But what about storytime?

Basically Ted says in week 8’s BCM206 lecture that my major is worthless, I argue why it’s not.


Freedman, S. (2011). Letters to a young journalist. New York: Basic Books.


Analysing Kawaii Metal

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In this post I will use the autoethnographic methodology to analyse my experience of Kawaii Metal, as related in the week 5 podcast ‘Discovering Kawaii Metal’.

The main methodology used will be personal narrative, which will be accompanied with further research on the topic of Kawaii Metal. Using this research, I will critically analyse my experience, in terms of my own personal context, and how the experience changed myself, or lead me to any epiphanies.

Definition of Kawaii Metal

One definition of kawaii metal is (cute metal), which blends elements of heavy metal and J-Pop. This is done by combining the music of heavy metal, such as heavy electric guitar, and a powerful drum beat with J-Pop melodies, and a Japanese idol aesthetic.

A Japanese idol usually refers to the young stars of J-Pop, that are marketed specifically for their cuteness, good public image, and…

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An Apple a day keeps innovators away

By Tayla Bosley

So Apple is a walled garden.

Google/Android is a free platform.

Why does that matter?

What I felt throughout the BCM206 week 7 lecture was that, if Apple is a walled garden, tended to by only a few gardeners (read: coders), how can it compete with the forest that is Google, which is tended by volunteers that each create their own piece of paradise within the wilds?

Well according to World Wide Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Apple simply can’t be as widespread, or as innovative as Google and its Android operating system.

Without letting people into the garden to do as they wish, Apple may never reach the creativity and freedom of Google.

But perhaps people don’t want that.

Perhaps they’re happy to give up control for safety.

Which, if true, sets a dangerous precedent for the future of technology.


Zhu Li Can’t Do the Thing

Source https://memecrunch.com/meme/98DRT/zhu-li-do-the-thing
By Tayla Bosley

The distributed network gave power to the users of the internet in the 50s. With its eventual popularity, the internet became the ultimate creative, free-play space for people to interact with, create, and enjoy content.

But as we learnt in week 6’s BCM206 lecture, we have quickly become afraid of the unlimited space of the internet, and so created big, strong walls to protect ourselves… from ourselves?

We have given up the power to tell technology exactly what we want to do.

This is because, just like in 2001: A Space Odyssey, those in charge (gatekeepers), have decided that we cannot be trusted with the power to choose, not in their space at least.

So I guess now we have to choose to accept our limited existence…

or evolve…

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8W2OLE6his

What the heck is a long tail?

The opposite of a short tail?

This video for week 5 BCM206 is basically myself doing an explanation of ‘The Long Tail Effect’, for myself.

Because honestly I had no idea what it was, until I related it to something I really like;


I hope this explains it to you, because it sure helped me wrap my head around this topic.


Whole lotta image sources:











Top 10 Web Series on YouTube –  TopX Ep.30












Article sources:


Chris Anderson: Technology’s long tail


Discovering Kawaii Metal

Digital Asia

This is my video narrative of my first real discovery of kawaii metal (cute metal music).

Note: The reason that I pause the video and then talk is because the program wouldn’t turn down the music when I spoke.

Funny Anecodote: After an hour of rerecording this due to the dodgy program, I got in my car only to hear BabyMetal’s Karate on Triple J, after months of not hearing it play, seems that the gods of Kawaii metal enjoyed my experience too.

I also noticed, after hearing this song in my car, that I had forgotten that it also has a badass female vocalist, and fairly punk clothing, yet another expectation that I had gotten wrong.

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News writing in liquid labour

What truly struck me with week 4 BCM206’s lecture, was how relevant the liquid labour market will be to me as a potential future journalist.

We have definitely moved from the hard, smoke-filled journalism of its origins.

GIF by Tayla Bosley

To a far more freelanced, individual journalism.

GIF by Tayla Bosley

Which makes working more convenient.

GIF by Tayla Bosley

But also potentially less stable.

“Journalists today have to fight with their employers to keep the little protections they still have, and do so in a cultural context of declining trust and credibility in the eyes of audiences.’

Dueze, 2009

This is what I fear with the rapid information network economy; a job where I become underpaid, undervalued, and underutilised… all for the sake of faster information.

Simply put, I don’t want to be left behind.

Source: http://newsgifhq.tumblr.com/post/123657347585/stephen-colberts-take-on-the-nyse-outage


Deuze, M. (2009). The people formerly known as the employers. Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism, 10(3), pp.315-318.