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Peer Review #2

Week 6: Peer Review #2

Screenshot of Kate’s website.

This week I will be reviewing Kate’s website. I love music so I enjoyed looking at her site because it introduced me to new music. I like the design of the cassette tape in the top left corner. However, I would suggest making it larger if her theme allows her to. I suggest this because I notice there is writing on the cassette tape but I can not clearly see it. Or if it is possible for her to make the text on the cassette tape clearer without enlarging the image may be better, as I understand making the image larger could possibly make the page feel imbalanced. Overall I would just suggest playing around with the image to see what works, but I do like that design choice.

A zoomed in screenshot of the cassette tape and title.

I like how she uses two colors for her font which are black and white. I also like how she stays consistent with these two colors. Her typography also looks consistent. I believe she is just using one font, but I think there may be two.

I also like how she has decided to use her whitespace. She has placed videos on the left side of her home page that show what music she listens to. This is a good use of the white space and is a good overall addition to her site as it lets users know what music she is listening to.  

However, another suggestion I would make is to move the “Here are some of my current favorite songs:” closer to the videos, and to possibly bold that text as she has with the rest of text on the home page.

I would also suggest editing “Welcome to my Blog!” She could add the word music before blog just to further indicate what the blog is, however regardless of this change it is still clear that it is a music site.

Overall her site is very easy to navigate as I was able to find everything. I also liked how she has included a search bar.  I like how she has designed her site so far. I am also doing music and I have found it difficult to design my website but I think Kate does a good job of designing hers.

In Travis Gertz article How to survive the digital apocalypse, it discusses that site designs are often repeated or look the same and that this “isn’t a design trend or construction technique (Gertz, 2015, para.4)” but is rather “more systemic than that (Gertz, 2015, para.4).” However, in terms of Kate’s website I think her design is different and that she is not following a repeated look that is seen often.

Here is the link to her site again: http://kateglinnum.ca/blog/

Check out her site to see her music reviews! I know I will!

Link to Travis Gertz article How to survive the digital apocalypse: https://louderthanten.com/coax/design-machines

Album Review: Imploding the Mirage by The Killers

Week 6: Blog Post

Imploding the Mirage - Wikipedia

Photo Credit: Island Records

This album review is an extended version of the one I had written for The Peak, SFU. It is a more in-depth review of the album however there are repeats from the original. Here is the original: Imploding the Mirage is a whimsical journey through life’s ups and downs

This extended version:

The Killers returned in August 2020 with another alternative rock/pop rock album, Imploding the Mirage. They are known for releasing amazing bops like, “When You Were Young,” “All These Things That I’ve Done,” and of course,“Mr. Brightside.”

The album is similar to their previous work as the tempo switches between moderato to allegro, and the loud drums and guitar can be heard in almost every song. However, don’t let their name or genre confuse you, The Killers can present a very whimsical and dreamy sound. 

Songs like, “When Dreams Run Dry,” will make listeners want to pack their bags and go on an adventure they’ll never forget. The lyrics encourage listeners to think of the time they have left, and to use that time to go on adventures instead of living in sorrow because of the hardships life brings. It is the perfect song to motivate listeners to just do, and to not think about anything else, even “when dreams run dry.” 

The album presents triumph, love, sadness, and everything in-between. “Lighting Fields”, featuring k.d. lang, demonstrates this well: sadness and love can be heard through the chorus with lyrics like “I just wanted to run my fastest and stand beside you in a lightning field of love.” However, the song also contains a triumph that can be heard through the music, which is very upbeat, fast and powerful. 

The Killers are one of the few rare bands that can create an album of ten songs that articulate a wide variety of emotions and sound that can be played in any situation. Lead singer Brandon Flowers’ has a low tenor vocal range, that sounds very raw and is always perfectly accompanied by the delicate playing of the piano and the loud crashing of the drums. 

To all the dreamers who need motivation, this is the album for you. Imploding the Mirage is nothing short of their previous work.

Audiences.

Week 6: Process Post

Photo by Samantha Borges on Unsplash

This week I will discuss the process post prompt, which asks what audience I have imagined so far and how that audience has affected my design and editorial decisions.

I have imagined a younger audience possibly between the ages of 15-30 for my blog. I do not think that my blog is gender specific but I believe that a younger demographic may be my target audience. I think this because I post artists and discuss music that is more relevant to this age group. I have imagined an audience that loves music and has different interests in regard to music.

