Tell Me Will, – Watching TV and Multimedia Combination

https://storify.com/CalBehrendt/convergence-of-tv-watching

When I sat down on Sunday to watch the latest episode of NBC’s Hannibal, I could not help myself from cracking open Twitter and seeing posts not unlike this one:

ss+(2015-08-15+at+02.17.41)The combination of multimedia allows us to not only send forward our thoughts about the latest episode of Hannibal but also let us get in discussions with the journalists who impart their own thoughts about the topic in question. Social Media is one of these fundamental institutions that allows both contemporary journalists and the general public to post anything from the latest gifs to the “dankest” memes the internet has to offer. Multimedia combination is something that the public needs to adapt to, not least the journalists who produces and deliver the public the latest news and information.

Multimedia combination is something that the public needs to adapt to, not least the journalists who produces and deliver the public the latest news and information. For some media producers like Jon Jafari, better known to online users as JonTron, multimedia combination allows for the unique blend of media types and commentary on social issues, such as the state of drugs in America all while maintaining a review style tone that blends in sketch commentary.

But not all journalists or media producers allow for the updating trends in multimedia combination.

ss+(2015-08-15+at+02.19.23)Sites like TV By The Numbers still struggle to adapt to changing times, with the Twitter more of a essential platform in the current age of media and journalistic production. With the site also looking dated, there is a clear push for bringing information in rather than combine multimedia effectively to tell interesting stories.

So how does this relate back to TV watching? With multimedia combination, we get closer not only to the shows, but also to other fans than ever before. When we see things like this:

It is clear than fans are more attached to the show than ever before, and fan art like above are more and more prevalent and this is nothing but a good thing, as it allows more contemporary journalists to uncover more stories relating to shows like Hannibal, and it’s also why movements like the #SaveHannibal¬†campaign are so well known, as modern journalists use these hashtags to bring their stories to the fore, while both allowing multimedia to be combined and enhance the journalistic practice.

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3 comments

  1. isabellacuff · August 3, 2015

    I like the concept behind your post, it’s interesting to think about how multimedia affects TV watching.

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  2. heidiraefj · August 3, 2015

    I never though how watching my favourite show could be affected by multimedia journalism! A very interesting article and some notes for me to think about….

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Monika with a "K" · August 4, 2015

    Interesting points made, I think there is a place for TV to just be TV sometimes. It’s nice to get the facts and/or story without the constant scrolling of comments across the bottom of the screen or fancy gimmicks that don’t add real substance to the content.

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