Week 3 Weblog:

Week Three Lecture & Tutorial: 

This week we discussed the ramifications and also the positives of advancing technology. Discussion was based around the idea that technology (such as the likes of mobile phones) could harbour important information and dispense of this publicly. It became a human vs. robot debate. We as humans can reap many benefits from encouraging such technological advances into our lives. Although in saying this we must proceed with caution and the utmost diligence for such developments. Security protocols regarding personal information are procedure for a reason, to protect the user. Although many companies tend to harbour this information without your knowledge or ‘proper’ consent. Your accounts online can be used to not only define who you might be socially, but can be used to track your every movement; a scary but realistic thought in sight of the 21st technological development’s. Another discussion stemmed from the ‘personalisation of the web’. Google has been experimenting with such tactics, although they were going seemingly unnoticed. Due to the collection of personal data (recent Google searches, regularly visited links, logs of time activity) advertisements personalised for you specifically are strategically placed within the confines of Google and associated websites. This personalisation is very specific and can persuade many users in purchasing or investing in advertised products. For example, Strauss and Frost (1999) 1 point out that the Internet enables a new kind of personalisation that is built into the structure of the Internet use experience. For examples, when consumers create a customize “my yahoo” page, they not only get personal news, weather and television listings, but also give the site owner insight into the personal preferences that might lead to more targeted selling messages. Many are concerned that this collection of personal information is not only deceiving, but also a violation of ones privacy. In regards to commercialisation destroying the web, we as a society are already bombarded with severe commercialisation through exposure to television programs, magazines, billboards etc. Employing the use of the World Wide Web in regards to commercialism is causing such exposure to ‘follow us home’. There is no real escape to such ploys of the media.


1 Strauss, J., & Frost, R. (1999). Marketing on the Internet: Principles of online marketing. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.


Which of Stephen Stockwell’s books are in the Griffith library? Give full citations.

Stockwell, Stephen. Rhetoric and Democracy: Deliberative Opportunities in Current Electoral Processes. N.p.: n.p., 2010. Print.

Stockwell, Stephen, and Paul Scott. All Media Guide to Fair and Cross-cultural Reporting: For Journalists, Program Makers and Media Students. Nathan, Qld: Australian Key Centre for Cultural and Media Policy, 2000. Print.


 Cite three academic books that might provide useful material for an essay about Jean Luc Godard’s Alphaville. On which campuses do they reside?

Brody, Richard. Everything Is Cinema: The Working Life of Jean-Luc Godard. New York: Metropolitan /Henry Holt, 2008. Print.

This book resides at the College of Art (Southbank) and Nathan Campus.

Godard, Jean-Luc, and Peter Whitehead. Alphaville: A Film. London: Lorrimer, 2000. Print.

This book resides at the College of Art (Southbank) and Nathan Campus.

Meehan, Paul. Tech-noir: The Fusion of Science Fiction and Film Noir. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2008. Print.

This book resides at the College of Art (Southbank).


What is a book that will assist you to find out about possible research methods to explore social media? Full citation.

 Hallam, Jed. The Social Media Manifesto. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. Print.

Moe, Wendy. Social Media Intelligence. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2014. Print.


What is the latest medical thinking about internet addiction? What database did you use? Full citation.

“The key to Internet addiction was a craving for the anonymity it offers, Dr Young said. That anonymity was a constant theme with addicts, because it provided them with an escape from personal problems, such as anxiety or relationship troubles. However, that was also its most dangerous factor: encouraging deviant behaviour, such as the development of sexually aggressive online “personalities”, or the downloading of illegal images, such as child pornography.” (Rumbelow, Helen 1999)

Rumbelow, Helen. “Internet Addiction Is Real Mental Illness.” The Times [London (UK)] 30 Sept. 1999, 5L ed.: 1-8. Print.

This was found in the ProQuest Newsstand Database,


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