Dont mess with me, I’m a microcelebrity!

A celebrity alone can be defined from the lady who you serves you at your local fruit shop to the social media kings and queens, like the one and only #kimye. But lets be serious here, a celebrity is basically who you consider to be a ‘famous person.’ It is through each individual’s profession that allows their social media persona, to define themselves as a celebrity.

To stop you from being totally lost, let me explain what a microcelebrity actually is…

To be broken down into a concept that us, to be understood by the social media addicts that we are, a microcelebrity is an individual who becomes famous in a specific area. A prime example to be considered would have to be nobody other than Kurt Coleman. Kurt is a teenager who has become famous through various media platforms from being utterly self-obsessed. He has become a nation-wide star from posting hundreds of “selfies” to his social media accounts, along with creating his own hashtag, #perflikekurt, resulting in the tag becoming one of the most used throughout many media platforms. Kurt is a perfect example to showcase the power of the media through sharing and posting within the media… Who knew that from posting photos and maintaining an online persona could result in fame?!

Below i have attached an interview with Kurt himself, and no doubt you’ll be able to see his extremely unique personality!

Thats all for now, If i were to ever become a micro celebrity the first thing i would say would have to be… GET ME OUT OF HERE! #punintended

Please don’t hesitate to remain, #perflikekurt

Tegan 🙂



Digitization and all things totes digi!

To be honest with you here, the word “digitization” had me confused alone. Here i was reading ‘digitalisation,’ so i knew I was off to a strong start when I stumbled across the readings for this weeks lecture. Making things better, I was unable to attend this weeks lecture from being sick. So… back to basics it was for Tegs.

What even is digitization?


Well, basically digitisation is the conversion of a source of analog information, such as a photograph or a text article to a digital form, predominantly onto electronic devices, so that the information can be processed and stored through digital networks. Both the conversion of images and of text are digitized quite similarly, while audio and video conversion is carried out utilising one of a few different forms of ‘digital to analog,’ which is defined by converting the file without altering the original content by using a multi-level signal. The source is assessed by measuring the amplitude and the waveform of the files.

Digitisation is becoming more and more popular through the emergence of technology as society unintentionally phases out the use of analog files. It is revealed as so many people rely on digital technology sources to get through their daily routines. Not only is it more convenient to have the digital forms of files, but it allows users to become more easily accessible and reliable with their sources of information, along with the files being easier to preserve. Digitization is a forever growing trend, as technology becomes more of a necessity than a privilege.


“The Buzz” on Citizen Journalism, Thriving or Dying?

Citizen journalism seems to be the talk of the town in current society as it becomes one of the hottest talked about topics to be implemented into news businesses, as it continues to emerge throughout the current media. The continual debate throughout the news.. Is citizen journalism essential going to be proven to be a future profitability for news companies?

I found this quite an interesting debate of discussion. As i begun to research further into the debate It was revealed that news companies have been predominantly confused and quite skeptical about the concept. Each company seemed to be enthusiastic about the idea of experimenting with this emerging idea but had fears of it not successfully projecting throughout the media.

Is there any difference between journalism and citizen journalism?

Although there are multiple opinions and definitions on “citizen journalism,” to be defined simply, Is the private reporting of information, just like professional media reporters; except it is predominantly carried out online. This allows the report to be broadcasted across many mediums, furthering the expansion across the media platforms, such as podcasts. Unlike professional journalists, citizen journalists are more “free-willed,” signifying less limitations but consequently could result in not being paid for their work. This has been an issue that has emerged only in the recent years as it has been shown, at the time of creation of citizen journalism in the early 2000’s, was hailed to be the next ‘big thing,’ allowing information gathering to be of a more democratic process for reporters. Due to the inaccuracy of some journalists, citizen journalists have more recently been flogged from the reporting of certain events such as the Superstorm Sandy overseas. As some citizen journalists don’t get paid for their efforts its proven to be clear that they aren’t going to be expected to be giving a larger and more detailed input into their gathering their information.

Is there a future for citizen journalism? Will it thrive or die?

It has a seemingly controversial view on the future for citizen journalism. Due to the reasons such as the issues stated above, reporting without pay and inaccuracy of articles unveils currently that the future ahead has come to a standstill. The article i have attached below further reveals commonly asked questions regarding what appears to be ahead for citizen journalism.

