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Yo BIATCHES!!!!! I’m back in control while the little bitch is in hiding, away crying or getting her period^^

I’m not gonna be this BOLD and IN your FACE all the time,

but it sure feels good to finally be in control of this blog while cry baby Anders is occupied and stressed out with this face war, police BS, Adfontes BS, HSU BS and the very important exam that starts in few hours. The final 4th and last try to an exam he must nAIL or at least not fAIL, if the little bitch has any hope of graduating with a mASTER in Digital Culture. 

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Comment sections vs. Facebook

Today was a very special day. Today I handed in my master thesis in Digital Culture. I’ve been researching comments on news articles, trying to determine what is the difference between commenting on news articles on a newspapers comment section and its Facebook page. And by the end of it, I ended up creating a website where i present the research, as well as a creative work illustrating the difference between comments on the two platforms, called Comments and Platforms.

Now, after reading and researching comments for what seems like forever, I am left with a new outlook on commenting. I used to think, as many others, that comment sections were vile and horrible places, filled with racism and sexism. But this has not been my experience while researching them. I have read many comments over the past year, and read a lot about them, and I have rarely seen what I would call uncivil behavior. Now, it may be that I’ve been lucky: that the newspaper I have been studying has very civil readers (doubtful), or that its moderators are quick and effective at deleting what may be a swarm of derogatory comments. The latter is more likely, though if that was commonplace I would expect to see signs of it: weird “gaps” in a communication, like replies to comments that aren’t there.

What I have found among the thousands of comments I have read is mostly positive or neutral. There are certainly quite a few idiots writing comments on news stories, but there are also some genuinely informative comments that have shed new light on a story. And of course, there are those comments that are just entertaining to read. And even if 80-90% of the comments are pretty much useless, isn’t that also true for media in general? I’m sure that most of us scroll by most of the content presented to us on Facebook, news sites, YouTube, Spotify or wherever, only being interested in a fraction of it.

I have come to believe that comments, and the comment sections they are written in, can be quite valuable. The world wide web gives everyone a voice. But comment sections gives everyone a voice – and an audience of as much as millions of potential readers. And journalists have reported that comments have positively impacted their work in several ways, including providing enhanced critical reflection and new story leads (Graham and Wrigth 2015).

But there is a problem. Even if I haven’t seen much of it myself, uncivil behavior in comment sections do exist. And anonymity is often blamed for this – wrongly, according to my own research. So many news sites began to use a Facebook plugin to power their comment sections – requiring commenters to user their Facebook profile. And worse: it means that it’s becoming more and more common for a Facebook account to be reqired for participation in public debates.

Some news sites have decided to close their comment sections in favor of using their Facebook pages to engage with readers. This was the reason for my own research. I think it’s important to know what such a move to Facebook is doing to the democratic quality of commenting. What I found was that there is more conversations, debates, questions, arguments and informative comments on a newspaper’s comment section that its Facebook page. Comments on Facebook are shorter, more reactive, and rarely fuel discussions.

So the quality of commenting is much lower on Facebook than a newspapers comment section. But what does improve on Facebook is the spreadability of an article because of the higher number of interactions through commenting, likes and reactions – all of which are automatically shared and spread to other people. The cynical side of me is tempted to think that this is the real reason for some news sites to shift their focus to Facebook.

In the end, the question is what do we wan’t with comment sections. Do we want them to be a place for public debate? Do we want them to be a safe space? Or do we want them to be removed because they’re not really good for anything? Personally, I’m in favor of keeping and trying to improve those platforms that facilitate public debate. And what I have found is that comment sections, even with their shortcomings, are better at facilitating public debate than commenting on articles on Facebook.

 

Sources

Graham, Todd, and Scott Wright. 2015. ‘A Tale of Two Stories from “Below the Line”: Comment Fields at the Guardian’. The International Journal of Press/Politics 20, no. 3: 317-338. DOI: 10.1177/1940161215581926

 

The Hypocrite

Let me start this post with an example of how nice old Anders treat young people who need some tips or directions in their own intellectual journey and hope to get a positive interaction going. So what happened here?What’s your excuse for answering an email in this way. Can you even be nice to others?

