Year: 2015

The Racecaller

Georgie Beresford’s project, The Racecaller, is an intimate exploration into the Horse racing industry with a desire to undercut the marketing executive efforts that portray horse racing as a social elitist culture. The Racecaller exemplifies Bereford’s control and skill over the Magazine format, reinforcing her choice to transition away from podcasting. Yet her comfort in emulating professional magazines limited her ability to experiment with the digital magazine format. Her project highlights the beauty in the Horse racing industry, but unfortunately avoided an exploration of alcohol, gambling and animal welfare present in the industry. Beresford identified that dialogues about the racing participants were missing from the presentation of the industry to young adults. The marketing of the industry focused on the social values of formally dressing up, drinking, and gambling. Beresford argued that this cultivated an elitist event with negative connotations associated with “celebrity, unequalled style, and great wealth.” The industry’s image, attendance and integrity problem were issues she wanted to address through a podcast. However, Beresford had no experience with Podcasts, which forced her to …

The Vulnerability of The iKettle and The Internet of Things

Why would your kettle need to be connected to the internet? I’d like to imagine that’s what they said when phones gained the connectivity. But, it’s not the same thing. It’s a fucking kettle. The iKettle (now somehow 2.0), by Smarter Apps, is a product that can be turned on wirelessly with a phone. Sometimes that boil button, the one button that you have to push is too hard to push. We may use remotes for everything in place of pressing a button. However, I still think the kettle-user is skipping to Step 2 in this important two-step process. This top comment on Silverman’s Telegraph post (2013) highlights it’s importance: “Oh but you still have to fill it yourself, thus making this even more pointless. People will overfill so they have to make fewer trips to the tap, so it will take longer to boil the kettle and will use up extra electricity. This invention could cause the end of the world as we know it.”O’Connor in response to “Wifi kettle allows you to boil water …

How To Blog Again – A Reflection of Media and Space

This blog was once dedicated to my anonymous alias ‘Codien’. ‘Codien’ was a prolific blogger who managed multiple blogs with yearly views exceeding one million. My young endeavors became so worthwhile and meaningful that I had to claim them as mine, Paul. That’s why it’s called Codien. Codien has over 20,000 views and under 40 posts. Recently, it’s been dormant. I don’t like writing blogs any more and I can’t identify why. “I developed the community in private, on a family computer, with only a few people knowing.”How to make 1,000,000 online friends Blogging had always been a private affair, as I described in my introductory blog. The media spaces I created and collaborated in remained communities set in one room, away from my life. Maybe my disengagement occurs due to a conflict between my original relationship with the medium and the institutional enforcement of “blogging” in an open environment. However, since the beginning of this year I have changed my approach to University, uprooting my lifestyle to move closer to campus, and it’s made an impact …

When are We Allowed to Watch Porn Together?

John, an account from 2003:  “Myself and three friends were gawking at a screen, layered with the image-search results of “boobs”, “penis”, “pussy”, “sex”, and “hardcore XXX porn”.  Our friend’s younger brother stood at the door as a lookout. His head bounced between the stairs a few meters away and the screen of my friend’s family computer. We consumed so much porn in 15 minutes. We also managed to integrate enough porn plug-ins, viruses, and videos into the operating system to render it unusable without seeing layers of genitalia on startup.” My rare memories of viewing porn with someone always ended tragically. Pornographic media is abundant yet our experiences of it in public are dealt with motherly scoldings and reinforced taboos. Porn remains a private form of media. No, porn remains an activity that no one ever does, most of the time. Without a doubt, it will remain that way for some time, with or without regulation bodies prohibiting videos that show people having sex online (Lawstuff NSW, 2015). Yes,  you read that right, online porn is not …

Please Turn Off Your Phone

(via, store-safe.com) A sign like the one above is displayed in the waiting room of my local medical centre. I ignored it, and so did three others, but its presence disturbed me. What did they not want us doing on our phones? It’s complicated when multi-utility devices are ubiquitous, to prohibit one function you have to prohibit the whole device. This sign was designed when phones looked like cell phones, and its current purpose is just as outdated. Does the control of technology in a space regulate how private or public it is? My local gym has signs displayed on and around the change rooms prohibiting: CAMERAS AND PHONES. The same response could justify the underlining negativity surrounding Google’s eyewear Google Glass. It’s possible that the introduction of user enabled technology redefines the privacy of a public space into an immediate private space. While it’s still a public area, it becomes unethical for a researcher to not disclose themselves in this context. You could define all of online space as “public”, because there is minimal …