DGTL12002: Working with social media week 1 exercises

Exercise 1.1


Thoughts on the “machine is Us/ing Us” video clip:

I found this clip rather interesting but also at the same time a bit quick paced. The music was a bit annoying and it was a little confusing the way the sentence kept being re-arranged or changed.

Thoughts on the “#Socialnomics 2014” video clip:

This video listed a number of facts that may seem daunting or somewhat scary, information that most people do not realise. Just one of those statistics are that the number one world’s population is Facebook which is over the population of china and india. Although it does not list when and where this information came from; therefore, I do not know if this information is accurate or reliable.


Exercise 1.2

Investigate the ‘Conversation Prism’ and Fred Cavazza’s ‘Social Media Landscape’ models from the Week 1 Lecture.  Do you think that one model is better than the other at explaining the range of social media and the affordances of the various kinds of social media sites?

I think the model that best explains is the Fred Cavazz’s 2009 social media landscape because it lists the broad categories and then the subcategories.


Exercise 1.3

Facebook exists for a range of age groups, ethnicities, and countries. The site demographics of Facebook include 66% of men internet users and 77% of women internet users (Duggan 2015). According to Duggan (2015) it also includes a staggering 66% of the entire adult population. The largest population age group using Facebook is 82% of internet users between the ages 18-29. According to Duggan (2015) it covers 70% of white non-Hispanic, 67% of black non-Hispanic and lastly 75% of the Hispanic people.

According to Hinton and Hjorth (2013) social media can be used as a control. It is a medium that allows users to create things and develop a voice which also eludes regulation by authorities can lead to significant positive perhaps even emancipatory impacts in many areas of society, from the economy to politics (Hinton and Hjorth 2013).

Hinton and Hjorth (2013) says the principles which are held dear in Facebooks 10 principles, which originally used the words free or freedom. Facebook has a role as an open, free conduit and has been for years. It became empowered through their networked agency and this is also reinforced through Facebook’s mission statement which according to Hinton and Hjorth (2013) part of it is ‘to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.’

People can interact with anyone across the world, people can share what they like with the people across the world. Friends can also be made through using Facebook.

Facebook’s mission statement is ‘give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected’ (Hinton and Hjorth 2013). This statement is achieved through making the social media one which is free to access and makes it easier to gain contact with others through the form of comments, messages, shares etc.


Week 1 question


Choose a social media site that you are a member of and say why you engage with it and what you get out of it. If you are not a member of any site, choose one to observe and answer the same question regarding the activities that you observe – or, you may choose to say why you do not normally engage with social media. You are encouraged to use your answers to exercise 1.3 to frame your response.

Facebook on iPhone
Figure 1: Facebook training offered by our sister company, the training collective Source: The Creative Collective (2015)


My chosen Social media website is Facebook as I use this the most out of all sites. According to Shah (2014) the creation of social networking sites happened in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Purch (2013) states that in the first few years Facebook had entered the scene, originally its purpose was to be the best way for college students to socialise and connect. However, it was not long before Facebook’s service expanded or continued to grow to allow people of all ages from 13 years and older. According to Purch (2013) for several years now, Facebook has kept its title of the best social networking website.

Figure 2: Facebook Source: Husain (2011)

I engage with Facebook because it is a way for me to reach my peers, my friends and acquaintances from all over the world for free. Whenever I feel like it, I can look at media such as pictures and videos which make me laugh, smile or even shed tears. I get a sense of being connected to people across the world that without the use of Facebook I may not be able to talk to or feel connected to. I get a feeling of being happy knowing I can keep up to date with others. According to Hinton & Hjorth (2013) Social media is increasingly being used in everyday media practices. This can be seen with Citizen Journalism which according to Hinton & Hjorth (2013) is fundamentally about the collision between traditional news reporting and participative media.


Figure Reference List

Husain, T 2011, Facebook, viewed 8 August 2016, http://www.hdwallpapers.in/tag/facebook.html

The Creative Collective 2015, Facebook training offered by our sister company, the training collective, viewed 8 August 2016, http://www.thecreativecollective.com.au/facebook-training-course-workshop



Reference List

Duggan, M 2015, The demographics of social media users, viewed 8 August 2016, http://www.pewinternet.org/2015/08/19/the-demographics-of-social-media-users/

Hinton, S & Hjorth, L 2013, Understanding social media, Sage Publications, London.

Purch 2013, Facebook review, viewed 8 August 2016, http://www.toptenreviews.com/services/internet/best-social-networking-websites/facebook-review/

Shah, S 2014, The history of social networking, viewed 8 August 2016, http://www.digitaltrends.com/features/the-history-of-social-networking/








COMM12016: Media Industries Childers Festival Citizen Blog

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Childers festival is a major cultural event in Queensland, scheduled the last weekend in July. With crowds of over 50000 people attending and around 418 stalls for attendees to visit. The festival has been running since 1996 (Bundaberg Regional Council 2016).