I’m not gonna defend my actions to you, but i will say this. The only answer the writer of that disastrous email gave to Corky was this : “Your friend is a genius!” .

So its ok for you to be mean, but if i do it, you start to cry! Does that make any sense for you…

 

Subject: Eric nevue

>Ma onkel says u have some ærfaring with makin games or design or

> something? M a rigght? >

> Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

Forbanna unødvendig av meg å bruka timesvis på å skjella ut ein stakkars 15 åring, som nok ønsket å stille et spørsmål samtidig som han skulle være litt kul, fuck asså, dette var litt dumt! 

Re:Subject: Eric nevue

Something…Maybe?

But let me put it this way Brah!

Eric har sjelden kontroll på hva jeg gjør eller kan, men det er sant at jeg kan litt HTML, og at jeg har brukt det til å lage forskjellige internettsider som kan funger som et online-rebus-spill. Corky har kanskje hørt meg snakke om ideer for diverse spill, men det er dessverre ikke slik at jeg har skillsa til å realisere disse drømmene. Det skal likevel sies at jeg kan være flink til og tilegne meg random kunnskap som jeg trenger for å få til spesifikke ting. Mulig han trodde dette hadde noe med spill og gjøre, selv om mye tyder på at han ikke vet hva jeg egentlig studerer.

Uansett hva du lurer på vil jeg påstå at du selv kan lære deg metoden for å finne svaret, om du bare gidder følge noen av rådene jeg kommer med nå. Deler av de rådene som du ikke har bedt om, men gjør lurt i å ta til deg, har jeg erfart på fallskjermjeger rekrutten mens andre deler kommer fra webdesign eller bøker jeg har lest.

Siden du ikke stilte noe spesifikt spørsmål som kan hjelpe deg videre i søken etter kunnskap, la meg først gi deg et tips før jeg setter i gang.

Gå rett på sak, slik at folk slipper å bruke tid på og forklare hva dem kan eller ikke kan. Still nå det spørsmålet du ønsker svar på og håp at personen du snakker til gidder å ta seg tid til å svare etter beste evne. Det er du som stiller spørsmålet, så da kan du jo starte med å si kort hvem du er, hva du kan, og hva du ønsker hjelp til! Jf. ditt eget spørsmål og hvor uspesifisert de er! Her er kommer mitt svar på de spørsmålene som du aldri stilte.

1. Object basert koding er et språk som må læres på lik linje som engelsk, det finnes ingen snarveier. Det samme gjelder andre typer av koding, og et bra sted å stare å lære om dette er https://www.codecademy.com/ Opprett bruker å start med å kjøre gjennom tutorials. Begynn med HTML/javascript så du får forståelse for coding, om du har erfaring med Scratch bør dette være relativt overkommelig.

2. Forsøk så å komme deg gjennom www.ballsofnorway.no og www.notpron.org/notpron/ uten å jukse/google deg til svarene.
Om du mangler IQ eller Skills for å få til dette må du tilegne deg kunnskap! Dette krever arbeid, å da snakker vi gjerne TIMER med trial & error for og komme et lite steg videre. Så ha tolmodighet og utholdenhet du kommer ingen vei uten! Poenget med disse to nettstedene er at du må tilegne deg nye skills for å komme deg videre. Dette åpner igjen nye “kunnskaps stier” og det er slik man blir smartere. Om du ikke vet hva sourcecode er eller hvordan en enkel nettside er bygget opp, start med å google [How to read source code] og så stikker du inn på www.ballsofnorway.no og forsøker å følge hintene. Alle som skal drive med noe digitalt bør ha en viss forståelse for hvordan det digitale er satt sammen. Vi snakker nå altså om en form for “Digital Literacy” (google that shit)

