To be clear: the executive order is nonsense. You can’t overrule the law by executive order, nor can you ignore the Constitution. This executive order attempts to do both. It’s also blatantly anti-free speech, anti-private property, pro-big government – which is only mildly amusing, given that Trump and his sycophantic followers like to insist they’re the opposite of all of those things. But also, because the executive order only has limited power, there’s a lot of huffing and puffing in there for very little actual things that the administration can do. It’s very much written in a way to make Trump’s fans think he’s done something to attack social media companies, but the deeper you dig, the more nothingness you find.
Social media was not intentionally designed to give a voice to the voiceless in the absence of actual, functioning democracy. It was originally intended for mean-spirited brats like Zuckerberg to judge young women based on their physical appearance.
Inspiration drawn from twitter - one of the most vocal platforms regarding black culture, black issues. There is a sense of a real virtual community of twitter dominated by young black people who often feel silenced - they come on social media as an outlet to their rage, their confusion and their plain defiance against society norms regarding the diaspora and black culture. Twitter is such an important platform foe the voices of the young, the women, the men - you are able to find people like minded as you and share your opinion that won’t be alienated.
Twitter helped me stay in tune with what i liked and disliked regarding society and myself being a black woman. It didn’t make me feel like I was the only black girl experiencing the social injustice towards my hair texture and skintone. Because in real life settings I would find myself getting silenced for speaking on the same views I hold on social media and there I get praised because so many of my sisters across the world can relate. So now we have taken it upon ourselves to uplift what is rightfully ours, recognise our influence on society - the good and the bad and turn it into black girl magic, like we always do.
Hello! My name is Lucy and I am studying MDA20009 (Digital Communities) this semester! I am exploring the way in which this social media platform; Tumblr has played a role in creating and functioning the digital community individuals engage in every day.
Tumblr allows for the expression of creativity and control over what content is produced (Bromwich, J, 2019) which enables users of the application to feel apart of a ‘digital community’. Tumblr has a range of specific features exploring how exactly it acts as a digital community, these features enable users of the application to come together virtually and connect, whether it be for personal or business purposes (Scolere, L, Pruchniewska, U & Duffy, B. E, 2018).
Since July 2019, Tumblr has 472 million blog accounts, in comparison to Facebook, the worlds most popular application, it seems as though Tumblr is not used as often as other mediums (Petrov, C, 2019). Facebook has 2.5 billion active daily users, this highlights the extreme difference in numbers between the two platforms (Statista.com, 2019). However, these statistics do show that Tumblr is a unique medium which allows people to communicate in diverse ways, also though it may not be considered the ‘usual’ form of social media is can still be used for diverse purposes through its blog format.
Unlike other applications, when you sign up to a Tumblr account, you have the ability to follow, create and share content by any digital user globally. Tumblr users have the capability to make new friends based off having similar interests and things they chose to follow. It also allows viewers to share content with friends or to a private blog, so users have the option to interact on a global level or just to their friends through the application (Menedez, S, 2013). These features create digital communities as users virtually come together through the sharing of content online. Tumblr’s simple user interface enables users to create unique portfolios which is another great way for people to communicate through the use of art. Portfolios allow for people to upload and view content that is relevant to their own, again, allowing for the creation of digital communities through the application (Menedez, S, 2013).
As a result of the recent COVID-19 outbreak, the use of digital media has become even more prevalent in recent times due to self-distancing and isolation. Hence why more and more people have turned to online sources and media outlets to spend time and communicate with others. According to the Digital Information World, it is predicted that the use of online media will increase due to the need to self-isolate as well as keep distracted during this time (Muhammad, Z, 2020). The ability to create digital communities is crucial in times such as this as people rely on each other to get through everyday activities, including work, socialising with family and friends and education.
That’s the consequence of social media structures which encourage people to share using centralized databases, and everything they share is held by someone who is no friend of theirs who also runs the servers and collects the logs which contain all the information about who accesses what, the consequences of which is that we are creating systems of comprehensive surveillance in which a billion people are involved and those people’s lives are being lived under a kind of scrutiny which no secret police service is the 20th century could ever have aspired to achieve. And all of that data is being collected and sold by people whose goal it is to make a profit selling the ability to control human beings by knowing more about themselves than they know. Okay? That’s true of all this information all the time everywhere. The thing you’re working on is simply one of 100,000 implications of that disaster.
