Technology & 2012 Youth

New Communications Technology video



Where i keep all of my research for assignments; Bubbl. It is an affective tool to brainstorm points, research links, or even just simple ideas that come to mind when first creating the outline of an essay.


The following links are the articles in which I will be referencing in the essay which will be published later this week.



A. Wright





Essay Plan

Essay Plan



Does the extensive use of computer/video games have an adverse impact on the health of young people. What are the most recent papers? Clarify what all sides of the argument claim and only then offer your reasoned opinion based on facts.


I am approaching this assignment from the position of mental health and how constant video gaming affects the overall mental ability of children and teens.


–          Research shows that there is ample evidence supporting the fact that video gaming does affect the mental health of young people

–          The types of video games also affect the mind in different ways

–          There are several articles supporting the idea that gaming does not affect mental health, however they are not supported by many scholars

Response to each element:

I support the idea of gaming affecting the mental health due to the multiple scholarly articles available. There are different games that can affect different mental health behaviours and that will be covered in detail through the essay.


There is ample research supporting mental health being affected by video gaming, and that will become the basis of my argument, however there will still be quotations and support articles stating that there are no affects.


A. Wright

Video games VS. health

The topic for the critical research essay chosen is;

“Does the extensive use of computer/video games have an adverse impact on the health of young people. What are the most recent papers? Clarify what all sides of the argument claim and only then offer your reasoned opinion based on facts.”

There has always been a wide variety of opinions from all different people within society when it comes to whether the use of video games really does impact the psychological health of young people. Prior to today, the media have constantly highlighted the fact that violent video games result in violence in every day life… but is this really the case? As with anything, there are obvious influences in every day life and the idea of interacting with something over and over would definitely leave an impression, but that does not mean the impression will always result in the same way. With having a strong interest in proving whether or not video gaming has a lasting health effect on young people, this topic would be best to be approached from a psychological health aspect to ensure the findings are more specific and relevant.

 A. Wright

Griffith Search Engines

Which of Stephen Stockwell’s books are in the Griffith library? Give full citations.

  1. Isakhan, B & Stockwell , S, 2011. The Secret History of Democracy, Palgrave Macmillan, Brisbane
  2. Stockwell, S., 2005. Political Campaign Strategy: Doing Democracy in the 21st Century. Political Campaign Strategy: Doing Democracy in the 21st Century x
  3. Scott, P & Stockwell, S, 2000. All-media guide to fair and cross-cultural reporting : for journalists, program makers and media students, Australian Key Centre for Cultural and Media Policy, QLD


Cite three academic books that might provide useful material for an essay about Jean Luc Godard’s Alphaville. On which campuses do they reside?

  1. MacCabe , C 1980, Godard; images, sounds, politics, Indiana University Press, Bloomington. (Southbank Campus)
  2. Everything is cinema : the working life of Jean-Luc Godard / Richard Brody. (Nathan Library)
  3. Brody, R 2008, Everything is cinema: the working life of Jean-Luc Godard, Metropolitan Books, New York. (Southbank Campus & Nathan Campus)
  4. Alphaville : a film / by Jean-Luc Godard ; English translation and description of action by Peter Whitehead. (Gold Coast library & Nathan Campus)


Stephen Stockwell writes about politics and the media, particularly in Australia. What database would you use to find his first academic article about Brisbane in a national journal? What year? Provide a full citation.

To find Stephen Stockwell’s first ever academic article about Brisbane I used the search engine originally, and then tracked backwards and used an advanced search which was where I entered information in more detail to try and narrow it down. This process took longer than expected however the first article I believe Stephen wrote about Brisbane was;

Stockwell, S. 2007. Alternative Media in Brisbane (1965-1985), University of Queensland Press, Brisbane.
Citation: Queensland Review, Vol. 14(1), pp.75-88.


       What is the latest medical thinking about internet addiction? What data base did you use? Full citation.

I always am more likely to use ProQuest when searching for journal articles. This has been a trusted data base during my years at university. The first journal that presented itself when searching for the latest medical thinking about internet addicts was;

Bernardi, S. & Pallanti, S. 2009, “Internet addiction: a descriptive clinical study focusing on comorbidities and dissociative symptoms”,Comprehensive psychiatry, vol. 52, no. 6, pp. 515-522.

