Blog 3- 4 Articles Summary

Facebook has become one of social media’s top site for people to go on to see what others are up to, update their friends with their lives, sharing videos, etc.

But is ‘Facebook making us lonely?’ Stephen Marche, tells us his side. Social media- from Facebook to Twitter- they have made us more densely networked than ever. Marche goes on to talk about how we live in an isolation that would have been unimaginable to our ancestors, and yet we have never been more accessible.

The entire article talks about loneliness and how people become more connected to social media, especially Facebook, the lonelier people will become. But in the second article titled, “Facebook Isn’t Making Us Lonely” was written by Eric Kilienberg. He referred back to Marche’s article a lot. He said that in Marche’s article, there is zero evidence that we are more detached or lonely than ever. He does not think that the first article is reliable, due to sources and not a lot of proof. ¬†This article is basically bashing Marche on his article. Being lonely can lead to isolation. If people are isolated, they are disconnected.¬†Disconnection requires little more than shutting down your computer and smartphone.

The third article titled, “The Intimacy of Anonymity” talks about oversharing one’s personal life which could potentially feel like reality tv. In the ’80s and ’90s, anonymity was linked to online culture. In today’s generation, anonymous ¬†outlets on these apps are making it clear that they’re looking for a break from Facebook and other social media.

The fourth article talks about the idea of how Facebook has the issue of identity problems. It is not everyday that Facebook releases a public apology. This article is directed at drag queens and their rights. The issue is that there are people who have 2 identities online to help separate the different personas and social networks that belong to their on-stage and off-stage selves.

Every article talks about the idea of Facebook and how it affects everyone but in different ways. Facebook has evolved so much over the years and it will be evolving in the upcoming years, due to how advanced technology is becoming.


The Future Of Reputation Article Summary

Someone’s reputation in life is very important, especially if they love seeking attention. Social media has everything you can think of on it, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. You can look for anyone on Google, and you will find multiple results. “The Future of Reputation” contains three points that make up our society: gossip, rumors, and privacy on the internet.

The article starts off by talking about a young woman in South Korea on a subway train with her dog. The dog pooped on the train and other passengers asked her to clean it up. The woman snapped back and told them to mind her own business. The passengers were not happy with her response, so they took the issue to the internet. It only took hours before she was everywhere on the internet. Everything spreads SO FAST, because of technology.

In the article it states, “The free flow of information threatens to undermine our freedom in the future.” This quote applies directly to the situation with the woman from South Korea. She will be known forever as “dog poop girl” because of how quickly the story got out to the public and rest of the world. She will hear about this small incident forever, especially since it should’ve been handled in a better way.

Everyday people express themselves to a worldwide audience. Instead, one of the passengers expressed the woman’s actions to the world.

The article is split up into:

  • the internet as a teenager
  • the norm police
  • privacy
  • generation Google

These four points all talk about the way people present themselves and others on the internet and how it can affect people either in a positive or negative way.

The lesson in this article is that rumors, gossip, or shaming on the Internet have had serious effects. “We must protect privacy of ourselves and others to ensure that the freedom of the Internet doesn’t make us less free.” Being protected in society is the most important thing, but social media and the Internet could ruin that in an instant. Be careful.

Love Online Article Summary

So far in our New Communication Technologies class, we have focused solely on the idea of social media and how people are affected from a day to day basis, along with how we communicate through technology.

In the article, “Love Online,” the narrator of the article is a father. He is talking about the online relationship that his son, Henry is in. He is dating a girl named Sarah. They met in an online discussion group. They dated in chat rooms. They had the chance to meet each other for the first time in an airport, due to wanting to meet in person. Eventually, they broke up because of distance and they were expecting their relationship to be much more than expected.

The lesson from how powerful social media is that technology is evolving so quickly. With that being said, in this article, Sarah and Henry seriously considered themselves ‘dating’ because they sent each other digital flowers and chocolate. No offense, but that is not dating to me and it will never be. That is just my personal opinion, but I could never think that I had feelings for someone that I have never met. It is just not a normal thing that you see from a day to day basis. That was a personal choice for the both of them.

Communicating through technology can be sent in seconds from anywhere. It will be evolving for many years to come. It will be interesting to see what else happens through technology in the future.