Lecture 4 – Brief History of the Internet

Its difficult to think that there was a time without the internet. You couldn’t see what your friends were up to on Facebook, there was no Google to answer your questions and there wasn’t any YouTube to waste heaps of your time. Its weird to think that this world ran without world wide web because its such an important part of todays society and forever will be.

So how and when did the internet come about?

The internet started in the 1960’s when packet-switching networks came into operation. Transmitted data is broken up into small packets of data, which is sent and then reassembled at the arrived destination. This allows a single signal to be routed to multiple users, and an interrupted packet can be resent without losing the transmission. Packets are able to compressed to speed up the sending time and they can also be encrypted for security purposes.

This was done so government researchers would be able to share information. Back then the computers weren’t as mobile as they are today. Back in the 60’s the computers were the size of a room. In order to access the information that was stored in these computers, you had to actually go to the place where the computer was situated or you could have magnetic computer tapes sent through post.

The cold war played a major part in the formation of the internet. The Soviet Unions launch of the satellite really pushed the US government, specifically, the defense department to consider new ways of spreading information even after a nuclear attack. This lead to the birth of the “Advanced Research Project Agency Network or ARPNET. ARPANET is what eventually evolved into what we know now as the internet. But this network was limited as only certain academic and research organizations had access to the networks, through contracts with the defense department. Other networks were then created to provide information sharing to a larger audience.

Jan 1st 1983 is considered to be the official birthday of the internet. A new communication protocol was established called the Transfer Control Protocol/ Internetwork Protocol (TCP/IP) allowing different computers across different networks to essentially “talk”, meaning all networks were now connected through a universal language.ARPANET and the Defense Data Network decided to change to the TCP/IP standard, which is why it is this date that is considered as the official birth of the internet.

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Hypertext Essay

The field I want to get into is films, in particularly, I want to be a filmmaker of some sort or be creating some sort of content. The film, television and even the online industries are very hard to get into and once I complete my bachelor of media degree at La Trobe I understand that I won’t be able to simply walk right into a job. There isn’t one specific way to break into the industry but creating pathways and putting myself in a position to make connections and form networks is both the best and most logical way to go about it.

Obviously the first and most logical thing to do would be to finish my degree at La Trobe and to really get as much out of La Trobe as possible. Making friends and establishing connections with the people in my lectures and tutorials is a good starting point because you never know who can be of use in the future. I could also take part in the La Trobe program Short Flicks”, whether that is submitting a script to get made or making a script myself. This will further in my experience in the field and help in developing local connections.Looking into Australian directory websites such as Encore, The Production Book or The Black Book in order to access list of production companies and producers themselves so that I can directly approach them and try to forge a connection with them in some way whether that be an apprenticeship of some sort or volunteering. Basically doing whatever means necessary.

Many Film Festivals offer volunteer work. Such festivals as The Melbourne Film Festival, Melbourne Underground Film Festival, St.Kilda Film Festival Or Melbourne Web Fest are all well known festivals that are a way to meet people with similar interests and goals, which may lead me into something further down the track.

Directly applying for jobs would be another great way to get involved. Obviously applying for whatever jobs are being offered is beneficial, even if it might not be exact job I want, it is a great way to learn and gain experience as well as having something on the resume. ScreenArts Hub, Australian TV jobs or Grapevine jobs are all employment sites that I can regularly check.

Keeping informed and up to date with the industry by signing up for newsletters is beneficial. I can do this through some of the agencies previously mentioned, but also another great media website is IF. Not only can I sign up for these newsletters, but most of these agencies have Facebook pages and twitter accounts which I can follow and have all the news regularly coming to my feeds.

Involving myself in the industry with the organizations mentioned, it will help me to better understand myself and what role I want to play within the industry. And when that time comes, I will be in a better position than most with having created a series of personalized networks.

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Tutorial 3

Today in the week 3 tutorial we talked about using different platforms to communicate one idea. This is something that has been around for a while now and many people do it. For example well known bands not only have CD’s out but they have websites, Facebook pages, Twitter Accounts, YouTube accounts and so on. Although I have been aware of this I have never took the time to consider how I could use this for my own benefit.

Here is a basic run through of what to do:

The main idea is to record whatever content you are interested in. It doesn’t matter if you are into films , music, photography or writing of any sort. The next thing to do is to publish the material to suitable platform. If its music then get it onto Soundcloud or iTunes, if its a video then put it up onto YouTube, if you are into writing then get on WordPress or BlogSpot and start publishing your work. The next and most important way to get your material seen is then by distributing your material over a number of different platforms. If you are in a band and you have recorded a few songs and uploaded them to soundcloud, upload the same material to YouTube. Make a Facebook and Twitter account and have links to each of your different platforms so that your material is in the best position to be seen by a wider audience. By taking advantage of the networks available online, you are putting yourself in the best position possible for your work to be seen by wider audience, and that could be beneficial in many ways, wether that be money, popularity or just getting your content out there.

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Future aspirations Week 2 Tute

I was unable to attend the week 2 tutorial as I was away on a holiday, but the beauty of the website (thank god its not LMS) allows me to catch up with no problems at all.

Where do I want to be in 4 years?

In 4 years I want to be involved in creating films – nothing specific at this point I am still learning and discovering what I want to do through this course at La Trobe and helping out of films on the holdays.

What are the things that I should be doing – to get that point?

I should be networking! More specifically getting involved as much as I can with certain organizations and trying to establish friendships with my peers. Hopefully by establishing as many connections as possible and taking advantage of the opportunities around me I will eventually find a job in something that I enjoy.

Who are the people and organisations that should know who I am and what I do?

– Melbourne Film Festival

– ACMI

– Peers and teachers at La Trobe

There are a few examples of people and organisations that should know who I am and what I do. By exposing myself to these opportunities I can only enhance my chances in eventually finding a job!

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Intro Lecture

The first lecture was simply an introduction to the subject in which our coordinator Hugh Davies went through the assessments and what we will be expecting in the upcoming weeks. Having already done Exploring Media Arts with Hugh I was excited to learn that this subject was set up in a similar way. I appreciate the fact that Hugh sets up his classes in his own way. It makes the subject distinctive and for me personally I am able to enjoy the assignments because there is a certain amount of flexibility that Hugh allows. I think by allowing students to have some creative input into what they do it makes the assignments a lot more fun and less stressful.

Click Here to see how the subject is set up!

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