Convergence Culture discussion questions

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1. discussion:

I will post the first part and second part together this time.

Pick one big question and answer two of the following small questions for the first part, and also write a initial question for first part.

2. short writing:

I will post the reading and guide for you.

"1" due date is 48 hrs from now, "2" is fine, you will have enough time, maybe 5 or 6 days.

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For “Convergence Culture”:

1. How does Jenkins describe convergence culture? What examples do you see in your life?

2. Explain, in your words, how convergence culture is both top-down and bottom-up.

3. In your own words, define what industry insiders mean by “extension”, “synergy”, and “franchise” and how they apply to the new media.

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Readings: Readings: SoL “Toward a Unified Theory of How the Internet Makes Everything Terrible” by Rushfield, “Convergance Culture” by Jenkins, and “In the Digital Age, Breaking Up is Hard to Do” by Rodriguez. Also, take a look at “Navigating On-and Offline” Lives, p. 438 Pick Two questions to start with, that respond to two different reading selections, and post your initial post by Wednesday, at midnight California time. Your initial post should also include your original question. Post your secondary, substantive, posts, by Sunday. For “Toward a Unified Theory…”: 1. What does the essay’s title signify? How does it help establish the author’s position and how is it developed in the essay itself? 2. Why, in your own words, does Rushfeld object to the internet response to the Breaking Badepisode? To what general media trend does he associate this? 3. What is your response to Rushfeld’s claim that “The fancy media, instead of calming the crowd, now only stokes the flames”? What does this suggest to you about our society? For “Convergence Culture”: 1. How does Jenkins describe convergence culture? What examples do you see in your life? 2. Explain, in your words, how convergence culture is both top-down and bottom-up. 3. In your own words, define what industry insiders mean by “extension”, “synergy”, and “franchise” and how they apply to the new media. Second part of discussion, write three short paragraphs: 1. Make a comment. 2. Answer questions. 3. Ask questions. I could not find the "Toward a Unified Theory" portion in the book, so I answered 2 question from the "Convergence Culture" portion... For “Convergence Culture”: 1. How does Jenkins describe convergence culture? What examples do you see in your life? Jenkins describes convergence culture as the new era of transition where new and old media collide, or the flow of content across several media platforms. The example he provides of this concept in action is the "movement from television screen, to text messaging, to the Internet, to cell phone constitutes" (Maasik and Solomon, pg. 423). It is a newly emerging combination of various media that offer new forms of communication and understanding between different media sources. An example of this in my life is 2. Explain, in your words, how convergence culture is both top-down and bottom-up. Convergence is a top-down corporate-driven process in that its media companies are beginning to "accelerate the flow of media content across delivery channels to expand revenue opportunities, broaden markets, and reinforce viewer commitments" (436). This means that companies are gradually adopting new tactics that will help them spread the flow of media content further across the world, which will result in a good business for them. On the other hand, convergence culture is a bottom-up consumer-driven process in that its "consumers are learning how to use these different media technologies to bring the flow of media more fully under their control and to interact with other consumers" (436). This means that consumers are learning how to utilize all the various media technologies in order to gain control of the market itself and freely communicate with others. My original question is: Do you think the emergence of convergence culture has worked as an advantage or disadvantage to social media networks? If so, how? Length: 2-3pages Due: Sunday, March 10, by midnight, California time. 1. Internet Journal In this unit we’re discussing our society’s collective Internet usage habits, the kinds of things we do online, and their cultural significance. Part of this process is the conscious examination of your own habits. To that effect, you are required to keep track of your Internet time. In this assignment you should record what you do online over the next few days. Take note of the websites you visit, information you receive while you’re there, as well as your fellow surfers, if you are at an interactive site such as a social networking site concurrent activities (what do you do while you are online). This part of the assignment can be in list or paragraph format. Then, you need to look at what you’ve written and speculate about possible cultural significance of your internet habits (you are a representative of many members of our society). Write out your speculations in a paragraph or two. 2. Think about all the companies, services, and entertainment that you've "liked" or otherwise engaged with or linked. What inferences might a stranger make about you based on these "likes"? How do they contribute to a fuller picture of "you" on social media? You may use the information you gathered for question 1 to help you with this one. Any questions?--Please ask! ...
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