Reflective of the En Route BCM240

Indeed, having my first most experience to comprise blogging as my assignment during my second year of degree course. In this semester I enrolled myself to two media subjects which is Media, Audiences and Place (BCM 240) and International Media and Communication (BCM 111) which both necessitates us to submit our assignments as blog to WordPress. Frankly, it is my first time blogging to WordPress as last time I only had experience blogging by Blogspot and Tumblr only. WordPress have given me a whole new setting and to be frank it is far more innovative and advance rival to my earlier blogging proficiency in both different blogging platform.

Apart from submitting assignments online, people can publicly and casually read on my blog hence every time before I write on my blog, research to read on other blogs will partaken beforehand for me to get diverse ideas and views hereafter also inspiration for me to write. Understand that we share the similar consistent subject syllabus with the Australia’s University of Wollongong (UOW) but only different is the time frame whereby Australia were ahead of us for approximately two weeks time. So, being a local student here in Malaysia we can always read blogs written earlier before us from the Australian classmates whereby I personally think that we are very lucky to initially get those blogs as references.

Throughout blogging, we required to compromise few of the social media to links up to our blog to increase greater number readerships. For instance, we are recommend to share our blog link in twitter and also learn to hash tag our subject code (#BCM240) for better communication and sharing experience amongst students and classmates who enrolled to this subject. Also, we are encourage to bestow comments on each other’s blogs to aim for improved on interaction and sharing familiarity and I personally thinks that comments can actually boost up your motivation on blogging also improve your works.

Henceforth, through blogging I have learnt to write proficiently understanding that my works are not going to be an ordinary assignment that we usually submit personally and read by lecturers and me myself only. So, blogging assignments publicly must be very careful and references for credits were needed to be done correctly to ensure from avoiding any conflicting issues.

At first, I always thought that no one will actually give comments on my blog but I was hoping for comments anyhow. Then, during the week ninth I actually received comments to my articles from the Australian student and hence there are three different comments on different blog posts. After receiving the comments, I am very much motivated to devote on write my blog post still and nevertheless eagerly longing for more comments and yes, indeed I have received few more comments after that. Furthermore, expectation were beyond my thought that actually besides visitors from Malaysia and Australia there actually visitors from United Kingdom too. While, the numbers of visitors through out my blogging experience have been hitting up to seventy visitors where it actually meets my certainties satisfactory.

Finally, being a media student I am very glad that I learnt how to fully utilize the certain medium as assignment for instance the internet and blogging. Hence, our class have just receive another assignment of working on Digital Story Telling which require us to exploit further in medias which it will definitely enhance and improve our capabilities and skills in media studies. Hereby, I thank University of Wollongong that given me the chance to exploit plus enhance to a whole new interesting and fun blogging experience and seemingly unbarring us from the typical traditional mode of doing assignment.

 

 

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The Contemporary Mobile Phone to Us

 

Phone-Addiction-Everywhere1

The contemporary moral panics of mobile phone addiction have taken into the human daily living planetary to the whole new level. Do you often face the scenario of panicking of an anxiety finding high and low for your mobile phone while actually it is in your hand literally all the time? Do you ever feel unusual or nervous for not sophisticatedly checking on your phone for the past half an hour? Do you ever false alarm anxiety to yourself when you heard somebody else’s phone ringing thinking that it is your own phone? And concurrently wired your mobile to you to anywhere you go even to the bathroom, having yourself sacrificing a hand to hold on your both cutleries at a time instead having to hold your phone or first thing to do when as soon as you wake up in the morning is to check on your phone? No doubt, I practice all of the above whereby sometimes I have uncertainties for myself to plunge myself our from this anxiety and worse to let into the discourse that I am actually suffer from a phobia called ‘Nomophobia’. Nomophobia actually a definite means according to  Ledder (2012), nomophobia is the fear of being without your cell phone.

 

Hereby, Atchley and Warden (2012) propose the use of standard addiction definitions in the case of mobile phone use:

●  tolerance (the need to use more in order to get the same effect);

●  withdrawal (symptoms associated with lack of access to the subject of addiction);

●  increased usage;

●  inability to reduce usage;

●  maintaining the behavior in spite of the risks and negative consequences.

