I wrote this post a while ago but for weeks I couldn’t decide if I should actually publish something as personal as this. I edited it twice, deleted and started over again. Why all the fuss? Well, it was honest. It does make me feel vulnerable. Or at least it used to do. But not anymore. Why? Because I’ve fallen in love with the Internet!
As students we are required to create work to fulfil strict briefs and pass yet another module. The work is often of a good standard. But never perfect. After all we are still learning how to produce quality. But we are far away from being professional. And there lies the issue of creating so called ‘portfolio of work’. This should showcase our creativity and craftsmanship; persuade employers that we have skills and experience in our field. Obviously, the assignments are only just assignments. It is, and always will be, a bit of student work. Often not even semi-professional, often rushed to meet the deadline (yes, I know there are deadlines in real life too) and often the creative choices are dictated solely by equipment availability and level of skills all members of the group presented at the time. This creates problems with internet sharing. I, for one, never uploaded any of my old assignments. I couldn’t see a point. They weren’t professional enough. Suddenly something snapped in me. My whole attitude towards sharing, not only my work but the work of others too, has changed! Thank You Helen, for making me an Internet Exhibitionist! Transferring to University of Salford was absolutely the best decision I could make. My path is clear. I don’t expect to get a job in the BBC any time soon and, like the rest of soon-to-be graduates I was anxious about unemployment. This is where Social Media comes into the picture. I might not have employment straight out of University, but I do have tools necessary to survive and keep on going. Impossible is nothing. The unbelievable stream of creativity, art, sound, music and knowledge, right under our fingertips!! Who is to say what is professional if people can now decide for themselves if they like/dislike anything they find online. The unstoppable flow of creativity is so infectious that my head swarms with new ideas! Impossible is nothing! University gives me tools to be able to express myself. Internet channels my interests, gives me inspiration and satisfaction when my work gets tumbs up! Uploading something personal almost feels like a form of confession, of sharing secrets with the whole wide world. It cleans the mind. They either like it or not. Moving on. Amazing.