Arts 2090 – Assignment 3 – Essay

Arts 2090 – Assignment 3 – Essay

Tutor – Andrew McNicol

Tutorial – Thursday 10.30am – 12pm

Student Name – Bronte Hogarth

Student Number – Z3334518

Essay question –

But what’s happening today – the mass ability to communicate with each other, without having to go through a traditional intermediary – is truly transformative.’

(Alan Rusbridger, Editor of The Guardian newspaper, ‘The splintering of the fourth estate’ .. via

How is the diminution of traditional, and often hierarchical, “authoritative” intermediaries changing the role of publishing in social life? You should choose one broad area of publishing, such as, for example, travel journalism or music publishing.

Response type –

-Blog essay including images.

-Written as one post but is broken into 3 separate parts to be indicative of 3 separate posts.

-The scenario thought up for this essay blog is fictional, hoping to answer the essay question in a more interesting and new-media like way and highlighting that its a combination of digitsation of publishing with new media and mobile technologies which is changing the roll of publishing in social life especially in regards to traditional mediums like print publishing and travel publishing.

Post 1: Travelling with tech!

Better than travelling with kids and something that no traditional travel guidebooks will teach you! How to travel and be technologically savvy!

Welcome to my travel blog. Here you will find loads of tips & tricks for traveling the world using the latest technologies. This blog fills a niche need for travellers around the globe with an interest in new media & technologies.

The digitisation of the media (in particular the rise of the blogosphere) has lead much travel journalism and travel information to be published online. Travel guidebook’s are not obsolete, nor is print publishing, but the digitisation of information has created a degree of uncertainty for traditional mediums like print publishing, and an incentive to adapt to newer online and also mobile models.

Yes, that’s right…we are not called travel with tech for nothing!! On this blog we use new media to cover travel and how it fits in with new technologies, in particular the rise of mobile technologies and how they can help you navigate your way around the globe, but also publish your own content from abroad! (Like your whereabouts! Your family will love you for that). Digital and mobile technologies are changing the role of publishing in social life, and travel life! So we are here to help you with these changes!

We would love you to take tips from the content on this blog, as it all comes from the worldly experience of our writers (tech savvy travellers themselves), however we also want to encourage you to keep your own travel blog, and publish your own content whilst away. This way you are adding to the shared ‘network society’ of our modern day and age, the global online archives. Manuel Castells defines a network society as ‘a society whose social structure is made of networks powered by micro electronics-based information and communication technologies’. (Castells, 2005, p.3)

The emergence of networks and our increasingly network based society summons many fears for the ‘death’ of traditional media practices like broadcast and print journalism.  Fears, such as the diminishing quality of media as anyone, anywhere can now produce their own content. Ken Lowery and Mark Hale, both journalists using the Twitter account @FakeAPStylebook (200,000 Twitter followers), disagree with these above ideas. They believe it is a mistake to think ‘news was ever in a solid state, that for decades or centuries the news was gathered, disseminated and consumed in one unchangeable fashion. This was never the case.’ (Leadingham, 2011, p.11)

There are new power structures involved in generating and distributing knowledge through computing technologies and networks. New kinds of media, such as digital and social media have flourished under the network society (why we are writing a blog not a book). The primary importance of ‘content’ as seen in traditional and often hierarchical, “authoritative” intermediaries like print publishing has been replaced by the new possibilities of ‘distribution’. This shift has meant larger audience involvement, as new media platforms allow us to take content into our own hands. So whilst we LOVE that you have visited to see what we have to say, we like to hear what you have to say too! Which is why we have the sharing stories section on our blog; anything you write about your travels can be shared here, and even more easily if you download our Travel with Tech app to your smartphone, tablet or laptop.

So this was a long-winded way of saying hello, and telling you the story of how we came to be. We love to travel at Travel with Tech, and are all experienced travellers who could never find the specific information that we needed or which would have come in handy whilst abroad, particular to people travelling with new technologies. (A list of FREE Wi-Fi hotspots in your favourite cities around the world! Smartphone charging stations! Tips on having Skype dates to keep that overseas romance alive!) Yep we have it all right here! Whilst also hoping you will partake in new media travel documenting/blogging yourself.

Travel with tech is an uber-modern travel blog for the now and future traveller, because travel guidebooks are so media 1.0!

