The Stages of Recovery
The Stages of Recovery
In my comparative book analysis I used the books Personal Connections in the Digital Age by Nancy K. Baym and Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less From Each Other By Sherry Turkle. Both of these authors are great resources in the social media landscape. The class cornerstones that were discussed throughout the paper were culture, privacy, and politics. The books really surrounded around relationships. Relationships with one another through social media and the relationships with media and technology. The similarities between the two books are the notion of what technology can do to us and the anxieties of privacy. The differences are that of the outlook of social media. Personal Connections holds a positive outlook saying that we stay in touch with more people, find and share supportive resources, and create groups and relationships that cross boundaries (Baym, 2010). Alone Together thinks the opposite. We like continual connection but we do not pay full attention to one another and we like being able to reach each other at any moment but to get a quite moment we have to hide our phone (Turkle, 2011). Another difference is that Alone Together takes a social robot perspective. She uses Furby’s, Tamagotchi’s, and other robots to explain relationships people form with robots (Turkle, 2011). I think both of these are a must read in the area of social media.
Baym, N. K. (2010a). Personal connections in the digital age. Malden, MA: Polity Press.
Turkle, S. (2011). Alone together: Why we expect more from technology and less from each other. New York, NY: Basic Books.
I definitely can say that i get FOMO. Sometimes on the weekend I decide to just chill and stay in to watch movies. Then I check my Twitter or Facebook and see my friends out drinking or doing something that night. I then think I am missing out on something fun and get a little bummed that I am not there. I usually get over it after awhile but I still get that fear. I would say I do get this more with social media being in my life. However before social media it was there. It just wasn’t there at the exact moment like it is now. Before you heard about it the day after or the week after once you have talked in person to a friend that was at something you didn’t attend. You think the same thing about missing out on something. These feelings are inevitable to occur. Social media brings it at a faster speed.
On April 9, 2011 Jenna Wortham wrote an extremely interesting article that discussed the combination of social media with the old theory of FOMO or fear of missing out. While this is a theory that has been around for awhile social media has allowed it to catch fire. FOMO deals with the concept of picking up a newspaper on Monday morning and realizing what you missed over the weekend. While you may be bummed that you missed a big concert or event however it’s in the past and at that point there is nothing that can be done. What social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Foursquare, and so many others have done is allow you to see what your missing out on as its happening. For example the writer of the article describes cuddling up on the couch for a movie night by herself when her phone starts to update her on what her friends are doing at the same time. While she is having a cozy night in she finds out that right near her home a couple of her friends checked into a venue that usually hold concerts and such and she also is able to view a picture of another set of friends dinning at an upbeat and trendy restaurant in her city. When viewing these photos and check ins this causes the writer to think about if she should be out doing things like her friends. It even had her debating an impromptu night out. While she decided to stay in and opted to turn her phone face down (she couldn’t yet bring herself to turn it off) we can see much social networking has affected our lives. While the writer does admit that she doesn’t always get jealous and states that a lot of times she is excited to see what her friends around the world are doing she can be affected by the status and picture updates of her friends and more specifically those closer to her location as well as those who fall closer to her age. The concept of FOMO isn’t a new one but the ways in which we can experience the phenomenon are changing and evolving. Do you think that FOMO is a common experience for lots of social media users? Is it Facebook and Twitters fault or are these types of feelings inevitable?
I think combining these two things together is great. The influence that social media has on people in our society is outstanding. I love seeing things like this emerge with social media. Posting energy consumption on Facebook is genius to me. I would love to see how my neighbors and friends are saving money and conserving energy. I learn about a lot on Facebook just like you do. Seeing energy costs and topics about becoming green really cant hurt anyone, it can just help. Even if its not right away I think the more people see things about it the more likely they are to think about and want to change. Social Media going green is a great thing!
In this New York Times article, a new type of sustainability movement is discussed-one that involves the revolutionary powers of Facebook. A new app has been released that allows people to post their energy consumption levels to their Facebook page and challenge their friends to energy reduction…
My two biggest concerns about privacy are potential jobs and graduate colleges. That is a reason I keep my Facebook very private. I make sure that only certain information can be seen by people who are not my Facebook friends. I also make it that I must approve things my friends post before it will post to my wall. I do this because some information I do not want people or future colleges or jobs to see. I think some things even though they are not bad are not for those people to know. I agree that people who refuse to use privacy settings should be extra careful. I know I would be if I didn’t use them. I am a little more hesitant on twitter since we have to keep it public for class. I am careful what I post and make sure for the most part it is appropriate. The saying at the end of your post is true in many ways and is something that I think haunts many people.
In an article titled “Workshop to address privacy, social media” author David Sharos discusses privacy in social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter,Tumblr), and how it can affect you life negatively. Sharos is quoted saying, “Facebook, My Space, Twitter and others have expanded our…
I would have to say this all is true in many ways. Even though it may not affect every single person in these ways I think it is definitely an issue. The one i see the most as an issue is relationships and breakups are public. I would say breakups are the big issue with it being public. I have seen friends on Facebook get out of a relationship and people are on that update liking it and commenting on it. I think that is definitely hard to deal with especially if people are saying negative things about it. The other one i notice is over-analyzing will drive you crazy. I have over-analyzed like this before and it makes it all worse. I have seen my friends interpret things wrong and worry about things they really shouldn’t worry about just because of a Facebook post. I do agree that Facebook has complicated dating. I think it just is one more thing to worry about. You now have to worry about your “online relationship.”