 

In this mean time, people now simply starts conversation in anyways either in public or private spaces habitually for instance, Facebook comments have been contemplated as a chat box or even Twitter replies can similarly become a type of openly conversation to the public. In this case, Whatsapp is a platform for mobile instant message application where it innovatively developed a ‘Voice Note’ service for conveniences competence. Discerning that this ‘Voice Note’ is precisely useful but it somehow ambiguously concern for using it privately or publicly, it is thoughtful that Voice Note will actually projects sounds in loud automatically after pressing the ‘Play’ button. I personally avoid to prefer to the use of Voice Note in public spaces whereby it will actually projects my intended message out loud to be overhear openly by the public, I choose to take the message personally than openly.

 

While, Wi-Fi services were provided in everywhere and anywhere in public spaces, people are used to practice to this technological convenience. Sharing the same Wi-Fi  in a public space meaning you literally consider doing your own personal things in a public space without realizing. Take an example, when I use my phone, I am certainly a complete ignorance to the surrounding, I live in my own world, I shut myself from the world by living in the unconsciousness of I am actually in a public space.

 

However, mobile phone was essentially created for the use of technological convenience but it somehow created a negative impact to a lot of people and Nomophobians especially. Walsh, White, Cox & Young (2011) describes that many of the users define it as being part of themselves, meaning that they always keep it close by, they willingly disturb their activities in order to answer the phone, they feel uneasy when they don’t have the phone close by and cannot reduce the usage. In this discussion context, being so addicted to mobile phone will actually affect large impact on students especially where concentration from class have loss due to mobile phone addiction indeed to the adults too where it can be interrupting, for instance using your phone unnecessarily in the midst of meeting and the worse case scenario is that adults are too used to use mobile phone while driving.

In my own opinion, I think we human ourselves should practice sense of ability to distinguish the importance of mobile phone in terms of time and space. Mobile phone was created to cater us but somehow we have been overly misusing the use of it without having a distinctive of our own morality. After all, I am trying to anticipate the withdrawal of addiction to mobile phone and quitting to be a Nomophobia.

References:

Atchley, P., & Warden, A. C. (2012). The need of young adults to text now: Using delay discounting to assess informational choice. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 1 (4), 229-234.

Ledder. 2012. A melting pot information on a multitude of topics. [ONLINE] Available at: http://lederr.wordpress.com. [Accessed 31 October 13].

Walsh, S. P., White, K. M., Cox, S., & Ross, McD. Y. (2011).Keeping in constant touch: The predictors of young Australians’ mobile phone involvement. Computers in Human Behavior, 27 (1), 333-342.

 

 

Public Screens

The emergence of screens in public spaces haven been increasingly in places everywhere for instance in a video shop, restaurant, lifts, toilets and also beyond driving roads. In the marketing point of view, by using screens in public spaces are factually making a useful responses and awareness by advertising their brands, products and services and many research have turn out to believe that this screens (Out of Home Media) are more visible and reachable. While, trailers and movies  played in screens in public screens can definitely draw vast magnetism for people to watch and yet high curiosity and interest will be lure people to buy the intended promotional movie.

People drawing full attention and standing in the middle of the road to the screen

Speedy Video Shop

Speedy Video Shop

From my own observation of people watching screens in public were commonly were mostly for time killing purposes while waiting for something and for this reason neither me myself will actually watch on this screens only while I am waiting for something or someone. Then, foremost motive of people to watch this screen were mainly because the screens have literally attractive enough to draw people to watch on it for instance essentially because new ‘free’ movie on the play or a new launching of a fancy product. Or people seemingly joining the crowd or of curiosity to watch it since a group of people have gather informally in front of the screen. What I can observe from the people who watch on this screens have literally pays full attention to it and nearly forget that they are actually concentrating of watching a movie in an openly public space even though some public places turns out to be very noisy. Another one thing that I puzzle about my observation is that this people have been treating that sphere as completely private whereby still they are able to watch a movie without realizing that there aren’t any sound from the screen, except subtitles.

