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Discussion Post 11


In the “Power of Sharing”, Deanna Zandt used the analogy of bubbles to portray our social connection to others: “Picture billions of soap bubbles in a sink. Each bubble represents a different person, and the bubble size reflects that person’s sphere of influence. Where bubbles connect and intersect represents our relationships with people around us” (7). Keeping this analogy in mind, it’s easy to see how social media is such a successful way to mobilize people in seeking social change. It’s long been understood that the first step towards solving a societal conflict is raising awareness, which today is often done using such mediums such as Facebook and Twitter. When we post, “share” or “like” a video such as the Kony 2012 viral video Facebook allows all of our all of our virtual friends to see. Next, our friends can choose if they also want to share or like it, and if the post is interesting enough the outreach can be exponential as the awareness spread through the “bubbles” and “empathy” builds (1). Naturally when large groups of people become aware of a pressing issue, the normal course of action is to seek change. Social media often is a place where real life events and protests are organized, allowing users to set a date, provide a description and invite their friends to join. Prior to social media, events like these were took time and were difficult to set up as they relied on heavy word of mouth, print media, and if possible sometimes television. Social media has allowed for us to stay connected and unify quickly if necessary.

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One of the most groundbreaking creations of the last fifteen years, is the creation of the social media website. These social media sites have been able to connect the world in a way that has never before been witnessed. One could even say that the social impact of these sites rivals that of the telephone when Alexander Graham Bell invented it. just as the telephone is able to connect people from distances far apart, social media can do the same, but is more instantaneous.

Facebook and Twitter are the most popular of these sites at the moment. Not only is Facebook used to find long lost friends and family, but it is also the primary source of news for many of its users. Deanna Zandt says that “Social Networking gives us unprecedented power to share our stories with more people than we ever imagined.” (p. 159) Perhaps the best example of social media’s impact on our world, and its “power to share our stories” (p,159), is its use in the middle east. There are many instances of twitter being used, in the middle east, as the only form of communication with the out side world when a country is in the middle of a coup most of the communication is cut of from the surrounding countries. However, we are still able to communicate with the citizens of these countries through Twitter.  This could warn of an uprising, or even get information to the different government agencies that could end up helping the people of these war torn countries.

Blog 11: Social Media


The creation of social media is truly a remarkable thing. Never before have people around the world been able to connect to one another so quickly and efficiently. The creation of social networking sites such as facebook, twitter, myspace, and various blogging sites (such as this one) have done so much more than just allow people to socialize online. “Social Networking gives us unprecedented power to share our stories with more people than we ever imagined.” (Zandt pg. 159). Through these social networking sites, people around the world can let others into their minds. People have the opportunity to let it all out there. These social networking sites are essentially public diaries. We live in a world that is full of social issues that need attention. These issues can be greatly publicized through social media. Along with the social issues come mass amounts of public opinions on the issues. This is where people truly get to know what type of person you are. Although putting your opinions out there for the world to see may spark a lot of debate (a lot of times negative), it can also do a lot of good for society. By bringing social issues to the public eye, we as a whole can produce ideas that can help resolve these issues. The potential for this to occur happens through social media. Facebook and blogging sites connect you with people that share your common interests and opinions. It is said that great minds think alike but they can also change the world.


Discussion Post 9


Social Media, have it be Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or another undoubtedly plays a role in the majority of people’s lives today. While not every person uses these websites and some may use them far more than others, the numbers have been and are increasing and people are spending more time than ever keeping up their online identity and reputation. Personally I’ve seen social media change people in a good and bad ways. Some who were naturally shy I’ve seen be able to open up and make more friends by utilizing Facebook, while others seem to have retreated towards the contrary, where you only see them online and never in person. Also, it’s given way to a new form of popularity. I’ve heard even such ridiculous claims from friends about people they see in person who they’ve never met calling them Twitter or Facebook “famous” because of the amount of likes, favorites, or retweets they get on such medias. As described in “Hello Avatar”, “an avatar is computer-generated figured controlled by a person via a computer”. Beth Coleman argues to expand the definition to include more than just characters generated in games like second life, but to also mean the user behind an IM or SMS. I would say this ‘avi’ that we choose on such social networks, even if it is a real picture of yourself, is often chosen so specifically or edited and filtered to portray who we would like to be, rather than who we naturally are. Fact is, many enjoy a virtual world just as much or more than the real world, and that will continue to change and shape our society as these technologies progress.

Media Changes the User


Media use changes the user. I think it is totally true; there are many aspects that indicate this statement. People create their profile perfectly in social network such as Facebook, Twitter or MySpace. Because there are no regulations that indicate people have to have truly and credible accounts, people can be anybody in the online world. Considering the online world as the second life world, people will change a lot about themselves in the second life world, such as lifestyle, personal images and personal appearance; “In the Second Life world, he appeared cooler than in life” (page 125). Besides, online-game environment is another aspect that proves media changes users. As the same way to create personal profile on social network, users or players can actually be totally different people by merging themselves to their modified characters. By playing these characters, people somehow get influences from their games into their realities. “Computer games, I would suggest, model the interaction logic of self-appraisal in a literal manner. In order to be properly motivated to play through a difficult game, the player needs to know she can meaningfully affect the game environment” (page 136). People have to expand their status in order to adapt new environments and new circumstances (page 137). More than that, communication has been shifting by media because of people’s modified profiles. “In other words, our modes of communication impact our concepts of space, place and time; as we change modalities of representation, we also change our human perspective” (page 140). People tend to find someone who have similar their profile for communicating but in reality, those people are actually not who they are. That’s exactly why media actually changes the users in multiple ways.

