Week 5: Trajectories of convergence I: user empowerment, information access, and networked participation:
Participation (route) of convergent (the coming together). Things have changed in recent years, the role of the audience has been modified. Media formats and our access to these things have rerouted the way in which we network and source our information. Convergence alters the role of the audience and the interaction that we have with new digital media programmes and its content. We explore multiple ways to access content, as well looking at the changes in technology/industry create new types of users.
We rely on the new, we have access to an incredible amount of material. Do you remember when you were a child and you wanted to watch a video, like literally a video with tape inside the rectangle box (VCR)? You put it in the VCR player and you rewind it. With digital media platforms such as torrent sites, it has altered the role of the audience and it makes you question, who is the real producer and who is the audience are they even separate given the production and distribution of torrents and the access that we have to them. This week I decided to use a GIF to illustrate my point, this is clearly an evolution of sorts.