Week: 6 Politics (Cont.d)

Members of Parliament-

Local Minister of Parliament: Stuart Roberts
State Minister of Parliament: Verity Barton
Federal Minister of Parliament: Joe Ludwig (Senator for QLD)

Mr Stuart Roberts spoke last on the ‘Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Amendment Bill 2014’. When Mr Roberts spoke on this amendment it had no relevance to my community or my political demographics or opinions.

 

 

This week i was asked to contact The President of the United States Barak Obama and as much as it was apart of this weeks tutorial task I do have a legitimate interest in this question and Obama’s thoughts on the subject

obama tweet

 

… Obama is yet to respond, but I am still holding out hope.

 

The ‘Clean Feed’ Conundrum:

“When governments start covering the eyes and ears of the the whole nation, however, there is a real problem. We only need to look at those governments that have taken it to the extreme nd burnt books to understand that. but there are more subtle ways to inhibit the flow of ideas that we need to be just as alert to.” – Kate Lundy Australian Labour Party Senator

In november of 2012 , the Gillard government attempted to begin the process of putting in place an internet censorship legislation that would be colloquially known as the ‘Clean Feed act’ (Wirlpool: Clean Feed Knowledge Base). Due to a lack of clarity as to how or what would be affected by the act, it never came to fruition(Wirlpool: Clean Feed Knowledge Base). Although this act is clearly aimed to control basic obscenities there would still be a large grey area that would fall to conjection and interpretations and thus it could never work until a government is willing isolate certain parts of the community. 

References:

Wirlpool: Clean Feed Knowledge Base, viewed 4th September 2014, <http://http://whirlpool.net.au/wiki/cleanfeed&gt;.

Week: 3 Referencing

Stephen Stockwell books in the Gold Coast Camps Library

1. Political Campaign Strategy: Doing Democracy in the 21st Century 

           Stockwell, S. 2005, “Political Campaign Stratergy: Doing Democracey in the 21st Century”, Australia Scholarly Publishing, Melbourne,

 

2. Rhetoric and Democracy

            Stockwell, S. 2010 “Rhetoric and Democracy: Deliberative opportunities in Curent Electoral Process”, VDM Verlag Dr Mulle

 

3. Before Athens

            Stockwell, S. 2010 “Before Athens: “Early Popular Cultures in Phoenician and Greek city States”, Geopolitics, History and International Relations. vol 2, no 2, pp123-135. Addelton Academic Publishers

 

Books on Alphavile

1.Moghaddam, F. M. 2013. “The psychology of dictatorship”. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association

2. Burmester, David. 1985. “Science Fiction on Film”. English Journal. 74 (4), 90.

3. Wierzbiki, J. 2008. “Beyond the Soundtrack, Representation of Music in Film”. John Hopkins University Press, Baltimore 

 

Social Media and Research Method:
1. Wang, John, 2002. “Data Mining: Opportunities and Challenges”. IGI Global, United States

Week 6: the National Broadband Network

The National Broadband Network, commonly referred to as the N.B.N is the in power Liberal Government’s initiative to bring Australia’s archaic internet speed towards par with the rest of the world. The government plans to do this by replacing the currently in place copper wire network to the more modern practice of of a network of fibre optic cables that transmit information using light rather then electricity.

 

There is a very one sided argument when fibre cables and copper wires are compared. The two primary advantages of the fibre optic cables are their superior band width and speed. Band width is the measure of the amount of information that can be passed from a transmitter to a receiver in a  single instance. The band width of the fibre optic network is set to ten fold that of the current copper wire network. The example given is that any given copper wire can hold 3000 phone calls at one time, where a fibre optic cable can hold 31,000 phone calls (Malaney, 2014) .

 

The second and equally important advantage of the fibre optic cable network is the speed of which the information is transmitted to your home. Since fibre optics work on a system where pulses of lights are sent through a cable by a diode or lazer: the receiver interprets this information a system where pulse of light correlates to a 1 and a lack of light correlates to a 0 then that binary is translated and transmitted to the G.U.I (Malaney). Yes, this system is very similar to that is currently used, but by using near uninterruptible light as opposed to electricity which through a metal cable which are at the mercy of many varying, uncontrolled able factors.

 

References:

Malaney, R 2014, Why is Fibre Optic Cable ‘better’ than Copper?, viewed 3rd of september 2014,

<http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2010/10/21/3044463.htm&gt;

Week 2’s Tutorial task

In this week’s tutorial the class has been ask to find an interesting video with any connection to new communication technology. I chose to use on video from the web series of author Ze Frank on the newly surfaced practice of exformation. Ze Frank first came to rise with the ‘A Show with Ze Frank’ (a web series) and then with his book ‘Young me / Now me’. Ze, who is now retired from from his personal web endeavours is now the head video content manager at Buzzfeed.com.

Through out the video Ze moves through many very real changes that have become a part modern communication.  Ze goes on to explain these changes have occurred due to the technology that facilitates them. The largest facilitator of this change is growth of text messaging in the most recent decades.

Texting from my phone is the most used by me in my day to day. I am reached this way by my friends and work and this is how I reach them. I can support Ze’s argument for this naturally gained sense for unpacking a message with what is in the message as well as what isn’t. The easiest example that comes to mind is the the difference between ‘hey’ and ‘heyyy’. As anyone else who got this message the difference those two ‘y’s make entirely change the tone and context of the message.

References:

Frank, Z 2012, Exformation, viewed 30 july 2014 ,

<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9zfCMp99-Af&gt;.

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