Evan Bryce Riddle



I’m continuously impressed with the variety of interesting material that comes out of the Networked Media students’ blogs. It’s great to read the opinions of others, as it triggers me to form my own opinion and actually think about things – something I seldom do. I guess I’m more of a do-er.

Take Monique’s latest post for example. She’s created her ideal study music playlist. Some people are advocates for music while they study, others can’t stand it. My stance is that silence is ideal, that’s why I often head to the quiet sections of the iconic Melbourne State Library after class. Although, when I’m in an environment with noise, people talking, someone watching TV, or whatever it may be, then I’ll put in my earphones and drift away. In those situations the music helps me to forget where I am and focus on the task at hand. Yes, it’s still noise, but its flowing. There are no shocks or surprises. That being said, I do think Monique’s playlist is a little too upbeat for my study requirements. I tend to use something more calming and relaxing, such as the recent London Grammar album. I’ll look into the actual research about studying with music, but that’s for another post.

Congratulations to Mia, who’s venturing off to Japan! What I really enjoyed about her post was the Tokyo in 90 Seconds video. It’s great for tourism, as well as potential travellers who want to know what the culture is like, but are too lazy to go to a travel agent. This sort of insight forms certain expectations for travellers. Is this a good thing or a bad thing?

On a separate note, I could not agree with Niamh’s view on Melbourne trains. Lately it seems that no matter what, I end up physically running to catch public transport. This is partly because I enjoy my sleep too much and hit the snooze button fifteen times, but also because of delays, cancellations and inconsistencies. Lift your game, Metro. To relate this back to the subject, hypertext is like the train system. A website is like a station. You can get from any station to any other station, you just need to know the path, or the hyperlink, to get there.


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