Preface: Media Diary 2010
9:00 – Mobile Phone alarm woke me up. I tried to kill the phone. It wouldn’t shut up. No new messages. Walked to back patio – passing photos, paintings and other images on my walls as I go.
9:05 – cigarette – annoyed by the anti-smoking photo on the packet. Not annoyed because it looks gross but annoyed that they aren’t displaying the amount of nicotine in each cigarette anymore.
9:10 – Checked for email from Boss. No new messages from her but 2 emails with the daily news up date from online newspapers were there. Didn’t read them.
10:05 – Read two online emails still sitting in inbox with the day’s news. Also read two emails from a friend, one was a ‘funny’ with humorous pictures.
10:10 – Opened up PDF study package for web207 on pc to discover what assessment I need to begin.
10:19 – Opened MS Word to begin Assignment 1 for WEB207.
10:25 – Showed my brother my University blog.
10:25 – Entered Blackboard via Oasis for Uni. Wow only 29 new posts since 3:30am – last night! I am doing well.
10:32 Opened Tweetdeck
10:33 – Threatened to kill my brother by strangling him with a multimedia lead. That seemed multimedia oriented enough to me to warrant adding it to this list. He then left. I continued on reading oasis. Still haven’t had any time to check Tweetdeck yet although it is open.
10:39 – completed reading the oasis blackboard
10:39 – assisted my brother on another computer, regarding antivirus updates and how to open Firefox.
10:40 – realised that the blackboard had gained new posts in the last minute so tried to catch those up.
10:43 – Explained to brother about updating Flash. Pushed him out of the way so i could install flash for him because he was taking too long and I had to document everything for this media diary.
10:50 – Checked Direct Messages for work’s account on Tweetdeck
10:52 – Tweeted from my personal account, my facebook and my uni twitter accounts
10:57 – Tweeted for both work accounts.
10:58 – facebooked for work
10:59 – Tama added to the mix by tweeting me (along with some other students) so now I have to put that in here!
11:00 – read new email regarding a facebook response to my status
11:01 – 11:16 – tried to fix my bro’s eBay issue
11:30 – showed brother a newspaper clipping and a flyer regarding next weekend’s entertainment.
11:32 – spoke to Julia via Skype chat
11:35 tweeted for work
11:38 – checked out tama’s web207 list and added a bunch of people to my twitter list (oh joy, more tweets to follow!)
11:40 – followed link in twitter to http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/24/AR2010112404140.html?hpid=opinionsbox1 and skimmed an article from the Washington Post about Settlers of Catan.
11:43 – Started reading topic 1:1 in the PDF version of the study package
11:44 – responded to customers on twitter for work
11:44 – Opened Google docs to get some details for work.
11:47 – sent more tweets for work
11:48 – returned to Uni study package pdf file
11:51 – continued discussion with Julia via skype chat about her great day while flicking back to study package.
12:02 Retweeted link to washing post article on settlers of catan with personal opinion
12:05 – read tweet about Leslie Nielsen’s death. Immediately went to Google for verification, looked for news and confirmed he had passed. Sent out tweet on personal, uni and work facebook and twitter accounts. http://arts.nationalpost.com/2010/11/28/comedian-leslie-nielsen-dead-at-84/
12:10 – visited http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/convergence to see if i could get my head around it.
12:11 – while waiting for page to load visited my fb, to check updates and prepare for market street (a facebook game)
12:15 – returned to convergence definition
12:20 – started to create a web207 blog post
12:25 – returned to market street game
12:30 – read uni email. Responded to an invitation to complete a unit survey from OUA. Visited their site and completed survey.
12:31 – returned to game then returned to blog post. Did this repeatedly because of robbers in my game while considering my blog post.
12:40 – started watching YouTube vid for web207 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kxDxLAjkO8
12:44 – interrupted web207 YouTube video to assist a work customer
12:46 – turned off market st
12:46 – watched rest of YouTube vid for web207
12:49 – wrote more on my blog post, it’s still in draft mode
12:55 – stopped for lunch
1:07 – printed up two readings from PDF format for web207
1:09 – attempted the iLecture for web207
1:14 – downloaded the iLecture, tweeted a bit for uni stuff
2:09 – added to blog post while listening to uni lecture.
2:10 – smoke break
2:52 – did search on white pages for phone number, made phone calls using VOIP
3:18 tweeted and Skype-chatted and read emails for uni, personal and cc.
3:20 checked uni email and facebook
3:26 – revisited blackboard for Curtin, while also tweeting, commenting on photos on facebook (location fan page run by me).
