I enjoyed learning about the topics that we did in the second half of the semester as I was able to relate to some of them, and put others into familiar perspective. I found the Citizen Journalism to Collective Intelligence, Rip/Mix/Burn: music sampling and the rise of remix culture and #mencallmethings: identity and difference online the most interesting.
The first topic on Citizen Journalism to Collective Intelligence was interesting to see how everyone today is becoming an online journalist unknowingly. It makes sense when we all document our thoughts and feelings online, or confide in complete strangers for answers or responses that we are actually posting journalistic perspectives as we are all producing, sharing and consuming. This is basically what my media is as well. We produce our own posts or share others, and consume all the posts that appear on the dashboard, which is passed through more than 40 billion blogs throughout the day.
The second topic on remixing content was highly engaging for me as it showed a different perspective for different media. I enjoyed seeing how others take content and distort it to create something completely different. This kind of media is also interesting as it keeps you wanting more, awaiting to see what else will be different and creative. It shows how many people out there have a different view on the same video, making their own interpretations and changes.
The final topic that I enjoyed was the #mencallmethings lecture. This detailed about the gender gap online, cyber bullying and anonymity, and a few others. I related to the cyber bullying aspect and anonymity. I have seen anonymity on Tumblr, a lot, and it shows how people try to find out personal information about individuals behind an anonymous blog – it has also been a cause for cyber bullying as asking personal questions and not knowing who it could be can turn horribly wrong, mostly because it could be a complete stranger who is stalking you, or a best friend of yours. It’s ridiculous the things that can happen today in relation to secrecy. But, the anonymity is a large aspect for some of the Tumblr users, especially for Tumblr famous blogs.
All in all, I really enjoyed this half of the semester in BCM112. I have learnt a lot and hope there has been some interesting points in my blog posts.