Det nytter btw ikke å bruke smartphone og om du ikke vet hvordan en PC er oppbygget vil jeg også anbefale deg å bygge din egen PC. Det som skiller “script kiddies” fra hackere er fundamentale skills om hvordan diverse systemer fungerer. Start med å lære deg hvordan hardwaren man bruke fungerer. (Finn forum som kan hjelpe deg med pc bygging, eller kjøp noe billig på finn og skru det fra hverandre)

3. Installer mIRC og google deg fram til channels som omhandler coding (servere som freenode og eventuelt undernet kan være et bra sted å starte). Har du flaks og finner en kanal som fortsatt er operative er det stor sjanse for at du kan finne en person/comunity som er meget villig til å hjelpe deg. Siden dette er en 15++ år gammel platform, vil dem som fortsatt henger der muligens synes det er litt kult at du faktisk har joinet platformen. Spør på åpne channels spørsmålet du lurer på ¨håp at noen har lyst tid til og hjelpe deg med det du lurer på. Det er da en selfølge at du klarer å formulere hva du faktisk trenger hjelp til på en intelligent måte.

4. Lær deg å bruke google, det finnes mange guider for dette, tommelfingerregel: Google etter svaret som du søker, ikke etter spørsmålet (det er en stor forskjell på disse to). Om det feks er ord eller uttrykk i denne e-mailen du ikke forstår googler du det. Slik blir man smartere. Om man blir smartere kan man gjennomføre større og mer kompliserte oppgaver. Om du er ute etter å lage spill elle diverse apps trenger du et eller annet program som du foretar kodingen gjennom eller lære deg et programerings språk. Her er jeg like blank som deg da jeg ikke driver med game-development men Unity er program som er populært.

Likevel er hovedpoenget mitt her som med alt annet i denne verden. Start med det enkle og grunnleggende, lær deg å mestre dette.

“Wax on, wax off” og du vil få kunnskap som du kan ta videre til neste nivå.

Se for deg eller gjennomfør dette scenarioet:
Bruk en måned på å mestre de elementære delene av programeringsspråket BASIC og lage en enkel spørsmåls quiz. Du vil da lære diverse prinsipper som har overføringsverdi.
Bruk neste måned på å lage samme quiz i HTML og Javascript.
Bruk neste måned på å lage samme quiz i JAVA.
Bruk neste måned på å lage samme quiz i Python.
Bruk neste måned på å lage samme quiz i SCRATCH.
Bruk neste måned på å lage samme quiz i Unity.
Bruk neste måned på å lage samme quiz ved hjelp av Arduino og et LED display.
Bruk neste måned på kombinere software og hardware, fexs Unity med et nytt interface som BCI
What’s next ?

Jeg har ikke kommet lengre enn til den andre måneden, HTML/javascript…

Nå blir det en brå vending her og i fare for å virke frekk, er det en ting du (eller Eric) må forstå.

Min tid, er for meg, verdt mange ganger mer enn hva, din tid, er verdt for deg. (Spesielt denne måneden da jeg har hjemmeeksamen nå mens jeg skriver dette, samtidig som jeg forsøker å søke om grunder stipend og eventuelle legat ordninger, samt styrer med administrasjon rundt et nyopprettet Aksjeselskap)

Dvs om du må bruke 3 timer på å google deg fram til noe som jeg kunne hjulpet deg med på 20 minutter, har vi ikke et forhold som tilsier at jeg er villig til å investere disse 20 minuttene. Ikke denne uka i alle fall da jeg er sykt opptatt, og bakpå som faen med allt jeg skal gjøre..

