As a second year media student at UNSW, I have to take the course ARTS2090 PUBLICS AND PUBLISHING IN TRANSITION, and one of our assessments is this blog… so here it goes!
(fingers crossed I’m doing this right… I normally just reblog pretty pictures and posts about how much I love to eat)
Now I’m not exactly sure what we’re “supposed” to blog about, but I thought it might be a good start to write about what I learnt from our first lecture and then perhaps rant about my addiction to social media.
So I didn’t realise that there were so many different definitions of “publishing” until this course. I mean as a kid, the word “publishing” mainly just related to books and magazines. However, now with so many new digital platforms, I realise that I am a shameless self-published tweeter and blogger!
To quote the lecture slide, publishing, put simply, is “to make something public (that might not have been before)”.
Publishing in the past used to be a simple case of proclaiming, writing, drawing and painting. Now with advances in technology, we can print, record and digitise information. Also with the internet and globalisation, any sort of published information has become easily accessible.
There is more and more diverse information that is being published on the internet, so how do we narrow it down to what we want?
Easy… THE HASHTAG.
If you’re reading this, you’re probably my tutor, a media student or maybe someone stalking me, either way you should know what a “hashtag” is, and if you don’t here’s a picture of one. You’re welcome.
Hashtags are commonly used on social mediums such as Twitter and Instagram, both of which I abuse on a daily basis, because I am a self-confesssed, social media addict. They help you search the mediums for information that you are actually interested in. I mean, why bother with information that isn’t relevant to you?
Typing “#arts2090” in the Twitter search bar and then pressing enter would show you every single tweet that has “#arts2090” in it. Pretty nifty huh?
Most of the tweets would be from UNSW media students, most likely during lectures (let’s be honest here).
So anyways, I think I’ve written enough about publishing… and my opinions.
Oh before I forget here is the magic word for week 1: EREADERS
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