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You identified crucial points related to the burnout phenomena. Great job. I wonder, however, how to develop so many points in such a short essay/time. I would concentrate on the point you are expressing more interest: the tension between youtube as a job and as a hobby, and how this contradiction, as you’re saying, exempts the platform for taking responsibility over their ‘workers.’


Academic references are, indeed, hard to find.

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Good take on the term. I wonder, however, how you are going to link the origin of the word with its relation to popular platforms. That sounds like a difficult task. Will it be through the examples you mention before? If that’s the case, try to make it explicit (due to the limited length of the essay). Your point on the absence of edition is a very good one. You could center your essay on that as well.


Reading suggestion:

Doane, Mary Ann. “Real-Time: Instantaneity and the Photographic Imaginary.” In Stillness and Time: Photography and the Moving Image, edited by David Green and Joanna Lowry, 22–38. Brighton: Photoworks / Photoforum, 2006.





Great and unexplored take on asmr. I find it difficult to prove if they are replacing/enhancing the audio cues (you would need testing and other methods), but you could explore and identify the presence of those visual tropes. It sounds fascinating to think in the construction of the genre in these terms, no need to prove anything but stay there with attention. The ideas of conventions and genres could be useful (Raymond Williams).


Reading suggestions:

Andersen, Joceline. “Now You’ve Got the Shiveries: Affect, Intimacy, and the ASMR Whisper Community.” Television & New Media 16, no. 8 (December 2015): 683–700.

Gallagher, Rob. “Eliciting Euphoria Online: The Aesthetics of ‘ASMR’ Video Culture.” Film Criticism 40, no. 2 (June 2016).

Iossifidis, Miranda Jeanne Marie. “ASMR and the ‘Reassuring Female Voice’ in the Sound Art Practice of Claire Tolan.” Feminist Media Studies 17, no. 1 (January 2, 2017): 112–15.

Smith, Naomi, and Anne-Marie Snider. “ASMR, Affect and Digitally-Mediated Intimacy.” Emotion, Space and Society 30 (February 1, 2019): 41–48.

Waldron, Emma Leigh. “‘This FEELS SO REAL!’ Sense and Sexuality in ASMR Videos.” First Monday 22, no. 1 (December 21, 2016).





You ask very important and exciting questions about Oculus. I find particularly inspiring your comments on the disruption of space and time. No need to develop an advertisement, though. You can explore those questions from the inside, without spending too much time on background context. The questions you ask about Facebook are very relevant as well, but I find it difficult to encompass everything. Maybe a speculation on what could happen when these exciting possibilities (such as the disruption of space and time) are privatized/owned by a platform with a dubious reputation on privacy management? Just a suggestion.


Suggested reading


Tippet, Ryan. “Constitutive Surveillance and Social Media.” Second International Handbook of Internet Research (2020): 1011-1032.





A very comprehensive take on Vine! Maybe too broad? I find it hard proving the effects on young teens, but you could explore your ideas through the medium. The decline of the platform is also a difficult subject. It is easy to tell the history backward (from the decline and find the causes after), but the rise and fall of media respond to too many factors. And some of the reasons for its decline could be applied to the success of TikTok, for example. I think the key is in your last sentence: the drug-like attention + the lack of vitality. That sounds like a fantastic statement to explore in a video format!


I found this on Vine and boredom that could be useful


Tina Kendall. (Not) doing it for the Vine: #Boredom Vine videos and the biopolitics of gesture
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Great take on the tensions present on TikTok. I wonder how you’re going to analyze the most popular videos. Are you going to range/categorize them somehow? And about your own videos: are you going to perform some of these standards? It is complex (and not always rewarding) to develop an experiment for proving you right on what you thought initially. I (personal preference) find it more satisfactory being open to surprises. It is a great idea to explore the participatory aspect, but be careful with knowing already the results of the experiment!


Readings (that could be useful)


Tolentino, Jia. “How TikTok Holds Our Attention,” September 23, 2019.

Zhou, Qiyang. “Understanding User Behaviors of Creative Practice on Short Video Sharing Platforms – A Case Study of TikTok and Bilibili.” University of Cincinnati, 2019.




Good angle in connecting POV with ‘the real.’ The idea of engaging with as a media convention is also good. Not sure about the treatment, though. Are you going to show diverse uses of the POV? Because you’re going to explore it from within, it would be good to see, for example, how ‘the real’ gets rendered, how the POV gets notion of veracity, truthiness, etc. More than a survey of the possibilities of the POV, it would be interesting to see your engagement with the term.





Great topic. Ana Voog differs from the JenniCam in her explicit (in the sense of intentioned and conscious) performance. What would happen if she were the model for webcamming? It is good your take on the gender aspects of the Anacam. Will you trace her evolution in those terms? How are you going to relate censorship on the female body in general? Be careful with the scope of the work, Anacam has enough material to get dizzy.


Good readings, I’d suggest this as well: Grant, Melissa Gira. “She Was A Camera.” Rhizome, 26 2011.





Gigantic and local topic! All the observations you’re noting are interesting enough on their own. I would recommend choosing only one for your essay, though. I would concentrate on one of the first topics you mention, such as the membership figure or the history. I don’t think that authenticity is the most important aspect here. It is important in relation to porn in general, but Pornhub did not build its empire specifically on that. I would put emphasis on other aspects (such as piracy, user-generated content, alliance with production studios, monopoly, data-driven entertainment…). Depending on which angle you want to concentrate on, I could recommend some bibliography.





Great idea to explore stories through stories. I am not sure how you are going to compare ig stories with the ones in books, though, and why the stories format would help you to do that. Is it about understanding how ig stories are (or are not) traditional stories? It sounds like a riddle, but I think you are after something interesting there. If you tell me more about the questions you want to explore, I can help you with references or more feedback.





Excellent idea and resources. Ideal ideal would be doing this live! Be careful about the length, though. It seems that the interviewers would have a lot to say (and the edition). Could you ask them the same questions and having them answering through their normal channels? Not a stylistic suggestion, just a practical one.



Very clear proposal and scope. Maybe just adding that the algorithm is always guessed and evolving, which creates an interesting dynamic between the platform and the creators. Looking forward to reading it!