Breaking Free of Timeless Chains

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19-year-old Liliana Azara was never open about her sexuality in her home town, since moving to Canberra she has become more comfortable with who she is.

 

Life in the Southern Highlands, NSW, is fairly quiet and remote as Liliana Azara found while growing up. Many changes were not highly spoken about in such a timeless area, creating mountains of secrets in such small towns. So when Miss Azara moved from the Highlands into a diverse capital city, she felt old chains break as she became more comfortable with her own sexuality and her attraction towards other women.

After graduating from Bowral High School at the end of 2015, Miss Azara spent the first half of 2016 working full time to save up for a gap year adventure. These plans were soon altered as she made the decision to attend the University of Canberra and move a state away from home. As she became familiar with the open nature of the city, she in turn opened herself up to others.

‘Growing up in a town where it’s not very applauded to be in a relationship as a same-sex couple, moving to a place like Canberra could be a really good change in my life. It changed who I was,’ she said.

Miss Azara also spoke of how she first developed feelings of attraction towards women while in high school and her first time dating a girl was also during this time. However, she felt it was not a topic of conversation to freely talk about with those back home.

‘Not many people knew about it. But back then, it wasn’t encouraged at all,’ she said.

Though many of her friends bravely came out in high school as gay or bisexual, Miss Azara feels content in having waited to openly answer questions about her sexuality as it gave her more chance to focus on herself. Over these few months she has come forward to friends and family and is currently in a same-sex relationship.

 

To hear more of Liliana’s story, click here to listen to an edited audio clip of her interview.

 

 

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Social Media News Analysis

Throughout the course of this blog entry, we will be analysing the coverage of news over various media platforms with regards to its sense of; accuracy and balance; timeliness and when the story was first distributed, as well as; the key elements and angles each platform focused on when discussing the story.

The news story that will be used as an example for this analysis, is one first broadcasted to the public on March 7th 2017 about a man who has faked his identity as a doctor for a little over a decade in four different hospitals in New South Wales.

 

News of the fake doctor, Shyam Acharya, was first reported by Channel Seven on ‘The Morning Show’ on March 7th at 2:28p.m., with a live report on the story being embedded in a tweet on their Twitter profile. The tweet stated that the doctor, who had been working for 11 years, was now on the run- with the 29 second clip further explaining how he also treated emergency patients. This video clip was not uploaded onto their official ‘Morning Show’ website until the next day.

Link to ‘The Morning Show’ website and video- https://au.tv.yahoo.com/the-morning-show/video/watch/34589593/hunt-for-fake-doctor-who-spent-11-years-illegally-practicing/#page1

 

On the same day, the Nine News Sydney and Seven News Adelaide Twitter profiles uploaded clips and information on the same story, but it was not until 9:06 (Seven News) and 9:43 (Nine News) later that night, respectively.

 

On March 8th at 6:30 p.m., Nine News broadcasted the report on television and the Australian online published an article on the story nineteen minutes later, followed by the Guardian a further twenty six minutes later. Below are the links to the online articles by the Australian and the Guardian:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/latest-news/private-company-outed-fake-nsw-doctor/news-story/aac65b1a2b1db2f488ed9691b50737e6

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/mar/08/fake-doctor-allegedly-used-stolen-documents-to-work-in-nsw-hospitals?CMP=soc_568

 

News Values and essential elements

Murray Masterton (as cited in Lamble, 2013, p 45) stated there are ‘three essential elements which allow information to become news and six truly international criteria- news values if you like -which can be used to assess the level of newsworthiness of that information’. The three elements were interest, timeliness and clarity, with the six news values being: significance (impact), proximity, conflict, human interest, novelty, and prominence.

For this analysis, we will be looking at the similarities and differences present between these media platforms and their coverage of the story when it comes to some of the ‘essential elements and the ‘big six’ news values.

