Online Persona: What Is My Real Name?

Today I’m gonna begin with a funny video from Twaimz, a well-known person on Youtube.

Almost every piece of Twaimz’s videos on YouTube receives millions of visits, and he has more than 800 thousand followers on his twitter account till now.屏幕快照 2016-05-13 08.39.21 AM.png

In the last few minutes of this video, he answered people that his first name was Issa, but he also said that he would never tell people his real last name in case people find him in the real life.

That comes with my point. See, everybody knows that his Youtube and Twitter name is Twaimz and he is an interesting guy, whereas nobody knows what his real name is, what company he works for, or whether he has a wife or not.

In the world online, it is easy to pretend another person that may be completely different from who I am in the real life. Take Twaimz as an example: In his video, he acts as a llama lover, a prankster, a sissy man, or to say, a bad guy who you even want to give him a kick sometimes. However, he may turn out to be a quite serious person in his real life. Who knows?

Furthermore, when we talk about this guy, we may not mention him with his real last name (for we don’t know), we use the name he picked for himself- Twaimz instead.


What our online persona gives us is a world to present the best side of ourselves, or to act as the kind of people we want to be but never have the chance to in our real life. We forget the question What Is My Real Name with our online persona and talk freely. I believe that’s the reason why it’s so popular in this competitive society.


  1. YouTube: What Is My Real Name?
  2. Twitter: @Twaimz
  3. Merriam-Webster:persona

Can We Trust Citizen Journalism?

Before I start, I’d like to share a TED talk given by Brian Conley named Citizen Journalism is Reshaping the World.

Nowadays, it is no longer an odd thing to see people holding up their smartphones and taking pictures of a celebrity’s speech, an unexpected fire, or a traffic accident. Moreover, it has become more and more popular as the widely use of digital applications. 


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What do people take these photos for? Are they taking photos for capturing a historic moment? If asked, most people may give the answer that they want to use this to post a tweet and let more people get to know this.

This is so-called citizen journalism – the involvement of non-professionals in reporting news, especially in blogs and other websites.

However, twitter,  one of the first media platforms to show the break news, has also exposed many shortages till this moment:

Firstly, there is no quality filter, which means the news may be valueless.

Secondly, it lacks authority, which means it may cause doubt in trusting.


To summarize, I’d like to put the word SUBJECTIVE to show the lack in citizen journalism.


(Picture: Screenshot of Matt Roller’s Tweet )

As a student majoring in journalism, the first lesson taught by my teacher is to be objective and do not involve personal emotion in your report. We should report fact, not opinions. However, citizen journalism usually involves too much opinions and too much emotion like anger, excitement, and sorrow, hence it’s inadequate to be trusted.



  1. YouTube: Citizen Journalism is Reshaping the World: Brian Conley at TEDxMidAtlantic
  2. citizen journalism
  3. Citizen Journalism: Can We Trust it?

WE X UOW: Annotated Bibliography Part II

As I have stated in Annotated Bibliography Part I, in this part, I am going to talk about the back-up information for my digital media project, including news reports, academic articles, and previous documentary films.


Part II

7.The Guardian: Poor, isolated, and far from home: what it’s like to be an international student


This passage is a story told by an International student in the UK from Nepalese. Different from the stereotype, she doesn’t have a elite family to support her. In fact, her parents scrimped and saved to get her to the UK. Her situation tells the truth of many current international students. Unlike the old days, now many students from moderate families go abroad to study with the expectation of parents and all relatives to change the fate of the family. These students are usually worried that they can’t live up to the expectations.

Her passage inspired me to raise questions such as “Do you miss your family” and “Have you been able to adapt to the life abroad” in my interview.

8.U.S.News: 3 Surprises for International Students at U.S. Universities

Apart from questions I have mentioned above, I also involve questions like “Can you understand what your teachers said in class”, “Have you ever been disheartened due to cultural barriers?”, “What’ s the biggest difference between here and your hometown?”, and “Have you made any friends here? Are they local people or people from the same cultural background as you?” when I interview international students. And this news report is where I get enlightenment from. It talks about three biggest surprise that most international students will face, not only at U.S. universities, but also other parts of the world.

