Finding Sanity in the Madness

Exploring Social Media

Dark Side: Mirror of the Physical World April 12, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — karch10k @ 11:49 pm

As we are discussing, the “Dark Side” of the internet has many different aspects about it. I had never really considered all of the topics we are discussing as they relate to the real world. Everything on the internet in terms of being a Dark Side is just as important to address in the real world.  Below are a list of our topics:

  • Geo-Location
  • Identity Management
  • Digital Divide
  • Being Anonymous/Anonymity
  • Privacy
  • Cyberstalking
  • Internet/Gaming Addiction
  • Internet Crime
  • Failed Relationships
  • Porn at Work
Many, if not all of these I have dealt with in my life at some point or another. As a kid, you were taught to never give out information about where you were going to strangers. You should be nice to other people (treat those how you wish to be treated!).
I think what I am trying to convey is that the internet world and the Dark Side of it mirrors the world we live in, and it almost functions as a totally seperate world, living, breathing, and having it’s own culture (which we discussed last week). I find it incredibly interesting how the internet seems to organically evolve at an increasingly fast rate, adapting to user needs and changing at will. More thoughts to follow I think…

Vicious Circle March 30, 2011

Filed under: Behaviors,Theory,Uncategorized — karch10k @ 12:10 am
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One of the discussions we are currently having is about our first article by Jackson Carr. We have somehow gone deeper into theoretical ideas that deal with technology, and they create an ever contradicting vicious circle.

Technological Determinism vs. Human Agency

Exploring this argument is an effort in futility to find a clear answer. It would seem the best answer lies (at least for me) somewhere in the middle. Technology is either controlling us and we are helpless to do anything but give into it’s grasp, or we have free will, and will do what we please with technology; changing it and molding it to our own will without consideration to the current boundaries that exist.

I personally lie somewhere in between. I would almost argue that I am on BOTH sides as opposed to in the middle as well. I believe that we are bound to technology. We create technology with structure but also in the image we choose. This structure binds us to the rules we set for the technology, however. We will continually be forced to live by the structures we set for ourselves (Technological Determinism) but at the same time have the power to break the structure and change it to fit our own will (Human Agency).

We have to prescribe to the structures we create. Sounds scary, doesn’t it? I suppose one could get out of the structure all together, but then you will be falling forever into the digital divide.

So, what stance do you have? Do you conform, or do you break free? Are you in the middle? Do you agree with both? Either way, the circle will continue without you.


Fear of Social Media February 20, 2011

Filed under: Behaviors,Social Media,Uncategorized — karch10k @ 9:36 pm
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Recently, we have been talking about social media adoption among many other topics, and during a random Wal Mart excursion of mine, I was thinking about social media adoption in regards to my parents, or perhaps their generation.

I have plenty of people I am Facebook friends with that are in my parents generation, but my own parents remain either indifferent or even fearful of this new technology. I find it interesting that my mother and father share different feelings on social media, and I question why they have the feelings they do.

My mother maintains a fear of social media. Once a brief member of Facebook, the moment someone posted a picture of her that she did not like, she quickly decided that she was A.) angry at that person for posting it, and B.) read to get off of Facebook ASAP. She never really liked the idea of sharing her personal information over the internet, and especially disliked all the attention she gained from being on Facebook. Should would complain to me about logging on and having so many notifications, it was just overwhelming. I think her entire social media experience lasted about a week. I was excited about her being on Facebook, but it does not surprise me that she jumped ship so soon. She is the type of person who is still very skeptical about buying anything or handling any type of monetary exchange online even.

I feel like my mother, and many others her age are part of this sort of social divide. Something similar to the digital divide. Many people her age are just left behind everyone else in terms of social media. I also think this might be actually the digital divide playing it’s own part here. My mother has never been particularly savvy with technology, and I suppose that social media is just a step too far for her.

I wish she were a bit more open to these new types of communication channels. I don’t foresee it happening any time soon, however.