Class 12

For this assignment I attempted to contact a representative of my hometown. What I ended up discovering was that there is no mayor of my town, but four part-time selectman.  I also discovered a lot of information about some corrupt leadership that had been going on in the past years.  Apparently this past year in Saugus, MA, all four selectman were recalled due to corruption. They were accused of financial managerial offences and reading confidential information on computers at Town Hall.  Angry residents formed a political action group called Save Saugus to launch the recall and it ended up happening. Four new members were sworn in this past March.  The only social media profile I could find was that of Scott A. Brazis.  I found a post of his before he was elected about safety hazards at the town ice skating rink and it caught my attention. I skated there all throughout my childhood.  I responded to him but have yet to get a reply.  I will update this post if and when I do.  



Class 11: Reading Reflection

This article was very compelling.  Cyber-bullying is something that I feel is very easy to relate to.  Most people I know have dealt with some form of cyber-bullying.  It is evident that most people feel free to share their negative opinions about people online more than they would in person.  Most of my friends in high school had Formspring accounts which were mentioned in this article.  They were a HUGE source of cyber-bullying as many of my friends received anonymous sexual harassment and even threats on their accounts.

I do not know if there ever will be a solution to cyber-bullying because bullying has always been a thing before the internet existed.  I think that people need to be taught at a young age not to bully people.  I think that education is the only answer to this problem.  If kids are taught at a very young age the serious consequences that bullying has on people, maybe they will try to not be involved in it.  It is unfortunately a very tricky situation.  Growing up I have also seen people falsely accused of bullying.  I have met people who have purposely tampered with AIM conversations to change what people have said to them to make themselves look like the victim.  This is very frustrating because I do not want to blame a victim because this is most likely not a common occurrence.

This story could potentially fall into the realm of cyber-bullying although Dharun did not directly harass Tyler.  It is most definitely an invasion of privacy.  It is unfortunate that the media misconstrued some of the information about the case and amplified some of the aspects of it.  Dharun also googled Tyler and most of the information he found was public so Tyler knew it was out there for people to see.  I think that the issue lies in how Dharun acted.  He should not have tried to have a “viewing party” of Tyler’s relationship.  No matter what sexual orientation Tyler was, it is never okay to spy on people during private moments.  It is reasonable for Dharun to be curious as to what was happening in his room because both Tyler and Dharun had claim to the room, but I believe that he should have asked rather than secretly watching through webcam.  As difficult as it may have been, direct communication seems to have been the only solution to their problem.  If only the Resident Assistant aware of the situation had time to plan a mediated session between the two to help them work out the living situation.

Class 8: Reading Reflection 

After reading the chapter I decided to attempt to recover my MySpace.  This took a lot of effort. At first I couldn’t remember my email so I tried two of my old emails. Neither of them were in the database so then I remembered my very first aol email and tried it. This one was it. I couldn’t remember the password though. I tried to reset it and found that the email was made so long ago that there was no way to reset it.  I then thought to sign in to aim and all of a sudden the password came to me. I tried it on MySpace and it worked! I then was horrified by the pictures I had posted on there.

I’m going to share the least horrible pictures in this post:

So, I think a lot of my pictures were supposed to seem artsy? One thing I did notice was that none of my photos are really “selfies.”  Most of them were taken by someone else for me, were mirror pictures, or were taken by me holding a camera out and facing it toward me.  This is because they were taken before front facing cameras were popular.  I was not able to recover much else of my MySpace because the format has changed very much and all of the comments and posts have been deleted.  Perhaps, it is a good thing that they were.

In regards to the video, I do agree with the internet makes us “multi-taskers.”  I agree because it is very easy to do many things at once when using the internet.  I can listen to music, while typing a paper, and doing research all at the same time.  I think that it is not necessarily a bad thing.  It could be a bad thing in excess, as anything can be.  If one is to be so caught up in the Internet that they cannot solely focus on one specific thing when such focus is necessary, that could have very negative effects.  I think it could also be a positive thing because it allows us to be able to do many things at once, and helps people with efficiency.  The Internet can allow us to finish things faster than we could have before, leaving us with more time to focus on other tasks.  We can get much more done using the Internet than we could have before it was invented.

Class 7: Reading Reflection

Think about your Facebook friends; who are they?  Come up with some rough percentages about the people who make up your Facebook “friend” list. What percentage are your family? your close friends? acquaintances? people you’ve never met in person?  Come up with whatever categories you want – and blog about what you find.

Also, consider Levinson’s pg. 25 comment that ” . . .we most love what we first experience.”  How, if at all, do you think that sentiment applies to your interactions with Facebook?

