filter bubbles and their impact on social medias

I spent some time looking at my twitter and instagram feeds today, trying to point at filter bubbles and echo chambers on my social medias.

My main interests in life are music, travels, tattoos, fashion and art in general, and if you don’t know me, by having a look at my feed, you could clearly tell. I also like to follow news accounts, to stay informed.

I would say that my instagram feed is mostly about art, tattoos and travels, and my twitter feed is really focused on music, since I follow my favourite bands, but also music producers, photographers, managers… and you will find a lot of fashion related posts on my twitter feed as well, and news accounts such as BFMTV or BBC. I also realised that I have a lot of sports related content, mostly football and rugby. 

Filter bubbles are both positive and negative, since we stick to what we like, preventing us from discovering other topics, but on the other hand, social medias are not what is going to get me interested in something. I find new interests and use social medias to get more information about them. I don’t use them to find interests. So following this point of view, filter bubbles are a good thing.

‘Teen Titan’, the man who made Justin Bieber

Photo via @justinbieber instagram

This profile from the New Yorker was written in October 2012, and tells us about Scooter Braun’s career. The article was written when the manager was at the top of his career after he discovered Justin Bieber and became his mentor.

Here, Scooter Braun’s story is told from the very beginning, from the moment he was a kid reading comic books to the moment he went to college, ending with his heydays as a music manager. This way of telling the story makes the reader feel empathy and he can relate to the story.

As explained by Lizzie Widdicombe, the manager always dreamt of being a basketball player, and after he realised it was impossible, he had to find a new interest in order to be ‘ a different kind of superhero ‘. Once again, telling about Braun’s dreams as a kid is a way of getting to people and creates a feeling of sympathy.

Scooter Braun is described as an open-minded person, giving a positive impression and is introduced as a hard worker who wouldn’t have any limits to get what he wants, as long as he’s not harming anyone.

The journalist used Braun’s background as a principal source of information to create a feeling of empathy when reading his profile. The many quotes showing how humble Justin Bieber’s manager is makes it hard not to appreciate him. The impression given to the reader is nothing but good, and we want to know more about this guy who made Justin Bieber famous.

Celebrating black culture through music – Black History Month

Pegasus Opera, a multi-racial opera company will be performing on the 23th of October 2018 at the Assembly Hall, Lambeth Town Hall for the third week of the Black History Month, a month dedicated to the celebration of black culture, which brought a lot to the world.

This event will be paying a tribute to the Windrush generation, name given to the Caribbean people who moved to the UK between 1948 and 1971. These people were given a right to remain indefinitely on the UK soil, but in 2018, the many changes in the UK brought this subject back on the table and their legitimacy to be here was questioned. Fortunately, Prime Minister Theresa May apologised for the misunderstanding and clarified the situation. Windrush children will always be welcomed on the UK soil.

Tiffany R, a Caribbean woman who lives in London, said that: ‘The Black History Month is a good idea but is mostly necessary since it is the best way of remembering the role it had and still has in today’s world, and is not recognised the way it should be’ before adding that she hopes ‘it won’t be seen as a competition, since it is definitely not about showing that the black community is better than the others, it is just about celebrating a culture that has a real impact on everyone’s life.’

The impact of digital developments on journalism

Journalism used to be all about newspapers and writing stories, but you can now do journalism through radio, television, internet – social medias included. I would say that digital developments changed journalism in the way that the devices and websites used to check the news have changed a lot, and a journalist’s job is not just about writing an article anymore but also trying to keep up with these constant evolutions in order to satisfy the readers’ demands.

Smartphones are now what we use the most to get access to the internet, and to the news as well. Computers and laptops used to be the first access to the internet but it’s now in decline, since a smartphone seems to be more practical. It could be seen as a good thing since we can nowadays get access to the news from anywhere, and by any means, making it accessible to anyone. 

Yet, it creates an issue for journalists since they have to work on different platforms and adapt their content. Moreover, the devices used all have different sizes and the apps are all built in a different way, giving the journalist no other option than adapting his work to every platform used.

Migration hidden beneath Tate Modern’s latest Exhibition

 

Heat-sensitive material accompanied with a ‘crying’ room are apart of the latest exhibition at The Tate Modern with the intention to make visitors ‘uncomfortable’ and highlight the journey migrants take.  

Tate Modern’s Turbine hall flooring is covered in heat-sensitive material, commissioned by Hyundai. Hiding beneath it is a portrait of Yousef, a young Syrian man who fled to the UK in 2011 and is now a biomedical science student working for the NHS.

A low-frequency sound is constantly being played in the Turbine hall, as well as a ‘crying’ room with an organic compound that physically makes the visitor cry – both designed to make the visitors feel uncomfortable. Tania calls it ‘forced empathy’ and is intended to break down peoples usual social barriers as well as saying ‘Life is not comfortable. I want people to get out of their comfort zone’.

With this exhibition, Tania aims to create awareness about the positive aspects of migration by bringing people together to reveal the portrait of Yousef.

The purpose of the crying room is to make people think about the loss migration involves. Entering the room, visitors are stamped with a 12 digit number, representing the number of migration plus the number of migrant deaths both in 2018. Based on these numbers, an ever-changing title is created as the migration and deaths change (currently 10,143,225).

Speaking to local visitors, Nicholas Morgan and Jeni Godwin, they stated that they felt that it was powerful to look down on the entire portrait from the viewing platform. However, they said they felt “no sense of anything”, not understanding the link between the three parts of the exhibition and feeling “disappointed”.   

Is Tania Bugeras message truly conveyed in this abstract new piece of art? Or has her message been lost in Tanias key beliefs being misconstrued? Find out for yourself by visiting the Tate before the closing date on February 24th 2019.    

 

Reuter’s Digital News Report 2018.

The most significant development is, according to me, the evolution of the networks used to get news and information, although the lack of trust in the news is still considerable.

Over the years, social medias have become a way to stay informed and read the news without needing a website dedicated to news for this. These platforms often have information about us, making it easier to show news that the reader might be interested in. However, this way of distributing news has been proven as unreliable, since anyone can post on these websites. Facebook, as an example, used to be one of the most used platforms, but is now in decline because of the amount of fake news being published. The main issue here is that people have never really trusted the news, since it is often written in a way that benefits influent people such as politicians.

News is losing credibility and needs to be about telling facts, instead of making up stories. Readers should be able to trust journalists and the stories they tell.

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Hello, welcome to my blog!

I will be using this platform to share some of my work over the course of my degree as a journalism student at LSBU. 

Camille Buignet.