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The Future of Politics: Where will we be in 50 years?

My Digital Artefact is going to be a video series based upon the concept of what the political landscape will look like in 50 years. Each video will focus on one of four political stances:

  • Capitalism
  • Nationalism
  • Socialism
  • Communism

The key methodology that will be required to complete this task is extensive background research. This includes researching the historical significance of politics and scholarly predictions for politics. It also involves drawing examples from different sources of media (movies and TV) to assist the audience in visualizing the theories and predictions presented in each video. 

Below I have provided an example of my production timeline:

Weeks 4-5Focused on in-depth research into the historical significance of politics, and the origins of the four “isms” in which my project is based around.Focusing on planning some prototypes for video series.
Weeks 6-7Focused on in-depth research into scholarly sources about the future of politics and drawing some rough predictions from these.Starting to develop some predictions to include in my video series.
Weeks 8-9Begin to draw specific examples from media to back up final predictions and conclusions for each video.Begin preparing Beta, ready to submit.Release first video as a “tester”.
Weeks 10-11Release video series and await engagement.
Weeks 12-13Finalise video series based upon feedback and final comments.

Finally, the public utility of my DA can be summed up in a quote from Plato; “One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors”. 

References:

Walt. S., 2015, Foreign Policy, viewed 18/3/2021, https://foreignpolicy.com/2015/05/12/what-will-2050-look-like-china-nato/

Choudhary. S., 2017, Legal Bites: Law and Beyond, viewed 18/3/2021, https://foreignpolicy.com/2015/05/12/what-will-2050-look-like-china-nato/

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My Research Project Proposal

“How does the extent of a university student’s participation in extra-curricular activities affect their employability after graduation and academic performance during their degree?”

This is my proposal for my research project surrounding the theme, “the university student experience”. The reason pertaining as to why I am interested in this topic, is due to the fact that I believe getting involved in campus life and extra-curricular activities are a big part of the university student experience. My curiosity on this subject of participation and the effects that participation have on the success of a student during and after their degree, comes from my belief that employers in this modern landscape look for more than just academic success. However, I want to explore the truth behind this belief. By gathering research from my fellow peers, I maintain the expectation that their opinions and thoughts on the matter will give me a clear outline of the culture and promotion of involvement in extracurricular activities on campus.

 

I believe that this topic is relevant and timely because employers are beginning to look for skill sets that they believe will allow their business to flourish. It is achievable in the sense that UOWx is a program provided by the university that specialises in this particular area. Another specific program that is dedicated to the improvement of academic performance was the PASS program. Both of these programs are relevant in the sense that their missions are to improve not only the employability of a student, but also the academic performance of a student. The research topic I have chosen focuses on the difference between students who do not participate or make use of these programs and those who do. I want to explore whether the results between the two differ. My goal with this research is to promote more programs like this and for these programs to have more flexible elements so that they cater to all students who attend the university.

 

During my research for evidence of this topic and why it is an issue, I discovered an academic article composed by Luisa H. Pinto and Diogo C. Ramalheira titled, “Perceived employability of business graduates: The effect of academic performance and extracurricular activities”. In this article, the authors outline that with the growing number of graduates from a higher education “graduates are becoming increasingly aware that academic credentials are not enough to find a suitable job”. The article outlines that more and more students are getting involved in exercising their practical skills to become more desirable to employers. the ways in which this affects their individual academic performance depends upon the balance of dedication between extracurricular activities and their academics. This article gave a rough outline of how to approach this topic in an ethical and empathetic way, which allows the research to be gathered in the correct manner.

 

In addition to this source, I discovered an analysis project carried out by Neelam Rawati, Aayush Rastogi, Kopal Jaiswal and Abhishek Nigam in 2014. It is titled, “Analysis of Relationship between Extracurricular Activities and Academic Performance by Computational Intelligence”. Through their research methodology, the authors found that the students they researched fell into four distinct categories. The researchers isolated one of the categories and found that the students had a range of different results between them. Their conclusion was that their findings supported the proposal that students who participated in extracurricular activities tended to have better academic performance.

 

Therefore, these two sources highlight that there is substantial evidence to research and explore for this project. It is a simple concept that can be researched among the research participants, while also having a substantial number of secondary sources for evidence to solidify the research.

 

References:

< L. H. Pinto, ?/04/2017, “Perceived employability of business graduates: The effect of academic performance and extracurricular activities”, Journal of  Vocational Behaviour >

< N. Rawat et. al, 26/1/2015, “Analysis of Relationship between extracurricular activities and academic performance by computational intelligence”, Conference in Ghaziabad, India >

Blog Post 3: Peer Comments

Beta one: Emma Moser

After viewing Emma’s beta video, I gathered that she was basing her DA on the near future of the UOW Visual Arts Society. Emma is the president of the club and wanted to focus on creating a marketing plan for the club to promote it and gain more members. Throughout her process, Emma questioned two things to herself. After watching her beta, I believe that her marketing plan will help to achieve her end goal of the society being known on campus. Emma highlighted her concept, process, and goal for her DA very clearly and ensured that she accompanied this video with a detailed yet concise essay that really helped me as a viewer to understand her views.

