If, like us, you're obsessed with film and TV, mad about gaming and can't live without music, then Alwayswatching is a website designed with you in mind. These days, more and more of us spend much more time in front of a screen indulging in these activities than we do with our friends and families.
Whether it's on a TV, a laptop, a tablet or a phone; a screen is like a small window into a whole new world, one that we're unlikely to ever experience in our real lives. It's a place where we can find thrills, adventure, suspense and romance vicariously though the characters on-screen, safe in the knowledge that we'll still be alive and well at the end. In other words we can escape from our ordinary lives to experience the extraordinary without having to take a risk or move from our seats.
Images, whether moving or still are fascinating to humans and we can look many times and still see new things. We're used to seeing scenes from our own unique perspective and so we're fascinated when given the opportunity to see and experience life through someone else's eyes or imagination. Watching is learning and seeing what others see makes us feel more than ourselves.
We're always watching films and TV
We're obsessed with films and TV shows. Whether its multi-million dollar blockbuster movies or low-budget independent films; whether it's a Sci-Fi, a RomCom or an Action Thriller; we're watching. If it's a fantasy TV series, a sitcom or a reality TV show; we're watching. And we'll be reviewing it too. They say everyone's a critic and here at Alwayswatching we completely agree with that statement. We like to tell it how it is, in our opinion anyway. You won't necessarily agree.
We're always gaming
They say gaming is the nearest we'll get to the feeling of walking in someone else's shoes. Gaming is more than just watching, it's about taking control, making decisions and taking action. It's about doing things we never would in real life because we don't have to suffer the consequences. It's about belonging to a community with the same interests who compete with us. And it's also about learning because in games we make mistakes we learn from and we gain certain skills through repetition.
We're always listening to music
Humans enjoy music because it really can affect our emotions. That's because when we listen to music our brains release the mood-enhancing chemical Dopamine. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter which is released as a reward for certain human activities like eating or other pleasurable pursuits. When it's released it gives us feelings of pleasure and satisfaction. The more we experience these feelings the more we want and need them and so we can become addicted to their causes. Like music. Why we prefer some types of music, however, is another of those 'nature vs. nurture' questions.
At Alwayswatching, we're always watching out for new music. We don't all like the same singers or musicians or even the same types of music. However, we believe there's room on the music scene for everyone and everything.
Image and imagination
We are into images, whether they are still images in the form of photographs, or moving in the form of video or film, and like most other people, we find them fascinating, entertaining and compelling.
It has been welcoming to see how digital technology has not only maintained people’s interest in photographs and photography but in fact has massively increased the use and transfer of images across the many social media platforms. The big social media sites have made it easy to upload, save and share photos. The outcome has been an explosion of imagery, colour and imagination as the general public, amateur photographers and professional photographers take the opportunity to display their images and show their creativity and individuality.
At Alwayswatching, we watch and listen to most things so when you're looking for a review of any of the above media, someone here is sure to have seen or heard it and we'll be talking about it. Why don't you join us?
It would seem that online video is not only here to stay but is going to play a big part in the future of the internet.
YouTube is the big boy and is the third most viewed website on the planet after Google and Facebook. The latest figures released by Google show that over one billion unique users visit YouTube each month and in total over four billion hours of video are watched each month.
These figures are staggering and continue to grow as this popular site continues to catch the public’s imagination. That very public are uploading over sixty hours of video every minute to the YouTube site.
The phenomena is spreading across the world with seventy percent of traffic coming from outside of the US with the site being localised in over fifty countries and translated in over sixty languages. Over one hundred million people undertake a social action of some kind on the site every single week such as likes, shares or comments. There is also the growing interaction with other social media accounts and the statistics show that some seven hundred YouTube videos are shared on Twitter every minute.
How people are watching is also changing and you might be surprised to hear that there are tens of thousands of full length movies available for viewing. Mobile and tablet usage continues to increase at an incredible pace and twenty five percent of global views now come mobile devices. Live online video is the most popular and long form video seems to be back in vogue.
So there would seem to be a lot of fuss indeed over video. People love it and use it and it would seem the trend is for the love affair to continue.
28 April 2014
It would seem that online video is not only here to stay but is going to play a big part in the future of the internet. YouTube is the big boy and is the third most viewed website on the planet after Google and Facebook. The latest figures released by Google show that over one […]
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