I choose Jaffeywang’s blog and Insight, Opinions, Me’s blog for this assignment. Their associative trails and reflections suggest that one is driven by her predetermined topic while the other is “free spirit”, who went with the flow. With such distinct motive, even though they both started off with very similar key words, their final hits ended up way different than the other. As Jaffey is more focused on security issues of the social media, the author of Insight, Opinions, Me’s blog is more passion in history. However, they both share interest on the virtuality (virtual community, virtual self) at first before their paths started to split up.
After browsing and reading my peer’s blogs I found that Insight, Opinions, Me… , Kdurante and I had similar ideas about the similar subject/matter. In Insight’s Opinions and Me I can relate to her snapchat obsession (having one as well). I can also relate to her associative trail because she clicked on links such as Helen of Troy and the Trojan War and for one of my last links I clicked on The Enlightenment Era, and so we both really looked into events that you wouldn’t associate with social media. I can relate to Katelyn Durante’s blog because for her associative trail we both stumbled upon our respective majors, so it was neat to see that someone else also happened to click on links that led to a major interest.
Social media, a very essential and popular thing in nowadays life, especially among teenagers. Me too, I really enjoy the utility of it. One of my favorite app is Facebook. My usual habit are wandering off the app, reading for other’s statuses, pages’ posts, chatting with my friends and relatives from the other side of the world. Even though I do go on it every single day for many times, I am not really an active user. I rarely upload any pictures or statuses. I basically using it as a tool to keep me up to date with the outside world and connect with my acquaintances. I probably sound like a legit stalker, or some of you might have thought “Man, you are boring.” I totally understand why and had been through that conversation before.
Maybe I am so social awkward. Maybe I am so stress on privacy. Anyhow I still hold my stance. To me, Facebook, or social media in general, is really dangerous in a way. It isn’t just an entertaining matter nowadays but a mainstream. Social media is a root of attention. Trending, controversial, news, seriously anything, would become concerns and hot topics to discuss for the day if they got noticed by the online community. It’s amazing how people or trend could instantly become a spotlight just by getting a good amount of likes, comments, or shares. With such power, it is indeed very useful to delivery messages to the mass, or to run meaningful campaign, however, if bad things spread, they will go viral as well. Anything that you posted could be seen by anyone. And even if you took it down, it might be in the cloud somewhere, or someone might have downloaded then re-upload it. If I have done something stupid or embarrassing, I definitely don’t want the whole world to know about it and judge me, especially my future employers. That’s why I always take extra cautious before I posted anything on Facebook. But not everyone does that. My home country once had a very controversial incident that reflected perfectly how Facebook is such a double dagger. There was a kind and honest farmer who has very limited experience with social media. He posted a video of his singing online, just like how everyone did. But the problem is he is really (really, really) bad at singing that people would laugh at it till they cry. Every single one would unanimously agree that he is not a good singer at all. His video receive a huge amounts of dislikes as well as negative comments. At first, people just jokingly make fun of him, then it got worse. The comments were getting more and more abusive and insulting. As the result, he became known to his whole village. They laughed at him, talked about him, and some childish kids who even falsely accused him from being shameless who deserved no sympathy. He did nothing wrong at all but that was what he got from exercise his freedom of speech online. I really endorse Facebook however I do think some “ethical of living online” course should be added to our education program in the future before cyber bullying becomes too viral.
These two bloggers have started their search with “social media” but what they found during it ended up being completely different. Hector‘s search had several links related to entertainment: football, soccer, pickup trucks, and Facebook. On the other hand, Khanh’s trail focused on more serious topics like internet addiction, personality disorders and mental disorders. Notice I say “focused” because this author meant to make her search about the negative side of social media from the beginning, as she mentions on her post.
These connections stood out to me because I love social media but I really need to stop reaching for my phone all the time. The “Fear of Missing Out” is real. And I notice this behavior on others around me all the time as well. How did we survive without knowing what everyone is up to at all times? And, most importantly, do we really need to? Sure, social media can be a great source of entertainment, just like sports are. But we can also become addicted to it and lose focus of what really matters, like paying attention to your family and friends who are sitting next to you (and not to your middle school acquaintance who just posted a great pic on Instagram). As with anything in life, social media should be used in moderation.
After searching through numerous blogs, I found two blogs that share similar thoughts. Lauramarie and kdurante share similar interests. I looked very closely at their associative trails post where I noticed through their links for the blog post, they both chose links that related to their majors or the field they want to work in. Kdurante ended their search with dentistry because she is pursuing that field and lauramarie chose links that related to law enforcement because she is a criminal justice major. In a way, that blog post was about choosing the link that caught your eye. They both chose something that related to their future career and something that is related to their passion.
In all honesty, I found it relatively difficult to find connections to two peers’ blogs. Over time I found Katelyn Durante and Marina Green both love Pintrest. Both had found something they liked on Pintrest and attempted to recreate it. Katelyn loves anchors and collected shells on vacation to create a shell covered anchor. Katelyn found a candy bar (yum) on Pintrest and wanted to have on at her wedding. Being on a bride budget made her candy bar a better idea over the internet, unfortunately. She was disappointed but learned her lesson and to expect less from the real world. They both had the same perception at first, but by the end of the blog post, they thought differently from each other.
Unfortunately, my search led me to the official website of Donald Trump. Honestly, I could not even read the entire page, I felt like my IQ was dropping. I tried to chose the links that seemed the most interesting on the page. I am a fan of politics so my computer was right in giving me those links. I think my links provide a good idea of what I am interested in and my passion. I was very surprised with the last link, Holocaust train. I don’t think I would have gotten there without this experience.
I decided to connect the associative trails that belong to Hosna Shoja and Laura Gutierrez. I feel these two were similar in their ideas that they both started with a social media and then went on to stuff that was completely far off from being related to the internet. These two posts are similar to all of the other posts, but they are also different than the others. They are different than the others because these posts contain sites that lead to give more information about future career plans, whereas a lot of the other posts contain sites that were chosen purely because it was a topic that they found interesting.
I chose the key word “social media” to start off and hope to get some hits on the negative of social media as the result. Without much surprise, it indeed isn’t an unpopular idea nowadays. I found many links on mental disorder and psychological effects. I also did learnt some new things like the significant impacts of internet addiction and narcissism to our contemporary society. The computer had given me plenty of relevance search results however, they are too broad and somewhat out of context as I went through more links. Since I have some initial idea, I can tell that I was going off track while can’t get to the focused idea that I wanted to look for. Internet is such a powerful tool but in order to maximize the utility of it, I do think we need some initiative and manipulation along the progress.
I chose the blogs called nadia univ 200 and hruiz for this assignment. I picked these two because although they both started with same key words which was “Social Media”, their final links words ended up with totally different stuff. Nadia was very similar to me. She was more focused on security issues and then moved on to apple product. I was really surprised that her choice was very similar to what I chose. On the other hand, hruiz‘s was more in to social networks and then moved on to sports stuff. It was really interesting to see how his links ended up with sports stuffs. It was really unexpected thing.
I looked on many different blogs, not just those two blogs. And I found out that most of my classmates started off with same key words but ended up with very different words. Even though its not good thing, some times expect people to have same or similar thought as me. However, by having this assignment, it reminded me that every one have different thinking that it is not right to think everyone should have similar thought as me.