Before thinking of a script and filming we had classes about social media, divided in social media in theory and social media in practice. Not knowing at this point how important social media are going to be to film our documentary.

First of all we did some research about the London riots and what is published where about it.  While thinking about the reasons what made people releasing such a destructive motivation in the streets during the riots we came across the terms social exclusion and the unbalance in society. We googled to find blogs or institutions who deal with similar topics to sort out who our audience could be. To keep an overview we listed all relevant webpages we found and some characteristic aspects, like what minded they were and who talked to what target group. I think this was important to me to approach this subject by systematically listing and by sighting different sources, firstly to shape my own opinion about it and secondly to clarify out of what angle we want to approach the topic for our documentary.

We wanted to interview someone who is involved in what happened. That doesn’t mean necessarily to find a participant but someone who is affected emotionally.

The fact, we found one of our interviewees through youtube, underlines the dominance of  internet based working and the completely different approach to a subject compared to the times of my early high school years. It was an awkward moment to shake someones hand in real we only knew virtually before –  in a completely unknown place we all have never been before.  The transparence of the internet makes it possible to enter peoples most private environment, their home. Without even questioning it, that today you can just meet anyone anywhere in an intimate manner, sth. I am used to do only with people who are part of my life somehow. This was interesting to experience what we learned in theory in class and to see the influence of social media already in the making process of our film.

Another interesting thing was to experience that A-level student who is not much younger than us, but expresses himself much more through social media, than I do, for example. Except of the poem he wrote about the riots he has his own channel on youtube where he publishes own poems and songs he wrote.


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  1. Johanna Gruebler

    Referring to Simon’s comment about this blog post concerning ethical and moral aspects, it made me thinking how transparent and wall less the Internet and especially social media are. Particularly, I realized how naturally we used the world wide web to contact our interviewee Ingrid found on Youtube. There comes a certain responsibility with it I didn’t think about at this point because I haven’t got anything in mind to use the filmed footage to harm this student. Nevertheless, later on while editing when we focused on our topic (what was hard anyway) it turned out to be really challenging to have always in mind not to change the message of an answer when combining it with the response of another person, in other words thinking about the truth. For example, we needed to divide for example a whole paragraph of talking in little fragments to make the documentary fluently and at the same time not changing the truth to our advantage. This was one reason it was a really long editing process we had to undertake.

    In relation to todays lecture about social media’s ethics and the extract of the book “The Economics of Social Networks”, I thought about why the young guy wanted to participate. Even if he didn’t know us before I think, he stands for a generation who release feelings and opinions, like in this case, in a poem uploading it on the own Youtube channel, a replacement for, what we call in Germany, ‘poetry album’ , something personal you share with friends.

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