme” describes my experience with Wifi to a tee. The number of devices in my household out number the amount of family members, and the true test of ones friendship these days appears to be if you walk into their home and your phone, tablet, or laptop immediately connects to the household’s wireless system. If two people don’t know each others Wifi passwords then how can they call themselves family or friends. Throughout the experiences highlighted through the three generations it is clear that the crucial need for internet in todays society deepens and is made more predominant as the generations go along. I am a user, and probably abuser, of the Wifi addiction however within a household I am strongly apposed to going back to basics.

References:

NBN, 2014. Corporate Information – Tasmanian Copper Countdown. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 21 August 2014]

K. Jones, 2012. Four Key Dimensions of Distinguishing Internet Addiction [ONLINE] Available at:
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01926187.2011.600677#preview> [Accessed 21 August 2014]

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Big Mouths

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I like watching shows on TV, I’m sure the person next to me probably likes the same shows as well, but maybe, just maybe, the man across the courtyard purchasing his flat white does not. How do broadcasters and advertisers know what people like? Do they take wild guesses like I just did? … I think not. This is where audience measurement comes in. Audience measurement is crucial for uncovering the success of a media platform and allows broadcasters and advertisers to identify what satisfies consumers in todays moving society of entertainment.

An example of audience measurement in action is Neilsen’s online method of measuring national television viewing on platforms such as the internet, mobile phones, and re-broadcastings, etc (neilsen.com, 2014). Neilson’s measures audiences by meter technology use to capture viewing ratings from projectable samples of panelists, and browsing/streaming metrics for online users. They use in-depth tracking and analysis of site activity and consumer consumption.
Although this method may seem effective with its results, along with many other methods there are absences where the data may not be 100% correct. This method of data collection doesn’t take into account the concept that whilst audiences are consuming media they are usually doing something else, or multitasking as they call it, at the same time (I type this whilst the newest episode of suits is playing on the television in front of me and Facebook chat is notifying me of new messages). This poses the question of how do we make sure the data is absolutely accurate?

Another way that broadcasters are measuring audiences for their programs is the new age interaction between social media and television. Consumers are able to post on platforms such as twitter tagging the television show they are watching in their comments giving it the ability to appear on screen whilst the show is actively airing. This promotes a relationship between the consumer and television show allowing viewers to have their own input broadcasted for all to see (definitely a positive for those big mouths out there). This concept is extremely popular on reality shows such as “The Voice” and “The Block” where real peoples talents can be judged not only by the shows panel but by the millions of home viewers tuning in. Facebook has also gotten involved in interation on television by encouraging viewers to “like” the show online. This became a quick success after its introduction with 64% of Americans during 2012 saying they had heard of or participated in the new phenomena (tvtechnology.com, 2012).
Broadcasters can collect data on the demographics and geographics of their audiences and compare it to the negative and positive criticism the show is receiving to accurately analyse if the program is successful and satisfying the needs of consumers and providing the capacity to aggregate and facilitate audience members into markets.

References

Nielsen Solutions. 2014. Nielsen Audience Measurement. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 15 August 14].

TV Technology. 2012. TV-driven social media interaction popular among U.S. viewers, says survey; [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 15 August 14].

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Tugging on the Heart Strings

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Television. It’s a mere object situated in practically every common house hold, some would even call it a necessity, used to project moving images on a screen to those in it’s presence. Television can be seen as a simple piece of furniture, but to some its so much more.
When asked this week to interview someone about their younger experiences with television in reference to the topic of researching culture memories of media spaces, I naturally thought of my mother. She grew up in the Sutherland Shire and lived with her mother, father, and older and younger sisters. Her first memory of television came from when her father saved and saved to purchase one of the very first televisions that came out in stores available to the public. The television was carried carefully home and was turned into “the pride of the house” taking residence in the lounge room where everyone usually spent their time together. My mother specifically remembers the black and white cartoon “Matlock Police” that her and her sisters would watch after school, which is an eye opener for someone of my generation as I recall coming home and turning on the big screen TV with a remote that could change to various channels and was full of colourful images and loud noises demanding and consuming my attention.
My Mother also recalled the television making her feel joy that her family could spend time together enjoying the picture projecting box, even if her father did tell her and her sisters not to sit “so damn close” to it whilst The Brady Bunch was on or “they were going to loose their eye sight”. There were also fond memories of Sunday afternoons where the household was full of sobs, and rolling eyes from the man of the house, over the special Shirley Temple movies which were said to have pulled on the heart strings.
Nowadays there’s a TV in multiple rooms in a house and it appears watching as a family is drifting away and watching alone in separate rooms is becoming the norm. This is just one mere example of how media spaces are evolving within society… but maybe not for the best.

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Obnoxious Media

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Hi there Students and Teachers of BCM240,

This first introduction of myself can also be found in my first post for BCM110, but I believe it is the perfect summary and needs to be used again.. so without further a dieu: My names Denika, weird I know, my parents couldn’t bare giving me a common name so I’ve been stuck with something that takes everyone a million tries to get right…(thanks mum).
I’m from the small city of Launceston, Tasmania. And before you ask… No, I do not have two heads, seven fingers, and my parents aren’t cousins. I’m One of the rare Tasmanians who are actually proud of where they come from… The grass really is greener on the other side.
When I’m not busy being a student, correcting people how to say my name, and being a Tasmanian I’m working. I’ve been working as a Barista for about four years now, so it’s very safe to assume I’m a bit of a coffee snob.
At the end of grade twelve I decided to make the major decision to change my life around and move to the big smoke.. A scary choice, but not one I’ll ever regret. I’m a second year University of Wollongong student, however this is my first year in media and communications after suffering a year of statistics and finance which I came to find definitely wasn’t for me. Over the course of 2013 within these math’s related commerce subjects I found myself doing more online shopping and watching music video than anything else, and this is where I discovered my passion. That brings us to where I am now. I’m aspiring to have a career within the fashion or music industry, working for major labels in the marketing and advertising departments. I hope to stumble upon this blog in years to come to find myself in my dream field, and drinking a decent cup of coffee that I no longer have to make myself.

I suppose I should stop blabbing about myself and actually get to the main purpose of this blog post, what’s a media space that’s relevant to me?
The image above of a relevant media space, my study area, was taken just before I sat to write this entry. With my notes at the ready and focus in mind, I still find three different media platforms staring at me. Its like they are just begging for my attention with their pictures, lights, and loud obnoxious noises notifying me when the next social media post it made whether it be a new advance in the budget or a picture of my neighbors friends cat. This can be described as a media space as although I sit alone, the only person in the room, I’m still an audience member of the public and constant social media posts that consume my attention. A media space is made up of the access you have to media, and the electronic settings that allow groups of people to communicate together even when they are not present in the same place and time (dictionary.sensagent.com, 2014) and in this very room I find access through both an Ethernet cable and wireless internet (aka: wifi) giving me a connection with the whole world outside my room with the press of a button. Although these elements are very convenient, it is scary to consider the advances that have taken place in the 21st century… whatever happened to good old cans and string?

References:
Sensagent. 2014. Media Space Definition. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 01 August 2014].

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