Author Archives: Teresa Hanul Seo

ESSAY 2

The process of creating a blog was much different than what I anticipated. I thought that it would be a fun and straight-forward process. And while the process was fun and exciting, it was also confusing, frustrating, and sometimes aggravating. One of the main things I struggled with was finding a purpose for my blog. The amount of freedom that I was given in this course was foreign to me. I think the current education system has conditioned me into thinking that there is always a right or wrong way to do things, and this mindset was really difficult to overcome when I started blogging. After reading Gardner Campbell’s (2009) A Personal Cyberinfrastructure, I realized that the amount of freedom afforded in this course was necessary in order for students to learn the ins and outs of cultivating an online identity. Campbell (2009) notes that by building a personal cyberinfrastructure, students will “acquire crucial technical skills for their digital lives … [and] engage in work that provides richly teachable moments” (para 7). Therefore, it is only through a hands-on, self-driven approach that students may be able to fully explore and understand the intricacies of the online realm.

Overall, while I learned how to blog in Pub 101, I also learned about the “so what?” and “why?” questions underlying what is done online. Similarly, while creating blog posts, I want to leave my readers with an impression; one that makes them feel special. In explaining the online exhibition effect, Suler mentions how “as you move around the internet, most of the people you encounter can’t easily tell who you are” (Suler, 2004). Because the online world is such a vast space, identifying one’s personality through it can be difficult. With regards to my audience, I try to talk to them as if they were physically present with me, because I feel like a more direct approach is personable and allows my audience more room to engage with me as an individual. Even when designing my blog posts, I strive to use relatable pictures or other methods to make them more interesting. In addition, I want my audience to have the opportunity to grow with me on my journey, even through my lows and highs since the human experience is so complex for every individual.

I did not have a distinct audience in mind when I created my blog. Instead, I followed Warner’s (2002) suggestion to “put on a show and see who shows up” (p. 82). Unfortunately, I failed to understand the importance of defining my audience. Now, however, I realize that keeping a potential audience in mind is an integral component of the blogging process. At the same time, this is a personal blog first and foremost. Therefore, my decisions are mostly informed by my personal preferences, and my imagined audience is a secondary consideration. I decided to stick with a minimalist theme because it is trendy and easy to navigate. This is ideal for my target audience because I expect that most individuals in their late teens or early twenties are comfortable with a clean design. With regard to my content, I kept a casual tone and tried to include personal anecdotes where possible.

Pub 101 has inspired me to do a better job of linking my existing social media accounts to each other. In class, we learned that the medium we use can ultimately influence what and how we post. Thus, I think that transmedia integration is an effective way to provide my followers with a more nuanced and comprehensive look at my online self. To be honest, I do not think that I will continue with this blog. Admittedly, this blog is a bit of a mess. But, at the very least, Pub 101 has equipped me with the tools that I’ll need to clean this mess up.

REFERENCES

Campbell, G. (2009). A personal cyberinfrastructure. EDUCAUSE Review, 44(5), 58-59.

Suler, J. (2004, June 01). The Online Disinhibition Effect. Retrieved April 08, 2018, from http://truecenterpublishing.com/psycyber/disinhibit.html

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Warner, M. (2002). Publics and counterpublics. Quarterly Journal of Speech, 88(4). 413-425.

Peer Review #3

For this week’s post I will be doing another peer review of my classmate Christopher Dang’s website www.homslicedang.com. Focusing on the visual aspects and presentation of the site. The visual exposition of the website is very neat, organized and easy to navigate. The all white and black colour theme of the site creates a simple yet elegant vibe and gives off the impression of a very professional site. As you enter the site there is a photo of Christopher with the title of his website going across the photo. I feel that this is a very creative way to connect with your audience as it slightly shows who you are before they read or start to have opinions about what you write. Moving along down the intro page, you can see that there are more photos of Christopher as well as some images of black marble and other forms of black and white patterned photos titling his prose. Although this creates a trendy look, I found this slightly distracting as I couldn’t really relate his writing to the photo. I really like how he used his site to create another persona. This is a creative way to think out of the box and interact with your audience. You can tell that the audience Christopher is trying to engage are young adults who are interested in fashion and the latest trends. The way Christopher writes I find very intriguing and informative especially to me, a young adult who is not as fashion forward as him. His advice and thoughts helped me a lot and made me view fashion in a way I did not before exploring his site. Christopher did a very good job connecting his visual theme of the site with the overall theme of fashion, intriguing his target audience which I took into appreciation. One thing I would do differently is perhaps incorporate some music to add some liveliness to the site. Although the black and white theme is visually pleasing, it gives off a cold impression. Personally making me feel like an outsider. Overall, from the visual presentation of Christopher’s website www.homeslicedang.com I can tell that Christopher is a fashion forward trendy person, who values organization and cleanliness of his website. I very much enjoyed reading his thoughts on fashion items as well as his honest review of my website.