I have around 900 Facebook friends.  Around 25% of them are from my hometown and 25% go to Regis College according to Facebook.  I would say that 5% of them are close friends.  I would say this because most of my close friends are on Facebook.  About 1% of my Facebook friends are family.  This is because a lot of my family is older and does not have Facebook.  I am friends with about 5 of my cousins and I am friends with my mom, one aunt, and one great aunt.  I usually see my family in person to communicate with them so I don’t usually need to have them as Facebook friends.

I would say at least 99% of my friends I have met in person.  The only reason some of them would not fall under that category is because some people I have added that I knew went to my high school.  My high school was very small so it was easy to know the names of most of the people who went there.  For this reason, if I got a friend request from someone I had seen in person, but never spoken to, I would probably add them to be polite.  I also have some international students added who went to my high school but I have not formally met.  I added them in the past because I was friends with many of the international students from China and Korea and they were friends of friends.

A large amount of my Facebook friends are acquaintances.  Maybe even 94%.  This is because when I first made a Facebook, it was very common for people to send about 20 or more requests a day to people who were suggested in the “People You May Know” section.  I made a Facebook right when people were starting to leave Myspace and I remember it was normal for people around your age who lived in your home town to send you a request even if you had not met.  Therefore, a lot of my friends on Facebook are people I went to public elementary school and middle school with.  Most likely, 90% are people I met when I was very young in school, and 3% are people I met in other activities.  Those 3% are most likely people I had met through drama camps and different plays I had performed in at theaters outside my hometown.  Those people were not always acquaintances since we were close during the time we were rehearsing, and some a year or two afterwards, but I grew apart from them in the years to come.

So, 93% of my friends are acquaintances, 5% are close friends, 1% are family, and 1% are people I have not met in person.  In regards to Levinson’s comment, I think that it applies to how when I first started using Facebook, I liked it a lot more than I do now.  First experiencing Facebook, made it new and exciting, but after a while it gets quite boring.  There isn’t much to do on it that I haven’t already done when I started using it in 2008.  The quote also applies to how I still find myself missing Myspace.  Myspace was the first social media platform that I used and I like it better than Facebook.  I liked it because you could personalize your page much more than you can on Facebook.  I miss being able to choose a song to play on my page and a layout that would go with it.  I feel like Facebook pages look boring although you can choose a profile picture and a cover photo.

My Avatar

I’ve used this picture as my avatar on Instagram, Twitter, WordPress and LinkedIn.  I use it because it doesn’t have a filter so it is a fairly accurate representation of myself.  

I choose how I look online based on how I look in real life.  I even sometimes post pictures of myself with a funny face even if they aren’t the most flattering. 

Class 5: Reading Reflection

Media for Millennials
By Sarah Laskow
     The author seems to be addressing what millennials want to see in the media.  She also talks about all the money that businesses are putting into researching and gearing advertisements toward millennials.  At this time, millennials are very sought after when it comes to business, but it seems as if many businesses do not understand how to target the audience that they are looking for.
     The author introduces the idea of PolicyMic and it is described as “Buzzfeed for Geeks.”  From what I read, it seems that the idea of PolicyMic is to get quality news to millennials because they have news coming at them from all different sources that could be biased or just completely untrue.  I think that it is an interesting idea, but I do not necessarily think it will be very successful.  I think comparing it to Buzzfeed is a good tactic due to Buzzfeed’s growing popularity, but I do not think that there is need for an app or website that is similar to Buzzfeed, but more for geeks.  I say this because Buzzfeed is expanding more and more what type of articles and lists that they post so their audience is growing.  They have articles and lists that can appeal to.  They even have a section on their website called “Geeky” that includes lists such as”1010 Jokes Only Math Geniuses Will Understand,”  and “Which ‘Harry Potter’ Book is the Best?”  They also have a section purely for news filled with numerous stories that are relevant to millennials and older audiences.
     I think that millennials do not want to pay for news.  The article is correct in saying that.  We are able to access so much information for free online that it would seem to be a waste of money to actually pay for information.  I think that many millennials want to stay up to date with current events, but will not be willing to pay for many things.  Most millennials are trying to save money because they have student loan debts and this is an aspect that businesses should definitely think about.
     The only thing that I have heard of millennials paying for is for content that is without ads.  For instance, some apps such as Spotify, offer a premium service that costs a fee.  This premium service will rid them of all the pesky ads that are usually there.  For some people it is worth paying to be free of annoying advertisements.  That is the only idea I can think of for businesses trying to make money from millennials right now.
     I think that the author is right in saying that millennials want to read news that is not dry and written by older adults.  Millennials want to hear news from people who are around their own age. I think this is true of people of any age.  Most people want news that they can relate to and understand and people in their own age-group would have a better understanding of what material reflects that.