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“The notion, then, of a “produser” in Bird’s article is of utmost importance: will the future of the digital era be defined by masses of peer-to-peer interactions that end up generating content or will the online masses simply consume what is delivered to them according to whatever is deemed to be most marketable?” (Bradley, 2013)
I think a produser is someone who is motivated and not afraid to share his or her thoughts in the digital world and engages in productive conversations in which they are generating new content. I think that we all continuously learn more about how to contribute to the world through social media as time goes by. Therefore, I think in the future we will all be produsing more new content and taking to social media platforms to voice our concerns and thoughts about making change, as there are constantly so many issues in the world that require our attention, and what better way to make a change than by raising awareness using social media. I think the public/the average person is slowly gaining the confidence just not to believe every word that is marketed to us and we are questioning it using social media such as Twitter and Facebook because those platforms are able to reach a lot of people in a very short amount of time. And interaction via social platforms is like a digital word of mouth, and word of mouth is the best way to spread information about a cause.
After exploring blogging on wordpress, Twitter, making a video and posting it on Youtube, podcasts, storify and Wikipedia, I feel like I understand the real point of social media more. To me, social media is a platform that absolutely anyone with Internet access can pour out their thoughts without having to feel as if there is no one to listen to them. Social media allows anyone with something to say an open ground to say it and express it, but as in real life, it is imperative to remember not to say anything that could be disrespectful to anyone or be rude. Social media is like a journal for thoughts, and ideas and advice that anyone could see, hear and read and also provide their thoughts on. I think that when we discuss pressing matters for example environmental concerns, and ways we can help save water, and electricity and paper and recycle more so that we can try to keep our Earth in a condition that would be fit for our future generations to live in. After really understanding the purpose of having social media and ignoring all the negative things that happen on social media platforms namely Facebook, social media is a wonderful thing because it promotes freedom of speech and expression. And now that I have found many other social platforms other than Facebook, as earlier I thought that social media meant Facebook and because of all the negative news that Facebook was associated with, I was always apprehensive of being an active member of social media platforms and after my positive experience in this course, I am most definitely more inclined to express my thoughts via blogging, and twitter even after this course has ended.
“We need to ask ourselves if the ways in which we interact online are indeed contributing to a more thoughtful and democratic social space of discussion and cultural production or, as Sterne worries, if they are simply chimeric, “value-added” components to the same old consumer-driven media models of the 19th and 20th centuries? It’s too early to say at this point, but it certainly makes the struggles and conflicts identified by Lunenfeld, Bird, and Lievrouw pertinent, if not crucial, issues to be considered as one engages with new and social media.” (Bradley, 2013)
I think my intimation of deprival regarding produsage is that whatever original content I was to post online actually makes a difference or impact. I believe it is important to continuously improve myself and help improve the space around me so my intimation is to continuously be productive and make some sort of change even if miniscule and even my thoughts reach one person and affect positively. Before being in this course, I never thought of social media as anything besides status updates and silly talk on Facebook, but now that I have learnt that social media can be used for much more other than silliness, my intimation is the challenge to actually use social media and generate original content and reach people and make a difference even if in a small way.