Tumblr is a platform where people can share their thoughts, ideas, things that inspire them, etc and it is not like your typical blog as you do not have to write as much as other blogging platforms either. So this shows how Tumblr acts as a digital community because as Rioja (2020) said, “currently there are over 3 billion people in the world using the internet, 75% of them are reading or posting blogs.” which is why Tumblr can be a really popular place to share and communicate with others.
Tumblr is a great platform to have a blog as you can be as creative as you want because a lot of people try to keep their page aesthetic and people can also share gifs, photos, videos and other forms of art on it. As Keller describes it, “Tumblr could be understood as a platform that prioritises aesthetics, amplified through it’s allowance of user-customised short-form blogs and reflecting its original positioning as a professional community.” (Keller 2019, p. 7) This is why Tumblr is a great place to express yourself and to share your work with others, because then there are other artists you could interact with.
Tumblr is a community of people who can like, reblog, comment and share each others posts which shows how can people can bond over common interests. This reflects on what Kruse, Norris & Flinchum quoted from Habermas about the public sphere and how it is “a place where private people come together as a public” (Kruse, Norris & Flinchum 2018, p. 62) because everyone who has a Tumblr account can come together and talk about their interests on each others’ posts and form their own smaller communities.
Keller, J 2019, “Oh, She’s a Tumblr Feminist”: Exploring the Platform Vernacular of Girl’ Social Media Feminisms, Social Media + Society, Vol. 5, Issue 3, pp. 1-11
Kruse, LM, Norris, DR, & Flinchum, JR 2018, Social Media as a Public Sphere? Politics on Social Media, The Sociological Quarterly, Vol. 59, No. 1, pp. 62-84
It can educate us and give us wisdom. It can oppress us and give us propaganda. In today’s world, due to the internet, both the positive and negative potentials of the written word have been vastly multiplied.
Many of us find ourselves awash in a sea of information, in lives so busy, that we find ourselves rushing through our communications carelessly. Social media is a valuable tool to connect with people freely and easily, share information and stay in touch, collaborate on projects and for doing our jobs.
It’s become a necessity for most. And it’s also a place that can add significant stress to our lives, and where miscommunication can easily occur.
Before beginning to write a social media post or an email, we can take a breath, relax, and mentally greet those that we are writing to.
It takes seconds to remember that we are writing to another human being. We can even smile or generate some warmth towards them. This very brief moment of care can transform the experience into one that is relaxed, and helps us feel more connected with those we communicate with. It can be a wholesome moment between ourselves and those we correspond with.
There are various helpful guidelines that can be found on the internet for using emails and social media tactfully, effectively, and safely. In mindfulness of social media our primary concern is our intentions. Our intention to tell the truth, to be kind, to be helpful, and to do so at an appropriate time.
Ich finde es ehrlich gesagt sehr traurig, dass niemand, zumindest kenne ich keinen, mehr Briefe oder generell per Hand schreibt, findest du nicht auch? Ich mein, das hat doch seinen ganz eigenen Charme und Persönlichkeit.
Alle sitzen nur noch mit ihrem Handy da ohne sich zu unterhalten. Und wenn die mal kommunizieren, dann aber auch nur über WhatsApp und nicht wirklich mehr mit Worten. Wissen die überhaupt noch wie die sich gegenseitig anhören? Oder haben die sich jemals gehört?
In my personal
opinion, Tumblr can be classified as a blog and social networking site. Maybe
you’re wondering why? And is it true that Tumblr categorizing as a blog and
social networking site?
So, here I will
briefly explain the key term or concept behind blog and social networking site.
A blog is
classified as diary-type features and links to other websites. In addition, it
is usually used as a list of entries in reverse chronological order (Skrba,
2018). It is also known as a platform where a writer or groups of writers share
their thoughts on an individual topic. What
does it contain? - Blog consists of text, images, videos, animated GIFs and
even excerpts from old physical offline diaries or journals and other hard copy
documents. Typically, a blog may be written in a conversational or casual
manner (Robinson, 2020).
purpose to write a blog is to attract and encourage readers to read the writers
point of view – basically reviewing a specific topic or issues. Besides, it
enables writers or specifically bloggers to write their thoughts and share them
to others. Well, there is a quote that says “Sharing
is caring” because knowledge belongs to everyone. Moreover, blogger have the
freedom to write as long as they want and share as many ideas as they want to
share. Blog also considers as an interactive or engaging platform that allows other
writers or readers to comment, likes and share their posts.
