MY MEME

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Who would of known that taking a cropped image of a popular event and adding a caption had a definition. I was a little curious about who actually created this term. The word meme originated from Richard Dawkins, it is defined as a unit of cultural transmission, or a unit of imitation and replication. They are images that are spreading like wild fire on the Internet.

Meme’s spread around the world to engage different perspectives. Images have been re-created with an accompanying caption that can be humorous, opinioniated, or quotes the way people feel. For instance, I’m taking 5 classes this semester, along with balancing two jobs. The meme that I decided to create is a response to how I will feel after graduating from the Converged Communicates program. This semester has been filled with so many hectic events. The expression that the cat is making signifies the exact same way that I will feel walking across the stage May 7th.  Also, images that are chosen stimulates the developer to evoke a key message for its receivers. In return their memes impact an audience, that shares a moral connection, and it spreads virally all over the internet.

Meme’s have created a shorter way for people to express the way that they feel. Whether they are living a rigorous life or clearly have nothing to do at the moment. People are sharing meme’s on social media sites, by using enticing captions of popular series of events. Anyone can admit there are a lot of meme’s that will make them hit the share button instantly.

Transmedia Storytelling

After reading Chapter 3 of Convergence Culture, by Henry Jenkins, I can now say that I understand what transmedia storytelling exemplifies. Think of it in terms of the feeling you get when your favorite television show or movie series ends. The instant feeling that runs through your mind about: What happened to each character? Will there be another installment? Why did it end that way? As you already know, the questions will become never ending. To keep viewers at ease, the creators of the content have scattered information within different media representations to keep the characters you love alive.

Are you still scratching your head… Alright… Maybe Jenkins can clarify everything.

A transmedia story unfolds across multiple media platforms, with each new text making distance and valuable contribution to the whole. In ideal form of transmedia storytelling, each medium does what it does best, so that a story might be introduced in a film, expanded through television, novels and comics; its world might be explored through game play or experienced as an amusement attraction.

A lot of people question the use of transmedia storytelling. Deciphering between its authenticity of newly uncovered information being known as a form of art or represented as gaining more commerce. Which ever the case may be, I believe that its a smart tactic to engage viewers. Our society, is filled with technological advancements that keep viewers at home engaged and more interactive outside of the storylines.

Take for instance popular movie franchise such as The Fast and Furious. It kept audiences on the edge off their seats wanting more after each film. The Fast and the Furious franchise engage audiences into the world of street racing and a twist of how powerful bringing family together can be. Also, fans thrive off the high speed chases and new experiences for each character. Recently, Furious 7 was released, the loss of Paul Walker hit fans and everyone involved with the franchise hard. As a tribute, respecting Paul and the fans, the franchise kept filming to deliver audiences in theaters a captivating closure. The film ended in a bitter sweet closing, releasing Paul Walkers character to venture into his own personal family life instead of living in the fast life.

Although, answers were direct as towards Paul’s characters decision, audiences still want more. A lot of fans went on social media platforms and began to assume the content in the next installment. Given a little hint by Vin Diesel, he responded to fans by saying:

Furious 7 was from Paul; 8 is from Paul.

Transmedia storytelling grows by the audience participation. Through the use of social media platforms, interaction between creators and fans are evolving. Everyone is able to stay connected and live the experience of their favorite series or franchise when it ends.

The Future of Broadcast Television

Hmmm… Are we all going to get up and rise together to celebrate the creation of television. Or has the convergence of staying connected through different technological advancement transformed our views on television? 

Although broadcast signals still reach almost every American home, there’s still a major gap of viewers that don’t feel the need to stay connected through television information. Let’s be honest, we all agree that watching television just isn’t the same anymore. To assume the future of broadcast television is very mind-boggling. The rapid convergence of being able to enjoy television anytime and anywhere is evolving everyday. Personally, I find myself locked up in my room at night, multitasking through tabs watching the latest episode of my favorite show on the network website.

