“I’ve said my piece”

YouTube is the biggest and most successful video platform on the Internet. With infinite channels, this website is the home of many online based communities. As a Latin-American person, I am very proud of my culture and our quirky sense of humor. This is portrayed and transmitted to the world in one of the most famous Latin-American online communities on YouTube called Flama, more specific, a show called “Joanna Rants”. These videos are made by the Venezuelan comedian Joanna Hausmann. New York based, she posts a new “Joanna Rants” at least once every two weeks. These funny rants are usually 6 to 10 minutes long, and they cover generic topics like Most Famous Couples or Snapchat, while some of them cover some more specific Latin American topics, like rivalry between countries from this continent, different Spanish accents or Latin American Christmas traditions. She always finishes her videos with her catch phrase “Until next time, I’ve said my piece”




Despite being from Venezuela, Joanna manages to bring together a whole continent via her hilarious videos. She uses their differences to link each Latin American country with the other, and also links the culture from United States. This is an example of not only a wide online community, but also one of the funniest channels available on YouTube. So don’t be affraid to check it out!



The Internet is such a wide tool. It has infinite information, images and videos. One of the most famous and lovable things we can find online is GIFs. The GIF, or graphics interchange format, was introduced to the world by Compuserve in 1987. The compressed format was the ideal for performing image transfers across the slow modem connections of the time. Nowadays GIFs are almost everywhere: you can find them on a Google Image search; it is one of the main elements in Tumblr; it can be a tool to tell jokes on 9GAG; and recently added, it’s one of the most famous features on Facebook. GIFs can be about anything, and can be created by anyone. The most common theme of GIFs is TV shows, movies and viral videos. We can see GIFs of basically every single scene of these media products. But after giving it some thought, I came to the following conclusion: these type of GIFS are all over the web but no one seems to be bothered about the fact that their media content is being used so freely. So my question is, wouldn’t the use of these scenes turned into GIFs be copyright infringement? Don’t the owners of the content deserve credit on what they do at all times?



Once online…

When I mention the words “Online Visibility”, it scares me a bit. Who can see what I post? Where do the things that I post years ago end up? Is it actually safe to post things online? I had a look at my Facebook security settings. It is all non-visible for strangers, and I never accept people I’ve never met. Although my Twitter is open to the public I rarely use it anymore and I never posted any personal information on it. I use Instagram quite often, but it is set to private and I never accept followers I do not know. But this does not make the information I upload online completely confidential: it is still online! But here is where every person’s criteria comes into the mix. How much we post or reveal online is up to us. It is our choice to make that post. Every person has his or her own criteria on what private is. Some may think that having your birthday up on Facebook is already giving away too much personal information, others do not really mind. The importance of online privacy in my opinion is not a matter of being involved or not in social media. It’s to have a clear concept about what “personal” is and how much we are willing to give away because of the fact that once something is online, it never disappears.

Make everyday cooking fun!

When I talk about community I always picture a large group of people. So when I read this week’s topic I tried to find an online community that focused on one topic but that could be interesting and useful for a lot of people, something that was part of every day life. And what a better thing to talk about than food? Everyone loves food!

There are many websites that focus on sharing recipes, but I am focusing on one cooking site in particular: Cookpad, making everyday cooking fun!

This global online community dedicated to cooking lovers and food aficionados is accessible from all over the world with multiple languages available, and it allows its users to post recipes and pictures of the food they have made. For those who do not like to give their information online, the website still allows you to look recipes up without having to create an username! Its handy search bar gives you the option to search for a recipe according to the ingredients you have around your kitchen, or if you are determined to cook a particular dish, it gives you the opportunity to find the recipe by its name. So if you love cooking, don’t be afraid to get creative in the kitchen, try new dishes or even create your own and share it with this food lover community!

Do it for the Vine!

After reading this week’s tittle, I started to think about the different platforms I use on a daily basis, but nothing seemed to fit for this blog post. And after a while it hit me. Audience participation can either make or break a website, but when this involvement occurs not only with opinions, but in the content, that is when a website can really make it big. And what better example of content made by the audience than the hilarious Vine?

This video sharing platform was launched in January 2013, and became popular to a worldwide scale incredibly quickly thanks to the support and link from Twitter. This website consists of users sharing six second long looping videos recorded and edited directly on the app, and these can be liked, commented and ‘revined’ by other users. The impact this platform has had on the Internet has been so big that this has become a new way of achieving public recognition, or how it is known, to be ‘Vine Famous’. A variety of new entertainment personalities have surfaced thanks to this website, and in the last three years it has been completely driven to success by their millions of audience members with the famous line “do it for the Vine

-Patricia Sanchez

Online TV?

Two of the biggest types of Media are the Internet and Television. As we have heard a lot in the past few weeks, the Internet was invented in 1969 as a link between two universities in the United States, while the television was invented in 1927 in San Francisco, California. Both of these revolutionary ways of communication have had and keep having a huge impact on society, providing new changes and developments almost every year. But what would happen if instead of just keep evolving, these two Media channels got together to create a new, even more revolutionary platform? The answer is simple: Netflix.

Netflix is a global provider of streaming movies and TV series that was created in 1998. Although it started as an American DVD by mail service, the company knew how to keep up with all of the technological advances in the past ten years and started streaming online in 2007, expanding to stream in Canada three years later and nowadays serving more than 190 countries.

In my opinion, the most obvious way this famous platform has shown media convergence is with its original series: numerous TV shows that are only available online, and that are taking over the entertainment world, are a perfect example of the power that this combination has when it comes to new Media.

Ideas worth spreading

When I read this week’s assignment, the first resource that came to my mind was ted.com. TED Talks have become really popular over the past few years, and each day the website keeps growing, having more than 2100 talks on different topics. The conferences started in 1984 from observing a convergence among three fields: technology, entertainment and design, and after failing to hit the market at the time, funders Richard Saul Wurman and Harry Marks tried again years later, achieving their goal and making the TED conference an annual event, but it ran exclusively to for those people that got an invitation. In 2006, the first six TED talk conferences were uploaded online, and the gained so much views that the site was relaunched the next year around these.

I believe TED Talks gained their popularity because they give us access to information directly from experts on a selected topic. It covers from business, technology, global issues and science, to more ‘creative’ topics such as design and entertainment. Not only that, it counts with a variety of languages, which gives this online source more accessibility from all over the world. I would recommend it not only for learning purposes, but for entertainment as well.

Give it a try! https://www.ted.com

-Patricia Sanchez