Month: May 2014

BREAKING NEWS: Trolls escape from living under bridges! Now residing under keyboards!

What is your online identity? For many of us, it will be our Facebook profiles, our Instagram pages, and our own digital make-ups of our personalities. But for a few individuals, this is not the case. These people are no longer hiding under bridges, but are now hiding behind keyboards and screens. I am of course talking about ‘cyber trolls’. With the minimal gate keeping on the Internet now days, we see these trolls spreading hate and bullying others daily. But what do they get from doing so? One cannot escape bullying anymore. It is in our own homes, on the iPhones, Macs and iPads we hold so dearly. Doing some further research, I found examples of online bullying on Instagram with ‘Hot or Not’ accounts. Photos of individuals are uploaded and users worldwide critique them and personally, I think this is appalling. Online misogyny has also become apparent in this convergent world of ours, which I just do not understand. Regardless of your gender or any other factor as a matter of fact, we …

1 ‘Like’ = Clicktivism or Slacktivism?

Can a simple ‘like’ spread awareness of an issue? Can uploading or sharing a photo appeal to the ethics or moralities of humans around the world? Well, the answer lies somewhere in between yes and no. In the 21st century, we welcome clicktivism, the use of social media platforms to spread awareness of issues happening around our globe. In our society, so heavily influenced and surrounded by technology, one can understand the impact that clicktivism can have. For example, look at the campaign ‘Bring Back Our Girls’; celebrities and ordinary people alike are uploading photos, spreading the awareness of the recent kidnappings of 300 schoolgirls in Nigeria. Now whilst intentions are good, we must ask ourselves, what good is really coming about in uploading a photo of ones self? I mean, sure, you are spreading awareness of the issue, but are you really contributing in a meaningful way? Personally, I believe we are. When tragedy strikes, humanity is never more together and with social media, we are not only able to connect with individuals on …

Born To Remix, Baby!

Remixing is not only just a concept, but also a culture. Lessig (2013) describes remix as created by combining or editing existing materials to produce a new product and this is where my previous understandings of remixing was turned on its head. I’d always associated remixes with music but I know now that music is only one little seed and that remix culture can grow to branch off into so many different mediums. From here I began to understand that there is a very thin line between originality and remixing. How hard is it to come by an original work, whether it is a song, video or artwork? They all have influences and foundations stemmed from other works, so are they essentially remixes in a sense? Club music is a great example at looking at the power of remixing in the music industry. Often the DJ’s will take foundations such choruses from already produced songs and then remix them, mashing them up with another song or putting their own unique spin into the music. An …

It’s a Transmedia World Out There, Best Enjoy It.

Henry Jenkins (2007) describes transmedia as a ‘process where integral elements of fiction get dispersed systemically across multiple delivery channels for the purpose of creating a unified and coordinated entertainment experience’. Now this all still seemed a little fuzzy to me until I began to look into a certain case study, the world of Harry Potter. Starting off as a series of seven books, the world of Harry Potter has since grown and developed. Eight movies have since been developed; games – both board and electronic have been created; a theme park in Orlando has been built but most recently, Pottermore was launched. Pottermore is an online interactive site giving fans another medium to explore the series that they all know and love so dearly. It is here that Jenkins’ (2007) ideology that each next text is ‘making a distinctive and valuable contribution to the whole’. One key, valued contribution of Pottermore for example, is that fans of the boy wizard are able to interact with each other and explore this new digital world of …