Dette har vist din Onkel forbannet vanskelig med å forstå, eller så gir han faen. (Det må nok nevnes at prokrastinasjon og gammel irritasjon er en dårlig kombo) Dvs eg blir ganske irritert når Eric maser om at jeg må legge deg til på snap så du kan spørre meg om noe, uten at han selv gidder å bruke tid på å forsøke å finne ut hva du
1. faktisk trenger hjelp til
og
2. om dette er noe han selv kan finne ut med å google seg fram til svaret.
(Om det er slik at han ikke engang gidder bruke tid på å hjelpe deg til å stille et skikkelig spørsmål, hvorfor skal jeg da bruke tid på deg?)

Nå har jeg da faktisk et mål om å skape en bedre verden, noe som starter med en opplyst befolkning hvor all søk etter kunnskap er et sted i riktig retning.

Likefullt er det slik at all interaksjon mellom to personer er “give and take” så enkelt kan enkelte sosiologer forklare det. DVS: Hva kan DU gi tilbake, som gjør at den du har en interaktion med får noe igjen for tiden og energien som HAN har investert? Hvordan er balansen mellom “give and take” hva kan du gjøre for å tilte vektskåla i ditt favør? Dette høres nok kynisk og kaldt ut, so be it! Det er like fullt en sannhet med stor S at om du lykkes med å finne metoder som gjør at personen du interaktere med får følelsen av at han fikk mer tilbake en han har gitt, vil du ha knekt koden for mange vellykkede interaksjoner som gjerne ender med at folk gjør det lille ekstra for nettopp deg! Les mer om dette i boka “How to Win Friends and Influence People av Dale ett eller annet på C. (Google it, eller kjøp deg en hardcopy)

Og dude, brah, kompis, Benji, Brofistyolo, Corky cus eller Eric nevue. Bestem deg nå faen meg for hvilket språk du skal bruke ved skriftlig kommunikasjon hvor du ønsker et seriøst svar. Jeg sier til deg, som en eldre hippie kollega sa til meg da jeg var 23-24 år.

“Nå framstår du som en tulling som ikke en gang gidder å prøve. Hvordan tror du jeg tolker et slikt språk, positivt eller negativt, får jeg lyst til å hjelpe deg?”

Hensiktsmessig kommunikasjon er alltid viktig!
Ait?

Håper min email kan motivere deg på et eller annet vis, og om du skal ha hjelp til å få svar på det du ikke spurte om i e-mailen din er det å bare å starte med å google [mirc+how+to]! Her finner du muligens svar om ikke da et forum søk kan hjelpe deg 🙂 Videre hadde det vært meget gøy om du hadde klart å få noe ut av denne e-mailen for da ville jeg virkelig fått noe igjen for tiden det tok meg og skrive dette lange og små hissige svaret. La det likevel understrekes at all min aggresjon er rettet mot din onkel som faen ikke tar “nei eg har ikke tid nå” som et godt nok svar, samt eksamens nerver og generel mangel på søvn.
Lykke til med din intellektuelle ferd mot ditt valgte interessefelt, hva enn det nå måtte være.

Peace Out & gl hf

Gonzo Gaard
CEO, Trollscape AS
& Party Chairman, Kardemommepartiet

MEGET UKULT GONZO! IKKE NOE GREIT I DET HELE TATT

 

How to make enemies and alienate people!

Hello World… It is a new year..and this year I had some good plans and loads of motivation to do stuff. I even made a new years resolution plan, coviring all of my day. But some how, it all came crashing down after the 15. januar.  So how did this happen, what was my plan. Was it just to fuck with people, see their reactions, make people mad. No… I honestly think it was something else.

It always amazes me how fast people get mad or pissed of and how fast stuff get dragged out of context and placed on the battleground. Some times all it takes is one wrong word and the war is on! Everything else gets pushed out of focus and one see the dream and goals for 2018 disappear in the backway mirror.

 

I don’t really think we see the goals disappear. You just wake up on day, and it’s gone. The war train usually comes with it’s own neural pathways prepped and ready for a fight!

Sure, but all this just because we get stuck trying to defend our view point, our way of life. We are fighting an idealistic war, where we are sure that the other side is wong, and we are right. 

