Week 6 Readings

This week had three important readings including the reading by Whitman which caught my attention the most. It questions how well does music predict your politics? The reading shows the quirky tastes of music that politicians have and how they reflect their polls. I’m not too sure about the accuracy of this article but it was quite amusing to read! It was an interesting notion that individuals can be united by the similarities in music taste. I’ve attached the Table below so that you can see it yourself!

It was quite strange to see the what types of artists whose fans were most correlated to the Republican or Democratic party. I’ve attached the list below

Artists whose fans are most correlated to Republican

  • 1. Kenny Chesney
  • 2. George Strait
  • 3. Reba McEntire
  • 4. Tim McGraw
  • 5. Jason Aldean
  • 6. Blake Shelton
  • 7. Shania Twain
  • 8. Kelly Clarkson
  • 9. Pink Floyd[7]
  • 10. Elvis Presley

Artists whose fans are most correlated to Democrat

  • 1. Rihanna
  • 2. Jay-Z
  • 3. Madonna
  • 4. Lady Gaga
  • 5. Katy Perry
  • 6. Snoop Dogg
  • 7. Chris Brown
  • 8. Usher
  • 9. Eminem
  • 10. Bob Marley

What party do you align your music taste with?  The republicans would have my vote based on music taste.


Stockwell, Stephen and Adam Muir (2003). “The Military-Entertainment Complex: A New Facet of Information Warfare”Fibreculture Journal 1(1)

Whitman, B. (2012) “How well does music predict your politics?” http://notes.variogr.am/post/26869688460/how-well-does-music-predict-your-politics

Pangburn, D. (2011)  “Digital Activism From Anonymous to Occupy Wall Street: a Conversation With Gabriella Coleman”.  http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/157192/digital-activism-from-anonymous-to-occupy-wall-street-a-conversation-with-gabriella-coleman/ 

Week 6 Tutorial Tasks

Week 6 Tutorial Task


The task for this week was to complete a few activities while sticking to my political beliefs. I completely understand that our views are subject to opinions and opinions often don’t align. I hope not to offend anyone with my political opinions, and if you don’t agree with me, feel free to comment below and tell me why!

  1. I kick-started the list of activities by signing an e-petition. I went onto the Queensland Parliament website to sign an e-petition that aligned with my political views. There weren’t many that I could say made me desperately want to sign my name against them but I decided to sign the petition for:



Request for additional trains on the Gold Coast line in peak hours


Queensland residents

Sponsoring Member:

Michael Crandon MP

Principal Petitioner:

Anglea Shilliday


Unit 20 Hope Island Central


340 Hope Island Road





Number of Signatures:


Posting Date:


Closing Date:



It’s not really an issue that I’m passionate about but it is something that I somewhat agree with. I do believe this will boost the tourism in the Gold Coast and benefit those living in that area.


  1. I was unsure about how to send Barak Obama a message, but I initiated a ‘tweet’ to his party touching on the importance of freedom on the internet.
  2.  I found out my local, state and federal representatives were and I sent Bill Glasson a warm message wishing him the best for the campaign.
  3. I let my local member know what I thought about their last speech and whether I agreed with his policies.

It’s quite difficult to compete all the activities without sticking completely to my political beliefs as a Liberal girl. I do think that the National Broadband Network is important. However, this is one of Labours plans which I unfortunately won’t be voting for. I believe Labour has had their chance to create change and they failed.

Thanks again for reading.


Week 6 – Politics – Who are you voting for?

Before studying this week’s topic of ‘Politics and the Internet’, I wouldn’t have labelled myself as a person which is actively involved in any type of politics. I come from a politics free family, with a satisfactory understanding of the Australian Political Party systems. It was so fascinating to see what party aligns with my core values as the election is not far away! I am genuinely pleased that I completed the tutorial tasks to find out my political position, as it will help me vote in the coming weeks for the party that I believe will move Australia forward.

Although politics is quite a personal/private topic that people tend to disagree on, I’ve decided to share where my political views aligned before and after the questionnaire. Before the questionnaire, I would have voted Labour. I believed Kevin Rudd had the ability to speak well, answer questions in a timely manner and also ask challenging questions to the opposition. I disliked the fact that Rudd often commented that Tony Abbot wouldn’t be able to handle the big position. It was interesting to see how Rudd made comments about Tony Abbot lacking the ‘temperament to deal with crises like Seria’ (Sheridan 2013).  After a series of long questions, I found two topics out of the thirty questions that I felt quite passionately about such as the economy, in bringing the budget back to surplus and the controversial topic of gay marriage.

Firstly with the topic of the budget, I researched a graph found on the Australian Conservative website. This image depicts the two parties and how much money they spent. During the times that labour has been leading the nation, we have faced numerous economic crisis such as the Global Financial Crisis in 2008 (Courier Mail, 2013).


Secondly, I believe in modern society homosexuality is widely accepted. I accept homosexuality and do not frown upon homosexuals. However, I do believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman.


Complete the quiz yourself to help you vote for the right party!




Sheridan, Greg 2013, ‘Rudd’s delusions of grandeur are alarming – ELECTION 2013′, News Digital Media, Canberra A.C.T, retrieved 30 August 2013, [http://search.proquest.com.libraryproxy.griffith.edu.au/docview/1428310423].

Week 5 Blog

From day to day, Social media is always on my list of things to access and check. The social media site that I often refer to is predominately my Hotmail and I check this numerous times a day. Facebook on the other hand, is a social media site that I refer to every few days to keep in touch with close friends and family whether they are in Brisbane, interstate or overseas. After studying this unit, I’ve been questioning whether I want to continue using Facebook due to privacy concerns that have been mentioned. Facebook is known to be a great way to keep in touch, but it is also a major time killer. I’ve wasted numerous hours just looking thorough useless information about what people are doing with their life from what they do to what they eat. It’s pointless.  I would see about 3 – 4 of my online friends per week (friends from school), who I also communicate with by mobile phone. Again, I’m questioning the usefulness of Facebook. I have more friends that are off=line that I connect with than the friends that are Facebook or online. I believe the use of the mobile phone is increasing and becoming more affordable. I chat with most of my friends through apps such as Viber and Whatsapp which allow you to text and talk to your friends for free.  

I can see a trend that my Facebook consumption is decreasing drastically for 2 reasons.

1. I find it time wasting and pointless so I decrease my time on the website.

2. Friends are also finding it time wasting and pointless so they are decreasing their consumption of Facebook resulting in contacting them via another medium.

Facebook will certainly  become a victim of churn, the exact same way Bebo and MySpace did a few years back. An article by McDermott discusses Facebook’s rapidly declining stocks (McDermott, 2012). It may be known as the biggest online social networking site but it is proving to be a poor investment as it is too expensive with a whopping $38/share (McDermott, 2012). In comparason with power hungry Google, these social networking websites are manipulative and have a desire to control the online empire (Sheehan, 2012).

As a consumer of social media, I want to see something new. Not something old. As Sheehan states in the readings, ‘why are [Google] trying to turn themselves into a Facebook-plus?] Facebook is already on the decline and the lasting power of the new Google Mail Account is already heading on it’s downward spiral. Consumers WILL stop using these social networking services as privacy has become a huge concern. (If you would like to read more about privacy and social networking, please refer to my previous posts below).

Thank you for reading —


Sheehan, Paul (2012) “Internet giants can earn with ease, it is churn they must fear” SMH, 7 June, page 15

Boyd, Danah, & Nicole Ellison (2007). “Social network sites: Definition, history, and scholarship“. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 13(1). 

McDermott, John 2012, ‘Facebook Stock Decline Deepens’, The Post and Courier, Charlston United States. Accessed 24th August 2013. http://search.proquest.com.libraryproxy.griffith.edu.au/docview/1018546581]

Week 5 Tutorial Task

Hello Everyone and I welcome you back to my week 5 tutorial blog. For this weeks task, a survey had to be created in order to analyse the use of social media. I’m not going to lie, I had a bit of difficulty choosing what questions to ask. What did I really want to know? To find out what I asked, take the survey below. It shouldn’t take any more than 10 minutes to complete.



I shared my link via Facebook, twitter and Hotmail. To be honest, I don’t use twitter at all and Facebook much, but I thought it would be an interesting way to get more participants. Overall, I had a not too many participants and I believe my survey was extremely inaccurate. The survey basally confirmed what I already knew and the poor result of my survey is a result of my poor question choices. Now that I reflect on the answers I see how it was silly for me to ask what age group most of my participants were. Obviously, the majority would be between the 18 – 24 year old bracket and the websites that they predominantly use are Facebook and LinkedIn.  Basically answers that I already knew.


