The white male dominance in the media industry is traditionally pointed out to be the reason for the problematic representations and stereotyping of historically underrepresented groups. However, the film and media industry’s mechanisms are challenged for a change with the advent of digital. By allowing the traditional passive spectator to be the progressive producer they would like to see in the industry, digital platforms allow people to themselves tell their stories, which points to the increased visibility of a younger and more diverse group of people. By pointing out the importance of self-representation, this paper examines Generation Z’s and the Millennials’ online habits, namely in TikTok and YouTube web series, to discuss its extent. It acknowledges the limitations of digital presence toward being a solution to social injustice, yet concludes that having such content within reach and the fact that such polyphony can be created without barriers is a great step forward for the notorious issue of representation.
In the last decade, broadcast television seemed to have engaged in a rivalry between not only streaming services, but also social media platforms; and the odds did not seem to be on its side. This paper examines the changes in television habits under the effects of streaming services and social media platforms, pointing to a downfall in its popularity. It furthermore investigates the impact of the recent health crisis, suggesting that the “death of television” is not yet to come as long as the old set keeps up with its younger, more dynamic, and more interactive competitors.