One thing that’s clear, is that people are no longer waiting on the scheduled show times. Unless there is an incentive perk or a show is being broadcasted as a live televised airing. Instead, viewers at home are becoming more disconnected with traditional broadcast television packages. Now, people are setting their DVRS or choosing other ways to watch television. Logging onto their Hulu, Netflix, and YouTube account the next day for episodes or show updates.

During the 1950s, the land of television was used to shape many American lives. Political advertisers started to understand the power under the new medium. During campaigns, sound bites were able to travel in shorter televised messages. Also, hit television sitcoms such as I Love Lucy and Leave it to Beaver, gathered a vast audience around their televisions. Most shows in the past were live, major networks brought in different audiences by showcasing talent that were already well known. The combination of vaudeville and television created a new form of at home entertainment for viewers.   

Through broadcast television, stories that will unfold on screen will be subject to the wants and needs of viewers. The tactics taken to gear in a large audience won’t be any different to standard measures used now. Since so many users are gravitating towards the over-the-top options (using Hulu, Netflix, and YouTube). Traditional packages will only seem important to users if there is a live newscast or event going on. During live air shows, content will flood the screens with marketing manipulation viewers are subject to connect or disconnect with.

According to an article called Tv’s Future: The Broadcast Empire Strikes Back, by IEEE Spectrum:

To stay in the game, however, broadcast technology desperately needs an upgrade. Most broadcasters still use the same digital transmission standards first introduced in the 1990s, when watching television was still something people mostly did at a designated place and time. Meanwhile, consumer preferences have evolved: We want our news and entertainment to be versatile and available anytime, anywhere.

The notion of broadcast television dying, can only happen if viewers aren’t satisfied with the deliverance of content. Keeping in mind that viewers at home are more interactive through technological devices. Live streaming is the only hope to stay alive in this rapid changing realm of global convergence.  

Pay Attention Children

Teachers sometimes have a hard time preparing a curriculum that will grasp the attention of all students. Living in a world filled with advance technology, most have geared to activities online. Creating an interactive classroom of playing games and developing skills at the same time. I know from experience, a few websites that can be used to engage the attention of a mixed range of students.  

In the past, I was an extended day teacher with Duval County Public Schools. I was in charge of kids ranging from kindergarten to the 5th grade. Every week was the same routine: Eat a snack, do some homework, play outside, then watch a movie until their parents arrived to pick them up. I felt that the routine became redundant and I wanted to mix it up a little bit. Instead of watching movies every week, I decided to switch it up with computer lab times with all the students. The following are two free interactive websites that I found online that can help children K-5 learn in a fun way:

Interactive Sites For Education

This website is filled with a vast range of interactive, simulation, and educational games. The site includes subjects such as: Mathematics, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Brainteasers, Art, Music, Typing, Holiday Activities, and Spanish. Clicking on each section, breaks down into a long list of subjects that students on different levels can practice. For example, if a student wanted to practice some math problems. The site allows students to play games that deal with addition, algebra, angles, circles, coordinates, decimals, division, and so much more. The best part about the website is that it updates every year with new games.  

StorylineOnline

Another website that I used was called StorylineOnline. At the time, I was learning a lot of new information during my spare time about being a SAG affiliated actor in the entertainment industry. During my search, I found a foundation that is dedicated to students that enjoy animated voices to connect with their storytelling or bedtime stories. The content from each book is available 24/7 and features professional actors reading children’s books.

Since 1993, the Screen Actors Foundation has been dedicated to advancing the accessibility and literacy level of all children. With the group of children that I had in my extended day class. I screened one animated book link every week on a projector in a classroom. I made it a fun time to lay on the ground in and listen to some of the most educational top selling books. After each video, my group would work together on small activities that coincided with scenes from each book.

The best part about these two websites is that they can be used in the classroom and at home. Parents can utilize theses sites and let their children practice in areas more assistance is needed. The use of digital media in the classroom is more efficient. It engages the minds of students, rather than sitting in a classroom with the same routine everyday.

What is Convergence Culture?

