Archive for March, 2010

Tut Posting 4: Space

March 29, 2010

I agree what Moore quoted Meyrowitz:’ Place is being plutalized by electronic media use’.

Firstly I would like to talk about video game.

The online game ‘second life’ which the setting is based on ‘real life’, players seems ‘live’ in the parallel of the real world. However, video games, like Nintendo’s Mario, a Role-play game (RPG), let the player control the avatar to have an adventures in an imaginary place. Besides, the Wii Sport promoting doing sport at home. Which make the mundane exercise interesting. The combination of real exercise and virtual in the screen give players huge satisfaction.

Secondly, I would like to talk about ‘doubling of place’.

‘Doubling of place’ can often found on public transport. On Sydney trains, buses, passengers usually reading books, magazines, play games on mobile. Every passenger has his only place in the train. Each on is not overlapping the other one. Unless, say, someone speak loudly on phone, which is a ‘ritual’ when people traveling in  my homeland, Hong Kong. Especially you are taking train towards mainland China. Their conversation is being heard, my tranquilness is being interrupted.  This is a lose-lose situation. Solutions? In Japan, Tokyo, talking mobile phone is prohibited, in order to lower the disturbance of privacy.

Technology make the building of place easily. Like wearing a headphone can enjoy a piece of music on your own everywhere. We should treasure the power to build our own place.


Tut posting 3 Mediation: Time

March 23, 2010

What I have to say about the readings this week is interesting.

We are now living in a world that time can be notice by  media: like TV, radio programme.

But the rise of internet may even make that not true, because we can download and watch the programme anytime. With portable devices, we can enjoy movie, podcast anywhere, anytime.

Time, the 24 hours, is related to sun location.

People get up and work when dawn, sleep at sun set, such as farmers.

As instantaneous telecommunication take place in almost everyone media ritual, we live in a world may base on other time zone. Like investment banker in Australia need to pay attention to UK stock market, which have a 12 hours delay. Or for leisure, watch football match in UK.

Time is first measure by the attitude of sun, now is measured by ‘the duration of 9,192,631,770 periods of the radiation corresponding to the transition between the two hyperfine levels of the ground state of the caesium 133 atom’.

The most popular way to measure time is by a watch.

All in all, the environment, like the falling of leaves showing seasonal changes, as a natural time indicator.

Mediation: Time

March 20, 2010

Week Three Readings

Hartley, J (2004). “The Frequencies of Public Writing: Tomb, Tone and Time: In Jenkins, H. And Thoburn, D. (Eds) Democracy and new Media. MIT Press, USA, pp 247-269.

This reading is quite interesting and makes the point that media is based around time. It states for different media there are different frequencies. Some Media is quick and some is slow, making it more sustainable. Public writing such as news articles and daily press are distributed very quickly and often are disposed of very quickly. What makes media fast? It would be the frequency of distribution and the speed of how it is created. Which media type is more important? One could argue that they are both as significant as each other, with each offering a unique function in our everyday lives. The news keeps us up to date, magazines monthly and Books and television shows are usually yearly. But if we look at public writing we can see it spans back to writing on tombs and, this remains for a long period of time. This reading makes us consider our own media production and its frequency and we can recognise that internet and articles may not necessarily be sustainable as media changes over time.



March 15, 2010

Week Two – Domestication

Silverstone, Roger. “Domesticating Domestication. Reflections on the Life of a Concept”.

This reading discusses the beginnings of technology in the twentieth century and follows technological developments to the modern day. It tells that the identity of media studies changed from determinism toward constructivism. Domestication of the media became apparent, human beings feel a sense of security in their everyday lives through this. Before the domestication of media, it was quite “wild”. It talks about the home as being the place of domestication, and how domestication is implemented through in our private domains.  This reading makes us think how we use domesticated media in our households and whether or not the morality of media still exists.


Week 1 Readings – Media and Everyday Life

March 12, 2010

I found in intersting in Couldry’s reading the long history associated with the media rituals and their influence of society and the lasting impacts that wrtiers such as Emilie Durkheim have had on modern society. Durkheim believed that social facts were the main intellectual concern of sociology and it is the aspects of social life that shape our actions as individuals. He also noted that people comply with these social facts freely believing they are acting out of choice. But is this really the case?

Why do we enable the media to be our access point to the social centre and are we enabling them to constrain our beliefs through their power?

Couldry argues that we are not brought together by this neo Durkheim theory however I believe that to some extent we are.

Arts 1090 Group 1

March 11, 2010

Hi All,

Welcome to our blog! Just want to check to see if I am doing this properly and you can all read this blog? If you can feel free to start a new blog and dicuss the readings. I am hoping to be able to post some stuff up tonight so we can get talking about the readings from last week.