I found some interesting information from one stall, North Lakes G-style Henna Tattoos. The Henna Tattoos stall vendor says their business has been running for 11 years. They paint their temporary tattoos with an ink that is used as a paste from a native plant in India called “Mahenbi”.

According to Bundaberg Regional Council (2016) this festival has gone through a number of changes such as: food and wine festival, Childers multicultural festival, Childers festival of cultures; however, today it is simply known as Childers festival. I believe this is a more fitting name. This is an interesting event for all ages and one which will not only keep you entertained all weekend, but will also educate you on the different sounds of different cultures and different foods. One could easily just spend the two days listening to the musicians and trying different foods. Some of the amazing Australian artists that were at the festival include: Derek F. Smith, The Twine, and Fat Picnic (Fat Picnic 2016; Smith 2016; The Twine 2016).


However, I did notice that during the event when I had injured myself the “first aid” cadets were a little unorganised and did not have any equipment to help me. I had to wait 15 minutes just to have a band aid from the Queensland Ambulance Station, which is interesting because had it been more serious I would have been in danger. This can be seen as a risky event which according to NIFV, 2012, cited in Vries, Galetzka & Gutteling (n.d) is defined as an event accessible to a crowd of people at a specific time or date at a specific location. NIFV, 2012, cited in Vries, Galetzka & Gutteling (n.d) states that this event could lead to risks to public order, public safety, public health or the environment. I do also feel that more directions could have been given to tell people where things were as there were events that I missed out on due to the fact that I did not know where they were.


Reference List


Bundaberg Regional Council 2016, About festival, viewed 30 July 2016, http://www.childersfestival.com.au/about-festival/

Fat Picnic 2016, Fat picnic, viewed August 14, https://www.facebook.com/fatpicnic/

Queensland Ambulance Service Wiki 2016, Queensland ambulance service, wiki, viewed 9 August 2016, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queensland_Ambulance_Service

Smith, D 2016, Derek f. smith music for everyone, viewed August 14, http://www.derekfsmith.com/

The Twine 2016, The twine make some noise, viewed August 14, http://www.thetwine.com.au/

Vries, P, Galetzka, M & Gutteling, J n.d., The role of communication in crowd management and crowd control, University of Twente, Netherlands.

COMM12033 Speech and Script

I was researching how to read a news script and found a video recently which was a major example of how not to report the news. It is really funny and shows us how journalists may not actually want to be out in the real world reporting but would rather be in a studio instead where they aren’t actually amongst their surroundings. These videos show examples on how not to read the news, everything from laughing through the script, swearing, hitting and chasing down people.


COMM12033 Speech and Script Week 6 module Activities

Stuart (n.d.) provides a very simple page, but discusses four types of formal speech – informative, layout, demonstration, and persuasive, and illustrates the different ways we use formal speech.


This site is for a course offered by Peter Ruthven Stuart. It is a rather basic overview/information with a few examples on what each type of speech would entail. There are 4 types of speeches covered on this webpage. Informative, layout, demonstrative, and lastly persuasive. Informative speech is when you are trying to teach something to the audience. A layout speech is when you are giving someone directions or explaining the location of something. A demonstrative speech is like an informative speech because you have to teach the audience; however, the difference between the two is you not only tell the audience about it but how to do it, usually showing as well. A persuasive speech is when you are persuading people to change in some way.


Reference List

Stuart, P n.d., Speech types and some examples, viewed 14 May 2016, http://www.nsknet.or.jp/~peterrs/public_speaking/speechtypes.html

COMM12033 Speech and Script Week 9 Workbook Activities

  1. Draft Script: Consider your final assignment. Draft one page of an audiovisual script associated with your final assignment.

Audio Visual Script


2. Deliver the Script: Do a dry run of reading this page of script. Record your reading, and time this. Post your recording to your blog, and reflect on areas you need to improve on at this stage.


Figure 1: Reflection facilitated by qr codes Source: Vincent (2013)

4. Reflection: Finally, post a final submission post that is a reflective piece (600-800 words). In this, you should:


a. Identify the activities that you found most useful to your learning over the course of the term, and discuss why these were useful;

There were a number of activities that I found most useful over the course of the term. These were activities such as week one where we were asked to reflect upon reading of the news script, this really helped me by getting me to listen to how I sounded when reading from a script. It turned out that I found a lot of issues with my reading and thus had plenty to improve upon. The week four exercise was really similar as it also got us to reflect upon how we improved in our reading of the news script from week one.

Other activities that really helped keep me interested and motivated to complete weekly activities were the movies we were asked to watch such as: In a world and the kings speech which was fun to do. This I believe kept me more excited to do each week’s work. The last activities of the weeks in the blogs such as the PAIBOC activity, the oral presentation and the audio visual script were very useful to me as these have helped me to prepare for the second assignment, gaining confidence in knowing what to do and how to go about doing it.