When asked about the term “convergence culture”… what comes to mind? Before assuming that you don’t have the slights clue, try defining the words separately to uncover a deeper meaning. Let’s see now… By definition:

Convergence: The coming together of two or more distinct entities or phenomena.

Culture: The integrated pattern of human knowledge, belief, and behavior that depends upon the capacity for learning and transmitting knowledge to succeeding generations.

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Dissecting both terms anyone would assume, “convergence” and “culture”, deals with gathering individuals/information together to form something new. Based on author Henry Jenkins book Convergence Culture, he views it as a collision between old and new media. Circulating information is no longer the same, decisions being made on the Internet depend on producer and consumers. Both share an intricate identity to the global village that is expanding everyday. The participation of the consumer is heavily noted to conform to their want and needs. Jenkins argues that there is a cultural shift of producers bouncing back and forth from one social platform to another to attain analytic information.

A convergence culture doesn’t only represent the vast change in technological media. Rather a difference in the way individuals contain and obtain information in a new digital world. On Jenkins blog he said:

Convergence occurs within the brains of individual consumers. Yet, each of us constructs our own personal mythology from bits and fragments of information we have extracted from the ongoing flow of media around us and transformed into resources through which we make sense of our everyday lives.

Information flourishes through the speed of content popping into an individuals timeline by posting, sharing, or tweeting a message. The power and freedom to express their own opinion is remarkable. Topics range in a catastrophic realm that individuals never imagine could exist. Consumers are now the creator of content that they want to be heard, raising their voices on social platforms. Although, everything posted can’t be solved, producers keep comments in mind to help fulfill future content desired.

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How is that individuals keep up with the constant loud of information scattered all over the Internet? Jenkins use of the example by using collective information can draw on a distinctive answer. He believes that collective intelligence can be seen as an alternative source of media power. People talk amount themselves and share information they have gathered from day to day interactions of top trending sources. As a society, we’ve created a culture of non-printed words and have cached ourselves into sharing breaking news instantly online.

Instant responses spiral an effect on humorous approaches from the president of the United States. Barack Obama taking to YouTube and reading ugly tweets from citizens of America. Reading the comment section, you’ll find a long list of participatory individuals voicing their opinions.

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Keeping up with your favorite YouTube hit sensation. Stepping into the lives of others that you have no idea about in real life. Connection is made on the viral connection between the content they introduce to their audience. Granted Youtube users are subject to part take in whether or not they enjoy the content. Take for example the hit television show Wendy Williams. Her introduction draws in an audience anticipating to discusses the hottest celebrity trends.

Being in a convergence culture can be hard to keep up with. However, its up to individuals to indulge in sources that fit their culture. By harnessing in on a trend that won’t leave them out of the loops.

Literate or Illiterate

In order to vouch the notion of being literate, society has made it clear that the importance of becoming a digital native is imperative. The inclinations of being able to read, write, and figure out mathematical problems. Is nowhere compared to the skills necessary to navigate through the active global village. Around the world, there are many individuals that are unable to handle the demanding skills necessary, based on the transfer of written to digital information. While others have become pampered with the idea of getting material one click away.

Obviously, everyone knows that literacy is understood as the ability to read and write. However, people have lost the authenticity of actually holding a 2770cd9book in their hand and reading it. There’s a major difference between using a kindle and being able to physically turn the page to the next chapter in a book. Society has lost the ability to find what they may be looking for by hand. Rather typing in the search bar of Google has become a more convenient
solution to any situation. Instant response is what users want! A lot of people don’t want to take the time out to read a book. Instead, they’d wait until the book comes alive to a theater near you. Regardless of the bits and pieces written in a best selling book, which will never make scenes on screen.

After reading Terminal Reading, by author Sven Birkerts, I agree that a “change is upon us—nothing could be clearer. Uncovering the reason behind the professor’s drastic lifestyle change to sell his entire book collection. Made me think about digital natives willingness to sell their devices, to attain the most trending technological device out. It’s sad that buyers remain in long lines and even fights over devices, just to say their proud owners. I myself can say that I’m a victim of keeping up with trending devices. Although, you wont find me waiting for countless hours. I usually wait a month or two after making a conversion. Honestly, having technological devices is not a necessity; it’s a want and a desire to keep up with the evolving electronic changes.

