Week 5: An insight into social media usage

This week I decided to get an insight into social media usage… so what better way then to publish my survey onto social media to track down some answers.

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I used a series of 5 questions to get an indication on how people were feeling about the pressures of social media.

Q1. What is your age bracket?

I started my survey by asking the age of the person undertaking the survey so I could later correlate age with social media usage (the results as follows):

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The majority of my participants were young adults in the age bracket of 18 -24 years of age making up 75% of the total survey pool.

Q2. How many social media sites are you registered to?

I wanted to see if I could find out the average number of social media sights people subscribe too.

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I was interested to find out that 50% of my survey pool were subscribed to more then 5 social media sites.

Q3. How many times do you access social media per day?

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I was shocked to see that 50% of my survey pool checked/ accessed their social media sites more then 50 times per day.

Q4. Do you ever worry about the amount of followers or likes you receive?

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My survey displayed that at some point all the participants worried about the followers or likes they were receiving on a social media platform.

Q5. Do you rely on social media to communicate?

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100% of the survey pool agreed that they rely on social media to communicate.

Overall, after reviewing all the data I had received I found it shocking that social media is constantly being checked by young people to the point that they are becoming worried about their social media presence. But at the same time, the data shows, where would they be without it? By conducting this survey it has just left me with one thought, do we rely on social media too much?

Im going to leave you guys with a interesting video, take a look:

Until next time,


Week 6: Politics and the Internet

This week was focused on thinking about Politics and the Internet and importantly their relationship. I decided it would be a perfect opportunity to develop more of a political footprint so I decided to participate in a online petition (e-petition). I decided to sign a petition on an issue that directly affects myself and my local area. Living in Southport on the Gold Coast I hear a lot of talk about the plans to redevelop the Southport Spit. In summary it is being petitioned that the plans to redevelop the spit be a community driven project. It states on the Queensland Parliment petition that:

Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to facilitate the creation and implementation of a community driven Master Plan for this area, based on and respecting previous and existing plans and studies, eg. GCCC Town Plan, 2020 Vision Study, Federation Walk Management Plan, Urbis Gold Coast Broadwater Economic Assessment, etc. It is proposed that, as the State Government is custodian of this area then the State Government is the body responsible for the creation and implementation of the Master Plan to give a framework within which to make decisions and to give certainty to the public ownership and use of the area. A recent Gold Coast Business Survey showed 86% of the business respondents wanted such a management plan to give certainty and in excess of 99% of 500 local residents who attended a forum held on 24/7/16 also supported this position. Consequently the petitioners request the House to expeditiously address this request for a Master Plan for The Spit (David Hutley, 2016).

I really enjoyed tracking down this petition and being involved in a positive change that could directly affect my community.

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If this is also something that you think you would be interested in supporting you can sign the petition here.

I started to do some more research on the topic and came across some interesting local articles on the matter, if you are interested have a read, just click on the snippet of the Gold Coast Bulletin article written by Kathleen Skene below.

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I started reading through the comments on the article and found the the diverse reactions on the matter very interesting. Being a politically aware and active online user I thought I would add my two cents to the matter:

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I discovered that my local MP Rob Molhoek has been very vocal the matter lately and  I decided to get in touch with him via email asking him if he believed that Southport as a community should get a say in what plans are made for the local area. However, I haven’t received a response yet so I decided to research some interviews he has given on the issue as of late. In January 2016, he released a statement to the Gold Coast Bulletin (pictured below):

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All in all I think I the internet is not only an important tool for politics but an important tool to be able to get involved with politics. In a few click of a button I was able to directly contribute to the politics in my local area and even get in touch with a local politician.

I’ll keep you updated on any developments.


Week 4: So what is Cyberpunk?

So this week I decided to get out of my comfort zone and open myself up to the world of Cyberpunk. You are probably thinking, ‘what in the world is cyberpunk?’ Don’t worry, because I was too.

My first Cyberpunk experience was accompanied by Harrison Ford in Blade Runner playing a bounty hunter named Decker who as a Blade Runner is responsible for hunting down genetically modified human beings,  known as Nexus-6 replicants. But like any good plot twist, Decker falls in love with one of the replicants. For more information click here. Or if you fancy watching Blade Runner click here.


When researching Cyberpunk I came across multiple different ideas and theories, however I started to understand that Cyberpunk is not only a genre but also a culture. I attempted to define it in my own words but Neon Dystopia just did it so much better. They published in a recent article ‘What is Cyberpunk?’ that, ‘Cyberpunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that features advanced science and technology in an urban, dystopian future. On one side you have powerful mega-corporations and private security forces, and on the other you have the dark and gritty underworld of illegal trade, gangs, drugs, and vice. In between all of this is politics, corruption, and social upheaval’ (Neon Dystopia,2016).

