This is a link to a website I used for my research project. It was super useful because it helped to show how to make a video viral and that was my exact question going into the research project.
In the past a few friends and I made videos and put them on YouTube. They aren’t the best videos by any means but it was just something to do. This is also related to my Inquiry Essay because Im researching popularity on the internet.
Here is a couple examples.
I found a new source called “International Journal of Cultural Studies”. Its basically about the paparazzi industry evolving production and consumption of celebrity news and gossip websites. This relates to my paper because I want to compare paparazzi’s and celebrities to the ski industry. With not necessarily paparazzi but instead maybe scouts, or photographers for major ski magazines. There is much less publicity around the ski industry which is why paparazzi aren’t very common, but on the mountain there are scouts and photographers who look for skill or anything special.
The assignment for this week was to play games from this website called Water Cooler Games. I am a fan of video games but I haven’t been able to really play any in quite a while. This game is about being a pirate and doing pirate things to other boats. You have to use negotiation skills to get money and crew members from boats you are pirating. This game is supposed to be about the concept of capitalism. Capitalism is the idea that means of production is privately owned and operated for profit. In the game you want to be the only ship with enough people to take over any ship. It is similar but I don’t understand the ties between the two as well as some of the other games. Although the game is really addicting and fun. I played for an hour and by the end I thought I was a pirate.
My research topic is to research how the internet has affected the ability of people to become famous. In particular I would like to look into, the way internet has affected the ski industry. If technology and the internet has made becoming a professional more easier or more difficult. One of the largest ski related websites is Newschoolers.com. This is a website where you can upload pictures and videos, post in forums, read about ski related news, and enter contests. Freeskier and Level 1 also puts on a contest every year called SuperUnknown. This is a video contest they put on with all unpaid, non-professional skiers and the winner gets a video part in the following years Level 1 movie, and sponsorships with all the companies behind Level 1. Its basically instant fame. I would like to talk to skiers who became famous before the internet was as big as it is now, and after. Also interview skiers who are professional now, and who are trying to get there name out. This subject might be a little to narrow for a research paper, so if I don’t get enough information I might try to broaden the paper into singers and songwriters. They are both closely related.
Today I attempted to do my first video blog. Unsuccessful. I really don’t like the idea of seeing myself or hearing my own voice. I didn’t even really get to talking but if that did happen it would be to myself, which is a hard concept to wrap my head around. In the mean time I will write my blog in text.
I think one of the most interesting pieces of Wesch’s video was the idea of used generated organization, or more importantly user generated distribution. With user generated distribution we have the ability to choose what becomes popular, instead of the major networks. We can also distribute media for things like contests and popularity. Sometimes in video contests its not the best video that wins but the most popular or most dedicated people in the videos win. If you have a video that needs to receive the most views to win the contest and you have 100 people share it with five people each and each of them share it with five, that video is getting a ton of views in what could be a very short amount of time. None of this would have been possible 20 or even 10 years ago.
Video Blog: Attempt 1
Just about everything Amber Case said I agree with. She was talking about computers and how we can have our whole life on your computer without having to carry around all the weight of it. Now we have smart phones which have almost the same capabilities as a laptop and fits in your pocket. In the video they say that there is a thousand pounds of stuff within your laptop, I would say a thousand pounds is a huge understatement. Think about how much you can access on the internet, any article, any picture, any song, any movie all within a few clicks.
Amber talks about having a digital life and an analog life. Although she doesn’t really go into any depth with it and its very confusing what she’s trying to say about first and second adolescence. Everyone on the internet has there digital life and their analog life though, meeting someone on Facebook is completely different than meeting someone in real life.
I think that Amber Case may be very knowledgeable about this topic but was not good at presenting any of the information, therefor making it really hard to listen and enjoy. Her stories didn’t tie in with other information she presented.
The first video was a bit long but Mike Wesch did a good job at keeping my attention the whole time. Its good to hear someone who understands media has positives and negatives instead of just the radicals. The story about New Guinea was really interesting, how life without media shows to be more beneficial for them.
The video made by Wesch and the students was interesting as well. Everything that the students show is really surprising. I thought it was interesting how he showed the statistics about students complete 49% of the readings assigned, and only 26% is relevant to them, he than said that this gives some of these teachers a 74% failure rate. He states that “If its not relevant to them, then they’re not getting anything out of it.” I think thats a good statement, I for one have a hard time understanding concepts when I have no real eager to learn about it.
I personally like a smaller classroom where you can be apart of the discussion with the teachers and the students. I like to discuss topics we learn about instead of reading and trying to obtain all the information, than being tested on that.