The SoundCloud presentation was nerve recking, as I am an awful speaker. My nerves gets the best of me then I begin to forget my words and stutter. However because I was prepared it was not too bad! I can to the conclusion that I like SoundCloud because it is a social media platform with an actual purpose, unlike Instagram or Tumblr.
It was interesting to watch other presentations as some of the social media platforms presented were new to me. This gave me incentive to become a user of Vine (it seems like a laugh), and Pinterest seeing as I am a fashion forward individual.
I am not and have never and never have been, and never will be a Star Wars fan, however giving credit where credit is due the movie did phenomenal job at becoming a saga and eventually a brand. Movies, TV series, Toys, Conventions, you name it Star Wars had it! With fame comes a lot of drama and hassle with a list of things one being copy write issues. In Chapter 4 of Convergence Culture, Jenkins mentioned a statement from Star Wars creator George Lucas, “Amateur filmmakers are producing commercial – or near-commercial-quality content on miniscule budgets.” Surprisingly instead of taking this to offence raising a lawsuit, Lucas in fact took it as a complement and embraced it. This move was the first to not only reach the public but captured their attention so much it basically became a movement on its own! Home videos were created and posted online whilst others went to the extent of a Star Wars themed wedding. The point of Jenkins using Star Wars as an example in this chapter was to show the relationship between todays world/culture and the influence It had on the film industry, and the hold movies can have on us especially with todays technology and how we choose to use it.
In the third chapter Jenkins expresses that “The Matrix” have become popular on a multimedia level, he talks about how media convergence created a story for the matrix that could only be told over multiple platforms this also paved away for the release of Games, Books and a TV Series. I agree with this statement to an extent I think it depends on the viewers and their personality traits. Personally I would have been fine with just the one movie. But thats just me! Others that take a lot more time and effort in learning more about technology may agree with me or may find it an over unrealistic.
Jenkins does not just use The Matrix as an example of this he goes on to use, Harry Potter & Star Wars and giving the reader a new window to view storytelling through.
Convergence Culture seems a lot more interesting and appealing to me. After reading the introduction and skimming through the book the book touches base on Marketing elements, “media convergence, participatory culture, collective intelligence” and my favourite movie and books of all time Harry Potter! I also found it an easier read the Rheingold therefore giving me a better understanding when we have a class discussion.
Henry Jenkins makes the states that “convergence culture is the future”, then went ahead Jenkins to say with the use of examples from prophets, that we are using new media devices for a variety of current and past media viewing, which in my opinion is utterly true!
He then discusses “The Black Box Fallacy” an example of this would be a mobile phone, or an IPad this is when several forms of ‘once’ technology provides use its services within one form of media. They now have multifunctional purposes rather then one type of use.
I developed a better understanding of chapter 2 after our class discussion, Jenkins talks about American Idol and TV being based on audience participation and interaction another example for me is e.g. Apollo Live (on BET) Basically with this show, contestants perform maybe singing (or occasionally comic) then are immediately judged by the audience. If the audience approves the contestant is rewarded by a applause, but those that were not approved are harshly booed. I think this is a great marketing technique and to convert viewers into advocates.
The last chapter basically summarises the book up and also touches base on a few topics mentioned in the earlier stages of the book.
Closer to the beginning of the chapter “The Public Sphere” talks about the lack of control we have far as what information about our personal lives is available to others. I mentions ‘ privacy settings is not enough’. Which is a statement I totally disagree with simply because, we control exactly what we want to put on the internet, we are aware of the risks, therefore we shall just have to accept the consequences.
“Remix Ethics & the politics of Enclosure”, Rheingold mentions “When it became trivial to copy of download songs and movies” . This topic brought back memories of when I used to use downloading sites such as ‘Limewire’ and ‘AresLiteGalaxy’ to download music and music videos, I’m sure at one point I most have had over 1000 downloaded songs on my laptop (amongst other stuff) but it began slowing down and crashing quite often because whether was simply a lot of stuff i.e. junk stored on it.
In Chapter 5 Rheingold states “Social capital is a useful tool, but should not be the only one in your toolbox.” My interpretation of that quote is even though in todays society social networking can have great advantages, in order to build a healthy, genuine and progressive relationship relationships cannot solely function being interpersonal. As a fashion blogger, I have an Instagram, Lookbooknu, and written blog but I have recently began Youtube Videos even now its still not face to face its showing my audience some of my personality qualities in motion picture.
Funnily enough, when I was preparing to come to UK in the summer, there was an online housing portal where people could view others profile and if you felt they had similarities you can request to be paired as roommates. I came across a profile & on paper the person seemed similar to me therefore I requested her. Sadly she had already been placed with a roommate. However before requesting her I looked her name up on Facebook to get an accurate visual of her and when I moved to the US in the summer to start school I was walking to my dorm past a group of people and happened to know one of the people in the group. She went on to introduce me to the other group members and immediately I recognised one of the girls and she also recognised me and it was the girl who I had requested months ago as my roommate (which means she also looked me up on Facebook). Since that day we have become close friends and I see her nearly everyday. This is a perfect example of how Facebook was used and worked out in a positive & ‘effective’ manor!
“When we moved away from self-sufficiency & began to work together, combining out knowledge, the consequence was far-reaching” That was the opening sentence in Ch4, its reminds me of the saying “United we stand, divided we fall.” This concept basically means, that as people unless we are united, it is easy to destroy to destroy us as individuals. Basically if we all work together and keep the bigger picture in mind we are much more powerful and can change society this is the same logic behind social media.