Archive | May, 2013

Wk 11 – my last post y’allll :(

25 May

Sorry everyone, I’ve been so busy with my assessments I havn’t been blogging recently.. 😥 I’LL MAKE IT UP TO YOU GUYS. I PROMISE. —–<-@ here you go, please accept this flower? 🙂

So this is our second last lecture and I’m really going to miss blogging to everyone. Maybe no-one at all ever read this 😦 But hey! You know what, it’s published and I really like wanted to help you guys 🙂 One day, maybe someone will appreciate my GENEROSITY! haha I’m kidddding! I really am happy and grateful if anyone’s been reading this (including you Adam!).

I really don’t know if any of my work made sense, but this blog really was about my interpretations of each lecture and expressing it in an easy form online. It’s my publishing and well oh my gawd I’m proud to say I made it all myself. YEAHH BABBY.

So like everyone lets sum up week 11 easy peezy style! Good luck for week 12 but ive got too many assignments and sRZZLLY cannot do it!

We focused a lot on DISTRIBUTION VS AGGREGATION.

Yeah YOU GUYS SHOULD KNOW WHAT THE DIFFERENCE IS BY NOW!! IM JUDGING 😉

But just for you guys ❤ here it is again.

  • Distribution is like breathing out
  • Aggregation is like breathing in

Inhale, exhale! Think of aggregating as collecting things together, you know how we collect music from our distributors etc. Now everyone remember this definition: Gathering, combining or bringing ANYTHING that can be DISTRIBUTED into a NEW RELATIONSHIP or a WHOLE.

So why is this relevant to publishing again? Firstly because he said so haha, but also its like all about the way we like interact with publishing. I mean traditionally broadcasters and such were the ones distributing and we were like the aggregators, collecting in all the information we can. How simple minded we were aye!!! Well NOW TIMES ARE A CHANGING mmhmm. And we’ve proliferated the need for distribution and aggregation (increased needs for both because we are always searching for more and more, it’s in our blooood to love this stuff)

I love the analogy used in the lecturers to describe this relationship “we are hunters and gatherers’. I guess they’re trying to say its our ‘animal instinct’. Geez way to make us sound so primitive but it’s still a daaaang good analogy. 😛

So with this increased distributing and aggregating, everythings more complex, more relational, and theirs ongoing changes to modes of distributing and aggregating. ongoing. Because fundamentally we are always changing and technology brings change.

Another way we looked at it was how in the past, the focus was on content and it’s quality. Now look at us! The focus is on meta-technology and ways to leverage content through distrib and aggreg methods. Ouch, no wonder quality’s so bad these days. Sometimes I think I’m reading s** on the news! golllyyy. 😡

So guys you should check out the readings too but kickstarter was such an awessssoooome way to see a contemporary form of publishing. Really increased aggregating and distributing means we now share files, we upload, they upload, its a mixed community of helpers and givers. 🙂 I like it. Working together and creating harmony and equality for alll!!!

Anyways I hope you guys go okay in week 12, sorry I missed week 10 too. I love you guys like soo much. Please don’t be a hater and hate my blog but understand I just wanna help. ❤ PEACEEEE MWAH xxxxoxooxxoox

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VISUALISATIONS MAKE US NAKED?!

11 May

Yes you heard me! It’s like everyone has their personal x-ray making us transparent as ever. We are a visualisation, oh, a spectacle to see! :\

So my lovely publics and publishers ❤ ❤ <3, visualisations we learnt are secret forces that make the hidden appear, presto! And in this weeks lecture, we’ve now learnt more about the effects of being visible, ‘naked’. It’s the fact that we are in many ways controlled by the visual. In effect, we are exposed by it and transparent as ever! BUTTT is this bad?

Let’s look at the “Cinematic Apparatus’ example. It’s an idea of society as a Spectacle (you know, like a show?). We perform like its a movie, we have a projector in the back of our heads forming images which we indefinitely respond to, like a machine! This particularly happened in the broadcast society of billboards, television, movies as we become a passive force…Like we don’t have a brain or something?? Like we are stripped of our identity and formed one by technology! AHHHHHH. So yeah, visualisations shape our social body.

But yeah, as you can see, thats a pretty big generalised statement. In fact, with all this new hubbub of technologies like the mobile and tablets, our societies definitely changing. Don’t you guys reckon??

Like, we are totally involved and not passive at all! We’re in fact, open for experimentation by technology and through technology. This brings us to a more VJ like society. VJing (I had to google what it was because I still didn’t understand after the lecture!!) is like those club visualisations with music in the back forming those funky ass shapes projected on the walls or something. I kind of think of it like those plasma globes, we touch it shape it and it shapes and fuzzies up our hair. YEW!

