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Interesting Doco: Behind the Reply Girl Phenomenon

If you like Internet personalities and/or Internet culture, then this little (under 10min) doco will be right up your alley.
It tells the story of ReplyGirl – a rather saucy-looking (you have to say “saucy” like a crooner for it to work) entrepreneur that used her god-given gifts to make some money on/of YouTube. She also created a bit of a “hoo-ha” (you have to say “hoo-ha” like Al Pacino for it to work) on the Internet, splitting the opinions of people on it in two.

So sit back, and enjoy the show (you can say that anyway you want for it to work).

Credit to VICE for making this doco.

BLA BLA: A Film for Computer

All I can say is this is dope!

It’s an interactive story whos meaning I’m still trying to figure out. It certainly is an emotional experience, and I can see that this style of presenting a meaning could really take-off. So many possibilities stem from this piece.

Check it out, and enjoy.

An Interesting Proposition – a record label for free music

Once in a while you come across a catch that you just don’t want to let go off. You’ve seen it before, and you know what it is, but because what your seeing is so different to the rest of what’s out there that you can’t bring yourself to not liking it. Cut Records has one of those catches, and the catch is this – it’s a free music record label.

Right now, there is so much free music available online – more than you can poke your proverbial stick at. So doing something different definitely helps you to stand out.  What Cut is doing is pretty smart – get a quality product (music) catalogue together, make sure that the sound of each individual release matches the overall label’s feel (brand), wrap-it-up in a nice stylistic package, and then make it available for the consumer to digest. But with expectations of the product being free, can one still gain a reward? I believe you can. Radiohead did. Now I know that they had a bit of a head-start because of their name, but what In Rainbows did show us was that people were (and still are) willing to pay for music, even when it’s out there for free. And as years went by, I realised that the idea of having music on a physical medium is not dead – it actually seems to be gaining feet. I’ve noticed that the latest trend in the indie/underground music industry is to release both digital and vinyl versions of each release, with some labels going as far as giving the mp3 away for free with every vinyl purchase. This strategy is catching on, as more and more consumers are willing to fork-out the extra dosh for the vinyl simply because of what the vinyl does. Someone said that people buy cars not so much for the ride, but for the perception that the car will create in peoples minds about the driver – a classic product personality association. The same is happening with vinyl – it’s the medium of choice for anyone that wants to be perceived as a music lover. Digital music is worthless; it’s just data that is sitting on a hard-drive. It can disappear as quickly as it came. A physical release on the other hand is something that is a bit more tangible – you can show it off to people, you can create a physical (turning into emotional) bond with it, and achieve pride in owning it. The fact that most of today’s vinyl comes in limited pressing ads to the aura of the product being “special”.

With this hunger for the physical growing, Cut could very well move into the physical/vinyl product sphere. Their product is great, generating very positive press. The free pricing model is certainly affordable (the “Pay with a Tweet” option is fantastic – let the consumer spread the word about the label/product to their friends), and the overall presentation/packaging of the product/brand is well executed. As more fans jump on the label’s bandwagon, offering limited edition paid vinyl/CD or other physical medium versions of the free digital music could be a profitable proposition. In the meantime though, let the music keep on coming.

Cut is definitely onto something here.

A message from Anonymous to #OWS: a glimpse into the values of the future consumer

If you’re a net digger like myself, then you probably would’ve heard the of the “Occupy Wall Street” event that is currently unfolding in the US. What started as a small march and campsite against Wall Street/financial inequalities, has now escalated into a large-scale movement that could be (already is) a major cultural event. With the protesters dominating the online social frequencies, and the traditional media unable (unwilling?) to describe and relate to what the protest stands for, the situation has become a bit of a “us vs. them”.

With videos and reports of questionable Police action surfacing on the net, the hacktivist group Anonymous declared its support and allegiance to the OWC movement.

Whatever your personal viewpoint on the situation is, you can’t help but to feel that it is more than just a rally. Listening to the message in the video one can’t help but to think that the young generation has taken the future into their own hands, and are ready to shape it in a way that fits into their “internet generated” beliefs; equality, self-moderation, we’re all the same no matter where we are, we all have a voice, and out with the old, in with the new are all present in the video. It really is a great example of how this “generation zero (0)” thinks of itself. If there is any cue/event to which brands should be keeping their ears/eyes peeled to, it’s this.

Microsoft Kinect as an interactive marketing tool; VIVID 2011 MCA interactive building projection

Have a look at this video of Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art interactive building projection. Created by Spinifex Group, the idea behind this installation is quite simple – thanks to the Kinect, passers by are able to throw and splash virtual paint onto the MCA building, creating their very own contemporary pieces.

