Week 5 Module (Part 1) – Audio Piece Review

“Not Like Other Teenagers”

 

This audio piece was very minimal – but that worked as a strength within itself. While there were long pauses in between the times in which the subject was speaking, these pauses had a positive effect as it allowed the listener to absorb and process the quote, allowing it to have more impact than it would if it were part of a bigger sentence. There isn’t much character development, but the short, snap quotes say a lot more about the subject and her enjoyment out on the ovals than perhaps one long statement would.

The use of ambient sounds add to the atmosphere of the piece, they are well recorded and put the listener right there in the middle of the oval. The added effects of child’s laughter add to the innocence of being a teenager and enjoying outdoors, and reinforce the notion that the subject is “not like other teenagers”.

The implementation of music with a positive sound only adds to the piece, making it easy and enjoyable to listen to, while telling an interesting story. The quotes and noises/music are at pretty good levels, and one does not drown out the other. This piece is really engaging and very well put together, and there was the right balance of interview material and ambient sounds/music.

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Week 4 Module – Reflection

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Choosing the subject of my audio piece was surprisingly difficult – I had to choose between the safe option (a friend who finds comfort in, and thoroughly enjoys being a DJ) or a more difficult story (another friend who experienced a sudden family loss when he was younger). Ultimately I chose the safer option, as I felt that 1 minute was too short a time for me to create an effective piece, as well as giving the more extreme story the justice it needed for it to have impact.

While weighing the options and angles to take in the story about my DJ friend, I wanted to conduct an in-depth interview and pick and choose 2-4 quotes that I felt didn’t tell the listener too much about him, while at the same time saying everything about him. I wanted to leave something to the imagination, and have people asking some questions after it was done.

Overall, I wanted to keep it simple, with a light mood. The quotes that I ended up choosing and putting into the audio piece, I feel, showcased the emotion and enjoyment of his hobby, and gave him the right amount of character relevant to the time limit. While not too emotional, I feel that my piece captures his passion – without giving too much away.

Globalisation – What does it mean to us?

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Globalisation – otherwise known as the most powerful dynamic that every single country in the world can obtain and utilise, is the foundation of the world as we know it today. For example, in the picture above, Starbucks, a small coffee shop based in Seattle, USA has achieved rampant success that it has even extended as a mainstream fixture halfway across the world; China boasts as many as 823 company operated stores as of 2014.

Defined as “the worldwide movement toward economic, financial, trade, and communications integration”, globalisation is especially relevant on our shores; the main road around where I used to live in Sydney was one big line of restaurants, 4 Thai, 2 Indian, 3 Italian, and I’m sure there was Moroccan there somewhere. While this is just a small sample size, it represents the larger concept of how globalisation affects us here in Australia.

The idea of the global village and “imagined communities” (O’Shaughnessy & Stadler p. 463), which is essentially the connection of beliefs and homely attitudes embedded between your fellow countrymen and women, is particularly tricky in Australia. A country practically run by other countries; the diversity of international cuisines, the widespread surge of European fashion brands opening outlets on our shores, and the ever shifting range of ethnicity concentration in major cities, how can such a melting pot of international content successfully build such a strong identity, bolstered by mateship, a straight-forward attitude, and a multitude of established “Aussie” traditions? One aspect, acceptance of other cultures, both allows for globalisation to take place, while at the same time reinforcing the Australian way of tolerating the influx of cultures that have taken place over the last 100 years.

Screenshot of “Two and a Half Men”, one of the most popular American sitcoms aired in Australia

This is especially true in the “mediascape”, which is the global distribution of images and information. The majority of prime-time television shows that we view here in Australia are sourced from the USA, as well the increased popularity of Japanese anime and European films, not to mention the volume of Australian actors “making it” in the American film industry; Hugh Jackman, Heath Ledger and Nicole Kidman, just to name a few. On top of that, we also broadcast international news coming from Japan, Indonesia, the USA, and the UK along with other prominent European countries. What this media globalisation dynamic achieves is the ability for Australians to gain an extensively wider awareness of cultural trends, political conflicts and everyday events that take place all over the world.

Iggy Azalea, real name Amethyst Kelly – was born and raised in Mullumbimby, NSW

Also a part of the global mediascape, music is a major player within the globalisation dynamic. The US music culture dominates, artists such as Iggy Azalea have crossed the Pacific Ocean and controversially appropriated the african-american rap/hip-hop genre, leading to immense criticism – however at the opposite end of the spectrum, she has become somewhat of an icon of this generation, and at least commercially, incredibly successful.

As the countries of the world continue the trend to expand its business interests, profits and low cost remain at the forefront of the globe. Whether that be culturally, politically, ideologically, or anything else, money makes the world go round; and globalisation is the ideal medium in which in operates.

References:

http://www.statista.com/statistics/277795/number-of-starbucks-stores-in-china/

http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/globalization.html

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/blogs/the-tribal-mind/australias-most-watched-television-shows-of-all-time-the-tribal-mind-archive-2014-20140703-3b9r1.html