May 092018
 
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Today’s podcast was recorded as part of the first DMU International Community Media Expo. Sitting around the table was Julian, Kiaran, Ineke, Gerhart and myself. We chatted about the role and the importance of community media and what we need to learn to make our own media.

Technology Addiction is a Real Problem

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Mar 152018
 

As more evidence is emerging that our use of technology has negative effects on our mental well being, we might have to start thinking about how we can address some of the patterns of behavior and expectations about the way that we use social media and tech devices. Belinda Parmar, who was once a tech-advocate is now warning about the dangers of an unquestioned use of tech devices, especially as they have a negative impact on the developing minds of children.

Writing in The Guardian, Moya Sarner explains how for Palmer:

“Tech was a leveller,” she says. “You didn’t need money, you didn’t need status; it was an enabler of a more equal and more diverse society. This tiny bubble that most of us lived in had been popped and that was wonderful. That still is wonderful.” But certain aspects of her relationship with technology were not so wonderful. “I’d wake up and look at Twitter,” she says. “I had two small children, and the first thing I should have been doing was going to see the kids, but I’d be looking at Twitter.” She realised she was using social media for validation, to feed her ego. She began to think: “If technology is an enabler, why am I just using it for things I don’t like about myself?”

This is a detailed and evidence-based article that has a lot of strong ideas about our use of technology, and I’m sure it will provide plenty of points of discussion as we begin to question the role of technology in our lives more carefully.

Social Media Influencers and Advertising

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Mar 152018
 

It’s often thought that anything goes when it comes to social media, and that we are free to do and say pretty much whatever we want because there is no control. Obviously, this is an unfounded assumption. When we post material online we are subject to the same laws and standards as any other form of publishing – liable and advertising standards being just two. Ben Chapman writing in The Independent describes how the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) recognises that:

Lines are now blurred between advertising and editorial content, leading to uncertainty for consumers and for influencers themselves, who may not know what is and is not allowed.

And that

Under industry rules, ads must be obviously recognisable as such so that people know when they’re being advertised to. The ASA said that when people are not sure what is advertising and what isn’t, trust in the whole sector is damaged.

So if you are planning on using your social media activities to generate some cash, do yourself a favour and check out the ASA rules first and stay on the right side of the law.

TECH1002-18 Lecture Summary 023

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Mar 132018
 

This is an overview of the topics that will be covered in the twenty third lecture for TECH1002 Social Media Innovation.

TECH3022-18 Lecture Summary 024

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Feb 192018
 

This is an overview of the topics that will be covered in the twenty-fourth lecture for TECH3022 Social Media Practice.

TECH3022-18 Lecture Summary 023

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Feb 192018
 

This is an overview of the topics that will be covered in the twenty-third lecture for TECH3022 Social Media Practice.

TECH1002-18 Lecture Summary 021

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Feb 132018
 

This is an overview of the topics that will be covered in the twenty-first lecture for TECH1002 Social Media Innovation.

TECH3022-18 Lecture Summary 020

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Feb 132018
 

This is an overview of the topics that will be covered in the twentieth lecture for TECH3022 Social Media Practice.

TECH1002-18 Lecture Summary 024

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Feb 082018
 

This is an overview of the topics that will be covered in the twenty-fourth lecture for TECH1002 Social Media Innovation.

TECH1002-18 Lecture Summary 022

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Feb 082018
 

This is an overview of the topics that will be covered in the twenty-second lecture for TECH1002 Social Media Innovation.