9.A website: International Student –Study in Australia


This website give a lot of instructive information for foreign students studying in Australia, including map and climate, people and culture, money matters, etc. By searching this website, I get to know how to build my project homepage on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube better. It enables me to offer some useful tips for the international students whoever browse through my homepage.

10.YouTube: Study Abroad – Whole Film 《我们留学生》正片


This film, consisting of three short stories, depicts Chinese oversea student’s real problems and feelings among renting, academic, and social networking. The stories told in the film is so closer to the reality that it impressed me deeply. We may have been excellent students in our own countries for a long time, but in a new foreign country, everything turns out to be more or less different. 

I come to realize that you won’t let others feel touched unless you move yourself, thereby when editing the film, I try to make myself an audience and pick out those moving moments and details.

11.YouTube: A day in the life of an International student


I found this film actually a sample of what I gonna make!  In the film, Simeng, a Chinese student studying a Bachelor of Arts (Interpreting and Translation) at the University of Western Sydney, talks about her exchange study life in Australia. She shares experience of how she has overcome the scare of stepping into an English- speaking country at first, how she has prepared herself for the future during her exchange, and how she has made friends here and spent her leisure time.

Having this film as a reference, I conceive a general frame of my future project. However, I feel it a pity that this film only involves the opinions from Simeng, and this has made the film a bit thin. Take this problem into consideration, we would like to interview friends and teachers around the international students in each episode to make the story full, vivid, and easy to be accepted.

*Thanks very much for learning my annotated bibliography, and why not move on to have a touch at the introduction video and the first serial documentary?

WE X UOW: Annotated Bibliography Part I

Before listing the sources relevant to our digital media project, I’d like to give a brief introduction about the project: We name it WE X UOW as it tells stories between we and UOW. It consists of several international students’ bitter-sweet life stories. By displaying these stories, we are trying to arouse people’s deep thoughts on both sides of the convergence of different culture and ethnics.


Find us on:

Facebook: []

Twitter: []

YouTube: []

To diversify forms of the project,  I have found some instructions on how to take well-composited photos, and how to make rhythmic videos and audios. Besides, for backing up the project,  I have read many news reports, academic articles, and watched previous documentary films on international students’ life on YouTube.

I divide my annotated bibliography into two parts. The first part talks about the instructions on technologies; the second part talks about the back-up information.

Part I

1.Wikihow:How to Create a Good Documentary Film

For better showing an international student’s life status, we choose documentary films as the main form of our project. So at the very beginning, I turn to suggestions on how to make good documentary films, and this article really helps. It teaches detailedly and thoroughly how to create a good documentary film. I have drawn a flow chart according to the article.

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With the help of this chart have I done the rest preparing work for the digital artefact.

2.Wikihow: How to Make a Movie

Documentary film is just one kind of the bigger scope– film, so getting to know how to make a movie does help in making good documentaries. The article tells about how to make a movie in a simple and plain way. It gives me ideas on what kind of equipment I should prepare before I go out for shooting, on how to shoot with the equipment I have, and also on how to edit the videos I have shot.

Since it is the first time for me to shoot a serial documentary, I need to search for many instructions on technique skills, and I just regard this as a beginning.

3. PDF: The (aerobic) ART of INTERVIEWING

In making a documentary film,  it is inevitable to interview people. This article just gives an instruction on how to interview people, which means how to let people speak to you, and also speak truly to you. An interview is never a random exchange where either party can contribute as they wish, instead, it is a structured dialogue with a FOCUS. After reading this article, I come to realize that something like interesting life/unusual experiences/rare expertise needs to be added to my outline for the film. Finally, it turns out that this has become the most splendid part of the documentary film.

4.40 Tips to Take Better Photos 

The article written by Lisa Clarke gives 40 tips on how to take better photos. Although her article received responses of both support and opposition, I consider it a good direction for green hands like me. The three tips I love most are:

  • You’ve got to be joking.
  • Shoot with your mind: Even when you’re not shooting, shoot with your mind. Practice noticing expressions and light conditions. Work out how you’d compose a picture of that scene over there that interests you, and what sort of exposure you might use to capture it best. — Leah Robertson
  • Have a camera on you at all times.

