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Pecha Kucha Reflection

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When we were first assigned the Pecha Kucha, it was something that interested me. I had never heard of anything like it before and the name just pulled you in. However I couldn’t say it quite right at first, not that I can always say it right now but I have to say I’ve gotten better a lot better. Even though I looked forward to the Pecha Kucha going into it, as it came to crunch time, the Pecha Kucha was an assignment that began to intimidated me. As I started planning my slides and the material that I wanted to cover, I thought that there was absolutely no way that I could provide the information that I needed to in the short amount of time of 1 minute and 20 seconds, especially since there was only 20 seconds per slide. This intimidation lasted all the way until I was done giving my presentation, but watching others and completing mine, it was really cool watching how they all came together and the interesting information that they provided as well.

A Walk Through A Slide: It is hard to just pick one slide to walk through and deem most important because all of them come together to make the information that I shared in our Pecha Kucha important. However, since I have to choose, I think the strongest slide I made in my part of our group’s Pecha Kucha presentation was my second slide. During this slide, I used a quote from Sherry Turkle that she had said in her “I Am We” article. The full quote read, “There are many Sherry Turkles. There is the “French Sherry,” who studied poststructuralism in Paris in the 1960s. There is Turkle the social scientist, trained in anthropology, personality psychology, and sociology. There is Dr. Turkle, the clinical psychologist. There is Sherry Turkle the writer of books – Psychoanalytic Politics (Basic Books, 1978) and The Second Self: Computers and the Human Spirit (Simon & Schuster, 1984). There is Sherry the professor, who has mentored MIT students for nearly 20 years. And there is the cyberspace explorer, the woman who might log on as a man, or as another woman, or as, simply, ST.”

After reading this quote in the article, it immediately stuck with me. It was just a powerful example to me that kind made me think things and question them further on the topic of internet identity. As soon as my group discussed our topic and what each of us going to focus on within our topic of freedom and I was given freedom of identity, I knew that I had to use that quote. Of course, when it came down to fitting it in with all of the other information that I was trying to say to in the short minute and twenty seconds that we had to present, I had to cut it down. But even taking some of the beginning examples out and just using a few still give it the effect visual that I was hoping to create with it. For a visual on this slide, I chose a picture that I thought went along with this quote due to the last sentence of the quote reads, “And there is the cyberspace explorer, the woman who might log on as a man, or as another woman, or as, simply, ST.” Because there could be so many different versions of someone hiding behind the mask of the internet I chose a middle aged man hiding behind a white face-less mask. This emphasizes the man part of the quote and the hidden identity.

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What I Learned About My Blog Topic: When we picked topics in the beginning of the module and my group was responsible for the topic of “Freedom”, I knew I was going to learn a lot. Originally going into the topic and assigned blogging, my mind set was that everyone should have their Freedom. I mean this is America right? Land of the free? So if we have so much freedom of everything else, why shouldn’t we have freedom on the internet? But as it came to the end of the module and time for the Pecha Kucha assignment, my views changed completely. Although I previously believed that every internet user deserved to have their freedom when logging on, I’m starting to think slightly differently. After many of the articles that we read assigned for class and those I researched myself with the help of the internet, I realized that more people than I realized abuse this freedom. Many use freedom of identity on the internet as shield or a mask to create a false identity and do more harm then good in the process. Things such as lying in online relationships, social media networks to lore people in, you never know who you are really talking to. All of the time that I have been using the internet I have been so trusting in who I talk to because I never realized that I shouldn’t be. What if the boy that started messaging me on Facebook from Michigan isn’t really my age? Or doesn’t really play soccer? Or what if he isn’t really a boy? This topic has made me realize that I really need to be a lot more careful of who I talk and interact with on the internet. Because the truth is that one the internet there is no truth. A lot of it is lies that people create, so you have to be cautious in your choices when using the internet, especially social media sites. I also learned that my topic not only stands own its own as an issue on the internet, but ties into the other group’s topics as well. After watching everyone’s Pecha Kucha presentations and reading their blogs I realized that all of our topics rely on one another. Freedom on the internet can give users anonymity and the ability to create the person they want. But when people create this “person” on the internet they should have a sense of etiquette in the decisions that they make in this process and with the ways that they communicate. In result, this will create the safety that is needed for internet users.

All in all I learned a whole lot about the using the internet and virtual technologies in the means of writing and communication. This class really opened my eyes to many new things that the internet has in store for writing and the issues that it produces as well.

Facebook-less

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facebook iphoneLast Thursday night, my professor challenged my class to go exactly one week without using their Facebook account. At first I thought nothing of this. This was easy. Who really needs Facebook anyway? Well I have the app on my iPhone and I never knew how much I actually clicked on it through out my day. I use other social media apps like Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest, but they just didn’t seem as fun without little old Facebook to go on as well. For instance, whenever I post edited pictures on Instagram, I automatically click “share” on Faceboook and Twitter when I’m about to post the picture. I posted a picture of my eight month old nephew this week on Facebook, even though I wasn’t supposed to be using it…it’s just a hard habit to break.

So this week I had to force myself to click around on different apps on my phone instead of using Facebook. What did I do before I made a Facebook account? Well I made a Myspace account when I was in ninth grade. I thought I was soooo cool. Now when I look back on that, I can’t believe how boring that website really was. I used to get so frustrated with making stupid backrounds and fonts. Facebook is straight forward and user friendly. I suppose another social network will come out in the next five or so years that’s better and more popular and we’ll all leave our Facebook accounts in the dust.

I learned a lot about myself from this past week without Facebook. I learned that I go on my Facebook way too much. I mostly use it to kill time between classes, when commercials come on the TV (because God forbid I’m bored for three minutes), or when I should be writing papers for class because I’ll be happy to log back on tonight after class but do I need to go on Facebook and read peoples’ whiney posts? Nope.

