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Group Presentation Topic

March 11, 2010

For our (Kelli, Kelleye, and I) group project, we chose to research the topic of online dating and the proliferation of dating websites. We chose this topic because we not only found it very interesting and entertaining, but also because it is a growing phenomenon and can’t be ignored. Also, online dating has many significant implications such as changing the definition of traditional dating, changing the interactions between couples, changing the characteristics of the traditional relationship, and changing peoples’ attitudes towards dating, both online and offline. Through this project, we will address questions such as: Is online dating more personality attraction or physical? Is there something taken away by meeting online first? How successful are online relationships? Why do people go to online dating sites as opposed to finding mates in person? How much revenue and traffic do these dating sites generate? We are going to go approach this project by researching various dating sites such as eHarmony.com, Match.com, Dating.dk, as well as interviewing people we know who have actually used the sites and have found partners through the sites. Our project presentation will include a powerpoint addressing basic background, statistics, pros and cons of online dating, analysis of how online dating changing real life relationships, and address future trends.

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comment reply to politics blog

February 24, 2010

Politics Online

February 24, 2010 by jlbuzz07

A social movement took place this past American election with the way in which Obama’s campaign was run. He completely changed traditional methods of reaching constituents and found a way to imply new digital media and techniques. He found a way to reach the younger generation by relating to them, and going to them online with media outlets such as facebook, twitter, etc. He was able to find a way to connect to all and set the bar a step higher with this new implementation and use of digital media.
As an international student, from Canada, watching the presidential elections as a student in the states was really interesting to see first hand how involved students got. My campus is very small, it has about 2,200 students and yet somehow Obama found a way to reach out to students on my campus and get them to care without ever stepping foot at SLU. He found a way to get them involved, even if was just by clicking a button on twitter allowing that student to follow his tweet. Obama’s election made it more personal to everyone trying to be more convenient and accessible to all in a digital era, and it worked.


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    While I agree with you that what Obama did the last election was unprecedented and very impressive, there is certainly a risk in his methods. As stated in the article Revolution 2.0, there is already revolt in Obama’s social media empire. Now that he has managed to create and aggregate massive numbers of admirers, he has the more daunting task of being able to channel that political energy and controlling it. On his old website, Change.gov, anyone could leave comments, whether good or bad and Obama would have direct access to his public. But now, there is a federal barrier blocking that direct access. Now the question is: can a president formerly so connected and admired by his constituents maintain that connection through the barrier walls of his oval office? And how?

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Assignment #2 Reflexive-self blog comment

February 18, 2010

The Reflexive Self

February 15, 2010 at 9:13 am (Assignments)

Anthony Giddens’ Modernity and Self-Identity, published in 1991, is surprisingly predictive of the reflexive self of the digital generation.  Within his introduction he cites “new mechanisms of self-identity,” revisable biological narratives, and the loss of tradition as factors influencing the reflexive self.  Each of these concepts is simultaneously relevant in studying the digital generation and its accompanying digital natives.

On a larger scale, the evolving reflexive self is evident as we are allowed to choose our own lifestyle and, to a great extent, our futures.  Our identities are not formed by tradition; it is acceptable for us to choose a profession outside our familial norm, for example.  While this may introduce additional risks (failure, regret, uncertainties, etc.), the reflexive self allows us the great empowerment of choice and freedom.  In a chain reaction, we use this freedom to edit our personal narratives as we see fit, and then incorporate our edited narratives into our defined identity.

On a smaller scale, and more relevant to the digital native, the reflexive self is given more room to develop with the opportunities of expression prevalent online.  A new mechanism of self identity in itself, the internet has become a forum in which one can continuously edit their digital narrative while taking into account their social position, the feedback of their peers, and the identities of others. The authors in Born Digital highlight the fact that one can change aspects of her/his identity constantly through minor additions and deletions to her/his online profiles. It’s true.  I’m sure we all make some type of judgment of an identity of a new acquaintance after reading through their info while Facebook stalking them.  We all know of the characteristics of a cookie-cutter stereotyped identity.

