How Fast is Enough?

April 20, 2008

I just went into an hour session with Linda Daley whom will be my supervisor for my honors research. Feel bad that I went into the meeting quite unprepared, not in the sense of having nothing to speak of, but having too much. Too many ideas, all over the place. Linda was quite nice about it, and gave me some direction in framing my inquiry / problem. I’m all the more convinced that in this honors year I need to work on something I am passionate about. Right now I’m writing up the Comm Revs essay – 2,500 words – and that is already drawing blood and sweat and tears out of me.

Linda and I sort of worked out that I might possibly try to research how new media has changed the print news practice (well thereabouts). I’ve done quite a bit of research on the citizen-as-reporter phenomenon in the last 2 years and still find it rather fascinating. I found a Singaporean blogger, Unique Frequency, who writes extensively on the new media and it’s effects on the Singapore media industry. And yes, Gen Y is indeed too quick for the newspapers.

**Right, so Honours is spelt H-o-n-o-u-r-s with the ‘u’, and i never knew that. Pardon the American English. I’m quite all over the place.

What is Primary Research

March 26, 2008

My DRAFT Abstract

March 12, 2008

Critical Theorist Jean Baudrillard suggests that photography paradoxically represents an unrealistic, non-objective world in the way the medium, through technique, is capable of resisting movement and silencing noise. Often, there is also an absence of reality in the photographic image, as Baudrillard argues the “eyes” of the lens sits in between the operator and the presence of reality. Additionally, in the advent of new media, the photographer’s accessibility to digital cameras and digital post-processing tools give the photojournalist a plethora of options to construct or skew meaning through his photographs. For this honors year, I hope to study the work of photojournalists and their photographs in selected news prints (for example, The Age). Through the study, to illustrate how messages are constructed through framing and photo manipulation, and hence back Baudrillard’s claim that photographs in journalism (like the written word), make it difficult for the reader to distinguish a real occurrence from the constructed image – resulting in a hyper-realistic representation of a situation.

Why Honours??

March 12, 2008

I started Honours on a wimp. I wanted to live my independent life out of Singapore a little longer, stay a year more in Melbourne, get my PR. But I’ve recently thought extensively about other things I want to achieve out of my Honours year. They are:

  • I want to hone my writing ability, to put thought clearly in words. I’ve been told that I write in very unstructured formats which makes it confusing for my reader. As a writer I hope to be able to present my ideas in an authoritative and concise manner.
  • I want to produce a piece of work that will look good on my CV, hopefully land me a job as a photographer / photojournalist. I’ve been thinking about whether I want to do a project or write a 15,000 word thesis. I think as an applied communication student, it would be worthwhile to have a piece of work that I can use to market myself. With this honours year,  I hope to produce that piece of work.
  • I want to be able to learn from the other labsome people

What is Research

March 12, 2008

I sometimes go from coles to safeway to IGA seeking out that the most affordable cans of tuna. Some call it miserly, I call it research. I think research is a journey of discovery, beginning from nothing, slowly building on information the you find out and then crafting a ideas and reasons around it. Most of the time, you discover new things for yourself, and about yourself. Research is sometimes a slow process, a painful one that is exhausting while it lasts, but at the end of the day, the fruits of one’s labour is sweet and very rewarding.