Nuggeting Sources

Social media allow anyone to disclose life trivia for all to see, making it possible for people to be perceived as begging for attention, of transgressing traditional boundaries of public and private, of acting somehow “inappropriately.” If Bonchek-Adams were well known for something other than writing extensively about her cancer, would the Kellers have been as troubled by her “oversharing” (Emma Keller’s worry) or her alleged “warrior attitude” (Bill Keller’s contention)? Would a famous person disclosing details of his/her cancer (alcoholism, drug abuse, arrests, or job losses, etc.) have been as vulnerable to being perceived as acting, in some sense, “wrong”?

The source that immediately caught my attention was exploring  the role in which social media can be used to share personal stories and then in turn increase one’s fame.

The author explored how there were different responses by those sharing social media used by already famous people and those who are not famous. Famous people sharing personal stories over social media were met with more “understanding” responses compared to the criticism that was met with those non famous people. The author theorized that when famous people used social media, the response was more positive because people appreciated the honesty, and rawness of the celebrities. This effect by social media made them appear more relatable.

I think i’m honing more specifically into how social media can be used as a platform to increase an individuals fame and income. It is a tool to self-brand yourself. I derived this from extremely popular ASMRists due to the increasing popularity of the ASMR community in YouTube.

Mapping My Dreamers

J.C.R Licklider, “Man-Computer Symbiosis” : Use machines to process the mundane tasks so that we can maximize our human potential.

Doug Engelbart, “Augmenting Human Intellect”: Use machines as a platform to reach and synthesize different ideas.  Boosts our human potential by being able to think with others rather than thinking alone.

Adele Goldberg & Alan Kay, “Personal Dynamic Media”: Allow personal media to become accessible to all rather than the minority elites. Accessibility=Increasing human potential. Sharing the power.

All three thinkers have one thing in common in using the “machine, personal media, etc… all have the means to increase human potential intellectually. They just have various theories in what aspects of using the machine in certain ways can increase that human potential.


They Say/I Say

THEY SAY: Alan Goldberg & Alan Kay/ “Personal Dynamic Media”  Motives in wanting to make personal media accessible to everyone rather than those few who understood exactly how “personal media” worked.

I SAY: The power of technological advancements should be shared among the population in order to prevent a limited amount of people from gaining too much power BUT it is also the responsibility of the rest of the population to understand and learn how  & what they are using to prevent a population from sheepishly using that media and being taken advantage of. I relate this to Apple and how people almost immediately upgrade to the next new iPhone just because that is the newest thing rather than whether if its worth the upgrade.

Texting My Dream

I think that I’ve settled with ASMR as the topic for my research. ASMR or Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response is a sensation that I would describe as a tingling, shiver that ripples through the back of my scalp down to the sides of my back, simply put for those who can’t experience it, it’s almost like getting the goosebumps X100. They’re those in the ASMR community who can actually feel the “tingles” and others who can’t but still find the videos relaxing. Different stimuli can become triggers based on the individual. Some examples of stimuli that trigger people include: whispering, tapping, haircuts, slow & exaggerated hand motion, chalk board writing, cooking sounds, and so on. These videos that people post are great aids for simple relaxation, insomnia/sleep aid, anxiety management and the benefits all vary based on the individuals.

My personal relationship with ASMR began as far as I can remember. I can recall times in elementary school when I would almost pass out when hearing the sound of the crayon slightly sticking to the paper after lifting it or the times I would get so uncomfortably tingly when getting the back of my head buzzed during a hair-cut. I remember when I was a freshman in highschool and the ASMR community on Youtube was still growing and small but today the community has exploded with new content constantly being uploaded.

This video is from HeatherFeather only one out of the many ASMRISTs (ASMR ARTIST)

Intrasectional Tweeting

Now let me tell you something, I am very fond with the idea of using twitter in class as a tool to communicate within our class and the other sections BUT I have been tweeting with great diligence and yet nobody has been tweeting back at me… LIKE HELLO people that is so very rude! Nobody enjoys putting themselves out there and not receiving anything back. I feel like i’m having a conversation with my self not that it’s a big deal.To be honest I’ve deleted many of my social media apps on my phone during the end of the first semester of my sophomore year because I wanted to spend more of my time in the present whether that be with work or just giving my eyes a break from bright-lit screens so I was cautious and also had my reservations when hearing that we would have to use twitter for class but I can see that it wouldn’t be much of a problem. (throws shade) but anyways holla at your boi @OGsparklesKIM

P.S: I’m actually not upset at all, but I would prefer if people did start tweeting more frequently because I love checking twitter when i’m using the bathroom 😉 hehe