Blog #4

There are pro and cons to Google. While it is a great news source it also can be very misleading with advertisements. For most it’s becoming  a overall medium as a means to fact check and cross reference information with other sources. Shaping and constantly evolving thoughts and the process of thinking of how we interact with the community. Forcing reader to make the transition to paperback to online reading and bring society to the fact they no longer completely read articles through anymore it’s all a skim. Furthering in classroom where students are no longer paying attention to what is being taught and more of what’s behind the screen of their computer. Some use it as a means of notes and others to surf the web and connect with students outside the classroom. It brightens conversations and gives welcome to an open environment. Even if people say they are multitasking it still has a means of saying you still can’t do more things at once. It’s really hard for the brain to do that. Against media v.s. Teacher? Media always wins its the time we live in.

Article Summary: Making New Media Make Sense

Through these different sectors of media we have found through culture, history and personal experience everyone communicates differently. And, online through media you can tell a lot about what and who a person is through their communication online. Based on different platforms intelligence is really challenged how we challenge ourselves with intelligent. Highlighting technological determinism and coined the term the medium is the message. That you can basically take on any person you want to be. You can date online and still portray to very a different person as displayed in the cartoons in the article. Everyone wants to be the prettiest version of themselves and not who they were actually born to be.  As technology has taken from the nuance of family gatherings have been a thing since the late 1900’s and that was acceptable for the Family to gather around and watch the t.v. People have the power when it comes to media and having this influence with children it could be causing them to mature to fast. This leading into them changing to be more mature when they portray themselves online. The fact that children have more knowledge than anyone else is dangerous. They are growing up with a huge advantage that might hurt them in the end. With the the whole break through of sexting Adults have become scared. They have become toxic to themselves and have no idea what the consequences are when the future comes.

Article Summary: Twitter and Tear Gas

The author highlights the differences  protests and online formats for protesting. The whole base argument is that when you are doing an im person protest maybe it seems more effective but being that we have all of this technology its maybe less effective. Not saying that there is no point bit simply putting the separating that through an online platform the message is changed for the audience. And, because its online the movement has the opportunity to spread like fire and trend on a faster rate with really having a particular organization to claim. And, with an online platform you have the ability to lobby, fund-raise and  grow on a global level which give you more freedom to expand your message. Through the media brings more awareness through a government level and helps a larger sector of the community respond to the issues happening on society. And, the final point is that technology does not pick sides the user who is putting out the message does.


Digital Nativism, Digital Delusions, and Digital Deprivation

This has the premise of Brave New World based off the book by Aldous Huxley who lived in a dystopian society where “big brother is in control”, making the parallel that those who were born into this “new” society of technology are at an advantage. And, because we are being exposed to more violent things it translates to negative things done in society. Extending to playing these video games and then making it real life. The example used is the Sandy Hook shooting and the victims who survived are still and will forever be traumatized. With that society is disregarding the childhood development when it comes to activities with young children and how it will effect them in their social lives. Creating an environment where children are not learning and instead of going outside to play they are wanting technology to fill the void they have, and instead  filling it with human connection. Then the article explore the break down of heavy, medium and light users of technology and a whopping 58% of users are in this category for virtual reality and how this percentage had changes based on the generations. Because these children or young adults have been native to this but can they teach a healthier form to let people know that this is a problem. But, there is a whole counter argument that educators are doing this job but somehow it’s not being relayed. Often if these students are playing some violent it will in fact translate to their reality.

Does Social Media Movements pertain to people of Privilege?

The Atlantic of October 2, 2014, says a lot of people are hiding behind the face of social media on outlets like Facebook. Which stands the question does social media movements pertain to people of privilege? The article highlights that often when people are on social media they are required to put up their name and a picture of some sort. But, does this platform give the users grounds to be someone else who hides behind a screen. When talking about social justices movements online such as #blacklivesmatter, #icantbreathe or #handsup do these social movements lend itself to people hiding online and not doing things in person for actual justice? Or once you have all races together online and off can they fight for the same things when they act like different people or have different privileges online.

In a recent episode of Grown-ish a spin-off of the hit show Blackish the show begs the questions can you be safe and sound if you share a perspective that doesn’t align with what you look like in person on social media? Through the episode, they discuss one student who is fighting for black students lives that matter and having a safe space for a community of people who have the same beliefs. On the flipside of the that there was another student who is latina who shares conservative views who also asked for a safe space for share her views but was shut down because she was on the right side of the spectrum.  Because you can be a different person or show a different side this creates a series of problems like discrimination increasing, misinformation, bias, unfair democracy, hate, reduce in regulation, increased surveillance which puts miro groups under a scope and being online prohibits security.

