This week we read our reading on writers Henry Jenkins and Clay Shriky. Both their reading are related to each other by the fact that they talks about the professions made in the virtual world, which can either build or can destroy a person’s professional life. This can mainly relate to political figures and celebrities who are constantly watched by the media world. The media world can be brutal to if they catch a mistake made by political figures or celebrities.
News has meant two different things, events that are newsworthy and events that are covered by the press. Identifying what is news was personal judgment. Though these days the internet blogs makes the news, which breaks the link between the two. Some news only makes it to the papers because people have talked about in on blogs and without the press weighing in. Oftentimes, the press picks the story up after it makes a big splash among people. The best example in the reading this week was the politician Howard Dean who ran for election in 2004 developed initial following via the Internet that brought him visibility in broadcast and mass-market media. He was able to raise large sums of money He was able to raise this large amount of money by creating blogs which created a more intimate relationship with citizens and meetup.com to quickly launch rallies. Dean’s campaign used it to rally by using Deanie Babies. Blogging bought him closer to the citizen because of citizen journalism, quick way to put content out there, free, and mobile information. Make no claim to objectivity and deal with rumors. When Dean made a large amount of money, which he used to for television advertising. The sad thing is that if the “internet made Dean’s candidacy, television unmade it.” This happened when he gave a speech in Iowa, which became a self-destructive act because during his speech he screamed at the end of the speech, which was used to reduce to soundbites on TV. When the broadcast media made him look really bad internet sharks hacked attacked him. The internet sharks started to post pictures of Dean with different violent acts, which made him loose the election since people who supported him and were going to elect him changed their minds.
A good example to the reading would be the celebrity Britney Spear when she was going through her depression and she broke hit her car with the umbrella it became a huge deal and it was broadcasted on television and newspaper. Right after it was broadcasted on television the internet sharks got to her and started making pictures and videos of her that showed a violent side and she became the talk of the news and internet. Every move she made it became the new talk on internet. Her performace were criticized. People started saying she wasn't fitted to be a parent and she needed help. Britney Spears’s image was being destroyed on internet and the magaize and the media never gave her a break. Though she had a rough time with the media she managed to pull herself together and come back as the image as people once remember her as the “girl next door”. The sad thing is that though she has regained her identity as the girl everyone remember as. The images the internet shark has of her online will always be there and it will always remind everyone what she had gone through and what had happened. There is no turning back of what had happened.
The conclusion of this week’s reading is that thought one can build a professional identity and success in the media world. The same media can destroy one’s professional life if one is not careful of the their action. Internet media does not favor anyone and can attack anyone that is weak. Though people like Britney Spear and Howard Dean is example of people who were attacked by internet shark. There are many more out there and it isn’t only happening in America but everywhere else in the world and some consequence to internet shark are worst such as suicide and depression.