 

Nothing new with what you are describing here!

Even so…Why? Why the fuck do I bother? Why use time, energy and social relations to fight a war that is not worth fighting? A war that one did not really understand before the gun were loaded and pointed towards your heart. And why is it so fucking hard to let shit go..Agree to speak to the other side, and se what is what? Why is it always like that?

Because of your narcissistic ego and lack of good and stimulating friends! Not to mention a life without meaning, and the overbearing feeling of death angst closing in.

*Aouch*

 

Well that is the case, is it not? Does this not explain your sick ambition, your unrealistic goals and your need to prove yourself to somebody, anybody, the world? It is not like this is the first war you go into, only to get burned out and depressed some years later! Have you forgot all about www.majorfuckface.com how this war almost made you commit suicide?

 

No, yes.. I remember that when i did not end it, I got new inspiration and moved to Bergen to pursue a carriere, start Uni!

 

Yes, and how is that working out for you? Successful yet? Found something to live for? Have you made the world a better place? Found someone to love, someone to care for.

This shit is getting dark, FAST!

 

No need to speak, these were all rhetorical questions. I know you have not done shit. You are a fuckup, and everybody knows it!

Anders, Gonzo, U4IC or whatever “cool” name you choose to identify yourself with, it’s about time you face the fact and smell the burning fat.

YOU are a FAILURE! No need to identify with anything else!

This is a fact! 

 

 

Who owns my games?

One of my favorite games of all time is the puzzle game Peggle. After being introduced to it in 2008, I have played countless times on multiple platforms, including PC, Android, iOS and X-Box (my favorite platform to play Peggle on). Recently, while trying to think of a new game to download to my Android phone, I felt like playing Peggle again. I bought the game for Android years ago, but I was disappointed to find that it was no longer available on Google Play Store. As it turns out, PopCap, the company behind Peggle, retired the game in August. In stead, a new version of Peggle – Peggle Blast – can be downloaded for free. But the thing is: as much as I love Pegge, I hate Peggle Blast. It’s a for-mobile-only, freemium game with lots of in-app purchases and bad gameplay. So, no Peggle for me…

Peggle is an awesome game!

This experience did make me think, though. While Peggle Blast is free, the original Peggle game was not. I paid good money for that game. And I bought the game knowing that I would be able to download and play it on any future Android phone. I don’t know why it’s not available anymore (though, I bet it has something to do with getting people to play the freemium game instead), but it doesn’t feel right. If PopCap doesn’t want people to be able to buy Peggle anymore, that’s fine. But I had already bought it. A transaction was made. I had one more game than before I bought it, and not as much money. I bought it! The game was mine! Wasn’t it?

I’m not sure anymore about who owns my games. Did I pay for Peggle, or did I just pay for the right to play Peggle. And it’s not just Peggle, or mobile games – It’s the whole gaming industry. Most of my X-Box games are located in the cloud. What happens when someone decides to turn that cloud off? And the games I do buy in a real-life, physical store, and I have a physical copy of, can’t be played without having to download a huge update.

The times when I could just buy a game and play it right away is over. Whether a game is bought online or as a physical copy, my feeling of ownership of the games I buy is not as certain as it should be. Most games need to have an internet connection (at least the first time playing it), even if it’s a single-player game. Most games need to be downloaded, even when owning a physical copy. And the games get updated constantly, feel incomplete without purchasing extra downloadable content, and, as was the case with Peggle, can disappear from existence.

There are many technological reasons for why games are changing. The level of internet access allows for games to be larger than what could be fitted on a game disc, as well as a constant string of updates and bug fixes. This of course isn’t all that negative. But financial incentives and the success of mobile gaming are encouraging game developers to create free games with ads, in-game purchases and episodic content, in stead of creating finished quality games for gamers to buy. And it’s partly our own fault. We’ve become so accustomed to things being free that we don’t want to buy even small, cheap mobile games. And the developers see that – and respond to it. So for the future of gaming, I hope people get tired of the freemium gaming model. I want my games back!