I believe that the Kinect has a huge potential to be used as a marketing/advertising tool, and in the next few years we will see some truly amazing applications being developed for it. With Microsoft pretty much making the Kinect an open source utility, it’s just a matter of time before we see this device as a backbone for more interactive branded experiences, and not just when you’re out-and-about. Imagine hoping onto Xbox Live Arcade, opening your favourite online clothing store page, flicking through some virtual clothes racks, picking-out the pants and jumper that you like, trying them on, and move around in them and see how you look, all in the comfort of your own living room.

It could turn the mirror into a thing of the past.

“And the winner is Facebook!”, ie. the tagging of brands in photos

I couldn’t help to notice that there’s been a bit of a discussion on the new Facebook feature where users can tag pages in their personal photos. A lot of people are voicing their concern, worried about the possible spam and privacy issues that this feature could bring. There is talk of an automatic tagging system being put into place, with brands tagging themselves as soon as they detect their presence in your photo.

Although I do agree that spam might be an issue, I don’t think that Facebook is that silly to allow for auto-tagging to take place – this could really hurt their reputation as a business and as a brand (really bad and negative connotations would arise in peoples’ minds). What I believe they are doing is to wait for the feature to popularise itself, and push for brands to sell their products directly to the consumer through their Facebook page – all via Facebook credits of course.

Imagine the day when you can see your friend’s friend that you don’t really know being tagged with a new pair of Levi Jeans that you haven’t seen before. You click on the Levi tag, hop-over to the Levi page, and you see that very same pair on sale in the page’s online store, available to buy using Facebook coins. And with multiple brands selling their products using this source, “Facebook shopping” could become a common practice in our future consumption (the way I see it, if you can add your CC details to an online store, you can do it to your Facebook profile as well).

I think that Facebook is going for something a bit bigger than just allowing companies to pay for an auto-tagging feature. I think what they are trying to do is to create and popularise a currency of their own. Facebook already has an early version of a monetary system, the Facebook Credit, and although it is growing in popularity, it is restricted to social games and apps – not to actual consumer products and services.  Although introducing a new currency might be a bit tricky, imagine if one day apart from the price of the Pound, Yen, and Euro, Facebook Credits will also be reported on the day’s financial news.

The moment when Facebook becomes not just a social network, but a financial institution as well, it will mark the spot when the company moved to the next level. With the largest consumer network now being able to trade freely within itself, Facebook could be racking in the cash for every transaction that takes place. And if you stop and think about the amount of trades that could happen in a single moment (just think, over 700 million users now – what will it be in the future?), you can see why the company would want to move in the ‘online shopping’ direction.

At the moment, it’s all speculation, but it will be interesting to see how this all pans out. Either way, the Zuckerberg gang is planning on doing something – let’s just observe and see where this one goes.

Reflective Web Media Creation: The Pitch – Web Media 507

Click on the image to download the assignmentThis is a copy of my pitch for the “Izquerda de la Copia” Reflective Web Media Creation assignment for Web Media 507. The assignment asked to present an idea for a web medium that would illustrate an issue from the unit in a way that anyone can understand and engage with it (meaning: in layman terms).

I wanted to create a funny, yet informative, video on the current copyright and illegal file sharing debate that is doing the rounds at the moment. Inspired by the “Downfall” internet meme, I created my own “foreign language” parody; I took scenes out of the Spanish-dubbed Oceans 11 movie, added my own English subtitles, flipped over the storyline, and created a trailer for a movie about a man trying to change the current music and movie industry stance on copyrighted material.

The lecturer loved the idea. However, at the time I didn’t have the script ready (I just visualised it in my mind), so the final grade for the pitch was 78%.

The final video/project can be found here.

“Izquierda de la Copia”: Reflective Web Media Creation – Web Media 507

The following video is a trailer for a movie that doesn’t exist. The movie tells a story of a man who came-up with an incredible scheme on how to revolutionise the way people consume and engage with videos and music. He believes that by easing up on intellectual property rights and copyright law enforcement, and by allowing people to share information and media products among themselves, the media and music industries present themselves with a far better chance of prosperity and long-term success.

Although his friends agree with his beliefs and views, they don’t believe that the established media organisations will listen to, and adapt his approach. Even more, they think that his scheme is in fact crazy – crazy enough that it just might work…

 

Link – www.youtube.com/user/mnapora

This video is part of my Web 507 unit at Curtin University.

