Digital Divides and The Creative Commons

While rampant, unsustainable, growth-oriented capitalism has become the underlying code that is driving digital divides we can take hope in the open source, sharing community as a way forward. The colonial interests of capitalism are, using new extractive technologies and platforms, sabotaging community bonds, and increasing digital divides but I look to show here through narrative, argument, interviews, and digital media experts that there is an alternative way. … Read More

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Vanlife Podcast Episode 2

Ideology and the #Vanlife Movement   Episode 2 of the Vanlife Culture Series     The Wanderlust of #Vanlife (2015) examines the travelling and blogging movement established by Foster Huntington, who quit a Manhattan corporate job to travel full time in Volkswagen. Huntington says, “I felt like I was kind of pissing away my 20’s doing that” and changed to a more authentic way of making a living, … Read More

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Making a Podcast

This is Episode 1. in the Van life Culture series. Where we put the lens on the van life travelling and blogging movement established by Foster Huntington, who famously quit a Manhattan corporate job to travel, and blog full time in Volkswagen. 4 minutes 45 seconds + music. Reflecting on the Podcasting Process in 600 Words Topic: If you have followed my blog and social media channels, you … Read More

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Perform Your Online Identity with Mindful Attention

I’ve long been a fan of mindfulness but have only recently realised how mindful attention can actually change my brain and help mould my identity. The effectiveness of my social media use and the satisfaction I derive from it have been enhanced as a result. By mindfully paying attention to my breath, body, emotions, attitudes, and attention I have become more aware of the social media choices I make … Read More

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The performed self – Why I have taken on the persona of the hipster

Have you encountered the idea that there is not really a true “authentic” self, and that we don’t really have a fixed identity?  We perform differently depending on the situations we encounter. The whole idea is a bit of a mind flip, but one that I have decided to throw myself into in the past month, in the interest of desperately trying to keep up with the times. … Read More

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Do Popularity Metrics Matter on Social Media?

Could you remove your popularity metrics? Today I discovered a browser extension which hides those like, and retweet numbers on Facebook and Twitter. Part of the purpose of the extension is to find out what happens when we judge others on Twitter and Facebook, not by the numbers but what we encounter through experiences we have with people. The concept is then pretty simple – People not numbers. Don’t let social media … Read More

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Youtube Thumbnails & Tags

This video is all about preparing your thumbnail image using a template. Your thumbnail image is the image that people see and click on in youtube. We will create a template in Canva and also fill out the tags and description.   Image adapted from CC0 by Elisa Riva (social) [clickToTweet tweet=”Now I can create a thumbnail on Youtube. Thanks #teamricky” quote=”Tell twitter you can make a thumbnail now.”]

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Canva for social media image graphics

Today on tips and tricks we introduce Canva as a way to make infographics. I find myself using Canva lot’s these days for those simple quick image work, where we want to present professional looking design but can’t afford to fuss all day about the production of it. Image Adapted from CC0 by Stefan Keller (Fantasy) Consider: How you can use Canva to improve how your business is represented.

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Some Ideas on Social Media Before I Study Digital Media

As the digital zone has evolved, hope started to rise of a new kind of world order free of many of the ideologically based oppressions, which the gatekeepers of the old order represented. We are overjoyed when a simple one person show with a facebook account now has the power to bring down an ideological dictatorship. A lot of good has come out of the new digital landscape … Read More

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#PhonesMatter

American pro-gun culture has it that guns don’t kill people, people do. As easy to extend this logic to social media and the internet there are serious issues with such comparisons. Media guru Douglas Rushkoff says, ‘guns don’t kill people, but you can do a lot more damage with a gun than you can with a pillow’. He is referring to the inherent affordances of social media when … Read More

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