Who’s The Boss?

In the past few weeks we were examining the power of the media, and the internet in particular, from so many different views. We discussed comunities, we argued advatages and disadvantages- on us as a community and as individuals.

One topic that attracted me the most was the “Audience Participation”. I believe that this topic is also related to the last lecture- the issue of protest movements and their connection with the internet. I am fascinated by the way in which the internet became a game-changer through our engagement; I regard its wide impact on our mentality and culture- the way it constatly shapes our society and reality.

salesy_PRIf we are to understand this relationship between the media- I believe that a lot of theory is required- to connect the dots between the issue of community, of the internet history, the online visibilty etc. I believe that the enormous power that we may recognize in each topic is related to the others.

Audience participation however, represents for me the connection between the dots. It is our direct activity, our visibilty and the process of change of the internet platform throughout the years. This topic may be count as a key discussion on matters as power, control and abilities- that have certainly changed, and clapping-crowd-applausekeep on changing.

Keep Literrature Respectable

Sadly, I was struggling to think of a content in which we do not have a free access to today. The accessibility that is featuring our contemporary world is wide, convenient, and is changing the face of various industries, mainly the creative one. Although, I believe that in terms of copyrights and access- most fiction books are still rather protected.

 

Even with the shift of modern literature online, or alternatively, to Kindle- it is impossible to access the full content of fiction books without payitumblr_nqcopdRjEr1uqec6zo1_500.gifng for it. E-books that are still under the copyrights law are being accessed through platforms such as Amazon, or Kindle- but you must pay for those.

 

Personally, I find the limitations positive. I believe that financing literature content is crucial to allow this industry to exist. Copyright law and creative commons concept tend to respect the producer, protect intellectual properties and to make culture valuable. If e-books were produced under creative commons concept, it could potentially broaden the audience. However, in the same time, it would make writer’s career impossible.

The Sense of “Safety” Within Online Communities

 

In an era of wide online communication options- ‘being part’ certainly means being online. The opportunities are constantly growing, and suddenly, our entire communication skills and mentality change- as individuals and as a society. Our engagement with the various online platforms influences massively on our public exposure and its battle with our privacy.

 

Personally, I am actively using Facebook, Instagram, WordPress, Twitter and LinkedIn. Those, allow a straight access to personal information and views. My use of Facebook and Instagram mainly exposes photos of personal life events, of myself and of my friends and family. Further, I am sharing regularly my interest in different events. Twitter and WordPress, are generally offering the viewers an access to my personal views and thoughts.

 

Following the sense of community, I often find myself sharing generously, without much consideration of the possible consequences of its appearance on the web. While I target and imagine that my audience is my online friends only-  I trust that as soon as the content is online- I don’t have much control of the audience who may potentially access it.

 

I believe that today our mentality is surrounding our will to be seen, to express, and ‘to be part’. As a result, we have developed, as a society and as individuals, habits of constant sharing. The danger is when the sense of “safety” within the community is blurring our crucial considerations of our exposure online.

The Professional Benefits of Linkedin

Linkedin is the platform for a business-oriented, professional social networking, a stage for individuals to be exposed, to make contact, to learn new opportunities. Linkedin launched on 2003; In its first three years alone, Linkedin reached an amazing number of 20 million users. Today, the website has hundreds of millions of users throughout the world.LinkedIn-meme.png

 

Whilst other social media platforms offer to network in the purpose of communication and entertainment, Linkedin is giving its users the extra value of professional connections. The platform benefits its active users as a hallway full of doors, with great opportunities for those that dare to knock, or, at least, to expose themselves enough. The platform is the opportunity to share your skills and improve your chances for employability, or for reaching opportunities for work experience.

The connection between the users is by the option to post your opinion among people with potentially the same type of interests. Users, individuals or companies, are able to connect each other directly, but the access must be approved. I believe that different to other social media platforms, Linkedin, for the good or the bad, allows its audience a course of privacy.

I believe that a community, or a platform that allows various communities, based on skills and interests- is a positive use of the media by the public. Linkedin, as a community, is the example of the way in which linkedin-puzzlethrough the media, we may benefit each other.

GoFundMe-The Beauty of The Public’s Power

As the public over the media could count as a rather scary thing, I appreciate and delight to find the positive actions and flows that the media allow. GoFundMe, is a beautiful example of the unity over the media platform, for the way that participation of the audience- is the one that creates the content, and leads the change.

GoFundMe is a crowdfunding platform, created in May 2010 by Brand Damphousse and Andrew Ballester. The idea of the website is to allow individuals to share their story and to raise money from their supporters. The stories on the website are both life events and further challenging circumstances as an illness for instance.

the website is divided into categories while the one that I like the most- is the Love category. Yes, I am such a cliché. However, this category, even though is not urgent and quite ordinary- is a stage for rather romantic stories of
amber-roof-800or the difficulty in funding marriage these days. The support, however, is amazing. How self-expression of one, encourage a total stranger to supporting and to possibly fulfil their dreams- is precious, unique, and worth our attention.

Again, I find the public sphere over the media as a challenge for society, as a community and as individuals. We have the responsibility to direct the content, the action, and the power- to create a better place.

The End of Print Journalism?

While thinking of convergence in terms of the media,

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of The Independent’s print section came straight to my mind.  The flow of news content to either news websites or social media platforms- contribute a constant change in today’s journalism industry and in the role of the individual journalist.

The shift towards the online platforms is being expressed by the rise of ‘instantaneous news’, as news today are expected to run in a regular stream, in various outlets, and perhaps with less in-depth content. The growing desire for instant news coupled with the increasing use of social media has meant that there is a need for journalists to be multi-skilled or have expertise or knowledge in more than one media platform.

The audience, on the other hand, suddenly doesn’t have to be as active to consume news, as eventually the newsbb91dbf3-a758-4bb8-9d7d-9dbe45bc4cb0 will get us. However, when the user decides to actively participate- in today’s journalism form- he will have much more power to account.

As a fan of the old-fashion newspapers, I find this evolution as another loss of the romance to the industry. How
ever, maybe just like the Kindle, it’s just about time, until the shift will just make news more popular, and more suitable to our society’s nature.

Learning the rise of the reader

In the digital era, networked society refers to the spread of both information and communication, in a globally networked stage. The meaning of the networked society in the contemporary world has changed and is still changing the face of the news industry, and the entire communication between the audience and the publisher.

 

What started with the shift of news to the online platform, created the opportunity for two-sided communication; the ability to comment, debate- to influence the global dialogue. A fascinating source which is presenting it amazingly is the section on The Guardian website, named “Open Door”.  The section includes the readers’ editor comments on the public suggestions, concerns and complaints of the website’s publications. We may learn from Open Door about the meaning of the discussion throughout the media and the challenge follows the recognition of the public as a whole new force. I believe that even if the section doesn’t offer a particular information or knowledge, it can indeed educate us with fascinating angles relating to either journalism and communication and general.

 

A journal written by Katherine Murphy is supporting the idea that Open Door represent while talking about “the rise of the reader”. I believe that while learning the media, the understanding of the audience’s changes and the new challenges in front of us- is certainly crucial.