BMX riding in the sun… soon to come

The last couple of days have featured lovely sunny weather and I can’t help but look forward to the coming summer. I enjoy BMX riding and I can’t wait for the summer and daylight savings to return allowing me to ride BMX with my friends in the afternoons after Uni. The following image is a photograph I took last summer of my friend at St. Kilda skatepark.

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© Nethaniel Rochester

Creative Commons Licences

Creative Commons Licences allow creators to give automatic permission to anyone to use their creations. This enables a creators work to reach more people throughout the globe through the fast paced distribution network that is the world wide web. Creative Commons Licences are made up of licence elements which are each associated with a recognisable symbol in order to easily mark content with rules of distribution, decided upon by the creator. The Creative Commons Licence Elements are as follows:



Cc-by_new_white.svg (1)Attribution – Meaning the user must acknowledge the creator of the content when they publish the work.



NC.svgNon-commercial – Meaning none other than the creator can make money from the content.



Cc-nd.svgNoDerivatives – Meaning the content cannot be modified in any way without the creators permission.




2000px-Share_Alike.svgShareAlike – Meaning new creations of the original content need to use the same licence as the original content.


Every Creative Commons Licence includes the attribution (BY) element, however the other elements are optional and a Creative Commons Licence is formed through the combination of as few or as many elements as the creator wishes, allowing more or less freedom for others to use their content. Although I somewhat understood the copyright terms of digital media, I was unaware that these licence elements existed and I value learning about them as I can use these licence elements to distribute my own work throughout the internet under clear distribution terms.

(Please note: all images in this post are distributed under permission from the creator – how ironic if they were distributed otherwise)

Do We Really Understand Tacit Knowledge?

As I exit the theatre from wherein my first symposium for Network Media was held, I am pleased to admit that my brain is firing as I attempt to reiterate notions of tacit knowledge and implicit knowledge. The former, a quantitative source of information based on ‘know what’, whereas the later, a qualitative source of information based on ‘know how’. Adrian Miles exemplified this distinction by explaining that we ‘know how’ to ride a bike, however find it difficult to explain; to identify ‘what it is’ to ride a bike. So since tacit knowledge is by definition; understood or implied without being stated (Oxford Dictionary), then how can one acquire tacit knowledge? Surely tacit knowledge must be instigated through explicit knowledge. Dr. Stephen Little and Tim Ray explain “tacit knowledge is acquired on its own: it is not made out of explicit knowledge. Prior to being generated, one form of knowledge does not lie hidden in the other” (Little & Ray 2005). I disagree with this statement because all tacit knowledge, no matter how implied, must be based on an explicit foundation within the mind; previous encounters and experiences associated to the new knowledge. For example, language is considered a tacit knowledge, however, although extremely difficult to explain the rules of language, the ability to speak it is still based explicit understanding of how it functions as a communicative tool. This also means that the only way to modify tacit knowledge is to establish new methods of social interaction, completely changing how society functions.

To Formally Introduce Myself

To formally introduce myself, my name is Nethaniel Rochester and I am a first year media student at RMIT University in Melbourne. As a career preference, I am leaning towards film-making and in particular I would love to become a film editor. I have a passion for creating engaging short films and videos. In a world centred around social media and the internet, a personal blog site constructed around my education in media would be an ideal medium to bounce ideas off peers and members of the world wide web in order to further ignite my passion for the media industry. However, believe it or not, I have never until now posted a blog entry and aside from very irregular visits to Facebook and YouTube, I am otherwise unknown to the world of social media. I am excited about this blogging process and from reading Adrian Miles’ ideas about the effectiveness of blogging as a method of teaching and learning, I can see that I have a lot to look forward to as I begin to create and control my online persona.