iLove iCarly: Website Functionality

I am completely obsessed with the teen sitcom iCarly. For those of you who are unfamiliar with what iCarly is, let me explain it to you. iCarly is an American teen sitcom that focuses on a girl named Carly Shay who creates her own web show called iCarly with her best friends. The whole idea behind their website derived from Carly and her sassy best friend who find it funny to act out at a school talent show audition. However, their tech-savvy friend Freddie, decided to record and post Carly and Sam’s audition online without telling them. Attracted to the girls’ strong chemistry and sense of humor, the online audience begins to demand for more; hence the iCarly website was born!

The entire show is actually shown from the recording studio of Carly’s bedroom. Strategically, the show enters and exits various scenes using the actually website by which Carly and Sam post all of their videos. 

However, it wasn’t until just recently that I actually decided to stop in at the iCarly website.

Upon entering the iCarly website, I was immediately captivated by the bright color scheme, lime green, hot pink, royal purple, ice blue, and yellow. In the upper right hand corner is the iCarly.com logo, which is a floating avatar.

From the homepage, you are able to access various sections of the website including iBlogs, iSnaps, iNews,
iVideo, iPlay, iSongs, iNeedHelp,
and most importantly, Send us Stuff.

Just as shown during her 30-minute show, you are can maneuver the site and watch videos uploaded by Carly and Sam. My favorite section happens to be the iVideo section. Carly and Sam are always uploading videos surrounding typical issues of adolescence in particular. They also have funny vlogs that feature talent contests, recipes, random dancing, and problem solving.

If there ever comes a time when you want to post a reaction video, give your humble suggestion or just simply say hello to Carly, Sam and Freddie, there’s a place for that as well.

Overall, I consider the site to be AMAZING, serving as both a source of entertainment and interactivity.

The iCarly website continues to be successful not only because of her show which airs on Nickelodeon, but also because they have made it easy for viewers and receivers to interact with the users and sender, being the iCarly cast.

If you’re ever browsing the internet and you’re looking for something fun to do, I would definitely recommend that you stop in at this website, no matter what your age is. Look at me, I’m 21 years old! My inner child just keeps calling me!!

If I could come up with one recommendation for this website it would be to keep up the good work! I believe they have successfully created a two-way street between the producers and the viewers. They continuously post entertaining content and leave lots of space for feedback.

iLove iCarly!

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“Social Journalism” : Social Networking Technologies

KONY2012 swept my Facebook timeline as the YouTube video spread to over 50 million viewers in just a week of being posted. Similarly, my friends were uploading pictures of themselves  in hoodies on networks such as Instagram, Twitter and Facebook in honor of Trayvon Martin. Before hearing any news about Trayvon, I had no idea why everyone was uploading hoodie pictures. Hence, there I was caught in the middle of viral media with a clear lack of knowledge.

I want you to think back to the first moment you became aware of KONY2012 and Trayvon Martin. Now I want you to trace back to the source by which you were made aware of these topics, narrowing it down to either mainstream news or social media. Personally, I know I first encountered both of these stories via Facebook and Twitter prior to catching them on Fox 45 News at 5.

However, while technology is making jobs in the fields such as journalism redundant, I’m a perfect example of why traditional methods of reporting are still important.

According to a blog called Simply Zesty, there are 10 industries that will be revolutionized by social media –print media, politics, television, hospitality, sports, music, recruitment, advertising, PR, and shopping. With the availability of tools such as YouTube, the power to create, publish and syndicate content no longer resides in just the hands of journalists and news publishers.

I recently ran across an executive blog that explores the interaction between the internet and the news industry. The fifth paragraph of this blog interestingly states, “Information is not journalism…You get a lot of things, when you open up Twitter in the morning, but not journalism. Journalism [is] discipline, analysis, explanation and context and therefore […] is still a profession. The value that gets added with journalism is judgment, analysis and explanation – and that makes the difference.”

However, my generation is less interested in the “know-it-all” story telling methods. Instead, they are obsessed with what gets the most likes on Facebook or what a new trending topic on Twitter becomes.  By receiving news via social networks, we have the ability to make up our own minds and get what we need through the web without the hassle of the middleman.

Social media has created a two way street between journalists and the people. No longer are journalists solely depended on research; they are also left to sift through social networking sites, online discussions and blogs. 

Yes, social media has changed the basic ways by which we communicate however “the core foundation of journalism cannot be forgotten. Journalists have a duty to the public and that duty is to tell a credible, factual, and compelling story using various channels.”

However, journalists must also understand that they are constantly competing with social media. The media is ultimately driven by the people who both send and receive it. Journalists being removed from the equation is as redundant as re-implementing the carrier pigeon method.

Just like the old saying goes, “If you can’t beat them, join them!”

Sayonara journalism! Hello “social media journalism!”