Throughout the semester particularity in the earlier half, I have utilised this blog as a reflection for the subject Making Networked Culture and about what I’ve learnt.
The first blog post chosen is the first one I wrote about What is Networked Culture? It’s interesting that we are all connected to a networked culture and yet, we neither fully understand the grasp it exceed nor do we acknowledge it much outside of an academic outlook. Hugh presented a mind-map of how massive the connection between social media and people are, and I never really thought of those not connected to the social media as “non-existent.” I was really thrown off-guard when there was connection made between the rise of the internet culture and the fall of both the Berlin Wall and the Soviet Union.
The second blog post was actually in the second tutorial about the Meaning of Networked Culture, where we discussed the impact of internet on the culture of human interaction. The basis of this discussion was about the negativity of the viral internet campaign Kony 2012 by the Invisible Children Inc., which laid the problem of jumping on the band wagon, without seeing the full picture. This in relation to the social psychological phenomenon “the bystander effect” really heightened my apathy to the collectivity of the internet culture, in which people believe that by discussing it or arguing about it over the internet, action could be done. Also discussed was the Arab Springs demonstrations and the contrast of providing a positive campaign about spreading the word about the current situation. The internet has either regress human interaction or remained static in my opinion.
The third blog post was about Hyperculture, in which Hugh brought upon to us about hypertext and hyperlinking. By explaining it’s importance to modern culture by the means proto-type of the internet, and sandbox games such as the Grand Theft Auto series, this really intrigued me about the interconnectedness of information and the formation of free will in the hyper-textual media we absord; also I learnt about how hypertext and hyper-linking doesn’t remain in a linear structure but instead moves freely, which was pretty interesting to remember. The fourth blog post was about Making Waves, about the history behind sound networks, something I was never particularity interested in. However, the history enough was to show how the communication and the technology would advance and in advancing intercontinental networks, and possibly to regress the human interaction to merely through social media and telecommunications.
The fifth and final blog post was an interesting one, as by using the Black Plague as an allegory for Viral Media, to explain how networks operate and how the physical illness of the plague can be compared to the global obsession of viral media. I also never would have placed the zombie sub-genre in this category of allegory of viral media and the faults of dependence on media, along with the possible effects of the lack of collective networking information.