 

Timeliness

The Twitter platform was the first to possess coverage of the story- with the Nine News, Seven News and Morning Show tweets being posted on the 7th March, with the latter having published their tweet seven hours earlier than the first two. Most television broadcasts or online articles were not distributed until late in the afternoon on the 8th– including the Nine News television broadcast and the Australians’ and the Guardians’ articles online, each from fifteen to forty-five minutes apart and possessing more updated information on the story than the original tweets the day beforehand.

Clarity

Each story covers the basic outline it was Indian man Shyam Acharya who faked being a doctor in NSW for over a decade in hospitals at Manly, Hornsby, Gosford and Wyong. In the tweets and their video clips, despite the limit on characters accepted for each tweet and the length of the clips, they cover the basic information of what, where and who. They do not go into full detail of why, when or how the event happened- it is not until the next day more information arises and these stories are updated, with more description on Acharyas’ history, the $30,000 fine placed upon his conviction and his disappearance before his court hearing being published online to the Australian and the Guardian sites.

Human Impact

As the story progressed, Seven News managed to speak with not one, but two patients of the fake doctor. The first interview was published on their website on the 10th March, while the second was on the 14th. Within these reports, they reassure the Health  Department confirms they were proper patients of Acharyas’. Both patients claimed Acharya refused to give them appropriate pain medication and was highly abusive to them. The first, Roxanne Holmes, stated she had back pain and saw him in Manly, 2012, where the second, Amy Gleeson, claimed she was treated by him in Gosford, 2014. Both had been refused any form of pain medication, with Gleeson- a wife and mother of two -stating she has a heart condition and, by being refused her medication, almost lost her life.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/nsw/a/34614910/i-was-horrified-woman-treated-by-fake-doctor-at-manly-hospital/#page1– March 10th interview

https://au.news.yahoo.com/nsw/a/34645825/sydneys-fake-doctor-found-in-india-patient-feared-she-would-die-in-his-care/#page1 -March 14th interview

As well as this, Nine News also posted onto their website a brief article which covered the new angle of the impersonated doctor himself, going into description of his home and work life as a husband and a well-respected doctor.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2017/03/08/10/21/fake-doctor-who-practiced-in-nsw-for-12-years-may-have-fled

Unlike other broadcasts and updates of the story, the interviews and article reflect the value of human impact more strongly. Throughout the course of the story, the focus had been entirely on the fake doctor himself as he was caught and when he fled. This brings about a whole new angle filled with more emotion as we are brought to understand the dire circumstances with the bringing about of real life people who have been affected by the events of the story.

 

Conclusion

Each of these media outlets shared many similarities when it came to the angle of the story and the amount of information revealed to the general public. They each followed through with the distributing of similar information when the story first broke out as well as the main angle and values taken into consideration when publishing the story.

The speed of the story was heavily influenced by Twitter being the first platform to publish the story. Dunlop (2016) states, ‘Social media is often seen as a tool used by publishers and journalists to distribute content, brand individual journalists and publishers and to engage with audiences’. This is relevant to the story’s coverage on Twitter, for once the story broke out many Twitter users began sharing or creating their own content on the subject matter. The use of social media as a news distributor allowed more room for audience thought and opinion as well as reaction.  

While the first few published works on the story shared a rather similar angle in how the story was approached, this changed significantly once more information was accumulated. Especially in the cases of the Nine News article on the real doctor and the Seven News interviews with the patients. Because of this, a new value was covered in their story as well as more information being accessible for audience understanding.

The key differences that lie within the coverage of this story include the updated information on the story which led to a change in the angle, as well as a shift in the clarity of the subject and the timeliness of these uploads which too have an effect on the story and its interpretation by the general public.

 

References:

Lamble, S 2013, ‘The ‘big six’ news values’, News as it happens: an introduction to journalism, Melbourne, Oxford University Press, pp. 45-52

Dunlop, T 2016, ‘Success, Trends and Influences of Social Media in Mainstream Media’, Media Innovation and Disruption, retrieved from www.futureleaders.com.au, pp. 69-84

Digital Artefact #5- ‘Looking for Alibrandi’ by Melina Marchetta

 

This is probably my last review for my digital artefact- however, I shall continue some more reviews here and there as I have plenty more ready to publish onto our Amazon account. Don’t forget to check out Grace’s site for her movie reviews- and I’ll catch you all next time!