Screen on driving roads

Screen on driving roads

Screens on the street, beside the road

Screens on the street, beside the road

TV Screens in mamak stalls

TV Screens in mamak stalls

Mini screen in lift lobby

Mini screen in lift lobby

Televisions in restaurant

Televisions in restaurant

While, for me I seldom want to put myself to stop and watch this public screens unless it really attracts my attention or I need to kill my time while waiting for someone or to avoid any awkwardness during the alone time. It feel quite weird for me to watch a television in a public space like standing out of nowhere, in the middle of the road or for instance, in front of the video shop. Screens that only will draw my attention is advertorial screens that place outside the waiting lobby of lifts, toilets, LED signage on the roads while driving and promotional mini television on the product’s rack. I feel that it only appropriate for me to watch on this screens rather than standing in front of the video shop to watch a new movie releases. Hence, another public screen that I feel appropriate to watch is the television provided by restaurant, bar and campus or even mamak stalls. For at least, I feel it is not awkward to watch a television sitting in a restaurant while eating your meal than standing in middle of nowhere watching on a screen with no purposes but fully drawing your whole possessed attention on that screen only.

Media Piracy

In today’s contemporary practices of flagging media piracy have become a regular norm to people whereby song and movie downloading were engaged as easy as a click. The internet technology have intensify the contemporary media piracy where conveniences to download files from the internet were tranquil, unrestricted and free or charge. In human natural phenomena, everybody likes free stuff and in the case of media piracy, people always have the notion that although the exploitation of media piracy is illegal but it is still uncontrollable and since there are still many overwhelming illegitimate software, for instance, Torrent, Limewire, Peer-to-Peer(P2P) and etc. to download files and thoughtful that everyone is undertaking it. Also, from many perceptions that downloading copyrighted files were still adequate plus in the condition that the explicit material does not use as an expenditure to aimed at self profitable purposes. Lessig (2004) has specified that a person may use the copy by playing it, but he has no right to rob the author of the profit, by multiplying copies and disposing of them for his own use. However, having this conception is merely immoral whereby the existence of ‘Copyright’ were in the law suit to circumvent and diminish the act of media piracy.

 

As mentioned that the modern internet have increase the proliferation of media piracy whereas before the existence of internet the implication function of ‘Copyright’ is still well-regulated amongst the impropriety of illegal media piracy. Lessig, (2004) have emphasized that today we are in the middle of another “war” against “piracy and the Internet has provoked this war. The confound of the controversy internet have taken its toll where it have become a threatening tool for destruction of producing revenues for several industries have fallen in to the hole. In Malaysia, VCD and DVD illegal businesses have been virtuously good industry whereby copies and copies of VCD and DVD were produced by just disbursing an amount of an original copy of VCD/DVD or by just a click in the internet. It is believable that billions of dollars worth of movies, song music and software have burnt into these profitable and inexpensive VCD and DVDs.

 

Many downloaders are in the practices of downloading songs and movies privately at home instead of buying tickets to visits the cinema or hitting to a video shop to purchase a new release album. In their thought, it is free, shareable, reusable and convenient or somehow profitable to download copyrighted files and why devoting and committing to the traditional modes to enjoy the pleasures. By having this idea is indefinitely wrong ask yourself how do you feel when someone steal/uses your hard copyrighted work without any credits given to you instead claiming that it belongs to theirs? Thus, everyone should have the notion of, “Creative work has value; whenever I use, or take, or build upon the creative work of others, I am taking from them something of value. Whenever I take something of value from someone else, I should have their permission. The taking of something of value from someone else without permission is wrong. It is a form of piracy.”(Lessig, 2004)

 

References:

Lessig, L, 2004. Piracy. Free Culture, [Online]. 1, 11-12. Available at: http://eprints.rclis.org/5823/1/freecult.pdf [Accessed 29 October 2013].

 

 

Fandom

It is highly beyond my believe of denial uncertainties that, everyone is a fan of something afore perhaps not a stout fandom but just a slight fan or in an alternative expression, somewhat you have interest about a particular something. I define fandom as a type of strong admiration and extreme crazily hype interest on certain sort of things where the fan themselves sees it a completely a normal and loyal activities than any other thing to do and they consider themselves living in a distinctive community with other fans that share the mutual interest.  Hellekson (2006) stated that the notion intersects with the intertextuality of fannish discourse, with the ultimate erasure of a single author as it combines to create a shared, space, fandom, that we might also refer to as a community.

