The Online Cult

The ever growing online community are fed with a strong presence of audience participation. But are we really happy?

I would feel much better if I could filter my entire appearance each day and recieve a hug every time I said something moderately funny instead of social media likes.

But it’s the online ‘community’ – I prefer cult– that makes us feel as though our self-worth are measured in the form of likes and positive comments.

It’s considered as ‘support’ if you press the right buttons and comment the right emojis (you know the ones: 😍🔥💯). Real support is telling your friends in person that they look lovely and asking them to their face if they’re okay instead of typing ‘inbox me babes’ in their latest online rant for the community to gawp and gossip about.

But trust me, your employers, friends, family and boyfriends/girlfriends do not care – well they might care a little bit if they feature in your profile picture -. And the reason they don’t care is because our social media-selves and our physicial-selves are two different people. One is more attractive, funnier, always says the right things, their food is perfectly represented yet untouched and the other is an actual human being.

There’s no sense of a positive community where the online world is concerned as the happiness created lasts as long as a tweet posted using the wrong your/you’re.

The Sun’s ‘Pay’-wall, bless them.

Who remembers that time when The Sun introduced their paywall and thought it would make readers start to subscribe and pay for their content? How cute.

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This major restriction of content stopped people from reading The Sun online. This is unlikely to be as a means of avoiding copyrighted articles as most news publications get their news from the same place and you cannot really ‘copyright’ news and facts. And even if a newspaper breaks the story first, there’s always another angle.

Print circulation has been damaged as a direct result of the sheer volume of online-content. The increasing popularity of online news has also faced a difficulty in making money without bombarding you to find love on match.com or to cash-your-gold (possibly quite a handy suggestion if you’re a struggling student). 

Without advertisements it’s a struggle to make a profit and a profit keeps any business man or woman’s heart beating, so much so that it may restrict the functionality of the brain and they may think a paywall is a good idea.

The Sun’s thinking was that if they stop stories half way through and tell you, you have to subscribe –and pay- or not offer stories at all unless you subscribe then they’ll make more money and the Murdoch empire will have us all on our knees throwing money for their news.

BREAKING NEWS: There are thousands of websites containing news, for free, so there was never a necessity to be paying for a deluded right-wing newspaper, sorry Mr Murdoch.

The paywall was more wall and less pay and that’s probably why it no longer exists.

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A lot of Charlotte Racher’s Are Dead

Googling yourself was probably the first thing you did when you got internet access, which really sums up how the internet continued, highly self-centred.

What I found when I Googled myself:

Facebook, Twitter, dead people, WordPress, Soundcloud, family tree (more dead people), Depop, Instagram then more dead people with my name.

My actual online profiles:    

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr -purely for the GIFS I’m not cool enough for anything else-, Depop -thanks to this blog post I forgot I made an account-, WordPress, Soundcloud and Youtube.

My Facebook account is mostly private but more recently I’ve made some public posts to showcase my journalistic work as I want it to reach a larger audience (along with my WordPress, Soundcloud and Youtube). My Twitter is open because I share little personal details and simply things that no one cares about but amuse me. Instagram is private purely because it’s pictures of me and people I associate with so there’s no need for the public to see that unless there’s a high demand of pictures with me and my cat.

No information is in our control and if you don’t believe me then where were you in Year 7? I went home thinking I would be murdered because I had Wi-Fi after a lengthy day being told about the dangers of the internet -and maybe all the other Charlotte Racher’s were judging by the volume of deceased records-. But whose to say that people I’m friends with/follow me don’t share it then their friends share it and so on? It’s scary. Of course most of my Tweets are comedy-gold but there’s many Facebook tagged in photo’s that I would rather forget about –my mum tells me I’m pretty so those wounds are kind of healing-.

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Who on Earth Takes These Pictures?

I’m sorry to the third-wheeling photographer but you are weird. Get out. Let this yoga couple do their thing.

Of course, the online community I am referring to is Tumblr; which launched in February 2007 and is made up of a community of users blogging and reblogging posts, pictures and gifs.

It’s a great way for photographers to get their images shared on a mass networking site and it can also be quite fun to join in, in the race to get the most amount of ‘notes’.

Although, personally, I find the ‘relationship goals’ vibe to this website vomit-inducing; the most positive aspect I have found within this website is how many users have found social interaction and confided in complete strangers about topics including self-harm as a coping tool which is great to see people opening up about personal and horrifying issues whilst also seeking day-to-day companionship which they may lack in the real world.

