Category: Becoming Viral

Convenience of New Media

Today I have downloaded the WordPress application to my iPhone to illustrate how convienant new media has made our lives. It has come to the point where new media isn’t even necessarily making our daily functions easier but rather our hobbies. Blogging isn’t a necessity but rather a hobby to most and now it can be done anywhere from your iPhone. It’s unfounded Convenience.

What’s next it terms of Convenience? Ordering groceries online? I don’t think that is necessarily realistic , it doesn’t make much financial sense for the grocery store. You see where I am going, new media has made all of our lives easier and now it is attempting to make our hobbies and entertainment easier to access. Look at live streaming in YouTube, which my documentary addresses, it is gonna make watching our favorite shows easier and convienant  for everyone who doesn’t have access to a television at the time the show is playing.

There’s a lot of money in store for whoever can figure out : what’s next?


College List Gone Viral

We are moving from a Victorian type of society that placed a major emphasis on the privacy of diaries and affairs to the YouTube / New media society that places an importance on publicity. “We loved to be watched” , I would extend this to “We loved to be watched and talked about”. We constantly see people jockying for media time or simply YouTube viewer hits. We are recorded and uploaded in the “system” with every transaction or act that is taped. We have a digital footprint all over the internet and things we would not necessarily know about are being uploaded. Take this college girl’s sexual experience list.

A graduate student from Duke uploaded a list of performances by several partners she had been with. This list included details in regards to what made the performance memorable or forgettable.  This is important due to the fact that the digital world we live in has created the ability for something that would have been done on a “girls night in” and laughed about but forgotten later is now permenately placed on the internet. Whether this girl or these guys like it or not, their digital fingerprint is now this. This information will never be forgotten by the vast database which is the internet.

You have to wonder with the effort that was put into this list whether the duke student wanted it to become viral. Which has to make you wonder about the “We like to be watched / talked about” attitude that we as a society are developing. Have we progressed or regressed? Was privacy that was such a fundamental value of Victorian society such a bad thing? Has the publicity approach improved society? For this student and her subject, it hasn’t.