Cyber warfare has become a threat to today’s society as it has made the security barriers which protect information and data weak and easily impenetrable. There are countless amount of leaks and breaches of personal security which has emphasised how unprotected data is in this day in age.

As the president of the United States of America, Donald Trump has been exposed to such leaks of recent. Trump has been exposed by the distribution of secret information enclosed by the government and even at times the manipulation of information just to frame him infront of an already skeptical American audience.

A leak which thwarted American officials is the recent illegal leak of a ‘whistleblower’ complaint about Trump’s classified conversation with Ukraine President, Volodymyr Zelensky. This lead to Trump’s impeachment.

The message raised from this encounter highlighted the ease for media outlets such as The New York Times to retrieve confidential sources for worldwide distribution. Hackers are able to achieve exploitation of large entities, such as Trump, with ease thus highlighting that no one is safe in this society where ‘protected’ data is never really protected.



Julian Assange’s ‘Wiki leaks’ begun in 2007 where a 38 minute video, displaying the deaths of 18 people by the hands of American soldiers, was distributed around the world. This video was confidential and was hidden by the American government. Julian Assange aimed for a transparent society uncovering the secrets locked by large entities such as the American government.

Anonymous, much like Assange and WikiLeaks, works to uncover the truth. They have so far hacked NASA and the American government in a bid to expose secret content which have been kept enclosed by these large scale entities.

NASA’s data and information is highly classified. This barrier is thought to be impenetrable, however, obviously not to Anonymous. They uncovered secret photos of overly large skeletons whilst also leaking a video showing Aliens to be real. This video was viewed 900,000 times and whilst it was highly speculative, created a sense of fear over mainstream media.

But do you think there is more to this that large entities, such as NASA, are hiding? And should it be exposed by these hacking organisations in a bid for transparency?

James M



My DA is called Ransack. Run by a collective of inspiring journalists which write on topics such as politics, music and sport. The page exists on WordPress and is distributed on popular platforms Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I write sports articles ranging from match reviews, player reviews and feature articles.


My DA prototype is currently quite small. RANSACK currently has 280 Facebook likes, 34 Twitter followers and 49 new Instagram followers. Instagram is where I refine my articles, yet Facebook gains the most traction with the highest followers count. I have posted 7 posts since the DA pitch which have all been reposted on the twitter and Facebook.  


To iterate my DA I started an Instagram account. ‘Ransack Sport’ started on the 2nd of September and since then has built up a following of 48 followers. This is an alright start as I have plans to further boost the interaction on the account.

A few points which I would like to act upon to boost traction are:

  • player based reviews
  • local articles
  • being active among comment sections of large social media accounts
  • following sport fans

With the introduction of the instagram account I have applied hashtags and tags to try and boost my following. This hasn’t worked to date which means other methods must be applied. I have also implemented the use of the Instagram story feature for one story to enhance audience interaction. As it’s still the early days of the prototyping stage, I will look to use the feedback loop further as I progress with my DA to get feedback from my audience.


I’m currently thoroughly enjoying prototyping my DA as it’s something that has become a hobby for me. I’m not receiving any significant statistics however do trust that I will be able to achieve a boost in following as I continue to iterate my DA.

James M

Instagram – @ransacksport

Facebook – Ransackmedia

Twitter – Ransackmedia


Social media has made an imprint in todays society. Allowing for the ease of communication and simplifying the ability to learn and promote. However with positives comes the negatives as a society which aims to be connected often becomes disconnected.

A negative which has been imprinted within our brains is Social Media’s ease to promote “black magic”. A sort of black magic which leads us as humans to make bad choices.

For example in the reading provided called “What is the problem with Social Media”. by Jordan Hall, it delves into the idea of Supernormal stimuli and the allowance for mediocrity within our evolutionary states.

We are fine with the ability to do “just enough”.

Personally I can relate as when assignments pile up one-by-one, the process of certain assignments are filled with mediocrity and procrastination.

However in saying this, Social Media can also allow for motivation and to spark a drive to do more. So the question is whether the negatives outweigh the positives.


Feudalism takes the aged idea of a ‘walled garden’ and modernises it to display what the internet is like today. Feudalism 2.0 is the idea that certain companies create ‘walled gardens’ surrounding their products to prevent the external use of such aspects, therefore patenting their work.

