When asked to commence blogging for Convergent Media Practices at the beginning of the semester, I must admit I was frightened. Putting my thoughts out there, into the vast online world, was very confronting. What if my posts weren’t good? Everyone in my class could see them. In fact, anyone in the world could…
When I found myself writing my first post, it took me hours upon hours to edit and re-edit what I was about to submit into cyberspace. Now, after commencement, my posts are up within a quick half hour. This post is a reflection on my best blog entries.
My first ever blog post Why hasn’t Girl Talk been sued? is one of my favourite posts perhaps due to the sheer amount of time I assigned to it. Exploring copyright laws encouraged me to reflect on the distinct remix-culture we reside in. I effectively related the subject material to the copyright issues surrounding one of my favourite musicians, Girl Talk. By discussing a world-renowned artist and questioning copyright laws and fair use, I believe I reached my audience with a relatable example. I also believe the post is engaging due to insightful hyperlinks and an embedded Soundcloud track.
In week seven we explored the evident rising popularity of nerds and the post Get Your Nerd On. is my reflection on this topic. This post represented my deep personal reflection on how the popularity of nerds has caused me to rethink some of my choices in life. Due to my particular interest in fashion, I discussed the rise of the nerd culture and how it has been represented through fashion trends. This post is effective as it represents my newfound awareness regarding technological advancements and the following paradigm shift surrounding nerds.
My most recent post BEWARE of the Troll! reflected my opinions surrounding online identity and the issue of ‘trolling’. This is one of my favourite posts as I believe my opinion is louder than it has been previously, this is likely due to my interest in the issue. Because of this, I found writing the post relatively easy. I discussed the weekly material and also conducted further research into the topics. This allowed me to provide superior examples through hyperlinking. Writing this post caused me to identify the pros and cons of anonymity and identity online. It also effectively revealed my personal opinion regarding trolling and misogyny.
Studying Convergent Media Practices and entering the blogosphere has caused me to think about the convergent world that we exist in. It has reiterated to me the monumental impact of the internet. Along with my confidence in having an online presence, my writing skills have also improved. I’ve developed a deeper understanding of the digital media that surrounds us and its effects on everyday life.