Ocean Alley, European Tour 2016

Fresh off a string of sold out shows across Australia and New Zealand, Sydney’s Reggae-grunge group Ocean Alley, are gearing up for their first European tour. With their Debut Album ‘Lost Tropics’ set to be released in May, the boys will tour the album across Europe for two months. With a busy schedule, the band will be jamming in shows in the UK, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands. Playing in cities that are famously known for their ties to various music movements, like Punk in London and Electronic Dance Music in Berlin. The boys will showcase a different type of performance, one that their audiences will not be used to. Bringing a slice of the Australian subculture to Europe.

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The 6 piece came together in 2010, starting off as a group of mates who were into the same type of music and wanted to play together. It didn’t take too long for their similar styles to mould together, they quickly moved away from Jimi Hendrix and Red Hot Chilli Peppers Covers and started creating their own unique sound, one which embodies the relaxed yet decadent lifestyle they follow.
They made the move from playing in their garage to performing at people’s parties and local, mini festivals. Many of their earlier gigs were played on timber pallets, in their friends back yards with blown speakers and wild crowds. Their music, now more refined and technical, represents these early days. The band’s laid back yet uplifting sound has the ability to transport the listener back to those hot summer nights, it allows you to experience the reckless culture that everyone who grew up on Sydney’s Northern Beaches went through.

As they started writing their own songs their audience grew. With their songs being posted on youtube and Triple J’s Unearthed, they began to book their first venue gigs. After touring the Sydney pub circuit, they quickly started hitting the road to play shows across Australia from Byron to Tasmania and across to Perth. in 2013 they released their first EP ‘Yellow Mellow’, this cemented their position as one of Sydney’s most popular up and coming acts. They couldn’t play a show at the Moonshine in Manly or The Oxford Art Factory on Oxford Street, without it selling out and being completely packed.

With the band getting more exposure, they began to attract the attention of like-minded artists and creatives. A partnership that resulted in some very creative work is the one with the Sauce Studio.
The Sauce studio, also hailing from Sydney’s Northern Beaches is a creative agency, specialising in film and photography.

The team from The Sauce were already friends with the band, which made it easy to work collaboratively. Together they came up with a series of iconic, playful music videos. The film clips add another aspect to the Ocean Alley experience, they portray the groups enthusiastic and colourful nature through a combination of digital filming as well as 35mm film.

With the summer festivals in Australia finishing up for the season, Ocean Alley prepares to take their music to the other side of the world.
Summer in Europe is usually associated with sipping dry Rosé under a striped umbrella on the Mediterranean. With Ocean Alley in town, this tour looks set to shake up the traditional notions of a ‘European Vacation’.
If you happen to find yourself in Europe over June and July, be sure to check Ocean Alley out.
You can catch them at these dates listed below.
You can also Pre-Order their debut album ‘Lost Tropics’ here.

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How have online streaming services changed the way we produce and listen to music?

When Beethoven was topping the charts, the only way you could hear his music was to actually go and see the symphonies live in person. It was over 50 years after Beethoven died, that the first sound was recorded. Technological advancements through the 20th century saw the introduction of the record player. This began to privatize music, making it possible for people to listen to music at home, away from live events. In the early 1980’s the “compact disc” or CD further revolutionized the way we listen to music. The Sony Walkman made music portable, allowing us to take our favorite songs wherever we went. Steve Jobs made listening to music even easier with the I-pod, allowing you to store thousands of songs and audio files on one little device.
Then, at the turn of the millennium, a year after the I-pod was released; an online site came along and changed the music industry forever. It was called Napster.

Napster was an online site that allowed users to share and download MP3 files. It was the first illegal download-pirating site. It almost bankrupt the record companies as it bypassed the traditional forms of distribution and allowed people to access songs for free. It paved the way for a new form of listening to music. In today’s world with everyone attached to two or three devices, platforms like Spotify and apple music have given people access to an entire library of music wherever they go as well as paying the artists who make the music.