Post 2: Tip for the tech traveler – if you haven’t done it yet…Get yourself a smartphone already….

Really, do it! We know we have posted about this numerous times before on our blog but truly you will capture some of the best travel moments on your smartphone, it will help you find your way with map apps, organise things, stay in touch with people you meet along the way, give you entertainment and MUCH more! You might become quite attached to the little technological bugger like in the below story.

This story was submitted by a blogger in the sharing stories section of Travel with Tech. We wanted to share it with you all. 1. Because as much as we would like to believe our technologies are indestructible (they are not) a factor which must be accepted when travelling with tech. 2. It does list many of the possibilities travelling with new technologies allows and reinforce many things we have written about before about digital publishing and mobile technologies being the way forward for travel. Without further ado, here it is.

“It happened a rainy night in London. En-route home from a night out in a Camden Pub; my IPhone went psycho.

At the time, I was making a video of my friend, who on this journey home was rather inebriated, singing Celine Dion at the top of her lungs for a whole crowd of disinterested bus goers, or more accurately assailing them with her voice. Half way through what would have probably been a YouTube hit – My IPhone melts down. It freezes first, and then powers-out, fading to black. My initial thoughts were, that the battery was out. Wrong!! No amount of subsequent charging would fix the mobile. It was gone. I was now proud owner of a blank screen and a badly scratched up cover.

IPhone gone = me lost.

My IPhone had become a ‘hub’ for me whilst I travelled the globe, mostly alone, for 8 months. It mediates space by expanding the network ones private space can be accessed in public, and most importantly from city-to-city, country-to-country, my IPhone allowed me stay connected.

Socially, it let me stay in contact with my family and friends back home. The distance between us seemingly lessened at the knowledge that one click of a Facebook or Skype App could connect us via the ‘digital space’. I used it to contact friends met in various countries, and also as a trip organiser/documenter – storing details of my trips logistics (tickets, directions, hostels, experiences) and documenting and archiving the social relations with people and places through photographs and videos.

Traveling for the most part alone, you meet people, but there are definitely times of loneliness. Sometimes your IPhone feels like your only friend. With it, one can engage in games, pass endless hours of train and plane travel watching movies, listening to music or provided there is Wi-Fi, traversing the web. Simply, one can be entertained.  I was able to make productive use (which some may call unproductive use) in times of boredom.

My IPhone was part of my own physical mobility around the world.  So when it decided to… Die…I was sad and felt I had somehow been disadvantaged.

Our mobile devices can become so integrated into our daily lives that it’s not until we ‘lose them’ that we actually notice how dependent we have become. Traveling without the little technological bugger was not the same. Suddenly, I was forced into busy Internet cafes, instead of having the ability to access free Internet anywhere with a signal. No longer was meeting up with other travellers so easy, or accessing news from back home as instantaneous, or writing my travel blog on the go an easy option! And NEVER would the hilarious video that sparked this whole escapade of IPhone mortality be posted.

So going from traveling with tech to without it, with it was a million times better.

** For example! The ‘Sleep files’ taken sneakily on Iphone camera! These shots are golden.

Post 3: Travel with Tech’s Skype dating tips –

The post you have all been waiting for!! We will keep it short and sweet! The overseas fling doesn’t always have to end. Here are our best tips for going on a Skype date.

  1. Try not to be late! Just because it’s a virtual date doesn’t mean we throw away real life etiquette.
  2. Be early! It’s possible there may be technical difficulties so our advice is jumping on 10 minutes early and check your video and call settings are working.
  3. You CAN get away with wearing pajama bottoms! Fix up your top half up, hair, makeup a nice shirt for the guys, and as long as you remember not to stand up in the camera view they will never know. Could be the first date you’ve had in pj’s.
  4. Use Share Screen – Share Screen allows you to see exactly what the other person is seeing on their screen. Watch movies together, look at photos together, go for it, and book a holiday together whilst in the same online space.
  5. Don’t be afraid to Skype date anywhere – Everyone’s doing it. People are connecting from their homes, to random places like the park. They’re on at the coffee shop, at university, or at work.

With Skype available on the computer, but also as an application on smart phones, tablets and other wireless devices, you can be virtually contactable or contacting people anywhere with an internet connection. Perfect for the Tech Traveller!

There’s plenty more information on this remarkable addition to the communications table, which has made global hook-ups ridiculously inexpensive, at this link:


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