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?
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
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.