Unplugged

Can you Unplug?…. Take the challenge

 

download (1) unplugged 1This week’s assignment was to document one whole day without the use of the internet. We are living in an era where the thought of not being connect is it a question, it’s become a necessity that has crept into our lives as our generations continue to grow and develop. Personally, the internet and social media is the first thing that I look at when I wake up in the morning and the last thing that I do before I go to sleep. To unplug myself for a whole day proved to be very difficult.

On a normal day I will have college and work and with exams coming up all my spare time is being spent in the library studying for my finals. During these days and given the time of year, I would not be constantly on my phone and if I have not checked it for an hour or two it would go unnoticed, but the fact that I knew I was unplugged for the day, made the temptation ten times stronger and really tested my will power. Even though I was completing college work and working, I had the urge to  check the internet to see what was happening in the online world that we are constantly surrounded by.

 

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In our era, there’s times where you will have been on your phone or laptop for a lengthy amount of time without even realising it. I feel that this is a bad thing, society should not be changing this way, with everyone walking around on their phones, praying for interaction with another online user. As one actually completes the challenge of unplugging you find yourself less reluctant on the platforms of social media and the internet.

 

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I found that unplugging for the day made me a lot less stressed, I was at college and work and not constantly checking my phone every two minutes to see what is happening on my online platforms, instead i was engaging in more interactions with my colleagues and began to converse a lot more than usual with them, when I told some of my colleagues what I was doing some of them even turned their phones off for the day during work so see what it would be like and they agreed with me in saying that they were a lot more relaxed and that the enjoyed their day a lot more.

 

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Although I struggled at times and it may not be for everyone, but I really enjoyed unplugging for the day, it was nice to just take a step back from the internet and the online world that we live in and just to take in the world that surrounds us in our daily lives.

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Digital Death

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For this weeks blog post, I watched an episode of the Black Mirror, a Netflix series that is a science fiction anthology series and one that I frequently watch.  The episode I watched was the first episode from Season 3 called Nosedive.

The episode is about a world where people rate each other from one to five stars every time they interact with one another. These individual rankings that they receive, are a determinant in the lifestyle in which they will live. Many services that can be accessible and usable are based on the individual’s rating. Lacie, a young woman, who is obsessed with her ranking and always goes above and beyond making a great first impression on everyone she meets so that she can live a happier life, is surprisingly rated a 4.2 and is unable to buy her dream apartment unless she is a 4.5, which is causing her great stress and upset.

 

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In order for her to be able to buy her apartment, she would need to increase her rating by at least 0.3. By meeting higher ranked people, her ranking would rise so she could purchase the apartment that she always wanted. Upon receiving the invite from her friend Naomi’s wedding, who is rated a 4.6, to be the maid of honour, she was ecstatic and could see her opportunity to significantly increase her rating in an attempt the buy her dream apartment. On her way to the wedding things take a turn, her journey does not plan out the way she hoped. By arguing with many people including the airport customer service worker and continuously being rude to people she encounters on the way, her ranking falls and falls and she gets very upset, anxious and worried because her appearance was being affected negatively. You could see by her that the low rankings she was receiving greatly affected her and she was determined to fix this, by changing her appearance and posting photo’s that people would want to see.

As her rating continued to drop and drop, reaching a very low value of 2.8, her friend Naomi contacted her once again, but this time she was contacting her about the wedding to uninvite her! She also explains to her that the only reason that she had received an invitation to the wedding in the first place is so that she could increase her rating in order to be able to buy her dream apartment. Lacie is horrified by these events and begins to take a mental turn which results in her being arrested and ending up in prison with a cellmate where there are no ratings.

The Networked Self

This weeks post will discuss the networked self. In our society today, networking is seen every single day by people all across the world. Networking is they way in which the people of today stay connected with one another. Within our reach, are hundreds of thousands of various platforms available that all users, no matter where they are in the world to connect with one another. Whether it be a social media website such as Facebook or Twitter, or the use of email accounts or video chat rooms such as skype of FaceTime, one can easily connect with another at the touch of a finger.

This weeks reading, relaying the story of a couple by the names of Peter and Trudy, allowed me to thoroughly comprehend the true power of The Networked Self. I began to understand the power of the networked self when I began to read about the medical troubles that peter and Trudy face in a very short period of time, leaving them in a very serious financial position.

They couple were unable to keep up to date with their bills due to the results of extreme medical bills, they were at a dead end, something had to give! They were in dire need of financial assistance. A friend of Peter and Trudy recognised the situation and began to use various different networks to contact various family members and friends that the couple knew well. Through the use of this networking, family and friends were able to make light of the difficult situation that the couple were facing and help out, they donated money to help Peter and Trudy overcome their tough circumstances.

