“I blog because I think the world desperately needs to hear my opinions, and I like to oblige.”
– Ophelia Benson
Over the past six weeks I have been exposed to, involved with, and become accustomed to the world of blogging for the second time in my University experience. After completing six weeks of blogging tasks throughout the duration of BCM110 I was surprised to find I had to spend another 9 weeks in BCM240 becoming more and more involved in the blogosphere and research even more in-depth and complex topics surround the notions of media audiences. Blogging is an particularly rewarding and abstract way of creating an academic understanding, however has proven to be extremely effective over this course… even though it does have its challenges (…which I managed to find plenty of).
At first I felt extremely challenged by being asked to post my own writing on a blogging site that any person around the world could read. It was a learning curve when choosing what style to write in and what topics to choose as I had to take into consideration the vast types of audiences that might stumble across my blog on the World Wide Web. The biggest and most confronting challenge was the attempt to try and keep myself somewhat entertaining however professional and academic all at the same time. In the end I stayed completely true to my original blogging style from week 1 where I tried my hardest to include all the relevant information asked of me, as well as research, whilst adding in my own personal experiences and opinions which could often be found in brackets and italics, kind of like the little devil on my shoulder whispering into my ears projected onto my blogging word documents to keep myself involved in my writing. Although I found all these aspects quite challenging after the first few weeks I found myself getting into the swing of things and finally becoming comfortable and familiar with the practice of blogging.
As a person who is highly involved within social media numerous points made throughout lectures appealed to me, particularly when it came to multitasking. I could really connect and therefore develop and interest in Nielsens’s 2013 report surrounding multitasking and the notion that three quarters of consumers are multitasking with two sets of media content whilst watching television at the same time (Neilson, 2013, p.3). To further this concept as I speak I’m sitting writing this blog reflection with old re-runs of “Australia’s Next Top Model” on the television in front of me, whilst also maintaining a few conversations on my mobile phone through Facebook (…all at the same time I’m enjoying a good old cup of tea which is really multitasking at it’s finest). The week segment on multitasking really opened my eyes as before I didn’t realize exactly how many things I was doing at once and how divided my attention was. Since the multitasking research blogging task I have tried to implement a finer attention span to individual tasks to try and change my multitasking ways into an increase in productivity where I mentally take in more information (…and yes I turned Australia’s next top model off and put my phone on silent so I’m not contradicting myself… I still have a little more work to do on changing my ways). The topic of media space through the research of H. Lewis dated back to 1953 was also an intriguing area to investigate as I could relate a number of personal modern day experiences to his concepts. Within the BCM240 course structure the topics have clearly been chosen very carefully to allow students such as myself to both learn from them and be able to emotionally, physically, or mentally relate.
Over the 9 weeks of blogging a number of interesting topics were uncovered and investigated such as the introduction of television, the NBN, and cinema which I had never conducted any previous research on. To be brutally and embarrassingly honest I had to call my mother asking what the NBN is and she sadly knew a whole lot more than me (…a little mortifying I know). However this is something I can take away from the BCM240 course as my lack of understanding of media topics was uncovered and has now been heavily expanded. Growing up in such a technological savvy society it is an extremely handy skill to have the knowledge of media trends and history therefore for this I thank BCM240.
If I could travel back in time 9 weeks the only difference I would make to my blogging experience is interacting more with other students blogs. Although I read a lot of them and often went browsing into the depths of wordpress I hardly made comment. In my defense I didn’t realize it was necessary so to avoid my usual problem of “foot in mouth syndrome” I decided it was best to keep my comments, good and bad, to myself. I made a lot of comments on blogs outside of the wordpress platform where I could hide behind my words and my comments were more likely to fade away into the millions of other comments. I found this is an area I must work on where I am not afraid to share my thoughts and take rights to my freedom of speech.
I managed to find through a lot of the weekly research topics that I was a guilty culprit of each. I embarrassingly discovered I was indeed once upon a time an annoying cinema audience member, a repeat copyright criminal, and an Australian film ignorer. It was interesting and extremely curious to find that such a subject could make me realize so much about myself and my own media habits which I had never paid previous attention to. In this regard and also in regards to the academic reasoning and research behind the topics I have definitely found a learning curve and will be taking away many new self developments and improvements as a result.
Although my BCM240 blogging days may be sadly over, what I have learned and discovered, and the challenges I have overcome will always be of great value to both my personal and academic life.
Lewis , H. D, 1953. Private and Public Space. Meeting of the Aristolian Society, [Online]. 1, 1-4. Available at: http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/4544511?uid=3737536&uid=2129&uid=2&uid=70&uid=4&sid=21104591502037. [Accessed 05 September 2014].
Nielsen. 2013. TV AT THE CENTRE OF CONNECTED HOMES: Q1 2013 MULTI-SCREEN REPORT. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.nielsen.com/content/dam/corporate/au/en/press/2013/Q113-australian-multi-screen-report-release.pdf. [Accessed 26 September 14].