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The way in which I could improve on this comment is summarised in a few dot points:

  • Perhaps I could have pulled out more specific examples from her beta to relate back to the comment itself.
  • Given examples on how she could have related her beta back to the subject matter more.

Beta two: Amy Micallef

The next beta I viewed was Amy’s beta, that detailed her prospects of her business – Beyond Branding. Amy aims to have her DA executed as a business plan for promoting her business. Amy started a podcast and interviewed local graphic designers to talk to them about all things Beyond Branding and topics relating to her business. After viewing Amy’s beta, the main thing that I acknowledged was the overall presentation of her site and beta. I believed it was very aesthetic and looked extremely professional. I believe that Amy’s idea of turning her business prospects into her DA was a very original idea and that it was different to the other DA’s I had seen. Although her DA concept was very original, I didn’t see the way in which it related back to the BCM325 concept of Future Cultures. 

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Furthermore, I believe that my improvements of this comment can be summarised into a few dot points:

  • I could have mentioned my critique of her DA in the sense that I didn’t see the relation back to the subject. 

Beta three: James Muggeridge

James’ DA explored the use of technology in sports and whether they might ruin sport in the near future. He planned to do this in the format of 4 blogs, 4 podcasts and 1 video to compile all the research that he raised. James made his concept, process, and goals very clear, however he did not have a lot of feedback to show. This is understandable as it is hard to gain feedback on blogs and podcasts, but I believe that his DA shows promise. 

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The ways that I could have improved my comment can be summarised in a few dot points:

  • Give specific examples of how he could have related the DA to the subject matter of Future Cultures.
  • Provide some helpful articles on his subject that might guide him in the right direction in regards to some of the concerns that he raised.

Blog Post 4: Live Tweets

Throughout the remainder of the semester, two weeks stood out in terms of tweets and replies for me personally. These weeks being the screenings of week six and seven. 

Week 6 Screening: Blade Runner 2049

This week, I believe that I was able to relate my tweets to the subject matter in a way that was concise and tied in the screening and the subject topics. With my first selected tweet, I tried to incorporate some articles that related to both the topic for the week – this week’s topic was Futurists – and to tie this in with the film. My three other tweets were more so personal reflections and questions that were aimed at my peers, to provoke some topics and prompts for discussion. My tweets this week also gained some engagement from my fellow peers which provided me with some awesome insights and feedback into what other thoughts were of the screening.

Furthermore, I also believe that my interactions with my peers’ tweets showed that I was truly interacting with the material and answering some prompts to conversation that they provoked through their tweets. I believe that by retweeting and commenting more on my peers’ material it enabled my understanding of the screening and weekly topic further. Through interactions such as this, it was easier to draw similarities between the first and second film of the Blade Runner franchise that we viewed.

Week 7 Screening: The Matrix

This week again was a week that I was able to see a dramatic improvement in the quality of my tweets and interactions with other students’ tweets. This week I focused more on the questioning aspect of my tweets. I put out tweets that stipulated interaction and engagement from my fellow students. I had three tweets that stood out this week and were related to more of a “statement” type of formatting in my tweets. They take concepts and themes presented in the movie, and then presents concepts that are linked to our perception of reality and links the two together. Following on from this, my other two tweets from this week are formatted into a question. This, again, was a strategy to stipulate interaction from my fellow students. Regarding these tweets, they may have been taken as rhetorical questions by some, but I did get a few replies and retweets.

In addition to this, my interactions with fellow peers showed the use of liking, commenting, and quoting tweets in the form of retweets. These tools on twitter provided useful as it was a way for me to better express my thoughts and provided a chance for more opportunities for in-depth discussion with my peers and tutor. 

In conclusion, I believe that my tweets have drastically improved since the first week of semester. I believe that the use of live tweeting was a great way to help me understand the topics better and to also understand different perspectives of the screenings each week. Utilizing social media was a great way to put our thoughts on a platform that could provide interaction amongst all class mates.

BCM112 DA – Macabre Reviews with Mads

@madelinerosewilliams

TW⚠️⚠️mentions cannibalism!! Part 1: The Platform. Part 2 is up now guys!#ColorCustomizer #stitch

♬ Creepy Dollhouse – Peder B. Helland
@madelinerosewilliams

TW ⚠️⚠️ mentions of cannibalism

♬ Creepy Dollhouse – Peder B. Helland
@madelinerosewilliams

Recommended messed up movie: Believe Me. All my true crime junkies give this a watch! #fyp

♬ original sound – Madeline Rose
@madelinerosewilliams

Gory movie recommendation? SPIRAL from the Book Of Saw! Starring Chris Rock and Samuel L Jackson! Let me know if you want to know more about the movie

♬ original sound – Madeline Rose
@madelinerosewilliams

Believe me: the Kidnapping of Lisa McVey. This one is such a good watch guys, so confronting but seriously worth the watch. #fyp

