End Note

One of the most interesting bits that I found while writing these blogs was researching the variety of online communities on the web. They are a place where people from all over the world can connect and engage in discussions with people from all across the world.

The online community that I focused on was SoundCloud, but I found reading other posts about different online communities interesting, too, because it seems there’s not a subject that’s not covered by one of these online forums.

A lot of the other subjects that was covered in Network Society and Media were engaging, as well, because all of them are still relevant in our lives today. We covered useful online resources that would help us with our essay, we discussed media that uses audience participation and considered the safety of our online-selves through the visibility of our social networks.

Sometimes a lot of what we have covered has shown the negative side of social media, or sometimes even it’s users. However, I have learned that Media in a modern day society is important for networking, connecting and accessing information, and that is probably the most important thing I learned during the last 8 weeks of Network Society and Media.

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Down With This Sort Of Thing: The Problem With The Internet

Over the past few months we’ve been asked to think about our place in society and the Internet. In my blog posts I’ve broached topics such as online streaming, online communities and reviews. It’s clear to me now what effect the Internet has had on our world. People now have instant access to any bit of information and they can share their opinions on any given subject. In my opinion, this has made people self-entitled and spoilt. People now think they should share everything with the world and yet feel outraged when their privacy on the social media is called into question.

Technological advancement has led way to the upbringing of a damaged generation that is completely dependent on social media and the Internet. It affects how we act and how we see the world. It has an an impact on how we process things and how  we formulate opinions. Because of the Internet, people are more brash and unapologetic. After seven blog posts on media and the internet, I wanted to give my opinion on the direct effect social media and the Internet has had on our lives.

 

 

 

The end.

The points of reflection raised in the past eight weeks have been very interesting and engaging. Each of us has had the possibility to look at different angles of effects and characteristics of media industry.

What mostly fascinated me are the profound consequences of media convergence in everyday life, in the reality we know and experience.

Having it all around, growing up in such a cultural and technological context, evolving and changing together with the environment, we didn’t pay too much attention when the music tapes slowly disappeared, being replaced by CDs at first, Ipods then. We didn’t realize how deeply our perception of the world would change once the internet would regularly be available at our desks.

‘Millennials’, linking to my first post, is the term which refers to those who experienced the ‘before’ and ‘after’ internet. Our generation, been around not too long to be excessively nostalgic but long enough to remember how it used to be. The advent of the new media, the inexorable impact of convergence has shaped our society and affected our mentality; and it is a phenomenon progressively evolving and changing through the years.

For us, aiming to work in an industry that needs to renew and reinvent itself in order to survive, convergence can assume different meanings. And in the same way as it is an exciting new start, it’s an end.

 

The dangers of anonymity?

For my last blog post I would like to get back to the first post I have made here: it was about the multiplication of personalities a single person develops when online.
Sometimes the possibility of reinventing yourself is exciting, as you can portray yourself and your life as the dream. The need to display the best version of our lives online seems innocent, and, sure, the multiple personality issue is very interesting. What worries me, however, is the possibilities and tools the internet offers in advantage of crime.
A story emerged in the news recently, about a father who pretended to be a teenager to trick his daughter into sending him nude pictures.
This is just chilling. Yes, we can discuss the situation of the family overall, other psychological factors. But what made this possible is online platforms, and the anonymity these offer.
The internet is self-regulatory, and, sure, we cannot ban people from being anonymous online.
However, these shocking crimes get you thinking: maybe we do need stronger regulation? Maybe we do need profile verification? Do we need to make the government responsible for online safety of minors, as sometimes parents cannot ensure prevention of crime?
What I do believe, is that there should be stronger regulations, and the behaviour of users should not only be watched over, but closely monitored. Such crime, as I believe, can only be prevented by imposing stricter rules.
Yet, wouldn’t we all suffer?
Online safety is a very sensitive topic, as it appears. There is not a single right answer yet, however.
Let me know what you think! Who should be responsible for online safety?

