This entire semester of blogging has been one heck of an experience. I have never done anything like this before and to be quite honest, I have enjoyed every minute of it. I have become aware of so many new and different topics regarding all things media and it’s sad knowing its all come to an end.
Looking back at all my blog posts, each one has taught me vital lessons and messages. But I am only going to choose 3 and here they are…
1. Power to the people through digital media.
This was one of my earlier blog posts and definitely my favourite. It was all about the importance and power of digital media, most significantly YouTube. I had the most fun with this blog as I dwelled in a number of YouTube clips to use as examples, which enabled me to gain quite an insight into the world of participatory culture, that I had no clue about and didn’t even bother to think about before this subject. I learned that digital media is now, more than ever, a central and inevitable factor in our everyday lives that have more control over than we are aware.
2. Mix it.
This blog was another favourite of mine, where the topic of remixing music and videos was the main issue. Once again, before I started BCM112 it didn’t occur to me about the issues that surround remixes, both legally and morally. I just enjoyed having a laugh at all the parodies. My research lead me to learn that cultural practices play an important role in the production of remixes and how it is just a natural path of cultural and technological evolution. This has opened my eyes to look past the hilarity of the videos and see the produsage elements.
This was my final blog post and definitely the most moving. Being a woman myself, made the topic really hit home and I had a rush of empathy for victims of sexism. Not knowing anyone affected by it or being affected myself, I learned that trolling and sexism provide ways that can not only hurt people, but also destroy their lives. After my blog post, I dove into more research to further engage myself and be aware of sexism. I never fully understood the degree at which it was happening and it definitely shocked me. It was difficult not to go deep and put my own personal feelings into the post, due to the fact that I was so engulfed into the injustice of the issue. But it was a truly worthwhile post to write.