As I’d like to make real documentaries with practical significance, it is better for me to bring a camera with me all the time to avoid letting any particular moment go.

5. A website called: Digital Camera World

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This website is composed of six main sections as showed in the screenshot picture above: Photography Tips, Photo Editing, Reviews, Cheat Sheets, Photo Ideas, and Photo Club. Photography Tips gives tips on how to take good photos, Photo Editing tells skills about how to use Photoshop and Lightroom, Reviews compares cameras of different brands, Cheat sheet provides novice photographers with knowledge they will use when taking photos, Photo Ideas gathers different ideas from website users, and Photo Club is open for members of the website.

I always check the website if I find something confuses me when I am doing my project.

6.Youtube: How To Take Professional Photographs

In the video, Nick Wood, a professional photographer, talks about three key elements on taking professional photographs: keep the composition right, keep the lighting right, and make adjustments with those softwares on your computer. The third element is quite important for me. Since we are going to shoot a documentary film and we want to keep the truth, it is a bit hard for us to make up perfect photos of videos without adjusting.

For more, give yourself a try to Part II.

Culture Convergence In Remix

In the rise of produsage cultural practices, remixing and file-sharing are becoming more and more widely accepted. This, in my opinion, has lead to two main results. One is that remix amazingly continues to change the way people think about creativity, originality, and copyright. The other, what I gonna talk about here in my post, is culture convergence.

By mixing separate elements together to create a new one, different cultures collide with one another. In my short remix, I simply show how anthropic songs combine with  sounds of animals. Don’t be too surprise if you fail to smell a rat.

So cool! With remix, not only can cultures from different parts of the world meet, but also can elements from human and animals converge thoroughly.


Created By Isabella Chen From Meme





  1. WIKIPEDIA: produsage
  2. Everything is a remix by Kirby Ferguson
  3. Youtube: 凤凰传奇最炫民族风The Hottest Ethnic Trend
  4. Youtube: 嚇死人?各種動物的叫聲…怎麼跟印象中的不一樣Sounds of Animals 


Warcraft Hits Screen This Summer


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Today I heard from my boyfriend that the film warcraft would hit the screen this summer. What I responded to him was like “Eh..Warcraft? Isn’t that a fucking game you spending all day playing?”



That is absolutely true. WOW, with its full name of World of Warcraft, is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) holding more than 100 million accounts till January 2014.

However, it is never just a game. In the world built by trans-media, WOW has many derivatives other than the initial game such as the film set to be released by Universal Pictures on June 10 this year. Other derivatives include novels, APPs, etc.

I am quite sure that millions of fans of the game just like my boyfriend will hang out to see the film and sign “How time flies when I play WOW!”. This group of people will undoubtedly satisfy the box office.

Amazing? Well it is just one small case in the world of trans-media. Blockbusters are now out of time. Instead, hybrid content is holding the stage, as it shows a concept roundly and comprehensively, and thus makes it popular among all kinds of consumers.

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*picture2: Created by Isabella Chen on MEME. Reserved by Isabella Chen.


  2. Official Website of World of Warcraft
  3. WIKIPEDIA: Massively multiplayer online role-playing game
  4. WIKIPEDIA: Warcraft (film)

Slower Days in the Past


Slower Days in the Past

Remember young days in the past,

People were sincere and honest,

Never would they break their promises.

Early morning along  the way to the railway station,

The street was long, dark and empty

Only with chimney smoke coming out from the breakfast store.

Days were slower in the past,

Carriage, horse, and mail  wouldn’t reach until late,

You will spend a lifelong time to  love just one person.

The lock was fine in the past,

With the key exquisite and fit,

Once it was locked only your Mr.Right would open it.

*** Translation work done by Isabella Chen. All rights reserved by Isabella Chen.***

Original Chinese version: 《从前慢》by木心

A Template+Personal Idea+3D Print=?

