Oh god… the uni session is nearly over… WHAT AM I TO DO? I guess now is as good a time as any to look back and see what I learned. This blog has taught me a lot. One hell of a lot. It’s made me think about things very differently. That Boston thing that happened a while ago? The course lined up perfectly. It’s almost like the lecturer planned it. I looked at it completely differently. I have a new found respect for citizen journalism.
And all those people working together to find things out, to make it better, the whole remixing deal, it’s awesome. I mean, I knew what remixing was, but the extent to which it happens, the ridiculous amount, I just never realised that anything could happen to that extent. It made me understand just how simply done advice animals are. Remixing really is everywhere. Pictures, music, worlds.
And the beauty that was transmedia. Taking parts of a complete product and building it into a whole world over different texts… it’s a beautiful idea. If you like something you can drown yourself in it. And it goes around in a cycle again. People start talking about this world that is taking up space and then that gets remixed into something.
We live in a world saturated by media and media processes. I just never really thought about it, never took any notice. This subject has really opened my eyes and it’s only the start of my degree. I can’t wait for more later.
The internet, back in the dark ages, was built by men. It allowed people to be anonymous and say whatever they wanted. That gave way to the problem we have today. People are anonymous and can say whatever they want. One of the biggest “problems” is that the internet having been run by men gives some the idea that they rule it.
I don’t know what gave them that idea. People are stupid and entitled, but since they’re anonymous they can say what they want with almost no repercussions. It leads to this thing called trolling. Purposefully baiting people and generally being a terrible human being. Everyone is familiar with Kickstarter right? Anita Sarkeesian started a project to fight her feminist cause on the internet. The comments she received were akin to “I’ll give you $50 if you make me a sandwich”. It’s sexist. It’s on the internet. It’s clearly a troll. Is it bullying? Yes. Is it a problem? Is it really a problem?
I don’t really think so. No matter where you go, people will fight against your cause. Here’s the thing though, it’s the internet. No one is forcing you to read it. It’s one thing if the bully gives you a wedgie but it’s another if they send it to you through a wire. It might be similar to the comments you get in real life but the way I look at it, do what you do. Keep doing it. People are sexist, people are cruel, people are people.
But you don’t have to listen to them. Comments can be disabled (if you really want to piss people off do this) and you don’t have to read them. Go somewhere else. Ban them. The internet really does echo real life. You can choose where and who you hang out with.