4:04 received mobile phone call.
4:08 finally published blog post – WordPress rewarded me with a YouTube video clip as applause. I guess it likes me.
4:10 started second blog post, saved to draft
4:10 visited RMIT’s blackboard and Curtin’s blackboard
4:15 – VoIP calls including work calls.
4:30 – posted on the web207 board again. I can neither confirm nor deny that I may have watched Bold and the Beautiful on TV followed by Ten’s news until 5:20 – . I also received calls during that time on my mobile phone and set the PVR to record Glee. I can confirm I am a Gleek
5:27 – checked emails, facebook twitter etc. Tweeted for work. Logged into work’s blog to check comments, spam etc. Confirmed no new games had been released on work’s main site that would require tweeting. Visited Tweetbig and SocialOomph for work.
5:52 logged back into web207 board to get abreast of latest posts.
5:55 Read snail mail that arrived, pamphlets, advertising and oooooo new Top Gear magazine arrived. (Might be busy for a bit LOL)
6:00 – started reading web207 Jenkins
6:25 – stopped to watch Letters and Numbers on SBS till 6:30 – and then out for dinner.
7:00 – discussed computer games at dinner and while on the drive to and from restaurant were greeted and farewelled by the Bluetooth system in the car. (We turned the radio off so I wouldn’t have to add it to my diary)
7:45 – turned on the TV.
8:30 – entered more details on to my diary using Word, checked email and facebook, twitter etc. Added more web207 students to my twit list, then watched Glee that had recorded earlier on our pvr, followed by an earlier recording of Scrapheap challenge.
10:20 – Revisited the whole email, twitter, facebook thingy (God I DO this a lot, don’t i?) Tweeted for work and personal. Visited RMIT’s blackboard to discover my results for Assignment 7 of 8 from last study period. 10/10! I am happy! Skyped with Julia just because I needed to feel sane again, played 3 mins of market street on facebook games, then settled in to continue reading Jenkins (with trusty highlighter in hands), repeatedly stopping to Skype to Julia. Video Skyped with Julia because I couldn’t work out how to send her a picture.
11:43 – tweeted, check tweets while still Skyping to Julia.
12:42 – discovered another billion tweets on web207 board. Now want to die
1:24 – finished writing more posts and reading more posts on web207 boards. Now reading Jenkins again/still. Tweeted for work.
1:54 – Continued work on writing my blog post about the Jenkins reading.
2:30 – Finished blog post, explored the WEB207 boards again, Skyped with Julia, composed emails.
3:12 – Started second reading for web207
3:23 – Said goodnight to Julia. Must be close to bedtime – mobile phone to play Text Twist and Catan for 15 mins before sleep.
4:30 – slept
9:00 – mobile phone alarm goes off. thrilled I didn’t have to do anymore diary writing and that now I could continue with all my illegal activities and voracious game playing! ;P
- TV: almost 3 hours
- Tweetdeck is on and off spasmodically but email and facebook are checked regularly.
- I don’t seem to get enough sleep.
- I Skype-chat a LOT!
- I spend far more time on Market St than I realised
- I don’t seem to spend much time away from my pc, and when I do, I substitute it with my mobile.
- My brother is annoying.
Media Usage in 2015
While it may be fun to succumb to Hollywood’s fantasies of the future for the year 2015, it is far more of a challenge to attempt to discover the reality of how our world will be in five years time both technologically and socially. In the past few hundred years we have lived in an analogue world that has, in recent times, exploded with both digitisation and convergence. Where the late 1990s once represented a time of exploration of new technologies, the first decade of 2000 has highlighted participation as the key feature of our technological use. The advent of Web 2.0 galvanised people into seeking contact and personalisation and this began the search for technology that was intuitive to their needs. Entering 2015 and beyond, I believe we will see more convergence of technological devices where one piece of equipment will have the capacity to do it all well. In fact, the one theme that seems to have remained a constant goal throughout all of these changes is the hunt for technological consolidation.
In the 1990s, most devices only did one thing – whatever their specific intended purpose was (Leiner et al., 2009). Technology was also complicated to learn and it seemed that only the ‘young people’ were able to master it. As technology sped up and miniaturised, we embraced the opportunity to increase mobility (Mueller, 1999). At the beginning of the new millennium, the focus shifted to the needs of the youth generation. They were impatient, tech-savvy and demanded that their technology be more personalised, more sexy and most importantly, available right ‘now’ (Twenge, 2007). Technologies continued to be consolidated due to this demand, with each device having more and more functions. Devices became more affordable and encouraged new forms of communication. As Web 2.0 expanded, the ability to broadcast yourself through sites like YouTube and WordPress meant everybody was able to participate (Blood, 2000). The general public were now interacting with media, as both consumers and producers, and this consolidation also influenced the way we socialised and communicated (S. Joy, 2009).
