Clicktivism- There’s my 5 cents – I have a strong passion for this. Maybe it’s because I use the internet regularly, but nothing grinds my gears more than seeing someone “like” a page and think they have done something good for the planet. I really did enjoy this topic a lot, because it redefined the need for social activism. I am not one to be a raging activist, but giving a damn about society is what I am about. Although I am quite adamant at the fact that I do not engage on online activism, I do feel that there is a place for it, and maybe one day I can reconcile with the fact that this is a step forward into the future. I may have even learnt a ‘pro’ about online activism – not that I want to admit it.
R3M!X CuL7UЯ3 – This was probably my favorite topic so far. I have such a passion for music and remixing. It never really occurred to me that online news could also be remixed into videos. Of course like I mentioned in my blog, the word is commonly used to describe music, but in this topic I did learn a lot more about what exactly remix does to the culture and how we thrive for new ideas and concepts through various sources. Searching through the internet, I became rather inspired to know that my art is actually a lot bigger than what I thought.
Becoming Transmedia- I honestly can say that I have never heard the word transmedia before, and even more surprised that I have somehow engaged with it all my life. It’s funny how that happens, living blissfully unaware about something until its made evident, then all you can see is just that. And with saying this, I can now be a lot more aware of the engagement and hidden potentials of sources. I think its great that transmedia can bring a community in even a world-wide perspective together from the love of a tv show or film
This semester so far has been more than just a chore, I don’t think I have felt so right learning a subject. The online blogging hardly feels like homework to me and the lectures are always so engaging. I guess this gives more of an excuse to watch YouTube. I have had a lot of fun, it has been hard, but for the most part I think I started to feel a lot more comfortable within myself and this subject.
I am going to start off by saying that I have some pretty strong opinions about this topic. Clicktivism, is a common thing now on social media platforms. I see it all the time on especially Facebook. The Kony 2012 was a huge example of this. I must admit, I did for a while get sucked into it. And I say this because in hindsight, i believe, it was more of a fashion trend. I didn’t know who Kony was but after watching the video (which went forever may I add), i knew a little about him. Not enough to say that I was well-educated, but about enough as most people did after watching it. I say I was sucked into this trend for the following reasons: after the 20 minor so video, I did feel somewhat compelled to make a change. I even signed up on the website that would then give me all the information that I needed to know to ‘cover’ the city with all the propaganda. This video did go out of control, people had stickers on their cars, they had shirts, and so the weeks went past and the more people became aware of it, and for a moment, every one felt good about themselves. But then suddenly nothing happened. It was pretty much the biggest anti climax. People moved on from the agenda as quickly as the ate it all up. I then realised that raising an online awareness, which is what clicktivism is about, isn’t enough to make a substantial change. Everyone felt good about themselves, but where does that leave the supposed children who are forced into this life that Kony made for them. I didn’t feel that after all of my efforts, anything happened. And to really think about, I can’t really say that I put much effort into it at all. A few ‘clicks’ and suddenly I was meant to feel like i changed the world.
People are now so engrossed with what happens in front of their screens that it deters them from real life. So the question is, is Clicktivism destroying social activism. One blog THE STREAM has a very strong view about this. In my opinion, I think it does. However with the growing trend of the internet, it seems natural that activism adapts itself digitally. Clicktivsm has its place in society but I do not agree that it should take place of social activism.
In the words of one of my favorite bands:
…If you really believe in the words that you preach,
Get off your screens, and onto the streets.
-BRING ME THE HORIZON
Remixing plays a huge part in our culture. Most people identify the word ‘remix’ with music, and for the most part it is. But with the increased creativity (you may say) of our viewers, the word now extends to videos on news segments as well. We see it just about everywhere, whether it’s the speech of the president or local news, if it’s remix-able, why not? And why not indeed? Creating something humours from something not so tasteful brings a new definition to fun. But is it all fun and games? While it may be creative, it may also breach copyright. This happens quite frequently, a you tube video with audio in the background that was not credited for, will most likely be flagged as a copyright infringement. A good example of this is the Buffy vs Edward: Twilight Remixed. Where a man named Jonathan McIntosh created a mashup of the popular Twilight and Buffy The Vampire Slayer film and tv show to create a sub storyline saying, “the work is an example of fair use transformative storytelling which serves as a visual critique of gender roles and representations in modern pop culture vampire media“. This video was flagged for copyright 3 years after it was uploaded (they took their time didn’t they!). After already having millions of views, translated into several languages, appearing on popular television shows and even nominated for an award, the copyright monster came and bit it in the you know what. And after it’s continues ambiguous arguments from YouTube, Lionsgate Entertainment (producers and distributors of Twilight) also attacked. Things started to get messy, but finally Lionsgate dropped the chargers and the video was back online.
