Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Writing for new media task

Here I go uploading some images and text into my blog because this year is all about proving I have the skills to do these things. I am also listening to a podcast on 'fake news' which will run in the background as I type and upload. In today's media savvy world I guess I need to have all these skills in peak efficiency. I am sure my kids would laugh at my Neandertal level of skill but I am trying. \

So first up. Here is an image of Julian Assange.

Here is a cut and paste of the text we were given in our zip file for this assessment task - ' Julian Paul Assange (born 3 July 1971) is an Australian computer programmer, publisher and journalist. He is editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, an organisation which he founded in 2006. Subject to extradition to Sweden for legal proceedings, he was granted political asylum by Ecuador in August 2012. He has remained in Ecuador's London embassy and, as of February 2016, he is unable to leave without expectation of arrest.

In February 2016 a UN panel issued a non-binding legal opinion that Assange had been subject to arbitrary detention and should be allowed to walk free and be given compensation. The findings were rejected by UK and Swedish prosecutors, as well as UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Philip Hammond.' (I need to find where this image and text came from so I can cite them properly but for the moment I am going to say they came from a zip file for students)

Here is an image of a family who may or may not have accessed medical grade marijuana for their child's health issue. Any medication administered under the supervision of trained medical practitioners can have beneficial outcomes.

'In a ground-breaking session in the Federal Parliament, the Minister for Health, Sussan Ley, introduced the much-awaited Narcotic Drugs Amendment Bill 2016 (Bill), which proposes to introduce a legislative framework enabling the cultivation of cannabis in Australia and facilitating access to medicinal cannabis for therapeutic purposes.

The introduction of the Bill follows the announcement by the Commonwealth government last October, which foreshadowed amendments to the Narcotic Drugs Act 1967 (Act) to enable the cultivation of cannabis for medicinal and scientific purposes, and facilitate the manufacture of medicinal cannabis products for use in accordance with the provisions of the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989.

In a heartfelt address to Parliament, Minister Ley said: “Deputy Speaker, many people have worked incredibly hard for this day. For the day that the National Parliament provides the missing piece in the patient’s journey when it comes to accessing safe, reliable, legal medicinal cannabis. It is a very proud day for many members and senators as I said who have worked hard. For those in the community who have advocated strongly, who have pushed, who have prodded, who have expressed their passion loudly and determinedly ... and others who treat patients who are convinced of the efficacy and the relief that is provided by these products, they should be recognised here today." '
(I cannot cite this yet but will come back to it - also a file from a student zip)

Finally here is an image of AWESOME Melbourne
(Cannot cite the photographer yet, but I will do so soon - once again a student file with no citation) Melbourne is my favourite city in Australia although I have been to most of the capital cities in most of the other states and I have had some wonderful experiences in those cities, Melbourne is definitely the city that makes my heart sing.

Now the podcast is over and we are being encouraged to look at and think about Post-Truth information and the way information is being disseminated and manipulated for mass effect. 'The truth is out there.' it might just be very, very difficult to find.

What do you think of 'Post-Truth'?

8 comments:

  1. With so much social media "facts", it is hard to find truth in 'news',maybe this is my place to find it?

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    1. I don't claim to be an expert on facts but I surely do hope to encourage people to read behind the headlines and find out for themselves if something has a basis in at least some fact. It was interesting to listen to a new cast today in which 29 children in Victoria are being treated with medical marijuana for severe epilepsy. It was a drug used in quite a few ailments before the second world war. What goes around comes around apparently. Thanks for commenting Mim.

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  2. post truth is an invention and will go away eventually

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    1. Fashions and trends come and go and eventually good sense prevails.

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  3. I think post-truth is quite worrying.. people simply discounting scientific facts - e.g. that climate change is happening -just because they don't fit with their personal beliefs or feelings. It feels like a regression in human thought- discounting logic and reason in favour of emotion/intuition.. I hope Tom is right and post truth does go away!

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    1. It seems that unless a thing will make money for someone in an expensive suit then it is automatically of no concern and easily dismissed. I wonder what it will take to make those same wealthy suits rethink their stance. Once the planet is dead then so are we.

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  4. Courtney Miller7 March 2017 at 08:55

    You have some really interesting facts here Cecilia. I love what you say about post truth and about how it's there, it's just difficult to find.

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    1. Thanks Courtney, it is interesting that we watch shows like the X Files where detectives are searching for truth, but the show is fiction and yet when confronted with the truth of our own reality we(collective we = humans) prefer to turn it into fiction too. We are strange creatures, we humans.

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Thank you for taking the time to read my chatter and look at my pictures. I hope you found something to brighten your day. <3