I went to find two musicians and music lovers at opposite ends of the spectrum, to get their take on how music has changed. Nic Long, My uncle is 60 years old, he’s been playing guitar all his life. He grew up experiencing a wide variety of music genres and technologies. At the other end is Baden Donegal, in his early twenties he is the lead singer of a popular band in Sydney. Baden has first hand experience of what it’s like to be a musician in the digital age, well aware of both the pros and cons.

Although Nick is a fan of traditional music platforms he accepts that we must adapt to new technologies and systems in order to stay relevant in today’s world.
“If I already own an album I would rather listen to the hard copy version, for a new release or a play list I would use a streaming service.” Nic explained how there is something much more authentic and raw about listening to an album on a record as opposed to listening to it online. “Listening to music in 1995 was much more of an event. Depending on the format, you had to find the Record, clean the needle, clean the record, stick it on the turntable, and flip it over once the side had finished, these days, your entire music library is on your phone and just one click away.” The Internet has made listening to music so much more portable, the access to new content is much more simple, although the enjoyment of browsing in a Record shop no longer exists, the advantages of music moving on line are accessibility. You can just download the one track you need. Apple Music lets you listen to music that normally wouldn’t appear on your radar.

“The all-you-can-eat access model is starting to make sense to people. And we expect that free is going to roll into subscription and that is going to be a really huge part of our business.” (Tom Corson, the president of RCA Records, 2014.) The acceptance of online services by traditional media companies highlights how the world is adapting to changing technologies.

Having the ability to produce and distribute your music without the support of a big record company is something Baden is very familiar with. “It has definitely made it more competitive because you don’t need to be with some massive record label to get noticed anymore. Being able to just jump online and stumble across an unheard artist on the same site as your favourite one definitely levels the playing field.” Technology has allowed musicians to record, produce and distribute their own music all over the world. Exposing your music to millions of people around the world has its pros and cons though. “It’s easier to illegally download music which is crippling the artists income through album sales but also exposing a lot more music in places it normally wouldn’t be, and that’s fuelling other sides of the industry like music festivals which benefits the artists.”
The digitalisation of music has created not just another way of listening to music; it has opened so many different avenues for creativity and interaction around music. With everything online now it makes it a lot easier to connect and communicate with people. Making it easier to promote events and festivals and collaborate with other musicians and artists that you wouldn’t normally have the chance to meet.

Nic and Baden understand that change is the only constant, realising that the music industry will continue to grow and evolve with the world around it. “It has almost taken the reverence out of it. In the next 5/10 years music will be much more homemade, I think it will be produced and sold by the individual, cutting out the middle man, hopefully Reality TV shows will not have the influence over what is “Popular Music” as sadly seems to be the case at the moment.” Explains Nic on where he sees the music world in the near future.
“Music like most things is trends that are just going in a giant loop. Everything is just being recycled from what’s already been done in the past. Apart from a few artists of our generation, most music is just following the trend of the loop. I think in 5 or 10 years we could be recycling music and trends from the 80’s and everyone will be into spandex and roller discos, as everyone today is trying look like they went to Woodstock in the 1970’s. Music is definitely always going to be a massive part of everything but the trends will never stop turning over.”

Musical technologies and systems continue to change and evolve with the world around them. It is essential that music doesn’t stop progressing; otherwise it will become irrelevant and be forgotten. Online services have created a path towards the future of music listening. Although the practices and customs around music will never stop changing the creativity and inspiration behind the songs we listen to will continue to be our international language.

References

The Impact of Digital Music streaming on Music Industry Management- A case study of Spotify | Christine Ben-Ameh – Academia.edu. 2015. The Impact of Digital Music streaming on Music Industry Management- A case study of spotify | Christine Ben-Ameh – Academia.edu. [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.academia.edu/9767797/The_Impact_of_Digital_Music_streaming_on_Music_Industry_Management-_A_case_study_of_spotify. [Accessed 19 October 2015].