Social Networking Site
I bet every
person in this world are using social media. Approximately 3.5 billion people around
the world are using social media based on 2019 social media statistics, which
is equivalent to about 45 percent of the current population (Mohsin, 2020).
Social networking is defined as internet-based social media where people can
stay connected with their friends, families, colleagues, and customers (Griffiths,
Kuss, and Demetrovics, 2014).
purpose of social networking sites is for communication. Besides, it is playing
an important role of any types of platform. For example, Facebook, Instagram,
Twitter, LinkedIn and etc. This social media make it possible for people to
connect with each other in a way we could never imagine, and also very
convenient to catch up with someone we know through a simple message like
WhatsApp, the most popular network we’re all using for our everyday lives. This
also allows us to stay up-to-date with the news, information or events that are
happening around us. Social media also made it easier for people to work.
What are the
similarities and differences between blog and social networking sites?
social media make it possible for people to express their views and thoughts. Both
of them will allow you to comment, like, and share each other’s posts. There
are, however, differences between the two platforms.
terms of content, the blog encourages you to write as much as you want, and you
don’t have any rivals, because information or thoughts are intended to be
shared with each other.
But on the
other hand, social media, if you are writing too long, people will have the tendency
to skip your post. The reason is that, social media are meant to be a platform for
you to post your photos and videos. Here, you will have a competition because
you need to keep your timeline up to date every day and keep track of your followers.
So, Tumblr, is
it categorize as blogging platform or social networking platform?
Well, like I
mentioned earlier, I personally think that Tumblr is classified as both
blogging and social media platform. It’s because Tumblr is a platform that
allows you to share anything effortlessly. You can post short or long text, photos,
quotes, videos and more from your own devices – basically says that Tumblr is a
‘microblog’ platform. Besides, it can be done wherever and whenever you want. Tumblr
is considered to be your diary, but it’s public, where you post your entries
and allow readers to read, comment, like and share your post. Besides, it can
be done wherever and whenever you want. Tumblr is considered to be your diary,
but it’s public, where you post your entries and allow readers to read,
comment, like and share your post. Tumblr is where you can express yourself and
make you more creative.
conclusion, Tumblr is classified as a blog and social networking sites. How are
people going to use it? Well, it is up to them
because everyone has the freedom to be creative on their own.
how cell phones made our lives better while simultaneously ruining them
hi fam!! it’s me, again. are you tired of hearing from me? me too. that’s why I’m here to rant about social media / phone / technology. bc i hate it… but in a loving way???
everyone remembers when they got their first iPhone. seriously. why is that such a monumental moment in our lives? i can hardly remember what i felt like freshman year of high school but can pinpoint the feeling of sheer glee unwrapping my iPhone 6 in eighth grade. i have this thing that is attached to me 24/7 - when I go anywhere (even downstairs) without my phone i feel weird. that is f***ing SAD! PATHETIC. i hate feeling that dependent on what is essentially a pocket robot.
for what it’s worth - phones have done INCREDIBLE things for the world as we know it. for example, this quarantine shit has been testing all of us; and our phones are helping us get through it in so many ways. our phones let us see the faces of those loved ones we are missing, our phones provide us with stupid tik tok content to keep everything light hearted, and our phones let us check in on each other. all amazing things! when we are at school, we have instant access to our lives at home . being able to call my mom whenever i want is something i definitely abuse. “mom, I’m on my way home from Thompson right now and i think i have a brain aneurysm but my bio final is at 11am tomorrow will i make it” … an actual conversation i had with my mom at the end of freshman year. needless to say i was medicated shortly after THAT meltdown. I am such a brat that i don’t know what i would do if i couldn’t text my dad and have him immediately get me the password again to our Uverse account…… god forbid i miss an episode of the bachelor. i have this phone, and that’s what i do with it? abuse its powers to ask my parents for medical advice or a password i forgot? have we lost sight of everything here?