Great job Christopher! You’re a super cool dude:)

Process Post Week 9

A world without Facebook…..

Honestly, being more of an Instagram person myself, I don’t think it would be the end of the world if Facebook were to disappear. Although, I do know some avid Facebook users who would be very upset. Before, Facebook would be where I would get all different forms of information through, but now a lot of different forms of social media has that feature as well. Thinking back, I find myself leaning further and further away from Facebook as I get older. Facebook I consider would be the most versatile form of social media when it comes to age out of all the different forms or social media. Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter are all forms of social media that I find younger generations are more active in. However with Facebook, almost everyone has it. If Facebook were to disappear, I would assume that there would be more of a division between older and younger generations.

 

Process Post – Week 8

This week in Lecture, we were given the opportunity to discuss PodCasts, Newsletters and interactions with a girl from the younger generation. We also got to discuss the topic of how dangerous social media can be when someone is giving personal opinions on a particular subject. Leaving hateful comments as well as posting unwanted photos of a certain person or thing is a form of bullying. Celebrities often fall into a state of depression or even commit suicide because of the pressure of the attention they receive. Social media is changing the world and has become such a powerful weapon. It was raise a person’s self-esteem through the roof or tear it down into pieces depending on how it is used. People must be aware that there is a existing person behind that screen who has really feelings and emotions that should not be a public show for everyone to see and have opinions on.

ESSAY #1

ESSAY #1

Technological advancements have created a shift from society relying on newspapers and or radio broadcasts to social media in order to attain information about important happenings worldwide. This creates a large sense of competition between social media applications and news companies. With recent improvements, social media has not only become a place to interact with peers, but also a place to acquire public knowledge. However, in order to have a substantial number of readers, there have been various occasions where the information they output in not factual. With social media being such an easy platform for anyone to express their thoughts, readers now must be able to differentiate factual and non-factual information with correct and reliable sources. In this paper, I will discuss the regenerated system of news and how important it is to differentiate true and false information.

With the emergence and revolutions of smartphones and tablets, the world has become accessible at our fingertips. We are able to connect with people across the planet with the push of a button and obtain information regarding anything within seconds. Younger generations now rely on social media and technology to go on with their everyday lives, creating change in not only daily life, but in other aspects such as education, workplaces, personal life, etc.. In the recent study performed in 2011 by Jolie O’Dell, it is found that most readers who read their newspapers online are young, ages 18-29 (O’Dell 2011), however, 38% of adults said that they often get news from digital sources, including news websites or apps and 18% use social networking sites. The use of social media for news is growing because of convenience. With the rise of news applications and other forms of easily obtainable information, the print industry has dramatically decreased. Popular social media sites have seized the opportunity to shape their platforms to integrate a news market. Snapchat, for instance, created a Discover page to display featured stories (Shearer & Gottfried, 2017). As of 2017, 67% of Americans said they got news from social media (Shearer & Gottfried, 2017). Facebook holds the most amount of social media news. Almost half (45%) of adults in the US use Facebook as a news source (Grieco, 2017). Twitter, however, is also making considerable headway, due to the US President’s frequent use of the site. (Shearer & Gottfried, 2016). With multiple social media sources becoming a place for news, some users get news across multiple platforms (Grieco, 2017). Although using multiple sources could be a way of fact-checking news stories, it could also aid in the spread of fake news. When seen across various platforms, the fake news may seem legitimate, in turn escalating briskly.

