The Naked Truth

Hi guys! This was one of the most interesting modules that I have studied so far. It helped me critically analyse the society, and understand the world we live in more. I took note of the way that it even made us second-guess our actions- especially regarding social media. Privacy and surveillance was a very good

It’s all dandy and fine when you’re sharing pictures of your latest holiday with family and friends, but apparently in this day and age something has to give- our privacy.

We’ve established during this module that we tend to share our personal information with the world without noticing , but what was most intriguing to me was trying to identify whether or not the government is using these fun social media sites to keep tabs on us, and keep us in control.


Like I mentioned in my blog post for online visibility, I keep my accounts as private as possible, with the exception of professional profiles, such as LinkedIn. However, I still have doubts as to whether or not tightening privacy settings really makes a differ7nce. Having said that, I will try to adjust my media diet to a more professional one, so even if they are spying on me, I will still feel somewhat in control.


What about you guys? Feel free to comment below



Copywritten, so don’t copy me…

Hi guys! If the topic is copyright restrictions, then one of the easiest examples to use regarding this is the music service companies- Spotify in particular, as it’s one of the most used streaming services available to us, along with Google Music, Apple Music and that other company that wants me to sign up in order to listen to Kanye West’s new album (shan’t be named).spotifylogo2013

This company does give new users a free trial before having to pay a monthly fee for the premium version, which offers good quality music with no interruptions. This seems fair, because at least the new use gets the chance to experience what they will be paying for, and the company/ artists don’t have to worry about anyone abusing strict copyright restrictions- well, you would think so.55956883

Spotify have been sued for at least $150m by a bunch of music artists, such as Taylor Swift, who claim that Spotify have reproduced and distributed their music without permission. This has resulted in many of our favourite pop stars taking their music off of this site. I see their point in doing so, because how is the artist supposed to gain money from their work otherwise? In my opinion, the creative common licence needs to be a lot more strict in order to protect original content. What do you guys think?

(Post title inspired by Missy Elliott’s Get Your Freak On)




You’ll never catch me slipping…

blog21Hi guys! This week’s topic is quite interesting don’t you think? I don’t know about you, but it really made me think hard about how much information is disclosed without us acknowledging it. I have had a Facebook account since 2009, and it used to be quite open- not in a sense of strangers being able to see everything I post, but it wasn’t completely private as I used to accept almost every friend request. However, as time has gone by, I feel like my profile is no longer mine, so I don’t use it as much. In fact, I’m thinking of making a new one. However, if you try to search for me on, I guarantee you won’t find me, and even if you do, you won’t find any embarrassing pictures because everything actually is in my control.

Other information that you will find about me will come from either Twitter or LinkedIn, which is quite alright, seeing as I use both platforms for career purposes. Also, the information on LinkedIn is only accessible to fellow users of the site.

Put it this way, I have an online presence, but I’m cautious as to how much access one might have to my details. Therefore I prefer to separate my personal platform from my professional platform. This way I have more privacy and control over the information that is shared online about me.

How about you all? How visible are you, and have you ever had your privacy invaded?

LinkedIn: Professional & Positive


Hi guys! As we all know, online communities are great for connecting people from all over the world. In my opinion, LinkedIn is a great example of a site that presents a positive online community.

LinkedIn is a social networking site founded in 2002. It is similar to Facebook in terms of including newsfeed/profile and inbox features, but is built specifically for a business community.  It is positive because it gives professionals around the world the opportunity to share new business ideas with likeminded people in similar business areas. The site also helps you make connections with each other, and discover new brands and skills. This way you can find suitable opportunities (even as a student) such as internships and full time positions. I personally use it to build up my brand, and I feel that this site will help me become more employable by the time I finish university, because each profile includes your online CV so future employers can see your achievements and present/previous career history (and no embarrassing holiday photos).

Joining a site that caters to helping you build professional relationships is an excellent way to stay productive whilst building your career. However, competition is one of its challenges. People use Facebook as a platform for marketing and recruitment, so it decides to focus on careers as a new feature in the future, LinkedIn could lose loyal site users. What do you guys think? Do you use LinkedIn or do you use other sites for career/business opportunities?

YOUTUBE X SNAPCHAT: Audience Particpation

Hi guys! I was browsing YouTube the other day (just like as any other day that I should be doing something more productive), when I stumbled across a youtuber’s Q&A video.  I’m going straight into this post assuming that you all know what YouTube is and how it works, but for some who may not know (yeah right!), YouTube is a video sharing website used to share content of different interests for people around the world. Back to my point…

Habiba Da Silva (below) posts Snapchat Q&As on YouTube as she receives tons of questions daily, as well as helpful advice from viewers who may be able to relate to her journey as a new hijabi. She finds it easier to respond to them via YouTube. You can watch the video HERE.

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I realized that question and answer videos are one of the best examples of audience participation. Yes, youtubers have the platform to influence their audience with the content they choose to share, but I believe that the viewers have just as much influence- after all, youtubers often take on board tips for new ideas that could also apply to their personal lives.

Participation has gone beyond just commenting in the comment section, and has shifted to other social media sites such as Twitter and Snapchat, which in my opinion helps validate the online relationship between the audience and influencers (though I would be careful of trolls and stalkers).

What do you guys think?





Constant Convergence


Hi guys! I find this week’s blog post topic very relevant to society today as there are so many examples of convergence in the media.

I would say that the recent changes regarding The Independent is a good example of technological convergence. The Independent, a UK based newspaper launched in 1986, will officially become the first national newspaper to become digitised. Yes, you read correctly- The Independent will no longer be available in print form, which is bittersweet, as this definitely puts the future of print journalism into perspective. However, I guess this is the beginning of new creative era- besides, news is 24/7 and most people aren’t rushing to grab the morning newspaper for a quick update anymore.

Besides, when you think about it, readers tend to gravitate more towards online versions because they provide a much more valuable experience. For example, online news sites include multimedia content in their articles to make topics more interesting. This would include videos and the opportunity for us to be apart o then conversation, either via the comment section or social media sites such as twitter. So then change in a sense is good, in terms of drawing in a more diverse demographic (however not so good for traditional readers and aspiring print journalists. Eek).averageage


The Media Podcast


Hi guys, I like the topic for the blog this week, as it gives us the opportunity to share resources that can help expand our knowledge and make our studies even more enjoyable!

I think podcasts are good for demonstrating the power of communication, and it can help strengthen relevant skills, especially if you would like to get into broadcasting, like myself. I also think it makes a change from having to read journals and blogs all the time (although they are helpful too).

I have a good podcast that I would like to share with you all. The Media Podcast is an online platform for television, print and digital media industries in the UK. The independent programme was founded in 2014 and uses well known industry professionals to give commentary on interesting topics that are relevant in society.

Most of the podcasts are presented by Olly Mann, a Radio Academy award-winning broadcaster and columnist. I like this site because the broadcasters focus on the industry, and talk about topics from a different perspective- with no filter (an advantage of being independent). I recommend you listen to episode 41 ‘Would Channel 4 Survive Privatisation?’  The broadcasters discuss how privatisation could affect the public service purpose. Let me know what you think!