The activity that I had the most difficulty in completing the week 3 which was on Aristotle. This was extremely hard for me to concentrate on and understand when reading. It was for this reason that I found I could not really get into the swing of the activity, leaving the response rather bland and more like a basic summary rather than the critically in depth response that would have been better to include.


b. Indicate whether, at this stage of the course, you feel that your understanding of speaking and scripting writing has improved, and reasons why/why not;

I do believe my understanding of speaking and script writing has improved. As I reflect upon the weeks which have passed I find myself looking at my progress and see that I have improved in my understanding, in my performance and my ability. I believe that my ability to speak clearly, precisely and audibly has also improved as in week one I could barely be heard; whereas, in my last week of this blog I have found that I can hear every word precisely.

Throughout the journey of this blog I have learned about rhetoric, about exercises for breathing and speaking properly, I have learned that confidence in my ability is something that will help me to improve even more. Before completing this course I had no idea how to do an audio visual script, how to do Piece to Camera or even what Piece to Camera actually was. I did not know how the sound of voice can influence the audience and depending on what first impression they have of you it can mean the difference between the audience actually paying attention to what you say or completely zoning out, maybe even falling asleep.



c. Comment on the usefulness (or otherwise) of your blogging journey and how it has (or hasn’t) helped your learning.

While blogging for this course and others has certainly been an adventure through the learning process not only to do with the weekly work but also to do with the blogging itself, I have actually found this process to be useful as it forces me to look back at my work and really reflect on what can be improved upon, what needs changing and what needs to be removed. It is a process that I believes helps me learn and helps me grow.

The fact that the weekly activities are made up to be the first assignment really helps me keep up to date with work as instead of actually having to reduce the amount of hours I spend on weekly work so that I can finish the assignment, the weekly work actually builds the first assignment. I really like it when courses use the weekly work to complete the assignments as this reinforces my learning. I believe if the course had included self-reflection and also peer reviews I could have perhaps learned more as when we self-reflect and review other’s work we often get ideas on how we can improve our own work.


d. Discuss your level of confidence in going into your final assessment at this stage of the course, and comment on how you are going to address any final issues or concerns you may have.

I found that at the beginning of this semester that I was not very confident at all with what I was supposed to be doing and how I was supposed to do it. I did not feel comfortable writing the speech or starting on any of the other pieces for the second assignment as I felt pretty clueless on what was being asked. However, I have found that as the weeks have passed my confidence in the fact that I know what I am doing has grown. I am confident in my ability to complete the required pieces for assignment two. I am also confident that I will do well with this assignment.

I did really want to say that this was a really great course and I enjoyed my learning journey. Thanks Kate Ames!!


Picture Reference List


Vincent, T 2013, Reflection facilitated by qr codes, digital image, viewed 12 May 2016, http://learninginhand.com/blog/2013/7/5/roll-reflect-with-qr-codes


COMM12033 Speech and Script Week 8 Workbook Activities


Oral Presentation: Consider your final assignment. For this activity, you are to develop a presentation and associated script for your speech or release/story. You will submit the file (including script) on your blog, or if PowerPoint, you can upload it to Slideshare (slideshare.com) and include the link with your blog.


Reflect on this activity. Was it useful to your learning this week? If so, how? Record your responses in writing on your blog.


Figure 1: Premier Campbell Newman pays tribute to past conservative premiers Joh Bjelke-Petersen and Frank Nicklin during maiden speech Source: Ironside 2012

I found this week’s activity to be very beneficial to me. This is because I had not yet started work on the second assignment and so having this as an activity in the weekly work means that it made me start to really think about what my speech would entail. Whitaker, Ramsey & Smith (2012) discusses the importance of planning a speech. This activity required me to think or plan what I really wanted to say in my speech when writing it. Know your audience, research the topic and outline the speech are key points in writing a speech (Whitaker, Ramsey & Smith 2012). This really made me think about how I was going to present it and what I would say. Then I used suggestions made from McMillan (2008) where it talks about how to give a presentation that is not horrible. He suggest not putting every word on the PowerPoint, to make sure to use spell checker, use less bullet points and choose the appropriate colour scheme.



Figure Reference List


Ironside, R 2012, Premier Campbell Newman pays tribute to past conservative premiers Joh Bjelke-Petersen and Frank Nicklin during maiden speech, digital image, viewed 10 May 2016, http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/premier-campbell-newman-pays-tribute-to-past-conservative-premiers-joh-bjelke-petersen-and-frank-nicklin-during-maiden-speech/story-e6freon6-1226358769582


Reference List


McMillan, D 2008, Don McMillan life after death by powerpoint, video, 14 September, viewed 2 May 2016, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpvgfmEU2Ck

Whitaker, R, Ramsey, J & Smith, R 2012, Media writing: print broadcast and public relations, 4th edn, Routledge, New York.