During the time of the 2016 US presidential election, different news companies shared their information about the election, however, in order to reach a maximum number of readers they needed something out of the ordinary. An example of a fake news story, posted by “The Guardian” was about the “ Democratic senators who wanted to impose sharia in Florida” (Hunt 2016). Sharia being an Islamic canonical law was released by Michael Fylnn and later after sharing this, she tweeted about Democrats’ “sex crimes w children” then, later on, deleted it (Hunt 2016). Following this, there was a false report that stating that Trump supporters were chanting “we hate Muslims, we hate blacks, we want our great country back”, this was shown as reported true on the night of the election (Hunt 2016). However, Trump’s future plans for America had not consisted of any of these negative enforcements. These fake news reports were shown to have “truthful” quality to them and can be found on social websites such as  Facebook that has an audience of 1.8 billion (Hunt 2016). Another example of fake news. BuzzFeed News posted an article online raging about “How Fake Election News Stories Outperformed Real News On Facebook” (Silverman 2016). The top fake news stories about the US presidential campaign that BuzzFeed News found was posted on facebook rather than big news companies such as the New York Times, Washington Post, NBC News, etc (Silverman 2016). There was “ 8,711,000 shares and comments on Facebook during the final three months of the US presidential campaigns that are now coming out as false election stories. This false news story states Hillary Clinton saying, “ I would like to see people like Donald Trump run for office..”. This story received “481,000 engagement on Facebook” and after this being noticed by BuzzFeed News they came to terms that this was false news being shared. During this time, with such chaos between the running candidates, news companies found it a perfect opportunity to do whatever in order to make their information to stand out from other companies that share the same news. The only option they had was to produce fake news to the world to make themselves more original.

After seeing the effects in 2016, there is no better time to address the issues of fake news. Social media sites will continue to dominate online spaces and therefore be targets because of their audience size. With new political scandals and new technology constantly emerging, it seems fake news is far from dissipating. To avoid the confusion and manipulation caused by fake news, one must become a conscious media users.

REFERENCES

O’Dell, J. (2011, March 14). For the First Time, More People Get News Online Than From Newspapers. Retrieved from: http://mashable.com/2011/03/14/online-versus-newspaper-news/#h7gQQJDfhqqZ

Silverman, C. (2016, November 16). This Analysis Shows How Viral Fake Election News Stories Outperformed Real News On Facebook. Retrieved from: https:// www.buzzfeed.com/craigsilverman/viral-fake-election-news-outperformed-real-news- on-facebook?utm_term=.ktGb0Rqvry#.kukRX2mZGJ

Grieco, E. (2017, November 02). More Americans are turning to multiple social media sites for news. Retrieved from: http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/ 2017/11/02/more-americans-are-turning-to-multiple-social-media-sites-for-news/

Shearer, E., & Gottfried, J. (2017, September 07). News Use Across Social Media Platforms 2017. Retrieved from: http://www.journalism.org/2017/09/07/news- use-across-social-media-platforms-2017/

Anderson, M & Caumont, A. (2014). How social media is reshaping news. Pew Research Center. Retrieved from: http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/09/24/how-social-media-is-reshaping-news/

Oremus, W. (2016). How Many People Really Get Their News From Facebook? Slate. Retrieved from:www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2016/12/how_many_people_really_get_their_news_from_facebook.html

Process Post Week 5

Process Post Week 5

If the internet were to disappear in an hour time, the first thing I would do is download my favourite playlists from Apple Music as well as my old pictures from Facebook, Instagram and all other platforms of social media. Music is a very important part of my life and I rely on it to lift my moods in times of trouble or to calm myself down when I am feeling anxious. Unfortunately, all the music in my phone runs on wifi (not enough storage), so the first thing I would do is to download everything and anything. The next step for me would be to go on all different platforms of social media to download all old photos. I have a lot of embarrassing photos that I could use as a cheer up. One more thing that I would do is save all my embarrassing statuses from my Facebook account. Who knows when I will need them next?

Peer Review #2

Here we go! Another peer review!:) This week I will be reviewing my classmate Joanni’s Blog called Milktea for the Seoul. First of all, I have to say that the layout of this blog is the cutest thing ever. From personal experience, although putting a blog together is not like rocket science, it is also not the easiest thing in the world. The little clip images that Joanni added in her blog fits her theme well and ties the whole look together, creating a fun, feminine vibe. Her blog title immediately grabs the viewer’s attention as it is creative and original and leaves the viewers wanting to find out what her blog is truly about. I like the colours she chose for the outlook of her website as it goes along very well with the theme. Another positive part of this blog is that the content varies. She not only talks about her interests, but she also makes suggestions as to what kind of music she likes and why the piece is relevant to her weekly writing. Her tone of which she portrays to her audience is casual, genuine as well as intelligent. Just from reading a couple of her weekly posts (not posiel), I can already tell that Joanni has very good incentives and is very observant. Her description of events, people, things, ect.. are very detailed leaving the reader to use his or her imagination. Her posts make me feel like I am there in the moment with Joanni and that I am experiencing, feeling, and or doing whatever she is doing at that moment. I also really appreciate the photos and music she incorporates into her posts as it gives me a clearer idea of what kind of person she is and her interests are. It also expands my knowledge of different kinds of music and allows me to see what my likes and dislikes are. The photos are very helpful to add a visual representation of what Joanni is trying to convey. It makes it easier for viewers to relate. If I could give Joanni a suggestion on how to improve her blog, it would be to maybe try adding a few videos to the posts. This is a fun way to incorporate the audience and see how they feel about the posts the blogger is posting. I would also incorporate a poll like system to see what the audience likes reading/viewing and dislikes. I feel that this an greatly benefit Joanni as it creates a direct interaction with her audience as well as displays her drive for improvement and shows genuine personal interest towards her followers. To Joanni, you did an awesome job on your blog and it was my pleasure to review this! I love how cute this is and your writing is so fun to read:)

