Beyond the popular notion of the blogging world as an overtly saturated,  face value driven, capitalist sell-out circus, can our digital spaces serve as political statements?
B eyond the popular notion of the blogging world as an overtly saturated, face value driven, capitalist sell-out circus (all arguably true - but that's a whole different discussion), there is the domain of the digital space serving as a political space.
Not only in distinctly politically charged blogs, but of even staff style blogs- Take This space, for example. At face value, it is publishing an showcasing a diasporic aesthetic, some amazing brands and undertones of an intersectional identity. How are we entering political grounds?

It's fascinating to think about prep use of first-person journalism, not only in the realm of narcissistic trespasses, but in power imbalances when it comes to aspects: such as race and gender. But wait did I just coin the blogosphere as a type of journalism?

Hear me out.
What differentiates the millennials from generations past is the paradigm shift in terms of  how we consume content. 

I'm not talking of our haphazard That feeds to jump Between daily dose of fashion inspiration, 9gag memes, and political analysis of Donald Trump.





The rise of social media is not has not simply produced a self-obsessed generation in Which every other person is a #blogger, #socialmediaguru or #photographer. What's often overlooked is the potential of collective intelligence.
You see, no longer are we just consumers, but producers of content-- this is essential in what has evolved in the digital media sphere. Production culture and social media are becoming, if not already, one in the same. Many of the media hegemons, Huffington Post to HelloGiggles for instance, thrive as aggregators of— you guessed it citizen journalism.
WE ARE NO LONGER JUST

CONSUMERS, BUT 

PRODUCERS OF CONTENT.

As more and more media Becomes influential, bloggers, vloggers, and Internet influencers are pioneering collective intelligence of millennials Who are reshaping popular public discourse.
Too much "me" in a piece of journalism can be distracting for some, but the medium of blogging takes micro-memoir to the egalitarian space that is the Internet. Cue the emergence of spaces and movements That minority voices and celebrate narratives- from #BlackGirlMagic, #ReclaimTheBindi, Asian-Americans dominating YouTube, to the general uprising of people of color claiming their corners of the Internet.

Blogging is never to take the space of journalism, and I'm not blogging to challenging journalistic credibility there are probably far too many typos, run on sentences, or casual reflections on my own blog for me to reckon that.

The cherished tenets of objectivity will always have it's place in formal journalism, but first-person narration can explicitly mark the attempt of marginalized voices to assert their right to narrate.

It represents a means for historically overlooked narratives to create their own spaces. Reconstruct their own identities, as intersectional as they may be, and declare their own voices.
So, for every creator on the Internet especially minorities : strive to share more than just a pretty dress. Grace us with the styles, ideologies, and narratives unique to you. 
Take the notion of our self engrossed culture and use that precisely to revamp popular discourse.

Your story matters, too.

USE WHAT IS DOMINANT IN 

CULTURE TO CHANGE 

IT  QUICKLY. 

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Aditi Mayer
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