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Animal Suffering – An Injustice

There are more ants in this world than there are human beings. We are out numbered by an estimated 500 trillion tiny little hard working ants that we squish, step on and kill everyday. “Animals are imbued with humanlike intentions, motivations, and goals” (Epley, Waytz & Cacioppo 2007, pg. 864). This concept is called anthropormophism, which describes the tendency to ‘imbue the real or imagined behaviour of nonhuman agents with humanlike characteristics, motivations, intentions, or emotions’, but with this concept it has fabricated the idea that animals are able to do human like things and are treated inhumanely as a result of this.

Animals are subjected to human’s decisions regarding their welfare, treatment, representation, protection and general life. We make the rules and animals aren’t able to object to this. We do what we think is best for all animals and with that we are doing more harm than good.

“Animals kept in zoos are denied everything that makes their lives meaningful. Every aspect of their lives is controlled and manipulated. “(PETA. 2017)

Watching a documentary like ‘Blackfish’ (2013) was not only very confronting, it created a worldwide movement to ban the imprisonment of marine wildlife. As humans were exposed to the actual truth regarding the treatment and abnormal lifestyle these orcas were forced into, moral panic had risen.

This documentary focuses on Tilikum, a two-year-old male orca who was captured off the coast of Iceland in 1983 and his life following his capture.

 

Experimental Film Project

 

For my experimental film I manually modified and edited found 16mm celluloid film, by using various styles of scratching, drawing and bleaching I was able to change the style of my film from a deep red to a weathered and negative aesthetic. By using Premiere Pro to edit my film, I  captured key elements of rhythm and overlapping. While creating my film I focused on the repetition, flipping and fading. While first gathering my film I initially thought it was a man and women embracing but as I starting editing my film on Premiere it turned out to be a farmer with sheep, pigs and also cows. This allowed me to completely change the direction of my experimental film from the direction I was initially heading.

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Poverty Porn

Up until this week, I had no clue what poverty porn actually was, in this realization, I came to terms that poverty porn is in fact everywhere. Poverty Porn is defined as – “any type of media, be it written, photographed or filmed, which exploits the poor’s condition in order to generate the necessary sympathy for selling newspapers or increasing charitable donations or support for a given cause”.

Poverty porn shows grotesque crises, often through individual stories, that audiences can easily mend through a simple solution or donation. Poverty porn makes a complex human experience understandable, consumable and easily treatable.

(E, Roenigk 2014)

We can all agree that poverty porn is indeed everywhere without us actually realizing it. We are so accustomed to seeing the media glorify and exploit the poor’s conditions we don’t think twice about it; we see so many television ads to donate and sponsor children in need through charities such as UNICEF and World Vision, and also television programs and documentaries on channels like BBC and ABC about poverty that makes the public feel sympathetic but not actually do anything to help.

World Vision ads, as below, are broadcasted on prime television time, I can truthfully admit I don’t take a second glance at these ads, I definitely do feel sympathy to the children and families shown and gratefulness for what I have but without a second thought the ad is over and the next one is starting. The want to donate to these children is there but I always question the integrity of these organisations and question how much money is actually reaching and helping these people in third world countries.

“Like mainstream sexual porn that produces sexualised images from the male gaze for male gratification, poverty porn produces objectifying images of the poor through a privileged gaze for privileged gratification.”  (Threadgold, 2015).

The SBS series ‘Struggle Street’, is a reality program that documents real life issues and lifestyles of families and individuals living in the Western Sydney suburb, Mount Druitt. This series portrays struggles of substance addiction, domestic violence, unemployment, homelessness and ultimately people who are stuck in a never ending cycle of poverty. The people featured on this show have “hit rock bottom” and are struggling to make it through day to day life. Although ‘Struggle Street’ received backlash from the public in regards to the way it was produced to be a mockery, the portrayal of individuals in the show, and the untruths and stretch from the truth, it was still described as “uncensored, unfiltered, raw, confronting…honest…heart-warming and inspiring”.

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Middle and upper class citizens were presented with visual ‘stimulation’ from ‘Struggle Street’ as a reminder to the privileged lifestyle they hold. It made viewers, albeit a mockery at times, sympathise with the individuals in the show and understand the different lifestyles and social classes within Australia.

