I find it so interesting how our society is a culture of convergence – it’s a part of everything we do. From the platforms and mediums we use to our personal lives, nothing is separated any more. On my phone I am able to capture pictures and movies, tweet, Facebook, message, send emails, check my calendar, play any game I want, find single boys in my area, I am even able to monitor my cycles on my phone. Everything I want and need is in the one place. This is an example of media convergence, but also I think our daily interactions have all converged, there is no separation between work, play, and being at home relaxing. As Deuze (2006) has said, work is a central part of our lives, it is unnatural not to work, and with the presence and approach towards media, all elements of our lives are intertwined.
I am embarrassed to say that a prime example of this is myself. During Global Network lectures I find myself playing candy crush, checking Facebook or my work roster and looking at assignments for other subjects (despite the fact that Ted is a great lecturer with such interesting material). This describes how all aspects of my life are connected all the time, no matter what I am doing. This also describes “presence bleed” which I found the most interesting topic this week.
My understanding of presence bleed is never always being totally present in the one place. For example, right now I have 7 tabs open on my laptop, I’m watching a TV show, talking to my parents and messaging my friend. My presence is bleeding from where I am physically to where I am mentally and across all the platforms I am using right now. I am juggling so many profiles of myself at once, creating and curating my online personality as well as my real life personality.
There are both positives and negatives to presence bleed, a few of those are being able to do work or assignments while on the bus, in lectures or tutorials, if someone says something I don’t understand I am able to look it up online. However, it can also be very distracting and time consuming trying to be everywhere at once and being involved in everything happening around me and online. I am constantly in trouble off my parents for looking at my phone while eating dinner, but I just see it as being sociable.