Spotify: Friend or Foe? – The New Yorker. 2015. Spotify: Friend or Foe? – The New Yorker. [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/11/24/revenue-streams. [Accessed 20 October 2015].

Music for everyone – Spotify. 2015. Music for everyone – Spotify. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.spotify.com/au/. [Accessed 27 October 2015].

REFLECTION
For my final assessment I wanted to explore a part of the media that I found interesting, that I could relate to. I wanted to research something that I used in my life. This way I could better understand the topic and better understand the stories of the people I interviewed. I looked at the different forms of media that I use on a daily basis and tried to see which one would tell the best story. Social media has been done so many times that I would have to find an original angle and really execute it properly. I didn’t find this too interesting or appealing. After looking at aspects like Netflix and going to the cinemas, I finally landed on Music. Online streaming services such as Spotify are platforms I use every day. I was also interested in finding out the evolution of music and how it has changed and adapted over time.

I wanted to see if the ‘Digitalization’ of the music world was better or worse for people that listen to music every day. I am pretty happy with how it turned out.

I wanted to see if my online habits and tendencies were the same as people around me, I found a lot of interesting answers to everyday situations that I realized I too experienced.

I wanted to get a contrast of opinions from someone who has experienced the constant evolution of musical technologies to someone in my generation who was born in the middle of the digitalization of music. I tried to interview some people who work in the music industry. I tried to interview the owner of a record store but it didn’t end up happening. Having some primary insight into how music sales have changed over the last 10/15 years is something I wish I had been able to include. It would have given the story more depth.

Because I wanted to explain a lot that I didn’t think I could get across through a video or image format, I decided to conduct written interviews. Asking each two a similar set of questions. The questions varied depending on their age, interests and occupations.

After both primary and secondary research I learnt a lot about how much the digitalization of the music industry has changed the way we listen to music. With all the accessibility and portability of music today, I found that people still like the traditional forms of listening to music. I found that this related a lot to how we are spatial in nature. Although we are spoilt with a variety of different technologies, we still enjoy using old, out dated platforms form time to time.

Looking back at the Blog Post I am quite happy with it all. There are certain aspects that could have been improved; I could have used more scholarly resources that would have given some depth and clarity to my story. This is another aspect of my researching skills that I need further improvement on, finding resources that compliment what I am saying. Apart from that I think the answers I got from my interviews were strong. The answers I got really helped me explain the story, comparing the pros and cons of the music industry moving online. The interviews themselves each told a little story within the whole story.

Overall i really enjoyed the whole process of this storytelling project. it allowed me to explore an area of the media that I really enjoy and am interested in. the format of the story, helped me do a lot of research on the history of the topic. In turn, the research not only helped me write my story it taught me a lot about the music industry and where we are heading. it has also taught me a lot about research methods, especially when it comes to interviewing and the process around it. Finding sources that will better help tell your story is an essential part to any piece of work whether it be a news story or a blog post. This task has also inspired me to start thinking about other ideas and pursuing them outside of uni. I realised how enjoying it can be to have an idea you really want to work on and seeing it through, being able to tell it the way you want. That is the most important thing i have learnt form this exercise, going out there and finding your own stories is one of the most rewarding things you can do.

I hope to carry these skills that i have learnt into the rest of my uni career and beyond, as well as working on the things that need improvement.

Looking Back

Since I first started writing blogs for BCM102 at the beginning of my course I have always enjoyed it. The process of being given a subject matter then interoperating it based on your experiences with the media and outside world is what has really inspired me. I have tried to portray that a lot of thought and care has gone into my blog’s that I am not just writing them because I have to. This semester especially I have based my blog topics on my own personal experiences and my attitudes toward the weekly subject or idea. You can write about something more affectively if you can relate to it. This can also be a hindrance, as it doesn’t allow much room for outside comments from other sources and experts. Overall I hoped to portray my ideas and thoughts about our current media space based on my own personal experiences. Throughout the study of these subject I hope that my experiences and ideas have grown and expanded, which has reflected in my blog posts.