 

 

Music & Social Media

We’re at the last blog of the semester. As with the previous one, it will focus on the topic my classmates put forward in line with their thesis research. This time focused on the role of social media in the music industry.

So, music and social media. The two are indeed an important combination. I remember back in the day when MySpace was the place for bands to come in contact with their fans online. Since that social platform has now gone extinct, its role has been taken over by Facebook. It is now easier than ever to keep in check with your favourite bands. Just hit the like button on their Facebook page and you’ll be able to receive every single one of their updates (provided they are active on Facebook). If anything I think social media and the Internet have made it so people can be more actively engaged with bands. What better way to know when they’ll be playing in your neighbourhood than checking the tour schedule they just posted online? Another major player in the industry is YouTube. Of the 100 most watched videos on YouTube, 95 of them are music videos. It is so apparent that even Wikipedia has made indications in its list to signify what videos are not of the musical genre. This goes to show how important the platform has become in playing music and sharing it with your audience. The most played video has 4,35 billion views, equal to roughly 57% of the world population. Now I know that this doesn’t mean that each one of those clicks is a separate person, but it goes to show how insane playing music has become on the video platform. The most streamed song on Spotify “only” has 1,43 billion clicks. You could say YouTube has become the MTV of today, except here the user gets to choose which videos he/she wants to see.

There is no way around it; music artists have to take social media into account if they want to become successful. And this doesn’t limit itself to just artists. Even organisers have made the jump to the online world. A few days ago Graspop, a metal festival in Belgium, announced its first 46 names (apart from the headliners) through, you guessed it, Facebook. It’s apparent that the (r)evolution runs through almost every aspect of the industry.

 


Henry Jenkins

Henry Jenkins talks about participation culture, how through emerging technologies the kids who find school more or less boring are now finding a platform in which to channel their passions and beliefs. Jenkins longs for a world in which the people who are obsessed with anime, dungeons and dragons etc. will start to feel the same obsessions over democracy.

It’s an intriguing concept. And it’s something that I think is happening right now at an increasing rate. If you go to /r/all on Reddit right now (23.11.2017) the top posts are all about the FCC trying to dismantle Net Neutrality. Millions of people have come together to try and defend their right to an open and free flowing internet, and not having it become yet another victim of capitalist interests. The internet and its evolving potential stands as a last bastion (and some would say last chance) of the peaceful, harmonic world we’ve envisioned in everything from literature to music. We’re on the precipice of losing that last bastion right now and people are standing up. Not just the people who study how a world without net neutrality would work, but the gamers, the bloggers, the musicians who use social media to make themselves heard and interact–the people that Jenkins refers to, in other words.

It’s heartening to see so many humans set aside their differences and focusing on something we all love and hold dear, and it’s something I think we’ll see more of as the internet continues to evolve. If it’s allowed to, that is…

But even if Net Neutrality is upheld, the dangers of capitalism and profit still stand to ruin the freedom of the net. Jaron Lanier warns of this, and especially Facebook and Google and how they operate by creating mass behavioral modification systems based on pay. We’re in many ways already trapped. Facebook is as good as ubiquitous and works as a sleight of hand magician or a personally tailored spider web to create these spaces in which we believe the illusion that we’re in control of what he see and know, but the reality is very different.

The great thing about the internet, though, is that it can be changed at any time. It’s not set in stone. We’re still figuring this thing out and will be for the foreseeable future, but if Net Neutrality is dismantled we’re completely at the mercy of corporations like Facebook, and we would lose the ability to enact paradigm shifts that could change it for the better–or at least change it to something different when we realize that whatever we’re currently doing is the wrong thing to do.

Facebook is one of those things that I think needs to change–or go away completely.
They claim it’s meant as a social experiment, well the experiment failed from a social point of view. Now it’s just a billion dollar flytrap were we got stuck before we even knew what we were signing up for.


