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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Recognising Anthropomorphic Tendencies

When we consider Disney-classic childhood films such as Beauty and the Beast (1991) or Snow White (1937), a common hidden thread linking them together is the anthropomorphic character qualities in which we see a human-relatable attraction be born for ongoing future audiences. Particularly in regards to the application of human-like characteristics to animals, anthropomorphism in this sense tends …

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The Questionable Right to Witness

Photographers will argue that their work exists to be a visual representation that increases public awareness. This awareness, when it is extracted from the photograph, will see us viewers be deemed as a ‘witness’ to such depictions. The ethical responses that will result from controversial images including those that depict rather severe cases of human suffering …

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