Gossip Girl: Blog Post 3 Transmedia

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Gossip Girl is a show that makes up every girls dream and creates a storyline that every girl almost becomes obsessed with. Including the rich, upper east side, perfect relationships, drama and an endless amount of money that could easily get them out of trouble. The six seasons of this TV series are full of addicting drama that make you feel like you are in the middle of it. This show has become a huge hit for both men and women but mainly girls in their teens to middle age. One of the main and most well-liked characters is Blaire Waldorf. She is the center of all of the drama that goes on but helps everyone out with their problems even if that means scheming others. Blaire Waldorf is one of the most popular characters from the show and on social media including Twitter where she has 88,200 followers. There are many fans for this show as we can see in the thousands of people that try to connect with the characters outside of the show. This gives followers of Gossip Girl a way to interact and keep up with the characters that they most likely idolize.

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As you scroll through the many tweets of Blaire Waldorf, you will find quotes she said throughout the show and photos of her referencing back to the show. This twitter account perfectly describes Blaire and really makes it feel like she is the one tweeting on your timeline. She is one of a kind and if you’ve seen the show, you know she is somewhat of a drama queen and very high maintenance. These tweets represent her personality and her thoughts very well. As you can see below, her tweet, “I’ve always tried to make my life resemble the movie in my head” describes Blaire perfectly because anything that goes wrong she has to make it right to create the perfect life for herself. This is exactly something Blaire would think and say , because in one part of the show she goes back and forth between the man she really loves and the prince that would give her the perfect life.

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In this tweet from Feb 15, she tweeted “Stop talking. Start doing”. As a Gossip Girl follower we all know that you shouldn’t mess with Blaire Waldorf because she can end you with a  flash of a camera. Also the fact that most of the time, everything she says, goes.

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Throughout the 6 addicting seasons, Gossip Girl has demonstrated negative capability. In the reading from Henry Jenkins, he states that negative capability is the act of being left with curiosity or having uncertainty about something. Gossip Girl leaves us not knowing a lot of things to keep us interested in what will happen next. This TV show also shows migratory cues. As Jane Murray describes in her article, migratory cues are something in the show that gives a hint/clues to another situation or mystery. This happens many times in this show, where one thing leads to another and things from season 1 lead to situations in season 2. This goes to show that every episode is essential to the next.

The different forms of transmedia extensions, a webisode and an in-character social media account, serve different narrative functions. A webisode is a specific episode of a series available to the public on the web also known as web television. It is usually a short amount of time averaging 10 minutes per webisode. An in-character social media is when a character from a tv show has an instagram, twitter, tumblr, etc and they post on it mainly for their fan base. It gives fans a way to interact and follow a specific character from a TV show.

 

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Cheerleading & Wikipedia

My choice of a Wikipedia site is Cheerleading where knowledge is gained from thousands of people to gather information on this one subject. In the article, “What Wikipedia Can Teach Us About New Media Literacies” part one, Henry Jenkins states “Basically, they are recommending exactly what we suggested — students shouldn’t be citing encyclopedias. I would hope they wouldn’t be citing Encyclopedia Britannica, either. If they had put out a statement not to read Wikipedia at all, I would be laughing. They might as well say don’t listen to rock’n’roll either.” This meaning that Wikipedia is supposed to be used as a point of reference, not where you gather all of your information. If I was doing a research project on Cheerleading I would not cite from Wikipedia because that’s clearly not professional but Wikipedia is mainly to get background info on a topic you may not know.

            In Henry Jenkins “What Wikipedia Can Teach Us About New Media Literacies” part two article, I found it interesting how he described collective knowledge. He stated “What holds a knowledge community together is not the possession of knowledge — which can be relatively static — but the social process of acquiring knowledge — which is dynamic and participatory, continually testing and reaffirming the group’s social ties. The Wikipedians bond by working together to fill gaps in their collective knowledge.” I really enjoyed this statement because it put into perspective that ultimately we all learn from each other and each individual holds things that others don’t. This really made me realize the true meaning behind Wikipedia. We all hold a certain type of knowledge and are more knowledgeable in some things than others. By putting all of our knowledge together, we can create one strong website that is in my eyes the smartest of them all. I think the saying “the best way to learn is from other people” really ties in well with these two articles (part one and two) because Wikipedia collectively takes knowledge from thousands of people to create this site that is reliable and knowledgeable.

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In the Wikipedia site for Cheerleading I found that it was a very good description of the different types of cheer and details on how it is done. Whether it was talking about high school or competitive cheer, anyone that read this would know everything you need to know about cheerleading.  It grasps the overall ideas of how cheer is run to the history going back to 1877. This article was created October 10, 2001, which is interesting because cheerleading isn’t a new sport and the Wikipedia site for it was only created 13 years ago. The cheerleading Wikipedia page has been viewed 26436 times in the last 30 days, 45869 times in the last 60 days and 89466 times in the last 90 days whereas the total number of revisions is 5438 times and the average number of edits per year is 440.49.

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It is still being edited regularly, the last time the Cheerleading page was edited was February 10, 2014. This Cheerleading Wikipedia page clearly shows that by using collective intelligence, we are able gain the knowledge from many different people to gain knowledge about cheerleading from many different perspectives. 

 

Jenkins, Henry. “What Wikipedia Can Teach Us About The New Media Literacies.” Web log post. Confessions of an Aca-Fan. N.p., 26 June 2007. Web. 13 Feb. 2014 

“Cheerleading.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 16 Feb. 2014. Web. 16 Feb. 2014. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheerleading