By Yuna, Liz, and Peter
Erving Goffman’s discussion on “impression management” in his book “The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life”, leads one to believe that this adjustment of public performance acts as a mechanism of control. This form of control can easily be seen within the modern usage of Facebook and Tumblr, as people consider how others will view of them through these applications. In my analysis of Tumblr usage, I wish to see how people try to distance their performance and personas away from Facebook and their public image or continue a similar presentation. For example, my good friend who works with a rising internet company uses Facebook and Tumblr both with his real name and directly connected to a development of his everyday self. As a result, he refuses to add me (and others) on tumblr with more inappropriate names or content. This understanding of reputation and appearance is extremely important to some, while others either do not mind or use an alias as a means of free expression without worry towards their public image. I therefore propose the following questions in interviewing subjects on Tumblr usage and subsequent adjustment of self: Read the rest of this entry »
Our main argument focuses on an exploration of the differences in self-presentation between Tumblr and Facebook. On which platform do users feel they create a more accurate portrayal of themselves? How do they feel about their respective networks on the platforms? I’ve already noticed some key differences when I began to contact individuals. Upon asking them to be interviewed in their ‘Ask Boxes’ the first thing I needed to confirm was my intention by reinforcing my identity. More users responded when I included my nyu.edu e-mail address in my communication. While many people did e-mail me back, they continued to be skeptical. To further reinforce my identity, I directed them to my Facebook. While I suspect many people will say they feel they create a more accurate portrayal of themselves on Tumblr, it will be interesting to understand why Facebook played such a pivotal role in establishing my authenticity to them. Other questions I would like to ask would be similar to the following; what type of information do you find worthy to post on Tumblr? How about Facebook? Would you feel comfortable having your Facebook friends know about your Tumblr? Would you be comfortable being Facebook friends with your Tumblr followers? Would you rather lose a Tumblr follower or a Facebook friend? I am worried it may be difficult to get a video of the people I interview but I will try to do my best to get at least a couple of individuals.
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For the final travelogue, I think it might be interesting to combine some of the different topics we have discussed throughout the semester, including social networking, privacy, and identity. I propose that we take screen shots of different people’s FB information pages or a portion of their wall, leaving out any identifying information such as name, or photos of the user. Then, we can have other people try to make assumptions about that person: these could be gender, age, education level, profession, personality type (preppy, hipster, goth, etc.), what this person might be like in real life, etc. It would be interesting to see how much we think we can glean simply from a glance at someone’s facebook activity or basic information they provide on their profile. Once we have collected this data, we could post the screen shot and the assumptions, and then hide the real user/information behind a cut. After people have read through the assumptions and seen to what extent they agree or disagree, they can click the cut and see who the real person is, and see if their assumptions were true or not. Read the rest of this entry »
[Austin and Matt]
Without a doubt, blogging is changing the way we receive information and also refocusing our attention from traditional news media to the online world. Because of their more personal, interactive nature, blogs are an essential medium for understanding how and why information is circulating online. This concept is further exlplained in the idea of the Blogipelago.
It’s reported that 14% of the general public is on Twitter compared to the 74% of bloggers. The number is supposedly higher for professional bloggers, whose primary use is promotion of their own blogs. Information can reach a much wider audience through Twitter than through updating a site alone. The question, then, is what are professional bloggers? Another commonly asked question is whether or not bloggers should be considered journalists. Clay Shirky’s view on this that they are simply a new answer to how we inform society, and that the networks of how we are becoming informed are drastically changing with the increasing use of the internet in our everyday lives.
–Ahmed, Xuan, and Queenie–
In this travelogue, we’ll be exploring the uses of social networking sites and their role in the creation and elevation of status, at two different levels.
1) Ordinary people: These are the people who become popular through their online activity and become ‘famous’ (ex. NonSociety’s Julia Allison, fashion blogger Bryan Boy) or, the ones that have a superior status among friends as a result of what they share in social networks (these are the ones that friends look up to and seek for suggestions because they're in the know.)
2) Celebrities: These are the people who are paid for endorsements and to be spokespersons (ex. Ashton Kutcher and Kim Kardashian.) This people have tons of followers (on Twitter or Facebook) and have the power to influence potential customers.
On January 25 thousands of Egyptian protesters gathered in Cairo and other major cities, calling for reforms and demanding the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak. This was followed by the “March of Millions” on the 28th of January, which marks the spectacular emergence of a new political society in Egypt. This uprising brings together a new coalition of forces, uniting reconfigured elements of the security state with prominent business people, internationalist leaders, and relatively new mass movements of youth, labor, women’s and religious groups. President Hosni Mubarak lost his political power on Friday, 28 January. On that night the Egyptian military let Mubarak’s ruling party headquarters burn down and ordered the police brigades attacking protesters to return to their barracks. For 18 days my life and every Egyptian’s life took a surreal turn, a turn of uncertainty, anxiety, and hope for a change. On February 11th 2011, president Mubarak stepped down from his office and delegated his responsiblies to the counsel of the Egyptian military. Read the rest of this entry »
When I started out the travelogue, I thought it would be extremely easy to find glaringly inappropriate pictures that had been posted on Facebook. Once I began my search, however, it quickly became clear that it would be quite difficult to do so. Users rarely posted pictures that I believed could be unequivocally declared by a majority to be ’inappropriate’. Furthermore, the word ‘inappropriate‘ seemed to be subjective and allowed itself to be interpreted differently by a variety of people. I quickly began to realize the complex web of interactions that users create on Facebook. Read the rest of this entry »
Better, faster, longer. Those three words describe the developments in computing power and internet speed that allow us to communicate over long distances. It’s easy to say that we have come a long way this past decade in terms of speed and efficiency of communication considering the recent failings of the postal service to deliver my birthday card from Germany. These breakthroughs make it easier to maintain long distance relationships. Two convenient applications that I downloaded for my blackberry which are sure to be (and already are in many ways,) game changers when it comes to international communication make our relationship much more feasible. The one I’ve had longer, Facebook, is useful for social networking on-the-go, and a useful instant messenger when I’m at the computer. The other, Skype, complements Facebook nicely, and I primarily use it as an instant messenger; however, this handy application also allows me to make and receive free Skype-to-Skype calls to and from potentially anywhere in the world with internet access. Although Facebook has been getting a lot of the press lately, its high membership numbers only “come close to the numbers that Skype has” with over 520 million users and I predict it will surpass 600 million before the half of the year. 1 Read the rest of this entry »