I think this audience affects my design choices because the younger generation is tech savvy and I believe that they often enjoy unique and original styles online. My website follows an older layout and is not necessarily an original style. Throughout this course I am learning how to change this and how to create a unique style and I hope by the end of the term I can say that my website caters more to my target audience. There are many design elements I would like to change but I am learning I may need to change my theme in order to do this or even work with a different program.

The audience has also affected my design and editorial choices through simplicity, meaning I try to keep the blog simple. I have drop downs and I have hyperlinked topics so that it is easy for the users to navigate. I think the younger generation likes fast and easy. I also think my audience would want to see less text so recently in one of my blog posts (New Artist: Giveon), I took out text and added in videos. I intend to continue with this change for my blog posts, however with my process posts I may not as they are more academic.

Lastly, throughout the course I am learning that typography, the color scheme and more should stay consistent and that this will allow audiences to be familiar with your website, so I am also hoping to do that because it acts as branding and I think again young people love to follow brands.

Inequality and Censorship on Social Media.

Week 5: Essay #1

Introduction

Social media can be a helpful tool that allows people to discuss their thoughts freely, however sometimes users may face censorship and inequality on these platforms, especially when they are not authoritative figures. In this essay I will look at how social media is not democratic by focusing on Twitter and the farmers protest that is currently happening in India. I will discuss how Twitter has created inequality by creating censorship around tweets and accounts that involve the protest. I will also discuss Donald Trump and the Capitol Hill riots and how Twitter had acted to late; both of these events will demonstrate how Twitter is in favor of the governments when it comes to free speech which creates inequality online.

            In John Suler’s reading titled, The Online Disinhibition Effect he discusses the concept of “minimizing authority (Suler, 2004, p.324).” He discusses how people may be more comfortable speaking online because their identity may be unknown and that they may not have to face consequences for what they say (Suler, 2004, p.324). He says that the authority is minimized online (Suler, 2004, p.324). Suler also discusses that “According to traditional Internet philosophy, everyone is an equal: Peers share ideas and resources. In fact, the net itself is engineered with no centralized control (Suler, 2004, p.324).” I disagree with his notions that authority is minimized online and that everyone online is equal (Suler, 2004, p.324). I will demonstrate how authority is not minimized and that people are not equal online by looking at the content of the farmers protest on Twitter.

Farmer’s Protest in India

            Currently in India there is a farmer’s protest happening, which has been ongoing for many months now. The protest is caused due to new laws the government has implanted regarding farming and crops (Yeung, 2021, para.2). Prior to these changes the “Indian government has offered guaranteed prices to farmers for certain crops, creating a stable guide to make decisions and investments for the following crop cycle (Yeung, 2021, para.2).” However now this has changed, and the new laws favor big companies who can “drive down prices (Yeung, 2020, para.2)”, leaving the farmers with nothing (Yeung, 2020, para.2). As these protests continue the Indian government has taken unlawful action by arresting and beating people in these peaceful protests; there have also been many deaths (Yeung, 2020, para.9). As the protest continues to gain awareness, the Indian government had decided to cut internet connection in parts of India, in order to censor this protest (Mashal & Yasir, 2021, para.1). The Indian government has also arrested journalists who have been reporting on the protests or had misleading tweets that were not in favor of the Indian government (Mashal & Yasir, 2021, para.10). There is a lot going on with the protest but in this essay, I want to focus on Twitter and it’s censorship in regard to the farmer’s protest.

In The New York Times article by Mashal and Yasir, titled Modi’s Response to Farmer Protests in India Stirs Fears of a Pattern, it discusses how this passed week Twitter had suspended many accounts temporarily which were related to the farmers protest (Mashal & Yasir, 2021, para.16). Twitter’s reasoning for this was due to a “valid legal request from the Indian government (Mashal & Yasir, 2021, para.17).” This here indicates that Twitter favors authority as it is unclear what this valid request was and many of these Twitter accounts are helping to fight for farmers rights and are fighting for justice (Mashal & Yasir, 2021, para.16); these accounts do not intend to cause harm but are discussing change that needs to happen. Since Twitter had suspended these accounts it demonstrates that they did not favor the free speech of the people but rather the requests of the Indian government. The accounts were put back and Twitter had told the Indian government that these accounts were displaying “acceptable free speech (Mashal & Yasir, 2021, para.17).” However, I question why Twitter immediately obeyed the Indian governments request without looking at these accounts and tweets. If the roles were reversed and average citizens were asking to take down these accounts, then I do not believe Twitter would do so. I will prove this with Donald Trump and the Capitol Hill riots. However, this first case with the farmers protest proves that free speech even if it’s not harming can be censored online if authoritative figures want it to be. Therefore, this case rejects Suler’s idea that authority is minimized and that everyone is equal online.

