The triple aspects of social media

Your digital story requires you to implement a social media strategy for a small production project, based on all the social media you have experimented with during the earlier phases of the course. From the perspective of the media production discipline, social media is ‘triple-aspected’: a professional networking tool. It establishes your credibility within a ...

I’m fire ready

I'm fire ready
So I put the new fire app on my phone about a month ago, and boy, the updates! Every time I look at the phone I get all this information pushed at me – hazardous material in Brunswick, ‘other’ in Parkville (no idea what that’s meant to mean – maybe cat up tree?), fire in ...

so easy, so network / digital

so easy, so network / digital
I made these little poems using Visual Poetry on my phone. I’ve been finding it very hard to find creative time, everything else seems to come first. But the combination of mobile, digital and network is a killer for productivity, and suddenly I’m writing poetry again. I’m not sure whether I’ll grow tired of the ...

What I think you think

What I think you think
As a media maker I often wonder what you think of my work. In some ways, such queries are a hopeless hiding-to-nothing: the opportunities for direct feedback are rare, the possibility that I will misinterpret you are high, and what desire or ability do I have to change my work, even if I do understand ...

RMIT won’t negotiate

RMIT won't negotiate
Liam Ward and I whipped together these vids about the forthcoming NTEU strike action: Short compilation Caroline Norma on casuals Liam Ward on casuals Melissa Slee “Why we’re striking” [short] Ruth Barton on academic workloads Liam Ward on academic workloads Bruno Doring “Why I’m striking” Melissa Slee “Why we’re striking” Bruno Doring on professional staff ...

Putting participation in ethnographic film

Putting participation in ethnographic film
I’ve been watching a lot of recently produced ethnographic films, either shot in the Asia-Pacific, or produced by its citizens, in the context of the forthcoming Aperture Film Festival. It has been interesting to note how conservative most of the films are – a very old-fashioned relationship between the ethnographer/filmmaker/anthropologist is acted out with the ...

Sustainable media practices

Sustainable media practices
A lot of professions are asking themselves how they can make their profession tred more lightly on the environment. A few of them – miners, engineers, car-makers, for example – seem more easily able to come up with the principles, although implementing them might leave a lot to be desired. Others – in particular, white-collar ...

Magic meets fantasy

Giving a nod to the work of the seminal figures in a discipline is just as important as paying heed to new developments, so here’s one of the founding fathers of animation and former magician, George Méliès‘ Trip to the moon (1902). Méliès was recently given reverential treatment in Hugo (2011), directed by Martin Scorsese. ...

Everything old….

Check this music video by Cyriak Harris for Bonobo – the aesthetics and ethics of repurposing old stuff seems to have got a shot in the arm in our sustainability-conscious era, but this takes recycling to a whole new level. What can we say it means, except that humans are repetitive creatures, and somewhat like ...

Making media for kids: repetition and imagination

Making media for kids: repetition and imagination
Can kids be categorised so easily? Maybe we all go through the phases identified in this image, by Maurice Wheeler, but it’s hard to predict exactly when. Some days I’m a copy cat or a role player. And hopefully the ‘confident consumer’ doesn’t represent the end point of some sort of consumption-based evolutionary tree. Howabout ...

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