Who am I?

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I feel like it’s almost a known fact that we all possess different personas; like when we are with our partners, with our friends, in a professional environment, or with our family. Online we also have a different, or many different personas.

A shift has occurred, however, that means instead of having our online persona as representational (a way of showing everyone who we are), they are now presentational (a work of art, where we can present ourselves as we like). Online, we trade our personal information for access. We fill in details in order to be included.

However media nowadays is not mass media, we are not catered to as a whole. Instead media is “massified” by all the individuals. We decide what is ‘trendy’ and what platforms are used, while still personalising them ourselves. What we share is interpersonal – we have so many ways of directly communicating with each other. We can reply to tweets, we can retweet, we can share Facebook posts and directly reply to statuses, we can even directly message each other!

What we do create, the parts of our persona we create, are not just characterised but details we fill in. Our personas are characterised by what we like, share, tweet, follow. And they are all internetworked (or mostly). Now we can connect our Twitter, to our Facebook, to our Instagram, etc.

Even online we have different personas too, we have a Mediated one (used to comment on news articles, or when someone has a baby and it’s relatively formal), a public one (think your Facebook posts and Instagram photos), and a performative one (one that shows how great we are, what we are like towards our bosses and coaches for example). Altogether, we have a collective profile that is all of these combined.

So I guess on one side of the coin it’s kinda scary, that we are portrayed as whatever we like online – if you don’t believe this watch Catfish please. But then, really, when I think about it, all parts of our lives we have different personas. I mean like so what that online there’s just another one? If it isn’t hurting anyone, and it’s just how we wish we were, who really cares? Please, let me know in the comments below!

P.S. To finish off, here’s a vid to show just how different our personas online can be…

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Apple vs Android

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One of the biggest questions of our generation, which is better, Apple or Android?

For me, an avid Apple user, I’ve never really questioned it. I’ve used my iPhone since they were pretty much released. Even when I ask around, almost everyone I know uses Apple, bar a few.

But I feel like the debate actually goes much deeper than just the brand or logo a device is imprinted with. The real debate we’re having, without even knowing, is open sourced vs. closed source devices.

You see, apple has created its own community almost. They have their own app store meaning that not only users must use this (and only this) but creators must break into this certain market to be visible to a certain audience. To have your app available, Apple must approve you. Apple has complete control over the platform (the phone or other device), the content (what you can see from this device)., and therefore the user (YOU!). Apple originally drew their users in to the current iPhone by combining three functions and devices into one – a widescreen touch control iPod, a revolutionary mobile phone, and a breakthrough internet communications device (the iPad). And here you get… the modern-day iPhone!

Now lets look at the Android. You have a completely open garden of apps, Google Play and independent android markets are some means of downloading apps.  With an Android, the user is given flexibility and they have the ability to both access and modify the code. Android exercises no control over the platform, content or user.

The two devices seem, on the surface, as a pretty simple choice. But the control and freedom you (the user) is able to exercise is actually immensely different. So next time you, or someone you know, asks “Apple or Android?”, realise what the real question is. How much freedom do you want? Do you want access to just information, and controlled use? Or do you want access to conversation, and the ability to use your device as you please?

 

Kermit The Frog Drinking Tea - when you realise android seems better but you own an iphone

Update: Digital Artefact

So for an assignment we were given – The Digital Artefact – we were to create pretty much anything online. Of course it needed to serve a purpose, and to be creative.

Originally, my idea was to join with two other students from my class (international students) and do short Buzzfeed-like vids about our differences i.e. trying each cultures food, taboos in each culture. That sort of thing, and to be honest I was super excited.

However, it ended up being nearly impossible to cross over at all with each other. Every time we’d schedule a meet up someone would bail and we’d have to call it off. It was not only sooo frustrating, but really stressful because the clock was ticking. Eventually, I called it, and decided to just do my own thing.

So here we are. Now, I’m doing videos (so similar of my brother and I doing activities together. The reason? Well not only do I think we don’t do things together enough, unless forced to, but it’ll be qa good opportunity to bond, try new things, and show the rest of the world that getting on with your sibling isn’t actually that hard.

To con him into helping me, I decided my best bet was to do activities he enjoys, meaning I’m thrown into the deep end. But whatever. Anyways I’ll link the very first video here (when I can) and hopefully you guys have as much fun watching it as I did filming 🙂

Anddddddd….

Here it is!