Mirror Mirror

I have thoroughly enjoyed this semester and in particular this subject. My time in this subject has allowed me to look at topics of interest as well as be exposed to topics I had no knowledge of.  As the end of semester approaches Its time to rewind and look back at my favourite posts.

My favourite post would have to be the week we looked at the remix culture. Being an individual who is constantly downloading, shazaming and looking at remixes I found I was best able to engage with this topic. It’s very interesting to view the various ways individuals take elements of one thing and manipulate it into something new and exciting. I believe that my post ‘Yo Skrill Drop It Hard‘ – named after a lyric of a remix gave an insight to the ways in which music artists cross genres and time periods in order to create content. Also by discussing the extension of the concept to movies and how directors well known directors Tarantino create new content displayed how just how popular this culture is!

Another post of mine that I enjoyed working on was ‘The Audience is not just Applauding‘. It was interesting to view how the conversation is now between the viewers of social media. Extending this concept to how television is hearing what the audience says and now changing the format of shows due to what they hear, read and see on social media through the power of likes, hashtags and status updates. I believe it was an effective post as I was able to draw on my chosen platform and use an effective example – MKR to portray that individuals now have the ability to both consume and produce. As well as reflecting on how the creation of content has lead to the emergence of individuals and groups to feel empowered.

Last of all I was eager to work on ‘Trolled’. I took a particular interest in this topic as I have friends who have suffered from cyber-bullying in the forms of racism and sexism. In my opinion nobody should be bullied in any way and it’s due to the ability to remain anonymous as most individuals would not be game enough to post to the extent they do if their name was displayed. I felt as though I was able to reflect on this issue through two great examples : Justin Bieber and Charlotte Dawson. I was also able to give my personal opinion on the issue in stating that if these individuals aren’t stopped they may have a detrimental effect!

It has been an intriguing and exciting semester and I look forward to when I blog next.

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Trolled.

Once upon a time, trolls were mystical beings that lived under bridges, medalled with fair maddens and reeked havoc in dungeons. In 2013, a troll is defined as someone who posts a deliberately provocative message on social media with intentions of provoking an emotional response and causing disruption.

Earlier this year images circulated the internet of teen pop sensation Justin Bieber smoking a joint. It’s safe to say you could hear the cries of young girls all over the globe disgusted in Justin’s behavior through numerous statuses, tweets, photos, videos and forums. This was until a hashtag began trending after a website declared “Let’s start a cut yourself for Bieber campaign… see if we can get some little girls to cut themselves.”

Instantly girls began to post pictures on Facebook and Instagram of themselves with cuts tagging #cutforbieber. It seemed that fans were taking this seriously as they also posted messages “you stop using drugs and we’ll stop cutting” with an image of their bleeding arms attached. This incident displays that trolls intentions are not in any way appropriate and they have succeeded in provoking emotion in females.

It seems that woman are targeted by trolls more so then men. Charlotte Dawson is an example of a female who trolls got the better of. After being attacked online on twitter and being told to “kill yourself” Charlotte was admitted to hospital. Relentless and vicious messages posted by trolls are powerful as they have the ability to crush the individual and ultimately provoke them to an extent where they feel self harm is necessary.  Why should woman have to suffer and feel threatened when they post more so then men?

The ability to remain anonymous online is scary in the way in which it is what drives cyber bullying. This makes it easy for anyone to act like a hero behind their computer without suffering any consequences. Although the internet is an excellent resource and is cherished by society abusing the ability to post may have a detrimental affect in the years to come.

Welcome to the dark side.

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Clicktivism or Cynicism

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Clicktivism is defined as “the use of social media and other online methods to a promote a cause” (Oxford). The premise behind clicktivism is that social media allows for quick and easy ways to support an organisation or cause. It is the use of digital media for facilitating social change and activism. In society today generation y pass on news and information primarily through social network. Quite often people tend to say “link me that story” rather then just watching the news themselves. It is as though the ease of the internet has had a weakening affect on our generation.

 

What is regarded as a new form of activism has enabled the younger generations to engage In politics and have some sort of involvement. However, what they may think is involvement is only the the extent of the lack of involvement displayed by previous generations. 