The video was inspired by the works of Lawrence Lessig (his podcast series, episodes “Freeing Culture” and Tedx Talk) , Henry Jenkins, Gerd Leonhard, and the hundreds of youtubers, pirates, and bloggers who reckon that it’s time for organisations to accept that the Internet has changed the way we behave and interact with media content, how we consume it, and how we interact with each other. It’s time to embrace the revolution…

 

A media futurist on the future of Social Media

I stumbled across this talk by Gerd Leonhard while looking for inspiration on how our future will change thanks to the role that social media play’s in our current daily lives. He has some very interesting views and opinions on how we, as a society, will change the way we communicate, receive information, interact with each other, and trade in the near future. He covers a wide range of topics, from the music industry, television, communication, social behavior, public relation, marketing, and more. It’s worth a look.

The 2011 International Online Communities and Social Networks Student Conference – Promo Video

The following is a promotional video I made with a fellow OUA student Katrina Comyns. It’s a video we prepared to help spread the word about the conference that we are part of.

Since you’re here, check out the conference itself – some really amazing and inspirational ideas coming through (click on the image on your left).

Slashgear.com – Nintendo 3DS to get AT&T WiFi Hotspots, Netflix streaming

An article (plus press release) that talks about the upcoming release of Nintendo 3DS, and its partnership with AT&T and Netflix. It seems that Nintendo created not just a game console (which promises amazing things), but it’s also a portable 3D home theater. This device has the potential to change how people not only perceive game design and aesthetics, but also the way they consume and obtain media. This thing could be huge…

Nintendo 3DS to get AT&T WiFi Hotspots, Netflix streaming

Also, check-out the Nintendo 3DS: Promo Trailer – E3 2010.

FILM – Marketing of Madness: Are We All Insane?

Check out this free-to-view documentary entitled Marketing of Madness: Are We All Insane? – it’s an interesting look into the current psychiatric drug industry. Now, I find this documentary to be particularly biased; it’s very anti-drug and anti-psychiatry. I believe that everything has its time and place, and although I do agree that psychiatric drugs are a crutch, but sometimes we do need crutches for support.

The doco goes into the history of the industry and the effects of these substances on the human mind, but about half-way through it, it discusses some of the advertising, branding, and public relations techniques that these companies engage in to promote their products. It certainly has a lot of great information in here, but I would be a bit cautious in terms of some of the statistics they present – a double check and more research is definitely recommended by yours truly.

It’s a great tool to get you started, and an interesting watch too. However, the voice-over artist and the background music can get a bit annoying after a while.

Here’s a link to the whole youtube playlist.

Enjoy!

CNN – Anti-energy drinks: Relaxation in a can

The following article talks about the sudden rise in popularity, and consumption, of new specialty drinks that are in the same vein as Red Bull and Mother, but with the opposite effect; their aim is to relax, rather then to energise. It seems that the latest consumer trend is to chill-out, not to buzz all night.

CNN – Anti-energy drinks: Relaxation in a can.

BBC News – Are record clubs the new book clubs?

A growing number of music-lovers, unhappy about the way album tracks are enjoyed in a pick-and-mix fashion, have decided to take action. Not content with the “fast food music” download culture, they decided to start a club where the rules are simple – no talking, no texting, and you must listen to every song on the album.

BBC News – Are record clubs the new book clubs?.

Article Review: Beat Happening – International Marketing 615

This is a copy of my article review assignment for International Marketing 615. The assignment asked to choose a recent newspaper/magazine article that describes a situation that could possibly impact organisations from a marketing perspective.

I chose an article that described the current hip-hop scene in Los Angeles and how the changes and trends that are taking place in that community are slowly spreading and being adapted by the rest of the world-wide hip-hop scene.

Final mark for this piece was a distinction – not too sure what was good/bad, as the lecturer did not provide any feedback (I took this unit on-line – never again. Online feedback by Curtin for this unit was useless, ie non-existent). Anyway, hope it helps you out. And no copying! :)

“Make it a double!” – Web Communication 501 Essay

This little number is an essay I wrote for Web Comms 101/501. The question asked us how a Web 2.0 tool will change/has changed the way people communicate and collaborate with each other. I chose ‘Second Life‘/virtual worlds as the central point of discussion, and how (and why) we as humans may use it.

I ended-up getting a credit for this essay. The tutor commented that I’ve spent too much time on the technology evolution part, and not enough on the communication/collaboration side. Although not my highest graded essay, it’s definitely one of my favorites.