AND THIS as the lecturer points out guyss :O –> is the new effects of remixing. lots of reconfiguring, modulating, transduction (I don’t really like these technical terms, so iffy to learn!) but here’s the trick: just remember it all means remixing at the end of the day. WOOWIE !

So what id like to add, is that as visualisations change…publics change and interact differently. A clear example of how traditional media visualisations infact like portray “opinions” that dictate our view and like ‘act as a spectacle’ is with the polar bear example that our lecturer put in the reading material. I found it hilarious to be honest, is that cynical?? :|……… Well why? Because of the images of the polar bear on those dear old small ice caps! It really showed the link between their extinction as a endangered species and the impact of global warming and climate change…But so many people are arguing CO2 levels aren’t causing climate change…particularly through this awesome infographic contrasting people opposing CO2 as a reason for climate change, and people supporting CO2 as a viable like reason for climate change. Like seriously! So many arguments and tension in that infographic, but I learnt so much! I suggest you guys all go to your readings and check it outtt yooo~~! I mean, like theres one part of the infographic that like showed a diagram of global warming measured as a hockey stick shape (apparently its famous by Al Gore guys, I didn’t know either don’t worry haha!) But what opposers argue is that this was only one representation of it. If you look at other measurements and even more developed indicators, they dont have that much of a shape and a more regular pattern. It’s funny isn’t it? How a simple visualisation can persuade a nation. But in that respect, those supporting reasons for global warming raised their own opinion and well honestly, I ended up siding with CO2 emissions being a reason for global warming. Those visualisations really helped!!

So sum this up, be careful!!! Be careful what visualisations are showing you…don’t take it for granted…because it’s exposing and even though theyre moving towards transparency…like VJing and real-time (realtime: just incase you miss my word blog adam)…maybe..its not so good for the social. The fact is…the social will change…

Making the invisible visible

4 May

Well hello beautiful people! It’s a great day today and I’m super duper excited to be posting you today. ESPECIALLYY because this topic was soooo AWESOME! I mean, it wasn’t content heavy, and we got to see a lot of examples of visualisations. (yayyyY!)

Now, ‘visualisations’, seems pretty obvious what its about, you know those pictures and pretty images or moving images that show data. But REALITY was that they are more important and functional than that! yes they really are!!!!

Visualisations ARE the persuasive factor. They ARE the influencer and more surprisingly, they ARE the filterer of making the ‘unknown, known’.

And honestly, for me, I had no idea how invisible data was and how much of an effect like visualisations made. Like personally, when I think of ‘data’ I IMMEDIATELY imagine a table filled with data. But little did I realise, I’ve already created a visualisation. That data was invisible but I made it visible. Weird how we assume phenomena without consciously being aware of what our smart brains actually created aye? 😉

Also another interesting point from the lectures Id like to highlight! Well, its how visualisations are linked to archive fever. We really like to organise data and visualisations are another way of doing so. As the lecturer pointed out, like, in today’s modern age of web 3.0 and what not, we’re even using visualisations to plot our own lives rather than the more traditional climate forecasts or ‘historic events’ etc. What I’m trying to point out is that this ‘filtering’ system through visualisations are showing what is important to our lives, and what WE BELIEVE is important. For example, in the past, you could say visualisations were more like Florence Nightingale’s, relevant to significant global issues or phenomena. Now, we’ve got visualisations on dietary habits and food consumption. Like that one I saw on the internet, showing 200 kl of food intake compared across different foods. A 50g peanut butter slice had 200kl compared to broccoli which was like 300g! CRAAAZY! Well I guess kind of expected, but the visualisation reallllyyyy brings it out. It looks crazy, and see, thats the effect of powerful visualisations. BAM.

So guys I dont want to have to keep bringing in all these random points butttt I hope I don’t sound off tangent! It really all does relate! Well visualisations thus structure new relationships i.e. bringing different data together to form a visual that shows new data. Example? Well heights of dogs and what type of food they eat. Let’s say I found all that data, put it in a graph, and VOILAA THERE’S A RELATIONSHIP! The taller they are the more meat they eat. Now, let me just add, this is entireeellylyyy theoretical haha! Who knows if this is true!:)

But this new discovery of patterns is really what visualisations highlight, and that’s why they;re so important! If we could already see the pattern, what’s the point of a visualisation! Each visualisation strives to show something that would be different to what another visualisation would show, a different pattern or abstraction. Who knows:) And you know what this can only lead to changes. CHANGES in identity, CHANGES in management of health, CHANGES in perspective of healthy and unhealthy food, I love visualisations!!