Right now as I am writing this blog post, it has been the second day that the internet has been down in my house because of a problem with the modem router. Thank god (or Jobs?) for 3G on my iPhone and iPad.
But as much as I love Jenkins’ idea of convergence, and how convergence has impacted the way we interact and live, with no access to the internet via my laptop for two days, convergence isn’t really my best friend at the moment.
Access to my university assignments, homework and readings, social networks, television shows and news source is all converged onto this device- with a major reliance on the internet. The internet is down, and I am having to rely on different sources to access what I would usually access easily on my mac book on a daily basis. It is as if my laptop is a dead medium. Except for accessing saved files and Microsoft Office, it is has no use to me!
The internet is so closely related to media convergence. I think that participatory culture relies on a connection to the internet for the concept to be able to flourish and meet its full potential. With access to the internet, consumers have the power to create, remix and participate in so much more than ever before. Consumers have become active and as Jenkins’ says, have become prosumers. And I guess this is where this week’s topic ties into last weeks of copyright and content control. Jenkins says that consumers are using new technologies to bring the flow of media into their own control, and a freer flow of content is expected from these users. However some media companies want to control the flow of media related to them. But it is the companies who understand the new ‘migratory’ and socially connected consumer, with business models that take account of convergence and prosumers, who will ultimately succeed. Succeed in gaining users trust and loyalty.
And now that the problem of my faulty modem has been fixed, I can post this blog and continue being a prosumer!