What are your views on poverty porn? Do you think ‘Struggle Street’ was an accurate and valid portrayal of individuals living below the poverty line within Australia?

 

Comment your thoughts below!

 

-noellevslife

 

 

E, Roenigk 2014, “5 Reasons poverty porn empowers the wrong person”, ONE, Blog Post,<https://www.one.org/us/2014/04/09/5-reasons-poverty-porn-empowers-the-wrong-person/&gt;

Threadgold, S 2015, ‘Struggle Street is poverty porn with an extra dose of class racism’, The Conversation, 6 May <http://theconversation.com/struggle-street-is-poverty-porn-with-an-extra-dose-of-class-racism-41346&gt;

 

The Selfie Movement

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The era of selfies is among us! It’s become a social norm for many to take their smart phone and snap a selfie or two during the day. Selfies seem to be a crucial part in our day to day lives, from snapping a selfie with our friends, other half or even pets and posting them on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and the most important of them all… Snapchat! A selfie has become validation of being out and social, we all take photos when we’re out with friends and family or even at work and uni. I can admit I take the sneaky selfie at work and send it to my close friends stating how I much I hate work and want to go home. We can all agree we are guilty of at least one selfie in our life and if we’ve all done it, is it really that bad?!

Selfies are used and taken for various reasons, whether they’re taken to feel self-empowerment, to raise awareness, or to simply just make a point to the social world. Although the selfie does present positive qualities, there’s a negative stigma and dark cloud over the ‘selfie craze’ – selfies come hand in hand with embarrassment and fear of being judged, that we won’t get enough likes on the photo we post, or the selfie just turning out horrible making us feel even worse about ourselves.

Millions of selfies are taken every day, with over 1000 selfies posted to Instagram every 10 seconds and 74% of photos shared on Snapchat being selfies, and over 30% of selfies posted to social media being digitally enhanced and altered, it has gotten to a point where narcissism is more prevalent in society today than it has ever been before.

Although there is a fear of ‘selfie addiction’ overtaking the world, the selfie movement is also used to convey and share positive messages and raise awareness. Take the social campaign #ITSOKAYTOTALK for example, men all around the world are sharing their selfies on social media sites with the hand sign ‘OK’ to raise awareness, this campaign wasn’t used for vanity or to empower males, it was simply to share the cause that it is okay for men to talk about their feelings and the mental illness doesn’t make you weak or less of a man. I, for one, know many male friends who contributed to this campaign, males that I’ve never seen post a selfie online before. It was endearing to see so many men post their selfie and share posts about this issue, spreading and raising worldwide awareness.

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Albeit many negative connotations are publicly expressed, there are many good intentions with taking a photo of yourself and posting it on social media. We can shape ourselves online and convey who we truly are. Selfies give individuals the chance and daily opportunity to capture our thoughts, emotions and stance on social issues like #ITSOKAYTOTALK movement, #CHECKYOURSELF or even just a feel good #nomakeup selfie.

Selfies are very powerful within the vast expanse of social media platforms, we all come together supporting each other, social movements and campaigns with one photo of our face and I think that is truly amazing!

 

-noellevslife

 

Digital Story – A Reflection

Introduction

Throughout this semester we learnt about phone use in the media space, not only did I find it very interesting to learn about these topics, I could definitely relate to them. While brainstorming ideas for my digital story project I wasn’t sure what angle I could approach this project from, but after a bit (okay a lot) of thought I decided I wanted to research phone use in the workplace. Not only did I immensely relate to this topic, I knew a lot of others did too. The new digital age is among us, humans are so reliant on technology and have the need to be constantly connected to the outside world and now within workplaces technology is considered a ‘norm’, but to what extent?

I wanted to convey my ideas in a way where readers could clearly visualize the three studied workplaces and why each have different rules, regulations and etiquettes.  I created a Prezi to convey my ideas in a visually capturing way, where readers could easily navigate through each topic and slide.

 

Methodology

 I chose to conduct my research by collecting data online from government and workplace websites as well as interviewing three individuals. One person who worked under each workplace category. This allowed me to gain ‘insider’ information about an office, customer based and outside (constructional) based work environment and how each of these individuals use their smart devices and if they follow the rules, regulations and general work etiquettes.

I found by conducting interviews with people who worked in the three researched workplaces it was suitable for my topic and how I was presenting my Digital Story. Considering I was conducting research on smart devices and modern technology within workplaces, I was using my iPhone to conduct all interviews and gather information.

 

Learning development and challenges:

 From this experience creating a digital story I have gained further insight into personal device use in public spaces and also individual attention spans while in the workplace and in general. By delving deeper into the concepts we explored each week in BCM240, I was becoming aware on how each of these topics relate to my lifestyle each day.

By researching phone/device use within the workplace, I was able to research rules, regulations and just the general phone etiquette within a workplace. Considering I use my phone a lot at work when we have a quiet day or even just having a quick check up on my social media platforms, I definitely learnt and gained a stronger understanding on how phone and device use can hinder your work amount, skills and learning. While completing this digital story I can definitely say that I have cut down my phone use while at work. I now leave my phone in my bag in the file room instead of in the draw at my desk like I use to. By slowly breaking this habit I believe it will improve my work ethic and communication.

The challenges I have faced while completing my digital story can be based around the three Hagerstrand constraints

  1. Capability Constraints: “limits on human movement due to physical or biological factors”.
  2. Coupling Constraints: limits on when and where activities can or cannot take place, the logistics of being able to do certain activities.
  3. Authority Constraints: limits on when and where activities can or cannot take place, imposed by external parties.

The issues/constraints I identified while gathering information was the uncertainty if I could finish this project on time and if I could get my interviews done with enough time to edit and process the information. Would I meet the deadline?

I also had difficulty with coupling as it was hard to meet my interviewees when we were both available. It took me and an interviewee 3 days to try and match our times to complete an interview.

However, in the end everything came together smoothly and although it was a bit of a rush and I realized I should’ve created a schedule, I completed my Digital Story on time after a too long process.

 

Looking ahead…

 By completing my digital story project, it has helped me develop my research skills which will definitely assist me with future research projects. I have improved my skills while completing this task and I have also further developed my knowledge on media spaces and technology use.

I was able to think critically and examine my work lifestyle and choices as well as other individuals work lifestyle and technology choices. By learning more about rules, regulations and general etiquettes, I gained more of an insight into how different workplaces are run.

I believe I have much more to learn, and I’m excited for what the future holds. Overall, this task was both insightful and rewarding. I increased my understanding of the importance of conducting relevant research and I have undeniably learnt about the importance of media, audience and place and technology within workplaces.

 

Digital Story – Phone Use In The Workplace

Smartphones have become a major part in our lives, essentially smart devices allow us to stay connected to the rest of the world at all times. With the constant evolution of smart technology, its making it easier and easier for us as consumers to use these devices in many ways. Whether we’re at home, university, walking down the street, out to lunch or even at work, smart devices are always present and being used.

After procrastinating for a few weeks on what I could actually do this project on, I was lost in my thoughts. I had no clue what I wanted to do and I was getting frustrated. But then I really started thinking… Here I was sitting at work on my phone engrossed in everyone’s posted Snapchat’s. I knew I was supposed to be actually working but we were so quiet that I awarded myself with some off time on my phone. But why? Do all humans believe they have a right to be on their phone at work to just ‘have a break’, or to quickly check up on the outside world to keep us from going stir crazy? The simple answer is yes and I wanted to find out why. So for my Digital Story I will be focusing on three different workplaces – Office based environment, customer based environment and an outside (constructional) based environment.

Have a look at my Prezi for my Digital Story.

 

 

References

Couldry, Nick, MacDonald, Richard, Stephansen, Hilde, Clark, Wilma, Dickens, Luke and Fotopoulou, Aristea (2015) Constructing a digital storycircle: digital infrastructure and mutual recognition. International Journal of Cultural Studies . ISSN 1367-8779

OHS News – Safety Culture. 2016. Distracted at Work: Why every workplace needs a mobile phone policy. [ONLINE] Available at: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/01/distracted-work-every-workplace-needs-mobile-phone-policy/#.WBYK61chbBK

Seyfarth, Mobile Phones on construction sites – managing the hazards [ONLINE]Available at: http://www.internationallawoffice.com/Newsletters/Construction/USA/Seyfarth-Shaw-LLP/Mobile-phones-on-construction-sites-managing-the-hazards

Workable. 2015. Sample Cell Phone Policy. [ONLINE] Available at: https://resources.workable.com/cell-phone-company-policy.