Because of the snow on Thursday I was not able to attend class and fully understand how to set up this portfolio. But I will try my best and accept the consequences. Alas… work from this semester!
First up would be some video examples. Here is the video that I worked on with my pod group. We decided to do our video on the sensation Youtube has become over the years.
And here is the video I did myself about history of the internet (skype).
Next would be some original photos I’ve taken this semester. Now, for my very first blog post I used a photo taken many years ago. So for this section I’d actually like to show the work I’ve done for my photography class this semester. Considering I’ve published these photos on my photography page on Facebook- and some of them were extremely popular- I’d say these photos have become a bigger part of my networked self than nearly anything else I’ve done online this semester.
This semester I worked on a project that highlighted the differences of women I know and am acquainted with.
I hoped that these photos would empower any other women who saw them. I hoped that these photos would show that every woman is beautiful despite the flaws we may have as human beings.
The next section would be some examples of writing that I’ve done for this class over the course of the semester. I’ll be honest in saying I’m not exactly sure how I am supposed to format this section of the portfolio, so I will simply transfer some of my favorite posts I’ve done.
The medium is the message. It’s a widely known phrase throughout the media, but the question of transparency vs anonymity is a lesser known concept.
Transparency is basically expressing yourself exactly as you are on the internet, where as anonymity is using the internet as a faceless communicator. When it comes to media ethics, the differences in anonymity and transparency can evoke completely different reactions.
Many ethical conceptions are widely accepted and those who interact and express themselves online are familiar with them. But I’d say whether a person is using transparency or anonymity can greatly influence ethical decisions on the internet.
I know first hand of this question of ethics. When posting things on Facebook versus something like Tumblr or Reddit, I definitely take into account the fact that everyone on my Facebook knows who I am, where as I haven’t revealed my identity in so many words on other social sites. This allows me to be a little less worried about things I post. Sure I’m already pretty honest and accountable for what I post on sites like Facebook, but having unlimited freedom about what I post or say is also nice.
All in all, the differences between the two greatly affect media ethics in this day and age. The medium that dominates our society today is technology, and conveying messages via technology and the internet says a lot about what people want to say and how they want to say it.
As a child of the internet age, I will not deny having an intimate relationship with Google and social media outlets. Even those who do not have internet have a relationship through peers and relatives that do interact with the digital world.
Personally, I use Google chrome. I like it because I do not have to actually go to Google’s website to search for anything; I simply type it into my web address bar and Google does the rest for me. Chrome also saves my favorite pages to my home screen, making it easier to navigate to the websites I use most often. Although I have some issues with the fact that Google has pretty much taken over as the only search engine, the ease in using it keeps me coming back every single time.
The fact that Google is basically taking over the Internet is unsettling to me. I use Google, but I never give to Google. I do not click on their ads, I do not keep up with the latest releases, I will not create a profile, and I avoid using Gmail as much as I can. Yes, Google is a great search engine, but I don’t want to support a company that is surely to become a monopoly (if it has not been deemed one already).
My digital footprint. It’s not very apparent when you simply type my name into Google. There’s a million and one people with the same last name as me, so nothing pops up when you simply search for my name. Even searching for “Olivia Cassidy” doesn’t find anything. When I include my middle name, the only relevant post is actually an obituary column written in honor of my grandfather who passed away in October of 2011.
It’s not until I search my name with things such as “photography” or “Missouri” that I actually start getting search results. Nearly all the results deal with either my photography page on Facebook or this website dedicated to my media class (which will slowly turn into my photography website).
The reason that so little can be found out about me through a simple Google search must do with the fact that any website that has a lot of personal information or photos of me are set at very high privacy levels. Sports and theatre photos taken for my high school publications website are easier to find than photos of myself. And my photography (or photos of others’ photography that I have “shared”) pop up before even one photo of myself.
I’m actually quite pleased by the outcome of this project. I did not find anything that could potentially harm my future, and I found that my photography is easier to find than personal information about myself. Sweet.
These have been my favorite posts mainly because of the freedom I had in creating them. I felt like I was allowed to actually express myself and that helped me to formulate my thoughts and put more effort forward.