But to help you guys wrap your heads around the evolution of Cyberpunk I developed a timeline using tiki-toki.com to provide a visual representation click here or on the picture below.

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Try exploring a different genre every now and then, you might just find something interesting.


Week 3: The first online Australian Census… a step in the right or wrong direction?

This week the media has been focused on the first online Australian Census, debating whether or not it is infringing on our right of privacy. Every five years the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) carries out a compulsory survey known as the Australia Census which asks questions like the address of our home and the full names of all its residents. This survey is a snap shot of our nation on a particular night in history.

This is the first time in Australian history that we have been given the opportunity to complete the Census on an online platform, with the option of a paper postal form still available. However, reports suggest that the ABS did not anticipate the influx of requests for a physical form and the hotline has been so overwhelmed that on hold waiting times have been up to an hour,  if you are even lucky enough to get through at all.

The Australia Census is being sold to the general public as the basis to guide our governments and their policies to better suit our nation. The advocators of the Australian Census in rebuttal to the popular opinion that the census is violating our right to privacy are presenting the idea that we do everything else online: banking, Centrelink and tax returns, so why is a census actually such a big deal?

I believe the issue affecting the nation the most is the idea is that it is now compulsory for us to divulge this information or the Australian Government will issue an $180 per day fine to the household. The issue isn’t the Census itself, at lot has changed since 2011 and it is important to have a better understanding of where we are as a nation currently, however to enforce the disclosure of personal information, surely that is a direct breach of our fundamental human right for privacy.

Australian Senator Nick Xenophon released a statement to the ABC indicating that he was refusing to give his personal information to the ABS as, “The whole process has been a botched one and disrespectful to Australians in terms of their human rights or privacy being assaulted in this way”.

Not only is it cause for concern that we don’t really know where this information goes or what it could be used for, but by adding an online platform to the mix we are opening ourselves up to the world of hacking with many government websites being a target as of late. Senator Ludlum raised the issue in his interview with the ABC expressing, “If the US Department of State, and the CIA, and the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection weren’t able to prevent themselves from being hacked — if these big, well resourced entities aren’t able to protect people’s private information, there’s nothing about the ABS that gives you confidence that couldn’t happen in the future,”.

The debate over the 2016 online Australian Census plays into the even larger issue – is technology really a help or a hinderence? Like most things, I believe it comes down to moderation, everything should have its limit. In the words of American Author John Perry Barlow, “Relying on the government to protect your privacy is like asking a peeping tom to install your window blinds”.

For this week,



Week Two: Taking on the tech

I spent this week acquainting myself with what the world of blogging has to offer and navagating the WordPress platform. Discovering what my classmates have been experiencing with this form of communication has been as equally interesting. So much so, that I was able to add a direct link to their sites on the side bar of my blog, which in the blogging world is referred to as a ‘blogroll’. Not only am I able to easily access their sites but I am now notified instantly of their activity as I have linked my University email and my personal email accounts to the Apple Mail App on my phone. I found a handy Youtube clip by eHowTech that directed me step by step through the process.

I was also spent this week refining my google search skills, focusing on flitering articles and websites to view the most recent or updated. This has become a very useful tool for my studies, helping me search for relevant and recent sources for my Introduction to Journalism course. I have also discovered this week that Microsoft Word makes it very easy for us to collate and organise our sources through their referencing tool:

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Discovering all these new features this week got me thinking about actually how much we use and rely on technology to communicate to each other. If we didn’t have social media would we find oursleves left out or without invites? Would our relationships suffer?
Being from the United Kingdom and having the majority of my family living overseas, I rely heavily on new communication technologies to keep in touch. With international call fees astronomical and platforms like Skype and Facebook messenger so convenient It makes staying in touch and up to date a breeze. Without these technologies the 9,500 miles between London and the Gold Coast would feel much more apparent!


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Week One: About Me

Formally I go by Madeline but using Maddie will more likely get you a response. I am in my first year of a Bachelor of Public Relations and Communications, my major is still pending however marketing is looking promising. I started my university career in 2014 enrolled in a Bachelor of Government and International Relations but as it turns out politics is not for me. So after a year of travel and self exploration I found myself in a part of the world and a degree much more suited to me. My indecision on my major has much to do with my career plans constantly wavering.  I see myself in a fast paced and progressive career and industry, in a role that stimulates and excites me and I believe this degree will be the tool to get me there. A career that would enable me to travel the world would be a dream! Despite this subject being a prerequisite for my degree I believe it to be a course that I would have selected voluntarily as I think it is important to educate ourselves and understand how technology will influence and affect our ability to communicate. Especially, if I plan to work in the public relations industry which relies and revolves so directly on communication.

Happy communicating,