The power of networks.

Welcome to the week 6 blog everyone! This weeks topic is the power of our new networks that let us produce all sorts of content. This is connected to last weeks topic in the way of the gatekeepers being gone and any content being made and distributed.

Networking has become one of the most effective ways of getting information to an audience and an large audience at that. Users have found that one of the most effective ways to grab someones attention or produce an opinion is through memes. These examples from the NSW Police Facebook page are a solid example of the power they have found in using this kind of networking.

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The police can write a post saying the same thing that would just be continuously scrolled past, but knowing the effective method of producing content that is actually looked at and enjoyed by users. We have become tired and bored with reading news let alone wanting to hear about it. In this world we are in it and memes bring us as audiences closer to news but also we have the ability to have more or an impact on the message.

NSW are using this meme network to their absolute advantage as this also comes around to propaganda. They’re using this medium to promote their biased thoughts on what is right and wrong. Without even noticing, it is being drilled into our internet fried brains and it sticks because we pay attention to these little memes.

It brings me to the thought of all this content being produced by anyone and any opinion taken with it, does that leave us with any trusted content? What do we believe? Do we fear what is coming within the meme warfare? I don’t know where I personally stand with any of it, I truly haven’t figured it out.

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3 thoughts on “The power of networks.”

  1. Hi Bec, I think the example you have used regarding the memes used by the NSW police force is great in terms of the popularity of memes, although I’m not sure it relates directly to meme warfare as such. This is simply one organisation posting memes on social media, with no intention to create controversy or spark debate/ revolutionary discussion. An example similar to that of the “Draft out Daughters” campaign, as discussed in class, would have been perhaps a clearer way to engage with the topic. Despite this, You mention of propaganda is completely correct in this context as the memes used by the police have become propaganda that perhaps unknowingly, entices the youth of new to do the right thing and obey the law.
    Nice work 🙂

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  2. Hi Bec! I found your post very interesting to read! great graphics and and very clear points were made! I found it funny that you put the nsw police force facebook page as an example as it has caught my attention many times through their memes, whereas if they just posted the rules it wouldn’t have caught my attention, i would’ve just scrolled past as you mentioned. Good Job!!

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