 

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With the advancement of networking in our present society, transferring money to someone is available with a few clicks whether it be through a phone, tablet or desktop. Being a GAA player, I have witnessed these circumstances before when one of the players  on my team, who happens to be self employed, severely broke his leg in multiple places, leaving him out of work for 6 months with a family at home, through the use of various different networking platforms such as WhatsApp and Facebook, as a team, we were able to connect with one another and organise a fundraiser in order to collect money for our team mate and his family.

Networking in our society today is also used as a powerful tool to be able to connect and stay in touch with one another. Modern day business have also incorporated large network systems within their firms, allowing them the ability to connect with other firms and allowing business transactions and communications to take place.

 

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The power of the networked self can also be seen in the form of online dating websites, it allows people to match and communicate with one another, and in some cases, forming long life relationships between two people.

 

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Personally, I feel that Networking plays a vital role within our society today, It plays a huge role in my life and has provided me with vast opportunities allowing me to enjoy my life a lot more.

The Greater Good?

The Ethical Self:

 

I am in agreeance that online communication, because it offers anonymity, encourages greater openness and honesty. Unfortunately this is not always the case and I am strongly of the opinion that the vast new possibilities of online communications have led to greater harm than good. Today’s online world can be extremely cruel and shallow minded, meaning that the material ourselves and others post, is at one’s own risk and is susceptible to criticism.

 

In ways it is evident that online communication due to its openness and honesty, have lead to greater good. In worldwide disasters and in the cases of terrorist attacks or earthquakes, Facebook has a unique feature added to its platforms that allows users to simply ‘Check In’. “Safety check allows people in the area of any tragedy, to mark themselves okay and give their loved ones some peace of mind” (Metro.co.uk, 2017) This is a superb situation in which online communication has been used to benefit its online users.

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On the contrary, the possibilities of online communication can be seen to have lead to greater harm than good when we are introduced to flaming, trolling or cyberbullying, have a huge negative impact on the lives of many users that fall victim to these cruel attacks. There are millions of online bullies that hide behind the depths of their computer screen or mobile phone, viciously attacking others to make them feel weak and vulnerable, making themselves seem bigger and getting a thrill from this.
As a result of this reckless and needless behaviour, the occurrence of suicides and psychological  damage is extremely prominent and widespread within our online world in today’s society. Cyber-bullying is taking its toll on our younger generation, cyber-bullying and sexting are rapidly coming to the public’s attention, leading to great harm “At the end of last month 15-year-old Ciara Pugsley, from Leitrim, lost her life after being bullied by teens online.” (Irishexaminer.com, 2017) people should fall victims of cyber-bullying due to other users being shallow and cruel and this is a prime example of where online communications lead to greater harm.

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Blog Post 2: The Written Self

Blog Post 2: The Written Self

 

This weeks topic focused on the written self, how one presents themselves in their online world, and how we perceive others in our online world that surrounds us in our daily lives. This week we focused on the digital written self and the different writing technologies, including oral versus written and printed versus handwritten and the various techniques within. When we reflect on the written self, there are multiple questions to be asked.

 

  • Who are we writing for?
  • Why are we writing
  • What is the purpose?
  • Is it private? Or for everyone to see?
  • What are we trying to achieve?

 

The majority of internet users today participate in blogs,the definition of a blog is perceived to be ‘A frequently updated website consisting of dated entries arranged in chronological order so that the most recent post appears first. The digital written self can be seen widespread throughout our daily lives in the form of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and many other technological platforms.

 

With next to near all platforms consumed by advertisements and promotional ads for various different products and services, it can prove to be difficult to understand the authenticity of the post and the content being relayed.

 

In the Facebook post below, we see a printed advertisement from ‘Deliveroo’ a service that lets you order food from various restaurants within your chosen area. In the advertisement they offer a job and entices the reader by offering them a job that offers them money and an opportunity to get fit. We must ask ourselves,

 

  • Who is writing the advertisement?
  • Is the advertisement intended for people that are not fit?
  • Is the advertisement intended for people who are fit?
  • What story is being told?

 

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In the Twitter post that follows below, it tells the story of  the recent outrage that is happening in Catalonia. The tweet explains to us that 70 armed policemen have been assaulted and that a  200 inhabitants village has been destroyed, leaving villagers devastated.

 

What does this tweet tell us? What story does it relay?

 

We as the readers must ask ourselves,

  • What story is being told
  • What is the intended audience of the tweet?
  • What can be done to help?
  • What is trying to be portrayed?

From reading the tweet is it evident that there is a cry for help to stop all violence and resolve all issues and to decide on the Catalonia Independence referendum

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I found this research to be very helpful in aiding my learning and helping my to understand the various writing technologies that are within the written self.

Blog Post 1: IS30350

Blog Post 1: IS30350

In this week of the module IS30350 (The Digital Self) we discussed, in detail, the topic of selfies. With such detailed talk of selfies, and they different ways and methods in which they are used, one must ask themselves, what is a selfie? The official definition for a selfie is a ‘Self-portrait taken with your cell phone’.

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For this weeks assignment for IS30350 for my E-Portfolio I have chosen to discuss ‘the invisible student selfie’. In our everyday student lives, each and everyone of us takes at least a dozen selfies a day, whether it be for Instagram or Facebook or for snapchat or tinder, but for what purpose do we take these selfies? What meaning do they have? And who are they meant for?

In the Picture that I have posted with my E-Portfolio for this week, a coffee cup is notably present, a typical example of the invisible student selfie and the ways of college life itself, thousands of selfies are taken every single day across universities worldwide of students tea and coffee representing and mentioning their presence within their college life.

Selfies are and can be used to express a deeper meaning rather than just a photograph of an event or a place, as discussed in class, we must focus on the gaze, who is looking at the selfie? And who is it intended for? We also must focus on our agency within a selfie, the degree of control that we have over portraying who and what we are.

Overall is it evident that in today’s society, selfie have and are used for multiple different reasons and have meanings that are sometimes only know to the selfie taker themselves.

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Badge 5:

Badge 5: Reflection on our Learning about Social Media

 

Having taken part and completing all the various exercises within the module, including the completion of our badges (1-4) and the completion of our weekly class notes, I have acquired a vast amount of learning and skills from Crystals class IS 20110 (Social Computing and Media) and I have several ideas on how I plan to apply my learning in future studies or careers. Having engaged with several social media tools and have explored a range of issues around the impact of social media on our lives, it is important to look back and reflect on the vast amount of learning and skills that have been obtained throughout the semester and to discuss the future challenges to continue my learning in this area.

 

At the beginning of Crystals module, we were presented with 5 learning objectives that she had aimed for us to acquire throughout the semester. These objectives were, to be familiar with a range of social computing applications, to be able to utilise social computing tools to solve information problems, to be able to identify, evaluate, and implement social computing applications for an organisation, to be aware of the social, political, and ethical issues surrounding social computing and to be familiar with future trends and possibilities rising out of social computing. I feel that by having completed all the exercises associated with the four badges within the module, that I have completed and acquired these learning objectives.

 

Each badge helped me  to to think and understand the role of social media tools in our digital society. For Badge 1, we learned how social media impacts our studies and everyday lives by posting through wikis and blogs. I feel that publishing through blogs and wikis has a substantial amount of significance and relevance in aiding and within assisting me in my academic studies and moulding my future career prospects by allowing me to explore the vast amounts of online technology tools, such as WordPress, that are widely available today. Joy Smith, Evelyn Mills, & Myers, (2009) found that that the use of these tools for assessment was effective.

 

I also feel that publishing through blogs and wikis can help to assist me immensely in my academic studies as a wiki is “a collaborative tool that allows students to contribute and modify one or more pages of course related materials (Vanderbilt, 2017). I am of the opinion that wikis and blogs assist and educate me with my academic studies as they allow you to express your knowledge and with Badge one we got you use the tool WordPress, a personal space where we can express our coursework. For my future studies and career, for example, creating blogs for a company, I hope to apply this learning by effectively aiding my colleagues in collaborative work to make sure that my line of work is carried out to the best of its ability for myself and my future colleagues.

 

For Badge 2, By completing all the relevant exercises associated within the badge (Badge 2) I have acquired a vast amount of learning and numerous new technological skills through using social media tools, that help us to use and manage the information we find.

 

One way in which social media tools help us to use and manage the information that we find is through helping us organise all relevant materials that can easily be retrieved at a later date. In badge 2 we were introduced to Pocket and Pinterest. both social bookmarking websites that allows users to create and manage different kinds of content, including pictures, videos, and text. I learned that there are also hundreds of other social media tools widely available within our reach today that can aid us manage the various information that we find. For example, one social media tool called ‘Apture’, a handy plug-in that finds photos, videos, links and related content that you can embed or link to within your posts with a single click. Extremely handy for locating and adding links to specific Web pages. Meaning all information can be retrieved at a later time. (Baer, 2008). For a future career I would have ambitions of applying these bookmarking skills by apply to Pinterest or a social bookmarking website to be apply  to apply my newly learned skills to everyday situations.