Each blog post was different yet could all be linked to the same themes of our media space and how we behave within it. I start the research for my blogs each week by looking through the lecture slides and readings. After getting a general understanding of the weekly topic I would search other sources online to get a better understanding from a few different perspectives. Even with a variety of different opinions and theories I would always try to have my voice/opinion the leading point throughout the post with reference to sources and relevant examples. I think I could have done some more thorough research on the topics to gain a better understanding therefore allowing me to explain it better throughout my posts. Taking my time and making sure that my posts read smoothly and made sense the whole way though is something else I have noticed.
My Blog posts were shared to my twitter account and were sent as emails to my followers. I think I could have tightened up the social network features on my blog in order for people to have easier and more available access to my work, in turn spreading it to a wider audience. Posting my blogs on Facebook would have helped me reach a wider audience. I use Facebook a lot more and have a lot more friends on there than twitter. My writing still needs a lot of improvement especially my grammar and punctuation. I need to focus on my writing to make it friendly for a blogging environment. Making it easy to read yet still having the correct information. Each blog post I tried to simplify everything, to not use words that didn’t necessarily have to be there. Like just then, I didn’t have to use the word necessarily to get my point across. Making my writing reader friendly yet still informative was a good technique in improving my writing.

After almost 2 months of this subject I have learnt a lot about how research can be done and ultimately what research is. At first I thought it was just scrolling through Google scholar looking for the most reviewed journal, now I realize it can be as simple as watching a movie with your friends or just having a conversation with someone. I already knew that research had to be done in the real world with real life scenarios and hypothesis. You can refer to other peoples research as much as you want, but if you want to get results about your own questions then you have to go out and research it yourself. That being said it has also taught me a valuable amount on how to find research through more contemporary mediums such as the Internet and the library facilities. It has taught me to look for a variety of different sources with different ideas and viewpoints. Constructing your own opinion based on a variety of diverse information is the best way to learn. I need to keep a more open mind when it comes to gathering information, I tend to only look for what I want to write about and what will be the easiest to explain instead of trying to find the best way of explaining it. The process of these blogs has really highlighted that online readings can only take you so far. My time management wasn’t as good as it could have been. I was always a week behind with my blogs. This week delay didn’t leave me with a lot of time to conduct as much research as I could of. It also restricted me from really thinking and planning out my research for each topic.
I have met a lot of engaged students in my tutorials and lectures. I have expanded my twitter network, which has opened up a lot of new connections online making it a good resource to share and gain links, ideas and information.

The research techniques and ways of thinking I have learnt from this process has given me a new set of skills and enthusiasm that I will be able to take into the rest of my university career and into the post uni world. I have also learnt that I must focus more on the attention to detail of everything from my time preparation, to research methods to the way I produce my blogs.
In the future I hope to use the techniques I have learned and the resources I have discovered to further investigate ideas and theories based around our ever changing media landscape.

Overall this blogging assessment has really helped me look at things with a different point of view. It has taught me to think differently about ideas and actions that may seem very simple at first but are in fact crucial to our modern way of living.

Piracy It’s A Crime

The most common media restrictions and issues we see today are associated with film piracy and illegal downloading. The Internet has made video shops and cinemas a thing of the past. Movies that aren’t even out at the movies yet can be accessed through thousands of illegal file sharing and streaming sites. The Internet has created a new entertainment medium that challenges the traditional forms of video and theatre viewing. The concern this raises with media owners, especially film studios is that if this trend of illegally viewing and downloading films online without copyright approval will eventually lead to the collapse of the film industry.

Rules and regulations for video piracy have been around since I can remember renting Disney movies from the video shop. There was always a message at the beginning of the movie explaining the impact of piracy and the consequences if one was caught. The most notable anti-piracy regulation campaign I have encountered was the ad played before movies showing someone stealing a car, a handbag, a television and finally, downloading a film on the computer. The slogan was Piracy it’s a crime. I never really saw any evidence of people being prosecuted back when it was videotapes and DVD’s it was more of just a warning.

