Attack of the Toasters!- Impacts of an Internet of Things

An internet of things, (IoT) as the connection of usually trivial material objects to the internet as argued by Mitew (2014), is becoming increasingly likely In the light of industrial development by organisations such as Google, AT & T and Cisco. As such, a discussion over the potential impacts of an IoT on society is… Read More Attack of the Toasters!- Impacts of an Internet of Things

Sock Puppets and Politics- Catfished by the Government.

Like something out of a bad sci-fi movie or MTV’s ‘Catfish’, high profile government institutions are proving yet again that it’s hard to trust someone on the internet. As revealed by the infamous Wiki-leaks founder Edward Snowden, government institutions have been stooping to new levels in order to influence public opinion and present pro-american propaganda (Porup,… Read More Sock Puppets and Politics- Catfished by the Government.

Hack into Activism- Hacktivism and Anonymous

In previously looking at various online-activist or ‘clicktivist‘ campaigns such as Bring back Our Girls or Kony 2012, quite often confusion arises between this concept and it’s far more aggressive branch, Hacktivism. As argued by Pagnani (2013), “Hacktivism,” refers to the use of computers, information technology and networks in order to debate and sustain a political issue, promote free speech, and… Read More Hack into Activism- Hacktivism and Anonymous

Jesse’s Blog Survival Guide- a reflection of a semester

47 blog posts 6 Subjects 5 theme changes 5 mediums Over two years. As of 2015 alone, to date JesseMaxBlog has received over 1050 views, 447 visitors and 88 comments from 30 different countries. This blog has been promoted on both Twitter and Facebook, incorporated information stretching from psychology to music and even prompted viewers… Read More Jesse’s Blog Survival Guide- a reflection of a semester

Downloads Down-Under- Australia’s Music Download Culture

In strolling through public places such as Westfield shopping centres you expect the regular things; families taking up the entire walk way, people refusing to stand to the left-hand-side of the escalator, screaming children, the gentle hum of public domain music, and ‘retailer approved’ soundtracks blasting from individual stores. Now obviously, these ‘approved’ soundtracks usually… Read More Downloads Down-Under- Australia’s Music Download Culture

Mechanized Mutiny- Is ‘Slacktivism’ Still Activism?

With the prevalence of online activist campaigns in social media environments and the accompanying ‘click to support’ mentality, cyber-activism or ‘clicktivism‘ has gained its fair share of both supporters and critics. Media Scholars such as Maria Popov and Henry Jenkins praise the concept for its disseminative abilities and participatory nature, while critics such as Malcolm Gladwell and Steve Wilkinson argue that Clictivism is… Read More Mechanized Mutiny- Is ‘Slacktivism’ Still Activism?

The Effectiveness of Clicktivism in Grassroots Political Campaigns

In the formation of protest group Wake up About the War, law student Abbey Reyes raises possibly the most important question of online activism “Could you imagine going back to the days of phone trees and local meetings?” (Reyes, cited in Keefe 2003). As the use of social media to promote a particular cause, clicktivism… Read More The Effectiveness of Clicktivism in Grassroots Political Campaigns

Keep Watching- Greater Challenges of Mainstream Media and The Power of Users

As the result of a massive paradigm shift through the development of both the internet and communication technologies, individuals are now provided with a plethora of alternate pathways in which to collect information. In previous years, news information specifically was pre-packaged by news media entities into a purely consumptive format for audiences. The internet has… Read More Keep Watching- Greater Challenges of Mainstream Media and The Power of Users

Mobile Media Melee- A Comparison of Apple and Android

Due their accessibility, user-friendly capabilities, and superior convenience, the explosion of the smart-phone market internationally should appear as no surprise.  This market, although filled with vicious competition, holds two main super powers, Apple and Android. Although sharing many similar characteristics in terms of hardware, Apple and Android products hold key features which ultimately divide the… Read More Mobile Media Melee- A Comparison of Apple and Android