Our group through collaborating online and creating a video we often found a number obstacles we had to overcome in order to reflect all our ideas and create a video with a strong meaning and message. By using social media tools such as Facebook, Google Docs, Skype, Twitter, Dropbox and etc. we were able to collective brainstorm, film and edit a piece that strongly represents the dangers of social media surveillance and help to prevent similar cases such as the one presented.
In the process of brainstorming and coming up with a collective idea for the group’s surveillance story, each of us shared points of interest surrounding the topic. Throughout the unit, we were encouraged to share tweets based on a topic or sub sectors of surveillance that peaked our interest and from this, a class list would be formulated for future blog posts.
From our initial tweets and the content, we wrote, there was a shared interest in what we found most intriguing about surveillance and the online world. The ideas of surveillance and app culture, social media, and celebrity culture were common throughout the group, some even having written similar posts. The group was enthusiastic to incorporate our existing ideas into our storyline and progressed to create a bubble.us mind map to conceptualize our thoughts further. By incorporating each other’s past blog posts we were also able to speed up the process and avoid conducting unnecessary research which helped us a lot as often we felt pressed for time.
Putting five minds together deemed successful as the concept progressed from app culture, social networks and digital surveillance to online interactions and user engagement. The group was able to formulate a storyline surrounding surveillance and crime through social media sites, not straying far from our original suggestions.
With a concept in mind, we needed a way to present our information and storyline. A short conversation brought the group to the scenario of a news report seeing as we were discussing surveillance and crime. Using another medium may have been of detriment and drawn away from the narrative.
A news team reporting on what is unfortunately a somewhat regular occurrence today on social media. A young girl engages with a guy on an online dating site, enjoys the company and conversation but soon is deterred and tries to end communication. He however does not agree and becomes insistent on getting in touch however he can, adding her online accounts, persisting with sending communications. Without much choice, the girl then has to get the authorities are involved. A surveillance story derived from ideas of social networking and interactions. The story we hoped would not only be informative but also hoped for it to act as a warning to people using online dating and other forms of social media and the possible repercussions when privacy is breached.
Initially, we were discussing the filming method via Facebook messenger but this became increasingly difficult as not all group members were active online simultaneously. We found that there would often be two or more people messaging at one time and it was hard to keep track and often people would miss important discussions points when readings back through the messages. Therefore, we created a Doodle Poll, in order to schedule a time to collaborate all together and share ideas via Skype video conferencing. From there, we determined each role that was required to carry out the video successfully.
As Christine and Nicole were the only two in Melbourne and able to meet we collectively decided it was best Christine played character of the cyber stalking victim (interviewee) and Nicole was the journalist (interviewer). This proved effective as they were able to film the interview together which involved a lot of discussion therefore they were able make it more aesthetically pleasing and assist in the editing by filming it together. The role of the Police Officer was best suited for Brooke as she resides on the Geelong Campus. Harry and Michelle were also away and weren’t able to film collectively as a group, so Harry was given the role of the news anchor, as he was able to record this alone. Michelle’s responsibility was to compile the video footage and create the thumbnail for the video, as she was most confident within her editing skills.
The intention of our story was to highlight the dangers that come with social media and online networking today. One of the central messages conveyed in our video was the need to maintain a certain level of privacy whilst utilising social networking sites. We wanted to point out the ease at which people can use these social sites as a tool for surveillance. If you are not careful with how you use these networking sites, specifically how much of your profile may be visible to the public, then they can easily become an instrument to pry into your life. Surveillance often refers to the government and their level of surveillance but our video is a reminder that we must also be aware of the general public and how by simply altering your privacy settings on many of the popular networking sites can really minimise your own risk of personal surveillance.
We highlight the fact that there is no way to really know who you are communicating with and that fake personalities are fast becoming a common occurrence in today’s online culture. The story also underlines the possible outcome of cyber stalking and that the consequences can in-fact be extremely severe. Our final message includes the importance of involving the authorities as soon as you think there is any kind of online surveillance that may be of a malicious intent.