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One very common example of how the audience participates in the content is in shows that have polling systems , allowing the audience to vote in different circumstances. It allows the audience to have an interactive content where they feel and participate in choosing their favorite contestants, and sustains the idea of objectivity, where the winner is chosen because of who the audience like and not interfering with the subjectivity of the judges, TV network or producer.

One  famous show that is now all over Europe is X-factor, it has become very popular and it is a singing contest where ordinary people have the chance of becoming known and also winning the final prize and being signed by a record label. When the live shows start after the other stages the audience who by now have had time in the other stages to form opinions, likes and dislikes and based on that they start voting until the last show where they choose the winner of the contest.

I consider that these types of shows, and especially x factor which is one of the most famous shows, reinforce the idea of having a interactive show where the audience is a direct participant in the show in this way keeping it engaged. Another idea is that audience like forming content because it gives them the sensation of great power when with just one touch you are able to decide somebody’s fate.

Below is the link to the video, where the last season winner of X-factor UK was announced.

 

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Hit or Miss! 

  The singer takes it all first aired in the summer of 2014, and took on the challenge or competing for ratings against the shiny show of them all X factor. Although it didn’t make it to a second series it is how’re a perfect example of audience participation. 

The programme format and concept is several hopeful singing on a moving conveyer belt in the hope of the audience(via a interactive app) putting them in the golden zone, so that they win money and the crown of glory.  

I personally loved the show, I was in the comfort of my home acting as if I was Simon Cowell and fighting with my sister that she had made a bad decision voting ‘no’ for the contestant during the advert breaks. 

Overall the idea or audience participation is an important aspect of media as it encourages more people to jump in and get involved and gives the audience a sense of opinion but it can be hard to keep the interaction sustained and hence can be very hard to get right which was clearly proven by The singer takes it all.  

Just look at the WordPress

Our blog on WordPress is a perfect example of how the audience participates and shapes the content. We are creating the content for our community by writing the posts each week, but also by sharing our ideas when making comments.

In fact, WordPress has grown to be the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world. It is an open source, which means that it is developed by and for the user community.WordPress project is carried by a community of dedicated developers, users, and supporters.The development of WordPress has started in 2003. After one year, WordPress came with Plugin Architecture. This made it possible for the users and developers to write their own plugins and share them with rest of the community. As a result, WordPress 1.2 was the breakthrough of that time, which helped to attract a lot of users. Since then, the project would continue developing every year, becoming a more and more appealing and user-friendly platform.

I believe that an increasing participation on WordPress has helped the project to be the success. It is an open source software, therefore the users shape the content.There are 76.5 million blogs on WordPress (as of 2014). There are 3 billion comments that have been left on WordPress sites (as of 2015). These figures are overwhelming.

 

THE 5th JUDGE

 

X Factor is a singing competition, shown on ITV. It started with three judges but now has four, and the judges chosen  usually change every year. There are  four stages to the competition which are: the auditions, the boot camp, judges houses then the live shows. This has been running every year since 2004.  Recently X factor has introduced something new that involves their audience, using cultural convergence  to  influence  their viewing figures up, keeping their audience engaged in the show and most importantly, rather than just sitting in front of the television it makes us feel as if we are part of the programme. So how have they done this? Well through their own X Factor App that they have created, which is available on Android Apps  and Apple store it allows the audience that are watching the show from home, to be a fifth judge. Being the fifth judge contains rating each contestants performance where you have the choice to choose whether it was amazing, good, ok, not good or terrible. Additionally the app also allows gamers to predict whether the  judges would like or not like the contestants and to also vote for the contestant you would want to keep In the competition. The question I raise now is, without audience participation  in these type of shows especially when it comes to voting, would talent shows be as big as they are? If not what makes these shows popular?

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Where do pigeons sleep at night?

We have all used Yahoo Answers at some point in our lives to figure out if your cold is just a cold and not some crazy disease and Andy from Ottawa, who’s had some experience in this field helped you out… Or for just general advice. It’s the perfect example of a content being shaped by its audience. Yahoo Answers was first launched in 2005  and is a blog site to share questions and receive answers from anyone with experience in areas of your inquiry.

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On the site, you can rate/vote answers so they are seen first and trusted by most users. The picture below is a screen shot of  “Best cures for bee stings”. The first comment is marked “Best Answer” as seen below which ensure the users that this is a good answer.

In each comment, there is a “Source(s):”section to say where you have received your information on a topic, you are more likely to be marked as “Best Answer” if you are a professional with a very detailed response to a question or voted up by other users. However, some questions are best answered with users personal experiences.

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In conclusion, I feel like Yahoo Answers is a classic example of audiences participation and shaping  of content online, ideas and starting a conversation with one another.  Users around the world sharing opinions and helping each other.

 

Art awareness and participation

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Audience participation in media is not only bond to social networks. There can be loads of other ways to exploit this audience participation not only in a social way, but even in a cultural and artistic one.

Involving the audience in performances trough the Internet can lead to undiscovered scenarios and new moral questions can arise.

As an example of this new artistic participation I can mention Dries Verhoeven’s controversial public art piece “Wanna play?” performed in Berlin during 2014. The artist was sitting in a cube on which his Grindr (online gay and bi dating app) messages were shown.

This is the reason why audience participation is important in this art piece as this displayed conversation can only be born from two people’s interaction. This was to show how gay people can live separately an everyday life and a polar opposed “gay dating app” life revealing this dichotomy.

The ethical problem that was born from this artistic experience consists in the awareness of people participating in this art project as people chatting with Dries were not aware of his project damaging their privacy. The question that arises from this experience is if should be people aware of these projects even if this participation awareness can impair the piece immediacy and verity?

Supply, Supply, Supply

https://www.etsy.com/

Technology is fast developing in a million different ways, and things are changing to keep up with it. One new trend is the change in audience participation, going from viewer to user. I decided to look into Etsy as a wonderful example of this, Etsy is an online place where people can self promote and sell their products, from jewellery to home and living. Anyone can create an account and it has small free that go to Etsy when you sell products.
All the content on Etsy is user made, the audience are also the suppliers. If it were not for the audience using the site it wouldn’t really go anywhere – just an empty space. I love this type of selling, something about it seems so down to earth and personal, it’s also nice to know that the profit goes to the person who made the product. In a world where bigger companies come in and commercialise everything it’s good to have a place where people can go and sell their products.
What do you guys think? Have you ever used Etsy? And would you use it now?