-ThatGirlLauren

 

‘‘Looking for Alibrandi’ is an iconic novel of the ups and downs in the life of teenage Josephine Alibrandi- following her story as she: lives with her single mother, visits her grandmother after school and listens to her stories and discovers love with ‘bad boy’ Jacob Coote; all the while tossing up her developing relationship with her long lost father who has now decided to return to her life. (SPOILER ALERT)

So Josephine is in her final year at high school- where the real trials of life have just begun for her- it’s bad enough for Josephine that she’s living with her single mother who gave birth to her as a teenager and gets called a ‘wog’ by her peers because of her Italian background, but now her father has decided to enter her life. When having a picnic with family members, Josephine first sees her father and immediately feels resentment towards him for ditching her and her mother. Despite these initial feelings, Josephine comes around to her father when he backs her up after she gets into a fight with another schoolmate- her and her father hang around a lot more often and she even gets offered a job by him to get experience at his law firm. And more family secrets are exposed when she learns that her mother, too, is an illegitimate child as her grandmother had an affair with someone else. This places pressure on Josephine as she feels the weight of her family’s reputation coming undone.

On top of all this (and HSC preparation) Josephine learns more about life and love through her complex relationship with Jacob- they always get into arguments and always annoy each other, but remain together until the end of the novel when they end it once and for all. And … just to make things more complicated for Josephine, at the end of the novel, one of her best friends who was highly popular and looked up to by many commits suicide. Before he does so, he wrote Josephine a letter that expressed his deepest and darkest fears- expressing how he felt compelled to be what everyone wanted him to be.

 

Marchetta’s voice is honest and true as she explores the various complexities of the life of Josephine Alibrandi. Through the variety of complications and confusion that Josephine feels, we can see a resemblance to the entirety of life- written up in the span of no more than a year at most. Josephine is a real and honest character, who feels the weight of these problems and is not one to simply ignore them or see them as insignificant- to her, each situation has a personal impact on how she views her family, friends and most importantly herself. I loved how Marchetta explores different scenarios that can play out in an adolescents life all compacted within one individual.

Her writing is by far beautiful and detailed as she lives through the eyes of Josephine, a distinct connection between writer and character is clearly seen as Marchetta seems to incorporate her own personality and desires into the kind-hearted and confused character.

 

A wonderful coming of age novel to read.

-Lauren’

 

Digital Artefact #4- ‘Looking For Alaska’ by John Green

My next review for ‘Looking for Alaska’, a little more on the short side but let me know what you think! Gave it a 3 out of 5 stars.

-ThatGirlLauren

 

‘Another book I decided to re-read lately, ‘Looking for Alaska’ is one of my personal favourites when it comes to novels written by John Green. The mystery and sudden twists and turns throughout the novel, followed with Green’s dry humour, made this novel both heart-warming and amusing. (SPOILER ALERT)
So Miles ‘Pudge’ Halter arrives at Culver Creek and quickly befriends the funny and lovable Chris- also nicknamed the ‘Colonel’ –and the irresistibly beautiful Alaska Young. He tries drinking, smoking and learns the ways of girlfriends, ‘Weekday Warriors’ and the Culver Creek ultimate pranks. One night, after hooking up with Alaska for the first time (despite both of them being in a relationship with someone else), Alaska leaves in a drunken state- terrified and angry at herself –and is involved in a car accident which kills her instantly. For the remainder of the novel, Pudge and the Colonel figure out that she committed suicide- upon seeing the police cruiser on the side of the road –and that she got upset, not at Pudge or her boyfriend but with herself, after forgetting the anniversary of her mother’s death. In memory of Alaska, they pull a grand prank involving hiring a stripper as a speaker for sex education in front of the whole school.