throughout life and especially throughout quarantine… my phone is the definition of a possession that is a blessing and a curse. I’m so grateful to have the ability to bother my friends - whenever i want! the options are endless! i love keeping in touch with people i thought id never hear from again, and being able to talk to so many people in my life and make my heart swell. now, when a conversation with someone other than my two roommates (shoutout parents) is so rare ⎯ that phone is my weapon and i use it to help flatten the curve: flatten the curve of covid19 and flatten the curve of my mental illness 🙃 [humor is a coping mechanism okay let me live] but like, i KNOW i’m not the only one that looks at my screen time and immediately wants to die. how can i honestly be looking at my phone for that long? picking it up THAT many times?????? my phone is the best distraction and also the most toxic - it makes me feel better but has a tendency to bring up all my issues and blast them into the reflection of my blue light glasses…… its called fashion look it up.
to give some examples - let’s open up my most used app: snapchat. I go on snapchat with the best of intentions - to see a memory from a year ago that makes me smile. to respond to my friends and see what their mood today is based on the look on their face. to creep on snap stories and see what everyone’s cooking and doing with their lives. somehow, tho, after spending a few minutes on the app.. i end up with a pit in my stomach most of the time. the person i want to respond hasn’t responded in 4 hours. oh god lets overthink this- they don’t like me anymore and are no longer interested in speaking to me and only respond every once in a while out of pity or because they are uncomfortable. everyone hates you. oh and GOD FORBID someone leaves me on open??! I am not funny nor interesting nor worth a reply - suddenly, i have equated my value to receiving or not receiving a photo of someone’s blank stare. this is extreme, and this is dramatic. but trust me —— this is the hamster wheel always turning in my head. I’m not even going to touch on snap maps; that feature is pandoras box and someone better fucking shut it.
second most used app is instagram. i scroll for hours, i have time limits set for the app acting like i’m actually going to listen to them and get off. lmaooooooooo. i love looking at aesthetic stuff and dogs and food and recipes and my friends’ beautiful faces. but you know what i don’t like? constant nudges to compare myself to others. oh look at her having a party with all of her friends even though we aren’t supposed to be. am i a loser for trying to be safe? oh look at her washboard abs, i’m never going to look like that and will never live up to the standard of beauty society has set for me. look at all of these people in their happy relationships. why can’t i have that? it goes over and over and over. its not like i sit there and think of these things just like that, its a precedent in my mind when i stare at everybody else that i am going to size my own life up against theirs. for years i followed every single elite model / VS angel on instagram to motivate me to do better - to start being psycho about what i did to my body so i could be as gorgeous as them. what kind of fucked up mindset is that? i would literally watch their footage of them eating rice and vegetables once a day and try to copy it. i would watch their runway walks obsessively trying to recreate them in heels alone in my house - like that was all i could imagine doing with my life. did i ever stop for a second to look at that photoshoot of gigi hadid and wonder if she was happy? wonder if the constant pictures she saw of herself ever made her insecure? what was i doing? the day i unfollowed those girls was a monumental day in my journey to a better self image. i didn’t realize the people i thought were my “motivators” were actually my triggers. i have grown to a point in life now that i would much rather eat a stack of chocolate chip pancakes that make me dance in my chair like an infant than practice my runway walk and shame my body in the mirror. and i am so freakin happy!
