Amongst the greatest inventions of our century are the hordes of social networking sites made available to the entire world. Combining the capabilities of e-mail, instant messaging, journal writing, and picture sharing—they have allowed us to overcome communal differences and surmount even the biggest gaps between generations, cultures, and livelihoods. But even these social web innovations have their adverse effects. The ability to create a whole new persona with the simple strokes of keys and the click of a button has allowed for an even more dangerous field of unknown to be discovered by the people around you; almost as if everyone now wears a virtual mask to cover up who they really might be on the inside. This new height of pretense has crippled the idea of integrity. The people you see at school, at work, even at church may be the quiet and shy person you have come to know and accept. But through websites such as Facebook, you can have a peek into how they would really like to portray themselves—how they spend their time, who they spend it with, what they like and dislike, and all their preferences available and editable to their will. With the hundreds of ‘Friends’ people have connected to their online profiles, how many of them can really truly say that they know exactly how they act and what they think or like? And how many of those people can even answer without ever looking at all their online ‘Info’ first? These are the questions that result from such lack of truth. This is what happens when diving into the world of Facebook—everyone’s essentially a stranger. At school, almost everyone I know has somehow interacted with me on Facebook. As with all the new people I meet, I somehow always end the conversation with, “Alright, be sure to Facebook me!” or something along those lines. At work, my coworkers and I discuss the many different trending things happening on everyone’s ‘Walls’ or taking turns asking, “Did you see so-and-so’s status?” At church, and in local supermarkets, and on TV and the radio, all the buzz is about ‘uploading to Facebook’ or ‘Liking’ or ‘Poke Wars.’ Which proves only the fact that people everywhere—even in your very own community, involuntarily believe in the facades that they see after ‘Accepting’ someone’s friend request. The information that is shown on Facebook is fully customizable, so each and every user has the ability to show what they like and whom they want it to be visible to. This in itself is already masking out one’s true identity, whether or not all the things posted were accurate or not. Most people find it so regular to see that some people even have faces of celebrities as their own ‘Profile Picture.’ Why does everyone do that? To make themselves feel better? To feel special and important? Jose Antonio Vargas, renowned journalist of the Washington Post, wrote “The Face of Facebook,” an unexpected view of the founder of Facebook himself—Mark Zuckerberg. Vargas also sees that “Facebook profiles are always something of a performance: you choose the details you want to share and you choose whom you want to share with.” The most interesting part is that Vargas notes “Now, Zuckerberg, who met with me for several in-person interviews this summer, is confronting something of the opposite: a public exposition of details that he didn’t choose.” (Vargas) This information is of the highest level of bewilderment; the founder of Facebook himself does not even correctly portray who he is on his Facebook profile! With even the most popular individuals, groups, and organizations now on Facebook, how can we be so sure into trusting what they want us to see? Even at a comfortable level of familiarity with ‘Friends,’ when do you draw the line between the Facebook world and the real one? As a student, I am surrounded by people getting affected by this phenomenon on a daily basis. The people I talk to may seem to be one thing on their profile, maybe a nice, social, hipster kind of…
regards to the election. With over 15 million people following the election that night, word spread fast. In his book,”Losing the News”, Alex Jones writes extensively on how all branches of news are in trouble. The real crisis is the erosion of what Jones calls "the iron core of news," or daily press coverage of everything from business and governmental affairs to…
In face of diversity
In terms of progress for minorities and women the facts are that in the workplace there is more and more diversity as time goes by due to changing demographics. This process is however not at its full effect yet. In many jobs we still see that white males are the ones dominating. They hold most of the top positions in a workplace, are present in all the positions, and are included in entry-level hiring. Whereas the minorities; such as people of color and women hold few of…
Are we losing the art of face to face communication?
Technology over the years has become very powerful and it is absolutely taking over rapidly, where some folks can’t even keep it up. We sometimes get so caught up in technology that we tend to forget that having face to face contact is actually very important. I believe that throughout the years, modern technology has been very beneficial but it also brings disadvantages to society. It feels as if sometimes technology…
Important issues that teens face
At the very outset they are struggling to come to terms with their body image. The cherubic appearance of childhood gone, they are looking at strangers in the mirror, gawky, disproportionate limbs, facial features, facial hair and acne to mention a few. They don’t know what to do with their hands and legs, I see teenagers as those struggling to find a place in society, be recognized by their peers and be accepted for what they…
Mission and vision:
Face book’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.” Facebook empowers its users to change the world by posting links, connecting with other influencers, sharing stories, donating and buying products. Facebook shifted their own power status by being more open and allowing the people beyond the elite league of social networking sites to join this site and allow developers to build applications on the platform. Since everyone…
SLAP IN THE FACE-BOOK
PARENTS: Have you had “the talk” with your teen yet?
No, I don’t mean that talk. But there’s another issue that is just as important in today’s society. It is ever parents worst “web” nightmares, I’m referring to the talk about predators and staying safe on social networking sites such as face book.
Kids use the internet for hours upon hours each week. They can navigate their way very easily around the web, using it to complete assignments, play games and engage in social…
Arts organisations around Australia and around the world face many challenges, including practical issues such as declining ticket sales, changing public funding and changes in participation habits. These changes are not new, though as our society is changing and evolving so too is the culture of arts as it constantly brings new challenges and opportunities. Globalization, marketization, issues of national identity and the challenges of building and sustaining a vibrant arts community are some…
Interpersonal communication skills
You have taken part in a face to face discussion
During the discussion you will have demonstrated some or all of the following interpersonal skills.
Use of intonation to add meaning
Use of body language (you will have to remember this) such as nodding and supporting noises such as yes or ah ha
Use of positive language
Use of negative language in a way that is constructive
Paying attention and responding to what someone has said
Summarising what someone has…
Describe and evaluate how certain major concepts/ theories or theorists considered in this course help to identify and explain both 1. Key aspects of the ‘hidden face of power’ and 2. how the news media relate to such forms or sources of power.
Throughout history it is evident that the media is necessary and at the core of liberal governance, it changed and improved the way ideas and information were addressed and communicated in society, therefore giving rise to public opinions and improving…
Reference: Lovelock, James, The Vanishing Face of Gaia A Final Warning, Allen Lane an imprint of Penguin Books, London, England.2009, 178 pages.
Title: The Vanishing Face of Gaia A Final Warning
Author: James Lovelock
Year of publication: London, England in 2009
Publisher: Penguin Books LTD
Number of pages: 178 pages
About the author:
James Lovelock was born on July 26, 1919 in Letchworth Garden City in the United Kingdom…