Evolution of an Audience

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I think we all know that feeling. When you  post a funny observation on twitter, or a very witty comment on Facebook, and it gets no likes. I like to think that people just missed it, or it got lost amongst all the other tweets… or I’m the only one who thinks I’m hilarious… Of course, you’d have to call my audience very small.

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Ownership = Power?

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As a 18 year old in this ‘online generation’, it is safe to say that I am surrounded by media on a daily basis. While I am not attached to my phone on a constant basis like some, my day will include me regularly checking the social media platforms of Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat. I will also every morning spend some time on Fox Sports and other news websites, in my attempt to keep up with what is going on around me. As a result, it is clear to me just how big of a factor the media can be in an individual’s life.

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Google Play vs App Store

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Both Android’s Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store offer a range of apps, music, books, films and TV series. However, when comparing the two, there is one significant reason as to why Android wins the battle over which device has the greater mobile marketplace. For me, this is the freedom in which the Google Play Store allows. Apple, for all its benefits, has been called a ‘control freak’ when it comes to the guidelines it has surrounding it’s App Store. Every title must be tested before being approved, meaning an app won’t be placed on the store unless it meets all the specific guidelines. This is compared to the Android’s Google Play Store, in which unless something is seen as offensive or harmful, Google will allow it onto their store. As a result, individual’s are presented with a greater range of apps (such as emulators). While some will argue that this ‘openness’ is a negative, allowing for rip-offs and clones to emerge, it provides a freedom that is just not present for IOS users, and a range of apps that these users won’t have access to. Both the Google Play Store and the App Store offer at least 1 million apps and botch downloads measured in the billions, the freedom of the Google Play Store gives Android a clear advantage in the endless battle of the two mobile giants.

Video Games, Not Real Life

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Growing up in the generation that I did, I would often find myself consuming hours of video games, to the point where it would actually get in the way of vital aspects of life, such as eating and… school work. Whether it was the endless search for Princess Peach, who has once again found herself kidnapped by Bowser on the Nintendo 64 (I really think it’s time the Princess takes some self defense lessons), or finally getting the sweet satisfaction of evolving my little Dratini into the powerful Dragonite in Pokemon Yellow on my Gameboy, video games have always been a big part of my life. While games such as Super Mario Bros and Pokemon aren’t going to be seen as highly controversial (unless people begin to stuff animals into little balls), there has always been one video game genre that has continued to create anxieties. I am of course talking of any video game that can be seen as ‘violent’.

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