After reading Air after Web 2.0 by Lev Manovich, I agree with Manovich’s opinion that even though the internet is democratized and used as a giant stage for everyone who has access to it, professional produced content still dominates people’s sources of news and media. People still watch fox and CNN news, go to movie theaters watching big budget movies in 3D, and listen to trashy shitty main stream pop songs by singers like Miley Cyrus and Beyonce. However, there are some exceptions, people got famous from sharing their content on internet in Web 2.0 age. Perez Hilton got famous with the power of his Youtube video channels and his sassy Hollywood celebrity gossip website perezhilton.com. And there are numerous democratized celebrities on Youtube who are those online stars and famous bloggers whose face are still mysteries for their audiences. Whereas, as the article stated, according to 2007statistics, only between o.5-1.5 percent of users of the most popular social media sites contributed content on the internet. This means the chance we ourselves become professionals and dominate the source is still pretty tiny.
Except social communication and content sharing, we can totally utilize the internet nowadays to hone our skills in our interested domain. I got really inspired by Rachel Crowl’s lecture about social media and artist. The part where she talked about how she practices her photography skills was really inspiring. I’m interested in film making, according to Rachel, I can just join any film forum that shares and discuses films online and upload my works for other people’s advices. This is a fast and easy way to gain more knowledge and get feedbacks. Actually, I started practicing my editing skills by doing music video editing just like the fan made AMV stated in the article Air after Web 2.0, and post it on Chinese video website and sent the link to the forum I was in to share insights and get feedbacks. Personally I thought it was really helpful.
Here is one of the fake AMV I made years ago.