I might complete another quiz with better questions to get a more accurate response. If you would like me to do another quiz vote ‘Yes’ in the poll below! Thanks for reading

Week 4 Blog

Both the Gibson and Lister readings are such interesting readings. Particularly the Lister reading, which focuses on Media in Everyday Life. There was one sentence in the Lister reading that caught my eye the most.  I couldn’t agree with Lister any more when he stated, “The popular culture of new media began with video games, a medium that brought with it a technological imaginary of an everyday future disappearing into the ‘çyberian apartness’ of virtual worlds”. A lot of adolescents, both male and female of all ages, seclude themselves from the outside world and become fixated on the numerous video games that are on the market. Countless times, personal friends of mine avoided leaving the house as they had to ‘finish a level’ before they could carry on with their everyday lives. To an extent, they would decrease their schedules in order to fit more time in for video games. To a drastic extent, video game players see the world with rose colored glasses as they isolate themselves friends, work and activities that fuel the mind.

Scientists believe that these video game players are living their life through the characters which results in mental illnesses such as social phobias. An article by Ortega discusses video game players becoming pathological. It details how and why occupational and family life becomes affected. These 2 readings and 1 academic source corroborate to reinforce the notion about cyberpunk and cyberspace (refer to tutorial task 4 below). In our society today technology is a dominant part of our culture. We are fueled by technology. Reflecting on the readings and understanding how technology has dominated my life, I plan to reduce hours on technological devices. For a few weeks, I aim to stay off social networking websites, cut down television time, stop playing video games, reduce my hours on the computer and limiting the benefits of technology only for academic purposes.  I want to document the differences between my life with all technology and my life without the unnecessary forms of technology.  I may share my findings with you all in a post in the near future, so stay tuned for that. 

Thanks for reading.


Lister, Martin et al (2009) New Media: a critical introduction,  London: Routledge, 237-42, 281-3.

Gibson, William (1995) ‘Burning Chrome’, Burning Chrome and Other Stories, London: Voyager, 195-220.

Ortega, J R 2011, ‘Pro: Can Video Games lead to Mental Illness?’, Mclatchy, Washington.  Accessed 24th August 2013. 

Week 4 Tutorial Task

When I first read about Cyberpunk I briefly researched the concept to learn that Cyberspace and Cyberpunk relates to a Science Fictional Genre of a society with a uncontrolled subculture that is dominated by Technology. I constantly questioned, our society today. Aren’t we a society driven by the dominance of technology? As a teen, I am constantly switching my social networking sites based on the general hype. What my friends are using today.

This week, I created a timeline of key moments in cyberpunk based from the World Wide Web. I chose to do this as it related to all modern teenagers. I listed the key dates since the World Wide Web was created on the 22nd March 1989 to Present day websites. I have included when websites were first founded, a bit of background about each website and their logo so that they are easily identified. I was absolutely astonished during this task when I was researching when some of these websites were created. Some of the oldest websites such as LinkedIn which was created in 2003 have really only surfaced and become dominant 10 years later! I was also suprised to find that Myspace and Facebook were only created one year apart and still Myspace was seen to be the dominant social networking website for years.

social net

Please take a look at  a timeline I created depicting when the most visited internet destinations were founded:


Thanks for reading this weeks post. Stay tuned for next week!

Week 3

Tutorial Task

Stephen Stockwell’s books in the Libraray!

&Stockwell, Stephen & Scott, Paul 2010, All-media guide to fair and cross-cultural reporting: for journalists, program makers and media students / Stephen Stockwell and Paul Scott, Australian Key Centre for Cultural and Media Policy, Nathan.

Stockwell, Stephen 2005, Political campaign strategy: doing democracy in the 21st century, Australian Scholarly Publishing, Melbourne.


From the libary database, 3 academic sources could provide useful material for an essay about Jean Luc Godard’s Alphaville.

(Nathan Campus) | Brody, Richard 2008, Everything is cinema: the working life of Jean-Luc Godard, Metropolitan books, New York.

(Online) | Drake, Chris 2005, Alphaville: A French Fim Guide, Tauris & Company, London.