♬ original sound – 𝓑𝓪𝓻𝓫𝓲𝓮🏴‍☠️
@madelinerosewilliams

PT 2 Believe Me #fyp this movie was so eye opening guys. TW⚠️⚠️⚠️

♬ original sound – 𝓑𝓪𝓻𝓫𝓲𝓮🏴‍☠️

My digital artefact was continuing on my TikTok platform, however changing up my concept to better fit my interests and attend to the interests of my fellow audience and true-crime community members. When beginning my ideation process, I applied the FIST theory. I wanted to figure out something that was fast, inexpensive, simple and tiny whilst also sticking to a subject I found interesting and liked to discuss. This is when I decided to use my (already established from previous projects) Tiktok account, but to change the use of it. I used to work in a shoe store, so I used my platform to market shoes to girls who wanted help navigating sneakers, without being made to feel stupid. However, whilst I still have a passion for sneakers, I decided to tap into something that has always intrigued and fascinated me. Movies in a very specific genre have always been of interest to me, the genre being psychological thrillers, some being based on a true-crime case. After researching and discovering that there was a niche, but slowly growing, community of these people who shared these interests, I decided that I wanted to create a platform where said users could interact and discuss topics that others may consider gruesome and tragic. 

I began by reviewing a foreign film, called “The Platform”. This initial video received a decent amount of engagement, it received 236 views. However, because I could not fit the entire review into the one video, I made a second part to this, and received 801 views. The second video also had 15 likes and 3 comments, those commenting interacting with the post and giving their opinion. It appears these videos in which I described the movie, got more attention, I tried to see if a simpler video format would receive the same attention. I made my second video series on a viral movie called “Believe Me: The abduction of Lisa McVey”. This video described my opinion and reaction to the movie, and also a recommendation to users to watch it. This received 716 views, and 40 likes. This was a dramatic increase in engagement in terms of likes, so I made a third video on the movie “Spiral”. This did not receive as much of an engagement; however, time will show results hopefully.

Furthermore, I believe that this shows a great social utility as it lets the audience and users know whether movies are worth their time. Instead of them wasting time on a movie to find out it is not the best, my account provides this. It is an added level of trust that shows users that normal people have different opinions to movie critics. For example, movie critics might rate something extremely high, however the public did not receive this movie very well. The whole point of movies is to entertain the audience. Therefore, by reviewing movies from an “average person’s” perspective, it provides a general insight into whether the user may like the movie or not.

Contextual Essay BCM325

       
          

Summary of DA

When undergoing the ideation process for this digital artefact, I had to question what was truly important to me and what I was interested to see the future of. In this case, politics, and the way that society works has always been a point of interest for me. Thinking of societies around the world that currently live under a different political regime to myself made me question what these political regimes would look like in the future if they were to become global. I picked four regimes, however I ended up doing three as they were most prominent in media examples that I found. The three were Capitalism, Socialism and Communism. 

Relevant Subject Concepts

In each screening shown over the course of the subject, a recurring theme was that of politics, and the power that it held over the public. Movies like Metropolis, The Matrix, Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049, all exemplified a governing force that controlled and oversaw the way that the public lived and saw things in general. Therefore, by examining political regimes and concepts, it was easy to relate to the screenings. Socialism can be seen in Blade Runner, communism can be seen in Metropolis, there are examples in all the screenings that one can draw to the subject matter discussed in Future Cultures.

Engagement and Social Utility:
although my videos did not receive a high engagement rate, they provide a great social utility for several reasons. The first, being that they are educational videos that can help with school projects for those in high school or university studying politics. They are also explained so that kids between 15 and 18 can understand and apply to real life situations. The media examples provide a visual example of what the political regime would look like in action in the future. The first video posted received no views, so I attempted to make the next two videos more media focused as to try and grab attention. 

Continual Progression and Refinement:

The continual progression and refinement occurred during the making of the two videos based on socialism and communism. I decided that instead of it being a video essay that is for entertainment, it was to be aimed at being educational. Therefore, I remained with the slides/PowerPoint presentation format. With some key points and video on each slide, it made it a more professional and educational video. I also decided to share my own opinion on the political regime in each video and where I think we would be in the next 50 years.

Conclusion:

Therefore, my DA shows the possible effects of politics in the future and where our society may be. It provides an educational purpose to those wanting to learn more and become a part of a dynamic and interesting debate. Furthermore, the use of the subject matter combined with media examples and definitions of the political regimes, it made it easier for me to draw a conclusion on what politics will be in the next 50 years. I found that no matter the result, there will always be an element of turmoil. However, it is possible that society could take a stance now to prevent such bleak outcomes. Politics is an everchanging environment so no one can truly predict the future of it, however based off of patterns possible conclusions can be drawn.

BCM325 Beta

My concept for my DA is focusing on the future of politics in the next 50 years. I am making a video essay mini-series, comprised of five videos, four of which focus on specific political movements and the fifth being a conclusion video and my opinion of where I believe the future of politics is headed towards. I have released one prototype onto YouTube. However, this has not received high levels of engagement. My aim by the end of my DA is to have increased engagement levels through the utilization of social media platforms such as reddit and twitter in efforts to promote my project to a wider audience.

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