The internet has definitely changed the way we consume media. No matter what you search, it follows you. For example, I wanted to buy a pair of boots during the fall, next thing I know I am on Facebook and ads for the sites I was looking at or boots that I was looking at were showing up on my newsfeed. Additionally, during the election there were liberal and conservative posts. Whichever set of posts I interacted with more, that type of view would be all over my newsfeed. Unfortunately, this flawed feature of the internet keeps our views and thoughts narrow minded, and it isn’t even our fault. Facebook filters out what we see or don’t see, and it is all tracked back to what we actually do on the computer. Through media, as we know, we are influenced by what we see.
Going off of this, previously commercials were the big thing. If the TV says everyone has it, I must get it! Slowly, but surely, this changed to the internet. The internet has changed how we view media because everything is available at the click of a button. Your friend shares something about a celebrity and you click it, everything is going viral. You learn about celebrity gossip, or new challenges that are going on that you just can’t wait to be a part of.
Now moving on from that, we know how almost everything is accessed on the internet. This causes major issues. Why? People are downloading music, movies, games, you name it, for free. These are all items that have to be payed for, but fans are finding ways to access it and let others download it without charge. This is an issue for product owners because they are not making any money. Some singers I know are like so what let my fans have my product, and others are mad because they are losing money. I know personally my friends will only buy music if it is an artist that absolutely love and are committed to, they feel like they are being disloyal by just downloading it. “With the consolidation of power represented by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, American intellectual property law has been rewritten to reflect the demands of mass media producers” (Jenkins 137). This means that because of the easy access due to the internet of products, enough people were mad about losing money that they had to then make it illegal. Going off of that, it is incredibly dangerous once you start selling the illegal downloads.