All posts tagged: Week 8

I Can Multitask, Why Can’t You

My first challenge with the idea of increased distractions in a learning environment, is it the participants responsibility to manage distractions, or is it the facilitator to regulate their environment. The value of no distractions is focused attention. But, what’s the value of attention? Attention has been defined as the most valuable resource for content evaluation. The attention economy develops due to the mass availability of information and therefore the devaluation of content. In this environment Advertising becomes the dominant exchange of attention into lucrative value. Advertising is the crux of our distraction. But by now we all have ad block, right? The last time I watched local TV I was appalled by the length of ads spliced between shows. That’s distracting, it’s disruptive, and my experience is now ruined. I’m actively avoiding these disruptions to enjoy uninterrupted content. Even when on another device, I’m more likely participating it a sequential screening practice (90%), using multiple devices to accomplish the same task, than simultaneous usage. So why can’t we retain our focus in class? What …

Kickstarter Boad Game Review: Hitman Holiday

This week I drew up the last designs for the board game layout. The other team members will have their own designs to present too. We’ll be deciding on the design next week. I want it to be less square and more round, and configure multiple paths onto the board. I’ve drawn a figure eight, a flower like structure, and a 3 ring board. Each circle in the designs are representative of time and ‘years’ at uni. I’m not sure how you will navigate between them yet. Hitman Holiday places ten assassins in one resort, with only one task: be the “Number One Killer.” The developers, Medieval Lords, from Brisbane, Queensland, created the only successful board game (besides card games) funded on Kickstarter, in Australia. 212 backers pledged $19,606 to help bring Hitman Holiday to fruition, in March, 2015. Why? Because Medieval lords effectively reduced the risk of investing for players on Kickstarter, and I’ll list how below. The theme is not culturally bound – except the majority of player models are Caucasian. This might reflect the promotion and ability to distribute within …

Second Screen Broadcasts

https://prezi.com/fiewh9hvfofo/ Twitter is allegedly the “second screen” to events – a hub for citizens to form conversations and report on new information around a topic (Beck 2015).  Now Periscope, and previously released Meerkat, are second screens for citizens to engage and witness events as they happen. The apps allow for broadcasting live information unfiltered to a growing community. They are tools that can be empower the practice of citizen journalism broadcasts. In my Prezi, I account for some of the most notable broadcasts to date and raise the issues surrounding these broadcasts, like the Mayweather v Pacquiao fight controversy. Pop-up live broadcasts challenge the established practice of legacy broadcasters acquiring the exclusive rights to broadcast an event. If you can broadcast live tweets during an event, why can’t you periscope it?