All posts tagged: instagram

A New Window: The Rich Kid$ Of In$tagram

They say that they eyes are the window to the soul but how many of us are really looking at one another and truly seeing each other? Those who take ‘selfies’ and upload them to various social media channels are supposedly sharing their life but what are they really sharing? The only window which modern society deems more worthy to look through is that of a glowing screen. The selfie is the window to narcissism. Sure, selfies can be fun, silly and a great way to capture a particular moment with yourself or those close to you though it can also argued, “selfies seem inherently to contain the most explicit elements of ostentation and self-propagation” (Weiser, 2015). Has the selfie transformed to be so much more than just a peace and pout? Is it really possible that through the impact of social media channels like Instagram, the selfie has become a money-maker and a façade on so many levels? Enter ‘The Rich Kids of Instagram’. This documentary focuses on the lives of incredibly wealthy youth …

Humans of Technology

Each individual has a story, a tale of how they see or embrace the world. Our world has now become incredibly dependent on the advancements of technologies, so they have inevitably become apart of our stories. It has entered nearly every aspect of our work life, education and social lives. They have essentially redesigned the ways in which our society runs, as well as the very relationships we have with other individuals and our own digital devices. It was these thoughts that inspired the creation of @tech_humans. For the digital project, Monique and I thought it would be best to create an Instagram to photograph people in their everyday lives. As we would ask their permission to take their photo and explain to them the aims of our project, we would begin to conduct a small and simplistic interview, asking them a bunch of questions. From here, we would then take the most interesting quote that they said and use it to accompany the image of the person, both of which would then be posted to …

I Bet You Thought You’d Seen The Last Of Me.

Well, I am back into it! I have finally finished my first week back at university and it feels so strange. I have spent the past month and a half travelling the world and now I am back into the world of blogging, but nonetheless I am motivated as ever! For the past 5 weeks Europe and New Zealand have been my playground and I have definitely had the time of my life, though travelling really put into perspective the significance that the media space has upon myself and my life. Whilst my trips were filled with laughter, amazing friendships and sleepless nights, they were also filled with various wifi battles! It is funny to see how quickly a friendship disintegrate when you find wifi access, though the connection is only strong enough for one person at a time. Social media generations have become so immersed into the online world that we feel that we must continue parts of our lives on platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. Seriously, give me mediocre wifi connection, my …

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 …

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 …