Unfortunately, I rarely interact with a notion of Canadian-ness. However, I am Korean and I interact with a notion of Korean-ness. I sometimes call South Korea as the Republic of Seoul, because everything is concentrated on Seoul, which is a bad thing. Media contents are consumed based on regions, culture, and interests of the population demographic. Media contents also are spread out based on regions, culture, and interests of the population demographic. How do media contents differ from region to region? When I travel to different cities, I see different channels (at least in Korea it does). When I travel to Sokcho, I see a weather forecast of Sokcho. When I turn the television on in Sokcho, I see current news of Sokcho, such as incidents, ongoing exhibition, and recent concerts. When I take the subway, I see different advertisements from different cities (I live around Seoul, the capital city). I see various advertisements from other cities and get information about them. For example, Sokcho is known for its natural scenery. I subscribe to the media contents of Korea even when I live in Canada. My media users interact with a notion of national belonging, being Korea even studying in another country. I am following many news media and people on Twitter. When I use Twitter, I make many friends all over the world. They are all Koreans living in different countries including South Korea itself. We talk about issues of South Korea and the world.
First of all, I no longer watch television (except the time I watch Produce X 101). When I was young, I was the number one fan of television media. I learned everything from them. Now I watch Youtube and support individuals’ channels, rather than the mass media. My experience with traditional media was one-directional. When I read the newspaper, I often came to believe that what the reporters were telling were true and objective. Now with new media and my “consciousness”, I know that naïve thought was often wrong.
Compared to traditional media, modern media is not a one-way content. So the role of the audience of media these days does not only receive the content also influences the content itself. So when I’m on media these days like individual broadcasts, I enjoy the content that the provider also what I react becomes the content of it also.
I recently started watching Netflix. Netflix is a new media form. People pick and choose which shows they want to watch, in their own time and phase. It is certainly different from traditional media where the audience only chooses the channel and the broadcasters show the content. Among many other Netflix shows, I only watch a few. Even though I watch a few shows, Netflix still gets the same amount of money from me. I feel quite uncomfortable about that so I am already considering to cancel the subscription. However, Netflix was useful when I downloaded some tv shows on Netflix and watched on the airplane. Among the traditional media, the only newspaper can the entertainer on the airplane. However, new media is different. Even now, people can download Youtube videos if they have membership.
The audience is people who receive the content of media. So our role is basically to consume the contents. But it’s not the only role. Since we exist as a consumer, we can always make reactions. It is giving feedback to the providers. Since providers cannot catch all of the taste of consumers, the audience can provide information to them. Those might be simply how they are satisfied with the content, their inconvenience about the content, moreover their analysis or moral problems of the content they found. Not only as a consumer, but the audience also takes a role as a coordinator. After the procedure of their feedback, media content gets better in quality. So the audience of media these days could be seen as prosumers, which means people who provide and consume the content at the same time.
As I mentioned in my previous blogs, I use Twitter every day, every minute, every time. I usually read and retweet what brilliant people tweet. I sometimes tweet how my usual day goes and my thoughts on some news. I do not have that many followers, but I have some. My followers read my tweets and react to my stories. In some ways, I produce my contents of daily life. And I consume others’ contents.
I sometimes intentionally boycott some of the shows or individual broadcasters when there are issues with them. I retweet and express how I think about the issues, then my followers would be affected by my view. Those are some of my roles as a media audience member.
I spend the majority of my time on Twitter. I did some research on “who owns Twitter?” and read some articles. According to a report by Alice Truong:
Twitter co-founder Ev Williams remains the company’s largest shareholder, with 46.56 million shares for a 6.9% stake. … Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud, who in 2011 invested $300 million in the social network, now owns 34.9 million shares of Twitter’s common stock. … Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s co-founder and newly re-minted CEO, whose 21.86 million shares give him 3.2% of the company, according to FactSet.
So, Twitter is (roughly) owned by Ev Williams, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud and Jack Dorsey. Honestly, I do not recognize their names, and maybe that might be what the owners of Twitter want.
I was born and raised in (South) Korea. I am very familiar with Korean culture. Recently a “Korean boy group survival reality show” has started. It is airing on Mnet, a channel from one of the major companies, CJ. It is a Korean survival reality show and its purpose is to make a K-pop idol group (boy group for this season). Everyone in Korea can vote for individuals that are “charming” to be the “national-boy group”. There are ranks, and only rank 1 to 11 can be the winners. The competition gets pretty heated as the show goes on and I “fell in love” with one constant. So, I spent and am basically spending all of my time to support him. Commercial interests of CJ to get money from pockets of people very much influenced my media use and experience as devoting my time and money to that survival reality show.
First of all, I admit that I use Twitter a lot. And more logs will further present how much time I spend on Twitter and YouTube. My media diet is somewhat consistent and straightforward. And I can comment and reflect a lot from my own media diet. I will take an approach of answering one question at a time because I am planning to write 5 blog posts, and there are 5 questions given.
Media convergence impacted me, and a lot of my generation. I bet people no longer purposefully go on each news platform’s website, but eventually go on there and read something. In other words, in my hypothesis, whether the news publishers are CNN or BuzzFeed, no matter if he or she is a fan of either of them or not, they would on Facebook or Twitter, not every news website to read the news. In my hypothesis- Facebook, Twitter or even Google will know what consists of users’ feeds, and the mechanism will work toward building the “user-friendly feed,” but not the user themselves will pick what they like. It is very different from what I have observed from my grandfather’s newspaper stack.
I no longer watch television. I watched it once recently because I was with my grandmother and mom, eating brunch together at home (like my real real home). In my student house, (when I stay in Canada to study) friends and I do not find a need to watch cable television. In fact, I do not know how to do that thing longer. Instead, I watch YouTube and spend my time on Twitter. These days people do everything with their phones, and that certainly helps with the media distribution. It certainly breaks some significant boundaries. For example, I could watch unlimited numbers of high-quality kpop videos in Canada.
Media convergence makes the access of information from the users more accessible, as it allows one or two devices to do what large appliances used to be able to do. that certainly makes our lives easier.