 

Facebook and twitter are the two forms of social networking that clicktivism is most evident. My newsfeed is constantly flooded with depressing images, videos and pages that say like to support, like to cure, like to save and the list goes on. By clicking the like page I don’t believe you are in fact changing the world I see it more as showing the world. Sure, it does serve it’s purpose in engage audiences and promoting causes but I see more as a trend or bandwagon that society has jumped on.

 

Kony , 2012 a phenomenon that spread all over Facebook. It was a intriguing video released of a child’s struggle in Uganda. Ultimately this video went viral in a very short period of time reaching over 100 million views in the first week. By purchasing the “Cover the night kit”, liking the video, sharing the video and inviting friends you were ultimately changing the problem. Sure millions of people participated in these actions but it did not fix the problem itself it raised awareness.

 

Jenkins believes that “Social media can change the world” and yes this is true but why is it that a video such as Gangnam style lasted longer in the public sphere then Kony? Is it because we tend to engage more with phenomenons that are humorous or is it that clicktivism isn’t what its intended to be, instead it can be described as cynicism.

 

Social networks in their power allow for individuals to interact and communicate in regards to social political and economical issues.

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Yo Skrill Drop It Hard.

Yeezy! also known as Kanye West or Kim K’s baby daddy is a well known American hip hop artist. In 2006 he released ‘Touch The Sky’ a single featured on his album ‘Late Registration’. This song featured Lupe Fiasco another Chi Town boy and was produced by Just Blaze.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkwQbuAGLj4

Sounds familiar? Let’s rewind back to 1970 the release of Curtis Mayfields ‘Move On Up‘ a song that spent 9 weeks in the UK’s hottest charts.But what exactly do these two songs have in common? West’s Touch The Sky samples a slowed horn section of Mayfields move on up, thus we have two songs with a common riff.

In contemporary society the line between an acceptable remix and copyright infringement is vague. The beauty of the internet is that it has now allowed for consumers to utilize their creative side and access all genres of music and actively participate by taking the elements of a song and editing them in numerous ways to create something new and exciting.

But it doesn’t just stop there! This concept also extends to films. Quentin Tarantino, American director, producer, actor and screenwriter. An individual who bases his films on non-linear story lines, satirical subject matter and is an example of a director who rewinds back in time and creates something using both past and present. Tarantino is recognised as  a “director DJ,” comparing his stylistic use of mix-and-match genre and music infusion to the use of sampling in DJ exhibits, morphing a variety of old works to create a new one. This is remix culture!

This participatory culture frustrates the establishment (the record companies, labels) as the content they produce, in accordance with copyright laws has supposedly been stolen and abused. As Lessig suggests, the establishment has the power to penalise anyone who uploads their content, all in the name of copyright. What the establishment fails to recognise is that user participation can provide an authentic insight into the elements that appeal to consumers and those that do not. By accepting the remix culture, the establishment can recognise the creativity rather than the criminality of prosumers.

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Whose News?

When an individual uploads a video to Youtube, status to Facebook, photo to Instagram, tweet to Twitter or even a post on WordPress, they are ultimately committing acts that are now considered Journalism (Goode. 1288). Discussion continues as to how one story with little appeal in its inception can now manifest into on of the greatest scandals of the decade. This is citizen journalism and its appeal lies in its personal story-telling and to provide the voiceless with a platform to now be heard.

Apprehension exists to the quality of a citizen journalist as opposed to a professional. However the current quality of journalism within the old media is prone to the same problems as citizen journalists. In contemporary society Australian television news channels have fallen victim to this obsession with audience demographics rather than the quality of content.

“No one knows everything, everybody knows something” – Henry Jenkins

Currently citizen journalism is at an all time high on the internet. My Facebook Newsfeed is constantly flooded with posts from people who would be considered as “nobodies” stating their opinion on pretty much anything. Although to a professional this may seem irrelevant and a waste of time to others it is much more.  Personally I believe that the easiest way to be recognised or become “famous” is now via the internet because it’s fast, free and there are little to no gate keepers.

A citizen journalist is simply motivated to report on issues that affect them, not those that will increase advertising revenue. Although a citizen journalist has no professional training or been in educated in journalism, they are free from economic interests. Some audiences may want a particular columnist, others may just want goat videos but ultimately in the end we all just want the truth.

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