Blog task 4 – Curation Activity
The things that you re-blog, 'like', re-post, and share, tell your audience about your creative interests and also indicate the kinds of media that you are likely to create and contribute to.
Using an online curation platform (such as Pinterest, YouTube, Vimeo, Soundcloud, etc), curate a 'board' or playlist of influences. Theme your curated content around your particular interests, and give brief descriptions of your curated content. Write a brief description of your themed content and make a hyperlink to your curated content on your blog.
For many years, I’ve been an avid YouTuber. In fact, since approximately 2010 YouTube became more or less my only viewing platform, and now with my subscription to Netflix, I have completely made free-to-air television redundant in my home. It’s a pretty great thing.
Click there to view my -> "Favourite" YouTube Playlist
You’ll notice that I have a dozen playlists. I like to have order in my life as it helps me deal with things in a methodical and what I feel is a proper way. I have a lot of interests and as I mentioned, I’m a long time YouTube consumer so I’ve favourited and liked many, many videos and so I needed to create different playlists to keep some type of order – the issue for me with regards to this blog is that I’ll only be concentrating on one particular Playlist and so some of my interests (which is the point of this blog) may not be covered. Not to worry however, because you are free to peruse my public playlists at your leisure to see what else I like, and as much as possible I’ll try to touch on my various proclivities.
Now onto tackling the issue at hand: The playlist we’ll be looking at is my generic, ‘Favourites’ playlist. My Favourite playlist is some parts miscellaneous and most parts: “I haven’t gotten around to creating sub categories and sorting these videos out as yet”. This is why if you look at the videos in each playlist, there are 80 in Favourites, where with the exception of my Music playlist, is the largest category.
I won’t be going through all 80 videos, instead I’ll pick a section from here and there and discuss a video based on an interest by referring to the number of that video (where the number represents the date the video was added – starting from the latest date, in descending order).
1. This was a great video about how to start a t-shirt business. Prior to my enrollment at SAE, I was an IT graduate, with experience in corporate sales, multimedia and of course, Information Technology. I was at a point in my life where I wished to start an entrepreneurial venture that revolved around two of my greatest passions: Gaming and drawing, so I decided to open a T-shirt business where I would sell print of my drawings. This particular video was so helpful that it made my Favourites playlist.
2. As mentioned above, I love gaming. I jumped on the Fallout 4 bandwagon when it was released and after completing the main campaign I wanted to get more out of it – I’m quite tech savvy and enjoy modding my PC based games and this video was a great update on some of the graphical mods available for Fallout 4 at the time.
5. Another passion of mine is bodybuilding and general fitness. The bodybuilding scene is an umbrella for many different sub components to do with diet, nutrition, weight lifting, endurance and all manner of training, among other things. This particular video dealt with weight loss and illegal supplementation – I favourited this video because I didn’t agree with what the content creator had to say and I wanted to be able to refer back to his information in the future.
6. As a techie and admittedly, early adopter I like to stay on the forefront of gadgets and tech. I was in the market recently for a new monitor and trust the content creator of this particular video where he compared Flat and Curved monitors and as I do when it comes to research and purchases, I favourited this video so that I could reference it later.
11. I love music and I love hip-hop. In my opinion, one of the greatest hip hop artists of all time is Tupac Shakur. I love to use YouTube to watch his music video clips as well as documentaries, un released footage and interviews with him in them. The poor chap passed away in 1997 at the age of 25, so whatever footage there is of him is quite rare as it exists as only a very small part of his time in the limelight.
12. I love to think outside of the box – specifically, outside of this manufactured box that we call society. To this end I’ve spent the last couple of years’ soul searching and looking into the things that exist outside of this reality. This particular video had such an impact on me that it went straight to my favourites list.
19. I spoke about my love of drawing and of course animation in all its form is a huge inspiration for me and this content creator’s flash animation series is quite remarkable. They mix martial arts (Matrix Style) with flash animated stick figures and a Windows OS – he’s made a few in the series and they’re definitely worth a watch.
21 – 30 include much of what was discussed above: HipHop related footage, DIY Hardware modifications, Android application reviews and at 27, there’s a funny video clip from a Wheel of Fortune (US) episode which I obviously loved so much at the time that I favourited it. Sometimes I’ll favourite a video so that I can show it to a friend at a later date, after which point I’ll remove the video but as stated at the beginning of this blog – my Favourites list is my anything and everything pile. When I get around to sorting these 80 videos out, I’ll no doubt cull a number of them, this one being a prime example of that.
The rest of the playlist continues to mimic what I’ve already discussed. There are some wacky, weird and downright surreal videos hidden in my lists – some of them are there for good reason such as research, personal development, learning and some, well, after going through this list I realised I may have accidentally clicked “add to favourites” while watching, as those videos need to be moved or removed.
My YouTube channel is an ever evolving beast - I love YouTube as a platform, I’ve ‘liked’ over 4,400 videos, have a dozen playlists and as of now, 169 Channel Subscriptions.
Now that I think about it – I should probably go through these channels soon and cull the one’s that have lost my interest.
The internet is a strange field. It enables content creators to product content almost as quickly as they consume it (in the case of live streams these two things happen at the same time), but we’re so spoiled for choice nowadays that these same content creators need to always be on the fringe of whatever trends are popular at the time, lest they lose their audiences interest. But that’s a completely unrelated topic.