This week’s reading on Convergence Culture pretty much explains what we are doing in this class. We talk each week about different pop culture aspects and we often relate back to previous classes and link the different topics we talk about each week. We have each had our own experience with pop culture and we share those experiences with each other. I know that I have learned a lot and submersed myself in different types of pop culture because of the things that people have shared in this class.
I started this class really not knowing about many pop culture references that were being discussed. This may be because of the age gap between some of my other peers or maybe I just spent less time watching television…. Just kidding. But, because of convergence, I feel much more aware of pop culture references and wanting to experience things I’ve never thought I would before. An example of this is watching “The Matrix”. I never in a million years thought that I would watch “The Matrix”. I’m not a fan of science fiction and probably still am not. But I still watched it so I could understand and I have a better understanding and a much larger appreciation for it.
Jenkins quotes that “convergence happens not in technology but in social interactions”. I find this true. Most of what I consume is because I have heard about it from someone else. Then when I consume it I go on the internet and view what others are saying about it. Or if I am watching a television show I will go on and see the spoilers or previews. I will also go on and read the blogs from others that watch the show and she what their reaction to the episode was. I am doing all this at the same time as I am checking my email or chatting with a friend on Facebook.
What is the craziest thing to me other than consumers spending all of their time immersed in a pop culture reference is the fact that consumers are often immersed in multiple references at one time on multiple technologies. It is this crazy web of pop culture where you are able to access information at virtual anytime, anywhere, and we feel that we need to know all of this information or we are missing out on something. In one given moment, I can watch my favorite show, chat with multiple friends through Facebook, talk to my mom on the phone, while I do my homework, and use an app on my phone. We are a generation of multi-taskers. We rely on technology in order to function and are expected to know everything about everything. It is crazy the amount of things we do but at the same it is so easy and we often do them without thinking…..
Just like these kids think, it’s not complicated to do two things at once. Let’s embrace convergence!