Blog Post #3

This week the articles really focus on the social media outlet of Facebook. The articles talk about Facebook is either making us lonely or not making us lonely. Some of the other articles talk about intimacy and identity through Facebook. The last one talks about modern media employers and how the application and hiring process is completely different now that back then. In my opinion I don’t think Facebook makes us lonely at all, we talked in class about how people will post or message someone and if they don’t get a response on a post or a message back then they think they aren’t important or left out of things. I think for me though I never feel lonely because people aren’t talking to me on social media or commenting on a post I make. I think people that rely on social media and responses from the media they are a more lonely or introverted person in person. For me if I message people and I don’t get a response I just talk to my friends in person and go on about my day. I never get lonely about people not talking to me on social media. I believe that people should be expressing themselves on social media but also trying to get out of their comfort zone in the real world. I use to be an introverted person growing up and very on my own and personal about everything. Once I hit college it was so easy to make friends and talk to people that I never really would talk to because they are more “popular” than me. I feel like social media is making it easier in a way to keep privacy of some topics and things in your personal life more secret but then again anything on the internet is view-able if you try hard enough. Identity is an interesting topic when it comes to Facebook and social media because the show Cat Fish really brings out the topic of people making themselves look better or play a certain type of person to get people to like them more. Cat Fishing is an easy way for people that don’t really feel like they’re good enough to find someone so they have to make themselves look better online. The last article in my opinion and my spin on it is a rather interesting thing. People don’t really take into account that anyone can see what you post and especially people that are hiring top level jobs. Why hire someone who post them partying all the time and post them doing drugs and drinking all the time. If you post certain things online people won’t hire you because you don’t seem like you would be committed to keeping a higher end job. all the articles were great and I tried to add my own thoughts on the articles and tried to put my knowledge that I have in the posts.

Future of reputation

The Future of reputation is a great article that talks about someone that ended up on the wrong side of the social media. The article talks about a person that doesn’t pick up their dogs left overs and it went viral on social media. Social media is an amazing thing that has happened in the last 15 or 20 years. The down side to it is that no matter what happens and no matter what you post someone can find it and someone can share it all over. Social media isn’t always safe and even though you “deleted” it, it doesn’t matter cause someone somehow will find it and share it. One of the biggest things that happens to celebrities is the nude scandals and some of the biggest stars had them leaked and it just goes to show you that no matter what you keep private or send to maybe one person someone will find it and spread it everywhere. People don’t understand that everything can be found and one picture can be spread around the world. The social media world is a very vast and very diverse place. New social media pages pop up all over the place all the time. The internet as a teenager especially for me was a place to express my opinion and wouldn’t really care about what I said or looked up. My mom talked to me about how she would look at people’s Facebook’s before she would hire them for a job. She would say “why pick a person that looks like they party every weekend and do drugs?”. Teenagers just don’t understand that people can find anything and employers can find anything about anyone. So why post things that could hurt your future?? Well teenagers just don’t understand that the post can influence their lives and hinder their futures. The Norm about these situations is just that people pick up their dogs poop and people are starting to become more weary of these things and one people go away from these you can tell that people don’t appreciate it and don’t like that change.

Reading #1

Both readings had a very interesting take on technology and social media that I never really thought about. Technology and social media are an amazing way to spread yourself across the world. The first article talks about how 2 people met online and shared similar interest. They eventually started dating but they never even met in person until later on in their relationship. Most people that start a new relationship go to pubs or a club and meet people but since the invention or certain sites and pages you can meet people from anywhere. These 2 people fell in love without ever meeting each other in person, what was strange about their relationship is that they would send pictures and actual mail to one another. Of course nothing last forever and they had a falling out and ended up breaking up but then the main person met another person from Australia.

The next article is talking about theft of a cell phone that at the time was a rather expensive piece of technology. The sidekick at the time was a revolutionary phone and it made the phone industry change. The phone was a bigger screen and it had a keypad with it. You would just flip the screen and the keyboard would show and you would be able to type on it. The article talks about how theft of technology is a growing issues and can be very expensive for some people. They made a page for the phone and talked about it on the internet and eventually it gained so much popularity that it got to the police. The police got involved and tried to find the culprit that stole the phone. Especially now days when phones and technology is getting into the thousands of dollars technology is very intimate to a person and almost a necessity. A great thing about technology now is that almost everything has some sort of tracking device within the device itself.

Both articles were great and showed different sides to technology and social media. With one bringing 2 people together and the other one finding a lost device.