This books twists and turns- from the accident to Alaska’s own changing mood –gave the book a very intriguing and more mystical feel. ‘Looking for Alaska’ was very sweet and resonated more personally with Pudge as a character. I had to re-read this book twice to go over every detail of the book and fully understand the complexity that was Alaska and the emotional states of those she left behind. Despite the negativity that flows through the book from the ‘After Part’ to the end, Pudge finds his own sense of closure and peace at the end when he reads the letter Takumi sent to him explaining what Alaska was upset about that night. His final essay on Alaska’s question on the labyrinth of suffering ended the novel on a bittersweet tone that made me feel more empathy towards Pudge and really like him as a protagonist.
Contrasting this- the ‘Before Part’ was filled with nothing but comedy and happiness that brings the novel (and my feelings and hopes) up to a high before finally having everything crash back onto the ground for the dark scene of Alaska’s last night with Pudge. Heck, even just before she left Pudge made out with her which made me think ‘Freaking, finally!’ before the ‘After Part’ started and I thought, ‘Well … s-‘.
Overall, I enjoyed ‘this book- although to get more of an insight into the characters and plot, you should probably read it slowly or re-read it a couple more times. I’m going back for my third re-read right now.
-Lauren’

 

Digital Artefact Review #3- ‘If I Stay’ by Gayle Forman

My third review for my DA on Gayle Forman’s ‘If I Stay’, it’s a little bit rushed itself, but let me know what you think in the comments below and please feel free to mention any books you would like me to review in the coming future.

-ThatGirlLauren: 

 

‘After reading this book recently I felt the need to make a review on this novel and express why I gave it a four instead of a five. (SPOILER ALERT)

‘If I Stay’ is about the difficult choice between life and death as we follow the story of Mia- a teenage cellist who is almost leaving high school and contemplating going to Julliard to study music further. At the beginning, Mia is involved in a terrible car accident which immediately kills both her parents and later causes the death of her younger brother, Teddy. Mia, however, is not killed but rather roams the hospital her comatose body is placed in as a ‘semi-ghost’ (in the book she tries to walk through a wall, believing that ghosts can actually do that, but fails and later wonders if she is dead or alive). Throughout the story, Mia reflects on her past memories with her family, friends and boyfriend Adam as she decides whether or not to or choose death and join her family or choose to live and stay.

 

I am really fascinated with the whole ‘out-of-body’ experience; Forman really captures the dilemma Mia has over whether she should stay with her friends or leave because of how miserable her life will be if she does stay. This is really captured in her flashbacks to important memories in Mia’s life, involving moments like her first kiss with Adam, when her brother Teddy was born and so forth.

Although the flashbacks were iconic in learning more about Mia’s life and her dilemma’s over staying or leaving, I felt that each flashback was a little bit rushed and not much ‘action’ occurs other than that of the beginning with the car accident which drives the whole story forward. I also felt that Mia seems to be leaning towards life throughout the entirety of the novel- with a lot of focus on Adam. I understand this was because of her love for him, but it made it seem clear she would ultimately choose life in the end because she focuses on nothing else. Where some moments occurring in the world around her comatose body did have some focus to her family arriving or her best friend’s mother crying, her flashbacks- as the true reasoning behind her decision -felt more centred around Adam himself.

Other than Mia, no other character development is truly undertaken- there are only snippets of her family (which is fair enough seeing as they’re only viewed in flashbacks) which made it difficult to really connect with Mia’s loss as we are left in the dark about who her family actually is. Even Adam was slightly portrayed in a rushed manner- at the end of the novel I was still in the dark over who Adam was … and Mia chose to live because of him playing a song for her, which if it was me would seem similar to a random stranger singing to me because all I know of him is he likes Mia and music.

Other than this, ‘If I Stay’ was very moving as some connection was made between me and Mia as she contemplates the biggest decision of her life. Also, Forman ending with simply Adam saying Mia’s name was highly effective in leaving her story to the imagination of the reader.

