We have been introduced to the concept of participatory culture and how people can unite online. This post is just my thoughts on it.
People can connect through lots of different potential content online. It could be via gifs or videos on social media in the form of memes, mash-ups and super-cuts, from animal-loving sharers or to pro micro millionaire content. In this area of online culture it is pretty safe to say that the internet may be over-saturated with people’s homages, or comedic interpretations of their lives.
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I have to admit, that I don’t participate fully online, I am online, but am more a casual coffee shop observer than a community member. However, I do love the doors that can open on the internet and that it can give an individual or group a chance. That the participation of people that have an idea can be much more meaningful than watching cat videos and the oohs and aahs they generate.
The participation of people who have a love or passion for the same thing can be powerful. Can’t get your book published? Do it online. Can’t get funding for your animation/game/film, put it on Youtube or Kickstarter. Want to help save the world? Become a digital humanitarian…wait what?!
If you do not know about the great work that has come from this type of online participation, then you need to go read about it and/or get involved. I was amazed when I was doing my work placement at the BBC Radio 4 Drama to see that people were using photography, coding and their drone filming skills to not just create creative projects, but to help save people’s lives after natural disasters.
This is definitely creative online participation at its best, with people offering their talents to help out from across the globe and compiling their efforts into helping those in need. Without the instant connectivity of social media to spread information at rapid speeds, or using all the available mobile, new and emerging technologies to help locate people and to rebuild communities, this kind of great work couldn’t happen.
The power of the internet has allowed people to come together to have the ability to change lives, or just distract someone from a bad day at the office. The internet is what you make of it and maybe I should look a bit deeper than I have done before.