Social Identity & A.I.

Although we have dwelled in what makes humans attracted to social groups and community within online platforms, I feel that there was not enough phycology based theory in the network and society module. It gave me a great taster of human actions when it comes to community, but I would’ve liked to talk more about why humans are attracted to being almost tribal and sectarian within their precious online and real life communities. I feel that the ‘Social Identity Theory’ (Tajfel : 1979) would have been precious to us in our studies to delve deeper into our actions and give a greater understanding of why we feel safe and attracted to these communities.

 

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I would have also loved to talk about artificial intelligence and the futuristic development of computers or humanoid robots. I feel that this subject would’ve been a fun and interesting way to learn different theory whilst developing and conversing about where we feel the future of our technology and media is going to develop into. I also feel this would’ve been relative towards how production companies get their content to the general public and the affects that developments of technology have on the media industry. As media students, we are also the future of the media industry. This is why I feel A.I. and futuristic computing would be practical and useful towards our future careers in the industry.

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– Jed.

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My friends and me… and the rest of the world

Who has an online access to a personal information about me? My friends and me! …and the rest of the world.

Nowadays we live our life more online, than offline. We have a number of accounts all over the Internet – on social media, forums, blogs, online communities. And our details and photos are if not on all, then on most of these accounts. The problem, however, is not that our personal information and our whole life are online. It is that we believe that we still have the control. When we don’t.

Facebook-infoI, personally, have accounts on social media, website for blogging, websites for creative work and so on. I have made the decision to put my two names and a profile picture on all of my accounts. Other details, such as nationality, age and location – on some of them. And almost everything that I could ever put online, on my Facebook profile. Why? Because this is the only social media, that allows me to choose who sees what. And exactly this has made me believe that I have the control and have nothing to worry about. But have you ever tried to type your names in Google? I did.

social-media-and-privacy-education-across-the-nation-australian-computer-society-29-728It is frustrating. It is scary. I wrote my name in the Google search bar and apparently my whole online life came out. Links to all of my accounts, my photos in the ‘images’ section.. Simply everything. This made me rethink my whole activity, especially on social media. I do not feel safe anymore. And the fact that anyone at any time can access private data,  which I do not want to be accessed by strangers, scares me a lot.

And the question is not how and why is our personal information all over the Internet. Because the answer is obvious. We all know that onc you put something online, it stays there forever and you lost the control. So the question is
What makes us trust the cyberspace to this extent? How exactly do they make us believe that we do have the control? ..when we don’t…

 

Now you see me

People get carried away by the latest trends and they feel the urgent need to feel included or accepted in certain groups or categories of people. That’s why most of us picked up social media in the first place. I registered for a Facebook account for what is seems a hundred years ago now only because couple of my friends already had one so I figured I should try it too.

Today, everybody has social media accounts. And it’s not just Facebook anymore. It’s also Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, LinkedIn and so may others. They all require personal information that we give away without even questioning because it seems to be rather innocent. Data about us such as full name, address, date of birth or phone number are collected by anyone who wants to because it’s all there. We are more visible than ever in the online environment and even if we try to keep these things private, it’s still kind of easy to target someone on social media and in a couple of days you can see whether they are at home, where have they been in the last week, who are their friends and family. With this being said, do you think that we will ever be able to not be that visible online while still having social media accounts?

This Is Just…Embarrassing.

When typing ‘Jed Colman’ into google search an array or different information is presented to you, mostly embarrassing old videos that my close friends have filmed with me included. Before writing this blog post, I would have considered myself to be relativity un-visible person online. But now I realise how accessible a lot of my personal information is to people that I hardly know or will maybe never even meet. Just through typing my name into the most accessible search engine in the world, you’re able to see what I look like, where I live, many of my online accounts such as Facebook, LinkedIn, my extremely old Tumblr account, and even a video of me singing a funny song back in 2012! The worst bit about this embarrassing content is that I have very little control over what many people see about me and the information that you’re able to articulate (as many of my friends are the ones who have uploaded the content online). Knowing that people have pretty good ability to find out lots of my personal information, lots of history about me and my life, and where I live is quite worrying, (although I guess I did decided to share this information when creating my online personas). Overall, I feel that online visibility can be good and bad. It’s very good for promoting yourself and your works to employers or peers, but it also makes me feel on edge about who’s actually looking at this content and how much of this content is unavailable for me to interact with, or how it is lacking in my favour to choice whether to share this content with the online world.

