Traces are always being left and this dates back to the walls of Pompeii. It can then be traced to the walls of Facebook too, a mainstream and highly-used social media platform. Individuals are continuously generating data and it wasn’t until recently this data remained invisible due to inconvenient storage and sharing media. Data seems to outlive its generators
Traces have a lot of value and I’ll be focuses on participatory culture in this week’s blog. Participatory culture has risen these days thanks to the internet and the ownership of personal computers among people. It is fairly addictive and the media producer is able to create, share and consume content. Traditionally before the internet, the audience were passive rather than active produsers. According to a 2005 study conducted by the Pew Internet and American Life project, more than one-half of teens in the United States—and 57% of teens who utilise the Internet—could be deemed as media creators. Media creators can compose a blog, webpage, post original artwork, photography, stories, videos online or remix online content into their own new creations. Therefore, the content individuals produce online has data and can stay on the internet knowing that it can be shared or re-created.