This week we talked about Craft and digital making. In this modern society, anyone who has his/her own creative idea is entitled to be called craftsman(woman). In the future, 3D Print may enable us to turn any of our ideas and designs into objects just within several minutes.

Take the famous brand NIKE, a marketer of athletic shoes, apparel, and sports equipment as an example.

At the first beginning, all the NIKE products come from its assembly line. (The authorities of the pictures are as shown.) Many people found they were wearing the same shoes on the road.

Now, Nike has launched NIKEiD, which means you can put your own ideas on your shoes and customize it as a unique one.

In the future, Nike CEO Mark Parker has said that they are working on 3D-Printing Flyknit Sneakers, which means you can go to NIKE with your own designing manuscript and come out NIKE with your own pair of shoes.

For more, please click here to view a prezi I have made for NIKE’s evolution.

Well, NIKE will never be the only company influenced by 3D-Printing Technology. In the future, given a template,  adding some personal Idea, using 3D Print will we create our own masterpieces!


  1. The explanation of NIKE on WIKIPEDIA:,_Inc.
  2. NIKEiD:
  3. YouTube: Roshe Run Officially Released on Nike ID Customize Roshe Run: Roshe Run Officially Released on Nike ID Customize Roshe Run
  4. Nike CEO Mark Parker Said the Brand Is Working on 3D-Printing Flyknit Sneakers:


Wedia<– We Media

Five weeks have passed, deeper and deeper are we probing into “media”. This week our tutor Travis’s showing us the project made by him, Ted, and their partners, in my opinion, is a kind of product of We Media.

We Media, according to Dan Gillmor, who first proposed this concept, means that ordinary people are creating their own media such as blogging, file sharing, video uploading, podcasting, etc.

Here I’d like to list some prime merits and demerits of this kind of media.


  1. Convenience: It uses easily accessible technologies. e.g. We use our mobile phones to record and share something interesting.wemedia1.jpg
  2. Democracy and Diversity: The “former audiences” are now making their own media and media decisions through diverse medias.
  3. Impartiality


  1. Lack of Supervision
  2. Privacy Disclosure

Click here to come to my prezi for a more detailed presentation of the merits and demerits.

It may cost us a long period of time to learn about balancing the merits and demerits. Media is no longer a product of “me”, it is now a platform for us(“we”), and this is why I give the name “Wedia” in the title of my post.


  1. We Media: Mainstream News Taps Into Citizen Journalism–by Stephen Cass


  1. We The Media –by Dan Gillmor
  2. Introduction of Dan Gillmor from Wikipedia
  3. Statista: Media usage in an internet minute as of August 2015
  4. Self-Disclosure in Social Media: Extending the Functional Approach to Disclosure
    Motivations and Characteristics on Social Network Sites –by Natalya N. Bazarova & Yoon Hyung Choi

For more information about we media:

  1. We Media: How audiences are shaping the future of news and informationby Shayne Bowman and Chris Willis
  2. Youtube: Definition of Citizen Journalismby Jay Rosen, Professor of Journalism at NYU

Internet Becomes Part of Our Body

I attended the lecture of my BCM112 class this week. My lecturer showed us splendid comparison between Iphone and Android. But during the lecture, one sentence he casually talked about left me such deep impression that I failed to pay whole attention to the rest of the lecture and  had to go to the eduStream after school.

He said,”The Internet is now part of your body.”

This brought me back to a series of photos named “Removed” I have seen before.

*The pictures used above are from

These are just part of the photos. American photographer Eric Pickersgill just simply removed the smartphones and digital devices from his portraits of everyday life.

See what has happened, people in the pictures look lonely, funny, and even broken without part of their body—The Internet.

It’s hard for us to deny the truth that we are so addicted to technology and hyper-connectivity.

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Is this a good or a bad thing? Who knows.

  • By the way, I have uploaded my notes for this lecture on my Google Drive. Anyone who has the same problem as me can go to this link and have a look.


  1. Removed: Photographer Removes Phones From His Photos To Show How Terribly Addicted We’ve Become
  2. The future of the Internet and How to stop it—JONATHAN L.ZITTRAIN