What I found interesting about Henry Jenkin’s outlook on transmedia relating to audience engagement was how we are responsible for sharing and posting what we find. That shouldn’t come as a surprise because you are in control of what you share and how it affects others it just seems strange to me that we don’t exactly think about that before it’s shared. I don’t exactly think that because I share a photo of the world’s fluffiest dog that all my friends will believe it. I guess in a weird way that’s how I understood Jenkin’s outlook. I personally don’t like to believe that because I am friends with someone on Facebook or follow someone on Twitter that I am narrowing my knowledge of how I learn about current events.
In Jenkin’s two part interview, the focus is solely on the narrowing of an individuals information gathering. While I agree that news can be learned from social media, I don’t believe that this is how all people get their news. I would like to think that people don’t believe everything they read. I would also like to believe that people spend their spare time actually researching news.
If I see an intriguing story in my news feed, I will read it. It’s easy to do and yes, the story is put right at my finger tips. To be honest though, there is a pretty good chance that if one of my really good friends likes a news story on Facebook I will be more likely to read it. Not necessarily because I find the news source to be incredibly reliable, but because if we are good friends we generally share the same interests.
I don’t completely agree with Jenkins. Sure, I do read news on Facebook and Twitter. But I am also just as likely to turn on the tv and watch the news or go online by myself and find an article.
What I really find odd about the whole Facebook debate and the so called filter bubble that only shares with us what it thinks we want to see is even when we choose our news sources, we’re still choosing. We choose a source that we think is most accurate. Just because one thing is on one news source, however, doesn’t necessarily mean it will be on another news source. There is still definite favoritism for one station over another and that is still a bias. I am still choosing what I view. I guess I don’t believe that my news habits are solely defined by what my friends share on social media or what I choose to watch. It’s my decision to be as informed about things as I want and that’s not really up to any of my friend.s
Bourdaa, Melanie, and Aurore Gallarino. “Henry Jenkins Explains His Vision of Transmedia and Audience Engagement.” Transmedia Lab. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Sept. 2014.
Jenkins, Henry. “Critical Making, Social Media, and DIY Citizenship: An Interview with Matt Ratto and Megan Boler (Part One).” Confessions of an AcaFan. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Sept. 2014.
Jenkins, Henry. “Critical Making, Social Media, and DIY Citizenship: An Interview with Matt Ratto and Megan Boler (Part Two).” Confessions of an AcaFan. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Sept. 2014.