How truthful is your profile?

The internet has took over our generation, allowing society to become more mediated, due to ongoing development, for instance more than a billion people use social media today. For my finale blog post I would like to speak about how social media allows us to have an ‘online identity’, also known as internet identity and therefore can be considered as an actively constructed presentation of oneself.

So first of all how many selfies do you take before you get the ‘right’ one? What is inspiring you when writing a new status for Facebook or tweet for Twitter? We as users of our social media sites choose what and when we want to post, as well as what we want to keep private and want to share. Our online identity through social media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter and Facebook is almost a ‘better version’ of ourselves due to us selecting what we want people to know and see.

Are we the same person as we portray our self online? For instance we almost use social media to escape from our real life, to our virtual life. However social media can also cause many problems, due a status or photo that has been shared is waiting for an opinion, even if its a like or a comment, we are waiting to be judged by our ‘virtual’ friends.

I would like to finish with the questions – how truthful is your profile? Are you guilty of portraying your self in a better light on social media compared to what you do in real life?

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Should Netflix be Free?

Netflix is an online streaming website which provides TV shows and movies which you can watch exclusively with a subscription. Over the last few years, as the world has gone online Netflix has transformed into a powerhouse of online entertainment.

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Netflix continues to grow as it funds the production of unique television and film productions, such as: Orange Is the New Black. However, if there was no subscription policy on Netflix and everything was free to be viewed, then it would mean that there would be less online piracy, as lots of popular shows would be available for everyone to watch. On the other hand, television companies would lose money due to the audience not paying for a television license as they would no longer need to watch the show live, whilst putting up with endless adverts.

If copyright control on Netflix became more flexible then films and television shows would be more available online, meaning that subscribers would no longer have access to exclusive content.

Overall I think that online streaming such as Netflix will continue to promote new content as long as it receives enough money to expand in the process, whether this is in the form of subscriptions or even if it has to rely on adverts as well.

How much of our personal information is private?

I am a member of many social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. However my visibility online is private due to these social networks being a platform for me to contact my friends and family, especially with having my brother and sister living on the other side of the world in Australia.As they are then able to keep in contact with through photos and videos, rather then an expensive phone call.Therefore I don’t need these social networks to be un-privatised as the information I share is not relevant to anyone else but the people I know.

Although my Instagram is private, I do believe that it is okay to follow people who you many not necessary know, for instance I like to follow a lot of fashion bloggers where I am able to take inspiration from their outfits. Also fitness accounts are also a good one to follow, you may not know the person posting but they allow me to get motivated by wanting to eat healthy and keep fit.

When it comes to online shopping websites such as Topshop, I do believe that a lot of our information is not under our control, for instance the amount of times I have been browsing an online shop like Topshop looking at a particular item, then I log in to Facebook and it appears on the side of my homepage. Its good advertisement on Topshop’s behalf, however I do question myself what other information have they got on hold of me?

Macmillan Online Community

Unlike social networks, online communities are more interesting from a social perspective, because they often consist of people from all walks of life that seem to have no relationship at all. Communities are held together by common interest. It maybe a hobby, something the community members are passionate about, a common goal, an experience, or profession. Clearly people join the community because they care about a common interest that glues the community members together. Some stay because they feel the urge to contribute to the cause and others may come because they feel that they can benefit from being part of the community.

I came across the Macmillan online community, which I personally think is a very powerful online community as you are able share experiences, ask questions or vent your emotions, as well as finding others who understand on the online community. The website includes all types of different categories such as ‘cancer experiences’ and ‘cancer types’, therefore allowing you to pick the category which is best suited for yourself. You may think that the online community website just includes negativity such as people venting their emotion but the Macmillan online community has a larger ratio of positivity. For example it has patients story on their experience with cancer but how the online community allowed the patiences to help cope and speak to others about the diagnosis.

Personally I think that online communities are extremely important to our society, as they allow us to communicate with others who we do not know, but have something in common. The Macmillan website is a positive example of how important online communities are to our society.

 

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YouTube

The first thing that comes to mind when I think of audience interaction online is YouTube, for starters youtubers have been shaped by their audience due to demanding content that they want to see from the youtuber. For instance Charlotte Crosby’s Q&A was ‘created’ by her audience tweeting her questions. Charlotte then chose a handful of questions and answered them on her YouTube channel – therefore the content in the video has be shaped by the audience, as well as participated in the creation of the video.

I feel that YouTube Q&A allow audiences to interact with people more, as well as getting to know more about the youtuber as the answers are personal to them. Charlottes YouTube contains a variety of content, from makeup tutorials to fitness videos, this allows her to have a diverse audience, which shows from her over 270,000 subscribers. Charlottes style of videos are for entertainment purpose so therefore her videos are extremely relaxed and fun. Another way audience interact with their youtubers is through comments on their video post, in which people can comment what they liked, disliked and would like to see on the future on their channel.

The significance of this type of participation is that the talent (youtuber) wants to keep their audience happy and therefore by audience participation, such as requesting a video allows the audience to shape the overall look of their channel.

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Click here to see – Charlotte Crosby Q&A

Could you live without your iPhone?

Media convergence is known as the ‘coming together of media’, which according to Jenkins it is where old and new media collide. IPhone is an example of media convergence which was first launched in 2007. In the past phones have just been purely for text messages and phone calls, however from the development of the first mobile phone in 1973 to the smartphone now in 2016 has increased enormously. I couldn’t imagine life without my iPhone now, it is the first thing I check in the morning, as the features of the phone allow me to download all my favourite apps, search the web, record videos and take pictures.

This was a huge development of media convergence as technology has developed over the years. For instance in July 2007, barely 9 million American owned a smartphone – representing just 4 percent of the entire mobile market. Today over 100 million Americans own a smartphone. IPhone has been an huge development in todays society, which I personally think we take for granted. So would you be able to live without your iPhone?

What does the Future hold for the Media? – Article

When searching for an online resource, which will be suitable for students in this module I came across an article on the website ‘world economic forum’, which talks about what the ‘future holds for the media’.  I found this article to be extremely interesting and suitable for this module as Andrea Stroppa explains how the internet has been a game changer in modern society, which we have discussed on numerous occasions in class . As the internet and social networking has became a priority in our every day life, which continues to grow.

Today billions of people are online and mobile devices enable for them to share news and multimedia context with a global audience. For example Twitter allows us to keep up-to-date with news, often beating news papers to the point, however not always accurate like a news story in a newspaper. I also find it interesting how she discussed the overall role of journalism rapidly changing, which makes me question if it is better stick to old news reporting or to create click-baits?

Overall I found this article to be very helpful for us during the module, due to the range of knowledge, questions and discussion Stroppa includes throughout her article, which allowed me to question the future of the media, along with increasing my knowledge on the media today.

http://www.weforum.org/agenda/2015/05/what-does-the-future-hold-for-media