Author: rosahall

Meerkat VS Periscope

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Meerkat and Periscope were both released within only a few weeks of each other but why has Periscope been ranked as the favourite? With Meerkat being the first app to be released, it has grown nearly to 2 million users today but when Periscope came into the scene, they gained 1 million users within just 10 days of release in the Apple App Store.

With every update that Meerkat does, it seems as if Periscope is always right behind. Periscope launched its app for Android just a few weeks after Meerkat launched theirs. While the concept of Meerkat and Periscope is the same, you have access to livestream for 24 hours after it ends, whereas Meerkat, the stream is gone immediately. Periscope allows you to add your location while you’re Periscoping whereas Meerkat does not. Periscope also has access to Twitter’s “social graph”, which allows users to connect with their…

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Why is Periscope so Great?

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In my last blog post I talked about Twitcasting, the Japanese live broadcasting app that has been around since 2010 and how the publicity for it has been very minimal compared to Periscope and Meerkat. Delving deeper into my research about live broadcasting software, I have learnt that there have been several live broadcasting apps developed over the years such LiveStream, UStream and UNow but all of these apps I had never heard of before.

What I mainly want to focus on in this blog post is Periscope and why it is talked about so much. Firstly, Periscopes layout and format is incredibly simple and is very user friendly. It looks nice, it’s sleek and instantly attracts users. Periscope supports streaming in both portrait and landscape formats and allows you to live stream to the public at large or privately to specific invitees. It instantly connects to Twitter once you…

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Twitcasting, the Japanese Periscope

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For my individual artefact I’ve decided to mainly focus on Periscope in Asia and with Periscope and Meerkat being so widely talked about over the last 6 months, I discovered through my research that Japan were already 3 steps in front of us and had released a live broadcasting app in 2010 called ‘Twitcasting’. When I first read this I was astounded that I had never once heard about Twitcasting and was also surpirsed at the fact that Meerkat and Periscope were making many users believe that they were the first of all live broadcasting apps to be released.

The Tokyo-based startup, Moi Corporation, watched on as Meerkat and Periscope created a huge frenzy in the western tech media and were disappointed as they never once saw Twitcasting be publicised, especially as it global user community had just (roughly) broken 10 million around the months that Periscope and Meerkat were…

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Godzilla – Conclusion

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This is my final blog post on my reflections on Godzilla. In my previous blog post I talked about the gender divide in Godzilla that stood out to me the most while watching the 1954 version. What I’m wanting to talk about in this blog post is the way in which Godzilla has been Americanised over the years that it has been re-created. When I watched the trailer to the 2014 Godzilla, I thought it looked fantastic, it looked far more exciting and exhilarating than any of the other versions. Godzilla looked 10 times bigger and more realistic then any of the other Godzilla’s. The graphics were phenomenal that it almost felt like Godzilla was standing in front of you.

No matter how thrilling the new Godzilla looked, it was lacking diversity and culture. It didn’t have the same vibe the Japanese 1954 version did. Although the 1954 Godzilla didn’t…

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Godzilla Reflection

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In my last blog post, I talked about my thoughts after watching Godzilla for the first time. Not surprisingly, my initial reaction towards Godzilla was that I found it boring and lost interest in the film quite quickly. But the one thing that has stuck in my mind since watching it, is the gender divide. As I mentioned in my previous blog post, Emiko Yamane was portrayed as a woman who could only function with the help of her boyfriend and father. She was depicted as weak and shy was no help towards defeating Godzilla, she would cry and scream when things got too overwhelming. Not only is it Godzilla that features many old fashioned gender roles but many well known movie’s such as Grease, My Fair Lady, Swiss Family Robinson and many of Disney’s most loved Princesses are portrayed as women who can only be happy if they fall in…

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Godzilla Review – Digital Asia

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Starting the first seminar of DIGC330 with a movie was quite a surprise to me but I then thought that watching the 1954 Godzilla was the perfect start to Digital Asia. Not having seen Godzilla before I didn’t really know what to expect besides the incredibly unrealistic giant monster, demolishing it’s way through small Japanese towns. From the moment it started you could immediately tell that the men were in the lead, they were the ones organising the ways in which they would be killing Godzilla and they were also the ones taking action when trying to defeat it. The lead female character, Emiko Yamane was usually portrayed as weak and seemed to be always relying on her boyfriend and father to take care of her and would occasionally scream and cry and collapse into her boyfriends arms when things got too overwhelming.

As the black and white film jumped from…

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