Being Facebook friends with the person you are dating can complicate things. The article, “5 Ways Facebook Changed Dating (For the Worse)”, discusses how Facebook can have negative effects on user’s romantic life. The 5 ways Facebook is changing dating for the worse are:
1. Overanalyzing Will…
After hearing the term slacktivism in class on Tuesday I definitely starting thinking of all the activism I see online. In the past I personally never really thought of online activism as true activism. In my mind one must be out in the public talking to people, starting a pubic rally, or getting hand written signatures of people for it to be activism. I thought this until we talked in class and once I read more into slacktivism. I found an article online that had an infograpic about slacktivism which really made me see how this is activism and is actually a really great part of activism, especially in our generation.
Even though slacktivsm takes less physical effort than an activist that goes out into the world it seems to still do a great job with getting the word out there about a certain topic. The article states that “Sortable says that slacktivists are twice as likely to volunteer, twice as likely to ask for donations, twice as likely to take part in an event and four times as likely to encourage others to sign a petition or contact a politician.” If these results do not make you think slacktivist play a major role in activism than you must be crazy. These results definitely surprised me because at one point I didn’t think slacktivist were even activist. I have changed my mind and think slacktivism is an important part of getting others involved and voicing opinions about certain topics.
The article talks a lot about petitions and it had me thinking about the people who were on campus asking me to sign a petition. These were people who were out in the world trying to get people to sign a piece of paper. I didn’t really know what it was about and didn’t want to take the time to listen about it so I didn’t sign it. However I think that if an online petition came my way about the same things I would have been able to read about it online with the petition. Truthfully I would have took the time to read it online instead of listening to someone on campus talk. The infograpic I posted talks about social media’s influence. “Social media allows us to learn about more issues more than ever before.” That is exactly how I would take social media in the activism world. With petitions it uses the example of “in 36 hours, 50,000 Indians signed a petition on Avaaz.org to clean up corruption in India.” Those numbers are outstanding and could never happen that fast if it wasn’t online.
The end of the infographic is 10 Signs You Might Be a Slacktivist. I have retweeted something about a cause and shared a video about a cause, which were both about Kony. I have also signed an online petition and bought a product to support a cause. I have never really considered myself an activist until now. Even though I am not an activist that boycotts and goes out to get petitions signed I am still doing something. I am getting the word out there and showing my support for something I believe in. Are you a slacktivists? Do you believe it makes a substantial difference in activism?
In 6 years Twitter really has come along way and has changed the way I interact socially. It is funny because even my dad who barely knows how to use a computer knows what twitter and tweeting is. I would say he knows that from TV and watching sports or ESPN. Many sports stations or even television shows use Twitter to have fans interact or find out what a celeb or athlete said about something. In my life I use it to tweet and use it for information. I found out about the death of Whitney Houston by twitter and found out about a shooting in Tempe at a concert. I found out about he shooting because of the speed of twitter. People tweeted about it right after it happened. The speed of Twitter is where it stands out from the rest. In my opinion Twitter is going to continue to be a major factor in our culture.
Last week Twitter officially celebrated its 6 year anniversary, a major milestone for the social media site. Its hard to believe that a simple site could radically change the way we look/interact in the world and drastically penetrate social and political culture. Twitter, along with others…
When I was in high school which was about 4-7 years ago I would never have imagined social media to be used at school, especially on phones. As I think back however most phones didn’t have the internet and social media access it has now, so having social media intertwined in high school just wouldn’t have worked. Now however I think it is a great thing to have. The article uses an example of responding to classroom polls and quizzes with mobile devices, I think that is clever and when I was in high school I would have been excited to do a quiz that way. I also think having a Facebook page for a school website to be pretty cool and helpful, especially for parents because i think it would help them see more of what is going on at school. The negative part about some web content being irrelevant I think that can be bypassed with good planning by teachers and administration. The idea of all this in high school is still crazy to me but I think overall it is a good thing.
Social Media in the classroom is a controversial topic among educators. While many want to keep social media out of the classroom and keep traditional styles of learning in, principal, Eric Sheninger, and the teachers of New Milford High School in New Jersey support social media in education….
After class on Tuesday with our discussion about politics and political campaigns it really got me thinking about what to expect for this year. Its time for another presidential election so I want to see what it is like 4 years later. So I went to president Obama’s webpage. Which like the survey shown in class, voters expect candidates to have a webpage. I would say his webpage is a good one with lots of information. I was impressed by the amount of social media networks he had at the bottom of the page to connect to.
As I was looking up information I came across an article about Obama 2012. The article is from Rolling Stone by Tim Dickinson. He states, “The YouTube and social media revolution in the last four years has given the campaign the power to produce and disseminate powerful video content that can broadcast to a highly targeted audience of millions, effectively for free.” This statement is correct and is why I think social media is so important to politics now. I just watched a video about Obama for free and imagine if everyone with a twitter who supported Obama tweeted or posted it on Facebook how many other people would then be seeing it for free.
The article goes on to talk about the video The Road We’ve Traveled which you can watch on YouTube or through the article. I think having video through YouTube is great because anyone can view it at anytime. People do not have to wait for videos on TV or miss it because it aired while they were at work or busy. Just type it in on YouTube and its there. “But for the moment these videos are built for social media - to be posted to Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and Tumblr accounts.” I wouldn’t say 4 years ago that social media was this important to campaigns. Twitter has definitely blown up since then. Video go viral through social media. I found out about Kony through twitter because people tweeted about it. I find out about many things through Twitter or Facebook even before it is time for the news to come on at 6.
I am definitely interested to see how twitter is used when the campaign gets even closer. The article about Obama 2012 also shows the advantage Obama has over Romney as to social media. Do you think this represents the amount of true voters each has? Will social media have a bigger impact on this election than 2008? Will videos on YouTube be a main source of propaganda? What do you think?