I used this journal article when I studied psychology, exploring the topic of modern addictions. It was extremely insightful.

What are IT engineers thinking about re: surveillance cameras? Identify a theme and cite three useful papers.

CC TV is designed for security purposes, so an obvious theme surrounding surveillance cameras would be to increase security and enforce preventative measures. After sifting through six individual journals I have found only two that would be worth basing an essay from.

Hampapur, A. (2012) Smart Video Surveillance for Proactive Security. Signal Processing Magazine, IEEE, 25 Vol. 4, p.131 – 142.

Song , G. (2009) A surveillance robot with hopping capabilities for home security. Consumer Electronics, IEEE, 55, Vol. 4, p.2041 – 2043.


A. Wright

Tasks and Tips

Setting myself a few goals to achieve on the internet in regards to politics; All of these tasks were attempted, and then explained in detail how the process went, for all readers wanting to achieve similar tasks.



* Sign an e-petition.

It was VERY simple to find an e-petition that was relevant to situations that could affect me personally. I typed in e-petitions for Queensland into Google and was presented with an entire list of 25 petitions (on the first page). Scrolling through the topics presented lead to a petition about “Protect young people from exploitation by trusted adults” unsure of what this petition was actually aiming to do, I researched into it, and found that this petition was getting signatures to implement a scheme to protect young children and adolescents from, in this case, sexual abuse committed by step parents. With the completion of a form that required a few simple details, I had now signed the e-petition to help young children and adolescents.

* Respond to a professional blogger at a major news site.

It was simple enough to respond to a professional blogger because of already having a blog login myself. The one blog in particular that I responded to has a system where they have to approve comments made and the one I commented has yet to be published on their blog.

* What is Barak Obama up to today? Can you send him a message about the importance of freedom on the internet?

It is proving to be difficult to interact directly with Barak Obama, but this was expected. The White House’s staffs has created a website where anybody can send a 2,500 word letter or message to Barak Obama, however it is almost certain that it will be read by 20 people before it actually reaches Mr. Obama himself. There is an information section prior to where people can submit the message, and that is where you fill out all personal details, so someone can contact you either by telephone or e-mail in response to the message. I sent a brief message about the importance of freedom on the internet but am yet to receive a confirmation or response.

* What are the Australian Government’s plans to censor the internet (the so-called “Clean Feed”)?

The “Clean Feed” idea is great, however in hindsight it is a waste of money.

*What is the ‘Clean Feed’?

The Australian Federal Government is pushing forward with a plan to force Internet Service Providers [ISPs] to censor the Internet for all Australians. This plan will waste tens of millions of taxpayer dollars and will not make anyone safer.

The filter will do almost nothing to prevent the people who are willfully making, trading, and accessing child sexual abuse material. This type of material is not distributed in the open and we need to fund police to continue to infiltrate and prosecute the groups of people responsible for creating and distributing such material.

I originally had the opinion that the filter would be a fantastic idea in preventing child sex predators from reaching young children via the internet, however the website shows what the “Clean Feed” will NOT achieve. Alongside creating the censor for child grooming, the censor will also block out any access to ‘immoral’ websites such as information on euthanasia and controversial movies.

* What place does censorship have in a democracy?

Well in reference to the answer previously, the censorship will indefinitely prove that the democracy – the government – doesn’t care about the social equality for society. By bringing in the censorship for the internet, it will contradict any member of society’s free will and right.

* When will the NBN get to your place? What are the benefits?

The NBN will not get to my area until mid way through 2015. The only advantage is faster internet however I tend to do all my work at University so the NBN will not affect me too much.

* Find out who your local, state and federal representatives are. Send one a message.

It has proved difficult to find the local representative for my suburb/neighbouring suburbs. However I found the contact details for the governor general and sent her a message with ease – yet to receive a response.

WikiLeaks…A force for good in the world?