With moss mass media consumption now being moved online the introduction of stricter data retention laws and powers is an attempt by the government to crack down on media piracy ion Australia. This allows the telecommunications provider to obtain and withhold information about from their users, yes you!
If you are found illegally accessing or downloading media online you will be given three chances then your Internet connection will be cut off and you could face possible criminal charges depending on the degree of your actions.

The idea of the government spying on its citizens by looking through their Internet usage and how they behave online raised a lot of social and moral questions. A lot of people were outraged that this was an invasion of privacy that the laws would allow the government access to a lot more than just what movies someone had been watching. In a way this is true but it if used safely and ethically it is a safeguard in protecting the film industries being ripped off and stolen form.

I think that as the Internet becomes more and more advanced, the rules and regulations protecting media files and business will become tighter and stricter.

References

Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2015 – Parliament of Australia . 2015. Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2015 – Parliament of Australia . [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/Bills_Search_Results/Result?bId=r5375. [Accessed 28 September 2015].

Necsus | A sideways view of the film economy in an age of digital piracyNECSUS. 2015. Necsus | A sideways view of the film economy in an age of digital piracyNECSUS. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.necsus-ejms.org/a-sideways-view-of-the-film-economy-in-an-age-of-digital-piracy-by-ramon-lobato/. [Accessed 28 September 2015].

Have you been paying attention?

For this weeks blogs task I chose to measure my capacity to pay attention through the device, which has had the greatest affect on my attention span: my I-phone.
When you’re standing waiting for the bus or sitting in a lecture, checking your I-phone is like a modern nervous tic. With so many different screens available to us it has become a normal part of our lives to view a variety of screens simultaneously. Focusing on 2 or 3 different devices yet not properly focusing on any.

I decided to see how long me and my friend could sit through a movie before one of us lost focus and looked at their phone. The Google report on the new multi screen world explains how we have become a nation of multi screeners. Having your phone and laptop open while watching TV is very common.
For this experiment we watched ‘Straight Outta Compton’ I thought this would be a good test as we had all been talking it and were eager to see it.
The movie ran for 2 Hours and 45 minutes, with the average human attention span in 2015 being 8.25 seconds theoretically we would be checking our phones 1200 times throughout the course of the movie.

165 minutes later.

Between the three of us I had checked my phone twice, once being because of a message and the other was during a long monologue, my girlfriend had checked hers 3 times, my friend had checked his twice, once being to look up a fact mentioned in the movie and his girlfriend had checked her phone once. A lot of them resisted the urge to check their phones because they didn’t wanted to miss the movie but it was interesting to see how often we think about it. I think when you’re sitting on the couch watching TV is when you look at your phone the most so the fact of where you are and what min set you are in defiantly impacts on your attention span.
The Google report explores this idea that our focus is determined by our context: The amount of time we have or need, The goal we want to accomplish, Our location and our attitude or state of mind.
Microsoft Canada: Attention spans research report (2015) explains that our attention span is adapting to our environment. With so much information and devices in front of us we need to be able to detach from one thing and focus on something else very quickly.
After the experiment we wondered if having a shorter attention span is bad for us, if it has a positive or negative impact on the brain. But surely if we keep going at this rate we won’t be able to remember things that happened 2 seconds ago.

Platform: Log in to the institution. 2015. Platform: Log in to the institution. [ONLINE] Available at:https://moodle.uowplatform.edu.au/pluginfile.php/490916/mod_resource/content/1/microsoft-attention-spans-research-report.pdf.

The New Multi screen World: Understanding+Cross.pla1orm+Consumer+Behavior+
. 2015. . [ONLINE] Available at: https://ssl.gstatic.com/think/docs/the-new-multi-screen-world-study_research-studies.pdf. [Accessed 23 September 2015].

Can I take your photo ?

