Henry Jenkins's makes the claim that "(w)ithin convergence culture everyone's a participant- although participants may have different degrees of status and influence" (132). The forum members at YoYo Games are all creators, yet just as Jenkins's claims, even a person who creates a game by his or herself may not be able to claim full credit for the game. Often the part that is borrowed from somewhere is the story and characters from mainstream video games. Examples of this would be from such classic games like The Legend of Zelda, Sonic the Hedgehog, Super Mario Bros.
reading response 14
Since the suggested readings for this week were very random and scattered, my reading response is going to be random and scattered as well. To start it off, I would like to discuss the article by Kevin Sites called "Gadgets and Gadflies". In his article, he writes that Tim Robbins said that he 'decried today's news and entertainment content as driven by a "pornographic obsession with celebrity culture.'" (http://potw.news.yahoo.com/s/potw/69013/gadgets-and-gadflies;_ylt=AvYnR3...).
I think the most amazing thing that technology has come up with is the fact that we have the power to watch TV on the computer. As college students, we have very limited access to a TV. At least at Pitzer, there's only one television for all the freshman dorms to share. Clearly, things can get difficult. Thankfully, we can now download television shows on computers and solve the cat-fight for the TV screen.
I found the Atlantic Monthly Article "The Revolution Will Be Televised," by Michael Hirschorn, to be my favorite of the suggested readings. Hirschorn's perspective as a media mogul who dealt with the music industry's transition from record to digital sales, offers an interesting perspective.
The articles that we read this past week bring up the important debate over the future of television. After reading various articles giving opinions about the future of television, I still find television's future to be quite unclear. It is obvious that television is in need of massive reform but each television network seems to want to go in a different direction. As Pomona College students, I feel we are biased in our views of the future of television.