 

For badge 3, By completing the exercises associated with this badge (Badge 3) I have acquired a vast amount of learning, all of which, can be implemented when completing assessments to aid me with my academic studies or future careers. I feel that social media tools can hugely aid oneself to help you visualise information.

 

For Badge 3 we were introduced to prezi and piktochart and screen-o-matic, all social media tools that deal with visual graphics and information. I feel that these tools can majorly assist me in my future studies/careers by providing me with the skills that would be required with a career chosen field, Eg (Making a presentation in front of members of the board) dealing with visual information.

 

One major way in which social media tools can help to visualise information for yourself and others is by presenting information through a clear and engaging manner to others. For example, as Desale (2017) outlines, Graphviz is open source graph visualization software. Graph visualization is a way of representing structural information as diagrams of abstract graphs and networks.

 

For badge 4, By completing the exercises associated with this badge (Badge 4) I have acquired a vast amount of learning, all of which, can be implemented when completing assessments to aid me with my academic studies or future careers. By completing the exercises associated with badge 4, I came to the conclusion that it was possible to control your digital reach.  Reach refers to the total number of different people exposed to a medium during a given period. and this can be seen in the social media tools and activities for this badge.

 

I also feel that the social media tools and activities associated with this badge support my argument that it is possible to control our digital reach. Liu, Y. (2010) states that  Social media tools have become ubiquitous, students use them all the time. The most popular tools are Facebook, Wiki, YouTube, bulletin board, LinkedIn, blogging, and twittering. Meaning that social media tools such as buffer, feedly and facebook etc can enable us to control our digital reach by providing endless opportunities to our social engagements and our studies and everyday lives. For a future career, I plan to apply these skills to aid me in acquiring a job in the field of digital marketing.

 

Overall, having completed the semester of IS 20110 (Information and social computing) and having completed all the activities for the badges associated with this module, I have acquired a vast amount of learning that has allowed me to think critically about social media as a whole and also to contemplate how i can apply these skills in my future studies or careers.

 

Reference List:

 

Vanderbilt. (2017). Center for teaching. Retrieved April 25, 2017, from https://cft.vanderbilt.edu/guides-sub-pages/wikis/

 

Joy Smith, E., Evelyn Mills, J., & Myers, B. (2009). Using wikis and blogs for assessment in first‐year engineering. Campus-Wide Information Systems, 26(5), 424–432.

 

Baer, J. (2008). Social media case studies. Retrieved April 25, 2017, from http://www.convinceandconvert.com/social-media-tools/the-39-social-media-tools-ill-use-today/

 

Liu, Y. (2010). Social media tools as a learning resource. Journal of Educational Technology Development and Exchange, 3(1), 101-114.

 

Bibliography:

 

Vanderbilt. (2017). Center for teaching. Retrieved April 25, 2017, from https://cft.vanderbilt.edu/guides-sub-pages/wikis/

 

Joy Smith, E., Evelyn Mills, J., & Myers, B. (2009). Using wikis and blogs for assessment in first‐year engineering. Campus-Wide Information Systems, 26(5), 424–432.

 

Baer, J. (2008). Social media case studies. Retrieved April 25, 2017, from http://www.convinceandconvert.com/social-media-tools/the-39-social-media-tools-ill-use-today/

 

Liu, Y. (2010). Social media tools as a learning resource. Journal of Educational Technology Development and Exchange, 3(1), 101-114.

 

Desale, D. (2017). Top 30 Social Network Analysis and Visualization Tools. Kdnuggets.com. Retrieved 25 April 2017, from

http://www.kdnuggets.com/2015/06/top-30-social-network-analysis-visualization-tools.html

 

Davidson, S. (2017). 5 Ways to Grow Your Twitter Reach : Social Media Examiner. Socialmediaexaminer.com. Retrieved 23 April 2017, from http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/twitter-reach/

 

Badge 4 Reflection:

Is it possible to control your digital reach? How do the social media tools and activities for this badge support your argument?

 

By completing the exercises associated with this badge (Badge 4) I have acquired a vast amount of learning. In my opinion, it is possible to control your digital reach. Reach refers to the total number of different people or households exposed to a medium during a given period. and this can be seen in the social media tools and activities for this badge (Badge 4).

