The Internet’s Own Boy

Media in the Online Age

Check out this documentary on Netflix called, The Internet’s Own Boy – the Story of Aaron Swartz. 

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From Wikipedia:

Aaron Hillel Swartz (November 8, 1986 – January 11, 2013) was an American computer programmer, entrepreneur, writer, political organizer, and Internet hacktivist. He was involved in the development of the web feed format RSS[3] and the Markdown publishing format,[4] the organization Creative Commons,[5] the website framework,[6] and the social news site Reddit, in which he became a partner after its merger with his company, Infogami.[i]


Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish

Today is the last official class for A2 Media and whilst I’ll continue to update this blog before your final exam I thought I’d share this video from Steve Jobs.


Oh Dearism

Sometimes it feels difficult to make sense of the world, especially in the aftermath of a terror attack. We often find ourselves scratching our heads and wondering what the deuce is going on. It seems everytime we turn on the news we are faced with awful images and grim information about the state of the world. Documentary filmmaker, Adam Curtis, was thinking about this also. Here’s what he came up with:

Alone Together

Media in the Online Age

I was having coffee with Mr Lomas in the staffroom and we were discussing the modern world. I mentioned the unit we are studying and how we’ve been exploring the notion of the myth of being connected when we are actually becoming more and more atomised as a society. He said this is similar to a sociologist called Sherry Turkle who has argued many people have a desire to be, ‘alone together‘.

You can check out her TED Talk about it here.

She has some really interesting things to say and extremely relevant for our unit. Read the above article and watch the TED Talk and collate notes on her main points. Consider what she is saying about the effect online media has had on society.

Also, check out this blog.

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You might also want to watch this short YouTube video on I share, therefore I am! The Innovation of Loneliness

And he’s a cracking video from Tech Crunch featuring our main man, Andrew Keen, interviewing Sherry Turkle.

Film as a Language

A2 – Theoretical Evaluation of Coursework

Media Language is an aspect of Section A Question 1b and it is possible it could come up. It’s often seen as the most difficult aspect of this question so I’ve put some things together to help you revise for it.

Firstly, here is a chapter from Graham Turner’s book, Film As Social Practice, all about Film Language: Film Language 1FilmLanguage2 This should be essential reading to understand this concept.

This essay by film director Martin Scorsese is also really useful and he’s included some videos as well.

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Representation of Transgender People on Television

Textual Analysis & Representation

This is an area which we haven’t explored as much as the others so I thought I’d put something together.

Here’s a lesson plan and glossary terms which you will find really helpful:lesson_transgender_representations

Here’s an article from GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) where they review the last ten years of trans representation.

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Here’s a pretty good Prezi about representation of trans people from the past to the present. Some cool things in it which could be useful.

And from The Independent:

TV has hit a record high for black and transgender representation, GLAAD report finds

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But remember, it is all about how:

  • Mise-en-scene
  • Position, movement, proxemics
  • Editing
  • Sound

is used to represent trans people. We will look at a clip from either Transparent or Orange is the New Black in class today and apply our understanding of ideology and representation to it. We’ll be focusing on how the technical areas challenge or conform to ideological representations of trans people and issues.


Media in the Online Age

David Byrne has written a new opinion piece for his award-winning journal and it’s all about Media in the Online Age and focuses on a trend in reducing human contact from work, culture and social interaction. You can read the full piece here. It is full of his usual insight and features references to fascinating research.

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The DB piece mentions a recent piece in The New Yorker by Malcolm Gladwell, so I’ve linked that up too as it’s a great counter-argument to the active impact of social media on things like the Arab Spring, read the full short article here.

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