Don’t Be the Goldfish

A report by Microsoft apparently suggests that our human attention span, or level of concentration, has fallen below the level of a goldfish (Pike & Thirkettle 2015). Functioning as a slight blow to our self-respect, the reasoning behind this claim relays into our constant bombardment of distractions and our ever-increasing need to be able to …

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Capturing a Moment of Controversy: The Implications of Public Photography

When we think about photography in a public sphere, it is difficult to presumably realise the presence (and lack of) photography laws. Stated in black-and-white on the Arts Law Centre of Australia website (2017), there currently exist no firm publicity or personality rights in Australia in which a person’s image is protected. Therefore, this brings …

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Hägerstrand and Dunkirk?

When considering Hägerstrand’s identification of constraints that can prevent an individual from participating in certain activities, it is interesting to see its presence in cinema going. Hägerstrand’s time-geography model identifies three constraints that exist while individuals move and act in the allocation of limited time and among activities in space. The groupings of these constraints …

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The Festival of The Media

“Almost everyone who has commented on electronic media, whether as casual observer or as scholar, whether in praise or in condemnation, has noted the ability of electronic media to bypass former limitations to communication. Electronic media have changed the significance of space, time and physical barriers as communication variables” (Meyrowitz 1985, p. 13). When we …

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A Culture of Limitless Communication

The Internet can be viewed as a delivery mechanism for a range of services that are continuously evolving and being suited for by different people, for different needs (Anderson, Tracey 2012 p. 462). As stated by Anderson and Tracey, the average Internet user simply does not exist due to the limitless reasons, uses, applications and …

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A Casual Collection of Data

Ethnography is the study of social interactions, behaviours, and perceptions that can happen within groups, teams, organisations and communities (2008, p. 512). As outlined by Reeves (2008, p. 512), essentially the aim of ethnography is to provide a detailed and holistic insight into people’s attitudes and conduct through the qualitative collection of data, such as …

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MEDIA SPACES: REDEFINING COMMUNICATION

 The term media space refers to a system that uses integrated video, audio and computers to allow people to work together despite the obvious differences in spatial distribution and time (Wellman 1991, p. 203). Described very acutely by Barry Wellman, the concept of media spaces ultimately redefines the conventional methods of communication, as the unforseen …

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REMINISCING ON THE RESEARCH

Within the execution of this research project, three main research concepts including reflexivity, critical judgement and respect, emerged as providing the framework to successful research. As explained below, each of these concepts were seen to hold an intrinsic presence amongst all areas of this research area. Furthermore the overall application of such methods has propelled …

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Keeping the Research Receptive

Something that I have come to accept about undertaking a research project is the importance of remaining receptive and open to necessary changes. Originally, my research area was purely focussed on type one diabetics and stress management, however, after thorough consideration of all the ethicalities and practical measures involved it has now evolved into a …

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