The global twitter community

When Twitter was first launched in 2006, its growth was huge. Though we already had Facebook, myspace, and many more social networking sites, twitter was original, more open and free; yet somehow managing to bring together people with different interests and voices from across the world into an online community. Twitter gave all generations an unconditional and unrestricted voice.Twitter-Icon

There was something about the use of hashtags, that could bring people from around the world, sparking a conversation on the same topic just by putting a hashtag the end of the tweet. For example take #Jesuischarlie in 2015, after the attacks in Paris, the hashtags became one of the most famous in history, and created huge amounts of support for the people of Paris.

Though other social media platforms showed support as well, twitter allows people to speak their mind more freely. Though in my opinion, that can also be a disadvantage. Particularly with my generation, constantly updating their twitter every second of the day, I do sometimes believe, some thoughts are best kept in your mind. No, I do not need to know in 140 characters that Susan has just has another cheese-string #cheeseobsession.

However, by allowing people to talk to freely, and speak their mind completely, this also comes with the risk of online abuse, which I see as a huge shame with twitter. Particularly with people in the public eye. There is voicing your opinion, but then there is people just being plain rude. Yet I doubt this will ever stop the tweeting phenomenon.

 

 

The addiction to a Flippy Flappy Bird.

The success and fall of Flappy Bird was completely shaped by the audience, but to a whole new extent, that it was no longer healthy! The amount of arguments this game cause between me and my brother in the short time it was popular was ridiculous.

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I hate this bird.

Flappy bird was brought to screens across the world in 2013, however, received high amounts of popularity in early 2014. The game wasn’t even very complicated, all it entailed was controlling an annoying little bird between the rows of green pipes, without hitting the sides….I may still hold some resentment towards this game.

There was huge controversy around this game, as it became hugely addictive for individuals playing, and it was never even marketed or advertised. The inventor of the game, a Vietnamese based developer, named Dong Nguyen, put it down to ‘luck’.

The amazing thing about Flappy birds, flapping its way to the top of the apps chart was the sudden and huge escalation. Everybody wanted to play the game, and have the highest score. Pretty sure I only got to something like 15!

 

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At the end of January 2014, whilst still growing, Flappy bird was the most downloaded free game in the iOS app store; on top of this the owner admitted the app was earning $50,000 a day from in app advertisements! However, like all phases, the ear of that irritating little bird that would just not go through the green pipes came to and end. When in February 2014, the creator removed it from the Google play and Apple Store. As he felt guilty over the extreme addiction and overuse it had caused. Then many phones with the game already downloaded then became very valuable, and were on Ebay being sold for way more, proving once again, how much people needed that strange little bird.

You’re a….convergence Harry!

No not just a wizard, but now a convergence, a global phenomenon. The Harry potter books, have not only spread across nearly all media platforms; but also demonstrates many examples of technological, cultural and economical convergence.

What started out as a book, has no been stretched not just into films, but has almost created culture in itself. There are audio books, toys, shops, online Harry Potter worlds set up, such as ‘Pottermore’ and soon to be theatre productions.  As well as companion books and films soon to be released, written by the original author J.K Rowling. Harry Potter has appealed to all ages, and audiences across the world. Demonstrated by the incredible fact that in 2013, two years after the last film came out; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2, the book had been translated in 65 languages!

Another example of how Harry Potter has become a convergence is the Harry Potter studios, now in in London, Japan, and Orland, attracting millions of customers, allowing people to experience the Hogwarts lifestyle. The ‘Wizarding World of Harry Potter’ theme park, at the Universal studios Japan, is by far the biggest, costing £260 million.

However, it is clear one of the biggest turning points for the Harry Potter conglomerate, was the development of Pottermore. Set up by J.K Rowling and in partnership with Sony, Pottermore allows fans to access unknown parts of the Harry Potter series, including several pages of  unpublished texts. Whilst also having a resource for sales of the e-book and audiobook version of the seven Harry Potter novels. Pottermore created an entire online community which allowed visitors to take the Harry Potter journey; creating spells and potions, collecting points for their chosen house. It made Harry Potter interactive, whilst still keeping it magical.Screen Shot 2016-02-17 at 16.30.57.png

 

 

J’adore JSTOR

JSTOR is a digital library,  which you openly provides hundreds of academic books, journals, and resources, ready at your finger tips. Recently only being shown the site myself, I have found it to be extremely useful, as not online does it contain books but also, primary sources, and current issues of journals.

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As JSTOR is used by so many prestigious publishers and universities across the country, there is some stigma surrounding it, with individuals under the impression it is for more ‘academic’ subjects. However, by merely typing in the specific word or subject into the search engine; it provides you with huge amount of books, which can be extremely useful for evidence in essays or general readings.  Including academic sources on network society and the media. I find JSOR a great representation of how far our society has come in a positive way, at points we focus and use the advancements in media in a negative manner. However, the growth of JSTOR now in more than 160 countries has allows us to use information for around the word that can better our education, not just in assignments but also daily readings. We no longer have a limit on our research, no matter our subject.

Though you do need to subscribe to ‘MyJSTOR’ for it to save the readings you have looked at, it is freely available to the public to use, and costs nothing. Below I have shown the process of how easy it is to use, by typing in my subject and its results:

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Home page

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Results

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Available to download.

 

Therefore I full recommend anyone to use JSTOR, as when faced with an essay which your library may not have many academic sources on the subject at hand; JSTOR is completely reliable, and you do not have to search for hours.

The History of the internet: a social media obsessed society.

What I find most interesting about this article is the emphasis on the evolution of social media. The growth and development of the internet has been a key milestone in creating a connected society. It is consistently used as a form of networking, in both social and business terms. However, as social media has become such a huge part of our lives, alongside it has come many risks. Though it has given us huge benefits, such as individuals being more updates on global issues, as information is shared and spread across the world rapidly; a negative effect is that as a society, inn my opinion we have become obsessive. Not only as we constantly checking, Facebook, twitter, Instagram etc, particularly my generation has almost developed another life through. We post pictures, and thoughts for the world to see, but no one really shows the truth. We present a distorted version, of what we think people want to see. We crave our friends and followers to be jealous of lives, when actually all we are doing is setting unrealistic standard for more naive individuals and younger generations. I personally see this issue mainly amongst teens and young adults, that still hold that hope of a care free life. However, following on from this, many do not think of the consequences of sharing pictures etc may effect your future. As limited privacy comes hand in hand with social media, and now business and future employers can easily access your profiles. Therefore leading to them being less likely to employee someone that presents an undesirable social media account. However, though many argue, that once you’ve posted something on the internet it is there for the world to see. Yet why should others be able to see and judge your online social life without your permission? Though the internet is a public source, I believe there should be as certain extent of privacy in an individuals hands.

Below are links to recent articles, which present similar issues in social media. I found this one specifically interesting, as ironically it is from one of the biggest social media’s there is, Linkedin: Social Media and Narcissism: Rise of A Self-Obsessed Society

The other is on a former ‘Instagram famous model’ whom recently came out describing the social media as a “contrived perfection made to get attention.” Presenting, in my opinion how society has begun to realise the unrealistic standard we have brought upon ourselves with social media:Essena O’Neill quits Instagram claiming social media ‘is not real life’