However, there are a few issues which hugely concern me. The regulation of this website, just like any, is very difficult due to the sheer volume of users which makes it even more risky with the ease of accessibility to the age inappropriate audiences (Tumblr have NO age restriction). The images and gif’s I am referring to is those that are pornographic and promoting unhealthy lifestyles.

I was relieved to find out that this website does have some trigger words and if they are searched for helplines and information are provided which could be hugely beneficial to suffering users.

The limitation of this website is the difficultly to get noticed on it whilst one user is merely a pea amongst 550 million other peas/monthly users.

On the whole this is a positive community as this website is simply quite fun; it gives users something to do; allows them to be creative with their own profiles; and opens their eyes to some great photography. And most importantly it brings happiness through the form of gifs, any online community with gifs of cats and people falling over is one which you can be proud to be apart of.

 All images and gifs used in this post were from http://www.tumblr.com

That’s What Makes You Profitable

Like many boy bands, One Direction have a strong and somewhat terrifying fan-base, also known as The Directioners, who are fully devoted to ‘the boys‘.

Since announcing their break, not a break-up, thousands of teenagers ‘couldn’t even’ *ten cry face emojis*.

Thankfully, for their sanity, One Direction’s latest music video ‘History’ was all about the fans as a form of coping mechanism to the news of their break. This music video also works to showcase their journey in the music industry so far as a nice temporary farewell gift.

The audience quite literally feature in the music video, showing huge crowds at their performances; close-ups of female fans hysterically crying; and of course fans chasing the car containing Harry Styles and his intriguing yet beautiful long locks.

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One Direction are fully aware of their fans devotion therefore their involvement in the last music video for a little while will be both significant and emotive for their fans.

When the audience are the fans it is important to highlight a sense of appreciation and a recognition of awareness that a boy band like One Direction would not exist without them and that is what this video has achieved.

Overall, this video shows their musical journey which many fans will have followed, creating a reminiscent aesthetic.

It also just so happens to make an excellent promotional technique for their new song, creating a larger hype amongst the fans as they’re so heavily featured and are clearly in mind – free marketing-.

Well played, One Direction.

Netflix And C…onvergence.

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Convergence allows for key inventions to be updated and modified for the modern world whilst keeping the original ‘old media’ idea in tact.

Convergence also allows us to remain firmly in bed with a laptop burning our legs for several hours because thanks to technological advancement, it really has everything we need all in one place.

With over 75 million subscribers, Netflix is a key example of successful media convergence. Netflix has brought television and DVD to one website across a range of multiple viewing options.

The key benefit for users is a database which provides a collective DVD and TV experience all in the same place which can be viewed on a range of media platforms including: smart televisions; tablets; game consoles; personal computers; laptops; and phones – I’m just waiting for fridge technology to up its game-.

Users love Netflix due to such a range of choice, which can be personalised to your viewing activity and the inclusion of the release of an entire series at one time.This is not only an example of technological convergence but also cultural as we now play an active role by selecting what we want to watch we are no longer a passive audience.  It has also created the disease of the binge watchers and stolen many lives due to one- more-episode-syndrome.

For the media industry it has seen DVD and Television statistics plummet because of the convergence of cinema, DVD and television to the internet. Making the online media industry even more successful and popular whilst creating a strong buzz for Netflix as a company, even though one subscription holder may be somewhat generous with their password –30% of us share out account accidentals– but sharing is caring, right?

A Resourceful Resource

“The National Library of Australia has declared this site of national significance” – eJournalist.

A media journal I would recommend to those who both study and take an interest in the media would be ‘ejournalist’, this is a media and communications site where writers publish their academic work.

It’s an online collection of media journals from University qualified writers. The writers include a short description of their chosen topic – eliminating the excruciating pain of the skim read to find out it was completely pointless- and a link to the full journal article.

This website also includes course specific content for students taking this module as stated in the introduction: “journalism, public relations, media production and digital media”.

The topics range from: the impact of the internet; media ownership; politics and the press; participatory journalism; and much more. Some of the content is directly related to Australia, so be sure to check that it’s country-relevant!

The collection of journals start all the way from 2001 – this was when that really bizarre yet wonderful programmed ‘The Hoobs’ first aired to give you some perspective-. One to two issues are released yearly, providing an online media journey.

You’re also able to get in contact with the writers – simply by clicking their name-. This will be useful to ask questions on their articles or possibly obtain quotes and advice for assignments.

There’s also a search bar on the homepage to help you locate even more journal articles, an incredible one-tab-wonder.