In Jenkin’s video “Convergence Culture”, he talks about how new and old media in a convergence culture comes together. He defines convergence culture as the flow of content between different multiple media platforms. He talks about what “participatory culture” is by describing how the consumer is also the producer/contributor. Jenkins also talks about “collective intelligence”. He describes “collective intelligence” as the usage of consumption and the understanding of consumption in our daily lives. The example of convergence culture he gave was when he wanted to purchase a cell phone, a basic cell phone with only the ability to make phone calls. He didn’t want a phone with mp3 options, a camera, or web access. To his surprise, he was told that phone companies didn’t make a cell phone like that anymore.
What an interesting topic for an educated discussion. Among my peers we elaborated on different examples of convergence culture. The most agreed example was the topic of “Apps” in the smart phone/ device world. To be more specific, the app “Angry Birds” was the example of choice. With this app we see how it was originally developed only as a game but later developed into a movie which later developed into products that were placed on the market as toys and and other consumer goods. This example of convergence culture is actually an example of transmedia which Jenkins describes in his text. This prime example is multi-linear because it’s not just old media leading to new media but actually new media leading back to old media, back and forth, again and again,etc.
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Being a part of several different networking sites with connections with a wide range of people brings up the question “What is our identity online”? With many relationships connected on such a wide range of networks, it seems impossible to have just one identity without a conscious effort. Many people know who we are by how we present ourselves online. Others identify us by how they connect to our real identity in the nonvirtual world. For better or for worse we have two identities if we have a life online. The questions outlined in the article begged to put our identity in the “for better column”. Two simple rules of thumb include: “Don’t include anything you wouldn’t want your grandmother to read”, and “Nothing is ever permanently deleted”.
In class last week, my peers and I had the conversation about our identities online and the identities of others. We debated on whether it was common for people to have a private identity with friends and family online in addition to a professional identity for work and other similarly potential relationships. We discussed and agreed that we knew of people that had separate networking accounts, which resulted in multiple identities. One example arose of a situation where an affair unraveled and could be seen in action online. These two individuals had an identity online that they wanted to keep and an identity not online that they really were. On the outside world or in the virtual world you couldn’t tell that the affair wasn’t going on without deep research and investigating. The two people in the affair never said that they participated in any such activity but who and what they presented online said otherwise. What you say and do online has an impact on your identity just like what you say and do in the real world affects your identity.
Very interesting Discussion.