But what about storytime?

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

Sources:

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

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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

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

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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;

books.

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

 

Whole lotta image sources:

http://www.longtail.com/about.html

http://www.listchallenges.com/the-ambitious-list-of-books

http://twistedsifter.com/2016/07/founder-of-ted-chris-anderson-favorite-ted-talks/

http://publishingtrendsetter.com/industryinsight/donna-kaufman-bookstore-owners/

https://www.avenuek.com.my/tenant/popular/

http://fortune.com/2015/08/10/amazon-warehouse-joliet-illinois/

https://ab10xt.wordpress.com/2014/05/24/audience2produser/

https://www.google.com.au/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&ved=0ahUKEwiF2tvDp_TVAhVHi5QKHQqJBtYQjhwIBQ&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.pinterest.com%2Fpin%2F646266615248190558%2F&psig=AFQjCNEWY1TnpNIp5LKpwdLJlyG2ttljvg&ust=1503816595147416

https://www.google.com.au/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&ved=0ahUKEwiskajnp_TVAhVIv5QKHYJ0DqkQjhwIBQ&url=https%3A%2F%2Fcolorlib.com%2Fwp%2Fbest-personal-blog-wordpress-themes%2F&psig=AFQjCNGPU-cBnEVXa5ILzmCzagCJmHnB1w&ust=1503816668650952

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/247408

Top 10 Web Series on YouTube –  TopX Ep.30

http://www.bassleer.com/vissen/app-ebooks-books/

https://www.google.com.au/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&ved=0ahUKEwjctdnKqPTVAhWEzLwKHe9DC88QjhwIBQ&url=https%3A%2F%2Fthe-digital-reader.com%2F2012%2F05%2F24%2Fheres-how-you-should-look-at-the-taliest-self-pub-survey%2F&psig=AFQjCNGTSqlXFsfbUUlemIt1Xsm956KEJw&ust=1503816880928324

https://www.google.com.au/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&ved=0ahUKEwiHuN3BqvTVAhWBn5QKHUMvAggQjhwIBQ&url=http%3A%2F%2Fneilpatel.com%2Fblog%2F7-brilliant-examples-of-brands-driving-long-tail-organic-traffic%2F&psig=AFQjCNGNja5p4FEktd-fsVd4l8_n9Vsqrw&ust=1503817310183776

http://www.christopherfowler.co.uk/blog/2014/09/04/what-does-an-editor-do/

https://www.google.com.au/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&ved=0ahUKEwjGmLK2q_TVAhUCErwKHfvsA8IQjhwIBQ&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.4wordppp.co.uk%2Fservices%2Fbook-production%2F&psig=AFQjCNH7CG0pngfNhFy7Y-Yyqr2hL79k8A&ust=1503817642247848

https://guides.wikinut.com/Tips-On-Buying-Freightliner-Used-Trucks/1m_h8oto/

https://alanrinzler.com/2010/04/shelf-wars-what-authors-need-to-know-about-bookstore-visibility/

https://www.google.com.au/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&ved=0ahUKEwjA-Ye5rPTVAhVLu7wKHTbrBi4QjhwIBQ&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.pinterest.com%2Fpin%2F205265695489442323%2F&psig=AFQjCNFhtdCBJB-S75c0JSQqNbdcS449cA&ust=1503817916190990

 

 

https://claudenougat.wordpress.com/2016/02/07/only-40-self-published-authors-are-a-success-says-amazon/ 

Article sources:

https://www.wired.com/2004/10/tail/

Chris Anderson: Technology’s long tail

 

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

Sources

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

 

CyberPunk: Today’s Utopia?

 

For week three’s BCM206 post, I found myself thinking again and again about how the beginning of the personal computer in the 1980s sounded like the beginning of a science fiction novel.

The tropes, themes, and cultures associated with this technology boom really resonated with me, leading me to create this sound piece that compares and contrasts reality with science ‘fiction’.

Sources

Image Credit

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/jul/28/william-gibson-neuromancer-cyberpunk-books

https://www.shmoop.com/neuromancer/technology-modernization-quotes.html

http://fredturner.stanford.edu/books/from-counterculture-to-cyberculture/

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/dec/09/are-we-liberated-by-tech-or-does-it-enslave-us

http://www.pff.org/issues-pubs/futureinsights/fi1.2magnacarta.html