i could go app by app for hours. but moving on to the next thing i hate about cell phones - how they have destroyed our biological methods of communication. you hear about those psychos who think the world is destroyed by technology and we are going to be overrun by robots. but hey, I’m with the psychos on this one. i have this amazing friend, Trevor Wright, who without fail at EVERY dinner announces “phones off friends on” and collects our phones into the center of the table. yes, we are 20 year old adults. yes, we hand our phones over to Trevor and let him yell at us for trying to see if ~that person~ snap chatted us back. i have so much respect for him because of this. there is nothing worse than staring at your phones when you could be having a good conversation about life, about love, about laughter + memories, about “do you think hellen keller is real?” anything, bro, anything. anything but snapchat messaging your hoe of the week or mindlessly playing tetris to twiddle your thumbs. we all need to start loving a little harder, and the first step to doing that is to communicate better. communicate smarter. I’m guilty of alllll of the above, don’t get me wrong. and I am ADD asf and constantly playing mindless games just to stimulate my brain. but i need to stop that! even writing this is taking some time away from the dumb shit on my phone - and encouraging me to communicatehow i r e a l l y feel to my homies that will read this. communication - especially body language - is fascinating. I’ve studied it in psych, I’ve learned the neurological bases of behavior and why we do what we do. I’ve learned how much our life experience impacts who we are as a whole…and it! is! fascinating! i also think that’s why i love film so much. because it can capture the raw moments of your friends just being your friends, of you just being the person you are, and the world around you just existing as it exists. i love the raw moments; and not just because indy blue posted one youtube video of her slow mo laughing and now thats the only footage i find myself shooting. 😚
im not quite sure what this post is, lol. but - just a rant on technology. so listen to me:
take advantage of technology + social media! it CAN BE GREAT. for so many reasons. but, don’t let technology + social media TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOU. stay true to you - know how to communicate with yourself and your loved ones without the use of a robot. remember that feeling when you setup up your first iPhone? imagine if you could feel that again, with your phone nowhere in sight. if you don’t know how to communicate with yourself yet, start by journaling. WRITE! TYPE! SPEAK! do what you want. getting your thoughts down even without an audience is so crucial to understanding yourself and others. if you don’t like to write, reflect. breathe. meditate. make art. do what makes you feel at peace, and do whatever makes you feel like the world makes a little bit more sense than it does.
IF YOU ARE READING DOWN TO HERE, I LOVE YOU. I LOVE YOU, SAY IT BACK! LIFE IS A FUCKING HIGHWAY. AND IM SO GLAD YOU’RE ON MY INTERSTATE. <3
Week 8: Post 5 Digital Health campaigns: body modification and cosmetic surgery on visual social media.
As a millennial I’m browsing Instagram all the time and seeing lots of different types of users and it got me thinking about how social media effects body modification.
Body modification is physical alteration such as a tattoo or plastic surgery. Cosmetic surgery is a unique discipline of medicine focused on enhancing your appearance. Social media is so powerful and ubiquitous, for instance how tattoo artists can use sites such as Instagram to allow new potentional clients to view their work to be able to decide if it is right for them.
It is also extremely influential “in the world of plastic surgery”. A study was undertaken in 2013 by Vardanian et all, where more than half of surveyed American society of plastic surgeons used social media for their professional and personal use. It is fascinating to me that in this ever changing world, social media is not just used for our own use, but to grow businesses. The 2017 statistic from the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, states that 42% of surgeons reported that their patient intake are “seeking aesthetic surgery to improve their appearance for Instagram”. It is so crazy to me that social media platforms are causing people to make drastic changes to their bodies so they can appear to have a better online presence. Some of the plastic surgery surgeons are not only using social media to expand their client base but to also to give patient education as well. Instagram has been used by thousands of patients using hashtags to say what they got done.
Similar to this, health campaigns are increasingly turning to social media to “support, promote and increase the spread of information”. When looking at the top ten most effective health campaigns, I found number five particularly interesting which is the New Zealand Health Sponsorship Council’s online anti-smoking games, which is a set of online games predominately targeted at younger children to ultimately discourage and steer them away from the idea of smoking. I thought this was such a different and unique idea to stop people smoking and making the whole concept a positive experience. Health care professionals are able to use social media to potentially improve health outcomes, develop a professional network, increase personal awareness and motivate their patients. Overall, I like that people can have the ability to change their appearance to feel as comfortable and confident in their own skin, although the idea that people are doing body modification as a cause of wanting to look better on Instagram doesn’t seem right to me. Which is why I really love that there are so many digital health campaigns available to everyone to get support and guidance.
“The cheerful mind perseveres, and the strong mind hews its way through a thousand difficulties.” – Swami Vivekananda
- Robert G Dorfman, Elbert E Vaca, Eitezaz Mahmood, Neil A Fine and Clark F Schierle, ‘Plastic Surgery-Related Hashtag Utilization on Instagram: Implications for Education and Marketing’, Aesthetic Surgery Journal, Volume 38, Issue 3, March 2018, pp 332–338
- Ventola, C 2014, “Social Media and Health Care Professionals: Benefits, Risks, and Best Practices”, viewed 5 May, 2020, <http://Social Media and Health Care Professionals: Benefits, Risks, and Best Practices>.