Online Resources

Do online resources destroy our creativity?

With thousands of websites the entire online community has the luxury of all the information, funny videos and memes in one place. All you need is a computer, Wi-Fi and the tiniest bit of motivation -which is why they are so popular with students-.

But the ease of access may just be the problem. Too many of us are becoming consumers and not creators.

Online resources are of course essential on an academic basis to support arguments; make our essays seem a bit fancy; and to add weight to our bibliographies. But as students entering the media is it healthy for us to be so infatuated, reliant and addicted to online resources? Online resources cloud our minds with ideas that aren’t really ours and make us reproduce the same thing we saw on the internet yesterday.

Even audience participation based mediums like YouTube are largely repetitive and lack creativity. You want to know how to contour your face? You’ll have possibly thousands of people showing you the same thing. YouTubers all copy each others video ideas, to the point we can all find out what is in each and every one of their ‘bags’.

Whilst online resources are great, I believe we need to be careful that we are creating, using and consuming all at the same pace.

Online resources enhance our intelligence but damage our creativity.

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Spotify

 

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Spotify is an app where people can keep up-to-date with the latest chart music, make their own playlists and discover new music with their ‘browser’ option. This allows them to view playlists and songs which are most suited for them. Spotify charges their subscribers £9.99 per month, this allows them to listen to their music with no advertisements and they will also be able to listen to their music offline.

Primarily, student access the free version off this app. However, they would not be able to skip songs and have to listen to the advertisements when listening to their music. There is controversy with artists that do not agree with Spotify’s regulations as they do not think that people should listen to their music for free. Such as Taylor Swift, who does not allow any of her music to be streamed on Spotify as she thinks her fans should pay it as she thinks it is unfair on the fans that have paid for her music.

Taylor Swift is not the only person Spotify have had issues with about streaming their music. There have been issues with other artists such as Prince and Jason Aldean. Since the launch of Spotify, they have had the reputation of being untrustworthy as they have broken infringement laws and have been severally fined for not paying artists their correct loyalties.

The interruption of  constant adverts is a good way to make people want to pay for Spotify. Buying the Spotify reduces the number of people committing copyright via YouTube converter and other media platforms.

 

My Online Self

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I use Twitter, Facebook and Instagram on a daily basis. The first thing I do when I wake up in the morning is check all three news feeds to keep up to date with what is happening. And I do all this before I have even got out of bed.

I have set up each of the social networking sites that I use to the highest privacy setting, as I would like to think that my details are private, but they are not. No matter how secure I think that the information that I upload is. It is not. The cookies on websites and the social networking site itself, has the right to keep that image or data that I chose to share with them. So no matter how private I make my settings, nothing is private on the internet.

Before writing this blog post, I was curious and thought it would be interesting to Google myself. I was shocked to see that images of my family and friends as well as my address were being shared on the internet for the whole world to see. This made me realise that no matter how much you think you’re being safe on the internet and how many precautions you’re taking, nothing is safe.

 

 

Indeed

Indeed is an online community that allows people all over the world to find their desired job.

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Indeed is one of the most successful job websites in the world. The online community has over 180 million people visit their website each month from over 50 different countries. It allows people to create an online persona – making themselves more valuable to a company than what they actually are.

As well as helping people find jobs, Indeed are determined to find the right employee for the job. It allows people to search for jobs all over the internet and it is becoming more common of employers posting their available positions straight onto Indeed.

Indeed is an easy and helpful community for people all around the world to find employment. They can chose what sort of job they are looking for, what type of salary they would like to earn and how often they would like to work.

As well as having such a useful online website, Indeed have designed an app and send emails to their users updating them on jobs that are most suited for them. It is a serviceable online community that helps the employees as well as the employers.

The Beauty Crush

Samantha Maria aka The Beauty Crush is a very well known YouTuber/Blogger.

While Sammi was studying Fashion Styling at Southampton Solent University, she created her YouTube channel along side it.

The Beauty Crush is now one of the biggest YouTubers of our time. Her make up and styling videos rapidly started gathering millions of views and soon got to where she is today.

Nowadays she is very interactive with her fans and likes to get their opinions on what videos they would like to see. She does this by interacting with them on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat, which keeps her audiences interacted and engaged. As well as having her vlogging channel she also has created a blog where she is able to go into more depth about her experiences.

Recently, she created a Twitter poll asking her followers what make up tutorial they would next like to she in her video.

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As soon as the results were in, later that night she uploaded the desired make up tutorial.

Most of the videos she uploads onto her YouTube channel are inspired by what her followers want to see, making The Beauty Crush very in-touch and connected with her audience. As well as creating make up tutorials, The Beauty Crush also does Q&A videos and monthly ‘lookbooks’.

Netflix and Convergence

Today’s generation place a strong prominence on the ease and accessibility for all the latest technology and convergence makes this process possible.

Why go to HMV and buy a DVD, when you can just login to Netflix and have all movies, boxsets and TV shows at the touch of a button? The old media of DVDs has converged with the Internet to create an online DVD database.

All in the comfort of your own home and the luxury to watch it on whatever platform you desire, such as your smartphone, laptop and smart TV. Even the medium what you choose to watch on is too converging, allowing for the collective DVD experience to be possible on numerous forms of technology.

Since Netflix launched, the sales of DVDs around the world has rapidly decreased as Netflix is a more convenient and accessible data base, representing successful convergence. It is the biggest streaming website of all time and this is simply by creating a low-cost monthly plan that lets it’s customers view their desired shows.

If the trend of DVD sales carries on dramatically decreasing then all major DVD franchises will go out of business. And DVDs will quickly fall into the history books alongside the VHS and cassette tapes which with thanks to the convergence of such media like iPods and iTunes. So many people are uninterested in owning physical copies of movies etc. but why would they? It’s almost liberating to be access to choose from thousands of titles in the blink of an eye.

 

Live Internet Statistics

Whilst looking for an interesting online source to include in this weeks blog post; I thought back to previous websites that I’ve actually used myself to ensure it was a worthwhile source to share, this included: ‘Internet Live Stats‘.

This is an intriguing website to share with you all because it shows us the live statistics of internet users, to how many Skype calls are made and even how many smartphones have been sold today.

When I first accessed this website one afternoon I was stunned to see that the amount of active Facebook users was 1,587,990,159; by the time that I finish writing this blog post it’s likely to be at an estimated 3,000,000,000 users.

The number of internet users is continuously growing and it won’t stop. This website is the ideal platform to share information with us as it provides facts and statistics of what we need to know and when we need to know it.

The major reason I wanted to share this online source is because I feel like this blog post relates back to last weeks post and how many people rely on the internet today. It’s a live representation of how people can’t go a day without the internet and how much of our lives we want to share on the internet. This website should also be a useful tool with our studies in the coming weeks for this module, especially when we are to learn about ‘The Networked Self and Ideas of Community’ and I trust these statistics will reflect our frantic usage!