As I had never blogged before this semester of university, I was a little worried about how I would go. Don’t get me wrong, I love blogs, I read and follow a lot of blogs, however the thought of having to put my own ideas and thoughts out there for everyone to read was fairly confronting. I think one of the best parts about this blogging was when I referenced a website I had found online and then the writers of the site actually commented on my blog. They were from India and I also received a few views from Canada and America which was surprising, This further reinforces how exciting and accessible the online world is, where individuals from other countries can find and read my little university blog.
One of my very first posts was on copyright and the reasons why American DJ Greg Gillis, a.k.a Girl Talk, has not been sued. Exploring copyright was interesting, as I was able to relate the course content to one of my favourite artists, and research why he had not been sued for the amount of work he has used from other artists. I feel the example I used will relate to many others as he is quite a popular DJ and others may be wondering why as well.
In week 6, I wrote a post on citizen journalism and the role it has on the way we document and report on the news in today’s society. I really enjoyed this topic and post, as I feel a lot of major news corporations have a bias and subjective opinion towards certain news stories. The more uncensored, unedited and real information we can display in the news, the better chance everyone has of knowing the truth.
My last post for this week was on trolling and the current issue of gender difference online. I really enjoyed writing this post, as I feel my opinion on this topic is a lot stronger than on others previously, due to the fact I am quite interested in this topic. Consequently I found it easy to write this post, where I discussed two of the set readings for that week. I was able to see the positives and negatives of anonymity and identity online, and I was able to state my own opinion in regards to gender based trolling and misogyny.
Through studying Convergent Media Practices and entering the online world through my blog, I have become more aware of the convergent culture that we live in. Even though all students are studying the same topics each week, everyone has the chance to input on such a diverse range of information, that I genuinely find interesting and enjoy reading. My writing skills have improved and I feel I have explored a variety of media texts and topics that will give me the skills and knowledge to work in the media field in the future.