Here’s a funny drawing of me that’s also one of the first pieces of content I found:-

 

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Online Dating.

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Since the drastic surge of the web 2.0, in the last 20 years online dating has become an extremely prominent and well used form of online community, by people from an array of different walks of life. With around two thousand five hundred online dating websites, in the U.S alone, active at this present time such as ‘match.com’ or ‘pof.com’, this massive community has millions of subscribers and members world wide. This form of community, although having a seemingly bad reputation at times, has become extremely popular among select age groups, mostly being from the ages of 18-24 (27%, which is nearly triple of what it was ten years ago!) and 35-44 being the prominent users of these websites that have been surging sky high in the last ten years. In the United States 59% of people believe ‘that online dating is a good way to meet people’. The stigma behind online dating that ‘people who use online dating sites are desperate’ has also decreased from 29% to 23%, showing how the increase of acceptance and popularity among these communities are becoming bigger and bigger.

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This community has enabled people to access that seems as if it’s almost ‘practice’ for dating in the real world. Up to 60% of people who use these websites never actually meet face-to-face with the people they interact with, showing that this like a preparation for future dating technique. But I feel as if the two most popular age groups seem to be the ones that are most nervous about interaction with the other sex. There are even selective dating websites such as ‘elitesingles.co.uk’, were they choose whether you’re suitable for their community. Overall, this is a drastically growing form of online community that is becoming very popular and the norm in the publics eye. The question i would like to ask you is if you feel this is a healthy community that brings happiness to people? Or, do you feel that online dating websites could cause problems among select ages groups when it comes to confidence, or feel there are any other constraints that these communities provide?

Here’s some examples of these communities –

https://www.elitesingles.co.uk

http://www.pof.com

http://www.match.com

– Jed.

 

 

We Heart It. We create it

 

In my opinion, the content of each social network is shaped mostly by it’s users. Without us, the audience, neither Twitter nor Facebook would be what they are now. The same applies for all other social media – YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram, MySpace, Vine and so on. But as my example I want to use one very popular, but not so typical. 

We Heart It? We Don’t Know It.. 

We Heart It is your home for inspiring images and the people who heart them.
WeHeartIt is an image-based social network,which allows people to upload, find, “heart” and collect their favourite images. Although it is launched eight years ago you may not use it, especially if you are a boy. WeHearIt’s target audience is mostly teenage girls. After all, it is easy to notice the ‘girly’ design. There is, however, something for everyone. There are millions of images covering: art, design, cars, fashion, animals, fitness, quotes and so on.

 

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The Content? We Create It!

Fabio Giolito may have created WeHeartIt, but the platform is what it is, thanks to it’s 40million users. They are the ones, who upload images, create collections and so on. This only shows how significant is our impact on the social networks, which we use. Without us they are just good ideas.
So.. Thank you Fabio Giolito for the idea, and thank you people for creating such a nice social media!

WeHeartIt offers its users an image for every situation and every taste.
Don’t be sceptic.
Give it a try!

Ted Talks

Considering that we are talking about the online environment, it is obvious that the amount of resources we could find on the internet is almost infinite. Of course we search for reliable and concise sources in order to get the best results and I admit that I have rarely went on the second or third page at a Google search.

However, what I have found not only useful, but also entertaining was watching the Ted Talks. As you probably already know, TED started as a small conference (Technology, Entertaining and Design) and developed over the years, now covering any topic and on a global scale.

Related to the module, I have watched a couple of talks ( of maximum 18 minutes) about media in which I found refreshing, comprehensible , yet complex content, a lot of statistics and facts and also fascinating stories about the media that you might not have heard of before.

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Anyone can watch the Ted Talks on their website https://www.ted.com/    or their Ted Talks YouTube Channel  and use their search tool to find anything related to media. There will be a lot of videos from mass-media to how social media influences our behavior or even speculations about what the future might hold concerning the online world. The one that I enjoyed most is a talk by teacher Jerry Kane and it is called Social Media…You haven’t seen anything yet and I invite you all to click on it and have a look!