-Lauren’

 

The Masks We Wear

YouTube link: https://youtu.be/lXp33rav940

 

In the above YouTube video, I have simply recorded myself wearing three different masks and creating a specific ‘sign’ with my hands- the thumbs up represents Facebook, the heart represents Tumblr and the hashtag represents Twitter.

This is my way of representing the variety of ‘personas’ an individual can create on a wide spread of social media platforms; and how different each persona is when compared to each other and compared to the true identity of the individual. When we go online, we have created a ‘persona’ for ourselves- and that persona can be whatever we want it to be, if nobody knows the true ‘us’ we’ll tend to act differently to the real ‘us’ so people can accept the persona we have created. Whether it be through filtered photos on Instagram or carefully thought out tweets on Twitter, our true personality will not fully be shown when on the internet.

A persona is the centre of all posts, tweets, comments and photos- everyone sees who the persona is and what the persona does, not the person behind it all.

Along with this, the creation of a persona is easy while the maintenance of one is very delicate. An example of this is the ‘racist tweet’ incident with Justine Sacco and the Twitter trend ‘#hasJustinelandedyet’. Justine made a tweet before getting onto a plane heading to Cape Town, Africa and the tweet reads as follows:

Going to Africa.

Hope I don’t get AIDS! Just kidding.

I’m white.’

It’s no big surprise there was an uproar from the Twitter community, sparking the hashtag trend that lasted until Justine finally arrived in Africa eleven hours later. Any persona Justine had previously was instantaneously overlooked because of this one comment and she received many negative commenting and targeting from the public- this even resulted in her losing her job.

The persona is the most vital part behind all online presences- some personas on Twitter are not even human, or nicknamed ‘Twitterbots’, but people still follow what they say and do because it is ‘interesting’, ‘amusing’ or simply just a ‘part of a trend’.

 

We’re never truly ourselves on the internet.

-ThatGirlLauren

 

For more information, check out these following sites:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/r-kay-green/the-social-media-effect-a_b_3721029.html

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2016/04/when-the-next-twitterbot-loses-it-remember-that-its-tweets-are-protected/

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/22/pr-exec-fired-racist-tweet-aids-africa-apology

http://www.facegroup.com/blog/performing-identity-in-social-media/

http://socialmediaweek.org/blog/2014/04/instafame-rise-microcelebrity/

 

Citizen Reporters

SoundCloud link: https://soundcloud.com/thatgirllauren/citizen-reporters-is-this

 

 

SoundCloud transcript:

‘The definition of citizen journalism is ‘the collection, dissemination and analysis of news and information by the general public, especially by means of the internet’. Anybody that possesses a device capable of audio or visual recording (the most common and easily manageable form being a phone) can create their own news that are circled around current events occurring within a local or international perspective. Citizen journalism is being encouraged by groups such as local news channels, so the public can get a perspective on the issue from eyewitnesses present at the event and so the channels can have a more personal angle in their story. Through this, more individuals can become active participants in what information is passed off as news to the media public.

As mentioned before, the definition of citizen journalism states ‘especially by means of the internet’- this is where problems can occur when people create their own news. The internet is dialogic– there are no gatekeepers online to prevent or organise any of the content that goes out to the public. And, seeing as many people look to the internet for information, if one person voices out their opinion on a matter many others will do the same- the information can then become unreliable. An example of unreliable information that was then passed from one audience member to another is the Reddit ‘Boston bombings’ incident– Reddit users created the thread ‘findbostonbombers’ and collaborated theories and speculations. This ultimately ended with wrongful targeting of a missing- later revealed deceased -Brown University student as one of the bombers due to the unsourced information.’

 

 

We were once just formerly known as ‘the audience’- we were passive consumers of the internet. Now, with recent advances in technology and the digital media, we are becoming more active and, as a result, more people are starting to voice out their opinions on several matters at hand. The notion of ‘citizen journalism’ has been brought about due to this, where anyone can create their own content on the internet and use it as a form of information or news.

