My overall learning process (reflection)

4 Nov

 cat

(Jasmine 2013)

The process of creating my personal digital piece was a unique learning experience which I will cherish; with regards to the challenges encountered with not only my movie making skills but with my perception of social media. I chose to share, my respective journey of the convergence of media platforms and space by means of a traditional movie-documentary format which is relatable to the today’s audience. Ironically, by making my digital movie, I extended my media voice and was able to connect my private experiences with a global audience. The overall process was plagued with ethical issues regarding content, vigorous editing and re-editing; all needed to create a piece that would be believable, relatable and provoke the audience to ponder their own social media usage and make the change.

My digital story, ‘#disconnected’ divulges my individual plight of turning my back on technology; my decision to discontinue my social media usage and put away my mobile phone for 14 entire days. The reasoning behind my own quest was the video, The Amish Project which we watched in class where Jake P. Reilly’s disconnected from technology for 90 days. My experiment may only be 14 days but the evaluations are similar, I too experienced personal highs and lows just maybe not as extreme. I chose to expand on this idea by addressing my own obsession with being connected online, the sacrifices I had made to my immediate personal relationships and the fact that I struggled with my own company.

There are numerous digital detox stories already online. With social media being so prevalent in today’s society, it was important to me to view and understand each journey in order to gather the true essence of ‘disconnection’ when presenting my own movie. Despite that a majority of these journeys disclosed similar revelations of self-discovery, the perceptions were individual and to me, significant and relatable.

Creating something that is uniquely you, is remarkable; beginning with the task chosen, the photos developed, the words and the emotions expressed. I choose the digital platform, MovieMaker because of its simplicity, format and its clarity regarding its visual and audio effects of stilled images, videos, voiceovers and written slideshows. I wanted to present my observations, to get my message across and this process not only broadened my technological skills, it also showcased my story-telling talents. I learnt about myself and the way I challenge change. In its entirety, it took me five attempts before I was truly happy with my approach and visual portrayal of My Digital Detox; through experience and through extensive research, I expanded on my methodology and produced a true representation of me and my relationship with social media.

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(Rubin 2013)

The above image ( Rubin 2013)  pinpoints social media’s hold on society and inspired my direction and overall focus of my digital story. Social media can dictate one’s perception of friends where one can concentrate on ‘quantity’ 1000+ Facebook friends rather than the ‘quality’ of the friendship or of life. We are consumed with the consumption of digital media that we cannot envision real relationships which are happening in front of our eyes.

My BCM240 course has discussed ethical factors which come into play when using media content (photos, music) to create a digital piece. My studies have defined my own understanding of ethical considerations involving other individual’ content and through creative commons, I was able to research the fair use of images and music. I chose to safeguard my content against copyright by enhancing my personal documentary with a majority of my own photos; emphasizing the personal touch.  Any additional images and the music included were produced by other parties so were scrutinized regarding copyright issues/creative commons and cleared as acceptable to use.  All photos and music were suitable citied in the reference list at the end of movie as well as in this blogpost.

It was through tutorial discussions and the valuable advice given by staff, I was able to expand on my original and very naïve attempt at a digital movie depicting the relationship between audiences, space and media. I have assessed and documented my personal journey through my reflections, images, supplementary research and interviews with friends and family, all of which have enriched my experience. My new-found movie-making skills and confidence has encouraged me to pursue the perfect media platform and the ideal space for my message to be presented to the largest audience. This assessment presented me with alternatives; methods and concepts to enable my mindset to think outside the box.

It has been an intimate experience and though I feel vulnerable placing my journey online,  I want to share . The digital detox changed my life and through my eyes I hope it can change or at least alter the mindset of others. I may have reconnected my social media accounts  but my perceptions and usage have changed. I have deleted more than 40% of my Facebook friends as I have assessed that the quality of life and the familiarity of relationships does surpass  mere numbers (quantity). I have learnt many valuable lessons regarding myself, media and our society, that I will embrace and apply in my future studies of Media and Communications and in my overall outlook of life.

Reference List (for both video and reflection)

A Digital Detox From Wired Technology, 2013, audio, American Public Media, produced P Judge, 26 July, accessed 23 September 2013, <http://www.thestory.org/stories/2013-07/digital-detox-wired-technology>

Applin, S & Fischer, M 2011, A Cultural Perspective on Mixed, Dual and Blended Reality, Academic.edu, accessed 8 October, <http://www.academia.edu/612744/A_Cultural_Perspective_on_Mixed_Dual_and_Blended_Reality>

Art Revolution 2013, Life is what happens to you while you’re looking at your Smartphone, image, accessed 26 October 2013, < http://www.anonymousartofrevolution.com/2013/02/life-is-what-happens-to-you-while-youre.html>

Cook, B 2013, Claire in Chair on phone, image, NSW, Australia, taken 22 September

Cook, B 2013, Claire eating a Burger on phone, image, NSW, Australia, taken 22 September

Cook, B 2013, Claire on phone at lunch with Girlfriends, image, NSW, Australia, taken 22 September