Extrapolating these changes in culture and technologies, I attempted to envisage my life in 2015 as I wrote my media diary. It is not surprising that I have come to believe that the theme of consolidation of the past three decades will continue into the future. Converged technology is so entwined into our lives; we have things like the Creative Commons to address the complex social and legal implications of a mobile, ‘pro-sumer’ user base (Barnatt, 2001). We are now so dependent on technology that there is a real impetus to find solutions to logistical issues such as digital distance (T. Leaver, 2008) and media platform shifts (Gray, 2008). Although analogue media has been slow to adjust to these new cultural changes, I anticipate they will eventually adopt a model that ensures they financially reap rewards through expansions (Tay & Turner, 2010). By 2015, technology will consolidate into one small, ‘sexy’, do-it-all item (Szoka & Marcus, 2011), but the various social, legal and financial aspects of mobile media usage will also have been consolidated into practical and implemented policy changes (such as ISP-banned illegal downloading, as noted in my media diary).
Central to the 2015 diary is the iPal, a do-it-all device brought out by Apple. Although other competitors exist, I believe Apple will continue to dominate the market. My media diary also highlights a change to how our information is delivered. Key to this is the amalgamation of social media, blogs and all forms of news into one central location via the NewsBot: a futuristic, personalised online newspaper that gathers data pertinent to your likes and dislikes. Paper.li (Lambelet & Pols, 2011) already gives us some of these capabilities and when converged with current technologies like Google Reader, Google Documents, Blogger, Facebook and Twitter, you can quickly see that consolidation will also shape how we write, retrieve and mediate information. In 2010 we have already seen the beginning of a 3D explosion (de Boer, Clarke, & Johnsen, 2007). By 2015, according to my media diary, it will be everywhere and will be glasses-free (Reisinger, 2010). Touch-screens, monitors etc will have this feature as standard. This development will also mean all phone calls are in video mode, giving a true connection in communication. Further tailoring of products to individuals will be ubiquitous and this is also evidenced in our electrical and electronic devices for the home (B. Joy, 2007). Essentially, all tasks will have a technological option which will be controlled by a single, convenient device. Most of our lives will now be mediated by some form of technological interaction made possible by consolidation. In my media diary, this is exemplified by the coffee machine and the home security all being highly personalised and integrated into the iPal. The final features of my media diary that need to be reflected upon are the common use of voice commands and the use of apps. The trend for both of these has already begun in earnest in 2011 (Hill, 2008) and by the time of my media diary, I believe it will be considered the norm.
While I consider myself an early adopter of technology, I am not an avid collector and only acquire technology deemed imperative. I believe this means that my media diary will show a more online-centric demeanour than the average person in Australia. However, I do believe the one device that does it all will become as ubiquitous as the iPhone currently is. As with many in our WEB207 class, I believe that students who complete university online are more likely to be higher users of technology (Leaver, 2010) than mainstream individuals and we are just paving the way for a unique and exciting future.
It seems obvious that as technology has improved, humanity has aimed toward consolidation of equipment. Where once there was a separate fax machine, answering machine, printer and telephone taking up valuable space in a home office; we now have all of these items available in a single, tiny product. I believe the future will continue this trend and push convergence into portable, adaptable, cross-media platforms that are available to everyone.
Appendix: Media Diary 2015
9:00am My iPal alarm goes off. I can never work this thing, no idea why I bought it. The iPal personal computing device is the one of the latest gadgets from Apple. It is the size of a large mobile phone that folds out to a computer with a 9 inch 3D touch-screen. I always end up trying to fold it the wrong way – it’s like a paper map: one wrong move and you know it’s going to hurt. Stupid touch screens: miss my flip phone from yesteryear. Takes me forever, but I eventually find where to swipe my finger over the fingerprint reader and set the ‘off’ button for the alarm.
9.05am Bathroom break – take iPal with me. Start checking email while brushing teeth. A quiet alarm indicates I have Social Media Messages (SMM) and a Personal Message (PM) waiting for me. Read emails, try to delete them using my voice activation software but fail because of the toothbrush in my mouth. Have to delete the emails manually. The touch-keys on this iPal are ridiculously small. I feel like an old fuddy-duddy because everybody else seems to love these things.