People are highly dependent on the internet for information; newspapers possess a cost and require the physical action of reading in order to obtain any information, while the internet comes in a range of different audio and visual mediums and all access to any content is entirely free. With this, people can add their own information within a matter of seconds rather than waiting around for over a week for their letter to be accepted by news companies. Also, passive consumers on the internet are more focused on content than what is actually provided as information in the news and feel more trusting towards content produced by other members of the media public.

The advances of the internet and its free roam and uploading nature is one of the main factors encouraging the amount of information by the public. Not only this, but news channels also encourage citizen journalism by asking people to send in footage on the issue at hand and then broadcast it to the remaining public. However, the reliability in this form of information is highly flawed- there are no gatekeepers on the internet due to its dialogic nature, so nobody can control which information is published or read by others let alone check if what people are saying is in fact true and backed up with evidence.

So if this information can be false and unsourced, can we consider this as proper journalism at all?

 

-ThatGirlLauren

 

For more information, check out these sites below:

https://gigaom.com/2015/02/20/two-great-examples-of-how-journalism-has-changed-for-the-better/

http://journalism.about.com/od/citizenjournalism/a/whatiscitizen.htm
http://www.thewire.com/national/2013/04/reddit-find-boston-bombers-founder-interview/64455/

 

Digital Artefact Review #2- ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ by Stephen Chbosky

My second review for my digital artefact with Grace (click here to check out her blog!)- ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ by Stephen Chbosky; my absolute favourite book(!).

-ThatGirlLauren:

 

‘At the time I first read this book, I thought ‘Oh, this is cute, Charlie is a little bit weird, but this book is nice’ and I put it on a shelf where it has stayed for a solid three years. I do not normally re-read a book, but while passing Chbosky’s book recently I decided to flip through a few pages and ultimately decided to once again read ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’. Now I’m thinking ‘I am so much like Charlie’. (SPOILERS!)

So, ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ … it’s about the struggles of fifteen-year-old Charlie and his life on the edge of the dancefloor. Throughout this novel, he becomes friends with Sam and Patrick (nicknamed ‘Nothing’, which is mentioned at the beginning of the book) and how he becomes more participated in life and goes out onto the dancefloor. Charlie is the awkward teen learning about sex, drugs, alcohol, friends and family for the first time in his life. He is what Patrick calls a ‘wallflower’- the one who is always watching but never acts or speaks, focusing on how everyone else lives their lives without actually living much himself.
Charlie’s narration is in the form of letters to ‘a friend’ (the friend of course being the reader) and he writes about each event that has happened the past week and what he is feeling at the moment. He talks about; how he first meets Sam and Patrick; how he goes to parties and drinks, smokes and even tries drugs like LSD and pot; how he dates a girl named Mary Elizabeth; any events or dramas he witnesses- including his sister’s pregnancy and abortion, the rape of another girl and Patrick’s struggles with his lover named Brad (who has a girlfriend of his own) which eventually lead to Patrick getting beaten up by Brad’s friends and Charlie fending them off -; and he especially talks about his love for Sam.

My favourite part of this book is the ‘infinite moment’- after their dance, the trio drive to Downtown; but not before Sam gets out of the car to ride in the back of the pickup through the tunnel. Charlie notes of each individual moment- Sam screaming from the back, Patrick laughing at her, the song ‘Landslide’ playing from the stereo and the lights of the city at the end of the tunnel –and claims ‘in that moment, I swear we were infinite’.
The ‘freeness’, kindness and innocence of Charlie is overwhelming- he is a true character I feel like I can relate to in several aspects. His sadness, confusion and (of course) his innocence all seem truly genuine thanks to Chbosky’s use of words- especially through his choice of setting up the entirety of the narrative in letter format, which gives an even more personal sense as he writes to his friend. While this novel is depressing, the comedy of Charlie’s and his friends actions made the book that much more heartwrenching as he explores out of his comfort zone and experiences new things.
The passion and determination Charlie displays makes him a very strong and open-minded protagonist; he is never truly out in the world for just himself, he’s always there for his friends and even his family. Moments like this further heightened the emotional connection between audience and character as Chbosky slowly reveals bits and pieces of Charlie’s past- how his beloved Aunt died getting him a present and he feels unwanted guilt about it –as well as the past of his friends which further explains his constant need of protection from his friends and the protection he wants his friends to receive, allowing the audience to further understand the complexity of Charlie’s mind as he expresses his deepest thoughts and fears.