Cook, B 2013, Claire in Chair on phone, image, NSW, Australia, taken 14 October

Cook, B 2013, Claire in car park, image, NSW, Australia, taken 1 October

Cook, H 2013, Claire at Gym on phone, image, NSW, Australia, taken 22 September

Cook, H 2013, Claire drinking coffee on phone, image, NSW, Australia, taken 22 September

Cook, H 2013, Claire sitting on road, car park, image, NSW, Australia, taken 2 October

Cresswell, C 2013, Online Symbols, image, NSW, Australia, taken 22 September

Cresswell, C 2013, Number of Facebook friends, image, NSW, Australia, taken 14 October

Cresswell, C 2013, Girls in room all on phone, video, NSW, Australia, taken 13 October

Cresswell, C 2013, Drawing of social media platforms crossed out, image, NSW, Australia, taken 19 October

Cresswell, C 2013, List of Duties- No social media, image, NSW, Australia, Taken 19 October

Cresswell, C 2013, Facebook status- to quit social media, image, NSW, Australia, taken 23 September

Cresswell, C 2013, Facebook acknowledgement, account deactivated, image, NSW, Australia, taken 23 September

Cresswell, C 2013, Photos on wall, made to look like mobile phone, image, NSW, Australia, taken 14 October

Cresswell, C 2013, Darrin stepdad about my Detox, video, NSW, Australia, taken 23 September

Cresswell, C 2013, Harry, flat-mate about my Detox, video, NSW, Australia, taken 24 September

Cresswell, C 2013, Sam, flat-mate about my Detox, video, NSW, Australia, taken 24 September

Cresswell, C 2013, Claire, friend about my Detox, video, NSW, Australia, taken 24 September

Cresswell, C 2013, Katie, friend about my Detox, video, NSW, Australia, taken 24 September

Cresswell, C 2013, Peter Fitzpatrick, Mother’s boss about my Detox, video, NSW, Australia, taken 23 September

Cresswell, C 2013, 2nd day of Detox, video, NSW, Australia, taken 25 September

Cresswell, C 2013, Girls having lunch on phones, image, NSW, Australia, taken 3 October

Cresswell, C 2013, Drawing no social media for one week, image, NSW, Australia, taken 3 October

Cresswell, C 2013, Drawing self-portrait- sad face, image, NSW, Australia, taken 3 October

Cresswell, C 2013, My dorm door- notes, image, NSW, Australia, taken 4 October

Cresswell, C 2013, Note under door, image, NSW, Australia, taken 4 October

Cresswell, C 2013, Beach Pool, image, NSW, Australia, taken 5 October

Cresswell, C 2013, Books and tea on desk, image, NSW, Australia, taken 6 October

Cook, H 2013, Claire laughing, image, NSW, Australia, taken 6 October

Cresswell, C 2013, Lunch on the beach, image, NSW, Australia, taken 6 October

deGuzman, C & Crawford, M 2013, I Forgot My Phone, online video, 22 August, YouTube, accessed 2nd October 2013, <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OINa46HeWg8>

Fischer, M D 2008, ‘Cultural dynamics: formal descriptions of cultural processes’, Structure and Dynamics, volume 3, issue 2, accessed 10 October 2013, <http://www.escholarship.org/uc/item/557126nz#page-6>

Flickr  2013, Creative Commons, accessed 14 October 2013, < http://www.flickr.com/creativecommons/>

Henderson, M 2012, 3 Reasons You Should Quit Social Media in 2013, Forbes, 29 December, accessed 9 October 2013, <http://www.forbes.com/sites/jmaureenhenderson/2012/12/29/3-reasons-you-should-quit-social-media-in-2013/>

Jasmine 2013, cat, image, curlicue, accessed 16th October 2013, <http://www.curlicueblog.com/2013/03/im-joining-circus.html>

Lane, C 2013, Claire crying eating ice-cream, image, NSW, Australia, taken 2 October

Lane, C 2013, Relay for Life, image, NSW, Australia, taken 3 October

Niemer, E 2012, “Teenagers and Social Media”: How to connect with – and protect – your kids online’, alive Australia: Health, 16 August, accessed 12 October 2013, <http://www.alive.com/articles/view/23615/teenagers_and_social_media>

Parsons, B 2013, Claire on the bus on phone, image, NSW, Australia, taken 22 September

Parsons, B 2013, Claire in room watching TV on phone, image, NSW, Australia, taken 22 September

Rubin, D 2013, ?Digital Detox: Could You Go Two Weeks Without Technology??, NEWS to live by, 8 January, accessed 24 September 2013, < http://www.newstoliveby.net/2013/01/08/digital-detox-two-weeks-without-technology/>

Spiegel, E & Murphy, B 2013, The Liquid Self, weblog, accessed 19 October 2013,  <http://blog.snapchat.com/post/61770468323/the-liquid-self >

 TEDtalksDirector 2012, Connected, but alone?, online video, 3 April, YouTube, viewed 1st October 2013, <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7Xr3AsBEK4>

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