After researching the legal framework that comes with photographing people in the public sphere I realized that it was pretty loosely woven. There is no publicity and there is no right that protects you from anyone being able to use your image for a variety of uses. No in an age where practically everyone is a photographer, carrying a camera around in his or her pockets, it is harder and harder to control who is taking photos of what.

The increase of mobile devices has risen with the use of social media and the amount of photos that are posted on the various sites like Facebook and Instagram. Although no one has ever read the terms and conditions when signing up for anything Facebook (which now own Instagram) have the right to use any material you upload for marketing and advertising purposes. So that raises the question over its not what you shoot its what you do with the shot.

Joerg Colberg looks at the practice of iconic street photographer Garry Winogrand, who was well known for never asking permission to take a photo.

This was in a time when there was no twitter or Facebook or 24 hour news cycle and a photo took weeks before you could actually see the physical image.

Colberg raises the question about what you should do if you’ve taken a photo in a public space and someone asks you to delete it, legally you have every right to take photos in a public area but from an ethical point of view is it right to take someone’s photo if they don’t want you to?

To see just how comfortable people were with there photo being taken without permission some class mates and I walked through UNI taking some simple shots of students walking through campus, having lunch and talking to each other. No one really seemed to mind. We didn’t formally go up and ask each individual in the shot if it was ok to take a photo of them. One because no one really seemed to be bothered about me standing on a ledge and taking photos and the other was I wasn’t completely comfortable going up and asking people to take their photo just for te sake of asking them to take the photo.

Observing people in public spaces as they interact with others is a very affective way of studying different mannerisms and habits depending on what public space you are in and what type of people you are observing.

References

Arts Law : Information Sheet : Street photographer’s rights. 2015. Arts Law : Information Sheet : Street photographer’s rights. [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.artslaw.com.au/info-sheets/info-sheet/street-photographers-rights/. [Accessed 02 September 2015].

Conscientious Extended | The Ethics of Street Photography. 2015.Conscientious Extended | The Ethics of Street Photography. [ONLINE] Available at:http://jmcolberg.com/weblog/extended/archives/the_ethics_of_street_photography/. [Accessed 02 September 2015].

At the Movies

I love going to the movies, I believe that with the technological revolution it is one of the only forms of traditional entertainment that has remained relevant in our new age of the Internet and Netflix. I had hoped to go to the cinemas this week for this blog post but a variety of circumstances prevented me from doing so. In reference to Haggerstrands 3 restraints Coupling, Capability and Authority there was a mixture of all three that prevented me from going to the movies.

Capability seemed to be the biggest restraint, Friday night seemed to be the only night I had free to go to the movies but I had previous social engagements I needed to attend that were more important than catching the 7.30 screening of ‘Straight outta Compton’  “a person cannot be in two places at one time” (Torsten Hagerstrand: Time Geography. By John Corbett) by the time I had finished at my friends party I wouldn’t have enough time to get to the movies. The coupling restriction also came into play in not allowing me to go to he movies. None of my mates were free enough to go to the movies either and I have not yet mastered the art of going by myself.

While the modern world may have created a few more restraints compared to when Hagerstrand was doing his research the ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics) recorded that over 12 million people went to the movies in 2013-14. The abs report explains how the cinema remains one of Australia’s most popular cultural activities with 66% of people over 15 saying they visited the movies at least once a year in between 2013-14.
I think that with the constant rise of technology many traditional forms of entertainment especially the DVD will be faded out but the cinema represents so much more than another medium of watching a movie. It is an experience that can’t be replicated in any other way. It remains a cultural activity that I think will continue to be popular for a very long time.

References

Attendance at Selected Cultural Venues and Events, Australia, 2013-14. 2015. 4114.0 – Attendance at Selected Cultural Venues and Events, Australia, 2013-14. [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/latestProducts/4114.0Media%20Release12013-14. [Accessed 31 August 2015].

