‘@TonightOnGirls’…

The television show ‘Girls’ is about a small group of women who have recently graduated college and are rolling into their paths of “real life.” The show emphasizes on how life is in our reality. Unlike other female focused shows where everyone is successful and bleeding money, ‘Girls’ shows the struggle of life in trying to follow your dreams. Aside from the major plot, the show is also known for having the most unmethodical episode plots and character one liners. A favorite of mine is when the main character Hannah played by Lena Dunham talks about how lazy she is and that she uses her chest for a feeding tray when laying in bed. I love that because I myself am guilty of that simple pleasure. Tying in to transmedia storytelling, the show ‘Girls’ has many parody accounts for each of the main characters that over exaggerates the show as a whole by making the characters the most whiny dramatic people ever. I chose to use one that has a focus on the show in its entirety, the best of all: @TonightOnGirls. 

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The parody account tweets episode plot snippets that deal with the most extreme and random events. It ties in all of the main characters by giving them exaggerated roles from the show. This gives a sense on how the actual show has an a extremely broadened focus on daily adventures and the little things in life.

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Having this parodistic social media form gives the audience a comedic view on the show, which initially would draw their attention to watch ‘GIrls.’ Some may think that having parody accounts for movies and TV shows is a bad thing, but I believe that is a positive form of marketing. With comedy comes laughter, and everyone loves a good laugh. Social media is how our generation stays up-to-date with everything from fashion to TV shows. Having comedic parody accounts gives us a dramatic sense of what we would be watching if we tuned into the actual show. 

The Rise and Fall of Amy Winehouses Wiki Page…

Amy Winehouse automatically became my choice for Wikipedia. This amazing songstress rose to fame over night and a vast majority of the population fell in love with her music including myself. With her being active in the music industry since the late 90s and early 2000s she had a small amount of fame, but when her first official single “Rehab” released in late 2006 in the UK, as soon as 2007 hit, she was already number one on the charts in the United States and touring the world.   As her fame progressed, Amy’s life was in a downward spiral. Alcohol and drugs took a major toll on her life because they were the only substances that kept her going (as backwards as that may sound, it is very true.) Unfortunately in July of 2011, Amy Winehouse died. Towards the end of her life, she was trying to clean herself up. Due to withdrawal from the drugs and alcohol and taking medications, Amy fell back into her ways and her life ended abruptly.

Amy Winehouses Wikipedia page had me very interested because there are two major times where her page was updated multiple times. That being in 2007 when her first single hit the United States, and 2011 when she died. This is very sad in a way because it shows that readers only look for climatic events from celebrities. They could care less about what goes on behind the scenes as well as the different albums she came out with before and after the “Rehab” and Back to Black era. You will see that her page is barely touched or updated around these events.

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When it comes to Henry Jenkins analyzation on Wikipedia and how it “helps young people to think about their own roles as researchers,” it frightens me a bit because since Wikipedia is so open based, there is a number of people who will contribute false information to different pages. Not to confuse you with putting nonsense on the pages like calling celebrities “unicorns” and “trannies,” but when you put this sort of freedom into uneducated minds, you are giving them the right to post what they think is correct for these Wikipedia pages. I am personally against Wikipedia because it is such an open forum. So many people edit the web pages to the point where you do not know what is real and what is fake.

Works Cited:

http://tools.wmflabs.org/xtools/articleinfo/index.php?article=Amy_Winehouse&lang=en&wiki=wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amy_Winehouse

http://henryjenkins.org/2007/06/what_wikipedia_can_teach_us_ab_1.html