This book is honest, genuine and very very very emotional- I am glad I chose to take it back off of the shelf and re-read it. I’m currently reading it again for the third time right now.
Highly recommend reading.

-Lauren’

 

Generation Remix

Remixing culture

Majority of content found on the internet is generally in the form of a remix– the mash-up of texts which in turn produce a new, individual text with its own original meaning. Some of these remixes include YouTube videos, film productions and the most common example of remixing is found in the combining of lyrics and rhythm from one song with other sounds or the altering of multiple existing rhythms which in turn form a new song as a whole. The concept of remixing in music has rapidly become a new wave of music genre in itself, as well as an expression of creativity and originality amongst active participants on the internet.
Audience members used to remain passive on the internet- merely watching and listening –but with the increasing evolution of technology, more artists are becoming active in participating in these cultural advances of remixes and mash-ups. Remixing of music is one of these cultures in which audiences can participate in freely and easily by simply downloading an app or searching up a website that enables them to mix certain songs and create their own version. However, the copyrighting laws behind remixes are much more detailed than the laws that protect original work- a remix is a ‘derivative work’, meaning that permission from the original artist must be given in order for the remix to be produced.

‘Good artists copy; great artists steal’

Lana Del Rey vs Cedric Gervais ‘Summertime Sadness’ ^

Tyler Ward ‘Talk Dirty to Me (Cover/Remix)’ ^

 

There are two videos above; one is Cedric Gervais’ popular remix of Lana Del Rey’s song ‘Summertime Sadness’ and the other is from YouTuber Tyler Ward, a cover artist who has covered/remixed Jason Derulo’s ‘Talk Dirty to Me’ using auto mechanical equipment as the background instrumental.

Gervais’ remix of ‘Summertime Sadness’ received many more views than Del Rey’s original song on YouTube- the remix receiving 82 million views while the original received only 54 million. When thinking about circumstances like this, should the original artist be given the credit for making the original song? Or because it is a remix of the original song and is in itself a new song entirely, does that mean the new creator gets the credit?
Same with Tyler Ward’s remix- is this considered as an original work?
-ThatGirlLauren

 

For more information on remixing or the examples provided, check out these sites:
http://remixtheory.net/?cat=6

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akhmS1D2Ce4&noredirect=1 -‘Summertime Sadness’ Gervais remix link to YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdrL3QxjyVw -‘Summertime Sadness’ Lana Del Rey
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1kgXQTAUBc -Tyler Ward ‘Talk Dirty to Me (Cover/Remix)’ link to YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4vT3qTr8fwVS7IsPgqaGCQ– Tyler Ward Youtube channel
http://marketingland.com/remix-culture-rethinking-what-we-call-original-content-41791

 

Digital Artefact Review #1- ‘The 5th Wave’ by Rick Yancey

The following post is a copy of my first review on Grace’s and my Amazon profile (under the nickname ‘The Pun Brigade’, click here to check out our other reviews) about Rick Yancey’s novel which has become a recent movie: ‘The 5th Wave’. Click here to check out Grace’s website and for her movie reviews.