Capitol Hill Riots

Now I will discuss the Capitol Hill riots. Donald Trump had told his supporters to go and “march to the capitol (Bogart, 2021, para.2)” while “Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory were ongoing (Bogart, 2021, para.2).” Trump had been posting many things on Twitter that were continuing to be blocked as these events proceeded to happen (Bogart, 2021, para.4). Twitter had held off on suspending his account but had locked his account for twelve hours after the riots took place (Bogart, 2020, para.8). However, the question is why did Twitter take so long to act when Trump was clearly posting content that would cause harm; whereas with the farmers protest, accounts were immediately removed after displaying content that was not harmful but was spreading awareness. Many people were upset with Twitters failure to react faster in locking Trumps account (Bogart, 2020, para.10).  In this way it is seen how social media is not democratic and that platforms like Twitter favor authoritative figures and are more likely to listen to them, no matter what the content is; again this demonstrates how social media is not equal and rejects Suler’s idea on equality online.

The Public Sphere

Nancy Fraser looks at the public sphere in her article. The public sphere is a place where people come to discuss problems and through these discussions can create political change (Fraser, 1990, p.57). She discusses other concepts around the public sphere, and one of them is this idea that there is a weak and strong public (Fraser, 1990, p.75). Her reading discusses this separation in society where the weak public deal with opinion and less with decision making, whereas the strong public is the opposite (Fraser, 1990, p.75). I think this applies here with the case of social media not being democratic. Public spaces online can be good places to discuss problems but there will always be a separation with the weak and strong public, and in this case I think the weak is categorized as regular citizens and the strong as authoritative figures. In this way there will always be this inequality online as governments are favored and thought of as the decision makers, so their speech is favored over others.

Conclusion

            Although “people’s contributions are the backbone of user-generated content sites and much of the Internet (Kotamraju & Shklovski, 2011, p.1109)”, they can still be censored. Social media can be a good place for people to discuss numerous topics, however this free speech can still be censored even if the speech is not harmful. In this essay I discussed inequality online on Twitter, in regard to the farmers protest in India and the Capitol Hill riots. These events helped demonstrated how social media is not democratic.

Bibliography

Bogart, N. (2021). Facebook, Twitter block Trump temporarily after he calls Capitol rioters ‘very special people’. Retrieved from CTV News: https://www.ctvnews.ca/world/facebook-twitter-block-trump-temporarily-after-he-calls-capitol-rioters-very-special-people-1.5256653

Fraser, N. (1990). Rethinking the Public Sphere: A Contribution to the Critique of Actually Existing Democracy. Social Text25-26(25/26), 56–80.

Kotamraju, N., Shklovski, I. (2011). Online contribution practices in countries that engage in internet blocking and censorship. CHI ’11: Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 1109–1118.

Mashal, M., Yasir, S. (2021). Modi’s Response to Farmer Protests in India Stirs Fears of a Pattern. Retrieved from The New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/03/world/asia/india-modi-farmer-protest-censorship.html

Suler, J. (2004). The Online Disinhibition Effect. Cyberpsychology & Behavior, 7(3), 321–326. https://doi.org/10.1089/1094931041291295

Yeung, J. (2021). Farmers across India have been protesting for months. Here’s why. Retrieved from CNN: https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/10/asia/india-farmers-protest-explainer-intl-hnk-scli/index.html

Media Story.

Week 5: Mini Assignment #3

All images are taken from Unsplash, image links and authors are provided below.

Links:

Image 1: Photo by Maaria Lohiya on Unsplash: https://unsplash.com/photos/LhWr3yGGC6k

Image 2: Photo by Romain Dancre on Unsplash: https://unsplash.com/photos/doplSDELX7E

Image 3: Photo by Jonathan Velasquez on Unsplash: https://unsplash.com/photos/c1ZN57GfDB0

Image 4: Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash: https://unsplash.com/photos/i2hfu0fcfus

New Artist: Giveon

Week 5: Blog Post

Photo Credit: Epic Records

New Artists is a section in the blog where I will promote new artists by discussing their music and why people should listen to it. Sometimes the New Artist section may even deal with someone who has been in the industry for awhile but is very underrated. How I consider if an artist is “new” depends on the artist specifically; it depends on how much music they have released and how long they have been around. If they been around for a few years and have released a few singles but not an album then I consider them new, but once they release an album I will consider them a new artist for about a year or two.

For my first New Artist review, I will look at Giveon. You may recognize him from my album reviews section, where I discussed his album Take Time.