An interview with Bellingcat’s Eliot Higgins, reveals to audiences that “Citizen journalists need to be obsessive but not crazy.” Higgins works with eight other volunteers to strive to effectively achieve a career in citizen journalism. He states to be “helping other people doing that work to get recognition,” he said, and to be giving them “room to make their own names.”

I guess for now we will just have to wait and see what the future holds..


Transmedia Storytelling… What even is it?

As I stumbled across the topic that was being addressed at this lecture, i honestly thought to myself…
What even is Transmedia Storytelling? Well, obviously it has some form of role within society and media, but honestly, I was quite intrigued to further look into the whole concept of transmedia storytelling and how it relates to the current media.


Transmedia storytelling put plain and simple is the use of many different media platforms to show a narrative across periods of time. Each piece of the media, regardless of the source being a comic, novel, video game or just an application for a mobile phone device, functioning as an individual experience. Each medium makes it own unique contribution to the unfolding of the story- (Jenkins,2007 ). The more mediums added to the story, accumulates to a richer and more detail to the narration. An advantage to transmedia storytelling is the process is reliant on participation. It has been seen that transmedia storytelling has been utilised as sources of marketing and branding campaigns, as i have attached in the youtube source below. It is through the three stage process of persuasion, audience connection and financial impacts that transmedia storytelling is successfully achieved through these phases and ability to be utilised across multiple mediums.


The POWER of Uptown Funk You Up…

The power of the sharing a link on various platforms has become a true and clear statement to myself and seven of my friends recently. A couple of months ago we decided we would, as the dancers we are, to dress up in our old costumes and create a video completely just to entertain ourselves. Little did we know that through each of us posting our youtube link onto Facebook, that our video would skyrocket to 10,000 views within a couple weeks, and continuing to rise through continual likes and comments from friends and viewers. As an experiment, I posted my link in my bio of my media platform, Instagram ,little did we realise over 50,000 views later how popular it was going to be! below i have attached the clip below, hope you have a laugh as you watch! 🙂

Instagram… #ismyprofilesafe #selfieregrets

The worldwide renowned social media site, Instagram; developed in 2010, allows users to share images of their day-to-day lives. This site offers users to elect either a public profile; meaning anybody using the site can “follow” their posts, or are able to opt for a private profile, allowing the user to decline or accept the follow requests. The sites use of “hashtags” allows other users of the social networking site to view images posted that match the given hashtag. This becomes provoking as it can result in users of the general public exploiting other people’s images for their own use, breaching an individual’s consent of their own personal privacy. Unlike Facebook’s privacy regulations that remove content at their own consensus, Instagram allows almost any image to be posted on their site. 11% of Instagram users aged predominantly between 16-29, post content that they regret, with images consisting of an inappropriate nature. Research has shown that many Instagram users have had their images reused beyond their own consent, but when approaching the site about having the image deleted was not able to achieve their desired outcome as according to the sites “privacy and consent terms” the action is beyond their control. So.. next time you decide to post an image of you out clubbing, highly intoxicated when your employer has access to your Instagram profile, think; Will I regret this later?

Many cases have seen photos posted on the site, in extreme cases cost them their careers. In my opinion, its absolutely crazy that one image can cost you your job!

Next time you post your #selfie on #instadaily realise its there for all too see, and yes you can delete the image, but who knows who actually has already #screenshotted the image for their own purposes?

Privacy is becoming minimised by the second, think before you post, you never know who’s on the “viewing” side of the image….


The World of Remixing and Mash-ups

This weeks lecture explored the world of remix culture and mashups. Through the emergence of digital technologies, remixing music has become an activity being undertaken more often, and infant, more extreme. In my mind, i just automatically assumed both remixing and mashups were the same thing… but are they actually?

Mashups are actually visual remixes. Most mashups are usually created from videos and websites, combining content from various different digital sources. Mashups provide viewers of the internet with entertaining and creative ways to watch content. The concept “mashup” most commonly derives from the notion of combining numerous songs and “mashing” each song into one. Below i have attatched a prime example of what a mash-up looks/sounds like!

Remixing is made when various separate media components are combined to form a new and different piece of media with an entirely different definition than the original work, and altering the balance of the original track. There is actually three different types of remixing, extended, selective and reflexive. 

Youtube is a central hub for both mashups and remixing, many channels are based purely on either/or both. Copyright laws are such a controversial debate, as many disagree with the fact ,we are able to reuse copyright content without permission for purposes of comment, critique, homage and media literacy education.