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Final Prezi

20 Apr

For my final prezi project I chose to focus on my identity and my internet identity. I used quotes from Sherry Turkles reading “Who Am We” to argue my point that I am the same online as I am in person.  I also described all of my different identities.

http://screencast.com/t/9311j8UwUS

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Privacy

28 Mar

Have you ever thought about why you always get ads for super cute shoes or amazing vacation destinations on Facebook? Well, I never thought about it until I read an article for class called “How Companies Learn Your Secret.” Facebook keeps track of all the sites we visit and show ads for the sites we visit the most. For example, I am always looking up flights and vacation destinations, which is why I always have ads for some vacation on my Facebook. I find it very creepy that the sites I use are being tracked. It feels almost like my privacy is being invaded. However, we are not only being tracked online, but in stores as well. Target gives everyone of their customers a “guest ID” and keeps track of everyone of their customers by what they buy, the emails they open from target, etc. The “guest ID” has information about the customers age, marital status, whether or not he/she has children, and their estimated salary. They can also find out information about you ethnicity, the magazines you read, or the type of coffee you drink. It is almost like you can’t go shopping anymore without being tracked. There is no such thing as privacy anymore.

Identities

28 Mar

Everyone has different “identities.” We all play different roles in society and are expected to act differently in each of these roles. I am a student, daughter, receptionist, sister, and friend. When I am at work, I do not act the same way that I do when I am at home with my family or when I am hanging out with my friends. At work, I am expected to act in a professional and serious way. When I am with my friends, I am not as serious and can have fun. As a student, I am calm, quiet, studious, and responsible. Everyone has different identities, but that does not mean that we “lie” about the person we are. If we were to act crazy and unprofessional at a job, we would no longer be employed. That is why we have different “identities” and act differently in all situations. 

Identity Project

27 Mar

For my identitiy project, I focused on all of the sites I use as well as pictures that describe who I am. This project is not complete and I had so many problems along the way. I also have many other things I want to add to it as well as change parts of my narrative. I am finally getting the hang of prezi. Enjoy

http://prezi.com/ttmfr8dxpxae/my-identity/

Internet Identity

5 Mar

For class we were assigned to read an article called “Who Am We” which talks about our online identity. Personally I thought the article was very strange, but it did have some very good points.  After reading the article I started thinking about my online identity and about other people’s identities. How do people perceive me online? Do I act the same online as I do in person? I kept asking myself these questions and finally I made a list of all the sites I use (which is not many) and thought about how people may perceive me. First, I use Facebook. If someone were to visit my Facebook page they would see that it is private because I do not add people I do not know. I also do not have where I go to school, where I work, my phone number, or any other personal information. I do not put this information on Facebook because it is not safe to share that kind of information with the public. Even though my page is on private there are ways of getting that information. Someone will be able to see who my friends are, what I look like, what I do for fun, and sometimes where I am going. I do not post many status updates, so someone would not be able to tell too much about be from that. In a way I guess I am not being completely honest on Facebook because I do not give my information, but it is only to protect myself. Next, I use Twitter. The only information about my identity someone would get from Twitter about me is what I am doing and my name. My tweets are completely honest (which could probably offend someone), but that is just me. I am a very honest person and I am not going to hide who I am because I am using twitter. I also use Instagram. By looking at my Instagram, a person would see a lot of pictures of my favorite foods, my friends, and my interests. Lastly, I just started blogging for class. I do not really like blogging, but people who read my blogs can learn what I am learning about in school and my opinions on certain issues. After I figured out my different internet identities, I realized that I am the same person online as I am in person. I do not lie about anything on the internet to make myself seem “cooler.” There are so many people that lie about themselves online and it is important to be careful when using these sites because there are creepy people in the world.

Can children learn from video games?

1 Mar

Video games are taking over and many argue that children learn from video games. I do believe that children can learn from CERTAIN video games, but not all. Children are not learning from video games where they are robbing stores, killing people, or bombing a certain race. The only thing children are learning from those type of video games are violence and how to hate a certain group of people. These video games make it okay for children to kill off an entire race of people, sell drugs, or run over people with cars. That is not the real world. If we teach children that all of these negative things are okay by including them in video games they are going to grow up wanting to do the things they learned from these video games. However, there are video games that are educational and do help children learn. They help children solve problems, strategies, learn math, etc. There are also many educational apps that help children with math, reading, learning the alphabet, or writing. If we are going to use video games as a way for children to learn, they need to be educational video games and not video games where children are only learing to kill people.

No Facebook

1 Mar

As a class experiment, our class was told to give up Facebook for a week. At first, I thought I was going to die without Facebook. I kept wondering what my friends were doing and I wanted to go on Facebook so badly to find out. I deleted the Facebook app as well as the Facebook chat app off of my phone so I would not be tempted to sneak on Facebook. I also changed my homepage on my laptop. Although I haven’t been on Facebook, I have noticed that I am on twitter way more than I ever have been. I have been without Facebook for three days and I love it. I no longer mind not knowing what everyone is doing or where my friends are. I also find myself being more productive. I have been spending the time I used to spend on Facebook on other things such as homework, studying, or using twitter. I thought for sure I would have caved in and used Facebook a million times already, but I haven’t. When I told my friends that I was giving up Facebook they thought I was crazy. They tried convincing me to cheat or sneak on Facebook so I wouldn’t miss anything. I kept going back and forth on whether or not I could actually be Facebook free, but as soon as I did it, I was happy. I thought of all the positive outcomes from not having Facebook such as being more productive and being more professional when the time comes for me to get my first teaching job. I’m glad I gave up Facebook for a week, but when the week is over, I’m deleting Facebook. By giving up Facebook, I realized that there are other ways to communicate with others, not having a Facebook will only improve my chances of getting a job in the future, and I have been more productive without Facebook.