For the past nine weeks, in fact, for the past two years, blogging has become a concept that I am extremely familiar with as it is an integral part of media and communication education. BCM240 explores the links between media, audience, and place and the ways in which they challenge and complement each other for different purposes and in different times. The BCM subjects are generally quite different from any other University subjects as they focus on technology platforms and encourage student to interact with them in new and current ways, allowing student to get a hands on experience that better prepare us for our future employment.
The primary aim in getting students to maintain a blog is to encourage them to be continually engaging and reengaging with the subject material as well as with other students’ thoughts and opinions on that material. In general I would say that the engagement between students has significantly decreased over the blogging period. It stated with people reading and commenting on each other’s writing and tweeting sources and encouragement, however, as the semester wore on and workloads stared to increase and time became scarce, commenting and further engaging with others seemed less important. As a BCM student I am taking three BCM subjects this semester and in one of them bogging, commenting, and tweeting are mandatory and count for a percentage of our marks. Due to this, I feel that I am fulfilling my obligation to connect with fellow students and although I continue to read BCM240 blogs I have less motivation to comment on them.
Blogging not only improves your writing ability but it also takes dedication and discipline to sit down once a week and research, plan and write a blog post. Although this BCM subject contains many areas of study that other BCM subjects contain, revisiting and reengaging with past content and learning new ways to approach content broadens students understanding of key features of our degree. Researching for blog topics and content ranged from reading scholarly sources to sitting down with the family to discuss cinema and televisions experiences. This academic learning combined with personal thoughts and anecdotes create an extremely unique learning experience giving us insight into the changes and advancements in technology and technology platforms from individual perspective and from the industry itself.
Although every time I find myself in a subject that requires student to blog, I dread sitting down and typing out a four hundred blog post once a week. In the beginning it seems unnecessary, and at times inconvenient, however compared to other learning styles that contain heavy reading and multiple tests I feel that this is continuous engagement with material is a far superior method of retaining information. After reviewing my blog statistics (I’ll admit for the first time since creating it almost two years ago) I was surprised by the amount of international attention it had received.
Now, I’m not on my way to becoming an influential blogger or anything, but seeing that people in North America, Eastern Europe and even Brazil have been viewing my blog is kind of mind blowing. As much as I would love to attribute this to the caliber of writing and research, alas, more likely it is due to tagging key ideas and categorizing related posts as well as tweeting about my blog. These essential blogging components (as shown in the above image) can be extremely useful in getting your voice out there and more importantly getting your voice heard over the cacophony of other voices on the Internet. This image also concludes that although we may think that we are only writing a blog to fulfill subject requirements, through the speed and accessibility of the Internet these posts can be (I’m a realist after all) accessed and read from all corner of the globe for a myriad of reasons whether it’s for recreational or research purposes or just to connect with another human being.
After almost two years of posting my thoughts and opinions in the form of a blog and more specifically, after nine weeks of researching and exploring the connection between media, audience and place I am constantly reminded that media is not a single entity but rather a combination of thousands, if not, millions of voices that define the way humanity develops, learns and interacts with each other and the world around us. As a reflection of a global society media changes to accommodate for technological advances according to the way in which people interact with it. It is becoming increasingly obvious that we have entered into the technological age where media creation and practices are fundamental aspects in current and future life.