End of the line

This will be my last blog post as  a part of the 303 course I’m taking, but that does not necessarily mean that I wont post more at a later time.
This post will be based on readings again provided by my fellow students and will be much on the same theme as I am writing my thesis on, Participatory culture.

The fist part is a video by Henry Jenkins as a part of the Big Thinkers series.
Henry explains how youth in school actually learn more from engaging in communities where they have a invested interest outside of school. He debates that for a learning environment and the educational process to be successful, you need to also engage the different interests of the youth.
Give them a sense of entitlement and validation for their work not only in school, but outside aswell, and try to bring that fruitful creativity and willingness to learn into the education.

The second part is two chapters in the book Participatory Culture in a Networked Era Henry Jenkins, Mizuko Ito, danah boyd. Chapter 4 and 5 to be exact.
These chapters delve more in-depth on the theme that Jenkins talks about in his video, how and why we should encourage digital literacies as a part of education.
I wholeheartedly agree with the notion that we need to cater education more towards youths interests then the straight forward classroom teaching.
The fact that youth learn more and faster from engaging with online communities than actual classroom education should serve as a big indicator that it is high time to make some changes.
Creating interest, building interest and molding a solid learning environment should be the next step of education. As a part of the curriculum, there should be time devoted to alternative learning methods, this is where the students can shine, and really come forth with their interests.

The second set of readings are based on the music industry and their link to social medias. As his project my fellow student is creating a work of digital art. By taking comments on Facebook from pages belonging to music bands and rearranging them into new comments. This looks to be a surreal and ironic take on the fact that band can simply pay for likes. A band might have 10000 followers, but only 1-10 comments on their posts, and barely the same number of likes. It will be interesting to look at what this “Comment Generator” will come up with.
In the article from Metalsucks.net Vince Neilstein argues that social media have actually helped musicians to get more in touch with their fans, and have created a more direct stream of revenue from fan to band.
I have to agree with this. If you like a band, you can now just look them up on Facebook, like their page and all of a sudden you are informed of concerts, releases and other events. Just like the good old mailing list.
This of course only works when you are a fan and actually like a page. Though it is evident that bands, especially niche bands, or sub-genre band can exploit this by paying to get followers. These are just empty numbers, and not actual fans that will buy their product. But in the eyes of say, a label company, all they see is that this band has a huge following, and will be worth investing in.

The last reading delves into the music journalism and how journalism as a whole has not been able to keep up with the rapidly growing digital trends. The lack of innovation for journalists has led to a “forced sellout” where they hand over their content to other medias like snapchat or instagram, in the hopes that it will peak interest, and again lead to revenue.
The writer of the article Jason Gross talks about how journalism is not wholly suited for the new medias, and how, just like news papers, music magazines are suffering from the uprise of digital medias. Free content and amateur generated reviews are moving in on their turf.
I also believe that the availability of music today has led to music journalists not being needed anymore. “Back in the day”, one would read a music magazine to get inspiration to new music to listen to, or one would go to a record shop, talk to the sellers and maybe be allowed to listen to a track or two from selected bands.
Nowadays, it takes you a single search on YouTube, Spotify or any other digital media hosting music, and there you go. You can listen to anything at any time and make up your own mind than and there instead of reading a magazine, purchasing an album and then go home to listen to it.
Music journalism is dying and the cause is the fact that they are not needed in any capacity any more. We can find and listen to anything we want, and we do not need a journalist to tell us if the music is good or bad, we can make that decision for ourselves now. There is no need for a middle man any more.

Those are my thoughts on the ideas of Jenkins and the educational environment, and the music industry moving to social media as a platform of spreading content.
Hopefully there will be more to come on this blog, but as of now, the only thing left to do is finishing up the semester and do my exams.
Thank you for reading my blog, and I`ll hope you`ll be back if and when I start up again.