Remix culture plays a huge part in our society and culture. It’s a way to express ourselves and indulge in our creativity. It is a way for us the audience to be active in the way we consume content. Without remix, new ideas would not emerge and our society would become stale and boring. One of my favoirte mash up artsist is
Girl Talk who mashes not just samples of songs but everything from sounds to lyrics. As a musician myself, i find it fascinating that people could mash up or remix others peoples art and create something with an entire new meaning.
…these 2 videos are for funzies, and also why I love Youtube!
With the convergence of media platforms and technologies, content creators have had to adopt a new way to share their content to gain as much audience as possible. As we live now in a society where we use multiple platforms to communicate, it only seemed natural that the flow of content is made accessible through different avenues. We see this happen especially in blockbuster films, where the story does not stop at the one film but it continues to expand in sequels and then into video games, books and even food. We see start to see the story evolve more into an experience that contributes to a larger puzzle which adds substance to the story line as well as adding possible back stories and in-depth character profile – creating an extension to the world that is already portrayed in its original first source. For me, transmedia has always played a big part in the way I engage with films. Being a huge film fanatic, there is always that need to want more information about the characters and the storyline. A good example of this was my high interest in Resident Evil. The books (all but 2 – these were more in-depth storyline of the game which are actually side stories), video games and films was, for the most part, the backbone of the central story line. Although there were many R.E films made, because of the nature of the complex storyline, a lot of the back stories or additional information had to be found in the video games which better explain certain plots. I did find contradictions in the storyline of the films to the games which didn’t coincide. This made me a little bit disappointed because it didn’t follow the same storyline but on the other hand, it did make me a lot more active in the way I engaged with the content. Whether we like it or not, we are all somehow engaging in transmedia; from the video games we play, to the clothes we wear, we are all examples of Transmedia in the works.
Already 6 weeks into this course and I am starting to feel tested. I am not a ver good writer, in fact, i am better off talking as I articulate a lot better. But in saying this I have learnt a lot from this course and the material we have covered. For me, the thing that stands out the most is the effects that the media has on us. We are so used subliminal messages being sent to us and almost living in a desensitized world, that we no longer think for ourselves nor do we care to even want to learn more about it. I think what startles me more and more every day and every time we have a lecture, is that I am living this ignorance. I have been well aware of things happening around me and the society, but this course so far has heightened my awareness; I can’t even watch a television commercial or a mainstream news bulletin without analyzing and questioning everything. If I wasn’t a skeptic before, I sure am now. And that is not say I don’t believe anything, as I believe that there is some truth even if the roots are almost stripped away, but I have learnt to widen my eyes and see what’s really between the lines.
Reading other people’s entries have redefined that we all have different opinions, but that if we investigate and see for ourselves, we all open our eyes to the same thing. Mass realization is very cool. I look forward to learning more and discovering this for myself through the readings, other people and the lectures.
It seems that now days journalists that study at university for 3 years to then graduate with a certificate that states something along the lines of “now you are worthy to report” are not the only ones reporting breaking news. Since the use of social media has become increasingly popular with not only people in general but also news groups, it seems that anyone could be a journalist of some sort. This fancy new way of spreading information quicker than a virus has developed a new way to transmit news more efficiently with the limit of 140 words. This does not mean that all the information that is reported is of substance or even correct, but it does change the way view our society. Suddenly, the world becomes smaller. With the effect of social media platforms, the audiences are not only just consuming but they are also re-tweeting, sharing or commenting on the latest news.
Although there are many social platforms in which information is readily passed, i like the idea of Twitter being the platform of choice for news groups. According an online news network KCNN, efficiency, speed and simplicity are amongst some of the positive traits that Twitter has. It works not only for the general public but Twitter is actually quite valuable for journalists. They can gather information from the community, cross-source information, able to respond (which I think gives news a more personal touch) to people’s concerns and or comments but most importantly saves a lot of time. In fact, Twitter has been known to report breaking news before network channels even hear of the story.
In my opinion, cross sourcing information from the general public as well as collecting their own information brings about a news story that isn’t just one-sided. In fact I belive people want to hear news from the people who are actually part an event or news story, hearing their points of views, rather than from a news reporter or journalist who is prepped before hand.