This week’s readings has helped me to learn more about the links between distribution and platforms of which the information is being conveyed. The platforms commonly used today include e-readers, DVDs, books, file formats, newspapers and more. However, with today’s internet technologies, i think that sites such as Twitter, YouTube and Facebook are also online platforms that are playing increasingly essential roles in distributing information to everyone these days. Due to their instantaneous, convenient and mobile functions, they are changing the way information is being distributed today. For example, newspapers are no longer the only form of medium that brings news to societies. Corporations are making use of several platforms such as Twitter, YouTube and online news sites to distribute their content. This clever use of multi-platforms provides convenience to their readers who are equipped with the latest technologies.
I think that some of Dana Boyd’s assertions about Twitter in Hubert Guillaud’s “What Is Implied by Living in a World of Flow” are quite accurate in addressing what is really happening today. Stimulation, I feel, is indeed one of the reasons why Twitter is an increasingly popular platform for distribution and expression. According to Guillaud, “People consume the content that stimulates their mind and their senses. Consequently, it is not always ‘the best’ or the most informative content that holds their attention, but that which triggers a reaction.” Gossip, interesting facts and personal bits of information are things that are usually shared by users. This creates a sense of connection or intimacy between people. Fans, for example, enjoy having to know about their idols’ current locations and activities through these updates. This is impossible for traditional platforms such as newspapers and books. It is no surprise, therefore, for humans to be drawn to such a technology.
Although i feel positively about these newer forms of distribution (e-readers, iPads, Twitter etc.), there is always an issue of credibility within them.