9.10am Scan my SMM’s – so pleased all the social media stuff is now in one place, in an online newspaper called NewsBot. Everything gets amalgamated into your own personalised mash of news, gossip and social media. I remind myself that later I need to change the categories I’m receiving in my NewsBot. Whenever I send anything out to the ether via SMM or as an article, it gets placed in my NewsBot, and those who wish to read my ‘version of events’ can see what I am up to. It’s reminds me of the old Twitter, but on steroids. Open my personal message. It’s a video message from Jules telling me what time she will come for dinner. Send out a status to Newsbot that I will be doing uni stuff today.
9.15 Breakfast, shower, dress etc. The iPal is playing music videos in the background.
10.00am Open up the University website on my iPal. I prefer to use my desktop computer to gain access to Uni but the iPal is so handy. Go to my Home Office and place the iPal next to my computer and it takes the information I have downloaded to it and syncs it with my desktop using Siftables Technology. It still gives me a buzz when I have to ‘pour’ the info from my iPal to my desktop.
10.05am Start my day with a retro game from back in early Noughties on my desktop. The new games available are complicated and speed oriented… not so good for me. Everything is 3D now and it just gives me a headache after a while.
10.45am Begin reading through university material. The iPal can ’speak’ these files to me, but they need to continue work on the voices – they still sound like stilted robots! I use Spezify to find other sources required for Uni because a visual search engine is far superior to the older text ones.
11.15am I play some games on Diaspora for a few minutes while waiting for documents to download to my iPal. Ok, that’s just an excuse – with the fast speeds the NBN gives me compared to the old days, it really doesn’t take long for me to download enormous files, but I’m from the old world and like to play while waiting for downloads. Guess I’ll always be a multi-tasker.
11.30am Read more university material on my iPal. It auto pauses as the phone inside it rings and then continues when I’ve hung up. We gave up the VOIP landline last year because we just didn’t use it anymore. The iPal does everything these days – smart-phone, PC, mp5, GPS, home automation system, Universal remote Control, 3D camera with video, mobile wallet, you name it … but it still won’t make you breakfast. They need to work on that!
12.15pm Make a video call to Jules asking for her advice on how to interpret a uni reading. We discuss it for a while. I love how video phone calls are like a mobile version of Skype. Continue with readings. I make notes on the iPal using pop out windows while reading so I am clear on all aspects. I revisit my NewsBot for news updates – Breaking News is all about the class action privacy lawsuits against the now-defunct Facebook. While at my NewsBot, I am able to write an article for my university studies and another for my personal page.
1.30pm Eat Lunch. iPal plays music in the background (no video).
2.00pm I received Personal Video Message from my husband. Call my brother and tell him the latest gossip. We chat for ages on a video call. Hubby calls again, also in video mode and we have a conference call together. Continue with study on the iPal.
3.00pm Coffee Break. I leave my iPal in the lounge where I’ve been using it, and go to face the coffee machine. Coffee making has become an art-form now. I check the milk, sugar, water and coffee levels in the machine and then use the touch screen to select my coffee profile. It’s been pre-programmed with my beverage preferences depending on the time of day using my iPal. The digital photo frame on the kitchen wall distracts me with images from last Christmas and I am surprised at how many appliances I now own that have some kind of convergence. DING. The coffee is a delicious quarter-strength skinny latte with two sugars served at 94 degrees – just how I like it!
3.10pm Take a break from study and visit the cooking website that shows me what to make for dinner based on what’s in my pantry. All of its suggestions are above my cooking ability so I drive to the shops to purchase other items. The car automatically senses my iPal as I near it and unlocks itself and turns on the hands free component. The GPS lights up. At the shops, the car auto locks when the iPal is 5 metres away. I turn on the Geotag in my iPal and as I progress up the aisles, because I have downloaded the Grocery-app to my iPal, it alerts me to any specials or discounts I need to be aware of, specific to this store. They are talking about making this feature available for individual aisles (not just stores), but I don’t think it will catch on. My iPal wants to send my location to my NewsBot but I decline. Pay by waving my credit card near the cash register. Most people seem to pay for stuff by swiping their iPal, via a wallet app, but I’m too stuck in my ways to do that. Get to the car and say “radio” and the car obeys putting on the radio. This voice command option is heady stuff!
4.00pm I drive from the shops to Gym to get in a half hour workout. My iPal really shines in this environment. I attach a small wristband that connects to my headphones and it sends my heart rate to the iPal and the iPal matches the beat of the music with the rhythm of my work out. I can also program it to do interval music, or cardio music etc, but I like the ease of the auto-follow option. I snap off a couple of 3D photos of me working out.