Facebook Withdrawl? Not so much.

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I feel like lately, Facebook is a social media site that is slowly becoming less and less popular. More of those who are wrapped in the social media networks are beginning to favor other new trending networks leaving Facebook in the dust. Things such as Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Vine, and some blogging sites, are easily the more popular of the bunch. However, Facebook is still hanging in there with many still communicating and interacting on the site. I know that the only reason that I still have my Facebook activated is for some family members who like the updates or the easy way of communication through messaging or wall posts via the site. Since I still have my account I have to admit that I am guilty of going on several times a week when I am bored and have nothing better to do, checking out what is going on in other people’s lives on my news feed. It passes the time when Twitter and Instagram just don’t cut it. Even though I am not as obsessed with Facebook as I used to be just as everyone else, I was still pretty nervous when Dr. Wolff told us that we were not going to be able to use it for a whole week.

Saying goodbye to Facebook in class on Thursday, I was nervous that I was going to start to miss it and feel as though I needed to go on just because of the fact that I wasn’t able to. The feeling of wanting something that you can’t have can be pretty powerful at times . I also thought that there was a good possibility that I was going to crack on accident as well. Open up the app on my phone out of instinct or click on it by accident trying to click something else. But I can proudly say that none of that has happened so far. It has been 5 days since I have last been on Facebook and I actually don’t even miss it…at all. This project, or experiment that Dr. Wolff had us complete has really given me a whole new lite on Facebook and its role in my life. I am actually considering maybe deleting it and setting up new forms of communication with the few members of my family that would really want to stay connect. We’ll see what happens when I get it back, but I definitely do not feel as dependent or reliant on Facebook as I did before and it is quite refreshing to feel that way.

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My name is Jack. But only on Facebook : Identity on the Internet

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If I told you today, my name is Jack and I am a 35 year old man from Jacksonville, North Carolina, would you believe me?  stranger

Well , in fact, my name is not Jack, I am not  a man, I am not from North Carolina, and I am a college junior. Scary isn’t it? That I can tell you I am anyone I want, from anywhere in the world I want, and you just have to take my word for it. The internet is free and so is this country. Who has the right to tell me I can’t lie?

Sherry Turkle explores this phenomenon in her article, ” Who Am We” (http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/4.01/turkle.html) . As she describes it, “life on the screen permits us to “project ourselves into our own dramas, dramas in which we are producer, director, and star…. Computer screens are the new location for our fantasies, both erotic and intellectual. We are using life on computer screens to become comfortable with new ways of thinking about evolution, relationships, sexuality, politics, and identity.”

In other words, the internet is not real life . Maybe for some of us it is. Maybe you go on Facebook and Twitter simply to share thoughts about your  daily life, thoughts and ideas. But what if your life is too boring? What if you have tons of ideas bottled in your head that are far too inappropriate for your grandmother to see on your profile? The internet, and freedom, tells us it is OK to make something, or someone else up instead. If you don’t feel like being you today, and your boss made you really mad, you can sign up on twitter and make an anonymous account bashing your job.  No one is going to do an identity check when you sign up on social networking sites, so why not?

 Turkle adds, “That the Internet links millions of people in new spaces that are changing the way we think and the way we form our communities. That we are moving from “a modernist culture of calculation ” . We used to form our communities based on people around us, that had similar interests and desires. Doing that on the internet, could lead you to an entirely different community, with people lying about what they do, and who they are.

People lying about their identity has become an overwhelmingly popular thing to do. It used to be believed that predators would be the only ones doing it, because it was wrong. Now teenagers do it to get dates.

Freedom allows us to be whoever we want to be. Home, in school, or online. But is it OK to be three different people? In case you still don’t believe this happens, check out that trailer for  MTV’s reality show Catfish.

This is real life.

 

The Right to Tweet

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twitter     We all remember the days we used to spend hours on MySpace, commenting on each others walls and pictures. Then all of a sudden Facebook came along and you didn’t have to make stupid backgrounds and pick colors out for your profile page. Facebook was more straight-forward, to the point and user friendly. Now Twitter seems to be taking the reigns in the social media world. You can be anyone you want to be on Twitter. There’s little room for a biography and it only allows you to have one profiule picture to look at. Apps on smart phones have made it easy for users to have multiple accounts on these social media websites so if somebody doesn’t want everyone to know who they are on Twitter, they can switch over to the account with no picture and tweet what ever they’d like.

I’ve seen several methods to how users get thousands of followers, for starters being famous helps. Everyone wants to follow their favorite celebrity and they’ve been known to tweet just about the strangest tweets out there, and then we all hear about them on TMZ or E! News within the hour “Lindsay Lohan just said (insert tweet here).” or “Rihanna just posted the most provocative picture (insert picture here).” When you are famous, you get have your little official blue check mark next to your name and of course just having a Twitter account can guarantee them at least 100,000 followers. They don’t even have to post anything interesting!

I’ve learned that “retweeting” celebrities, your friends, or that random account that posts funny sayings (and that are good for a laugh so you follow them anyway) can definitely get your “follower” numbers up there. Twitter only allows you to post a tweet with 140 characters, but that doesn’t stop people from tweeting how they really feel about that “crazy storm” that just happened or the “horrible traffic” they’re stuck in, omg…that’s never happened to anyone before! Or the infamous weather updates as if I don’t have The Weather Channel app right next to my Twitter on my iPhone. I find that I have to keep my sarcastic, “Thank you, I didn’t know it was snowing outside because I don’t have twenty windows in my house to know that” to myself. But I’ve grown to accept the blatantly obvious tweets people post all day because that is basically what Twitter is used for now, status updates or silly fragments of a sentence. It’s their right, and who am I to judge?