(Gold Coast) | Sanders, Steve 2008, The philosophy of science fiction film ,  University Press of Kentucky, Lexington.

What is a book that will help find out possible research methods to explore social media?

Poynter, Ray 2010, The handbook of online and social media research : tools and techniques for market researchers, Wiley, New York.

Stockwell, Stephen 2007, ’Alternative Media in Brisbane: 1965-1985’, Queensland review, Volume 14, no 1, p75 – 87. Viewed August

What is the latest medical thinking about internet addiction?

Bacically medical practitioners believe that young teenagers are becoming house bound while focusing on their lives on social media websites. It’s almost like an obsession

What databse did you use?

Mansfield, Sarah 2011, ‘Social Media and the Medical Profession’, Medical Journal of Australia, Vol. 194, pp. 642. Retrieved 12 August 2013 from Wiley.

Week 2

Welcome to Week 2 of my News Communication Technologies blog. From what I have gathered from this week’s lecture, tutorial and readings was extremely broad and interesting. However, from the readings the concept of how computers have changed and evolved since the 1900s was particularly fascinating as I reflected on how communication has changed though the change in innovative technologies.

So, what does communication mean? “We might say that communication consists of transmitting information from one person to another (wikibooks)”, Communication basically means in Latin com(with, together) and un (one). This shows links between society and how language made them connect. After thinking about the concepts taught in the lecture, I reflected on New Technologies today, and if they satisfied the definition of the ‘communication’. Do technologies today reflect our society being closer? I believe society’s interaction between one another has changed dramatically but has also brought society closer by our new media technologies. There are many issues of communicating via social mediums such as Facebook, e-mail twitter… Many suggest that the meanings are lost in translation and are often a result of misinterpretation.

So why is  good communication important? Here is a short clip below depicting why communication is vital:

Reflecting on the weekly reading (Questions about the Usefulness of Microcomputers in 1980s Australia by Melanie Swalwell), I found it fascinating to see how computers have become a dominant part of daily life in modern society evolving from ‘microcomputers’ to the laptops and fancy computers that are available today. The opinion about computers was not accepted in the 1980s mainly because they were extremely costly and seen as a ‘luxury item’ but also because individuals questioned the benefits and usefulness of computers. Today we see the costs of computers rapidly decreasing and their usefulness rapidly increasing. Instead of face to face and telephone conversations, the usefulness of computers as a social medium has increased for personal and business purposes.

Thanks for reading


Wikibooks, 2004. Communication Theories. 1st ed. London : Wikibooks Contributors

Swalwell, M, 2012. Questions About the Usefulness of Microcomputers in 1980s Australia, [Online], 60 – 77. Available at: https://bblearn.griffith.edu.au/bbcswebdav/pid-502011-dt-content-rid-896290_1/courses/1501HUM_3135/Swalwell%2080s%20Oz%20Computers.pdf [Accessed 31 July 2013].


Week 2 Tutorial Task

Class Mates

http://www.ashcassel.tumblr.com | http://www.comtechdiscussions.blogspot.com.au | http://www.1501hum-blog.tumblr.com

http://www.newcomtechnology.wordpress.com | http://www.newscom1015.wordpress.com


How do modern teens use the internet?

The three websites I refer to on a day to day basis are…

1) Facebook | 2) Youtube | 3) Hotmail

Both Facebook and Hotmail are websites that keep me close to family and friends. I have been using these three websites along with other social media websites for about 8 years. I initially started an e-mail account and an MSN account *face palm* to stay close to my friends after school hours. As social media is constantly changing, I’ve ditched the MSN, myspace, bebo etc… Facebook has now become my primary social media source however, I’ve always questioned the security of these social networking sites.

Does Facebook Breach Privacy Laws?

As technology constantly evolves, society questions the future of technologies and whether they are a threat to our lives with the increase in social media. A short news report, challenges Facebook over their privacy features. I chose this particular clip, as I am questioning how safe is it to use Facebook with their new ID detector

Is privacy important to me?

Privacy is extremely important to me when it comes to social media. I don’t want people I don’t know, knowing information about my friends, my daily life and my family. I recently heard on the news about G-Mail reading users private e-mails to give to third parties.
I’ve attached a clip below:

Just because we have a password, it dosn’t mean our information is secure.