Living the internet life.

Overall, throughout this module, I have learnt the importance the internet plays in our current society. As we live each day with the internet sometimes we forget to critically think about its existence and how it influences our lives.

Ever since I was young I have been using the internet, as a source to gain from, I use to play Barbie, Polly-pocket and MyScene games, now I use it to profile myself on each social media app that I use, I have a lot of friends that know my ‘internet’ self more than my original ‘real’ life self, which sounds crazy but the same applies for me too. I have become good friends with people just through Snapchat and Instagram just by their posts and what they say, but if I knew them in real life maybe we wouldn’t be as close as we are now. I think the internet is a beautiful creation by the human kind, however, it comes with a lot of trials, it’s another world, which makes it a place of ‘escapism’.

Everyone can not be trusted in the real world and the same applies to the internet. The film ‘Catfish‘ (2010) explores this idea that people can be lied to and made to believe what they see and hear, and these sorts of issues can leave the person with emotional, physical and mental issues and problems. The internet can hurt you as much as it makes you love you. It’s quite an up and down bipolar relationship.


YouTube CC Licence

YouTube is a well-known website for being able to access free content and is currently under a Creative Commons licence. The use of this licence stops people using music or footage that belongs to a certain company or co-operation. If they do use it they will have to either remove it or ask for authority. If you use someone else’s creations you have to ask permission; especially if you are making a profit from it.

If YouTube was put under a strict copyright control, there wouldn’t be as many videos on the website, a lot of the videos would be removed. The advantage of YouTube is that it allows a lot more freedom of using different peoples work, it’s not as strict as a TV programme.

The advantage of it being like this is that it keeps a fair share between the actual owner of the song or image and they receive praise as much as the video itself.

The limitations are that it stops people from being more expressive and creative with their work – a lack of freedom. For example, I have a YouTube channel and I edited a video and I needed good music to put on my video so I decided to use the music given when you are uploading the video onto your channel. There wasn’t much choice and none of the music were from well-known bands or artists.



Adios Creepy Followers

I have always been an active social media user since I was very young.

I use to use Facebook all the time until I came to a point where I had enough and started hating the changes – such as a rise in advertisements and fan – based content filling up my Newsfeed timeline. So I deleted it. But created a new one a few weeks ago because I had to join group chats which are part of my TV module, and if I didn’t I would have missed out on a lot of information. Personally, I didn’t really want to return back to it but I had no other choice.

Just this year I have started being extra careful with what I am posting, and I have deleted my old Instagram account which I had been using for almost 5 YEARS and created a ‘private one’ so I can select my followers, as in my old one I was getting weird ‘men’ following and messaging me, and I didn’t feel comfortable having photos of myself which were easily seen by random men. Now, I use a private Instagram knowing that my posts are only seen by people I want them to be seen by – making me feel more comfortable.

I have accounts on Twitter, Snapchat, WatsApp and YouTube. They are all private, which I prefer. Before my old Twitter account was public and I would get so many weird followers tweeting me virus websites; again just like Instagram I created a new private account.

The good part of being online is that you are able to block people and have a choice in your safety. Even though, I don’t believe it keeps you ‘super-safe’ at least it’s better than having a public profile with random creepy followers.


WAYN: ‘Where Are You Now?

WAYN is a social media community helping people to find top holiday places based on their interests. The website’s aim is to make people discover where to go and what to do with similar like minded people.

It’s an online community, as everyone shares their travel opinions, and leave recommendations and advice. It’s a great website for keeping tourism intact in economic growth.

They show destinations and bullet point the three most popular things to do there, such as  Marmaris, Turkey: a place for a summer holiday, going on nice walks and sunbathing. On the page of the destination it will include, factual information such as the weather, time, currency and languages spoken. Hotel bookings and deals are shown, and previous travellers tips who have been to the place leave comments advising future tourists of what they should or not do. There is also a question and answer column, where people can get personal which is very beneficial especially for families with children for their safety.

They have 20 million members from 196 countries, almost 1.5 million travel opinions are shared monthly making it an active community platform. 1 million photos are uploaded and 200 thousand trips are added each month. Their network has grown from 45,000 users in March 2005 to over 20 million members in 196 countries until today.The website is the fastest growing travel and lifestyle social networking community in the world.

They work with the world’s biggest travel brands such as Turkish Airlines, Skype and MasterCard.

Audience Participation Saves 28 Lives

In 2012, The British Heart Foundation created a Hands – only CPR campaign and made an advert which became popular over mainstream media. The face of the advert was Vinnie Jones, who is an English actor and ex-football player; he became a huge success after the advertisement as he gained public appeal but mostly because he saved 28 lives in the UK. In the advert (which I recommend you to watch now) shows him doing CPR on someone who is having a heart attack. The campaign raised awareness by using humour and comical themes and styles, making it a very unique and memorable ad on YouTube and TV.

Another advert  ‘Mini Vinnie’  part of the campaign was targeted to a younger audience, this advert uses the exact same narrative but different actors to suit the target audience.

The hashtag #hardandfast was viral on Twitter, participating audiences to share the video and also create a community of people sharing their stories of saving someone who was having a heart attack by doing CPR which was shown in the advert.

The audience participation in this advert was a success, as it saved 28 lives; what could be more amazing than that?

Reality TV or Vlogs

Reality TV has been one of the most popular TV genres since the start of Big Brother. However, as the internet has developed and everything is more easily accessible. We now have a new term ‘vlogs’ which is like reality TV but on YouTube.

I have been subscribed to many YouTube vloggers, especially the ‘Shaytards‘ for almost 5 years. They are an American family, who film their daily lives every day and post it on YouTube. What I like about Vlogs is that you don’t have to watch them on time or even watch each one, whereas with ‘Big Brother’ you do or you miss the drama. And with reality TV its advertised everywhere, you have advertisements about it, and it can be very overpowering. But with a YouTube vlogger, they are personal to you as you know they aren’t overly known to the whole country or world, so it creates a little world of escapism.

I prefer YouTube vlogs as they seem realer, even though the videos are edited, they show real people who aren’t hugely rich or famous, so as a viewer you can relate to them. You also start feeling like your part of their lives. With the Shaytards, I have been watching their children grow and have seen their lives change by having more babies, moving cities and moving house. They are like my internet family; even though I have never met them ‘face to face’ I feel like I know them like my own family.

This convergence, of reality TV to Vlogs, has changed personal interaction tremendously. People who watch YouTubers, can comment and like or dislike their videos, tweet and share, post links about them. You can watch them on your mobile phone, laptop, computer and even TV.

Online Resources for Students in the UK

OK, we may be in university. But I think one of the main online resources which have benefitted many students in the UK has got to be BBC Bitesize.  On the website, there is educational information for students studying primary and secondary education all around the UK.

From my own personal experiences BBC Bitesize, was an online resource I used outside of class to learn more about the subjects I was studying during GCSE’s. I remember always going to the Media Studies column, to watch videos which helped me really understand the subject and even till today I sometimes refer back to some videos which talk about the history of TV and how to film a TV drama which links well with my university degree, Television Production.

The information provided is very informative by giving descriptions with images. The website is not just targeted to students but to teachers and parents too. It gives teachers guidelines of what they can do and how they can make the learning resources they receive from the website involved in class discussions. Also, parents can help their children with their schoolwork by reading through the information provided for each subject.

The website is part of the BBC, suggesting that the government are using new media, such as the internet, to support the education system. BBC’s ethos and values are to entertain, educate and inform, which is what we see on this web page.