As the rest of the week past (Actually yesterday when l remembered that this was meant to be up today) l looked back to when i was growing up and what it meant to be an audience member and how it has changed over time.
Growing up I remember racing home on my BMX bike dodging traffic and people every day after school in order to watch cartoon network and binged watch all the new episodes of every cartoon, before being dragged to my room by the parental to do “homework” which like many was saved for Friday morning or for the time proficient people was Thursday night.
l’d remember love watching the mindless and funny cartoon of the wild coyote and the road runner and being completely surrounded by the world they were in an without any distractions, except the count down from 10 from mum to go upstairs and get changed out of my school uniform or a forever tv ban would happen.
In order to be a true cartoon network fan it required time, effort and trouble in order to to keep up to date on your favourite cartoons.
To the present day with the creation of online streaming services and social media allowing for a global community to engage in the same piece of content and respond instantly.
From watching our favourite YouTubers, to watching our friends snapchat stories, to scrolling through instagram feeds or scrolling through a new love hate thing with twitter. We find ourselves are being continuously and instantly updated and influenced by all types of media and the platforms we choose to participate in.
l find myself contributing as audience member continuously throughout every day, until it stops working and all hell breaks loose.
I am also guilty if looking through instagram search feed to gain inspiration for my hobby of photography and videography to see how l could improve or build upon others work, as well as being able to engage through liking and comment on others posts allowing for instant feedback.