Essay about my work in the group project

My part in the digital content and creation work.

The Digital Media Content and Creation module requires the group to create a piece of work that will challenge and explore current media technology and how we got from start to present. The aim was to explore what is possible for future technologies and interactive environments as a whole.

At the start of the project the group didn’t really know how we were going to explore and present the topic of our choice. Therefore we all completed some basic research in order to generate an idea of how were going to show and explain future technologies and our ideas of what could be possible in the near future.

My research consisted of looking at five websites which regarded major topics in journalism. These topics explored manipulation within the media from the 1900’s to the present.  Diminished reality was one topic; I found that university students in Germany have developed a piece of video editing software. The software allows you to live film and remove any object that you don’t want in the shot.  What impact could this have for the future of the media industry? I explored a few possibilities and one example would be that if a bad example of continuity occurred during filming something, the object could immediately be removed.

I also looked at the Syrian Photoshop scandal, in which worldwide newspapers were exploiting Syria. They did this through manipulating photographs taken in Syrian cities using Photoshop. For example one of Austria’s largest daily newspapers ‘Die Kronen Zeitung’ published a photograph of a man holding a young child; the man was walking next to a Syrian woman in a city called ‘Aleppo’. However, the photograph was said by readers to be suspicious.

The photograph was in fact published on a blog a few days before the paper had used it, the paper had changed the background of the image They alleged to have used Photoshop to exaggerate the state of Syria at the time. A similar subject to the diminished reality topic, newspapers can sometimes be deceiving in the sense that they don’t add all of the information that is present; however, the Syrian scandal is manipulating their audience, which struck many debates.

Likewise BP manipulates facts with Photoshop. BP confessed to using Photoshop to edit a photo of an oil spill back in 2010. The picture was terribly edited and it was immediately obvious that it had been tampered with even to amateurs.

Photo manipulation began in 1917; another case study I researched was The Cottingley Fairies, in 1917 two girls wanted their father to believe that fairies were true. They took photos of each other stood next to pictures of fairies, photography experts and spiritualists even believed them.

I researched other manipulation within the media such as video manipulation, looking at films such as HUGO (2012) and how they used to edit videos in the 1900’s.

Lastly, I researched The Dove evolution project, in which the company Dove created a short video of a female in a natural state. They then changed her make-up and her hairstyle. The designers then manipulated the photo using specialist editing software. Making her neck longer, hair thicker and her eyes/mouth bigger.  The video then shows the advert being placed on a billboard which is a real shocker in society. It makes you think of what we think beauty truly is and how our perception of it is distorted.

 

After I had researched these websites and everyone in the group had performed their research we had a rough idea of what technology could possibly achieve for journalism. Therefore our idea is to show how current technologies could make a virtual do it yourself newsroom, created by a series of applications which can be downloaded on a series of platforms.

In light of this idea I began more research, this time focusing on    Holographics. The reason I chose to research Holographics is because a virtual news room could possibly work using this. The development of future technology could mean that you could use a computer which projects a virtual news room thus controlling with your hands. Much like an Xbox Kinect works.

I used YouTube to review videos which feature Holographics.  The first one I looked at was what a phone could look like if it had this capability, similarly I researched laptops/ desktop computers with the same capabilities. During my research I discovered ideas from other people such as holographic screens, how you could own a holographic screen to surf the internet, communicate and display ideas such as presenting.

I find this idea as a whole revolutionary, after discussing the idea with the group we thought of ways in which to display this idea for future technology. We decided to create a video which shows the group using a holographic newsroom. However, to create the video would have taken too much time.  Therefore the group decided that we would create some apps so that people could control their very own virtual newsroom, an alternative to finding news sources such as the television, internet or newspaper.

After this meeting, I created five applications that could be created and could possibly further change the way we view news or create journalism.

The first app I created is a breaking news application. This would function by collecting a series of news headlines taken from different sources, such as top news stories. All complete with Links to the original websites they come from to increase trafficing.

The second app I created is a search engine, it functions by specifically having a  database/ archives for news companies. The idea is that it searches all news orientated websites, kind of like Storify. When you enter a category, that category leads into another one for an in depth search. For instance, Politics > Mandate.

The third app I created is a app app, an application that holds other journalistic applications all in one place. For example, a notepad, maps and linked to all the other apps I have created.

The fourth app I created is a Journalistic video app, it functions through gathering a  collection of videos for news stories, interviews and possible amateur workings… links to YouTube, links to websites with news videos on a global level, example The BBC.

Finally, the fifth app I created is a weather app, view the weather where ever you are. You can draw on the map; update` pictures to places check-in and share to social media sites. You can also create your own weather updates as to where you are. so it’s a user generate content weather app essentially.

I believe that all these apps put together could allow users to interact with the news that they consume, after I created these I uploaded all of my information to the shared presentation.

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