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You’re Fake Microcelebrity: Performing the Commodity of Authenticity

This is my undergraduate video and exegesis attempt at understanding celebrity culture and authenticity. Also, see the follow-up article The Democratising Potential of Celebrity and Cosmopolitan Solidarity My video (below) opens with scenes from the French dystopian short film Logorama (2009) which is a critique on “the loss of real authenticity” in a world which is dominated by self-branded, celebrity-styled individuals. Banet-Weiser (2012 p. 3) describes Logarama reflecting … Read More

Advertising and Semiotics – Heineken

The Worlds Apart Heineken Advertisement by Edelman and Publicis, London, is refreshing in the way it uses social conscious and acts counter hegemonically to promote the sustainable values of tolerance, empathy, creating mutual goals and shared identities. Unlike the comparative Kendal Jenner Pepsi advertisement of the same time, which was unrealistic, and used questionable representations of people Worlds Apart was as a popular success and shows how socially … Read More

Organisational Communication

Organisational Communication – Belbin’s Team Roles This article will investigate Belbin’s Team Roles in effect during a group assignment requiring high degree of coordination, and collaboration. The Participants, referred to as A, B, C, and D, had the task of completing a group university assignment. Members were found to assume Belbin’s roles of Resource Investigator, Monitor Evaluator, Implementer, Shaper, Co-ordinator, Plant, Team worker, Completer Finisher and Specialist and … Read More

Public Communication Portfolio

Some examples of my planned, strategic communications. This portfolio of tactics will give you an idea of some of my skills in ethical public communication. The Task: Develop a series of conceptually integrated tactics in response to a client brief. PDF Download: portfolio-of-public-relations-tactics MEDIA RELEASE Tunstall Square Shopping Centre 18TH September 2018 Australian First Art Installation Opening at Tunstall Square A celebration of community goodwill through art is planned … Read More

Celebrity and Ideology in #Vanlife

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, documenting his travels on social media. The documentary examines the phenomenon of Huntington and others … Read More

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

CityGems: Unlock the hidden gems of the world

A travel companion to help unlock the hidden gems throughout the city of Melbourne and the rest of the world. Can you complete the quest, solve the puzzles and uncover the hidden gems?  Goal $50 000 to pay for stage one of the development of our app and paid advertising to launch the app. The pitch About this project The aim of this project is to encourage tourists and locals alike to visit … Read More

Vanlife, Mindfulness, Minimalism, Serendipity and Finding Purpose

Question:  You make some interesting points, though I do find myself finding a great deal of beautiful serendipity in media-making too… Thanks also to Adam Brown for sharing these ideas on Serendipity: Answer:  Sure. A great insight you have presented to explore. Let’s think of serendipity as those happy accidents that seem to happen by chance.  And if there is a way we can enhance serendipity which will … Read More

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

Soft Skills and Virtues

Lets start with virtues Courage As a creative it is important to have the courage to pursue ideas. And then face constructive criticism as to weather changes would strengthen or weaken the defined communication message. Diligence Through diligence perseverance and dedication to professional practices I continue to improve. Compassion I have compassion for all stakeholders in my open ethical communication and messaging, never resorting to stereotypes. Wisdom I … Read More

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

Gamifying Politics – 30 Minute Blog Challenge

The gamification of Indian politics is a popular topic now. This is largely due to the way many of the candidate’s supporters are getting really active in the digital space by spreading memes and gamified elements. Many of these gamified elements are blurring the lines between propaganda and reality. Like the app that gives you a chance to have a meeting with the Prime Minister if you can … Read More

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

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