CSISS Classics – Torsten Hägerstrand: Time Geography.. 2015. CSISS Classics – Torsten Hägerstrand: Time Geography.. [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.csiss.org/classics/content/29. [Accessed 31 August 2015].

The changing nature of the World Wide Web

I live at home with my mum and dad and we all have 3 different devices each to access the web through (phones, tablets and computers)

We are currently on a wireless broadband plan with Telstra, which as not as strong as if we had an Ethernet connection through the phone line. With three people constantly using the same Internet connection it tends to be quite slow especially at peak times in the morning and evening. This slow internet speed can get quite frustrating among the family with everyone getting there own, uninterrupted time on the wifi if they have specific work or UNI projects that need attention. In saying this mum and dad have their own phones and tablets on Sim-cards, which is an easier and quicker way to access the web without having to wait for slow Internet speeds. With platforms like Netflix and other online services we are downloading a lot more now, which seems to be a trend continuing over a lot of Australia with average broadband downloads increasing more than 33 % from December 2013 to December 2014 (Aussie appetite for downloads grows, www.nbnco.com.au April 2015)

Although we live in the suburbs surrounding Sydney we are still a fair way from the CBD, this means that our ability to access the NBN will be limited as the majority of it will be going to the suburb north of us due to it having a Telstra phone exchange.

When mum and dad were growing up, like everyone of that time in the sixties they never believed how the Internet would change the way the world communicated. My dad uses the Internet more than me, not just mindlessly scrolling through Facebook he is constantly researching different events and ideas that have no relevance to him professionally as a builder. Dad believes that the Internet is great in the way it allows you to communicate with a much wider group of people from across the world, opening you up to a broader range of ideas.

In accepting its advantages he also acknowledges that it has made the way humans communicate more Adversarial. People don’t tend to discuss things in as much detail, everything is black and white and down to the point.

Mum and dad are constantly using the Internet but like most Australians aren’t too satisfied with the speed. But as the NBN begins to roll out and internet technology increases so to will the speed of it and the way in which we communicate with the outside world.

References

Internet downloads increase by 33 per cent – ABS | nbn – Australia’s new broadband network. 2015. Internet downloads increase by 33 per cent – ABS | nbn – Australia’s new broadband network. [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.nbnco.com.au/corporate-information/media-centre/media-releases/internet-downloads-increase-by-33-per-cent-abs.html. [Accessed 22 August 2015].

TV versus Interent

Even now with such an abundance of different telecommunication devices and entertainment systems 88% of all broadcast television still takes place on the traditional Television set as opposed to laptops and other portable devices. This statistic says a lot about the media practices and habits of the average Australian household.
This quantitative research shows the hours that the TV is spent on and is a helpful ethnographic method in analyzing the way people behaves in their homes and natural environments. What it doesn’t show is what people are doing while the TV is on. I have seen this trend a lot through out this subject, that it is very common for families and people to leave the TV on yet hardly anyone is paying attention. Everyone can be sitting around in the living room in front of the TV consumed by their own devices in their hands.
The debate whether the Internet is good or bad for society is an idea that came to mind when researching the ethnography of media in the household. The Internet has bought people together virtually yet has isolated everyone realistically.
Nie and Hillygus explore this issue in their journal THE IMPACT OF INTERNET USE ON SOCIABILITY: TIME-DIARY FINDINGS.
Is it healthier to all be sitting in different rooms while chatting to one another online or all sitting around the television set together looking at the same one way platform, with no ability to collaborate or contribute to the medium.
Popular social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook allow the audience to take on a role of the producer as well creating an online forum to discuss the different issues.
It is studies and statistics like these are helpful in defining what media use is better for the average Australian House hold.

References
NORMAN H. NIE D. SUNSHINE HILLYGUS, 2002 THE IMPACT OF INTERNET USE ON SOCIABILITY: TIME-DIARY FINDINGS, VOLUME 1, ISSUE , viewed August 15 http://sites.duke.edu/hillygus/files/2014/05/v01i01a01.pdf