rounding out the day with a mind-clearing blog post

Time management has again been a confronting challenge this week, as I have started to work out which tasks should be my priorities and how my workload fits in with the time frames available, for what will be an intense three weeks leading up to the mid semester break.


In the media and communication futures class, the focus has been on completing our extended essays on alternative subcultures within our research area. It is proving somewhat challenging to coordinate studies in this area with my thesis-related research strategies work on the concept album and also media objects object-oriented-ontology, as it is so entirely different. However, my focus on the alternative subculture within the Black Metal scene in Norway has been very interesting to write about, and in this second attempt I will explore how Nationalism and Norwegian heritage have been portrayed in Black Metal’s music, visual representations and cultural practices. I hope to experience elements of this scene and do further personal research when I visit Norway in the mid-year break, buying some records and perhaps even making it to a black metal show so I can witness the spectacle first hand.


The media objects lab will come around again in the morning, and I look forward to getting some feedback on the essay I have been writing to accompany my work on ‘ontography’ and Ian Bogost’s ‘Alien Phenomenology’. Jason and I engaged in some very productive discussion about this last week that I feel has helped me write more objectively and with more direction. I am hoping to liaise with him again tomorrow and see how we have each progressed throughout the week. I also have some editing to do on my ontograph posters in order to make them as clear and concise as possible (colours, spacing, kerning etc) that I will hopefully be able to complete in the hour between media objects and futures class tomorrow.


I am yet to explore the gantt chart website that we have been asked to try out for Research strategies, however I am keen to use it as I can see the benefits of using gantt charts to map out the weeks ahead, and to gauge how much thesis work needs to be done each week to stay ahead of schedule, allow time for my supervisor to give feedback on my work and for editing and presentation to be finalized – so I can finish up with a satisfactory product at years end. This could be an ideal task for me to complete tomorrow afternoon between 4 and 6 – after a very long day of writing today (Monday).


The literature review task and presentation for the Ceres day out are two assessments I really want to make the most of in order to gain further direction and understanding of my honours research topic, that can be integrated into my thesis. It’s just a matter of getting the other tasks done first and allowing myself a clear mind and plenty of time in the next few weeks to get the most out of these tasks and achieve the desired level.


Until next time!



About simonwoodhonours

Simon Wood (Honours in Media and Communication) is an RMIT student whose specialist discipline is in the 'contemporary music industry'. For his honours study in 2013, Simon will be researching the ‘concept album’, and its significance within the contemporary music industry.
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