We’re all a little famous

Fame and fortune are no longer out of reach! Everyday people are beginning to gain fame. How, you ask? MEDIA PERSONAS! It is as simple as creating an account (persona) on a media site(s) and becoming a micro-celebrity by distributing digital objects online; eg. videos, images, etc. But when posting to media using a persona, are we really portraying who we truly are?

When posting to media platforms we usually only represent parts of who we are and everything else is often influenced by celebrity personas.
An example of this is fitness personas on Instagram. Katya Henry is a clear example of a media persona. Who Instagram consists of workout images focused mainly on her butt! By using fitness as a base for her online presence she has gained plenty of followers and her images have been shared on many media platforms – I suppose having a perfectly toned butt is just a bonus!

 

 

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A world of Journalists

Nowadays everyone is a journalist. From real life reporting journalists to teens with mobile phones using social media sites. With the growth of technology, everyone with a mobile device at reach can report the news – whether it be bullying/fights in schools or something happening down the street. Posts on social media platforms seem to now be more persistent than news broadcasts/newspapers. ‘News’ reported on media/”immediate” technologies is now posted to an audience a lot quicker than it is even received by a news company. Blogs, YouTube videos, Tweets, etc., can often act as platforms to post ‘news’; but can citizen journalism always be relied upon? With everyone now being ‘journalists’, it is a little harder to seperate fact from fiction, therefore making it harder for reporting journalists to lead a believable story.

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