The convenience of obtaining information easily is crippling the minds of Unknownstudents. Constant use of digital technology is hindering their attention spans and ability to endure challenging tasks. Most students seem to think they are prolific multi-taskers. Having multiple tab pages opened up during a class session. Not one having to do with a course assignment. Instead, their online keeping up with their social media friends. Knowing that they should be focused on the lecture being presented to the class. According to Pew Research, Director Lee Rainie, he highlighted critical ways digital tools have changed teen’s communication skills, and how they gather information about the world.

By 2020, the brains of multitasking teens and young adults will be wired differently from those over age 35 and overall it yields baleful results. They do not retain information; they spend most of their energy sharing short social messages, being entertained, and being distracted away from deep engagement with people and knowledge…In sum, the changes in behavior and cognition among the young are generally negative outcomes.

The future of traditional books will become antiques. Years from now the next generation will sadly not have any association with flipping the pages of books. Instead, they will skim articles online that will filter the information they seek to find. Hope is another prediction for the future. Although, the use of books will soon fall of the shelves and stored away into boxes. The digital convergence will continue to grow and reinvent ways of collecting information.

ART

The definition of art is ultimately a form of expression. People evoke their emotions into their creations. It can resonate into so many different forms. Transcending concepts and ideas within every culture across space and time. The development of art is subject to change over the course of time based on someone’s environment or feelings. Most art can be understood as a reliving activity or product done by a communicative or aesthetic purpose. As many have their own meanings, here are two forms of street art that I love:

Dance

Some may view dance as a lesser form of art. In recent years, television shows have scripted the unrealistic side of dancers. Cultivating an audience that would tune in to watch their favorite celebrity dance on stage to a short routine taught in a week. Society has turned dance into a competition. Rather, it should be graced with the same respect of the hard work a dancer genuinely wants to add to their craft. Not because they want to be publicized, but they love releasing all of their emotions into a perfected performance.

For instance krumping, a street dance involving dancers to make expressive, exaggerated, and extreme energetic movement. I remember a scene from a movie called Bring It On: All or Nothing containing krumping techniques. Two male characters seemed aggravated and were making sudden movements towards each other. Unaware at the time, some of the primary moves were jabbing, arm swings, chest pops, and stomps. Startled by the freestyle battle moves, a new female dancer approached them, and asked why they were fighting. Compared to most popular dance styles, krumping is aggressive and can alarm new eyes to the upbeat fast paced style. It’s an intense form of art that can be powerfully expressed through the hard emotions performed.

Street Art

My favorite type of art is reflected more towards the urban culture. I view it as raw reality to the emotional characteristics of the people drawing them. Graffiti and 3D chalk art has its boundaries of acceptance. Depending on the message that is being delivered, there are different styles to express the feelings of a role model and inspirational leaders.

I remember traveling back to Canada over the summer. Walking the streets of Old Quebec, an artist was drawing a building with chalk on the ground, advertising an upcoming event. Approaching the creation, she created a 3D effect that made it seem like I was on the edge of the building. Her technique was astounding! Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the photo that she took of me. Below is an image that represents the same unique aspects of the creation I stumbled upon.

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A controversial question about graffiti is: should it be viewed as art or vandalism? Most see it as attention gazing artwork that appeal to people. While others shun its existence because some graffiti relates to gang tagging. All graffiti shouldn’t be labeled as vanadalism. It should be viewed as beautiful messages on the wall representing murals, different lifestyles, achievements, and culture.

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Whatever the case may be, art can be transformed into anything the viewer desires. Art isn’t valued by how expense it is. Today, art strikes audiences with different opinions and interpretations. At first glance, a creation may not seem interesting or unique. However, once explained, its importance could open the eyes of millions.