The internet changed so many things for people in the way we communicate, consume, and even create.
It’s one of the reasons why I love the internet.
It can be frustrating too but at the end of the day I love how connected it makes everyone, it connects one end of the globe to the other in a way that’s never been possible before.
This connection to other people is what helps with the internet’s biggest asset: it democratised content creation and how people consume content.
Creators and makers can reach out to their audience without going through a third party.
It used to be in order to have a radio, TV show, and/ or a published book people needed to approach producers and publishing houses. Today all you need is a camera, microphone, and an imagination because now people have platforms to publish their content.
The gatekeepers no longer run the asylum.
If you have a show you can put up your work on YouTube, on SoundCloud, on iTunes, or have your work sponsored by your fans through crowdfunding.
Someone who likes to cook can have their own cooking show on YouTube and earn money from it. If you love clothes and are passionate about it, you can start your own Fashion blog and maybe even become a stylist.
The possibilities are endless.
People can become creators and entrepreneurs because the internet allows for the tools and freedom to create, and a platform to present their work to an audience.
Here are some examples:
The Lizzie Bennet Diaries reimagines the Jane Austen classic: ‘Pride and Prejudice’ as a twenty something grad student.
– The Sorted Food
A group of friends started out experimenting on basic cooking and recipe ideas with one qualified chef to help sort everything out.
Podcast are all the rage these days. They’ve always been around but there seems to be a resurgence of podcasts.
A bizarre podcast about a ‘Twice-monthly community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events. Turn on your radio and hide. Welcome to Night Vale.’
A non-fiction and true crime story from the creators of This American Life, Serial unfolds one story – a true story – over the course of a whole season. The show follows the plot and characters wherever they lead, through many surprising twists and turns
A podcast by the Fizzle team for creatives and indie entrepreneurs where they share the nuts and bolts about the art and science of supporting yourself by doing something you care about.
A podcast for creative entrepreneurs with Kathleen Shannon and Emily Thompson.
A podcast by Paul Jarvis and Jason Zook for people that aren’t confined to a literal office or that aren’t confined by conventional thinking.
And a little shameless promotion:
My podcast with Maria of MariaCelina.net, about the seachanges of life.
These are just small samplings of things that created the internet.
The internet allows for this creative freedom by giving people the tools People can become creators and entrepreneurs and it is this amazing freedom that the internet allows all you need to do is spend a little time to get to know the tools you have at hand.
If you could start one thing, just one thing? What would it be?