Facebook “Rules”

Facebook contains many popular components such as the wall,¬†which is essentially a virtual bulletin board. Messages left on a member’s Wall can be text, video or photos. Another popular component is the virtual Photo Album where photos can be directly uploaded. Although there is no¬†limitation on quantity, Facebook has the right to remove any inappropriate or copyrighted images. ¬†Facebook also has an interactive album feature that allows its member’s “friends” to comment on each other’s photos and identify (tag) people in the photos. My presentation entails¬†some of¬†the main features and¬†rules of Facebook, predominantly, its origin, uses, and data policy.

Creating this project on Prezi instead of PowerPoint was challenging for me. I have used Prezi before but this time, I went even further and tried using the Prezi CSS editor feature.  I like that it gives me a big space to zoom in and out and that it flows flawlessly from slide to slide; however, it does have deficiencies such as limited fonts.  Although PowerPoint is much easier to use, once you get the hang of Prezi, it looks much more professional and effective.  Overall, I give it the thumbs up provided you have training!

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Social Networks-The Home of the Millennials

“New communities are defined through voluntary, temporary, and tactical affiliations, reaffirmed through common intellectual enterprises and emotional investments. Members may shift from one group to another as their interests and needs change, and they may belong to more than one community at the same time. These communities, however are held together through the mutual production and reciprocal exchange of knowledge.” (Cohen &Kenny 11)

 The notion that technology led the way towards the expansion of discourse communities is an idea that I have been playing with throughout the semester. This is furthered in looking at the reach of social media. Particularly in the Cohen and Kenny, social media platforms as communities is thoroughly discussed. Social media has become a culture of its own. Bonds are formed and according to each community a unique identity is shown. The main point I want to raise is that social media is becoming a central part of the way people communicate.

Social Media and its Effects on Language.

Before using Tumblr¬†my idea of a ‘dashboard’ was only that of in a car. It has never occurred to me how social media has adapted and changed language in the sense of how we reference or relate a word, how we interpret and define, the physicality of that word, and in the biggest way how we use language. Take for example, that tweets no longer only come from¬†Rockin’ Robins¬†anymore, the concept of feed’ is not to give food, certainly a poke is not felt as hard as it used to be anymore, and lets face it; the act of being social is not that social if we are going to get technical. Our language is evolving once again to adapt to the changes that we are being faced with.

Since the creation of language, people have been able to effectiveexpress themselves in ways to portray emotion, action, and judgement. Over time we have become both virtual and real world members,and due to this movement from spaces we have had to adapt our language to fit both real life and online experiences. This shift in our language is created some friction in terms of culture, education, and even expression. Our interpretation of relationships, people, and interests have all changed because of how language is not interpreted.

In,¬†Understanding ¬†Digital Literacies,¬†Jones and Hafner go into detail about how Facebook’s ‘poke” feature and how it exemplifies the ongoing nature of the evolving online culture (pg 119-121). Now it may seem a bit odd that we are examining the simple term of a poke but we must remember that what some cultures may not see fit in person now have the capability to take part in online. Although, this affordance can be seen as an advancement of culture in terms of interaction between sexes it also mirrors the annoyance of being poked in real life. The word ‘poke’ in this case has in some way remained the same in the sense that it still connotates some type of physicality but it has adapted to a new environment which constrains physical interaction but allows the interpretation of interest in a sexual and non-sexual way. From this we can see that as we move more into a social online world the language or words we have been using is losing old meanings and gains new ones due ¬†due to our new nature.

If it is one thing that this ‘evolution of language’ has afforded us; it is that due to this change new mediums have opened up platforms which allows writers to publish and generation attention and participation in their writing. On page 23 of Cohen and Kenny’s,¬†Producing New and Digital Media,¬† they embellish upon this idea that now more than ever due to the affordance of new media platforms writers are able to publish at no cost besides creative influences. Although, this is a great addition to language because of its accessibility and creative qualities; writing in new media has also trickled down to effect students. Sites such as Twitter, only allow their users to write up to 140 characters. In order to master the site users must be able to eloquently and efficiently produce a tweet that gathers all of their information in one single tweet in order to reach the masses effectively.

However, although this may be effective on one front on anotherit is effecting students ability to produce quality writing. Writing and Editing for New Media,¬†stated that “according to a study done by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, in partnership with the College Board’s National Commission on Writing. Nearly two-thirds of 700 students surveyed acknowledged that their electronic communication style, which primarily is an informal, ¬†interpersonal style, found its way into school assignments. About half they sometimes omitted proper punctuation and capitalization in their school-work, while one quarter said they used emoticons.” (Carroll, pg 253).

Even though we have become more sophisticated in the way we use our words online to depict our emotions, our personal vendettas, and issues we have to become more aware that language we were once used to is no more. We have to educate students on how to effectively move from the print based way of language to the media based way language. Students know how to use these platforms but what they lack is the ability to effectively use all capabilities to produce meaningful and quality content.

As our language changes due to social media and aspects of social media users must become more aware of these changes and how they effect education, culture, expression, religions, and even politics. Our language is no longer one dimensional in the sense that when we reference things it only extends from the world around us but also includes the social media world and the world wide web. Our language is now more than ever more than what it appears to be and that must be understood when it comes to understanding and part-taking in social media.



Social Media and Fandom Communities

Unlike the days of the past, what it means to be a fan has taken on a whole new meaning. Social media has made it possible¬†for groups of dedicated fans to collectively create an environment to¬†openly and enthusiastically share their fascinations. ¬†The “fandom” phenomenon not only provides a place for fans to express themselves, but fosters creativity, engages a multitude of cultural diversities, challenges traditional behavior, and changes how ideas and passions are expressed. In Producing New and Digital Media, Cohen and Kenny explain that multimedia platforms has afforded the convergence of media content (13). ¬†Cohen and Kenny also explain that the¬†fandom group are fantic to the point of creating a community that acts as small kingdoms of shared common interest (33).

So when the video entitled ‚ÄúCan Fandom Change Society?‚ÄĚ published by Off Book, PBS Digital Studios, on September 6, 2012, posed the question; ¬†the answer seems all too obvious; fandom can change society. ¬†As highlighted in the video, fandom has brought people from all walks of life together and provides a niche where people feel they are not alone.¬†Even if they never meet in the real world, they share a communal identity and though their online connection,¬†the interest of a few can now easily become the interest of millions in a mere matter of seconds. ¬†Fandom has in fact, changed how we interact with the media such as tv shows, movies, and music. No longer does a show end when it is finished but it can have a infinite life span kept alive by comments and blogs. Our views and beliefs have a place to be heard and challenged and we are able to move beyond the socially acceptable behavior or what is considered the norm.

As an example, the fans of Star Trek, commonly known as Trekkies, enjoy the series like many other but unlike many, they exessively discuss continuity errors within the show, they argue passionately about the show and they are often extremely knowledgeable. Often, members of a fandom connect with each other through things like conventions and zines and fanfiction, an art form when someone takes either the story or characters (or both) of a certain piece of work, whether it be a novel, tv show, movie, etc, and create their own story based on it. Sometimes people will take characters from one movie and put them in another, which is called a crossover.