What is Wikileaks? For those who have been uninterested, or whom simply confused it with the idea of Wikipedia, here is a brief explanation as to what Wikileaks was actually created for, and whether it is a force for good in the world? To be clear, Wikileaks is not affiliated with Wikipedia or Wikimedia, it is an international online organisation which more or less publishes private and classified media from an unknown source – mainly whistleblowers (Editors, 2012). Wikileaks was launched in 2006 by an Australian Internet activist better known as Julian Assange. Assange is the face of Wikileaks and is also known as its founder and director (O. Chatriwala, 2010).

The citizens of Australia, and the population around the world are divided when determining whether Julian Assange’s actions are doing more harm than good for the world. The main goal of Wikileaks according to Assange, is to “bring important news and information to the public… One of the most important activities is to publish original source material so readers and historians alike can see the evidence of the truth.”  Having said this, the public can sometimes misinterpret what information is being published. But on the other side of Wikileaks, another priority for the organization is to make sure that whistleblowers are not jailed for emailing sensitive or private documents (R. Khatchadourin, 2010). In hindsight, the idea of Wikileaks is initially a force of good, however some things are better not known – especially in regards to our Governments. I agree with the concept of protecting journalists and whistleblowers however this goal by Wikileaks will not always be achieved and this could eventuate in more citizens attempting to bring light to important documents, and then in some cases be jailed and even worse killed for their work.


A. Wright



Editors, The (2012-08-16). “WikiLeaks – The New York Times”. Retrieved 2012-08-24.

Chatriwala, Omar (5 April 2010). “WikiLeaks vs the Pentagon”. Al Jazeera blog. Retrieved 27 January 2011.

Khatchadourian, Raffi (7 June 2010). “No Secrets: Julian Assange’s Mission for total transparency”. The New Yorker. Retrieved 8 June 2010.

Social Media Survey 2012


After conducting a five question survey based around the topic of social media and social networking, it is clear that if given the opportunity to cease using all networking sites, 80% of social networking users say that they would never stop using it – in particular; Facebook. The arguments of never ceasing use came through the basis of highlighting the fact that Facebook is in fact a new wave of communication, which in today’s society and the money hungry society we live in, even businesses are recognizing its power and are trying to incorporate it someway into communicating to the masses. The power of social networking is yet to be realized, and accredited. The survey results also show that 75% of members using social networking sites such as Facebook and websites in the likes, consider themselves to be using and visiting the sites very often during a 24hour day, proving that if businesses did want to appeal to a wide audience, social media is the best way to implement a word of mouth marketing plan, or on Facebook it is typically described as ‘sharing’.



In comparison to…

Seeing as the survey I conducted was distributed on Facebook and was generally aimed at Facebook in particular, It was vital to compare it to other surveys that have been conducted particularly around Facebook usage. Comparing the 2012 survey conducted with Coherent Social Media’s survey which was distributed in 2009, the usage results are almost identical, three years later. In 2009, people aged between 18 – 24 took part in a survey which resulted in 73% of social networking members were shown using and ‘checking’ Facebook often throughout the day (Neicole M. Crepeau, 2009). These results, as well as the recent 2012 survey show that the need for social media and networking is still apparent, and it is evident that even with a 2% increase of users, the obsession to log on to these sites like they are the morning paper is still prominent.  


A. Wright 




Neicole M. Crepeau.. ‘Facebook Usage: How Often Do Different Types of Users Access Facebook?’ Coherent Social Media.  August 12, 2009

2012 Social Media and Networking Survey

Blade Runner


The largest evident theme in Blade Runner is paranoia as every small individual theme in the film adds to the development of paranoia through envelops viewers in suspicion and uncertainty. The callousness and implied cruelty of the film imposed on the replicants is the palpable driving force of the prominent paranoia theme. There are other minor themes in the film such as Technicism – which is the concept that all problems, needs and all reality will eventually be controlled using technological methods, means and devices (Blade Runner, Wikia). Following Technicism and Paranoia, the theme revolving around the eye appears repeatedly in Blade Runner and enables viewers with an insight into the themes and characters within the film.  It is difficult to distinguish between whether Deckard is a human or replicant, as the nature of most of the characters is evident, whereas Deckard’s character is more ambiguous, and viewers are left confused. There have been several arguments made stating that Deckard is in fact human, but contrary to these beliefs, if Deckard was really a replicant, than the movie would cause the audience’s expectations to be questioned by themselves.

  1. Wright Accessed 20/08/2012