Coca-Cola Advertising and Authenticity in Branding
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Coca-Cola Advertising and Authenticity in Branding

Advertising plays a significant role in shaping our desires and constructing our sense of self. According to Lyth (p3), advertising identifies trends, raids culture, and constructs desires. In this essay, we will explore how Coca-Cola advertisements have relied upon the concept of authenticity and commercialism to promote the idea of a depth ontology and authentic…

The role of mobile telephony in the renewal of the public sphere and the extension of democratic processes
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The role of mobile telephony in the renewal of the public sphere and the extension of democratic processes

Mobile phone use has become ubiquitous (fig. 1), especially among the young and wealthy with more than five billion uses worldwide (Pew Research, 2019). Smartphones herald the arrival of convergence bringing together the formally ‘separate business of media, telecommunications, and computing/information technology into interdependent services’ via digital networks (Cinque, 2012, p,14).  The speed of change…

The Possibilities and Limitations of Internet Activism
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The Possibilities and Limitations of Internet Activism

The health of the public sphere as a gauge to the possibilities and limitations of internet activism in the networked society Activism today is dominated by networks and global forms of organisation made possible through today’s digitally hyperconnected world. The ground-breaking work of Manual Castells (2007, 1999, 2016, 2017) has articulated a utopian vision of…

Mindful Phone Use Connecting Humanity During COVID 19

Mindful Phone Use Connecting Humanity During COVID 19

The neuroscience of mindfulness reveals how mindful attention can change the brain, mould identity, improve awareness and bridge mental connections with past present and others, allow users to ‘thrive online’ (Rhinegold, 2012, p. 240). Research is increasingly exploring how by deliberately cultivating mindfulness, by paying attention to breath, body, emotions, attitudes, and attention in a…

Press Release – Public Communication by City Council (Government)
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Press Release – Public Communication by City Council (Government)

Mockup media release for local council created from a defined scenario with a small window of time for a  response: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 7 May 2019 MEDIA RELEASE Council encourages active citizenship after an incident at Wallaby Swamp Burralinga Council has asked for calm, community collaboration after an incident today involving protesters and potential developers…

Petri Dish – A sci-fi short story
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Petri Dish – A sci-fi short story

See the difference between different versions of ChatGPT and the original story. Title: Petri Dish – A Sci-Fi Short Story Author: Ricky Wright Improved by ChatGPT 4 Date: May 27, 2019 In a vibrant, cozy bedroom, young Delphia, a primary school student, carefully sprinkles small fragments of bio-material into a petri dish. She observes the…

Using the Iterative Design Process
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Using the Iterative Design Process

Iterative design is a cyclical process of improving. By testing and evaluating, reflecting and moving on progress is made and the product improved. I used this process refinement as I improved on an original stimulus idea, a poem, to make one of my first, coded from scratch websites using basic CSS and HTML. I’m not…

Creative copywriting with relevance
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Creative copywriting with relevance

Looking to make your copy a little more relevant and engaging? This makeover of an ad will provide some insights into how to do it. Copy and Concept Critique for Queensland Museum Ambient Effective concept and copy in advertising should communicate the single-minded proposition (SMP) of the campaigns defined audience in a novel way. This…

Exploring Gamification
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Exploring Gamification

My recent experiences with gamification.   1) Connecting with the Community I started collaborating and gamifying the experience early on the #alm201 hashtag by introducing myself via video and then continued to contribute and respond to other students’ efforts. I responded to the layered quests Adam (our unit coordinator) set, and by liking, commenting, awarding…

Digital Media Interview with Millicent – Collaboration

Digital Media Interview with Millicent – Collaboration

The awesome Millicent Nankivell (https://twitter.com/millienankivell) and I belong to a Digital Media alumni group (#DDMAlimni on Twitter). We met on Twitter and decided to simply make some media for the sake of it and to support the unit hashtag. Making media for others is connecting. When you start making media who knows where the journey of discovery and learning will take you: Usually to a good place.

Vector Image Logo

Vector Image Logo

This was a recent job for By the Sea Soap Shoppe. Here I converted an illustration into a vector image logo suitable for printing and signage. The Shoppe (actually ‘they’ are my in-laws)already knew what they wanted and had sent a pixilated image that I could vectorize. By creating the image in the vector image…

The Democratising Potential of Celebrity and Cosmopolitan Solidarity
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The Democratising Potential of Celebrity and Cosmopolitan Solidarity

The role celebrities play in promoting cosmopolitan values over communitarian tribalism was highlighted in the recent presidential inauguration of Donald Trump which was shunned by many A-list celebrities. This was contrasted with the widespread support for anti-Trump rallies like Alec Baldwin’s. Trump’s communitarian, tribal, and divisive America First campaign strategy which was an affront to…

Design Thinking and Permaculture: A New Model for Innovation and Sustainability
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Design Thinking and Permaculture: A New Model for Innovation and Sustainability

Introduction: Design thinking is a human-centered approach to innovation that integrates the needs of people, the possibilities of technology, and the requirements for business success. With post-war activist origins and an emphasis on creativity practices, design thinking has gained wider traction globally in recent years to solve complex, “wicked” social and cultural problems. Permaculture, on…