Giveon is a contemporary R&B artist who had entered the music scene in 2018, by self releasing his debut single Garden Kisses.

Skipping ahead to 2020, Giveon released his debut EP Take Time in March 2020 through Epic Records, and was also featured on Drake’s single Chicago Freestyle. In October 2020, Giveon released another album called When It’s All Said And Done.

Giveon is a contemporary R&B singer, who has a soulful and beautiful baritone voice. His music feels familiar through the R&B sound that he produces but his baritone voice creates a refreshing take on the sound.

Giveon’s lyrics are relatable. If you have experienced heartbreak and loss, then you will want to take a listen to his music. His lyrics are honest and raw; he is not ashamed of his feelings whether they are presenting good or bad intentions.

Take a listen to his track Still Your Best. A song that presents honest lyrics about denial and acceptance.

His music and lyrics are timeless. His baritone voice takes us into the past, but the R&B sound keeps us in the present. However, the combination of the two creates a mixed world with both past and present feelings.

Take a listen to Heartbreak Anniversary. A song that is timeless and presents familiarity from both the past and present through the sound and lyrics.

Giveon is vulnerable in his music and that’s why I think listeners enjoy his sound because they can relate and empathize with him.

Listen to Stuck On You. It is a great song that presents Giveon’s vulnerability. For those of you who are still stuck on someone, this is a great song in which you can empathize with Giveon and relate to his pain.

Giveon is a R&B artist who has a unique voice and sound; he truly is one of a kind. I highly recommend checking out his music! His music is available on Spotify and YouTube.

Feedback | Design.

Week 5: Process Post

Photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters on Unsplash

In this process post I will discuss the critiques and compliments I had received from Jonathan who had peer reviewed my website last week. I will also discuss the design elements I had learned about in this week’s lecture.  

FEEDBACK

In Jonathan’s peer review he had noted that it would be nice if there was a history which listed all of my previous songs of the week. He had made this suggestion because he thought that it would be helpful to anyone who enjoys the songs and that this would allow them to refer to the songs at anytime. I think this is a great idea. Currently I am working on a side project to create different playlists through Spotify which I will also integrate into this website. As I do that, I will also take Jonathan’s suggestion and add a history of the songs of the week, into that playlist section.  

I appreciate his positive comments on how I have used my space, and how I have categorized everything.

Next he discusses my site content, and he suggests that I should replace admin with my actual name. I also agree with this and have already made this change.

Lastly he discusses my posts. I appreciate his positive comments on how I introduce topics and readings.

However, he noticed some grammar mistakes which was something I had also discussed in my process posts. Due to feeling rushed and overwhelmed with getting content on the site, I had not double-checked my posts as thoroughly as I should have. However, I liked his suggestion of running it through a writing processor next time; as I am often doing a lot of writing, so editing can be challenging. However, I thank him for picking out some of these mistakes as I can go back in and fix them.

Overall, his review of my site was very helpful and informative.

Here is a link to Jonathan’s peer review of my site: http://themarketsearch.ca/process/peer-review-1-dkt-music/

DESIGN

This week in lecture I had learned that there are many ways to improve the design of my website through color, typography, images, and more. However, as many people had mentioned in class the difficulty is not realizing that changes need to be made but in discovering how to make those changes, as WordPress can be difficult to use.

Before I get discuss the prompt and questions for this week, I wanted to provide an update on my design. In previous process posts I had said I wanted to do a blue color scheme but that I had found it difficult to do, however I realized I do have a blue color scheme. The color scheme is a mix of blues, along with black and white (image of color scheme below). I think that my typography choices are good and that I only using about two fonts, maybe three. However, as time goes on I may change this, but currently I think it fits with my website. As for the images, I try to do a dark and light contrast with my process post images, but for everything else it is difficult. For example, with music (as I’ve stated before), I want it to be colorful and diverse because this represents my music taste. Also, it is difficult to create a color scheme through the blog posts because I discuss certain albums and songs, and they may not represent certain colors I am looking for. However, unlike the images the text on my website follows the color scheme of blue and black.

Color Scheme From WordPress.

Now I will discuss the prompt questions for this week and the design elements that I had learned about in this week’s lecture. I will use the clothing store site Garage to answer the process post prompt. As I look at the site, I like how the information is moving from slide to slide. I like how the latest clothing products are shown and how the images are presented. However, I think the text and categories could be enlarged but I think the typography suits the website. The first image could be smaller as someone may not realize that they can scroll down. However, the overall design is done well.

Screenshot of the Garage website.

Link to the Garage website: https://www.garageclothing.com/