4.40pm Back at home and I program tonight’s television using the iPal. I tell it what shows I want to watch and it begins to download them direct to the tuner. Normally, the TV will just make suggestions but I have plans for tonight so I’m choosing myself. I decline having my TV viewing options broadcast to my NewsBot. Tonight’s television menu includes two episodes from dramas and a recent blockbuster movie, but they’re not showing at convenient times for me so I choose to pay for the ‘on-demand’ option. I tell my iPal to pay for all three. They don’t call this Free-to-Air television anymore, it’s now called Freemium. And we pay for the privilege.
4.45pm Begin to prepare for dinner. I start by watching a video of how to prepare the dish on my iPal. I attempt to mimic the video with slightly different results. VidCall hubby to warn him he may need to strike up the barbie if this dish goes south. VidCall Jules to let her know the TV is booked and ready to go.
5.30pm Hubby gets home; his iPal is flashing and beeping as he enters the house. It has already opened up the garage doors and turned on lights for him. It’s not dark so I ask him to turn them off and he spends some time fiddling with his iPal trying to work out how to override it. I have free TV showing on my iPal while I cook, but it’s just warbling in the background. Lots of infomercials. Apparently, I need to buy an electric carrot peeler that will cut it just how I like.
6.00pm Jules arrives. I know this because both mine and hubby’s iPal’s have buzzed, telling us that she is in the area. I love the Frenz app that tells me when my friends are nearby. I confirm the iPal should turn on the outside lights and open the garage door. Jules tells me about her day, showing me photos and videos she’s snapped on her iPal. I show her my photos but she already saw them on my NewsBot. I had forgotten to “decline to post to my NewsBot”.
6.30pm We eat dinner, taking photos of the momentous cookery and post it to my NewsBot; Hubby posts them to his NewsBot with suitable smart-arse comments.
7.00pm Sit down to watch TV, all of us with our iPal’s in our hands, sending out SMM’s as we watch the latest episodes in 3D. It feels like all the current stuff is in 3D now… news, sport, music. It’s like a world in your living room. No glasses though which is much better than our old 3D TV a couple of years ago. The adverts are shown in the beginning and end of the programs. I normally like to skip them but they don’t take long. These days most shows are ‘sponsored’ anyway so you see a lot of branding inside the programs themselves. I send Jules in to attempt to use the Coffee Machine. I entered her coffee preferences into my iPal which is linked to the coffee machine. When she approached, she saw her name flashing and pressed the button. Obviously, I programmed it properly because she was smiling when she returned.
9.30pm We see Jules off. We all have busy days tomorrow and she has a long drive. By habit, I switch off the outside lights on the wall and then have to reset them so the iPal maintains control of them. It will take me a while to stop ‘feeling’ for a light switch. I set the menu on the TV for tomorrow night. It will download on demand so even if I don’t get to watch it immediately, it can sit there until I get time. I realise we didn’t get to watch the movie we downloaded and will probably watch that tomorrow night.
9.45pm I am in the mood for playing a game and I begin to illegally download an old version of the 90s hit game Starship Titanic. My ISP recognises what I’m doing and stops the download. It offers me the opportunity to purchase it, but as the game is no longer available anymore, I can’t buy it. While I appreciate the whole ‘anti piracy sentiment’ it peeves me that I still can’t get hold of a game I want. I end up playing more games on Diaspora and sending SMMs to my NewsBot about the evening.
11.30pm Go to bed, charging my iPal beside me as it plays soft music to sleep to for half an hour.
- Television is available on demand and is expensive but there is no digital distance anymore. The new shows are 3D. I only watched for 2.5 hours on this night.
- Although I am an early adopter of technology, I am resistant to many types of technological convergence.
- The iPal is crucial to pretty much everything I do, even though I hate it. It is a phone, an alarm system, a watch, a video recorder, a 3D camera… an everything. It is the main form of mobile computing and kept close constantly. I spent most of the day on it, but less than 30 minutes of that was for phone calls.
- Social Media might be competing for everybody’s attention but it is able to be compiled all into the one place now, creating individual ‘newspapers’. Almost everything you do on your iPal can be sent to your NewsBot automatically. NewsBot usage was about 3 hours
- Miscellaneous technology included at the Gym, in the Car, at the Shops, and in Home Security total an hour, all via my iPal.
- I rarely use my desktop computer anymore. Half an hour playing a game on it.
- Games on Diaspora, I played for 3 hours.
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