While these points don’t necessarily provide any surprising revelations, it is interesting to give the idea of the reflexive self and identity some thought.  Growing up at a time in which employers search through internet profiles of potential employers, it is clearly important that we be cognizant of the portrayal of both our “real life” and digital identities.  The freedom afforded to us, the digital natives, duly comes with such responsibilities.

Comments

  1. chenlz said,

    February 18, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    I think you have an interesting point about the impact of media on our reflexive selves today. I think it’s a greater freedom as well as risk that our reflexive selves are not based on familial norms or traditions. On the one hand, it’s greater freedom, just like you said for us to develop expression online, where we can edit our identities, change our social positions, and get instant feedback from our peers which further allow us to shape our identity. However, it’s a risk because our future employers, professors, or other network acquaintances from older generations, say the digital immigrant generation may not be so understanding of our proliferate online identities. They can easily judge us critically even though our online portrayal may not adequately represent who are in reality. Also, creating online identities allows us to almost fragment our personalities. We can be one person on Facebook but another Second Life. But I absolutely agree with your conclusion that anything we put online should be with discretion because we may not want to reveal all these sides that compose our identity online.

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Digital Natives

February 11, 2010

Would you rather be a digital native or a digital immigrant? A digital native is someone who is born when digital technologies existed; a digital immigrant is someone who was born before. In class we had an interesting discussion about the vices and virtues that being either a digital native or a digital immigrant entailed. Being a digital immigrant allows you to learn how to use new software or technology more quickly, you are constantly connected to a global and local network, and you have almost unlimited access to news and information. However, as a digital immigrant, you may not feel so comfortable adapting to new technologies, maybe need to have things explained in detail, and may not be as well networked. In today’s fast paced, technologically driven world, it would seem that being a digital native is an inherent advantage. Technology reaches into almost every aspect of our lives. We wake up to the alarm on our cell phones, enter the academic world with our eyes glued to laptop screens, go shopping on Ebay or Amazon, socialize with our friends and family through Facebook or Skype, read e-books for fun on our Nooks, text our way through dinner, and finally some of us even fall asleep to the music playing from our iPods. Inevitably, when we find jobs in the future, we will learn to work with new software, computer programs, and a plethora of other technological creations vital to running the company. With our lives so entrenched in technology, aren’t digital natives lucky?

Our culture, societal background, and the access to information we have, allows us to be born digital. Although we can hardly choose what society we are born in, I wonder what I would choose if I did have the choice. Being a digital native, although we are lucky to have so much exposure to technology and can adapt to new forms more easily, it also brings in many pressures which digital immigrants did not or do not have to deal with. We panic when we lose our phones, get angry when Internet pages load too slowly, get frustrated when what we ordered online is not what we thought. Digital natives have become, in my opinion, overly dependent on technology and accustomed to the speed at which technology propels our lives. We are moving quickly forward both literally and figuratively and by doing so, bypass many worthwhile experiences. Digital natives want everything fast and everything now. We don’t want to wait for snail mail but an immediate response through email or text. We don’t want to sift through books looking for answers; we want Google to tell us right away. Professors expect papers in just a few days because as digital natives, we are expected to navigate the digital world like pros to find research and information. Bosses expect us to present company solutions in a few days because of the digital resources we have and because we are digital natives. Therefore, in many ways, I feel that technology pressures us with this past-paced lifestyle and if you can’t keep up, you will certainly fall behind. That is not to say that digital immigrants are immune to these pressures, only that they can think and function more independently of technology and less prone to the pressures. So if I could choose to be a digital native or an immigrant, I’d say on days with papers, I’d rather be a digital immigrant.

Born Digital

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Hello world!

February 9, 2010

This blog is for Marie´s Virtual Worlds and the Digital Consumer class.