In 2006 tweeting was something only birds did. Since then more than 500 million people have created an account, this includes all your favourite celebrities. These celebrities online persona’s attract the attention of millions with Katy Perry being right up there at number one with 69,633,432 followers.
Hashtags have now become a very large and to be honest sometimes annoying trend in everyday life. For example the other day my friend brought back ‘#yolo’. She used it in a sentence while having an actual conversation with me…. I will admit hashtags are a great way for people to connect and it makes it easy to find information if its all categorised under the same hashtag.
Shoutout to Jimmy Fallon for his #hashtag segment that shows just how annoying the trend has become and that you shouldn’t say the word hashtag before words unless you want a punch in the face. 🙂
Twitter is also an amazing way for Celebrities to connect with their millions of fans around the world and help create their online persona’s. Many celebrities use Twitter to promote products and share the goings on of their everyday lives.
Recently a We the People petition asking President Obama to help return ‘Gossip Girl’ Actress Kelly Rutherford’s children to America passed 100,000 signatures, which means the Obama administration is required to at least address the matter in some way. The petition reached its signature goal because celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Kris Jenner and Ed Westwick all used their celebrity statuses and Twitter accounts to urge their followers to help by signing.
Unfortunately everything on Twitter is not as fantastic as this. Twitter is also now the number one way for people to write mean things about celebrities online and feel like there wont be consequences from behind their computer screens. Jimmy Kimmel’s segment ‘Celebrities Read Mean Tweets’ is a great way to show everyone that celebrities do see the tweets and its not a great feeling for them.
To finish my post with a laugh here’s one of the ‘Celebrities Read Mean Tweets’ videos.
Morph is a claymation television show which started in the 1980’s and in 2014 a brand new series of the show began airing on a YouTube Channel.
During the creation of claymation each object or character is sculpted, usually around a wire skeleton called an armature, and then arranged on the set, where it is photographed once before being slightly moved by hand to prepare it for the next shot, and so on until the animator has achieved the desired amount of film.
This show is an excellent example of the effort and time that goes into making these kind of stop-motion videos and shows just how craft can transform into digital.
If you don’t know what ‘citizen journalism’ is, pretty much it is anybody on the internet reporting on ideas or events.
Professional journalists and Legacy Media all see citizen journalists as angry and inadequate. As seen in this video below “Tips for Citizen Journalists” the narrator clearly sees citizen journalists as the enemy. They place heavy emphasis on ‘real’ journalists being professional and not making the mistakes that citizen journalists make due to their training in proper journalistic practice.
One of the most popular places to see ‘citizen journalism’ is Tumblr. By now I imagine anyone reading this knows what Tumblr is and I’m sure your all aware just how unmediated it is in relation to other media platforms. That factor is the reason why it makes such a good ‘home base’ for many ‘citizen journalists’.
I personally use Tumblr and I have voiced my opinion on a number of occasions. I’ve also seen first hand the speed in which news travels around the site. From the coverage of controversial events such as the Boston Riots to celebrity news such as the day Zayn left 1D, you know about it within the hour sometimes within minutes once it occurs, its the people that break the story. Though occasionally information on the site is not 100% reliable which is a major concern for mainstream journalists.
In my opinion I think both types of journalism is needed. Citizen journalism gives a point of view that ‘real’ journalists may not be able to express without consequences and mainstream journalists have the credibility that their audience trust and rely.
So do you think citizen journalists are a threat to ‘real’ journalists?