-ThatGirlLauren

Here is my first book review:

 

Having read this book just recently, I thought making a review on it would seem suitable enough. So, let’s look at the plot (SPOILER ALERT):

‘The 5th Wave’ focuses on main character Cassie Sullivan in a post-apocalyptic world caused by the invasion of an alien race nicknamed ‘The Others’. In the prologue (though hinted) and throughout the novel, it is revealed the Others invaded Earth around twenty years previous by ‘uploading’ their minds into unborn children- once the children reached a certain age, their conscious would be absorbed by the Others’ and they would physically be human but mentally have the knowledge and training of the Others.

Earth had previously been attacked in four waves when we first meet Cassie- an EMP strike, natural disasters, infection and the ‘invasion’ of Others hunting humans. As the novel progresses Cassie meets Evan Walker, who agrees to help rescue her little brother Sam who was kidnapped by Others preparing an army of children who are to be the 5th Wave by convincing them the humans are infected by some kind of an alien brain parasite.

Evan is revealed to be an ‘Other-Human’, though he still wants to help Cassie because he loves her and Cassie rescues her brother along with the help of her high-school-crush-previously-thought-dead Ben Parish (the novel jumps between Cassie’s perspective and later on Ben’s perspective, where it is revealed he was originally infected with the ‘Red Death’ the Others created but was then healed and trained to be part of the 5th wave). Evan sacrifices himself and blows up Camp Haven- the base where the children were being trained –and Cassie escapes with her brother, Ben and several members of Ben’s military squad.

 

I’m not normally one to read let alone be interested with all the ‘alien invasion’ stories, but … I. Loved. This. Book. Everything kept me captivated and wanting more- the characters, the action, the plot twists … I loved them all!

I do not normally feel for the main character(s) in any way because they are set up as the ‘bitchy’ one- where the author writes them in a way that they are too passionate about what they believe is right that they just ultimately become a hateable character. Cassie Sullivan is not a character that you’d love to hate. While I did question Cassie’s immediate trust in Evan (regardless of how hot he is portrayed) I loved how we come to understand Cassie’s intentions through her flashbacks- reminiscing everything that happened up until Yancey first introduces her to us. I found that it worked very well to Yancey’s favour to write about her killing somebody first, then write about her past- a little moment of ‘What the *bleep* is she doing?’ which is ultimately replaced by sobbing uncontrollably in a corner over the loss of her parents and former life. Unlike the portrayal of many other characters from previous books I’ve read, I felt more empathy towards Cassie because of this amount of detail that Yancey wrote about her past.

I also felt that I connected with Cassie because she still felt- even though she would sleep beside her M16 and never lose sight of it like it was her baby –like the awkward girl. Even when she first met Evan, her first thoughts were self-conscious of how she looked, showing that even when the world around her changed she still maintained those aspects of her past life- an almost yearning to want things to be normal if she continued to act like herself (cue crying in corner once more). Everything from her writing in a journal of all her memories even to the moment when she meets the Crucifix Soldier, there is a pause of thinking humanely and wondering if killing is the right thing regardless of an alien apocalypse.

Yancey writes in two different forms: highly detailed and deep in thought, or quick, fast-paced and straight into the action. And in the context of which scenes he’s writing about at the time, the pacing is absolutely brilliant. Swapping from Cassie’s contemplative thinking of existence to the fast-paced battles of Ben proved very intriguing; there was no pause for boredom, confusion or sense of disconnection between reader and book. Especially when he wrote in detail- I had to put the book down when reading about how Cassie’s mother died from the ‘Red Death’ because it was so detailed I felt really disgusted (in the good reading-a-book-gives-me-goosebumps kind of way).

And, let’s not forget, the Others. The goddamn Others. Like I said, I’m not one to be interested in alien invasion stories- but the Others were written up so damn well. Yancey spiced things up by making it that the Others invaded way back when and the second they did attack it was in the most simplest ways- a tall pole (basically) over tectonic plates, a disease, an EMP strike. Yancey made the Others cunning- they understand the way the Earth turns, what makes a human tick and use it against them.

All in all, this book was absolutely amazing and I would highly recommend reading it- even if you aren’t a sci-fi fan or a huge ‘alien-invasion enthusiast’, get reading!

-Lauren’