When Steve Jobs introduced the first Apple products, he made the iPhone “sterile” and neglect the ability for customisation. This in itself placed a metaphorical bubble surrounding the product and Steve Jobs is the garden owner.

Nowadays, Apple maintains full control over their IOS applications and maintaining their metaphoric ecosystem. Consumers may customise, personalise and design to their own pleasure, using Apple and IOS applications only.

Putting up a walled garden pulls and entices users to buy more Apple products and thus benefiting profits across the board. A smart idea which companies are beginning to use, benefiting their operations and marketing.


In a world with the ever-changing state of technology and the way in which entertainment content is viewed, additions to streaming sites such as Netflix, Stan and Binge, has changed the way in which we watch content. The niche market has overtaken the mainstream market and such streaming platforms allow for a flexible and a wide variety of choice.

The long tail effect is an economic model which allows the modern day gift of unlimited selection of a more niche market . The effect has single handedly popularised streaming platforms and run stores such as Blockbuster and Video-Ezy out of business.

“Everyone’s taste departs from the mainstream somewhere, and the more we explore alternatives, the more we’re drawn to them.”

In the 21st century, people like to be different, listen different and watch different. Listening different can be truly discovering your ‘type’ of music (EDM, rap, alternative etc). Watching different portrayed on Netflix can be choosing a specific genre which fits in with your ideal niche.


For this weeks blog post we look at the chronic task of sorting, in particular I will shed some light on ‘Liquid Life’ and the fragility of owning a job in this generation.

“Today we are in the middle of a new media revolution – the shift of all
culture to computer-mediated forms of production, distribution, and communication.” (Manovich, 2001).

In a way media can act as as a peacemaker to a liquid life in which we live in. Media can make us understand how the world is changing and make sense of everyday life. It’s what makes the world tick in a way and my GIF displays this notion. It also shows both risk and debt as being present in the world but media can still act as a way to forget and push aside such anxiety.

I’m sure it’s daunting for most BCM students knowing that they are studying for a degree which could possibly lead to unemployment or a long period of searching and sorting for the perfect job. Personally, I do feel worried about building a portfolio in a “portfolio workplace” with the uncertain nature of finding a job (Deuze, 2006). Yet this BCM206 subject can help manage and increase the awareness of my content to future employers.

James M


My DA for BCM206 this semester is RANSACK MEDIA

RANSACK MEDIA is a collective group of aspiring journalists writing on a range of topics such as Entertainment, Politics, Local news and Sports which I will specialise in. RANSACK was created this year on the back off myself and some mates deciding to build a portfolio for future employment opportunities post-university.

RANSACK currently has 277 likes on Facebook and 29 followers on Twitter, so there is plenty of work to do as we are still in the early days of development. I will continue to post on RANSACK as well as hope to start a RANSACK Instagram page which is currently in the works.

My aim is post consistently and build my writing skills to create a portfolio for myself.




James M


In this weeks lecture, Ted focuses on the development of a societal paradigm dependant on informational communication technologies. These ICM’s allow for fluent communication between human to human and has revolutionised the way the human race connects.

My GIF explores a civilisation which has become dependant on the use of informational communication technologies to socialise, connect and form relationships. Much like in Fahrenheit 451, a city which is dependant on electronics may have the possibility of a totalitarian society and this must be evaded. The moon acts a symbol of attraction, something that everyone will look upon and this generations ‘moon’ is the phone.

It’s obvious that our network society would diminish if it wasn’t for this generations technological paradigm (Castells, 2004). A phone as an ICM for example has reinvigorated the way a message travels and the speed in which it does. With a technological paradigm starting with telegraphs, the phone has made a gigantic leap.

James M


For this weeks’ blog post we must look at the Global Nervous System, the Internet, and the significant change which has undertaken over two decades.

Through one of this weeks readings “Brief History of the Internet” I gained key insights into the development of the internet. It shows the “incomplete” timeline of the internet and the different aspects incorporated within the development.

My GIF explores “The History of the Future”, as said in my chosen reading, the internet must continue to change and with the computer industry. I believe the Internet must keep innovating and updating as the human race truly relies on it.

What’s key to this change is the “social structure” which maintains control over the domain. A core group of designers have diminished and wealthy stakeholders have risen which could be a detriment to the evolving state of the internet.

James M