To tweet or not to tweet?

I’ve been really thinking about getting a Twitter. I have a sharp wit, grandiose social networking skills and a yearning thirst for pop culture. So am I twitter material?

It’s funny enough that it’s a big decision whether or not I can twitter. I think the main thing stopping myself is the constant fear of rejection… What if nobody follows me??! What if nobody re-tweets me (whatever that is)?? What if I can’t find my tweeteriffic voice and get lost in the bunch of half-assed pop culture references? The funny thing about social networking is that it thrives on an economy of acceptance and affirmation. The whole concept of ‘liking’ something has emerged from a casual thumbs up to what somebody’s doing online (hey, that’s pretty cool!) to a IF I DONT GET THIS MANY LIKES THEN NOBODY LOVES ME AND IM GOING TO FAIL AT EVERYTHING I EVER ATTEMPT FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE 

Which is pretty terrifying. We’ve kind of emerged into creatures that thrive on acceptance (in the form of a button click from your peers); I know I have in some ways. I love when a joke I’ve made gets a lot of likes, it’s definitely confirmation that I’m pretty funny. Or a picture with heaps of likes will make me feel pretty. This is pretty sad, but it’s the way things are these days. There are Facebook famous people who have 300+ likes on their profile pictures, and they’re the envy of so many girls who feel not quite as attractive or accepted as them. But are these people really happy? I know a girl who has a few hundred likes on a particularly revealing profile picture and she’s shown me some of the perverted disgusting messages some random people have sent her and claims it’s not that big a deal that she’s got that many likes. We’ve reverted to being media whores who need to sexualise, publicise or promote ourselves in order to fit in.

So, should I get twitter? Or is that what society wants me to do…………….?

Thank You Adrian!

Adrian pingbacked me (is that the past tense of pingback??) and really helped me understand the notion of the ‘virtuality’ of the Network. I originally was confused because I thought Adrian meant the network was definitely not virtual, but I thought it was. This post made it clear to me that it’s mainly non-virtual although virtuality is an important concept to the network as it’s not technically ‘real!’

Thanks Adrian!

The Faces Of Facebook

The Faces Of Facebook app/website thingo. THIS IS BIZARRE. As the Network Media blog wrote on this post , this is the result of the plethora of networks and loose connections that are omitted into the internet.

There’s nothing more humbling and frightening then seeing how many billions of other people have complete online words and identities, use their laptops for hours on end and have a complete social and personal environment in the network. Not just I am doing this, not just everyone in this room, or this university, or this city… but the 1 and half BILLION people on facebook are doing this. It really makes me think about what Adrian said the other day about the carbon footprint on the internet. The network is so vast and unimaginably large. It’s full of loose ties and connections running left and right and up and down all over the virtual environment.

I can’t find myself. That’s upsetting. I’m such an insignificant dot on the Facebook population….

I think this is pretty cute. It’s so easy to call things like the floppy disk and VHS tape “retro” but what was “retro” back then? And when those things, such as film reels and desktop computers were brand new, what was retro then? And so on and so forth until we get to the gramophone…. and the wheel. How retro is the wheel?!

A Sweet Ear – Jackie Sojico

Another audio doco from the Third Coast International Audio Festival entitled A Sweet Ear.


This is pretty cute and heart-warming; exactly what it’s intentions are. It discusses how everyone’s got a sweet tooth… or ‘a sweet ear’… for pop music. It’s proven that certain sounds (like the happy and warming chord progressions played) are attractive to our ears and we can’t help but love them.

She talks about this in terms of ice cream flavours and toppings and bases. While she talks about the ‘pop’  chord progression, it is played underneath, making her voice very warming and pleasant to listen to.

Then she begins layering different pop songs with the ukelele chord progression to show how in one way or another, they all utilise it.

She compares a variety of songs to this progression and different flavours (dark chocolate for Every Breathe You Take, cake batter for Baby by Justin Bieber, then nuts and praline for the heavy metal song).

The weaknesses in the sound design
What is realllllyyyy off-putting to my ear is that she doesn’t change the pitch of the chord progressions to suit each song played and layered, so they sound very off and out of tune. It was alarming and uncomfortable to listen to and took away from the sweetness of the piece. Was this intentional? Secondly, she plays the ukelele along with a heavy metal rock song that doesn’t seem to have any tune to it at all (it is not quite loud enough to hear any sort of melody) so the juxtaposition is just wrong.


The iFuture is here.

This article by VICE (my positively favourite news/reporting/photography/videography agency in the world) is incredible interesting. And terrifying.

MOTHERBOARD: The New Iphone Might Just Change Everything

It talks about how the two new iPhones revealed yesterday (one merely gold-plated with fingerprint technology and the other colourful) could potentially revolutionise the world.


For starters, the new iPhone 5S fingerprint scanner just might change everything, according to Fast Company. Apple is aiming to

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Hey Eddie, sorry I was stalking you on Facebook and I found this…

So totally relevant to this subject because in every other class or every other course of every other university in the world (presumably) we get shot to pieces for using Wikipedia or even using the phrase ‘google it’, but I remember in the early weeks of Broadcast, Adrian said that it’s ridiculous that we have all the information we could possibly ever need in our back pockets and on the internet, but our teachers say we shouldn’t use them, because “that’s cheaaating”.. I prefer the term “being resourceful”.