This being our 14th week of Media, Audience, Place, we had to sum ourselves up with a final project called Digital Research. As for this assignment, we were given a period of one month and choices to work individually or in pairs. My friend, Shalini, and I had decided to do it together as we wanted to provide a better job at it than operating a platform on our own. In fact, with other assignments inclined, we somehow knew the coming weeks would be off time constraint to us. Nevertheless, we managed to pull this project off with some serious multi tasking, such as meetings on college grounds during the day and having discussions on the phone at night. During our first week, I have to say we did struggle finding a good source of topic for our research on media audience and spatial factors. We even provided our lecturer, Mr.Faizal, with several distinctive ideas but he seemed pretty interested in one specifically. That is, the use of mobile phones and how people have created their own private bubble in a public sphere. However, succumbing to time, our topic had alligned itself to a communal worry where it involves the use of mobile phone while driving.
Throughout this project, I have learnt how photo credits were only given to the use of images from Flickr, wherelse Youtube videos were embedded into our slides itself. During these duration, I must say our project did alter from a simple presentation to a more complex one with neither of us expecting it to come up with 40 slides. Not only that, but with this project, we indeed learned the functions, advantages and disadvantages to the use of mobile phone while driving. In my opinion, though it has its personal, household, social, bussiness and communal benefits, I would still mainly emphasise on its dangers of using a mobile and driving. As for me, it is not worth risking your safety just to reach a minute earlier or to save errands on going and retrieving the gallon of milk your wife told you to buy. By risking too much with mobile distractions, this may or may not (if you are lucky) affect your lives. At the same time, you might instead risk someone else’s life while you are at it. Based on Liz Marks’s story, we are able to see the physical and mental suffering she goes through daily just because she had decided to check a text from her mom. In this video, you are able to feel the restlessness of her mom as she would have never thought of such a condition happening to her daughter. If you ask me, though the accident only happened to an individual, but its effects are overwhelming especially in their family surrounding.
Concluding my blog for this semester, hopefully I would have another BCM coming up, very much alike this, as I can’t wait to write again. Till we meet then.