Open Post: How important is convergence?

This module has presented itself with fascinating topics that have been of interest to me. Whilst I have enjoyed learning new things about how the internet influences society, I have also learned how to identify different views and perceptions of our society and how we relate to the media. However whilst convergence presents itself with several advantages, you could question whether media convergence is more beneficial to its industry or society.

I found the topic of convergence to be the most interesting to me because although I learned about it briefly in A2 Media studies, I wasn’t aware of the impact that it had. People of the media tend to get excited about convergence because it holds so much promise, the merging of mass communication outlets (print, radio, television) through digital platforms is both overwhelming but impressive.

As a music fan, I especially liked learning how convergence has made an impact to the music industry, changing how audiences access, listen and use music. Also due to popular demand social networking sites like Facebook and Myspace to distribute the music and promote the artists.

Since gaining a better understanding of convergence, I’ve learnt that converged communication provides various tools for storytelling as a way of presenting information and allowing audiences to interact.

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The revolution will be broadcast

As we go about our day to day lives we often forget the power we have in our hands. Or so we think we do. Without a doubt social media can have a massive effect on the way in which we can affect peoples life. Whether its for the great good or just pure evil. This all depends on how you as a person want to react with the world around you.

As many of you will remember in the early 2010s the Arab spring started, changing many countries and changing so many different lives. But why did this happen. More importantly can it happen to a country like England or even America. The truth is yes it can. As we saw with the occupy wall-street, a large group of normal Americans decide that they wanted change. And to a point they did. But not on the say scale as Syria or Egypt.

But what is stopping a political change within these countries. Well no one really knows. Majority of people agree with their elected government and only a handful disagree. So for a large scale revolution you would need the majority of your country behind you. You would also need some form of a hierarchy to replace the once acting government. Its no good if you kick out your government and leave a void in which can be taken over and leave to complete collapse.

But how would this effect the social media side. Well it would most likely start off as a social media campaign which would later on be evolve into a full on revolution. The same thing which happened in Egypt in 2011. Since 1 in every 7 people have at least one form of social media, it will be hard for the government to change the minds of everyone who is involved. As proven in turkey a few years ago were they effective switched off the internet. This wasnt the case because the was a way round the block that many people exploited.

Overall social media has a massive impact on the way in which we live our lives. From talking to a few friends about changing the world to a full on revolution. Without a doubt it is the most powerful tool we have to express ourselves as well as sharing our points of view. Even if its a cat chasing a laser.

Closing Statement

“Feel free to blog about an issue or an example that captured your interest in this module. Remember that the focus should not be on description but on critical analysis!”

8-Open Post; Why not do that by referring to one interesting example from each week with a gif ? Lets Do It!giphy-6

7-Copyright; Streaming websites and illegally shared media texts are making us wonder, will original entertainment vanish in the future or will it still exist although loads of people stream it ?!giphy-7

6-Online Visibility; Private social media accounts can possibly be seen by your future employer whether you like it or not, think twice before you upload that picture you took on Friday night.giphy-5

5-Online Communities; Which ever culture or subculture you belong to in society, whether it’s just a fan base of Leonardo DiCaprio, or the chess club in your high school, there will be an online community for you.giphy-4

4-Audience Participation; It’s not audience participation anymore, we’ve reached a point where the audience is producing and the media is participating.giphy-8

3-Examples of Convergence; Convergence is not only limited to the media or the technologies we use to access that media, but we’re becoming a multi-cultural world, the same ideas and tools are being used almost everywhere.giphy-3

2-Online Resources; TedTalks, WikiPedia, referencing websites, whatever website it is even if it’s not academic it can be helpful. (keep that in mind for the production proposal and essay)giphy-9

1-History of the internet; USA military and scientist use internet through the ARPANET to share useful information and statistics and much more, when today we use it to post funny looking gifs and cat videos. giphy

– The End-

Good luck with the rest of your assessments !

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