Remix video with The Overly Attached Girlfriend

This is basically a really short conversation between me and “the overly attached girlfriend.”

What I did was take videos of her when she was not in character, and just answering peoples questions, and made it look like she actually was in character by adding meme’s and having pieces of the video be reactions to those memes. She’s also portrayed as really creepy so the audio in the background is reflective of that. It’s pretty simple and straightforward.

So, there’s my first attempt EVER at a remix video. This one shows me I probably won’t be doing many more remix videos in the future. #boom.

 

– that nigerian girl –

Crowdsourcing

So I decided to pick one problem out of the millions of my oh beloved country – Nigeria.

The problem of jungle justice in Nigeria dates back to many years ago. Jungle justice is justice that respects no law. The people take issues into their own hands. Recently, the most practiced form of jungle justice in Nigeria, along with extreme torturing, has been burning people… ALIVE. In the last 3 months, we’ve had over 3 cases of brutal jungle justice. with 2/3 of those cases as extreme as death by fire. Jungle justice is usually carried out on people who are discovered to be thieves, but that does not make it any more right. One case involved 4 young university boys. The saddest part of this whole thing I think, is the crowd that stood back and made an audience for this gruesome act. There is even a video, which means someone was more interested in getting a naked burning person fighting for life on camera, than in actually saving them. VERY sad, and highly misplaced priorities. (I would not encourage anyone to watch this. Except of course you want to see 4 naked, badly beaten and bleeding boys being lighted on fire and burnt to death.) Jungle justice is a problem that recently resurfaced in Nigeria.

One of the ways that people can work towards a solution for jungle justice is by awareness. Making sure that everyone understands that jungle justice is not appropriate when there are laws to take care of offenders will be a great start. The police are too busy taking care of crime that awareness is not exactly a priority so citizens can help them out.

Nigerians love music and if music is involved, so are they. So there could be some sort of music competition open to the public where they could write and record tributes to victims of jungle justice, and upload them to a certain website. These songs will be listened to and the public, along with celebrity judges, will vote on the best 5 maybe. These five winners could tag along with some celebrities and have tribute shows in the places where jungle justice happened, and maybe have a cop or two with them to say a word. That could spread a good amount of awareness.

Tying this to some of Brabham’s findings on sources of motivation,  people that make music will want to use this as an opportunity to advance their career, get some attention, meet people in the social sphere, and most of all, contribute to a cause by doing something they love. Andersen in his own article, makes it pretty clear that time is of the essence, so you can’t wait till long after the incident to do something about it. You have to do something while the incidents are fresh in people’s minds. I mean, something like jungle justice takes many months to settle, but time is still important.

– that nigerian girl –

Elections and Citizen Journalism

First thing I would like point out which is pretty obvious already, is that citizen journalism, or participatory journalism as it may also be called, does something for politics, and elections in general. In the African countries, citizen journalism was a man source of information, and not only that but it was relied upon. Citizens were asked to be a part of the on-going conversations that were taking place. Traditional media actually embraced the new media technologies because they seemed to fill in spots that traditional media could not reach. Interestingly, or not, the situation in the United States is not quite the same. Citizen journalism faces tough criticism from traditional media sources who are in a fight to stay relevant amidst this growing power of participatory journalism. It is deemed not professional and a lot less credible.

Personally, I think user-generated information is very important. I don’t think that lack of professionalism or unedited content should tag a piece of information invalid. Opinions, or just participatory journalism is important because it helps you properly critique your own stance and have reasons for why you trust or believe what you do. I think that it the most effective way to foster conversation on political issues. Also, the reason why you want to foster these conversations is so that people make informed choices in voting during elections. Akoh and Ahiabenu recognize that monitoring elections through new technologies and social media have become an integral part of the election process in Africa. Kaufhold et. al also recognize that even though citizen journalism may not add to ones political knowledge, it is positively related to participation – on and offline. This shows that the role citizen journalism plays in the election process may be on the rise not just for the U.S, but for any country that goes through the election process. It also seems like individuals may grow to inform their decisions more than traditional media would.

I do think however, that with this rise of new technologies, the focus of citizen journalism has the tendency to shift from important things to things that are not very valuable. It is impossible to train every single citizen journalist out there, so definitely discerning between what kinds of information to take in is important, and I believe this is where trust comes in. Nevertheless, I still believe that citizen journalists that become more prominent will have some sort of credibility, or at least will make some sense to the audience. Kaufhold et. al.,with respect to professional journalism, say that when there is distrust, careful and reflective reading or seeking alternative sources of information is provoked. They also say that the level of trust is not very different between professional and citizen journalism, and Akoh and Ahiabenu suggest changes that can be made to deem citizen journalism more effective. It is gaining strength by the day, and as opposed to professional journalism, consuming it’s contents is positively related to political participation on and offline.

– that nigerian girl –

Viral Online Media

Immediately I read the assignment for this week, I knew what I was going to write on. This piece of media that went viral has to do with this young Evangelist – Jeff Bethke, and his take on the difference between who Jesus is, and religion. It’s not the traditional type of media because this is just one man’s views in the form of spoken word. However, this video is today one of the most watched videos on youtube, and is still sparking conversation. Bethke says he just wanted to differentiate between who Jesus is and all the hypocrisy that goes on in churches and among people that claim to be “christian” which is just a religion. The article I found about this is called “‘Why i hate religion but love Jesus’: Viral video sparks faith debate.” Here is the video:

Berger and Milkman assert that high arousal/activation is characterized by activity, therefore anger, since characterized by high activation might increase transmission. This was definitely the case with this video. Christians and believers were divided on the issue. While some were absolutely receptive of this idea, others were severely angered, and this is what fostered not only the conversations and debates on and around the issue, but the going viral of the video.

