Too famous, too much

I think one of the issues we came across in the past few weeks was privacy and visibility online. It was one of the topics I found myself very interest into. Maybe because it’s so real, maybe because my seminar on that topic was too great alongside a fantastic presentation from my classmate.

Anyway, I want to start saying that every single topic we dealt with in this module is very interesting and has left me with that kind of desire to find out more – because, let’s be honest, one hour seminar on online visibility is not enough, is it?

So yeah I would’ve loved to go beyond what we found out during the seminar. Online yes or not? Are we fully visible online or we like to maintain certain things private? And if so, why is that?

As we mentioned before – and as they mentioned in the presentation, sometimes we share our private information without even knowing, especially on Facebook. But to be fair, why would you use Facebook on a daily basis if you don’t want people to know about your stuff? That’s a bit controversial, right?

If you want to be online, you need to understand and agree that you can be fully online.  This links to our topic ‘Privacy and Surveillance’ – a fantastic topic. This idea of living this huge sort of Big Brother, where cameras control every step you make freaks me out but makes me want to find out more. Why are they controlling us? Who’s watching us? What happens to the recordings? Do they keep them forever? Do they know who I actually am? I could go on forever. And if I don’t use Facebook or any other social network. Can they still find out stuff about me because they can follow me on ‘Big Brother’?

The topic is not whether we’re online visible now, the problem is how visible are we? How can we be private off and online?

I would leave you with these questions. Let me know your thoughts. Maybe we’ll get to talk about one day.

Taylor Swift is the copyright

Well, as you may understand from the title of this blog post, Taylor Swift is the copyright. What do I mean? The queen of pop with her multi platinum 1989 copyrighted every song and it’s today still impossible to find a clean version of any song on YouTube or any other illegal website (example? Wildest Dreams lyrics version – It’s actually a cover).

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Taylor and her legal team are so strict with whatever she “creates” that she unveiled in an interview with Jimmy Fallon before the 1989 came out “I am so scared the album will leak that I am the only one who owns it at the moment, my label or family don’t have it, I hate this pressure and it’s making me obsessed”.

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You can’t have Taylor Swift if you don’t … pay.

Taylor Swift has also decided to remove her discography off Spotify because it’s technically free, as explained on this article published on Rolling Stone. The artist later decide to upload her discography on Apple Music only after she wrote a letter to Apple where she claimed artists should get paid during the 3-month trial as previously stated in the company’s policy. Eventually Apple changed its terms and conditions and so did Taylor.

Well, if you know your name is Taylor Swift you know you’re allowed to change the world and make everyone pay for whatever you want to do. And we will pay, it’s Taylor Swift, the queen of copyright.

PS. Taylor recently copyrighted her image, that means you cannot take photographs during her gig (if you’re a photographer) – no photograph pit exists at her gigs anymore.

Being 90% online

Everyone is trying to be “popular” on social networks. Yes, everyone. We always try to get as many likes as possible on Instagram or as many followers as possible on SnapChat.
Although I don’t use SnapChat because I find it very useless and boring I am on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. My profiles are not private because I have a lot of followers and I like showing my stuff with them but not everything. I love sharing videos, pictures and what I am up to that day but not personal/private information. My profiles don’t show where I live, who my family is (unless I explicitly say something about them or tag them in), where I went to school or what my telephone number is.

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I am very strict about what I share and what I don’t and who I share it with. Although I post stuff on a daily basis I still think it’s important to have a “wall” between you and your audience.

I am only visible on the social networks I mentioned above. I don’t really do online gaming, dating sites or other sort of websites where you can share locations and personal details. Internet experts can already track up our life without us sharing our information so I think that’s enough.

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Just to make some promotion, feel free to follow me on Twitter or Instagram.

What about Facebook?

We live our life through Facebook, don’t we? The most used social network across the world. Now, some of you may not like it or may not use it but I still think that overall, Facebook is the greatest example (maybe a bit too mainstream) of online community existent.

How many times have we thought “Why did I not think about Zuckerberg’s idea?”.
We use Facebook to post everything, from our pictures with friends, our night outs, our thoughts about our loved ones … literally everything.

Is it worth using Facebook as online community? What’s the benefit of it?
Well, as a journalism student I find Facebook interesting because we get to experience people’s stories, people’s comments, people’s experiences but sometimes it turns out to be too much, too overwhelming and you might think it unnecessary.

Facebook is developing onto a news platform as well with connections with big and famous headlines like The Guardian, The Sun, Metro – it’s also the perfect platform if you want to find out what’s you best friend been up to when she wasn’t texting you back last night.

Let’s be honest – what else do we need from an online community?

Thank God I can ask Yahoo! Answers

Think about a website that has been shaped by its audience … I don’t know! WAIT!
Who’s never read very funny and stupid questions on Yahoo! Answers? We all had.
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Yahoo! Answers is the most famous website that is still being shaped by its audience. It is contolled by its audience and its purely made up by comments, questions, answers asked by its users.

There has been a few debates stating that the website is not taken seriously anymore, no one asks serious questions but “you ask on Yahoo! Answers if you’re stupid or if you just want to have a laugh” someone posted on my Facebook when I asked about their thoughts on it.

And it’s true. You head over the website and you find stuff like this
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Worst example of a website shaped by its audience? Yeah maybe, but it’s so funny we can’t avoid visiting the website.

If you want to have a laugh, here you can watch 25 Most Ridiculous Questions on Yahoo! Answers.

Now I want to know … who agrees with me? Who visits the websites for serious stuff?
Will it ever get serious?

Apple, apple, apple

You might think I am boring or I have nothing better to do in my life rather than being obsessed with iPhones and Apple products in general, but let’s be honest. Hasn’t Apple changed everyone’s life by simplifying every aspect of our usage of a laptop or mobile phone?
Apple is the only brand, in my opinion that has got the power to make everyone use its products. We create number 1 hits with Apple products as well as the biggest movies ever made in the history of the cinema. It’s the easiest and fastest system as well as the most specialized and complicated to use. Apple is probably the biggest converge ever created by the human being. Amongst the million things you can do with an Apple product, what I would call a sub-converge, we find Apple Music, the new service where artists can stream their music worldwide. It’s the most updated music service ever created, probably more than Spotify.

Is Apple only about devices? What about the iTunes Festival? Apple created in London the smallest yet biggest festival where the biggest artists of the music scene play.

Can anyone find me a bigger convergence than Apple? I challenge you.

The importance of YouTube

As a media passionate, media student and media consumer I think the best search engine is YouTube. I am a journalism student and I love reading blogs and watching vlogs. I am always on the lookout of new stuff, new thoughts, new experiences and YouTube gives me the opportunity to watch anything happening in the world. From a guy giving his thoughts on the elections in Myanmar from his car in Mulai to Taylor Swift singing to 20,000 people at the Staples Centre.

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We live in a society where everything is fast, updated and online. YouTube is a book where you can express your opinion, a window where you can say hi to the world but where you can also learn a lot from. If you click on the hashtag PopularOnYouTube on its homepage you can basically update yourself on what’s happening in the world.
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From a student point of you, YouTube can give you an outlook on other’s opinions and thoughts which is essential when doing an essay or a research for a project. It might be more useful than a book. I think that a person experiencing an extraordinary event and posting it up on YouTube can me more trustworthy and interesting than a chapter of a book. It’s alive, it’s interactive.

Watch this video. This is society now. This is what unusual people bacame with YouTube.

Thank you YouTube.
Anyone agrees?