Stories of bullying

Hello fellow bloggers,

I have created my first ever video, (its not the best) but you have to start somewhere. I created this video using Mozilla Popcorn, that was a lot of fun and a lot of difficulty. So i used wikipedia links to define Bullying and Amanda Todd, one video found on youtube by Shane koyczan- To this day project and a newspaper article by the huffingtonpost.com called Rehtaeh Parsons Suicide: Bullying victims in Canada are Mounting. Is anyone Listening?This is also where I found the pictures of all the victims of bullying. I created a whole bunch of texts throughout the video which I found the most difficult to do just with timing and such.

Well I hope you enjoy the video

http://popcorn.webmadecontent.org/15bp

ps. I couldn’t get the video to embed into my post for some reason but the link should work fine.

-Kamalpreet

References

Molcho M., Craig W., Due P., Pickett W., Harel-fisch Y., Overpeck, M., and HBSC Bullying Writing Group. Cross-national time trends in bullying behaviour 1994-2006: findings from Europe and North America. International Journal of Public Health. 2009, 54 (S2): 225-234

Cotroneo, C. (2013). Rehtaeh Parsons Suicide: Bullying Victims In Canada Are Mounting. Is Anyone Listening? Huffpost Impact Canada. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/04/11/rehtaeh-parsons-bullying-victims-canada_n_3060384.html#slide=2327174

 

Summative: Producing and Consuming Online Content

First I’d like to thank all my readers for their comments on my previous post. I found that a majority of the comments agree that current copyright laws are restrictive and overbearing for producers. They minimize the creativity of users wanting to obtain access to produce new content. This is because professional producers want to gain profit through copyright laws before enabling users to create something of their own. The idea like many before, was out for public use, creators would recycle the idea creating something innovative out on the internet. The problem was that professional producers would enable copyright laws to prevent an economic downfall from their product.

This has been a repeated process throughout history as Ferguson mentioned that many professional producers once used content through public domains in order to create a new product in which many users do. The whole process of obtaining, modifying and creating content was available through equal access to them. Taking that away from users today through these laws inhibits creativity and can slow down producing innovative ideas that can change the world.              

As mentioned through comments from the previous post, I also believe that corporations control so much of the content that those with similar ideas won’t have the rights to it because of these laws. As Ferguson mentioned that many times more than one person had similar ideas throughout history, however one had gotten a patent before the other getting all the credit for the same idea. I think these laws are overbearing and prevent people from producing content online. That can be reason to why there are so little producers and so many more consumers because of these restrictive laws. Once restrictive copyright laws and patents lessen, users will be able to produce content more freely and be able to engage with online media.

Producing and Consuming Online Content

The internet has an ever impacting role on those who consume and produce content on the web. There are two vague content producers including everyone in the user-generated  group and those big corporation media-generators. However, the lines that separated the two groups are fading and both seem to be producing material that can’t be differentiated. Both content producers are generating culture among the same sites (ie. Youtube) making it harder to differentiate between the two. According to Ferguson his documentary “Everything is a remix”  generally states corporate companies are “remixing” old content through recycling ideas/content through technological convergence and call it their own through copyright laws. User-generated content relies on media convergence as well however; corporations are becoming strict through media ownership. Jenkins mentions that we as “consumers are learning how to use these different media technologies to bring the flow of media more fully under their control and to interact with other users” (37).  I believe that media convergence is not only for big corporations to own but also for everyone to consume and recycle in order for a technological shift.

                I am more of a consumer than a producer of content. Being an internet junkie, I am on it for many hours in a day consuming everything from mostly user-generated content such as social media websites (Facebook, twitter), emails, YouTube and forums (reddit). I generally do not produce any content forego the random tweets and posts on social media websites; I generally take advantage of the peer-to-peer content that is already distributed. This is due to a robust amount of other users taking advantage of producing content because “social media platforms give users unlimited space for storage and plenty of tools to organize, promote and broadcast their thoughts, opinions, behaviours and media to others” (Manovich, 8). Corporations are encouraging user-generated content to be produced even though the enforcement of copyright laws. Many users use the space that is available on the internet and try to create an original thought to distribute content on the internet. However, this can be proved by Manovich that only “between 0.5 % – 1.5 % users of most popular social media sites (Flickr, YouTube, Wikipedia) contributed their own content” (2). I think that corporations shouldn’t enforce ownership of media with all the available space among websites were we can produce content on because big corporations are generally doing the same thing as user generated content is being produced.

 References

Jenkins, H. (2004) The Cultural Logic of Media Convergence  International Journal of Cultural Studies March 2004 7: 33-43

Manovich, l. (2008) The Practice of Everyday (Media) Life: From Mass Consumption to Mass Cultural Production?

Ferguson, K. (2011). Everything is a remix. Vimeo