 

Twilight fanatic and her favourite fanatic assets

Twilight fanatic and her favourite fanatic assets

A fans with her overly Hello Kitty decorated kitchen

A fans with her overly Hello Kitty decorated kitchen

 

However, fandom can not only be categorized by celebrities/idols but also other fictional characters and blockbuster movie for instance, Harry Potter, Twilight and Lord of the Rings, fictional cartoons like The Simpsons, Spongebob Squarepants and Hello Kitty, anime fandom, football club fandom or the most uptrend K-Pop culture and also various wonders of things in the world can be a type of fandom to be acknowledge in fandom classification.

 

A picture of the young Westlife during my fanatic years

A picture of the young Westlife during my fanatic years

I understand fans  much because I am a fan too of Westlife when I was at the younger years about 9 years old. During the years, I had an overly obsession to them whereby I had various types of their posters sticking at the wall of my room. Remembering that I spent a part of my pocket money to buy monthly copies of the local celebrity and Hollywood fanatic magazine called Galaxy. The most exciting part of buying the magazine was opening to the centerfold limelight part whereby the magazine gives out free newest song lyrics. At that instance, Westlife was one of the most popular boy band came after Backstreet Boys whereby new songs releases will be in a regularly basis, perhaps releases of one new song once per month. Also, being a fan whenever I saw pictures of them in the magazine or newspapers, the first I think I will do is cut that particular picture and kept for myself.

 

My dad have been a very supportive father that he agreed on buying me new original Westlife albums from the video shop. So by that time, putting the CD in my CD Player while dancing and singing to their song is one of my favorite leisure pass time during my young age. In fact, cannot deny that I am not a fans of them when I can sing to all of their songs accurately without reading any of their lyrics.

 

During my days of fanatic, mobile phones were not as technological as of today whereby songs can be simply keep in song player and picture can be constantly change as wallpaper. Henceforth, at that time Facebook, Twitter and Instagram does not happen to be exist yet and as of now fans can simply share their fanatic interest with their fanatic community and others easily just by easy as a click of button. Fan page in social media and as well as fanatic forum have tremendously became the social fanatic media platform for easy interactions comparing to the older days where fans can only be interacted physically and verbally in fans meeting. The existence of the new media have created more extreme hype in fandom to the extend where actually Beliebers, One Directioners have been recognize as a type of fanatic community. Fiske to Henry Jenkin’s (1992) canonical Texual Poachers stated that fandom was automatically more than the mere act of being a fan of something: it was a collective strategy, a communal effort to form interpretative  communities that in their subcultural cohesion evaded the preference and intended meanings of the “power bloc” (Fiske, 1989) represented by popular media.

 

Justin Bieber's Belieber die hard fan's #baldforbieber

Justin Bieber’s Belieber die hard fan’s #baldforbieber

 

Bieliber fans crying for Justin Bieber in a concert

Bieliber fans crying for Justin Bieber in a concert

An extreme loyal One Directioner fans and her bedroom

An extreme loyal One Directioner fans and her bedroom

 

Nevertheless, the new media have been playing a major big part for entertainment industries for profit for instance. Fans can be a type of promotional object whereby their interest and love for their fandom can be an indirect type of free promotional message and awareness, for example, an update status from a fan saying on behalf that an upcoming concert will be held soon. Henceforth, fans are the major purchaser for all the new releases and promotional items and concert tickets.

 

Still, until today, although I am not a strong fans for Westlife but when I listen to their songs, I can still flawlessly sing to all of their songs like UpTown Girl, I Lay My Love for You, My Love, If I Let You Go and other songs by them! And being a fan is actually a fun type of activity whereby you lost yourselves all out for your favorite idol.

 

References:

Hellekson, K and Busse, K , 2006. Fan fiction and fan communities in the age of Internet. New essays, [Online]. 1, 6. Available at: http://books.google.com.my/books?hl=en&lr=&id=UgZsi_DOKoQC&oi=fnd&pg=PA1&dq=fandom+fan+definition&ots=DC0B_bPhS_&sig=zJ9xoF4B1WCOrKxsWbyW1MOI_z0&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=fandom%20fan%20definition&f=false [Accessed 28 October 2013].

Jenkins, H, 2007. Identities and Communities in a Mediated World. Fandom, [Online]. 1, 5. Available at: http://books.google.com.my/books?hl=en&lr=&id=K–bJVZ2QlIC&oi=fnd&pg=PT2&dq=fandom+definition&ots=lZNsfj4vAl&sig=asLodTXGnycFFmp4ROY8ubtKadU&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=fandom%20definition&f=false [Accessed 28 October 2013].