How real is your online persona?

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Micro-celebrity can be understood as a mindset and set of practices in which audience is viewed as a fan base; popularity is maintained through ongoing fan management; and self-presentation is carefully constructed to be consumed by others – Alice Marwick and Danah Boyd

How does my intercommunication across platforms represent my self online? If someone who didn’t know me ‘in real life’ saw my Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter – how would they perceive me?

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Reporting in the 21st Century

 

Citizen journalists don’t just get to where professional journalists can’t go, they get to places professional journalists won’t go. (Digital Trends)

 

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Image source: Adventures With Han

One of the greatest effects of technology and social media on the media industry is that it has ‘levelled the playing field’ in the sense that now you don’t need a university degree, page limitations or intensive research to report on an issue to the masses – all you really need is your phone or your connection to the internet.

Have a look at my YouTube video:

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An Annotated Bibliography for Digital Artefact

Digital Artefact = The Wandering Diaries

WordPress.org. 2016. Creating a Static Front Page. [ONLINE] Available at: https://codex.wordpress.org/Creating_a_Static_Front_Page. [Accessed 31 March 2016]

Codex is the online manual for WordPress, which provides information, tips, how-to’s as well as forums. We used Codex to navigate areas on WordPress we weren’t too sure about, in order to make our digital artefact function the way we wanted it to. We initially used codex.wordpress.org to try and work out how to set a static front page, as this was a feature we needed to the artefact. The website was helpful, and the layout was easy to navigate, however some of the language was difficult to understand if you weren’t already familiar with key concepts.

Syed Balkhi. 2016. What is Static Front Page. [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.wpbeginner.com/glossary/static-front-page/. [Accessed 31 March 2016].

WordPress Beginner is a site that, similar to Codex, helps to navigate the basics of WordPress. We used this site to find resources on the creation of a static front page, as well at looking at how to possibly use a contact form in order to allow submissions. This is the site that enabled us to set a static front page using our particular theme. The site is helpful as it uses basic language and every page has links to further resources. This allowed us to continue looking through other ideas to discuss other options to improve our artefact.

Annette, Bucket List Journey. 2016. Unusual Archives. [ONLINE] Available at:http://bucketlistjourney.net/category/unusual/. [Accessed 20 April 2016].

This website belongs A lady named Annette, following her journey through completing her own bucket list. Her bucket list wasn’t so much an inspiration but rather one part of her website: the ‘Unusual’ section. This features bucket list items that aren’t so cliché or adventures that I hadn’t even heard of, for example ‘eat a bug sundae at Portland’s Freakybuttrue Peculiarium’. I feel like this is what our objective was with our digital artefact; to create a place where people can share their own amazing experiences and from that would appear a bucket list that isn’t ‘normal’ or stereotypical. This source is a clear, easy to navigate layout and is visually appealing. It drew me in from the beginning, and has been a stimulus to creating our own artefact.

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The Transmedia Genius of the Kardashians

Transmedia storytelling is described best by Henry Jenkins as “integral elements of a fiction get dispersed systematically across multiple delivery channels for the purpose of creating a unified and coordinated entertainment experience”.

And what better example of the power of transmedia storytelling than none other than the Kardashians?!

 

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The Kardashian name is an empire and a multi-million dollar brand in itself, and a large reason for that would have to be their use of transmedia storytelling.

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Breaking the Unbroken – Glitch Art

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Described as ‘a choreographed multidisciplinary arrangement of desirable shortcomings trying to make the unbroken better through breaking it’ glitch art is making headway on the artist scene.

What’s so special and intriguing about something that ultimately looks like a mistake, broken or fragmented? It’s likely to be the unpredictability. In a technological world where art and media are so structured and malfunctions are avoided at all costs – glitch art ‘subverts your expectations‘ by bringing back the times of VCR errors and early computer glitches that distorted images; something we once despised.

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Increase in Participatory Culture in the Media Landscape

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Click on the picture or click here to access my Prezi.

From monologic to dialogic, our media landscape has shifted toward a culture based off participation. Long gone are the passive audience who sits back and absorbs – now we want to interact, discuss and contribute and have turned into prosumers.

The participatory content has led to a whole new range of media platforms and formats, including activism (e.g the power of hashtivism) and political engagement (e.g election campaigns).

But not everyone feels this new culture is a good thing – with particular governments seeking to ban the use of social media in order to restrain communication between protesters and to prevent negative views being spread and outside information being let in.

Have a look through my Prezi for a more in depth look.

References:

Jay Rosen. 2011. The People Formerly Known as the Audience. [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jay-rosen/the-people-formerly-known_1_b_24113.html. [Accessed 31 March 2016].

Brian McNair. 2015. Newspapers in decline, digital slowdown – what’s new in the news?. [ONLINE] Available at: http://theconversation.com/newspapers-in-decline-digital-slowdown-whats-new-in-the-news-41364. [Accessed 31 March 2016].

Rosen, Jay (2008) If Bloggers Had No Ethics Blogging Would Have Failed, But it Didn’t. So Let’s Get a Clue.http://archive.pressthink.org/2008/09/18/because_we_have.html [Accessed: 31 March 2016].

Felicity Morse. 2014. The Bring Back Our Girls Campaign is working: Boko Haram should be scared of a hashtag. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/the-bring-back-our-girls-campaign-is-working-boko-haram-should-be-scared-of-a-hashtag-9360830.html. [Accessed 31 March 2016].

Charles Arthur. 2011. Google and Twitter launch service enabling Egyptians to tweet by phone. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2011/feb/01/google-twitter-egypt. [Accessed 31 March 2016].

Would you like open or closed source with that?

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The Android vs. Apple iPhone:

It’s all about “open source” or “closed source”.

Android is considered open source, which basically refers to it’s code being from the ‘Android Open Source Project’ (AOSP) allowing users to use this code and come up with their own operating system and other aspects such as using apps that don’t have to be approved and features such as layering apps over the top of each other to use at once.

But what about Apple’s iOS ‘walled garden’, the closed source operating system? It may not give the user as much freedom in customisation or access to apps and code, but it is security-safer and better protected.

But the debate isn’t really about what product is better than the other on paper. It’s about user preference – would you prefer to be able to tinker with the operating system to customise, or are you just happy to use the iOS system which provides greater security?

Regardless of the fence you sit on, both sides have it’s benefits… so can we leave it alone already?

©opyright ©razed: How far should we go?

Whether it be ‘Happy Birthday to you’ or ‘Let’s get ready to rumble’, you can infringe on copyright using everyday, commonly used phrases and songs (and many other texts) that you had no idea were covered by copyright.

Have we overdone it to the point where many creations are no longer practical or lawful to use and enjoy? Or is it necessary that we copyright so many things in our world?

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