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Q. How do I write and post a blog entry from my phone?

A. It’s all in the app.

Presumably, seeing as you’re a media student and of a certain generation, you own a smart phone. If not, you’re screwed.

1. Download the ‘Wordpress’ app.

2. Once downloaded, open it, and sign in using your media factory username and password. It’ll ask you for your www.mediafactory.org.au/yourname URL too. This is a good sign:

3. You will now see a list of your most recent posts. Up the top where it says ‘Posts’, slide to the right to reveal a menu.

4. In this menu there is a drop pin next to the word ‘Posts’. Tap the ‘ + ’ here, and a new page will pop open that looks a lot like this:

5. Give your new post a title, separate tags with commas, and when you tap the ‘Categories’ box you can (click to) select from your current list of categories which one this post will fit under.

6. Type away in the big, white space. Click ‘Done’ when you’ve finished with text.


To publish:

Tap the ‘Publish’ button at the top far right.

To add a link:

Hold to select the word you’d like to hyperlink. Click the little ‘link’ button and a window will allow you to paste the URL of a website into the dialogue box. You can name it in the box below (the description people will see if they hover over the link on your blog).

To quote:

Highlight the text you’d like to quote and click the ‘quote’ button. You will see some weird code on either side of the person’s words, don’t touch it. Move on.

To add a photo:

Tap the picture of the ‘landscape’ at the bottom far right. Take a photo or chose from your phone library.

To preview:

Tap the picture of the ‘eye’ at the bottom left.

To alter publishing settings:

Tap the picture of ‘cog’ at the bottom left.

To resume writing: 

Tap the picture of the ‘pencil’ at the bottom far left.


Week 1’s reading was a tome that outlined the research of Chris Argyris into theories of action, double-loop learning and organisational learning.

It was somewhat dense and essentially, applied psychology to a business/organisation context. Keeping in mind direction from the Networked Media blog to find my own ‘take way idea‘, I did.

I identified with Argyris’ Model I association of behavior – at its most basic, a primal mode of survival:

The primary action strategy looks to unilateral control of the environment and task plus the unilateral protection of self and others. As such Model I leads to often deeply entrenched defensive routines.

Here I made a link to the psychology and craft of acting as espoused (there’s that word) by guru and coach to the stars, Ivana Chubbuck. Her method is absolutely grounded in the human condition’s will to win – apparently she’s done some empirical research (a la Chris Argyris). Perhaps more explicitly, and this sounds like something straight out of an acting class:

Acting defensively can be viewed as moving away from something, usually some truth about ourselves.

Some of my favourite performances from cinema find their climax when a character is forced to come to terms with that which they have denied or defended for an entire film. Dustin Hoffman embodies this idea as Michael Dorsey in Tootsie (1982), who denies his true identity when he, a struggling actor, ‘makes it’ by performing under a guise as Dorothy Michaels. As such, this modus operandi is said to hold us back from potential for growth and learning is impaired.

Double-loop learning, the kind that occurs when one interrogates the very value system from which they approach problems from, can only occur in Model II behaviour. This is where Networked Media operates, particularly with blogs.

Blogs allow for reflection because of their nifty Archiving properties and date/time stamps. The way we are encouraged to use these bloggy spaces in Networked is to ‘weave’ information between it and other social media spaces. In doing so, we can challenge/upset/question old media and learning practices, by defining/creating/evolving new ones, and gain a greater understanding through that. Double-loop / Model II learning will:

Encourage open communications, and…publicly test assumptions and beliefs.

In slapping regular posts up to these blogs, it is hoped that we can draw inferences between all of our subjects, further enriching other studies too.