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Felton 1 Leea Felton Meaghan Brewer English 802 22 September 2009 Tweeting Through the Gap Where do average citizens fit in, in a world where newspapers and television networks get paid to stalk out and publish every detail in a celebrity’s life? Up until the creation of social websites like Twitter, the answer was simple- in line at the closest newsstand, buying every magazine that contained the name and picture of their favorite icon. This expensive and third person source at one point satisfied the questions and speculations held by all those “number one fans.” This is no longer the case. Now thankfully, those “fans” can get direct information on what, when, and where, their favorite celebrity is doing. Twitter, is one of the social media networks that has given people the opportunity to “follow” “celebrities” as well as any person who has a large impact in the world, not only closing the gap between the “average” and “larger than life” individuals, but strengthening the credibility of information. The best way to describe this new phenomenon is by understanding today’s “participatory culture” a culture where media producers and consumers are participants interacting with each other. (Jenkins 434) Jenkins explains in his article Convergence Culture , participants in the media culture today are each different and all hold a different amount of power (434). Executives in the corporate media have more power over what is shown, and what is advertised, which gives them an upper hand in the media. The people who go out and search for this information (the consumers) have little say, in what goes on. Although this is true, there is an enormous shift being made. Jenkins agrees, saying, “convergence represents a cultural shift as consumers are encouraged to seek out new information and make connections among dispersed media content.” This shift that Jenkins speaks of is the reason why sites like
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Felton 2 Twitter are becoming so successful, people all over the world want to make their own connections between media content, and there’s no better way to do that than to have real information from the actual sources. The gap in power is slowly decreasing as consumers get access to sites like Twitter, that give them direct contact to the most influential people of the world. Of all the networking sites out today, Twitter is the most commonly used, to keep up with the rich, famous, and high status people of the world, it can be used to find out everything from what a person is doing, to whom else that individual is “following.” Surprisingly Twitter, was initially invented to be the elite version of other networking sites like MySpace and face book. Before the average person was introduced to the site, it was strictly for the “in crowd” of society. Famous people and high upper-class citizens were granted access to this exclusive space. Before long, as with any other site, twitter became increasingly popular, until it finally allowed
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