Week 7: Public vs. Private Online Identity

This week we are talking more about how our private lives can interact with our public lives mainly via the internet. If you want to get much more specific, I’m talking about Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Although these sites privacy setting can be set how you want them, it doesn’t mean that you still can’t be found.

This has become a problem for many teenagers seeking employment because potential jobs or business owners can search their name and know a lot about the teen they are in contact with. Even the not so good stuff.

This is why teenagers need to be more careful about what they post online. These things will never go away once they are posted so there is a higher chance of having someone see it than not. Most teenagers are concerned with the count on “friends” or “followers” but what do these really get you in the long run? It’s so much safer and smarter to set all privacy settings to there highest capacity and keep certain information off of the web.

Week 6: News

These posts always seem to catch me. I know that I have to do them and by when, but somehow I never get them done when they should be done.

Anyways….

For the midterm, I chose questions relating to gender and race

  1. What, in your opinion, is the biggest gender flaw in the digital world and why do you think that?
  2. How would you say your race is defined in online culture? Is it the truth? Explain why you agree or disagree.

I decided on these questions because I found them the questions I asked myself most while covering these topics and thought that other students in the class may have had the same questions. This gives them a chance to explain why they believe certain things about certain topics.

In other news….

Quidditch is going well. Classes are going well. And I am learning more about fandoms than I think I ever wanted to. I chose a more difficult topic for my research project, however, since its something that interests me and I find comparisons to my life, it is become a bit easier.

Week 4: Gender and Online Identity

I had never heard of or used “Twee-Q” before, but it got me thinking, “Why do more guys retweet guys and girls retweet girls?”

I came to the conclusion that it is based on how they relate. Females are more likely to relate to something tweeted by a female than by a male and vice versa. The gender divide (more commonly referred to as sexism) is what keeps our men in higher paying jobs and women with the stigma of “Go make me a sandwich.”

I tried to analyze myself on “Twee-Q”, but I don’t retweet anything. However, I did analyze my brother and found him guilty of doing just as I had stated in the first question.  Twee-Q Analysis @tedword44

Cybersexism is more real today than we would like it to be, but instead of just bashing people for doing this we should understand WHY they are doing this.

It comes back around to how people relate to each other.  Males are drawn to males because of similar interests and females are drawn to females because of similar interests. But what if a male is interested in fashion or makeup? Or if a female is interested in sports or comics? We see the gender divide dissolve here.

Finding that males tend to retweet males and females tend to retweet females upset me slightly. I am a girl; I watch football, I paint my nails, and I do not conform to the norm of society. More people should be able to push past the stigma and be who they want to be.

Week 2: Social through the Ages

Social identity has changed and evolved immensely over the years. We have come so far in technology in the past 50 years that it is hard to even imagine what socializing hundreds of years ago may have been like. Looking as far back as 1705, we know that the only means of communication was verbally or by post which had to be delivered on horseback. There were no “selfies”, “sexting”, or “cyberbullying”. Everyone knew your business, and there was no hiding. As we move through history and come upon the new era of the 2000’s, we start to see the rise of new technologies. Our phones got smaller and our access to knowledge expanded.

Overall, we as a society have changed a lot through the years. However, if I was an 18 year old growing up in any time period other than now, I would still be me. I would go along with the times and what’s popular. I would continue to be the social person that I am right now.