Blog 9:Media and people


Media can drastically change how a person is viewed. It is said by Coleman that “Media use changes the user. With each shift in automation, simulation, and transmission, we discover not only new technologies but also new facets of ourselves.” (140)  Media devices and social networking have created barriers that users can hide behind and produce a completely different personality. Think about when you are texting someone. Do you always say things that you would normally say to a person face to face? The sad reality is most people would answer “no” to this question. You could come off as a completely different person through a text message than through face to face communication. Many don’t think before they send text messages. They feel there is no risk in sending a message because you can’t feel the recipient’s full emotion in response to your words. In many circumstances, this is the only way people feel comfortable communicating with one another and I feel this where we as a society are failing. We are living in a media dependent world and face to face communication is becoming scarce. Another example of how media can change the user is through sites like facebook. You can essentially be anyone you want to be on facebook. Your personal information and pictures you post may not even be yours yet people will still believe it because there is no physical communication. Without the use of media like facebook and texting, communication for many would be much more difficult. Media can truly change a person.


Blog Post #9


Media use that changes the user can be seen throughout society just by the way people change over the medium in which they use. For example, on page 19 Coleman talks about the X-reality which is essentially a reality that mixes (and relies on) both the virtual and the physical world together. In my opinion, the X-reality is experienced but does not necessarily itself immerse the user but rather the user can still experience the difference between the physical and the virtual world. Personally, this medium (such as a computer) would change the way I interact between the people I know over the internet and the people I know in real life. I am usually unsocial and would not openly talk to people; however, during my time using said medium, I am much more social and open to talking to people. This is just an interpretation of the X-reality. Another interpretation would talk about how the use of media (or medium) would change the person in such a way that they would integrate the medium into their own daily life. This is very apparent in modern society as the many college courses are starting to rely heavily on the use of the internet, laptops as well as the growing need for communication using cell phones and other portable communication devices. The choice is intention; however, it requires participation. If no one participates then there would be no growth in the adoption of media use; thus, there would be little to no change in the people who do use it as the community that does use this media is relatively small and so the reliance on it is relatively small.

How Social Media Affects the User

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Just like everything in this world, social media can be very advantageous in small amounts, or very dangerous in large amounts. Coleman states that “media use changes the user. With each shift in automation, simulation, and transmission, we discover not only new technologies, but also new facets of ourselves” (page 49 within the text). However, I would argue that, while her statement is true, it doesn’t touch on the whole picture. Social media, with each change, has brought with it an ability to bring surprising facts about ourselves to the surface, but it has also suppressed other truths about ourselves from being discovered. For example, if someone is constantly interacting with others on Facebook instead of in real life, how are they to know and develop the social skills necessary to survive in the work force? If someone becomes so engaged in reading 140-character-or-less tweets that they decide to stop reading books, how then are they expected to maintain an attention span long enough for them to sit down in a classroom or a meeting and be able to learn for an extended lecture/presentation? Social media certainly has the ability to change the user for the better, and it does in some people. I do not believe that social media is inherently evil or anything of the sort. What I do believe is that most people abuse the power that they have to be constantly connected, and it is going to hurt them in the long run. Although it sounds corny in this setting, as technology evolves, I think it is going to be important to remember that “with great power comes great responsibility.”

blog 1-new media




My name is Samai Mendoza I am a freshmen at WSUV. I’m undecided on my major but I’m thinking to major on public affairs. I’m taking this class to satisfy my ucore and it looks fun.

Internet/websites it’s a new media.  There are a lot of things we can find on the internet today from games to social networks to all kinds of information. We can play online games like angry birds and Pac man.  We can also find social networks like Facebook and twitter. Internet is a digital media object because according to the lecture slides the definition of digital is “objects produced with the help of computers” and internet and everything that it holds is obviously produced with the help of computers. Facebook and twitter are “media [that] becomes programmable” (p.27) as Manovich states as a typical new media. Pictures and videos can be shared in Facebook and basically controlled by the person who adds them as the in the numerical representation characteristic explains. You even have to crop the picture when you want to make it your profile picture on Facebook. Facebook is also a new media object according to Manovich in the Variability characteristics because most of the time Facebook upgrades and automatically updates. According to Manovich a new media “web sites are also periodically updated either manually or automatically.” (p.38). Facebook is also an example of modularity because of the use of text characters. Manovich says that new media “consists” of text characters. (p.31) in conclusion” new media is created on computers” (p.46) which is transcoding and Facebook is an example of it. As years go by there would be new media and there will be new expectations to be considered new media and the new media that is today will be old media in a few years.