Another point that Berger and Milkman made that the going viral of this video well supports is that people are more likely to share [media] that evoked more amusement. Needless to say, a lot of people were very amused that someone, especially a christian would stand up and speak against the hypocritical church, and religion in general. I was personally involved in this conversation when it was a huge hit earlier this year, and if you were too, you’ll remember that it was of great interest to many people – especially because the speaker is christian. The video evoked amusement in Christians and non-Christians alike, whose words and comments evoked amusement in other people, and this caused the video to go viral in a very short period of time. It currently has over 22 million youtube views.

One thing, however, that I would like to discuss is that Berger and Milkman ‘s results indicated that positive information is more likely to go viral. I don’t know exactly where this video would fall for the reason that the audience for which it was intended was very divided on what it actually meant. Personally, I was excited that someone could put into words something that had been swimming at the back of my head for a really long time. I was very pleased with the video, and therefore considered it positive. Other Christians were immensely offended by Bethke’s words and considered it negative. I had some of them on my facebook newsfeed, and on my twitter timeline. So I think it’s safe to say that this video provoked both negative and positive perceptions of the content, and BOTH played a huge role in its going viral.

 

– that nigerian girl –

Twitter: My break from real life.

Someone once told me “Hey Sese, I didn’t know you swore so much till I followed you on twitter.” *Blank stare* Well, now you get to judge – @khlowey_songz .

So, for the purpose of this class, I chose to subscribe to a list called “Quotes.” I followed a couple of people from this list, and then other random people.

In summary, I followed a mix of people – those that tweet quotes, some funny people, some fake/parody accounts, one news website and some ordinary people. I didn’t follow  anybody that was politically active. And neither did I follow any celebrities. I was trying to follow people that I would maybe not normally follow. Some parody accounts get on my last nerve and quote pages all basically recycle and steal their quotes, so following one of them is enough.

The parody account I followed though, >>>>>>>. It’s a parody account for Kris Humphries the NBA player, and although it is not politically driven, I saw a lot of what Wilson talked about in his article with respect to fake accounts. This character takes the time to remain a very exaggerated Kris Humphries. What is interesting is that he does this from the perspective of Kim Kardashian’s ex-husband. So basically, this fake Kris Humphries is one that is bitter about Kim Kardashian and her family, and uses his tweets to express those feelings. I disagree with all that stuff, but damn, this person is REALLY funny, and VERY mean and sexually explicit. Marwick and Boyd in their article discuss some of these fake accounts having satirical value or effective impersonation. With over 35,000 followers, I don’t know where this one falls.

I actually found that I followed some accounts that would have “celebrity status” on twitter. They all had thousands of followers (some of which I followed), and interestingly either tweeted rude, funny and “offensive” stuff, or very emotional and heartfelt stuff. Their followers could be considered fans because they were active in retweeting and favoriting tweets from these accounts. In seconds, some of their tweets would have been retweeted thousands of times. Unfortunately, this fan base does not exist outside of twitter, but they have to constantly tweet things their fans want to see to maintain it. Interestingly, because this exists apart from real life, the aim of this, I’m guessing, and maybe Marwick and Boyd will agree, is not for intimate or closeness with the fans. Marwick and boyd will probably argue that these “highly followed users” are just trying to tweet, retweet, and even link to items that keep not just them, but their users interested as well. This would not meet the definitions of micro-celebrity though, so, a different kind of “celebrity” maybe?

One thing that was common with almost all the accounts was a lack of political content. One of them did tweet political stuff but it was unserious and humorously stupid.

Overall, following this people did nothing to my twitter experience.

– that nigerian girl –

Hacktivism and Pirate Culture

This case I have chosen involves the hacking of the website of the National Organization for Marriage on the same day the organization endorsed Mitt Romney for president. To get this endorsement, Romney signed a pledge that “commits candidates to supporting a federal constitutional ammendment that would define marriage as between one man and one woman.” It is unknown if this was a group or an individual because the article doesnt explicitly say which, but it keeps referring to the activity as being done by “someone”. The hackers invaded the website and changed the message of the organization to the opposite of what they stand for – which is marriage being sacred between one man and one woman. The same was done for their twitter account and facebook page as well. This happened earlier this year- 2012, and here is where you can find an article about it – National Organization For Marriage Website Hacked on the Day Group Endorses Mitt Romney.

This case did not include hacktivist mobilization or organization. I say so because first of all, like I said above, there is no news on exactly who hacked this organizations website, and therefore the hacking has not been associated with a specific person or group of people, and clearly mobilization or organization was not their aim. However, I could make an educated assumption that the people or person responsible for the hacking are/is pro-marriage equality. I cannot say why the case didn’t include either mobilization or organization because frankly, I think it would’ve made a bigger impact especially since there is a large society of pro marriage equality in the country.

I would argue that the case was political to an extent. It was a very strategic move to hack the website on that specific day. It could have been done any other day or any other time. But that day was chosen. However, I think that the hacking was more of a message than a political affiliation so to speak. The hackers didn’t say in the altered messages that they endorsed Obama. They simply changed the messages to pro marriage equality messages. So it was basically a message they were passing across that they were not or are not going to go down without a fight. Implicit in this message is the fact that the activists are against the organization and its endorsements of Mitt Romney for president. Therefore i may think this is more of a political action, than an explicit political statement.

I definitely think that everyone has a right to be their views and their opinions, and to express that. However, trying to replace someone else’s views with yours is never the appropriate way to do it. Every one can use their space to express themselves and endorse whoever they wish. All in all, i would consider the act more criminal that not, just because it is wrong to break into someone else’s space to do what you please.

– that nigerian girl –