I used to think that there was an overload of media content out there. There’s just too much information and most of it is useless. Sometimes you don’t know where to start and what to look for. Is it all worth it? But after reading the article by David Gauntlett at Media Studies 2.0. I now have a whole new perspective on the media as it is today.
His explanation of the shift to Media studies 2.0 describes a shift away from a focus on western media to the process of globalization. Previously marginalized groups and people from around the world can now be heard with the click of a button. The fact that the media is no longer dominated by large organisations and information is shared and less distorted is liberating. The internet provides a space where people can have their say without being censored or controlled.
Of course there are problems, like issues of privacy and bullying, but it is important for creativity and communication and overall something worth being part of.
Gauntlett, D 2011, Media Studies 2.0, Theory.org.uk, January, retrieved March 2017 http://www.theory.org.uk/mediastudies2.htm.