How having more music has made me less interested in it

As Facebook is making a play for the music industry, commentators are speculating about how social media is affecting artists and music producers. Digby Pearson argues that social media is making music fans more fragmented, and that being a fan of an artist has gone from being about going to concerts to clicking “like” on Facebook. Vince Neilstein argues for social media in his article, claiming that social media has helped artists to reach more listeners (Source).

The arguments by Pearson and Neilstein are typical of the debate about music in a social media age. On the one side there are those who praise social media as a way to reach a larger audience. And on the other side there are those who think that social media belittles music by changing and simplifying the relationships between artists and fans. But reading Neilstein’s article made me think about another issue: how does the modern music industry, with Spotify as the main source of music for a lot of people, change our relationship to music as an art form? I have no answers to this question other than to reflect on how my own relationship to music has changed over the years.

 

The first music I can remember owning was a vinyl record by Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel, handed down to me from my father. Later, when my childhood bedroom was updated with a CD-player, most of the music I listened to was collections: movie soundtracks and rock- and pop collections. I never had a lot of music, and some of it was bad. But I listened to the music I had again and again, until I knew most of the songs by heart. And I appreciated every song, good or bad.

When I got my first computer at age 14, at a time of dial-up modems and a painfully slow internet connection, CD’s (and occasionally a floppy disk) with Mp3 files were traded amongst my friends. I remember having a collection of about 150 Mp3 files, including rock, rap, pop and some comedy songs. Just like with my earlier CD collection, I listen to these few songs so many times I can still remember the lyrics to many of them.

As internet speeds improved, and I discovered torrent sites, my music collection started to increase. For the first time I couldn’t listen to all my music in a day. I had to start organizing my files into folders. My collection of music, although not dramatically large, became something I had to manage. And even though all the music in the world was now easily obtainable, I built a carefully selected collection of music – I only wanted to have music I liked.

From my first vinyl record to my collection of less then legally obtained music, one thing was always true: I knew my music. I knew what music I had, what I liked and I knew some of it by heart. Today, I don’t own any vinyl records. My CD collection is very limited. And I don’t have a collection of downloaded Mp3-files, because I eventually grew up and wanted to get my music legally.

 

Today I have a Spotify subscription, and all the music in the world has never been so easily available to me. But what does that mean for my relationship to music? Unlike before, I no longer know my music. In stead of CD’s or folders with Mp3 files, I now have a collection of playlists on Spotify, many of which are labeled “something something – check out later”. Ironically, I felt more of an ownership of the music I previously downloaded from torrent sites. I at least had to work for that music – I had to battle sleazy ads for magic pills and dating sites, search for and find the right files, and risk getting a computer virus or a Scientology documentary instead of music (yeah, that really happened once).

On Spotify I don’t have to do anything. And everything is there. And yet, I never feel like there’s anything to listen to (talk about a first-world problem). There’s too much music to browse through, too much to feel any kind of ownership over. And Spotify is filter-bubbling me the same music suggestions all the time, so even when I do try finding something new, it’s still the same.

Of course I enjoy Spotify, and I’m not going to end my subscription anytime soon. But I can’t help feeling that, with the massive music library Spotify offers, something has been lost. And yes, I am spoiled – complaining about too much and too easy to find music. I guess if I have to find some sort of moral to this rambling, it’s that the more you have of something, the less it is worth.

Presentation time

As I’ve been following Mia Zamora’s class, it’s now my turn to do take over the class for parts of tomorrow and present my thesis.

My thesis will focus on Participatory culture within game developement and gaming communities. I will present my practical projec,t the Twine game I’ve been blogging about, my positive and negative experiences about it and how I connect it to participatory culture. I will also talk about what my plans is for the rest of my master program, what I plan to do and how to go about it.

I hope to get a fruitful discussion going in class about participatory culture, the reading I assigned for them (chapte 5 of Participatory culture in a networked ers and a video with Henry Jenkins), and any input they might have on the topic.