 

I feel that the social media tools and activities associated with this badge support my argument as, they show that it is possible to control one’s digital reach. For example, one can control their digital reach through the social media tool of Twitter. As Davidson (2017) said, don’t use more than 3 hashtags in one tweet as it may appear to be spam and reduce your tweets shareability. Hene use less to increase one’s reach and increase the impact on one’s everyday lives and studies.

 

I also feel that the social media tools and activities associated with this badge support my argument that it is possible to control our digital reach. Liu, Y. (2010) states that  Social media tools have become ubiquitous, students use them all the time. The most popular tools are Facebook, Wiki, YouTube, bulletin board, LinkedIn, blogging, and twittering. Meaning that social media tools such as buffer, feedly and facebook etc can enable us to control our digital reach by providing endless opportunities to our social engagements and our studies and everyday lives.

 

Reference List:

 

Liu, Y. (2010). Social media tools as a learning resource. Journal of Educational Technology Development and Exchange, 3(1), 101-114.

 

Davidson, S. (2017). 5 Ways to Grow Your Twitter Reach : Social Media Examiner. Socialmediaexaminer.com. Retrieved 23 April 2017, from http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/twitter-reach/

Badge 3 Reflection:

How can social media tools help you visualise information for yourself and others?

 

By completing the exercises associated with this badge (Badge 3) I have acquired a vast amount of learning, all of which, can be implemented when completing assessments to aid me with my academic studies. I feel that social media tools can hugely aid oneself to help you visualise information.

 

One major way in which social media tools can help to visualise information for yourself and others is by presenting information through a clear and engaging manner to others.For example, as Desale (2017) outlines, Graphviz is open source graph visualization software. Graph visualization is a way of representing structural information as diagrams of abstract graphs and networks.

 

Another major way in which social media tools can be seen to help visualise information for yourself and others is by offering a unique twist to one’s works, rather than the traditional Word and Powerpoint presentations. For example a study conducted of powerpoint Vs Prezi proved that Prezi was a more effective instructional medium for knowledge acquisition compared with traditional instruction. (Pao-Nan Chou, Chi-Cheng Chang, Pei-Fen Lu, 2015).

 

Reference List:

 

Desale, D. (2017). Top 30 Social Network Analysis and Visualization Tools. Kdnuggets.com. Retrieved 5 April 2017, from

http://www.kdnuggets.com/2015/06/top-30-social-network-analysis-visualization-tools.html

 

(2017). Retrieved 5 April 2017, from https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Chi-Cheng_Chang/publication/283849723_Prezi_versus_PowerPoint_The_effects_of_varied_digital_presentation_tools_on_students’_learning_performance/links/567bb39e08ae1e63f1dfebaf.pdf

 

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Badge 2 Reflection:

Badge 2 Reflection:

How can social media tools help us use and manage information we find?

By completing all the relevant exercises associated within this badge (Badge 2) I have acquired a vast amount of learning and numerous new technological skills through using social media tools, that help us to use and manage the information we find. I feel that social media tools have a great influence in helping us to use and manage the various sources of information that we find.

One way in which social media tools help us to use and manage the information that we find is through helping us organise all relevant materials that can easily be retrieved at a later date. For example, one social media tool called ‘Apture’, a handy plug-in that finds photos, videos, links and related content that you can embed or link to within your posts with a single click. Extremely handy for locating and adding links to specific Web pages. Meaning all information can be retrieved at a later time. (Baer, 2008)

Another way in which social media tools help us to use and manage the information and taking into account what I have learned about social media and their impact on our studies and everyday lives from Badge 2, helped me think about the role of social media tools in our digital worlds it is evident that the way we use and manage the information that we find is through connecting users together to allow them to make use and manage various different forms of information. According to Jeffrey (2012) this is all connected to a new digital dark age.

References:

Baer, J. (2008). Social media case studies. Retrieved March 5, 2017, from http://www.convinceandconvert.com/social-media-tools/the-39-social-media-tools-ill-use-today/

Jeffrey, S. (2012). A new digital dark age? Collaborative web tools, social media and long-term preservation. World Archaeology44(4), 553–570.

Daisyme, P., & more, R. (2016, January 8). Top 20 social-media tools to add to your arsenal in 2016. Retrieved March 3, 2017, from Social Media, https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/254712

Patterson, M. (2015, November 19). 10 reasons to use a social media management tool. Retrieved March 3, 2017, from http://www.socialmediatoday.com/social-business/10-reasons-use-social-media-management-tool