Process Post Week 4

On this post, I will be doing a peer review on one of my classmate’s blog. The blog I will be reviewing is called Sam’s SFU Publishing 101 Blog. Sam’s visual aspect of his blog is very simple and classy. He uses the three main colours of black, white and yellow as well as some navy blue to extenuate the cleanness of his theme. This look is very easy on the eye, and it does not take away from his writing which I find is a very important factor. His site it very easy to navigate which is very helpful as a viewer. It makes me want to visit his site again as I had a pleasant experience. His placement of his pages are very strategic as it is easy to find and does not cause any confusion or frustration for his audience. In Sam’s blog, Sam presents himself to his audience as a friendly, easy going, fun guy who communicates with his visitors in a personable way. He uses sarcasm and jokes that are not confusing and as a viewer, I genuinely appreciated his outlook and his tone of speech. It made everything less serious and more like I was coming to talk to a friend. I also appreciated his sense of realism. I could tell through the screen that Sam was not putting on a “face” for his audience. Everything that he wrote I could tell was from the heart. He was not trying to impress anyone or try to sound cool in any way. This is a very important factor for me as a reader. I want to be able to trust that the person putting forth the material cares what he or she talks about. The creator should be able to portray a sense of realism that readers can see through the screen, and Sam’s blog does exactly that. I also like how light-hearted Sam’s blog is. It is almost like a mini get away from reality that viewers can escape to. His sense of humor is funny for all people and none of the materials he puts forth are offensive in any way. If I were to give Sam some suggestions on how to improve his blog, I would incorporate some music or photos into his blog. I feel like this could really personalize the blog and make it even more fun for the audience to enjoy. Great job Sam!! I look forward to reading more of your blog:)

Peer Review #1

On this post, I will be doing a peer review on one of my classmate’s blog. The blog I will be reviewing is called Sam’s SFU Publishing 101 Blog http://sgonline.ca. Sam’s visual aspect of his blog is very simple and classy. He uses the three main colours of black, white and yellow as well as some navy blue to extenuate the cleanness of his theme. This look is very easy on the eye, and it does not take away from his writing which I find is a very important factor. His site is very easy to navigate which is very helpful as a viewer. It makes me want to visit his site again as I had a pleasant experience. The placement of his pages is very strategic as it is easy to find and does not cause any confusion or frustration for his audience. In Sam’s blog, Sam presents himself to his audience as a friendly, easy going, fun guy who communicates with his visitors in a personable way. He uses sarcasm and jokes that are not confusing and as a viewer, I genuinely appreciated his outlook and his tone of speech. It made everything less serious and more like I was coming to talk to a friend. I also appreciated his sense of realism. I could tell through the screen that Sam was not putting on a “face” for his audience. Everything that he wrote I could tell was from the heart. He was not trying to impress anyone or try to sound cool in any way. This is a very important factor for me as a reader. I want to be able to trust that the person putting forth the material cares what he or she talks about. The creator should be able to portray a sense of realism that readers can see through the screen, and Sam’s blog does exactly that. I also like how light-hearted Sam’s blog is. It is almost like a mini get away from the reality that viewers can escape to. His sense of humor is funny for all people and none of the materials he puts forth are offensive in any way. If I were to give Sam some suggestions on how to improve his blog, I would incorporate some music or photos into his blog. I feel like this could really personalize the blog and make it even more fun for the audience to enjoy. Great job Sam!! I look forward to reading more of your blog:)

Process Post Week 3

This week, I got strep throat! NICE. Which means that attending lecture was probably not a very smart idea! Through Posiel and friends, I found out that this week, we talked about something that’s true, that almost nobody agrees with you on. When I first heard of this I immediately thought of how my social circle and I view sleep differently. My friends are able to stay awake until 3:00 am, wake up at 8:00 am and have a perfectly normal day. Me on the other hand, if I have less than 8 hours of sleep, chances are I will have at least one breakdown. Now that I think about it, that’s probably why I’ve been such a mess the past couple of days. NICE.