Week 13 Readings

The way that Brian Solis described social sharing and the way that information has become a commercial object based on the kind of information you share and who you share it with, was almost poetic. “These interactions essentially change how we communicate and connect with one another. They also change how we find and share information. And herein lies both the significance of social media and its opportunity.” 

The world has evolved from the gatekeeper-audience setup to each individual person being their own gatekeeper depending on what they want to see and how much they want to search for it. Because of changes like this, the audience now has a much more active role and the possibility of being a creator and content curator. The audiences of traditional media are connecting and creating content in order to become part of the discussion, and creating things (such as a Storify) will enable them to feel more in control of their knowledge. It’s a very empowering role for the one static audience.

The conversation between Ethan Zuckerman and Andy Carvin was really interesting, mostly because Carvin seems to have been at the helm for a lot of social media trends like live tweeting and Storify, especially because he doesn’t consider himself to be a journalist. I really liked what he said about Twitter not being a static timeline, “Twitter can echo in the sense that it’s loud at first then reverberates for a while.” A different way of looking at it but makes complete sense. But Carvin is definitely right about the fact that it’s all just storytelling, trying to tell an audience what is happening somewhere in a way that will keep their attention and make sense. 

And I like how Mindy McAdams spelled out exactly how to organize and make decisions when curating online material. Probably one of the hardest choices when someone is bringing all of that content together is when to stop, which pieces are not important enough.

Jeff Jarvis was brilliantly blunt with his opinion of what ‘oversharing’ on the internet really is. Society is changing because of social media, and some people are not accepting the ways that our lives are different because of it. As I have written before, my family has commented many a time that I use social media too much, that I don’t need to tell people what I think about sexual assault on college campuses because that’s very intense… We use social media as a means of communication, and sharing is one of those means, whether a person feels like posting about their penis cancer or about the weather- that is their business.

Not only do these tools allow the audience to become more active in the content, but it also allows for aggregation of content that makes a much clearer picture of certain events. For instance, reading a Storify that collected all of the most important stories and tweets about Coachella. Anyone who is interested in following what happened at the Coachella music festival would benefit from a collection of photos, stories, and social media content, in one space.

Link Love:

Connecting people and knowledge through linkage.


HuffPost gathered a collection of the most noteworthy moments of the Oscars for women and by women, as well as some noteworthy tweets by women during the ceremony. Including one of my favorite parts, Cate Blanchett using her acceptance speech to bring light to the lack of women’s roles. “Films with women at the center are not niche movies.” As per usual, the piece was written with snark and humor, which I find makes for a much more interesting read.


BRILLIANT post about how we push gender roles onto our children, and most of the time it is completely subconscious. From the time children are born, we are constantly deciding things for them. You’re a boy, you like blue, trucks, and super heroes. You’re a girl, you like pink, dolls, and cooking. None of this is written in stone, society has been brainwashed by constant gender role advertising that tells not only the children, but also the parents, what they should look and act like.


A 21-year-old artist turned the internet bullying back onto her audience. She was being shamed almost daily because of the amount of selfies that she posted and decided to make her attackers face her and their own words. She posted photos of herself with some comments and rape threats that she had been sent. She made the very valid point that people feel that they have the right to comment and pass judgement on women’s bodies and looks, but that we need to own our image and not fall victim to bullying.


An article that discusses the fact that when women band together and stand up for each other, we are a force to be reckoned with. Wendy Davis is attacked from every angle because of her liberal ideals for women and gender equity. She was labeled “abortion barbie” by Erick Erickson and criticized for being a single mother who worked hard. This leads to the fact that she has support and they showed their female solidarity during her filibuster. Most feature films, books, and television shows highlight the fact that fraternity and brotherhood are strong and wonderful bonds. But women are constantly portrayed as ‘catty’ towards one another, pitted against each other over the attention of a man, and isolated from the true sisterhood that so many women enjoy.


The U.S. population is 51% female, but in broadcast television women make up on 27% of the creators, 22% of the creators in cable television. Research also shows that a more diverse cast, racially and gender-wise, brings in more money.

1 Comment

  1. Glad you enjoyed the readings. The links are well-chosen and summarized. I would have made them their own post, though. Also, I’d hyperlink the title of each of the links, rather than just pasting the link text.

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