Week 6 Weekly Reads

The Week 6 posts that I have read evidence a big step up in the considered application of the ideas that we explored in class and in the lecture. This critical thinking is what leads to some of the big ideas that could be pursued in more depth in the form of a media project.

Nyssa explored photos taken in public and shared online which then go on to ignite viral Photoshop battles.

Sam’s approach was to think about ethical conduct and regulation of public photography in relation to drone usage. The safety information brochure that accompanies the purchase of a drone lists physical considerations.  Exercising a duty of care towards others in attendance or those being surveyed by a drone, on the other hand, did not receive a mention.

Eddie found a useful video on photographer’s rights. He recollected his personal experience of being admonished by a law enforcement officer for defensive camera phone use, to record an act of violence, when he was in fact well within the law to do so.

Claudia examined Pokémon Go as a public media practice that generates new conversations about ethics and privacy issues.

This got me thinking about the synergy between the language and the practice of capturing Pokémon on devices and capturing people on camera. Does it seem so natural to capture Pokémon because we are already so accustomed to collecting and capturing private/public moments of others on camera?

Just like Pokémon, Tahlia described the human experience of trying to avoid being ‘trapped’, ‘pressured’ and ‘put on the spot’ by those wielding cameras and videos.

Chris thought about phone use, the act of looking and being a voyeur in the semi-public setting of the pool. She discovered that there aren’t many rules to stop you from unleashing that camera from the smartphone holster and firing away. However, she identified that there is at least one reason to think before you shoot.

“I have checked with the law and the local council and I am free and clear. But, then I have to check in with my conscience.”

Where there are no strict or universal laws enforced, that is the key point of difference amongst us all that results in a difference in practice. We each have to consider our own personal sense of right and wrong to guide us.

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