recapping 13 weeks

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I want to work in digital media. And I like social topics. But I don´t like social media. I feel like it is all about entertainment, sharing “funny” pictures and videos, which are not even real or true. A person shouting out an unthoughtful opinion and there are enough dumb people to react and start a fight.

But I was glad, I could recover hope in seeing that social media is also used in a serious and meaningful way. I found it great to see so many different projects, that I never heard of. And even the variety from human rights, e.g. Kony 2012 to animal protection, like the Kentucky Fried Cruelty.

I never thought I would be saying something like this, but I really liked the way of teaching of this course. I was kind of surprised, when we were asked to create a Twitter account (because I never used one and found it useless) and share our thoughts and the material we come across with #iNetizen. I like this idea so much, because it is such an easy and modern way to make a class engage in a topic. If I am ever going to give classes in universities, which I would love to do in the future, I will remember this idea of collecting individual contribution. But I think we should have used it more, like picking up topics in class, which others twittered about, it was not paid much attention to it, although I found it a great idea to have it.

 I started liking and being interested in the homophobia topic, which we chose for our presentation. Although it was not me who came up with the idea and I don´t have a special relation to this issue, I found it really interesting. That is also why I related this blog to it. But I also found it interesting to see the different initiatives and how they succeeded in reaching people. Looking back towards the start the documentation “we live in public” was such an interesting opener to the class, because it was fascinating, that it was an experiment that has a more actual topic than ever, although it did not use the internet. This movie impressed and even shocked me sustainably.

Football vs homophobia

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So now, that the world championship in Brazil is on its way, an important topic considering football should be reconsidered.

Do you already know the football vs homophobia campaign?

We made a prezi presentation about this campaign fighting homphobia in professional football. It shows the campaign´s aim and the multimedial success it could reach. Most of the first league football clubs, such as Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal are supporting the campaign.

Robbie Rogers, a professional player came out to be homosexual last year. It was a big topic throughout the media and he was both, admired and criticised, for doing so after announcing his retirement.

See this interview about his intentions:

kleinerdrei

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The kleinerdrei blog is one of the nominees for the Bobs. The Blog is run by several authors, which are journalists or students, who are internet experts and have their different specialities. They write not only about lifestyle topics, but also feminism, poilitics, gender and culture. Their interest is to publish topics that are touching the heart, since the kleinerdrei (smaller three) is the digital symbol for a heart.

The article Shalalalala, Erotica! (3) – Das Foto danach by LENA is really worth reading – of course it is in German though. It takes the turn from #aftersex selfies, which is the new hype on instagram at the moment, to the global topic of LGBT rights. It is really making you think about the integration of LGBT in society.