Reactions to a Reaction

This module has given me an insight into the connected society that constantly surrounds us. I’m writing this just 12 hours after the tragic terrorist attacks that took place in Brussels.

I discovered this news via the BBC News application, when the iconic ‘breaking news’ sound woke me up before my alarm.

The notification read “Two explosions heard at Brussels airport, cause unclear – images show smoke rising from terminal building.”

The whole process from the BBC gathering this news to distributing it to us, the consumer, has changed massively from the London terrorist attacks in 2005. 11 years ago, our main source for breaking news was either on a television or a radio. Nowadays, we’re fed the information without having to search for it. As soon as I read the headline, I instantly took to Twitter to find out more information. On Twitter, I saw information, speculation and opinions regarding the news. Some opinions sparked reactions among users, especially the opinion of Katie Hopkins. Many people replied saying that they had reported her tweet, which relates to our week 8 topic of regulation.

Social media really has enhanced the way we consume and react to breaking news, and it seems as if there is no escaping it. It lends information to people that is often false, hence why we can’t rely on it. This can be seen by the #StopIslam hashtag trending after the Brussels attack. However, it was purely trending because of the disagreement with the hashtag, even though the trend gave the impression that many agreed with it.


Shopping for the sound?

When the word ‘copyright’ is mentioned, the first thing that always springs into mind is music. We live in a creative society, with content being created on a day-to-day basis – sometimes free, sometimes paid. Music surrounds us, and there may be many times where we’re completely unaware if the source of our listening habits is legal.

PRS is an society that licences organisations to play, perform or make copyright music available to the public, making sure that the creator is credited fairly with the correct royalties. The organisation deal with the majority of music that you hear in a public place.

Every business that plays copyrighted music must pay for the licence, because effectively, they’re benefiting from playing that music. The licence depends on the type of business, the bigger the shop premises, the higher the licence fee – I’d assume this is the case due to the number of consumers.

But, is it right that businesses have to pay to play music? Of course, this is purely a matter of opinion and the creator of the music may have a completely different opinion to the consumer. Copyright is effectively put in place to ensure creators reap the full rewards for their work. Hence, YouTube taking down videos that contain copyrighted music. However, no one goes to a shop to listen to music. If anything, the business may promote the music resulting in more sales for the artist…

The Art of Networking

This module has made me think deeply about my online visibility and how private my life actually is online. Until now, I’ve always just signed up to anything, happy to give organisations all my information ranging from my address to household income. I’m fully aware that the majority of this information is for market research purposes, giving businesses the opportunity to break down their consumers into market segments – but do they really need to know every last detail of my life? Is there a way to prevent this?In terms of visibility, I’m fairly careful in what I share to the public. My Twitter is public, purely so I can gain the maximum enjoyment out of the social network. As well as this, I also believe that having a public Twitter also enhances your career opportunities. Twitter allows you to network with people within your chosen industry and having a private profile would reduce this. My LinkedIn profile contains information about precious work placements, education and all my successes to date. Once again, I feel like I need to share this information to fully engage with the modern world. 
Prior to posting this information, it’s under my control. If I don’t want to post something, I won’t. However, once it’s posted and shared online, I lose complete control. It’s not something I’ve ever thought about in too much detail, but it does show that to enhance your life chances, you need to take the risk of sharing information online.

7 Cups

Upon reading the brief for this week’s blog post, I wanted to find a community that genuinely helps people with day-to-day actions in their life instead of an application that one may turn to specifically for entertainment. With this in mind, I stumbled across website and application 7 Cups. The sole purpose of 7 Cups is to give people that are suffering from emotional distress somewhere to turn to in a time of need.7 Cups

Users can either signup as a ‘listener’ or  someone ‘seeking help.’ Seekers sign up anonymously, where they are directed to a menu to choose what is ‘on their mind’, options include anxiety, family stress and weight management. Once selecting, they are redirected to a ‘listener’, who will have a chat with them.

As well as this, the website offers community forums, where members can discuss problems with people suffering with the same problem. This offers another perspective, and really pushes the idea of ‘community.’

Many people that suffer with emotional distress find it hard to discuss what they’re suffering from with friends and family. Therefore, it’s clear to see the obvious benefits of 7 Cups. The anonymity gives anyone online a chance to discuss problems that they may not be able to discuss anywhere else. It could also be rewarding for listeners, knowing that they’re could be potentially making someone smile and helping someone through the struggles of everyday life.

However, anyone can sign up to be a listener. This could result in people misbehaving on the website and simply ruining the foundations of what the website is trying to achieve.


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“Do it for the Vine” was one of those cringeworthy sayings of 2015. However, that’s exactly what many people were doing. Vine is a video-sharing service in which members upload videos of up to six seconds that play on a continuous loop. By uploading to Vine, they are then often shared onto social platforms such as Twitter and Facebook. All of the content on the service is created and uploaded by Vine’s users. This allows us to not only consume the ‘Vines’ but create them ourselves.

When Vine first launched, it was mainly used for users to document short snaps of their life and share them to friends, very similar to Snapchat. However, users have shaped the way it is now used, with many people using it for comedy purposes. One of the most popular clips of the last year featured a man pushing down on hundreds of howling rubber ducks. This led to 6 second song covers featuring the screaming ducks, showing how the audience participation shapes other content…

If you somehow haven’t seen it…


Users have also started using Vine for journalistic purposes, which has led to news organisations creating short clips to share with their consumers. A man was coincidentally filming the match between France and Germany when there was a explosion. he instantly uploaded this to Vine, gaining over 400 million loops.

The ease of viewing a vine has interested many more businesses and users and is constantly shaping the content on the platform.


It seems like every day there’s always a new social media network on the horizon. Some have made a very prominent mark in our lives and others just haven’t taken off. Just like any product or service, the only way to find success with it, is to offer something different to the consumer.

Periscope is was created by Twitter to give people and businesses the opportunity to showcase anything they want to an audience via a live stream. The viewers can then comment in real-time or send then a virtual heart to show their appreciation.

Like Twitter, you may follow people and gain followers – whenever some you’re following goes ‘live’, you’ll get a push notification sent to your phone and it’ll appear on your timeline. However, this app also allows the consumer to explore the world through its map feature. The app shows a virtual map and shows an exact location of where streams are coming from.

I believe that this could potentially transform the way we view our news. It allows journalists to stream press conferences to the public. It could also be a way for citizens to stream major events, both positive or negative. For example, during last year’s Champions League final, I watched a stream of someone’s view inside the stadium. This was much more emotive and personal than trying to capture the atmosphere through the TV. Users also showcased the panic of the Paris attacks.

Twitter have recently included the live streams in the their own website. This means you don’t even have to change app to view these streams, making it very easy for us to see through the eyes of someone else, whether it’s for information or entertainment.

I first came across this website accidentally when looking for volunteering jobs when trying to get some work experience for the summer. It’s literally a central hub for any news, information, jobs and statistics for newspapers, magazines, radio and television – which pretty much covers every course on this module.

Specifically for this module, the news section is very helpful. Updated regularly, it features any changes or new innovations that may have occurred in your chosen industry. This is constantly becoming more related to this ‘network society’  we live in, especially with advancements in mobile applications. An example of this is the new Capital XTRA app, which allows you to skip the songs you don’t like on live radio.

The website also allows you to get an email sent to you with all the latest news for your chosen industry as regular as you choose. This allows you to stay updated with all the news without actually having to go and search for it yourself.

As well as this, it’s also great in finding opportunities for advancing your career. The jobs section has plenty of both paid and unpaid opportunities which should definitely prove useful for the summer!