week 4.

So this week I’ve decided to actually incorporate the blog word “desire” into my blog post.

When I think of the word “desire”… Social networking is definitely not my first thought. Here are some pictures that somewhat describe my thought stream when I think of “desire”…

ANYWAYS… you probably get the idea.

So I was thinking, how do I get desire… to link with social networking and the media and such… and then it hit me… DESIRE IS THE LINK!



As a social media addict, my desire for social networking is strong. I am constantly on Twitter complaining about my life or on Instagram uploading pictures of my meals or on Facebook stalking my “friends” and wishing I had a life. It’s a vicious cycle really… the desire to social network has really disrupted life as we know it. I mean before we had social media, when we went out… we couldn’t check-in at all the places we went, so no one would know where we were and of all the cool things we were eating. CAN YOU IMAGINE A WORLD LIKE THAT?!

Social media, is practically my life. I use it to make it look like I have a life, when really… I’m just always on social media. DO YOU SEE THE SOCIAL MEDIA TRAP NOW?

We spend so much time trying to make it look like we have the most awesome lives… checking in to all these cool places with friends, taking pictures of all the sinful foods we eat, not to mention the drunk photos and statuses that we post… when in reality our “awesome” life is to make it look like we’re out there living and not in our rooms on a Saturday, in bed at 2.25pm eating ice cream and watching old episodes of Gossip Girl (I’m totally not doing that right now…)

Anyways so I’ve got to get back to Gossip Girl now. Wait what?




week 7.


As a somewhat normal human being… I… like many others… like to see things.

Having a visual diagram in front of us helps us understand what we’re trying to understand.

Though with visualisations, we must think… beyond the pretty picture.

So Andrew said that visualisation is about the aesthetics of publishing data.

Like I said… pretty pictures.

As the old saying goes… a picture is worth a thousand words… here are some great visualisations that I’ve come across on tumblr.

Pretty self-explanatory… from the angle this is taken… it looks like someone is turning the ferris wheel when really… the ferris wheel is far away. This visualisation is one that shows that something is not always what it seems.

This one is interesting because it’s not really a picture. It’s a poem broken up and scattered around, forcing the reader to quite literally connect the dots to figure out what the poem is. I feel that the poem is somewhat invisible until the dots are connected.

The reason why I chose to include this… is because it could be easily mistaken as a cute little valentine drawing. Though when you actually read the words, it is far from that. Again, it is not always what it seems.

This is a visualisation that is a paradox. Obviously when you look in the mirror you’re going to see yourself… but with the writing on the mirror “you probably think this works about you” makes you feel that you should see something else. 

When I first saw this image I thought it was like something stretched across the computer screen, but when I read the caption, it explained that it’s the architectural density in Hong Kong. It’s the strangest thing to think that there are hundreds of thousands of people that live in these buildings!

Anyways.. that’s all I’ve got for today…


week 1.

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?


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

Feel free to follow me on Twitter @msjojolow :)

Stay tuned!


week 5.

The word “infotention” is like the love child of the words “information” and “attention”

In this instance, “information” refers to media and social networks, therefore we can think of “infotention” as how we indulge and involve ourself in the media. 

Like I have said in almost every post… I am a media addict therefore I pay a lot of attention to the media and engage with social networks on a daily basis, this can be seen on my Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!

Though… with all this engagement with social networking, am I distracted from things that really matter?

Yes… and no?

I probably shouldn’t be making this confession, but as someone that is so heavily subscribed to social networking, I know close to nothing about current affairs!

Ask me anything about politics and I will give you a blank look and walk away.

Instead of browsing news websites like a good little media student, I actually gain all my information from Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr… So my “newsfeed” is literally my only newsfeed.

I know it’s terrible… but I feel like I pay so much attention to information that is relevant to me, that I unintentionally ignore current affairs and issues that concern the world as a whole.

Going through my Twitter feed, I find this tweet very relevant… props to you Mad Dawg!