Created and Written by Alcyone Brigid Meehan, Annabelle Shao, Damian Ciccone and Jessie Hare
Group 34 is composed of group members: Annabelle, Alcy, Damian and Jessie. In order to efficiently complete this collaboration of the surveillance story. Team members set up a group chat on twitter and also conducted an audio chat through Skype with various periods of brainstorming to determine the topic of discussion about Pop culture and surveillance.
All group members have value and contributed to this collaboration, actively carrying out tasks and research of useful information. Everyone had a clear task: creating and editing the video, finding references where needed, edit the article and modifying the details.
Variety of Options Considered
It was a late Monday evening in September when group 34 met up over Skype to begin our brainstorming process. After some brief introductions we got stuck straight into planning the content for the video. Reading through the unit guide we discussed firstly the various topics of interest.
Initially there had been some discussion over analysing the correlation between the use of CCTV footage, privacy and surveillance, but this was ruled out when we realised that two of our four group members had already covered this topic in previous blog posts. Bearing this in mind, we then employed a secondary technique in order to come to an agreement regarding the video topic.
Each of us read over the suggested prompts and swiftly we discovered we were all eager to research more into the role of surveillance in popular culture. The scope of the topic is so broad that we found we had no trouble reeling off possible points that could be made.
We discussed the celebrification of individuals in this field such as Julian Assange, the portrayal in media and literary forms, along with the negative consequences celebrity figures face due to surveillance.
A good example of this was the Kim Kardashian jewellery theft in Paris that resulted from the criminals following her social media to find where she was and what pieces she had with her. By the conclusion of the Skype meeting we had drafted an idea of the message we would like to convey and the best way to depict this in our videos.
Processes Undertaken for the video’s Preparation and Creation
At the beginning of the process of starting this assignment, the group was quiet and took a little while to get going. Therefore, the preparation to be able to create our video was to keep on pursuing the online collaboration. This began by experiencing with new and old online tools and we found that twitter was our strongest suit to communicate on.
It was important for all of us to communicate with each other in what we planned on doing for our individual parts of the video. As Alcyone had the introduction and I had the conclusion, we obviously needed both Damian and Annabelle’s parts so we knew how to start and end the video.
The plan was to each make our own scripts and put them into our group google doc so that we all knew what each person was saying. With that we were able to work off each others’ videos.
We then moved onto to the actual creation of our finished video. From the skype call and meeting minutes, each member assigned themselves to a topic and roles for the project. Once each member knew what they were to do for their part of the group collaboration they were then able to create their content individually.
Furthermore, once everyone was happy with their own footage and the editing they did individually for their part, we all sent our small videos to Alcyone who was in charge of the overall editing of the entirety of the video.
Intended Meanings & Messages Conveyed in the Video
Within this video, the intended meanings and main messages tend to relate mainly to the popularization and hugely prominent nature of surveillance within pop culture society, as well as the realization that they tend to go hand in hand, in modern society. One message contained within this video tends to relate back to how through the eyes of the government, surveillance is able keep an eye on unaware citizens of society at any given moment.
It should be stressed that modern and pop culture are more of the same and that mass media plays a very dominant role in conveying ideas and behaviours to a young age demographic, which is aided by the surveying of these individuals. At this point, the message to consider here is how much surveillance is too much? When doe’s it start to become intrusive?
One message of the video’s introduction briefly talks about how popular figures such as Edward Snowden and Julian Assange are representative of pop culture, displaying the controversial topic of surveillance to the public and thus, creating awareness of the issue itself.
Furthermore, the video highlights some of the positive aspects that tie in with surveillance, mainly how themes of surveillance, privacy and hacking culture are reflected greatly in film and television and making audiences aware of the issue.
Although, the video also goes back to the idea that many of these artistic expressions through the form of film and television paint a very dystopian view of society and surveillance, illustrating the pro’s and con’s of the combination of pop culture and surveillance in modern society.
Everyone living in the surveillance age through this digital collaboration with pop culture enables us to have an in-depth understanding of the topic at hand. Firstly, Alcy began the video with the introduction, focusing on the definition of popular culture and it’s ties with surveillance, establishing a clear framework for the rest of the video.
Next, Damian and Annabelle from two different perspectives described this issue, with Jessie concluding and summing up the discussion points of the video to great effect.
Throughout this collaboration, the group 34 members all contributed greatly to the overall task, always contacting each other and sharing their own ideas and positive comments which was the core to the success of this collaborative piece.
Despite some trouble and uncertainties throughout the process of the creation of the video, it was fortunate to be resolved with the combined efforts of each group member, creating a piece of work each member is proud of.
CC Image References:
- Best marketing at #sxsw goes to Mr Robot by Andrew Hyde (CC BY 2.0)
- Snowden Effect by DonkeyHotey (CC BY 2.0)
- Stylized surveillance cameras by Corey Burger (CC BY-SA 2.0)
- Surveillance by Rule_62 (CC BY 2.0)
- Surveillance by Yeong-Nam (CC BY-SA 2.0)