What can we do with online media? When hearing that question, it really makes my brain go in a million different directions. Endless possibilities, and all you need is a device and an internet connection. The easiest way to answer this, was to analyse and involve myself in the online world itself. Not watching from a distance, but getting my hands dirty and exploring. Discovering the endless possibilities of authoring, distributing and publishing involved in networked media. And ‘look(ing) at media as triggers for experiences and for making things happen.” (Gauntlett 2015 pg 7) The different apps and websites that could be used are endless, as are the devices we can access them on. Our need for these social media websites, and utility apps has slowly increased. And with this, the online media possibilities have grown alongside our dependency on them. As this need and want for them heightens, the more normal it becomes for us to be on them a lot of the time.
When writing my evidence blog post I realised I didn’t go into as much detail as I probably should have. Although the form was always clearly labelled, I didn’t further explain then why and how very much.
Over the span of one week a wide range of online media use was recorded. In dot point form, each website or app was firstly mentioned. These were then expanded on, with the how and why they were used.
- Scrolled through facebook newsfeed – used computer and iphone facebook app, liking and tagging my friends (distributing and consuming) the posts that interested me and I though would interest and relate to my friends
- Used imessage and facebook messenger to contact friends/family – Used imessage and facebook messenger on my laptop and iphone to communicate (author/distribute messages) with my friends and family without the day
- Used the app “TIDAL” to listen to music – used the iphone app and streamed music.
- ParkHound – I used this website so I knew where to park when I drove to work – enter location then time (works out where, how much it costs, and how long you can stay there)
- Netflix – Used the Netflix app on Optus TV to watch movies for entertainment purposes
- Blackboard and RMIT Library – Used the Blackboard website on the computer to find out what readings I had for my music industry class. I then went onto the RMIT library website to use the search option to find the book I had to read (then selected the ebook to read online)