While conducting the interviews I asked the simple questions and all from different backgrounds using social media different perspectives on what privilege means. Many use the term to be the same as white privilege. Some said that some have the certain privilege, the privilege needs to acknowledge and they have the ability to be an ally to help others in need. Social movements themselves as a white male there is no need for that but a female of color there is a need for that. Spaces like that should be limited to the privileges they do not have. Meanwhile, another said handling movement online is not the way to do it and they should be handling them face to face. The message can get lost in translation with tone, personality and lends an opportunity to hide behind a computer screen and plays into people feeling more at power when it’s not as the person. Meaning people behind screen lose the ability to say things when it’s a person in your face. People of privilege, however, feel more able to do so because they have that standing and their not taking the head for it. Lastly, one person said privilege has nothing to do with the social media movement online. Color has nothing to do with it, if you believe in something fight for that and truth of the matter is that you can’t please everybody and no everyone is going to like what you’re doing anyway. All in all social media is a powerful tool and unfortunately, it causes a lot of issues when people don’t do stuff in face to face.


Personal Technology Essay

Okay, to start with this I use instagram and snapchat a lot. I use it to communicate with my friends, find news, see what they are doing. Including staying interactive. I use a lot of facebook at well. This season I want to challenge you to use the hashtag #ForensicsLove.  As I started college speech last year I really didn’t know anyone. It took me until National Forensics Competition of Spring 2017 to get my foot wet and really branch out and start talking to people. As the season starts I would like you guys to use #ForensicsLove when meeting new people on the circuit,  practices, team interactions, tournaments and just candid moments throughout the season using the hashtag. #Forensicslove So, anytime we go to tournament I make sure to post to show the interaction. I learned maybe impart to my OCD I do the same tasks pretty much everyday. I check emails constantly and respond pretty much within two hours. The only time I don’t do that is if I’m away at a Tournament. I have snapchat streak that I have to maintain in order to keep my special token on the app and then you check the stories while your at it. I make sure that I check the news at least once a day and know the know the latest shooting as sad as that might be. I use a lot of media at work because its literally called CoBE Media at the school of business. I’ve realized i’m pretty bad because I can put my phone down or i’m always on it because I have to respond to emails, messages for my job or my residents. I think it truly depends where I’m placed and if i’m allowed to be on my phone. That truly makes the difference. So, the media that basically has multiple interactions is what  I do. I’m also apart of different social media platforms so, keeping in touch with organizations that is near and dear to my heart.


The following list is a day to day use:


  1. Wake up,Check notifications
  2. Check emails
  3. Check snapchat
  4. Check Facebook
  5. Went to work Checked email
  6. Watched instoctor videos
  7. Did a recording
  8. Checked email
  9. Used Google
  10. Snapped a friend
  11. Checked email
  12. Had class and fixed my Linkedin
  13. Added youtube videos to my lists
  14. Checked my CNN App
  15. Listened to Music
  16. Walked to from classes and passed newspapers
  17. Walking through Hyland and watched the big screens
  18. Snapchatted
  19. Checked emails
  20. Checked Snapchat and set alarm and went to bed
  21. Watched 30 Minutes of hulu




Blog #3

The issue I have with this is that society continues to put people into boxes because they want to label them and or white. This has been a problem for centuries and if you’re able to change your last name why are you allowed to put your stage name as for your Facebook page. Many celebrities do it why should it be any different for what you portray online. I know there could be some privacy issues with.  These articles discuss through these social media apps are we more isolated? I honestly think it depends on how you use your social media platform. I have a platform called #Forensicslove because it was a way for me to connect to others who live across the country and stay connected through an activity we like. For some people yes, I think sites like Facebook can make them lonely but at some point, you have to put the phone down and if you don’t it can make things extremely worse for you in the end. Making interactions awkward when you actually do see people in person. You have to play the game of media but also know when to put the puzzle piece away so you can live your life off a screen. Have the privacy you need and live your life.

Blog #1: Love Story

Le Racha Simon

Article Summary: Love Online

New Communications Technologies


This article had a very interesting point of view. This Mother describes her son’s first relationship via an online chat room. She continues the story of  feeling the love without ever seeing the person he was dating. One of the larger obstacles was the fact that her father wanted to go through a certain line of communication before her son meet his daughter. They begged and pleaded and it was a skeptical sense of courting very different but yet similar how the Mother had her courting with her husband. Being that during her time there was no internet. When you have many resources at your hand it makes it extremely easier to remember information. So, her son had this pathway to connect with his girlfriend. But, overall some physical connection like speaking via telephone still had the biggest impact. Although the relationship didn’t last it has them some perspective as to what they wanted as fifteen-year teenagers because life just got in the way. Now, her son went on to have further relationships in person and online. Drawing the conclusion that growing up in the period where media is so accessible and it will constantly change we communicate and at the end of the day it will not be the same as an in-person interaction.

Blog #2: The Future of Reputation

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